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JULY

Special Section to: The Stratford Star

The Milford Mirror

The Trumbull Times

Shelton Herald

The Monroe Courier

The Easton Courier

Talk to the animals


Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo gives students of all ages the opportunity
to learn about conservation, inform about animals, inspire curiosity and
teach science. It's about teaching youth and adults to have a wonder and respect for nature.
Everyone learns differently, whether it's hands-on, reading a book, listening to someone or a little bit of everything. The zoo offers all that
and more to help everyone understand the importance of animals (hidden in fun and adventure).
In Beardsley Zoo Tots, parents can bring their 22-month-old to fouryear-old child to have an animal adventure, learning about creatures.
There are presentations, play time, take-home craft and a story.
Zoo Patrol gives children a week of zoo-based activities, tours and
behind-the scenes experiences at the zoo.
Scouts can set up overnight adventures at the zoo. Those events
include carousel rides, animal encounters, games and more.
Teens can foster their love of animals by joining the zoo explorers, to
learn about possible future careers.
To learn more, visit beardsleyzoo.com or call 203-394-6565.

Clockwise from top:


Azarea and Ariana
ride a camel, an otter
gets fed, an eagle and
a tiger.
Photos by
John Kovach

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Finding a special place


for all ages, stages of life
While the term special needs is an umbrella under which many different diagnoses fall,
the objective of St. Vincents Special Needs
Services (SVSNS) provides assistance for persons with special needs through all ages and
stages of life.
Continuum of care thats what St.
Vincents Special Needs Services is all about,
said Raymond Baldwin, Jr., SVSNS president/
CEO. We offer those with special needs
comprehensive care at virtually every age
and stage of life. Knowing that care wont
end, and that there is an organization that
will provide lifelong care they can trust, gives
those with special needs and their families
peace of mind and a true sense of belonging.
The journey begins
In some circumstances, disabilities can be
diagnosed at birth. SVSNSs Birth to Three
Early Intervention Services provides families
new to special needs with valuable resources
and support.
Early intervention specialists provide evaluations and develop individualized treatment
plans, with services being performed in the
home, where the child and family members
can benefit in the very setting where they
will spend the most time living, learning and
playing.
Special care for children
As all children grow, their world grows,
too. The Feroleto Childrens Development
Center, in Trumbull, nurtures that growth
from childhood into young adulthood. The
Special Needs Services School Program educates students, ages 3 to 21, whose developmental and/or medical needs require a high
level of individualized instruction, therapy
and medical care.
SVSNS is continually growing.
The Trumbull facility recently added a
state-of-the-art therapeutic pool and expanded its school program to include children
with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
Were excited about the new comprehensive autism program here at St. Vincents,
said Dr. Jennifer Robin Lee, child and adolescent psychiatrist and medical director
of St. Vincents Autism and Developmental
Services. There were limited year-round
options locally for children with ASD,
a growing population, and SVSNS has
answered that call.

A child in in the autism program at St. Vincents Special Needs


Services.

Transitioning to adulthood
The transition into adulthood for those
with special needs and their families can be
both exciting and challenging. This is
yet another stage in life where the continuum of care offered at SVSNS is so valuable.
Throughout the school years, each student
has had a comprehensive team of caregivers
that can provide personal insight into their
abilities, preferences and interests.
These caregivers offer support and guidance to families as they make important
decisions about the choices available to these
young adults. Many choose to transition into
the Changing Images Adult program offered
at SVSNS. The adult day program offers
opportunities for recreational activities, group

A student receiving aquatic therapy in St. Vincents pool.

supported employment or even employment


in the community where adults challenged
by developmental disabilities can do productive and meaningful work and be paid for
it.
With 11 group homes in seven Fairfield
County communities, both children and
adults with special needs are given the
opportunity to contribute and thrive in a
loving family environment. Homes are in
Bridgeport, Monroe, Shelton, Stamford,
Stratford, Newtown and Trumbull.
A special mission
The SVSNS Mission is to create opportunities for persons of differing abilities to live,
learn, work and play. From birth through

the senior years, SVSNS and its staff nurses,


educators and caregivers provide care to help
improve the quality of life of the individuals
they serve.
As part of St. Vincents Health Services, St.
Vincents Special Needs Services is dedicated
to spiritually centered, holistic care, which
sustains and improves the health of individuals and communities.
Our mission is an important one, said
Baldwin. We provide people with special
needs, and their families, with hope, support,
love and care for life.
For information, visit stvincentsspecialneeds.org.

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Educating kids
for life-long dental health

Sacred Heart Academy


STR ONG VALUES . STRONG ACADEMICS . STRONG LEADERSHIP

by Susan Chaves
Correspondent

There are few things in life that instill fear


in children and adults alike. The short list
includes needles, getting sent to the principals/boss office and going to the dentist.
The majority of us experience some level
of dental anxiety, as much as 80%, in fact,
said Dr. Maria Pouliezos-Karayiannis of My
Smile Orthodontics in Shelton. Despite dentists best efforts, there is something that feels
inherently vulnerable about lying back in a
chair while we examine your mouth.
She suggests easing some of that nervousness with communication between dentist
and patient.
However, its hard to know exactly how or
what to communicate sometimes, PouliezosKarayiannis said. Simply understanding and
thoroughly explaining every little step can
make a huge difference.
For the wee ones, she said parents should
set their childrens dental appointments early,
allowing them to sit in their parents laps
during the visit. She said it makes the visits
easier and less frightening when older.
Dr. Sara Ysaac-Garcia of Childrens
Dentistry of Trumbull keeps her office
stocked with kid-friendly attractions such
televisions, toys and an iPad. She also offers
nitrous oxide sedation, or laughing gas,
to help relax some children during dental
exams.
Sometimes some children are too young or
too nervous in the dental chair that they may
need a deeper sedation for dental treatment,
she said. I have privileges at Bridgeport
Hospital and can deliver dental treatment
safely to these patients.
The American Academy of Pediatric
Dentistry and the American Academy of
Pediatrics recommend that children visit the
dentist by age one, or when their first tooth
appears, and twice a year after that.
The studies have shown that the earlier
the child visits the dentist the less dental
treatment the child needs, Ysaac-Garcia said.
However, many children end up in the
dentists chair more often than they or
their parents would like. Both dentists said
cavities, also known as tooth decay, is the
most common problem among their young
patients.
Tooth decay is the No. 1 chronic disease
in children, Pouliezos-Karayiannis said. Its
estimated that 40% of children have some for
of tooth decay before they even reach kindergarten. Alarming, but so much of the prob-

lem is preventable through routine hygiene


appointments.
It is often during these appointments
when problems are discovered and may be
addressed before serious damage is done
and before any discomfort arises.
Tooth pain doesnt usually exist until
decay reaches the tooths pulp, PouliezosKarayiannis said. At that point its probably
advanced and may require more extensive
treatment. Good preventative treatment happens before theres pain.
Preventative treatment begins at home.
Pouliezos-Karayiannis said parents have to
take an active role in their childrens oral
health and help them develop positive habits.
She and Ysaac-Garcia provided tips for
healthy mouths, including limiting sugar
intake, brushing for two full minutes twice a
day (usually after breakfast and before bed)
and flossing.
To get kids into the habit of brushing well,
Pouliezos-Karayiannis said parents can access
apps on their smartphones to set reminders
to brush or play music for the full two minutes required.
There are apps for both children and
adults, she said. Sometimes we all need a
little extra motivation. These apps are effective and simple to use.
Parents may also go old school and sing
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Signs a tutor might be necessary


School is not always easy, and some students struggle as they transition from grade
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Proper training, multiple sports


important for young athletes
by Susan Chaves
Correspondent
September once meant the official end of
summer, a return to the classroom and the
start of fall sports. The first two still hold
true, for the most part. School really kicks
off at the end of August. However, there
seems to be no summers off when it comes
to sports.
While kids participating in sports year
round is nothing new, playing the same sport
12 months out of the year is a more recent
development.
Sports have become more specialized
so children are playing the same sport year
round instead of multiple sports, said Ken
OToole, who co-owns O Zone Fitness
Training Center in Fairfield with his wife,
Deb. if they dont commit to a sport at 13...
theyre not going to be good enough to play
on a high school team when they get there.
While OToole believes that kids should
play sports, he does not think becoming so
focused on a single sport at a young age is
the best approach. The repetitive movement
of one sport often causes injuries to still-developing bodies.
Playing various sports throughout the
year allows these athletes the opportunity
to grow and get stronger through multiple
movement patterns, OToole said.
Dr. Joshua B. Frank of Coastal
Orthopaedics made a similar observation.
We do believe that performing multiple
sports over the course of a year allows for
different muscles to be used and rested,
Frank wrote in his piece in this section.
Also, periods of rest and time without any

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Trainers work with youth to teach them onthe importance of working out the right way.

major sports participation is also beneficial.


