Thank You Whole Kids Foundation

whole-kids-foundationWe are thrilled to announce that we have been an awarded a $2000 School Garden Grant from the Whole Kids Foundation, the charitable arm of Whole Foods Market. There were 1300 applicants and only 500 schools won a grant.

Thank you to the Whole Kids Foundation for their support and for their mission to promote children’s nutrition and wellness.

The Fanwood Food Bank Garden is a cooperative effort between New York School for the Deaf and the Food Bank of Westchester.  This garden provides an opportunity for our students to utilize their life skills, work on vocational training and give back to the community.  In addition it provides our students in health and science classes the opportunity to get hands-on experience by learning different aspects of how the garden works.

With the assistance and guidance of the Food Bank’s Food Growing Program Coordinator, Mr. Douglas DeCandia, we are growing organic vegetables and herbs in the space provided on our campus.  Once we harvest the vegetables and herbs, The Food Bank of Westchester distributes the produce from the garden to various local food pantries.

Sign On Performs at Greenwich High School

Sign OnOn March 11th, the NYSD Sign On performers visited Greenwich High School. The students were excited for the opportunity to perform for a new audience, but they were also very proud to share info related to deaf culture and ASL.

Performances such as these, allow the students to show people who they are, what they look like and what they can do.

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Fanwood Celebrates 100 Days of School

100daysOn Monday, March 3rd, our preschool and elementary students celebrated the 100th day of school! Students engaged in celebration activities, which included scavenger hunts, 100 physical activities in the gym, and much more! We all had a blast celebrating all the learning and fun we’ve had this year!

Our celebrations began with class presentations of our “100s Trains,” which displayed students’ creativity in representing the number 100. These trains will be displayed in the library and around Ford Hall.

Elementary students read letters they wrote that described all of the wonderful things they have learned over the past 100 school days. It was wonderful to see the many things they’ve learned!

Winter Athletic Season Wrap up

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The 2014 NYSD Cheer Squad had a bigger team this winter, making it a even more exciting season. The squad had eleven members, including a mascot, a drummer, and a spotter.

On February 22nd, the NYSD Cheer Squad had a competition in Maryland and competed against five other squads placing 4th overall. Our squad members should be applauded for their diligence and commitment. Silmara C. and Yzumaris R. received an All Tournament Team Award in Cheerleading category. They absolutely deserve a pat on the back.

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Coach Nelky Perez is proud of the 2013-2014 Girls’ Basketball Team. If you remember, NYSD didn’t have a basketball team last year but that didn’t stop the team from working hard to have a successful team this year! The girls were thrilled to play together as a team and finished with an over record of 7-9 for the winter season. The lady Tornadoes stood up to each challenge and always worked together as a team.

The coaches were very proud of team manager, Sonia L.  Sonia worked hard to support the team and put a lot of care into her role.

“Thank you to captain, Yzumaris R., who greatly contributed to the team by both defensively and offensively on the court. I am proud of her great leadership and teamwork.” “I also want to recognize seniors, Rosa P. and Yzumaris R.  We will miss you next year and wish you both the best of luck after graduation this year.” Nelky Perez

“We survived and we achieved! Lets GO New York School for the Deaf. Let’s go Golden Tornadoes!”

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What a season!  Boys’ basketball head coach, John Diehl is really proud of the boys for working so hard throughout the winter season.  Finishing with a record of 13-7, each and every game was really close match, never more than a 30-point difference.  Also the team suffered injuries this season and played hard despite that.

Our young players on the bench gained a great deal of experience this season; they were eager to learn the game and become a team.  As captains, Wigner D. and Dennis W. worked together, shared their expertise with the players and positively led the team.

John Diehl, recognizes seniors, Dennis and Jake for their hard work and effort throughout their Fanwood basketball careers. They will be greatly missed next year and we wish them the best of luck in the future!

“I am proud of my boys; their hard work and courage helped build and excellent basketball program. We are all looking forward to next year!” John Diehl