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Winchester Thurston School: 2011 eNotify

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November 15, 2013


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Middle School Musical:
Seussical the Musical

November 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m.
and November 24 at 2:00 p.m.
Falk Auditorium (City Campus)

Here's an announcement coming your way
With so much excitement we're happy to say
At WT our performers will shine
In Seussical the Musical a show all in rhyme!

November 22, 23, 24
Those are the dates when we open the door
7:30 on Friday and Saturday night
At 2 on Sunday - a matinee, that's right

This is a show that you really must see
Falk Auditorium is the place you should be
Remember now … this ain't mother goose
No it’s not … it's all about Seuss!


Own Clothes Day, November 20

Third Grade Presents: “A Celebration of Pittsburgh,” November 21, 6:15 – 7:45 p.m., Multipurpose Room
Connie Martin,

Third graders will present “A Celebration of Pittsburgh” where the students will share the highlights of their adventure through Pittsburgh history. We will begin with a Pittsburgh potluck dinner prepared by third grade families. The evening will showcase the third graders’ knowledge of our hometown!

All-School Thanksgiving Feast, November 25, 11:35 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Multipurpose Room
Kelly Vignale,

The second grade class is coordinating the All-School Thanksgiving Feast. Students can bring a lunch from home or purchase a lunch that will include turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and other traditional favorites. Students will take part in singing Thanksgiving songs and will end the celebration with the traditional turkey trot and an all-school recess.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day at the North Hills Campus, November 26, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Stacie Schmidt, 412-578-7512 or

Grandparents and Special Friends are invited for a special day of fun and learning! The day will include a student showcase, special project, tours of the school, and lunch. Visit the website for a detailed schedule and encourage your grandparents and Special Friends to RSVP today:

Thanksgiving Break – No School, November 27 – 29
In Service Day – No Classes for Students, December 2
Classes Resume, December 3

Extended Day – Full Day Programming for Pre-K – Grade 5, December 2, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., City Campus
Contact: Dionne Brelsford,
412-578-7533 or  

Join us for an amazing day of enrichment and fun at WT! Please have your child dressed appropriately for outside play (no uniform required). A morning and afternoon snack will be provided, but children must bring a bag lunch and a drink. There will be no regular bus and van transportation on full day program days. The price per day is $65. Families must register for these programs in advance by emailing Dionne.

Introduction to Middle School, December 3, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., Finkel Library (City Campus)
Brooks Follansbee, 412-578-7518 or

Join us for a presentation by our Middle School Director, Dan Sadowski, followed by a student panel and a chance to visit classes.

Fifth Grade Medieval Festival, December 5, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Brock Perkins,

The fifth grade Medieval Festival includes a medieval feast, dance, and other merry-making.

Spirit Day and Morning Meeting, December 6, 8:30 a.m., Multipurpose Room
 Laurie Vennes, 412-486-8341 ext. 11 or

Students should show their WT pride by wearing their WT t-shirts accompanied by uniform bottoms on Spirit Day.

Parents Association Holiday Brunches
December 6, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., at the home of Amy and Larry Zana, 3284 Windstream Drive, Gibsonia, PA 15044
December 13, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., at the home of Marina and Kenneth Lehn, 5061 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Stacie Schmidt, 412-578-7512 or      

To celebrate the season, all WT families are invited to brunch at the home of City and North Hills families. Please stop in for a quick coffee and pastry on your way to work, or stay for the morning!

Winter Performance, December 19, 2:00 p.m., Multipurpose Room

Contact: Cheri Hanczar,

Students look forward to enticing your appetite for music and dance at this year’s winter performance entitled “Winter Buffet.”  Be our guest as we go Over the River to taste Grandma's Chicken Soup. Get your taste buds ready for a Baked Potato, Gingerbread Jazz, and Peppermint Twist. Get ready for a cookie baking song! We might warm you up with a dance about hot chocolate or you might hear about a Fruitcake that we just can't seem to get rid of!

