Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn
Hosts Inaugural Back to School Bash!
BAY RIDGE – Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn celebrated the start of its historic 157th academic year with a full day of food, live music, fun and games on its spacious grounds located in the heart of Bay Ridge. Students and their families gathered for Adelphi’s Inaugural Back to School Bash on Saturday, September 14th, 2019. The all-day event featured live music from popular band Full Disclosure, as well as delicious food and refreshments from Lioni’s Italian Heroes and cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones from Clowning Around NJ NY. The staff from Clowning Around also provided balloon twisting and face painting stations for children and adults, which drew large crowds throughout the day. There was even a photo booth provided by Selfie Glam NY that featured tons of fun fashion props and back-to-school-themed signs.
“Adelphi’s Inaugural Back to School Bash was a tremendous success and served as a great way to officially welcome everyone back to school,” Head of School Ms. Iphigenia Romanos said. “There is a lot to celebrate here at Adelphi, and what better way to celebrate than by hosting a huge, free party featuring delicious food, live music, fun and games for our students and their families!”
Full Disclosure rocked the crowd with a decades-spanning set list that covered classics like Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer” and modern favorites like “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran. In between sets, the crowd was treated to a live performance by the talented members of Adelphi Academy’s House Band — Musical Director Mr. Robert Bates on keyboard, Director of Academy Operations Mr. Albert C. Corhan on percussion, Theater Arts Director Ms. Nikki Fregara on vocals, Mr. Khalil Curtiss on saxophone, Mr. Mike Shaw on bass guitar and Mr. John Coughlin on vocals and guitar. They performed an eclectic mix of songs ranging from “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by Creedance Clearwater Revival to “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes. The performance tied into an announcement by Ms. Romanos about plans for the Academy’s new Adelphi Rocks Musical Arts Program, through which students will be able to pursue their individual musical interests in a comprehensive, hands-on manner.
“Being able to perform live for our families at the bash was a tremendous honor and served as the perfect platform to introduce the Adelphi Rocks Musical Arts Program, about which the entire band is excited,” Mr. Corhan said. “Our thanks to the folks from Full Disclosure for sharing the stage, and their instruments, during this very special event. Their enthusiastic performance set the tone for what’s going to be an eventful school year.”
As the oldest private, independent, continuing, coeducational, college-preparatory day school in the borough and one of the oldest in the nation, Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn, “the little school of big dreams” has been “effectively preparing young people for college, career, and life, one day at a time” for over 150 years. Founded in 1863 and located in the historic Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, Adelphi enrolls students from two years of age through twelfth grade. A strong emphasis is placed on small class size, individualized attention, self expression, critical thinking and challenging hands-on learning through Adelphi’s founding philosophy and dedication to the education of the “total child.”
Adelphi students excel within a small, intimate, safe, caring, nurturing, and secure environment through Adelphi’s core values and founding principles of pride, tradition, spirit, and excellence. The student-teacher ratio is 8 to 1 and Adelphi is a New York State Regents Exempt Program with a 100% college application, acceptance and attendance rate. A founding member of the Coalition of Essential Schools, Adelphi receives its charter from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and has been a member of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools since 1928. Ms. Iphigenia Romanos serves as Head of School.
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Photos courtesy of Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn