News from The School at Columbia University: May 17, 2013
FOR YOUR CALENDARS Saturday, May 18 Final Debate Tournament: 3-6 pm
Tuesday, May 21
Grade 5 Band Concert: 8 am
Thursday, May 23
Library Volunteer Training Session: 8:30 am
PA/Neurodiversity Group Meeting: 8:30 am (Library Conf. Rm.)
Friday, May 24
Grade 3 Concert: 8:15 am
Monday, May 27
NO SCHOOL Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 28
NO SCHOOL Faculty Report-Writing Day
Thursday, May 30 Grade 6 Curriculum Share: 8 am PA/Kaleidoscope Meeting: 8:30 am
Friday, May 31 PA/Nutrition and Health Committee Meeting: 8:30 am (North Dining Room)
Monday, June 3 - Friday, June 7
Spring Semester ASP Showcase: 4:15-4:45 and 4:45-5:30 pm blocks
Monday, June 3 Athletics Ceremony: 5:30 pm
Tuesday, June 4 Lion Awards: 5 pm
Wednesday, June 5 PA Year-End Rooftop Party: 5:45 pm
Thursday, June 6
PA/Casa Latina Meeting: 8:30 am
Middle Division Performing Arts Concert: 6 pm
Friday, June 7
Monday, June 10 Grade 8 Graduation: 6 pm (Low Library)
Tuesday, June 11
Grade 4 Concert: 8:15 am (MPR) LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
PA Grade-Wide Picnics
Thursday, May 23 - Grade 3
Friday, May 24 - Grade 5
Wednesday, May 29 - Kindergarten
Thursday, May 30 - Grade 1
Tuesday, June 4 - Grade 4
Friday, June 7 - Grades 2 and 6
Tuesday, June 11 - Grade 7
Class parents will announce picnic exact times and locations!
Upcoming Games Monday, May 20 7/8 Track & Field Gotham Games: 3 pm (Icahn Stadium, Randall’s Island)
7/8 Boys Lacrosse vs. Dalton: 4:15 pm (Randall’s Island)
7/8 Girls Lacrosse vs. Dalton: 4:15 pm (Baker Field)
Wednesday, May 22
5/6 Boys Lacrosse vs. St. David’s: 4:15 pm (TBA)
Thursday, May 23
7/8 Boys Lacrosse vs. Poly Prep: 4:15 pm (Baker Field) 7/8 Girls Lacrosse vs. Poly Prep: 4:15 pm (away)
TAKE NOTE TSC in Student Teachers’ Year-End Exhibition at TC Student teachers Paloma Ferreyros and Eileen Begley, who worked with Visual Arts Teacher Kim Lane this year, are included in the Student Teachers' Year-End Exhibition at Columbia University Teachers College. Join them this Sunday, May 19, from 1 to 3 pm for a celebration of the exhibition, which includes work by some TSC Grade 4 students. Exhibition is on view through May 23 at Macy Gallery (4th Floor, Macy Hall, Teachers College, 525 W. 120th St.)
Summer at Black Rock
Register by May 25! Registration is filling for week-long Summer Science Classes at Black Rock Forest for Middle Division students. Organizers urge all families to register by May 25! Information on the programs, including course descriptions and schedule information, can be found at www.blackrockforest.org, or call 845-534-4517.
Summer Sports Camps at Columbia Roar-ee’s Cubs Camp is a day camp for children ages 6-12 that features sports, games, and arts & crafts. Weekly sessions run from June 10 to August 9, and campers will have access to Columbia University’s top-notch Division 1 athletics facilities, and a competent and caring staff composed of coaches, student-athletes, and teachers. The goal of Roar-ee's Cubs Camp is to provide a memorable sports summer camp experience while promoting teamwork, friendship, and self-confidence in a safe community. Campers are encouraged to work, play together, and try new things. Camps are open to all!
Also, registration is open for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education at Columbia University’s 2013 Sports and Cubs Camps summer season. Head and assistant coaches lead camps for children ages 6-18 in baseball, boys and girls basketball, field hockey, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, and volleyball during the months of June, July, and August.
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Keep Us Informed!
A reminder: If your family's contact information changes in any way, please send the updated information to student affairs coordinator Yvelisse Viera. Keep us informed, so we can keep you informed!
Lunch Service to Kindergarten Begins June 5 We are very happy to announce that lunch service to all Kindergarten students will begin Wednesday, June 5 and continue through the last day of school, Tuesday, June 11.