Coastal Orthopaedics has locations in
Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk and Westport.
If athletes do experience some downtime,
Frank suggested that athletes give themselves
plenty of time to preparing for the season.
A period of limited activity followed by
a sudden onset of training can easily lead to
aggravation of growth plates, tendons and
apophyses, he wrote. In general, a graduated schedule of increased activity with appropriate stretching may help prevent these
conditions.

The OTooles and their trainers work with


athletes on strength training and conditioning, focusing on full-body functioning, which
includes the core and lower and upper body.
They also provide individualized programs,
the proper foundation and education.
People dont realize the major impact
repetitive movement of one sport has on the
body and its mechanics, OToole said. Here,
people start to understand why they need
better movement and strength to compete in
one sport.
Since launching the O Zone four years

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He takes them same approach with his
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She doesnt go to the American Ballet
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Trumbull for seven months and takes a few
months off, OToole said. She does it for
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While participating in sports for enjoyment is important for OToole, Frank touts
its benefits on childrens health if approached
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With the increased prevalence of childhood obesity, it has become even more evident that many children are not nearly active
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July 30, 2015

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for Class of 2016
Davis Education & Career Consultants,
LLC (The DEC Network) will offer a College
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the Class of 2016, from Monday, Aug. 3, to
Thursday, Aug. 6, 10 to 2.
Directed by Debbie Davis, president of the
DEC Network, students will spend four days
developing and fine-tuning their application
strategies. Participants in the boot camp will
start with Presenting Yourself and the College
Application, complete Myers-Briggs personality assessments, finish their rsums, as well
as complete the common application and
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assistance from experienced college consultants and writing specialists.
Available space in the College Application
Boot Camp is limited. To register and learn
more, contact Debbie at 203-438-0624 or
davis@dec-network.com, or visit the website
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Davis Education & Career Consultants,
LLC, the DEC Network is an education and
career planning company headquartered
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the companys mission is to bring objective
insight and compassion to every relationship,
while promoting the right fit.
Program participants
Debbie Davis, president of the DEC
Network, has consulted with individuals,
families, schools, communities and corporations in various professional capacities for
more than 30 years.
As president of the DEC Network, Davis
has advised clients of all ages on how to best
prepare for school, college, graduate school,
gap or postgraduate years, athletic recruit-

Debbie Davis, president of Davis Education & Career Consultants.

ment, summer enrichment, internships,


study abroad and career planning.
Davis is a certified educational planner
(CEP) and has attended both the Harvard
Summer Institute on College Admissions and
the Independent Educational Association
Consultants (IECA) Summer Training
Institute.
She serves on the executive board of
the Independent Educational Consultants
Association (IECA), and is a member of the
National Association for College Admission
Counseling (NACAC).
She is also a certified practitioner of the
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality
assessment. Davis holds a bachelors degree

from St. Lawrence University and a masters


in business administration, with a concentration in human resources, from the Lubin
School of Business at Pace University.
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college students on communication related to
internship and job applications.
Esemplare has worked as an adjunct
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Connecticut State University since 2009.
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Tips for a healthy school year


Students are most likely to get sick when
school starts because being at school put
childrens immune systems to the test, offers
The Mayo Clinic. Young children who are in
close proximity to others in large groups tend
to spread organisms like bacteria and viruses
that cause illness. Breaking the cycle can take
some work, but its possible to make this a
healthy school year.

lines indicating when it is acceptable for children to return to school, and its important
that parents adhere to those guidelines so
illnesses cannot spread around the school.
Sleep
While adults may need between seven and
nine hours of sleep a night, children often
require more. The National Sleep Foundation
recommends eight to 13 hours of sleep a
night for school-aged children. Begin adjusting sleep schedules during the latter part of
summer vacation so that children can readjust to their regular sleep schedules.
Parents also should feed kids nutritious
diets consisting of a variety of foods. Avoid
high-calorie junk foods, reserving such items
only as special treats every so often.

