Page 4 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • November 25, 2009 Wyckoff Loris Chen attends Fulbright Japan Seminar by John Koster Loris Chen, a teacher at Wyckoff’’s Eisenhower Middle School, recently attended the Fulbright Japan Seminar held in Portland, Oregon. Chen was selected from a national pool of 120 teachers. The seminar brought 26 elementary and middle school teachers from all over the United States together with 15 winning teachers from all over Japan for a week-long conference on best practices in ESD, or education for sustainable development. The sponsoring agency paid all expenses. The conference included keynote speeches, presentations, workshops, and visits to Portland area schools that focus on ESD. ESD is described as “a vision of education that seeks to balance human and economic well-being with cultural traditions and respect for the Earth’s natural resources” and is administered by agencies of both the United States and Japanese governments. The sharing of “best practices” by educators from both countries is designed to deepen the global connections between teach- ers and students around the world. Chen has won a number of previous honors for excellence in teaching at the Blue Ribbon Eisenhower Middle School. Chen, a Fair Lawn resident who previously taught in North Arlington, once had her Wyckoff students plant 1,000 wildflowers to attract butterflies as part of an environmental project. She is the winner of a Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science, and a Public Service Gas and Electric grant for a project called “Power of Wind.” Holiday Bazaar Donations will fund landscaping work �������� ����������������������������� ������������������������� ������������ ��������������������������������� ��������������������������������� Wyckoff’s Sicomac School received a number of donations from parents for landscaping the school’s outdoor garden, along with contributions from the Wyckoff Education Foundation and the Sicomac Parent Teacher Organization. The Wyckoff Education Foundation donated $1,500 for an author visit from Tedd Arnold, and the PTO donated $820 for the cultural assembly “New Kid.” The landscaping gifts included a donation of $838 from Mr. and Mrs. Michael Edwards for a table for the outdoor classroom, anonymous gifts of two benches for the outdoor classroom at $512, and $496 for an umbrella for the outdoor classroom. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Herman donated a blue globe spruce tree valued at $455, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Brickman donated a river birch tree valued at $410 for the outdoor classroom, Mr. and Mrs. John Caporuscio donated a bench valued at $256 for the outdoor classroom, Philip ������������������������������� ������������������������������ ��������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������� �������������� ����� ���������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������� Langfelder donated a climbing hydrangea valued at $91, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Valenta donated a lace cap hydrangea valued at $78, Mr. and Mrs. Eric Epstein donated a lace cap hydrangea valued at $73, Mr. and Mrs. James Ogle donated a butterfly bush valued at $73, and Mr. and Mrs. James Whooley donated a holly plant valued at $46. The Coolidge School Parent Teacher Organization donated a K-5 cultural assembly valued at $1,680, art room software valued at $1,082, and contributions of $1,000 toward the first grade and fourth grade field trips. The Coolidge School also received organic soil, mulch, and labor for planting bulbs at the Coolidge School outdoor classroom. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Janet Razze donated a book, “Insects: Their Natural History and Diversity,” to the Eisenhower School. J. KOSTER ������������������ ���������������������������������� ����������������������� Carolyn Sundstrom of Wyckoff, a senior at Saddle River Day School in Saddle River, has been named a National Merit Semi-Finalist in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program. Semifinalists place within the top one percent of more Resident is National Merit Semifinalist than 1.5 million students who entered the National Merit Program by taking the PSAT/NMSQT in October 2008. These students now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for one of 8,200 Merit Scholarships worth more than $36 million total. 11-25-09 kathy/janine GraydonCoalition2x(11-25-09) 2x4.5” Rev1 2 Locations Glen Rock & Passaic PASSAIC LOCATION NOW OPEN SUNDAYS! We Offer Line Of Credits And Financing Plans 201.345-5621