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ABOUT TOWN: Future Varsity Sports Stars (And School's Out for the Summer!)

Welcome to "About Town with Mark Snyder," a column that will keep you up to the minute with what's what, who's who and what's going on around town. If you see or hear something we could use here, let us know by sending an e-mail to pmpco@aol.com.

FUTURE STARS OF VARSITY SPORTS: Athletic Director Ryan Donahue brought a posse of Black Knights athletes with him to last week to talk about the various sports teams at the High School.

Athletes from each of the teams were represented, and answered questions from the crowd.

Donahue says that the Athletics Department will hold its Third Annual Open House on Wednesday, June 13, starting at 6:30 p.m in the SHS gymnasium.

Says Donahue, "This is a great opportunity to square away paperwork and concussion education for the upcoming fall sports season." 

Current eighth grade parents and students are welcome to attend. 

Speaking of Stoughton High sports, the Spring Sports Awards will be held on Monday, June 11, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Stoughton High School cafeteria.

Donahue writes, "Come out and support our athletes and their achievements."

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SCHOOLS OUT FOR SUMMER: celebrated its last day of Hebrew School on Sunday June 3.  It was a day of fun, with various memory games and contests, including a Mitzvah scavenger hunt.

At the end, awards and prizes were handed out to the students of the school with their parents in attendance, The festivities ended with everyone enjoying ice cream desert.

Shaloh House Hebrew School has been teaching children for 25 years in Stoughton, serving families from all over the South Area communities.

It prides itself on the strong energy, excitement and enthusiasm that is experienced in the classrooms and beyond.  The goal of the school is to instill in the children a sense of pride and love for Judaism; games and competitions to motivate learning.

It is the only program that uses the Aleph Champ curriculum, a self motivating Hebrew reading program modeled on the martial arts system. Aleph Champ has been very instrumental in raising the level of Hebrew reading in the Hebrew School.

A year round, bi-weekly, school-wide Jeopardy game on all kinds of Jewish topics keeps the students on their toes every week. 

On Sunday June 3, the Shaloh House Hebrew School completed another successful year of learning, fun and memories for the rest of their lives.  Some of the special memories to cherish were the annual Shabbat experience, the Purim play, the Chanukah parade, the pizza trips, Jeopardy and Aleph Champ.

Rabbi Mendel Gurkow, Director of the Hebrew School, charged the students to realize that their learning and experience at Hebrew School will be even more valuable to them as they get older in life.  He also thanked the parents for choosing Shaloh House and entrusting their children’s Jewish education in the care of the Shaloh House teaching staff.

Registration for the year 2012/13 is now under way for children entering kindergarten through 7th grade, as well as the advanced Post Bar/Bat Mitzvah class.

There is no membership required for Hebrew School at Shaloh House and the tuition is affordable.  For more information call 781 344-6334 or visit www.shalohhouse.com.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: to Heather Mcalister-Jackman, a pharmacist and native of Stoughton; and to Sharon Johnson, wife of artist and WEEI host Larry Johnson.

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Editor's Note: Happy Birthday to Mr. About Town himself, Mark Snyder, who turns 39 today for the 19th time. Mark has been a valuable member of the Stoughton Patch team since our launch in December of 2010.

Mark, an online and print columnist, former TV show host and MC for many Stoughton fundraisers and events, will be celebrating his 58th birthday at Town Meeting this evening. He is the chairman of Precinct 2. 

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