The Lion's Share
News From The School at Columbia University, 11/11/11


Tuesday, Nov. 15
New Family Orientation: 8:30 am

Thursday, Nov. 17
5th grade into 6th grade Parent Meeting: 8:30 am
Financial Aid Workshop: 5:30 - 7 pm

Friday, Nov. 18
7th Grade Bake Sale: 3 - 5:30 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 23 – Monday, Nov. 28
NO SCHOOL -- Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, Nov. 29
School Resumes


Calling All Science Enthusiasts – Science Expo Need You!
The Science Expo is back!  After a successful showing in February 2010, TSC’s bi-annual event is now seeking scientists and science enthusiasts to help our students with hands-on activities to test ideas, solve problems and learn about science.  Scheduled for Saturday, February 18, 2012, this year’s theme is Data & Measurement, with the aim of making science experiences as hands-on as possible.  Volunteers needed from Co-Chair to Project Leaders and everything else. Contact Dana Pe'er to learn more.

1st Grade Parents invited to Dance Shares
Come see your children perform in TSC's 6th floor Dance Studio
1A – Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 8:15-8:40 am
1C – Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 8:15-8:40 am
1B – Thursday, Nov. 17: from 8:15-8:40 am

Remember to register here by Wednesday, Nov. 16
Open to TSC Students in grades 6-8, alumni, parents, faculty, and guests looking to empower young leaders to effect positive change in the world.
Saturday, Nov. 19, 10:30 am - 3 pm

Our Faculty is Setting an Example

One of the hallmarks of TSC’s program is its stellar faculty, a group of 105 noteworthy individuals committed to teaching your children.  Armed with broad experience and deep-rooted dedication to learning, teachers at TSC are constantly looking to improve their game, hone their skills and investigate new methods for reaching and challenging their students.  As part of the school’s commitment to professional development, TSC teachers are frequent presenters and attendees at leading educational conferences and workshops.   In addition, at TSC we run a program called Teach 21 whereby educators from home and abroad come for workshops led by our faculty.  Recent TSC faculty accomplishments include:

  • Leading five Teach 21 workshops for 46 educators on two recent Saturdays on math, literacy, google apps and the iPad;
  • Sharing new trends in technology and education such as how to use iPads and blogs in their teaching with 150 educators at EdCamp NYC;
  • Presentations on both the East and West Coasts by our librarians about iPads, iPods and e-Readers in school libraries;
  • Coordinating and facilitating a workshop series with the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City on “The Role of Questioning in Art and Science;” and,
  • Presenting at the National Dance Education Conference on how to integrate the art, music, and dance works of Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, John Cage, and Merce Cunningham into the 4th grade curriculum.

This is only a sampling. Our faculty is also publishing books and winning awards.  Check out the Faculty Bio Pages of the TSC website to learn more. With pride and appreciation, we salute their work.

Head of School Search

To update you on the Head's search, the Provost was in Turkey fundraising this past week, and the University was closed November 7th and 8th.  The Search Committee is pleased to report that during this time, the search firm and the finalists have been in touch, and a meeting with Interim Provost John Coatsworth has been arranged.  Shortly thereafter, a decision will be made and announced.

Penny Harvest  – Through December 2

Encourage your children to participate in this year’s Penny Harvest, a program to collect and donate money to organizations selected by the students. Now through December 2, pennies collected can be delivered to canvas sacks in every classroom.  All TSC students should have received a paper penny sack and a sheet of labels to keep track of their collection. If your child is missing these items and wants to participate, please contact faculty advisor, Kate Berten.

TSC 5th grader Daniela tells us why your family should collect pennies:
“Do you want to help people but all you have is a few pennies? Don’t fear, the Penny Harvest is here. Bring in as many pennies as you can to your class. Who knew such a small thing could make such a difference.”