Encourage hand washing


Frequent handwashing is a great way to
prevent illness. Handwashing habits are
essential for school-aged children and should
be taught as soon as possible. Children
should wash their hands after they use the
bathroom and before they eat. If theyve
been playing outside or have interacted with
children who are sick, hand washing can
help remove some of the germs lingering on
their hands. Antibacterial wipes are another
option, but they may not be as effective as
washing hands with warm, soapy water.
Stop (some) sharing
Sharing develops good manners and can
foster new friendships. But children should

be discouraged from sharing food, drinks


and other personal items. Once the item has
been placed in a childs mouth, it should not
be shared.

Sick days
Rare is the student who will never come
down with an illness. When kids get sick,
keep them at home. Schools may have guide-

Cleaning supplies
Some schools may be underfunded and
may not have enough supplies to keep all of
the classrooms and surfaces clean. Parents
can help by donating cleaning wipes and
sprays so that students and teachers can
thrive in clean, healthy environments.

New school year brings excitement, challenges and SATs


A new school year brings energy, excitement, challenges, and concerns.
Energy pours into polished corridors,
bringing them alive again.
Excitement builds as friends reconnect,
plan events and compare teachers and schedules.
Challenges emerge in the form of new disciplines, new teacher expectations, and the
demands of balancing academics, sports and
perhaps SAT and/or ACT preparation
Concerns about getting off to a good start
are foremost in the minds of parents and stu-

dents. What to do to ensure a good start for


the year?
Keep a journal that includes questions to
pose to teachers and insights into teacher
expectations. Identifying what a teacher cares
about most in writing assignments is important before the next essay is due. No teacher
with an average class load of more than 100
students can comment on everything in an
essay. If your teacher cares about transitions,
make sure yours are excellent. If your teacher
is allergic to the word got, remove it from
your vocabulary. Of course you are seeking

excellence in all area, but you cant fix everything at once any more than the teacher can
comment on it.
Go in for extra help early if you need it.
Teachers respect students who care enough
to seek clarity and assistance. If you need
a tutor, get one early before you feel overwhelmed by weak grades.
Become a reader of material beyond that
which is presented in the classroom. I have
the students with whom I work on SAT and
ACT preparation read editorials in the New
York Times and explore Arts and Letters

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July 30, 2015

Helping kids get back to school


Local organizations are working together
to help youth in the area get back to school.
Items needed should be new, and everything
from pens and pencils to backpacks are needed.
Preparing children for school with a new
backpack filled with school supplies helps
to boost self-esteem and gives them the tools
and confidence needed to learn and thrive
in school, organizers of the following events
said.
Valley
The annual back-to-school drive to help
students in the Valley get back to school is in
full swing.
Until Friday, Aug. 21, backpacks and other
school supplies are being collected around the
Valley.
This drive is coordinated by Jennifer

Sneider, owner of J Cuts, 505 Howe Avenue,


Shelton. J Cuts is the main collection point.
For more information, call Sneider at 203924-4107.
Monroe
The Department of Community and Social
Services is looking for monetary donations for
the Friendship Funds Back to School Buddy
Program.
Donation boxes for new supplies will be
at The Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, the
Senior Center, and room 217 at Monroe Town
Hall. Donations may be dropped off during
regular business hours.
Last day for donations is Monday, Aug. 3.
Make checks payable to the Town of Monroe,
Friendship Fund. Donations may be sent
to Monroe Social Services, 7 Fan Hill Road,
Monroe, CT 06468.

