2020 Opera

2019 Grant Celebration

Sunday November 24th was the best day of the year for the Shelter Island Educational Foundation’s Board. On this day we heard from our thankful grant recipients. Over $50,000 was awarded to students and educators – including an elementary trip to the Bronx Zoo, Sailing camp, the DECA business club competition, the 7th-grade Schooner Adventure, Rotary Youth Leadership camp, Law Enforcement camp, Girl Scouts camp, visiting the United Nations and the Jewish Heritage Museum, an opera at the Met, a trip to Spain and Morocco… just to name a few.
Grants are awarded twice annually, during fall and spring grant cycles. The SIEF relies on our annual appeal to help fund these amazing programs. For more information please visit http://shelterislandedfoundation.org/



2019 Activities

2019 Porch Party

     Nearly 100 people attended the Shelter Island Educational Foundation’s 10th annual Porch Party on July 6 at the home of Dr. Karen Brush.
     Guests admired the frog pond, dined on international hors d’oeuvres, drank St-Germain cocktails and wine and bid on silent auction prizes.
     Students who had received grants helped selling raffle tickets and passing food.
     The rain held out just long enough for everyone to enjoy themselves. Board President Janine Mahoney said the party was a “great success.”

Schooner Trip – June 2019

Shelter Island School 7th grade students spent five days sailing aboard the Alabama with Black Dog Tall Ships. Departing from Fairhaven, Massachusetts, the class sailed to the waters near Cuttyhunk to anchor for the night. The “classroom at sea” lessons included hoisting and furling sails, hauling anchor, coiling lines, tying knots, navigating, galley duty, and jumping off the bowsprit. After sailing past Woods Hole, the Alabama tucked into its home port of Vineyard Haven to ride out the rough weather. Ashore, the class enjoyed shopping for Black Dog merchandise, spotting the Chappy Ferry and the filming location of Jaws, enjoying ice cream, and taking in a movie. This trip is an annual tradition proudly supported by the Foundation.


Harper Congdon, Kaitlyn Gulluscio, Maia Loizance, Sophie Clark, Noah Green, Alfie Brigham (front), Jose Frausto, Cooper Renault, and Jonathan Rivera.

The Alabama is in the background.


PMP visits SI School    

                                     (thanks to a grant from the Shelter Island Educational Foundation 🙂 )

Alumni of the Perlman Music Program visited Shelter Island School on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 to perform for students in grades 2 to 4.

2018 Bastille Day Porch Party

On Saturday, July 14, the Porch Party fundraiser featured a French theme with wine and cheese pairings at Edward and Julia Brennan’s home, “Windswept.”


Grants Celebration, November 2018 – A Thank You

Thank you to everyone who made the Shelter Island Educational Foundation Grants Celebration on Sunday, November 18, 2018 truly a celebration. Thanks to the standing-room-only crowd of parents, friends and supporters, to the enthusiastic and grateful students who shared their adventures and to our hard-working volunteer members of the board and the Grants Committee.

Most of all, thank you to our donors who made it all possible. The Shelter Island Educational Foundation awarded $47,000 in grants last year.

As one woman said at the end, “Listening to these kids makes me want to go out and change the world.”

JoAnn Kirkland, President

 Perlman “Concert” –  October 2017

On October 16, two alumni quartets from Perlman Music Program entertained students at the Shelter Island School. Students in grades PreK through 1 listened to favorites like “Old McDonald” in the music room, while in the auditorium, students in grades 2-5 listened to Haydn, played by musicians dressed in costumes.

The students enjoyed the music and had lots of good questions for the musicians, both the little kids and the older students.

This opportunity to meet and listen to world-class musicians up close and personal was made possible by the Educational Foundation.

Below is a short video/annotated slide show of the concert.  [Photos & video by Emma Leinhaas and Perlman Music Program]

Schooner Trip- June 2017

Shelter Island School Grade 7 aboard the Alabama for a 5-day sail

Broadway 101 Workshop and School of Rock

Members of the Jazz Band, Select Choir, and students that participated in SCMEA attended the Broadway trip and workshop.   The workshop was led by Broadway actors and actresses, and students learned about being in a professional show.  They read scenes and learned improvisation skills.  The last three photos below (featuring students Owen Gibbs and Amelia Clark, Sydney Clark and Olivia Yeaman, and Abby Kotula) were taken when students were given a few seconds to place a prop any way they’d like, and then use body movements to portray a scene they created.  They had to use their body language and minimal words to tell the story.

After the workshop, there was a half hour “question and answer” session during which students had the opportunity to interview a lead actress in the theater performance they’d be seeing later that afternoon (School of Rock).

All of this was made possible by a grant provided by the Educational Foundation.