13) ITALIAN NEWS
PMHS goes to Italy! During February break, Ms. Caparotta, Ms. Lakestream, Ms. Snyder and Mr. Powers led a group of 24 students on an incredible tour of Italy. Students got to practice their language skills and sample local culture and cuisine in Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano, Naples, Pompeii, Rome and Florence. They viewed artistic masterpieces like the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s David. They danced the Tarantella, participated in a mozzarella demonstration and tasting, and made their own pizza in Rome. It was an unforgettable cultural experience.
You never know who you are going to run into!
Pelham celebrates Carnevale! Carnevale, also known as carnival is celebrated in Italy and many places around the world 40 days before Easter (Pasqua), a final party before Ash Wednesday (le Ceneri) and the restrictions of Lent (Quaresima) begin. Carnevale in Italy is a huge winter festival celebrated with parades (la sfilata), including floats (i carri) made out of papier-mâché (la cartapesta), masquerade balls, entertainment, music, and parties. Children throw confetti (i coriandoli) at each other. Mischief and pranks are also common during Carnevale, hence the saying “A Carnevale Ogni Scherzo Vale”, which means “Anything goes at Carnival”.In honor of the Italian Festival Carnevale, students create Carnevale masks, Carnevale Reflections, and art work showcased in PMS Library.
Every year the Westchester Coalition of Italian American Organizations designates October as Italian Culture and Heritage Month and selects a theme around which to create activities, celebrations and events in and around the tri-state area. This year Italian Culture and Heritage Month was dedicated to “Celebrating Italian Americans: Cinema and Theatre, Saluting Italian American Actors and Directors”. Anton Evangelista is an award- winning filmmaker who wrote and directed a documentary about his father, Umberto Evangelista, in 2011. The documentary is a compilation of Umberto Evangelista’s recollections of growing up in Italy and immigrating to the United States and the director, Anton Evangelista’s, narration of the stories his father told him about the old world and adjusting to life in the new one. On October 23rd, Mr. Evangelista visited PMHS and conducted workshops for the students in the Italian classes on the art of story-telling. After the workshops, students were given the opportunity to ask Mr. Evangelista questions about the film, Umberto E, and learn more about the director’s inspiration and motivation for making the film.
On October 9, Alyssa-Lynn Catalanotto participated in New York City's Columbus Day Parade. In honor of Italian Heritage Month, she performed an original song I Matter, which was televised on Channel 7.
October was proclaimed Italian Heritage and Culture Month by the Westchester Coalition of Italian-American Organizations and by Westchester County Executive, Robert Astorino. Two PMHS students, Megan Leichtman and Lang Sorice, were recognized for Excellence in Italian at a ceremony on October 3 at the Antonio Meucci Lodge in White Plains.
The Italian Club participated in a pasta making workshop sponsored by the Italian Cultural Center in Tuckahoe, Wednesday, May 17th. Students cooked side by side while a local chef taught them how to make fettuccine. Following the class, the students dined together and enjoyed the pasta they had just made.
Congratulations to Charles DelGrosso who was recognized for scholastic excellence in Italian and participation in school activities by the Forum of Italian American Educators. FIAME awarded Charles a scholarship Wednesday, May 3rd at the Morris Park Association in the Bronx.