Call Mary Ann Kalm, 203-452-2813 for


more information.
Milford
The Milford Salvation Army Service Unit
is collecting school supplies for its annual
Backpack Program for the children of Milford.
Each year, the goal is to insure that all children in Milford start the school year with a
new backpack filled with school supplies.
Over the years, with the assistance of the
community, the Milford Salvation Army
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or hum a tune or recognize good
brushing habits with a little reward.
Whichever path is taken, PouliezosKarayiannis said parents must be
persistent and motivating.
Dont let fussy kids off the hook,
she said. Sometimes a sticker or a
star can make any activity fun.
A little bit of hassling now can
save parents a bigger headache down
the road. If more extensive treatment
is required, the world of dentistry
is armed with the latest technology, from digital radiography and
three-dimensional imaging to lasers
and cad-cam technology.
All have one thing in mind
efficiency in treatment, PouliezosKarayiannis said. Making the treatment as easy, as comfortable and as
aesthetic as possible for the patient is
very important part of having a positive dental experience.
Digital X-rays, she said, cause 70
to 90% less radiation exposure than
traditional X-rays and provide higher
resolution images that are instant.
Many of the machines have automatic dose control, which automatically
adjusts exposure settings based on a
patients bone density.
[This] reduces the height of the
imaging area and results in approximately a 32% exposure reduction
for pediatric patients, PouliezosKarayiannis said.
Digital impressions eliminates
the need for the long-used tray and
putty technique, while allowing
orthodontists to get an accurate
mold of a patients teeth and jaw.
The iTero scanner is used in our
office and it ensures a more accurate
impression from the start, resulting
in improved treatment and a more
comfortable patient experience,
Pouliezos-Karayiannis said. Digital
impressions also give you the ability
to see your teeth instantly in 3D,
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What to know about kids


and sports medicine
by Dr. Joshua B. Frank

Over the years we have learned a


on the rise. This may be related
tremendous amount about sports,
to increased awareness and better
physiology, biomechanics, and
diagnosis of these injuries. If left
technique. This advancement in
untreated, it is possible that these
knowledge has allowed youthful
injuries can lead to further damage
athletes to become faster, stronger,
to the knee and even the onset of
quicker and more efficient.
early arthritis. Acute knee injuries
Another area that has advanced
should be evaluated by a medical
is that of sports medicine. In parprofessional and may require x-rays
ticular, the study of young athletes.
or even and MRI.
Whenever we talk about sports
Sub-acute or chronic injuries can
Dr. Joshua B. Frank also sideline a young athlete. Over
injuries, it is probably best to
divide injuries into acute injuries
the past years, there has been an
and sub-acute or chronic injuries.
increased focus on sports. While sports are
Acute injuries are often obvious and can
great and teach children excellent life skills
cause immediate onset of pain. In some ciras well as improve physical condition, there
cumstances the initial injury is not quite as
is a point where it can get to be too much.
dramatic and may not cause play to stop. It
That point may be different amongst athletes
is important to recognize and address these
and may change as a child grows.
injuries in a timely manner, as they can go
In an effort to improve athletic ability, chilon to cause permanent disability. We have
dren and adolescents are often specializing in
learned that children can sustain similar inju- one sport and participating in that sport yearries as adults.
round. Whether it be on a team, in camp, or
The diagnosis of pediatric anterior crucieven in the backyard, year-round sports can
ate ligament (ACL) and meniscal injuries is
lead to fatigue and injury.

Overuse injuries can occur all over the


body. There are even names to associate
injuries with certain sports. For example, a
chronic over-use injury to the growth plate of
the proximal humerus (shoulder) is known
as Little Leaguers shoulder.
Obviously, these types of injuries are not
limited to baseball. We do not yet know how
much time is too much time in gymnastics
practice, or running or even playing basketball outside. We do believe that performing
multiple sports over the course of a year
allows for different muscles to be used and
rested. Also, period of rest and time without
any major sports participation is also beneficial.
Another important recommendation is
to prepare for the upcoming season well in
advance. A period of limited activity followed
by a sudden onset of intense training can easily lead to aggravation of growth plates, tendons and apophyses. In general, a graduated
schedule of increased activity with appropriate stretching may help prevent these conditions. Even though training camp begins in

August, young athletes should be preparing


on their own well in advance of these intense
training periods.
Sports are great. With the increased prevalence of childhood obesity it has become
even more evident that many children are
not nearly active enough. With appropriate
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Ensure a great semester


by Michelle Sagalyn
School will be back in session before you
know it. As such, is important to make sure
your child gets off to a good start because
this could have impact over their entire academic year.
To support your child, Successful Study
Skills 4 Students recommends four ways you
can make sure your student has a great first
semester.
Set goals
Before school starts, sit down with your
child and talk about their goals for the
semester. You might be surprised at how
seriously they take the challenge. The goal
doesnt have to be big either much can be
accomplished with little steps, which supports the bigger mission of giving your child
confidence with the sense of accomplish that
come from achieving the goal.
For example, the goal might be to finish
and hand-in all homework on time, use a
planner or calendar for all assignments, and

