Upcoming Games Monday, Feb. 11 7 Boys Basketball vs. Columbia Prep: 4:15 pm (MPR)
Tuesday, Feb. 12
5 Boys Basketball vs. Browning: 4 pm (away)
6 Girls Basketball vs. Marymount: 4:15 pm (MPR)
6 Boys Basketball vs. Browning: 5 pm (away)
Wednesday, Feb. 13
7/8 Girls Basketball Tournament at Grace Church (86 4th Ave.)
5 Girls Basketball vs. Rodeph Sholom: 4:15 pm (away)
6 Boys Basketball vs. Allen-Stevenson: 4:15 pm (MPR)
6 Girls Basketball vs. Rodeph Sholom: 5:15 pm (away)
Thursday, Feb. 14
7/8 Girls Basketball Tournament at Grace Church (86 4th Ave.)
7 Boys Basketball vs. Trinity: 4:15 pm (MPR)
8 Boys Basketball vs. Trinigy: 5:15 pm (MPR)
TAKE NOTE Rafi’s Run Please join The School community on Sunday, Mar. 10 at 10 am in Riverside Park for the second annual Rafi’s Run, a 5K run/walk celebrating our Kindergarten student Rafi Kopelan. The event is held to benefit DebRA of America and research for Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). Sign up and learn more at rafisrun.com! Spring Break Soccer Clinics
The NYC Soccer Academy is committed to training players ages 6-18 in the technical, tactical and athletic aspects of soccer. The Academy will hold Spring Break Clinics March 18-21 and 25-28, 9 am to 2 pm, at the Columbia University Baker Athletics Complex (218th Street and Broadway; limited shuttle from Columbia campus available). Learn more and register at www.nycsocceracademy.com.
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A reminder that due to the winter storm, all After School Program, Clubs and Athletics activities have been cancelled today, Friday, Feb. 8. This includes the Middle Division Dance scheduled for tonight. Parents/guardians/authorized caregivers of children enrolled in the After School Program and other after-school activities should pick up their children as soon as possible after regular dismissal at 3:30 pm. Emergency childcare will be provided until 5:30 pm for children who are not able to be picked up until then.
Because of the storm, the Add-Drop Period for all After School Programs is extended to Monday, Feb. 11.
Please stay safe this weekend!
Lunch Service to Grade 3 Begins Feb. 14 We are very pleased to begin lunch service to all Grade 3 students this Thursday, Feb. 14.
We began service to Grade 4 students this past Wednesday, and have been serving lunch to students in Grades 5-8 since December. With support and great feedback from families, faculty and staff, and students, all service is running very smoothly. We are excited to begin service to Grade 3 students next week, and to phase in service to all students this spring.
As with each new phase of the rollout, our service next week will be trial, and an opportunity for us to learn what works for Grade 3 students and what doesn’t. Your patience and flexibility will be welcomed, and we encourage your and your children’s feedback:
In summary, all students in Grade 3 will be SERVED LUNCH beginning Thursday, Feb. 14. This includes park lunch. There is no school on Friday, Feb. 15 and Monday, Feb. 18, but service to Grade 3 students will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Service to students in Grades 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 will continue as usual.
All students in Grades K, 1, and 2 should continue to BRING LUNCH. We will notify families when service to K-2 students is set to begin.
Thank you again for your support of this program!
The first day of lunch service to Grade 4 students on Wednesday, Feb. 6 received a thumbs-up from Theo Applebaum, who enjoyed turkey chili, rice and steamed asparagus. See more photos of Grade 4’s first days of lunch on The Gallery.
Community in the Cafe As you know, The School is full of shared spaces, and the Main Cafe on the second floor is one of them. It's where our families come together for breakfast; where our Cafe staff works; where our students gather for lunch; and where After School Program students study and play. It is intended to be a space of equality and stability for all.
Please remember the values of community as you spend time in the Cafe. Respect the space and views of others, and share the space as you would want it shared with you. If you see anything in the cafe that disrupts the balance of community there, please alert our team at the front desk or a member of the administration. Thank you for helping us remember and teach togetherness in all spaces at The School!
Red White and Pink Day: Thursday, Feb. 14 TSC Student Government invites all students, faculty and staff to wear red, white or pink on Thursday, Feb. 14 in celebration of Valentine's Day. Feel free to send your children to school in their favorite red, white or pink gear. This is the second in a series of Spirit Days sponsored by the Student Government, which applauds these ways to be one community.
Derrick Gay Workshop: Wednesday, Feb. 20 The Parents Association/Kaleidoscope will again host noted educational consultant Derrick Gay on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 5:45 pm in the MPR. Gay’s first presentation at The School, on Dec. 12, was titled “Do You See What I See? Probably Not,” and Gay guided participants to reflect on diversity, inclusivity, empathy and more. Stay tuned for more details about Gay’s second workshop. Childcare will be provided during the event; please sign up here.
Middle Division GSA There is a Gay Straight Alliance for the Middle Division at The School, currently with three faculty and six student members. The GSA’s mission is to support an inclusive community that affirms diverse identities related to gender and sexuality. The alliance promotes gay rights, creates awareness of issues impacting the community, and celebrates contributions from people who identify as LGBTQ. This is the first year of The School's GSA and, says a member, “it is pretty cool to be a part of something that hasn't been available to other students in the past. We want you to encourage your Middle Division child to join the club, if they are interested.”
Grade 8 Senators On Tuesday, Feb. 5, Grade 8 students enjoyed a day at a Brooklyn courthouse role-playing a Senate hearing. Each student served as a U.S. State Senator and debated fictional Senate bill 1789, which would allocate federal funds to school athletics programs given the teams were segregated on the basis of sex. The senators' arguments were supported with Supreme Court cases, the 14th Amendment and the demands of their constituents back home. The hearing lasted for more than two hours and despite compelling arguments in favor of the bill and proposed amendments, the bill failed to pass the Senate.
Faculty Appreciation Corner Congratulations to Spanish Teacher Talía González on the publication of her article “Seven Reasons for the Highly Effective Teacher to Use Literature to Teach World Languages” in the Winter 2013 issue of the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL) journal. González co-wrote the article with her mother, Augusta Cigliano-González, and you can read it on the TSC website.
Talent Show: Division Act Meetings Rescheduled Due to this weekend’s winter storm, all three Division Act meetings for the PA’s Talent Show have been rescheduled to next Friday, Feb. 15 from 3:45-4:45 pm. Please check the PA Update emailed to families today for all details and information.
Please email Laura Chonoles or Melissa Bilski to reconfirm your child’s interest in being in the appropriate Division Act, including your child’s name, grade and division, and whether you’ll be able to attend the Feb. 15 meeting (if you can’t attend, don’t worry, your child will still be able to participate).