Lion's Share: April 4

News from The School at Columbia University: April 4, 2014

Monday, April 7
2A Field Trip to Manhattan Children’s Center
Grade 4 GSE Parent Meeting, 8:15 am (North Dining Room)

Wednesday, April 9
PA-TSC Community Share, 8:30 am (Library)

Saturday, April 12
Grade 8 Musical Rehearsal, 10:30 am - 2:30 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 24
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

Games/Matches Next Week
Monday, April 7
Track & Field Meet, 3 pm (Icahn Stadium, Randalls Island)

Thursday, April 10
Gr. 7/8 Girls Lacrosse v. Masters School, 4 pm (CU Baker Athletic Complex, 218th Street and Broadway)
Gr. 7/8 Boys Lacrosse v. St. David’s, 4:15 pm (away)

Solo Voice Recital
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!

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

Roar-ee’s 2014 Cub 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!

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
Kindergarten Swimming Readiness Class
K and Grade 4 Buddies: Robotics Share
Grade 3 Harlem Building Photographs
3B: Photos from the School Year
Grade 8 Inside Out Project
Middle Division Portfolio Preparation Club

The Tube
Performing Arts Dance Ensemble Rehearsal
Grade 3 Spanish Project (and more)

Welcome back from spring break!

National Poetry Month
April is Poetry Month! This nationally celebrated event was started in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to encourage the reading and acknowledgment of poetry. Here at The School, we celebrate by having a student, teacher or staff member read a poem over the public address system every morning of the month. Other Poetry Month celebrations include Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day on Thursday, April 24, and a second annual Middle Division Poetry Slam next Friday afternoon, April 11. Select a favorite poem and read it with your child this month!

National Day of Silence: Friday, April 11
As part of the social-emotional learning curriculum at TSC, The School is participating in the Day of Silence next Friday, April 11. The Day of Silence is a national event that brings attention to anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Members of the school community can participate in age-appropriate discussions and activities that bring awareness to issues of inclusion, name-calling and anti-bullying.

In the Middle Division, students are having conversations in Advisory about what it means to be silenced, harassed or excluded. Many of our students will opt to participate in this event by having silent lunches or classes and standing up for a community of inclusion within our school. During the days leading up to the Day of Silence, our GSA student group will staff a table in the cafe where families, faculty and students can sign individual pledges promising to help stop hurtful language or behavior, and may elect to wear a free ribbon or make a poster as visible signs of support of the Day of Silence. Some Middle Division students may also choose to wear certain colors or ribbons on Friday, April 11, to honor the Day of Silence. You can visit for more information about the National Day of Silence.

Join our students in their good work in building inclusive and kind communities. Here are our top ten ways to make sure no one is silenced:

1. Pledge to speak up
2. Don’t make assumptions about other people
3. Deepen your awareness of the levels and types of silence: individual, cultural, and institutional
4. Read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
5. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
6. Challenge assumptions, myths, and misperceptions
7. Operate with integrity, and model it for our children
8. Ask about things you don’t understand
9. Step out of your comfort zone
10. Read The School at Columbia University’s mission about inclusivity and diversity, and pledge to live it every day

-- Kathryn Kaiser, Kevin Fittinghoff and Belinda Nicholson
Primary, Intermediate and Middle Division Heads

Grade 4 GSE Meeting
A reminder to Grade 4 families to please join us this Monday, April 7 at 8:15 am in the North Dining Room on the second floor for a discussion on the Grade 4 GSE curriculum. Science Teacher Lisbeth Uribe, Social and Emotional Learning Liaison Dr. Agnes Sprouse, and Intermediate Division Director Kevin Fittinghoff will give an overview of the program and be available to answer any questions families may have.

PA Bylaws
A reminder that over break, as well as in this week's PA Update (sent yesterday, Thursday, April 3) the PA emailed links to proposed PA bylaws changes to all families. Copies of the proposed changes are also available for all families in the school offices on the second floor.

Please come to the TSC-PA Community Share on Wednesday, Apr. 9 at 8:30 am in the Library to talk about the proposed changes. Please note, the PA will only be reviewing the bylaws at this meeting; a vote regarding their adoption will occur later this year (most likely in early May), and the PA will communicate that date to all families when it is set.

Middle Division Dance
The School is excited to present the final Middle Division dance of the year on Friday, April 11 from 6 to 8 pm in the MPR. This dance is open to all Middle Division students and is a wonderful time for socializing and fun. You must complete a permission form for your child to attend, and your child will bring home a hard copy of the slip today. Permission forms must be completed by Wednesday, April 9 at the latest.

As a safety measure, students should arrive at the dance no later than 6:15 pm. If they arrive later than that, The School will call families to verify they are aware of their child’s whereabouts.

This is a great tradition for Middle Division students and we look forward to a fun evening!

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

Grade 8 Musical Rehearsal
The Grade 8 Musical team of directors was so thrilled with the participation and focus of the eighth-graders during IPW. They were able to accomplish an enormous amount and have only a few scenes left in staging the show! As such, they’ve decided to cancel the Saturday, April 5 rehearsal and hold only one Saturday rehearsal on April 12 from 10 am to 2:30 pm. This rehearsal is extremely important and it is their hope that everyone can be in attendance. Please let Ms. Klem know as soon as possible if you have extenuating circumstances that prevent your child from attending. Thank you!

All families, please mark your calendars for the musical performance! The Grade 8 students will present “Once Upon a Mattress” on Thursday, May 1 at 7 pm at Miller Theatre on Columbia University’s campus (on the corner of 116th Street and Broadway). The performance is free and open to all families. Please join us for this great show!

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

Pots and Pans, Please!
We are the Lovin’ from the Oven IPW Group. We are running a kitchenware drive to help families transitioning from homelessness to housing who need supplies for their kitchens. If you have any kitchenware or cooking tools to donate, please put them in the bright yellow box labeled “Kitchenware Drive” in the Main Cafe on the second floor. We will be collecting through this Monday, April 7. Thank you!
-- Lovin’ from the Oven IPW Group, Ms. Reimer, and Ms. Warner

Parting Shot: Cesar Chavez Day

After learning about Cesar Chavez in Spanish class as part of the social justice curriculum, Grade 8 students presented this week to younger grades about this famous man (Monday, March 31 was Cesar Chevez Day, an official holiday in California, Colorado and Texas). We created presentations to fit the age of the audience we spoke to, ranging from first grade to seventh grade, about the fight for civil rights in California. Raising a sense of community and leadership, this experience was a great way for us to practice our Spanish skills. And this experience was both fun and educational.
-- Inbar Pe’er, Grade 8 student