take notes on all test book readings. Setting


realistic goals will motivate your child to do
well because theyll have something concrete
to shoot for.
The most important element is to make
sure that your child is active in planning and
thinking about what goals they set for themselves.
Check notes
Make sure your child is taking good notes
in school. This is easy to check you can
ask to see their notes when they come home.
Good and thorough notes will not only give
your child a better understanding of the
material for long term, but also will also significantly increase test and quiz results.
Homework
Another way to ensure success is to make
sure your child is doing their homework.
Homework usually is an important component of the final semesters grade, so it is

important to make sure your child does their


homework and turns it in.
Homework is also a great way for your
child to start to assume independence and
responsibility. Especially for a middle school
student, the best way for you to assist in your
students homework is to make sure they
establish a routine and have a quiet, distraction free place to do their work, which we
discuss below.
Get a study space
It is very important for your child to have
a quiet distraction-free space to study and
do homework. This means, no television, no
texting, no online time unless it is strictly
for homework purposes.
If your child has a cell phone, you might
consider holding on to it until their homework is finished. Make sure your child has
all the supplies needed before they sit down
to do homework. If your student does homework in a public place, such as the kitchen

or dining room, set the tone through example by not talking on the phone or watching
TV near your child.
Your child can have a great semester with
the right support and motivation. Every child
wants to succeed; they just need the tools,
skills, and determination to achieve their
goals.
About S4
Successful Study Skills 4 Students (S4)
provides students with the tools, strategies,
and study skills needed to build successful academic careers. By teaching logical,
easy-to-implement study skills, S4 helps students establish and build habits for a foundation for learning and academic success.
Information: S4StudySkills.com or 203418-2003.
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BOARD CERTIFIED

Karen L. Laugel, M.D.

Michelle Rivelli M.D.

Melanie J. Georgalas M.D.

Christa L. Johnson M.D.

Nicholas P. Mongillo M.D.

Kevin W. Benson M.D.

OPEN HOUSE
sunday, october 4 1:003:00pm

ENTRANCE EXAM
october 17 or 24 8:00am

Transfer Students Welcome | Scholarships and Financial Aid Available

OPEN EVENINGS

Strengthen Your Core


freshman physics
womens studies
global vision
Lauralton Hall

academy of our lady of mercy

Connecticuts First
Catholic College-Prep
School for Girls

Milford, Connecticut
203.877.2786
LauraltonHall.org

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Education Hersam Acorn Newspapers 

July 30, 2015

First Day of School Smiles


Start Here.
It all starts with regularly scheduled dental check-ups. Now is the
perfect time to schedule your childs back-to-school dental exam at
Dental Associates of Connecticut. Our experienced pediatric dentists
are among the most experienced in the area. Make the call today and
let us help your child have a great dental experience.
Call any of our four ofces to arrange a convenient appointment today!
Ofces are open Monday-Thursday, 8am-8pm and Friday-Saturday from 8am-5pm.

Emergency Services 24/7

Danbury
New Milford

(203) 748-5717
(860) 355-4137

Newtown
Shelton

(203) 426-5891
(203) 380-0660

www.DentalAssociates.us

Pollys School
of

GYMNASTICS
550 FERRY BOULEVARD
STRATFORD

Celebrating
Our 44th
Year In
Business

Fall-Winter Program 2015-2016


Begins in September
Competitive Teams & Trophy Winners:
All Levels
U.S.A. 3-8

CLASSES ALL LEVELS: Monday through Saturday. Boys & Girls. (Limited Spaces Available).
Skills on all the gymnastics equipment and tumbling is taught, all classes are geared to help
youngsters learn the correct and safe way to do gymnastics and develop body control and strength
to enable them to progress on to each level of gymnastics.
FITNESS FOR THE VERY YOUNG: Monday through Thursday, morning classes only. 15 months
to 2 years. Parents share in this experience for the youngster. Social and physical activities around
the gym which is filled with projects for beginning in rhythmic movements and motor skills.
PRE-SCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN CLASSES: Monday through Thursday. For 2 to 5 Years
Old. Instructions on the equipment, tumbling and many other activities for the young gymnasts.
Morning and early afternoon classes only.

Some Classes Have Limited Availability


Call Today for Further Information & Registration

203-375-3244

Visit our website: www.PollysGymnastics.com