Improv at South High--Jan. 20

Theatre South's Improv Troupe will be performing on Fri., Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m., at South High School, 341 Lakeville Rd. During the performance, students improvise and create characters and scenes based on ideas from the audience. The public is encouraged to attend Improv, always a popular event, to enjoy a spontaneous production by a talented cast. For tickets, contact Thomas Marr, drama teacher/director, Theatre South, at 441-4873.


State Honor Concert Band Winners

Six students from South Middle School and two students from South High School have been accepted to perform in the New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) Honor Concert Bands in Syracuse, in early March. These students were selected by a statewide panel of NYSBDA music educators after evaluating recordings of their performances. More than 350 applications were submitted for High School Honor Band consideration; Great Neck's musicians are among the 96 selected. Some 220 students applied for the Middle School Honor Band, with about 93 students selected to participate.


Elementary LISFA Musicians Chosen

Seven young musicians were selected for the 2011-12 Long Island String Festival Association (LISFA) Orchestra, Elementary Division (grades 5-7). The concert will be held in early March.

The middle school performers are sixth-graders; elementary school performers are all fifth-grade violinists. Performing from North Middle School will be a sixth-grade violinist. A six-grade cellist will represent South Middle School. Elementary performers, all fifth-grade violinists, include: two students from Baker School; two students from Lakeville School; and one student from Saddle Rock School.

Participation in LISFA is an outstanding accomplishment. This musical experience brings together Long Island's highly talented, young string musicians. These students help to set an example of excellence for their classmates in the instrumental music programs throughout the district. They are taught by Jacquelyn Tomlet, North Middle; Alan Schwartz, department head, South Middle; Anne Fogarty, Baker; and Juan Garcia, Lakeville and Saddle Rock.

LISFA Honor, Junior High Division

Kudos to a ninth-grade violinist from North High who was selected Associate Concertmaster (first violin, second seat) in the LISFA Orchestra, Junior High Division (grades 8-9). That concert was held in November. Her instrumental music teacher at North is Joseph Rutkowski.


Kindergarten Registration for 2012&endash;13

Enrollment for kindergarten in the Great Neck Public Schools for 2012-2013 will be held Tuesday, Jan. 17-Friday, Jan. 27. All children who will attend public or private school kindergarten in September 2012 need to be registered. To be eligible to enroll, children must have been born between Dec. 2, 2006, and Dec. 1, 2007. (Students currently enrolled in the district's Universal Prekindergarten program do not have to register.)

Residents who have not received a kindergarten registration packet in the mail may pick one up at the Office of Registration and Attendance, Phipps Administration Building, 345 Lakeville Road. The registration forms can also be downloaded from the district Web site at

Registration will be held at the Office of Registration and Attendance, weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. during this registration period.

Please bring the following information to registration (it is not necessary to bring your child):

1. Proof of district residency (deed, current tax bill, or closing statement if ownership; current signed lease or current rent receipts, if rental).

2. Three pieces of current, official mail. Online mail is not acceptable.

3. Child's original birth certificate.

4. Parent or guardian valid photo ID.

5. Parental control papers (if applicable).

6. Immunization certificate signed and stamped by a physician or other authorized health agency.

For more information about kindergarten registration, call (516) 441-4080, or e-mail


February Offerings at the Adult Program

Learn something new and enjoy a short course offered during the winter session at the Great Neck Public Schools Adult Program. A sampling of offerings is described below. All classes meet at the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Ave. For more information and to register, please call the Adult Program at 441-4949 or visit our Web site for online registration and complete catalog listings.

Fly Without Fear

Are you afraid to fly? Perhaps your fear is so overwhelming that it keeps you permanently grounded. Or you may feel nervous and tense when you're in the air. If you are a fearful flyer, an international airline captain will teach you what you need to know about modern aviation to put you more at ease. You will also learn a special behavioral technique to control flying-related and other anxieties. Class meets three Thursdays, Feb. 2-16, from 10:15-11:45 a.m. Fee: $39.

Yoga: After School

Children have an innate mastery of yoga. Join this imaginative, creative, playful class with your child or grandchild. Workout is designed to strengthen self-confidence, focus, trust, and teamwork. Class meets on three Thursdays, Feb. 2-16, 4:15-5:15 p.m. Fee: $29 for one adult and one child, ages 5&endash;8. (Note: One child only per each adult registrant.)

Shakespeare: Henry VI

Examine where Shakespeare began. Delve into the three parts of Henry VI, which many scholars believe are the first of Shakespeare's 38 plays. Review these texts and see if one can conclude that they are the first steps of a fledgling major talent. For the first class, read Henry VI, Part I, in its entirety. Class meets five Tuesdays, Feb. 14-March 20 (no class Feb. 21), from 10 a.m.-Noon. Fee: $79 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents to age 59; $49 for Great Neck and Manhasset seniors 60 years and older; $89 for nonresidents.

Norton Anthology of Short Fiction

Re-examine short fiction included in the edition of the Norton Anthology of Short Fiction that contains these stories: Pierre Menard, author of "Quixotte" by Jorge Luis Borges; "Death by Landscape" by Margaret Atwood; "Gorilla My Love" by Toni Cade Bambara; "Girl" by Jamaica Kinkaid; "A Hunger Artist" by Franz Kafka; "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner; "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by James Thurber. This class meets on five Thursdays, Feb. 16-March 22 (no class Feb. 23), from 10 a.m.-Noon. Fee: $79 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents adults to age 59; $49 for Great Neck and Manhasset senior citizens, 60 years and older; $89 for nonresidents.

Pastels at Your Fingertips

Anyone interested in learning pastel will tell you it's all about the color--contemporary and classic pastel, models, and set-ups, as well as your own diverse visual inspiration to kick start your creative genes. New, textural, colorful papers and boards will inspire drawing and painting pastel-experimentation using traditional, abstract, and multimedia solutions. All levels are encouraged to play and grow their art-making skills in this supportive and friendly class. Class meets five Thursdays, Feb. 16-March 22 (no class Feb. 23), 1-4 p.m. Fee: $125 for Great Neck and Manhasset resident adults to age 59; $81 for Great Neck and Manhasset senior citizens 60 years and older; $135 for nonresidents.

Computer Essentials

Our most popular course is for beginners and for users fearful of the PC. Acquire mouse skills and begin using your computer successful. Gain an introduction to the Windows operating system. Launch programs via the Start Menu, using your mouse to control the "windows" that appear on the screen. Explore the popular applications. Learn to send and receive e-mail using America on Line (AOL) or Yahoo! Mail. Gain the basics of Internet navigation using the Internet Explorer Web browser. Discover elementary word-processing skills using Word. Create a database using an Excel spreadsheet. Experiment with other popular software, including PowerPoint presentations. Get an introduction to digital photography. Class meets three Mondays, Feb. 27-March 12, from 10 a.m.-Noon. Fee: $99.

Knitting with a Pattern

Learn to read and use knitting patterns to make garments or objects for your home. Whether you wish to knit a sweater or an afghan, bring your pattern and knitting materials to class and learn the skills you need to complete the project. Also bring extra yarn and needles to practice new stitches and techniques. You should know how to cast on, knit, and purl. Arlene Donowitz teaches this course on five Mondays, Feb. 27-March 26, 1-2:30 p.m. Fee: $75 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $85 for nonresidents.