SCHOOL CEL­E­BRA­TION

New direc­tor and a new look for Bea­gle School

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By News Staff More de­tails on The Bea­gle School’s Lau­rie Berkner con­cert will be avail­able at bea­gleschool.com and on The Bea­gle School’s Face­book page.

On Wednesday, the Bea­gle School cel­e­brated its new direc­tor, up­dated look and an­nounced a pop­u­lar chil­dren’s record­ing artist is set to per­form in con­cert in the city next year.

The school’s new direc­tor is a past pres­i­dent of the Board of Direc­tors at the school. Jes­sica Todten­hagen is the mom of two Bea­gle alums and one cur­rent Bea­gle stu­dent. She has a master’s de­gree in ed­u­ca­tion from the Univer­sity at Buf­falo.

Todten­hagen re­places Fran Rauch­w­erger, who left after five years of ser­vice at the Bea­gle School.

“I am thrilled to be join­ing these won­der­ful teach­ers and this school,” Todten­hagen said. “We are con­stantly work­ing to­gether to en­rich the early ed­u­ca­tion of our chil­dren and share the im­por­tance of learn­ing through play and dis­cov­ery. Thanks to the sup­port of Bea­gle friends and fam­i­lies, we were able to up­date the inside and out­side of our beloved school. The chil­dren have en­joyed many as­pects of our im­prove­ments al­ready, es­pe­cially the new swing set in the back­yard.”

The “lit­tle red school house” at 115 Re­gent St. has a brand new swing set struc­ture and a new play area and toy shed out­side.

The school also had the drive­way and walk­way paved and vol­un­teers and teach­ers up­dated its land­scap­ing. It has a new tile dis­play in the cubby area with art­work from stu­dents. In 2016, the Re­gent Street lo­ca­tion (where the three and four-yearold pro­grams are run) had a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion inside as well. The learn­ing and play ar­eas were up­dated with new fur­ni­ture, paint and toys. The school also has an up­dated kitchen area where healthy snacks from par­ents are stored and dis­trib­uted to stu­dents dur­ing snack time. The Cir­cu­lar Street lo­ca­tion was also up­dated in 2016.

The school also has a new busi­ness man­ager, Colleen Park, who is also a Bea­gle par­ent and pre­vi­ous mem­ber of the board of direc­tors at the school.

After Todten­hagen cut a pa­per chain that chil­dren cre­ated to cel­e­brate the up­dated fa­cil­ity, fundrais­ing chair Kate Fitz­patrick ex­plained how Lau­rie Berkner — who Peo­ple Mag­a­zine called “The Queen of Chil­dren’s Mu­sic” — will per­form a con­cert on Saturday, April 21 at 11 a.m. at Loewen­berg Au­di­to­rium at Saratoga Springs High School.

“We are so ex­cited to have the op­por­tu­nity to welcome Lau­rie Berkner to Saratoga Springs. Lau­rie’s mu­sic ties di­rectly to The Bea­gle School’s philosophy of learn­ing through play,” said Fitz­patrick. “She is so well loved among chil­dren and par­ents, and we know this will be a fun and mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence for our com­mu­nity.”

JOSEPH PHE­LAN — JPHELAN@DIGITALFIRSTMEDIA.COM

Peo­ple at­tend the event Wednesday.

JOSEPH PHE­LAN — JPHELAN@DIGITALFIRSTMEDIA.COM

Jes­sica Todten­hagen, the newly named direc­tor of The Bea­gle School, cuts a pa­per chain cre­ated by stu­dents to cel­e­brate new ad­di­tions inside and out­side the fa­cil­ity.

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