New York State
President’s Message from Laura Gould
The days are just flying by! And yet, it feels like a long time ago that we had our August get together. I was pleased that so many of you came and thank you for all the goodies that you brought to go with our lunch. It was fun to eat and chat with all of you!
We are being blessed with some beautiful weather for these last few days of summer. Our first meeting is 4:30, Thursday, September 26th at my house, - 39 North Midland Avenue, Nyack, NY.
After the business meeting and Technology presentation, we will take a 3 minute walk to Karenderya for dinner. They have a varied selection of chicken, beef, pork and shrimp, etc. You can order and pay for your dinner and then sit and relax until they bring it to you. Check out their menu at karenderyany.com
Please call Carol Boyatsis at 623-3023 to let her know if you are attending or not attending by Monday, September 23rd.
Looking forward to seeing you!
Alpha Eta Project
We all know how important books are for learning. And recent studies show that children actually like turning the pages of real books greater than looking at a screen! (Think Kindle). How encouraging!
There are many children in our county who do not have money for a new book of their own. Alpha Eta is working to remedy that by supplying new books of good quality for teachers to share with those needy students who cannot afford to buy one when the book mobile comes around.
We are asking everyone to bring a new (or exceptionally good!) book for an elementary aged pupil to each meeting. Lisa Gould will collect and disperse as needed for now. Perhaps you have a favorite childhood book or one you used as a teacher you would like others to know about. It is probably still in print!
Lochie and Laura by the Lucky 7 sign in Foxwood
DKG International Conference in Connecticut
Laura and Lochie attended the International “Global Awareness” Conference in Foxwood, Mashantucket, CT last July/August with over 300 other DKG colleagues from the Northeast Region. Speakers from the DKG@UN team presented the 17 Sustainable Development Goals the United Nations promotes to bring about a better world by 2030.
Keynote speaker, Marion Blumenthal Lazan shared her stories of her experiences just before and during her stay in concentration camps as a child in WWII. After arriving in the US in 1950, she started school at age 12, graduated tops in her class, went on to become a teacher. Since 1979 her mission has been to “educate the world to the importance of respect, tolerance and acceptance of all people.”
Co-Author of Four Perfect Pebbles:A Holocaust Story, Ms. Lazan has shared her story with over a million people. DKG proudly inducted her as an Honorary Member at this event. See more at her website: www.fourperfectpebbles.com
Speaker Monica Olveira, Community Engagement Fellow with UNICEF, advocates for the survival and empowerment of children and youth throughout the world. She also thanked DKG for the support and generosity for the Schools for Africa program and other UNICEF projects in the past. (See DKG.org for the history of these.)
Thirty-six workshops and 8 Take-Aways telling about archaeologists in the Middle East to Universal laughter, there was something for everyone. The Foxwood’s five casinos were also right at hand for diversion as well as a wonderful shopping mall and it was all indoors!
Three DKG authors received the 2019 Educators Book Award:Ghosts in the Schoolyard by Eve Ewing, My Parent’s Keeper by Jody Gastfriend, What Successful Teachers Do by Mary C. Clement.
DKG has an international book club! You can join by going to www.dkg.org After signing in with your membership number and password, click on MyDKG Tab and Communications.
A happy reunion was had when Laura and Lochie met up with Pauline Levin who moved to her summer home in Maine many years ago but maintains her membership in DKG there! Pauline sends her best wishes to everyone. Laura took this picture at BINGO Night!
Pauline and Lochie at Bingo. Nobody won!
Philadelphia in 2020
Our next International Convention will take place in Philadelphia next July 7 - 11. Look for information, theme, hotel, etc. on the dkg.org website and updates in this newsletter.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of a past long time member, Patricia Doyle. Pat had been suffering in recent years from ill health. She was found in her much beloved Nanuet apartment in late August. Pat started her career as a nun but moved into public education where she was both an elementary teacher and then principal. While no longer an Alpha Eta colleague, Pat will be remembered for her many contributions to our chapter. We send condolences to her nephews and nieces.
President:; Laura Gould. . 845.641.9489
Co-First Vice Pres: Diane Gasparrini 845.268.7632
Carol Boyatsis 845.623.3023
Co-Second Vice Pres: Nancy Casey . . 845.947.1231
Marge LaPadula . .845.352.6826
Recording Secretary: Lenora McCabe 845.352.0654
Corresponding Secretary: Daryl Marx 914.263.4106
Sunshine: Carol Sutherland 845.354.6838
Editor: Lochie Musso 845.354.4147
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last update September 26,2019