Lion's Share: April 11

News from The School at Columbia University: April 11, 2014

Saturday, April 12
Grade 8 Musical Rehearsal, 10:30 am - 1 pm (MPR)
PA/Casa Latina Read-Aloud, 12-2 pm (Library)

Wednesday, April 16
PA/Kaleidoscope Meeting, 8:30 am

Thursday, April 17
PA/Casa Latina Meeting, 8:30 am

Friday, April 18

Thursday, April 2
PA/Neurodiversity Support Group, 8:30 am

Friday, April 25
Grade 1 Bake Sale

Monday, April 28
Grade 7 HSP Meeting, 5:30 pm (Library)

Thursday, May 1
Grade 8 Musical Performance, “Once Upon a Mattress,” 7 pm (Miller Theatre, Columbia University)

Friday, May 2
(Teacher/Staff Professional Development)

Tuesday, May 6
Tech Tuesdays Parent Coffee, 8:30-9:15 am (Library)

Wednesday, May 7
Powerful Parenting Coffee #3, 8:30 am (Library)

Thursday, May 8
PA/Nutrition and Health Committee Meeting, 8:30 am

Thursday, May 22
Middle Division Performing Arts Spring Concert, 6 pm (Miller Theatre, Columbia University)

Games/Matches Next Week
Monday, April 14
Track & Field Meet, 3 pm (Icahn Stadium, Randalls Island)

Tuesday, April 15
Gr. 7/8 Girls Lacrosse v. Sacred Heart, 4:15 pm (CU Baker Athletic Complex, 218th Street and Broadway)

Thursday, April 17
Gr. 7/8 Girls Lacrosse v. Trinity, 4:15 pm (CU Baker Athletic Complex, 218th Street and Broadway)

Solo Voice Recital - Tomorrow!
On Saturday, April 12, at 1 pm, Grade 3 Teacher Emily Alpern Fisch will give a solo voice recital as part of her graduate studies for a Master of Arts in Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. All families are invited! The recital is free and will be held on the Barnard College Campus (entrance at 117th Street and Broadway), Milbank Hall Building, Krueger Lecture Hall - Room 405 (campus map here). Ms. Fisch has spent a year preparing her recital program, and she would love for families to attend. Please RSVP to Ms. Fisch if you’re planning to come!

Roar-ee’s 2014 Summer Camps!
Registration is open for Roar-ee's annual Summer Camps at Columbia University, fun-filled day camps with sports, games, swimming, arts and crafts, and more! Camps are open to children ages 6-12, and begin June 16. Visit the Cubs Camp site for more details and to sign up! And see the camp brochure here!

Soccer Summer Clinics
The NYC Soccer Academy is committed to training players in the technical, tactical and athletic aspects of soccer. The Academy will hold Summer Camp sessions beginning June 16, open to children ages 6-18. Learn more and register at

Summer Science Camps at Black Rock
Registration is open for an array of week-long Summer Science Camps at Black Rock Forest for Middle Division students! Visit to watch a great video about the camps and for more information, or call 845-534-4517.

The Gallery
Grade 1 Clay Sculpture
Grade 8 English: Day of Silence
Day of Silence Assembly

The Tube
KA Country Dance
KB Country Dance
1A Country Dance
1B Country Dance
1C Country Dance


Day of Silence
The School participated today, as part of the social-emotional learning curriculum, in the national Day of Silence. The Day of Silence brings attention to anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools.

Many Middle Division students, faculty and staff opted to participate in this event by having silent lunches or classes today, or wearing certain colors or ribbons to honor the Day of Silence.

If your children have questions about why some students were silent today, and what that silence meant, below are a few talking points to guide the conversation:

  • The School participated in the Day of Silence to show support for kids everywhere who feel silenced because they don’t feel free to express who they are because they are teased or bullied about the ways they are different.

  • You may have seen some older students being silent all day today. They were silent to show their connection to everyone who is teased or bullied because of who they are, or who they love.

  • Kids are sometimes teased or bullied about being gay, or they might be teased about having a parent who is gay, or having two mommies or two daddies. When people are bullied for who they are, or who their families are, they can feel silenced. They may be afraid to be honest about themselves.

  • The School wants everyone, everywhere to feel free to express their true identity. We promise to stand up for people if we see them being teased or bullied, because we do not want anyone to feel silenced.

I'd like to thank the GSA for leading today's very meaningful Day of Silence Assembly. To the teachers and students who told their stories to the school with pride, your words were incredible and we thank you for your willingness to share. It was an extremely important day for our community, and our already strong commitment to universal human rights was strengthened even more. I am grateful to all teachers, staff and students for their passion, and their compassion.

Please visit for more information about the National Day of Silence, and please also see photos of today’s colorful and wonderful assembly on the Gallery.

-- Amani Reed, Head of School

NO Yellow Bus Service April 14-22
A reminder to families that there will be NO yellow bus service on the following days, due to New York City Public Schools spring break:

Monday, April 14
Tuesday, April 15
Wednesday, April 16
Thursday, April 17
Monday, April 21
Tuesday, April 22

Yellow bus service will resume on Wednesday, April 23. (And please note, there is no school here at The School at Columbia on Friday, April 18.)

Families of children who ride the yellow bus must make alternative arrangements to transport their children to and from school on the days listed above.

Casa Latina Read-Aloud
Don’t miss the Casa Latina Read-Aloud tomorrow, Saturday, April 12 from 12 to 2 pm in the Library, featuring special guest Elizabeth Balaguer, an accomplished author of bilingual children’s books.

Social Action Project: Instrument Drive
For my Social Action Project, I am hosting an instrument drive to benefit the music after-school program at Innovate Manhattan (a charter school in Manhattan), and possibly other schools as well. Music education is something every child should have access to, and many schools don’t have enough resources to support a music program. I will be collecting a wide range of instruments, from orchestral instruments to ones for young children. The instruments can be dropped off at the security desk or in Mr. Colten’s office on the third floor. If anybody has any gently-used instruments they would like to donate, or if you have any questions, please contact me or Mr. Colten.
-- Claire Keenan-Kurgan, Grade 8 student

Service Learning Collaboration Begins with MCC
On Thursday, April 3, Marisa Savard from The Manhattan Childrens Center visited the 2A classroom to share insights about the struggles and successes of autistic children served by her school.

Students from 2A made their first visit to MCC this past Monday, April 7. The children cooperatively built with Magna-Tiles, played vehicle bingo on the SMART Board, and enjoyed a rousing game of Red Light, Green Light. In the future, students from MCC may visit the 2A classroom.

This meaningful partnership with MCC gives The School's students an opportunity to nurture friendships and better understand autism and its impact. For more information about MCC, please see their website,

Ah-Choo! Student Health Policy Reminder
In this season of sniffles and sneezes, the Student Health Office reminds families that it is important The School maintains a healthy learning environment for all students, teachers and staff. Please keep children home at the first sign of any of the below:

  • Persistent coughing, sore throat, headache; any illness that prevents student from participating and learning comfortably in school

  • Fever (100.4°F or higher) in the last 24-48 hours

  • Vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24-48 hours

  • Strep throat

If your child needs medication for a potentially contagious illness in the morning, please keep him/her home. If you are unsure whether your child should come to school on any day, please call the Student Health Office (212-851-4408) in the morning. If it is determined that your child should come to school, the lateness can be processed as excused after speaking with you. Thank you for your help and cooperation!