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.”


  • Beverlea Walz Photo



Grants Celebration, November 2017 – A Thank You

Thank you to everyone who made the Shelter Island Educational Foundation Grants Celebration on Sunday, November 19, 2017 truly a celebration. Thanks to the standing-room-only crowd of parents, friends and supporters, to the 20 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 $71,000 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]

Fall Carnival and Outdoor Movie – October 2017

Come one, come all! And come they did, parents, grandparents and kids had a blast at the Shelter Island Educational Foundation Fall Carnival and Outdoor Movie on Friday, October 20.

A perfect fall evening was the backdrop for the fun. Kids painted pumpkins, had their faces painted, ate popcorn and hot dogs, played games and won prizes. Then they watched the Disney movie “Hocus Pocus” on the back lawn. Adults enjoyed appetizers and hot cider, huddled around the fire pit.

There were door prizes and a 50/50 raffle, which the winner, a mom of a student who had received a grant, generously donated her winnings back.

All proceeds benefitted the Adventure Travel Fund.

Thanks to Mary and Jimbo for opening their home and yard and all of the students volunteers – the same students who received grants from the Educational Foundation. And thanks to our attendees!

Hope to see you next year!

Schooner Trip- June 2017

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

Grant to Sylvester Manor Educational Farm

Through a grant from the Shelter Island Educational Foundation produce that local children harvested from the garden at the Sylvester Manor Educational Farm often made its way into yummy (and healthy!) treats that they served at the weekly potluck lunches on Friday afternoons.

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.

[May 17, 2017; photos by Ms. Jessica Bosak, Music Teacher, Shelter Island School]