These five days will give opportunity to test our service to kindergarteners, and determine what will and won’t work for our youngest eaters, so that we’re well prepared for the fall when we’ll begin school with lunch service to the entire community.
We are so grateful for your involvement, flexibility and patience this spring as we rolled out this program, a true milestone in the school’s history. Thank you for being part of it with us. There's a piece in the student newspaper, the New Roar Times ("Editorial: What's New by Hope"), that sums it up well.
Young Naturalist Award, National Winner Claire Keenan-Kurgan, a Grade 7 student, has won a 2013 Young Naturalist Award from the American Museum of Natural History for her essay “Urban Birds in Central Park.” She is one of two national seventh-grade winners, and one of 12 national winners in grades 7 to 12.
The prestigious science-based research competition is an essential component of The School’s seventh-grade science curriculum. Each student identifies a question of personal interest, designs a method to gather data, analyzes that data (and gathers more if necessary), and determines conclusions. Students conduct their investigations outside of class, and have in class time to brainstorm, design and fine-tune methodologies, and engage in the rigorous writing/revision process, which includes weeks of formal peer review. This year, students spent five months working on their investigations.
“It definitely was not a one-man job,” Keenan-Kurgan said of the process. Her research took her to Central Park to study how habitat affects the diversity and number of bird species in different areas. She looked carefully at tree density, depth of leaf litter, nearby water sources, and additional variables to draw her conclusions.
“There were two main phases: Figure out the science, and then figure out how to communicate it so it makes sense. It can make sense to you, but maybe not to everyone; it’s hard to look at your own work that way. A lot of people in class helped me with that,” Keenan-Kurgan said.
As part of the honor, Keenan-Kurgan will attend a ceremony at the AMNY on Friday, May 31 with the other 11 winners, and she will also receive a cash award. She looks forward to camp in Maine and time at her grandmother’s house (where her interest in birds took root) this summer.
Congratulations to Claire, science teacher Laura Dignon, and all seventh-grade faculty and students!
Spanish Exam Medal Winners Congratulations to Grade 7 and 8 Spanish students who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2013 National Spanish Examinations, earning a total of 13 gold, 10 silver and 14 bronze medals, along with 17 honorable mentions. The exams are administered each year in grades 6 through 12, and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. They are the largest of their kind in the U.S., with over 156,000 students participating in 2013. Nicely done, to all Spanish faculty and students!
Final Debate Tournament Come cheer on TSC’s Debate Team at their final Metropolitan Debate League tournament of the year! The tournament is free and will be held at The School tomorrow, Saturday, May 18 from 3 to 6 pm. Hear our Middle Division students speak with eloquence on military drones, selling votes, prison sentences, and much more. There will also be pizza. See you Saturday!
Social Action Project: Bullying My name is Shaniya Hunt and I am doing my eighth-grade social action project on bullying and ways to prevent it. On Tuesday, May 21, I will be setting up a table in the café to help raise awareness. Please feel free to stop by and help! Thank you for your participation!
—Shaniya Hunt, Grade 8
Library Volunteers Needed! Our librarians need help re-shelving books in the school library. They will give an orientation and training session for volunteers on Thursday, May 23 at 8:30 am. If you are able to attend, please contact Yumi Pielli.
PA/Neurodiversity Group: Final Meeting! Thursday, May 23, 8:30 am (Library Conference Room, 4th Floor)
The Neurodiversity Group invites Kristy Baxter, educational consultant and former head of the Churchill School and Center, to its final meeting of the school year. Kristy will take questions about alternative programs and support services for children who learn differently, and face special challenges in school. Please join Kristy and the group for this conversation.
PA/Nutrition and Health Committee Meeting Friday, May 31, 8:30-9:30 am (North Dining Room, 2nd Floor)
The PA welcomes all families to come together for a morning meeting on Friday, May 31 to plan for the 2013-14 school year. Please come for this important, informal discussion, even if you haven’t been to a Nutrition and Health meeting or event before. All are welcome! Please contact Kara Siegel with any questions.
Spring ASP Showcase: June 3 - 7
The Spring Semester After School Program Showcase will be held the week of June 3, scheduled in two time blocks: 4:15-4:45 and 4:45-5:30 pm. Specific class times and locations will be posted next week.
Athletics Awards Ceremony
Monday, June 3, 5:30-7 pm (MPR)
All families are welcome to attend this special program to recognize The School’s accomplished teams and student-athletes!
Tuesday, June 4, 5-6 pm (MPR)
Students from TSC clubs and teams outside of athletics will present at this ceremony, sharing news of their group’s events, achievements, and awards! All TSC families are welcome!