Own Clothes Day, December 20

Winter Break – No School, December 23 – January 3
Classes Resume, January 6

Winter Break 2014 Staycation: Extended Day—Full Day Programming for Pre-K – Grade 5, January 2 and 3, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Contact: Dionne Brelsford,
412-578-7533 or  

Join us for Winter Break 2014 Staycation – two amazing days of enrichment and fun at WT! The days will be filled with special visitors, hands-on projects, and adventure trips off campus. The focus will be a celebration of new beginnings and the winter season!

Please have your child dressed appropriately for outside play (no uniform required). A morning and afternoon snack will be provided, but children must bring a bag lunch and a drink. There will be no regular bus and van transportation on full day program days. The price per day is $65 and families may register for just one or both days of programming. Families must register for these programs in advance by emailing Dionne.


“Bowled Words” Exhibition of Eggshell Ceramic Bowls by Nancy McNary Smith
Show Dates: November 11, 2013 – January 24, 2014
Opening Reception: December 11, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., WT Art Gallery (City Campus)

Contact: Sally Allan,

Come and be entertained by the whimsical ceramic “word” bowls of nationally acclaimed Pittsburgh artist, Nancy McNary Smith.

These “Eggshell Bowls” are too thin for domestic use. And they rock and wobble instead of sitting securely on flat feet. The material and form are ephemeral; the function, expressive. So, if not food, wine, or water, what do they hold? Some contain fruit; but it’s virtual fruit in virtual bowls. Some contain words—smart-alecky, sarcastic, salacious, or silly words. Some contain female figures—durable as stone, weak as flesh, demanding attention, mutating. Some contain handwritten letters—from family members, from others from the past.

Winchester Thurston’s Art Gallery is located in the Main Building at the City Campus, 555 Morewood Avenue. The gallery is open during school hours, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Diversity at WT: Why Should People Care About Race? Lecture by Larry E. Davis, Dean, Donald M. Henderson, Professor and Director, Center on Race and Social Problems at the University of Pittsburgh, November 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Hilda Willis Room, Upper School Building (City Campus)
Aimee Fantazier, 412-578-7505 or

Join us for the second in a series of events on Diversity. The lecture and a light dinner are free and open to the WT Community, brought to you by the Board of Trustees Diversity Committee. RSVP at

About the Lecture: Many people think America is a post-racial society. We have elected a black president, and America has made significant progress toward racial equality. However, there remains much to be done. Some problems are worse today than they were during the turbulent times of the 1960’s. Indeed, racial disparities across a number of areas are blatant—family formation, unemployment of men of color, community violence, incarceration rates, educational disparities, and health and mental-health outcomes. Dean Davis will discuss why race matters now as much as ever and what we can do to address current racial problems.

BEARATHON 2013: Community Run, Walk, or Stroll, November 23, 9:00 a.m., Garland Field (City Campus)
Elizabeth Patterson,

The entire WT community is invited to gather on Garland Field for the start of our walk and fun run! There will be races for children 4 and under on the field and one, two, and three mile distances around campus for children (ages 5 and up) and adults. Following the BEARATHON, we will enjoy warm apple cider, hot chocolate, and race day prizes in the Mellon Gymnasium.

Hula Hooping Workshop for Families, November 23, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., Gymnasium (City Campus)
Contact: Dionne Brelsford, 412-578-7533 or

Join us as we explore the sport (and art!) of HOOPING! We will design and create our own super hoops and then enjoy a basic hooping lesson with Pittsburgh Hooping Enthusiast and Instructor, Stefanie Zito! Learn more and register.

What’s Next in Early Childhood Education: An Introduction to Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, December 11, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., North Hills Campus Library

Contact: Brooks Follansbee, 412-578-7518 or

Join Laurie Vennes, WT’s North Hills Campus Director, as she discusses the importance of creating safe, challenging, and joyful learning environments where children thrive academically and emotionally. Spread the word and please bring a friend or neighbor!

Sun Catcher Workshop at Pittsburgh Glass Center, December 14, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Pittsburgh Glass Center
Dionne Brelsford, 412-578-7533 or

This is the perfect opportunity to make a one-of-a-kind, thoughtful holiday gift for family and friends! Don’t miss out on this chance to create and explore with your children! The Pittsburgh Glass Center will open its studio doors for this special workshop just for WT families on Sunday, December 14. Learn more and register.

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