Lion's Share: Dec. 13

News from The School at Columbia University: December 13, 2013

Monday, Dec. 16 - Thursday, Dec. 19
Lost & Found Displayed (Main Cafe)

Tuesday, Dec. 17
PA/Meetings with Flik about the Lunch Program, 8:30 am and 5:45 pm

Thursday, Dec. 19
Toy, Coat and Book Drive Ends
Grade 5 Wellness Tai Chi Share, 8 am (MPR)
Grade 3 Recorder Concert, 8:45 am (MPR)
PA/Casa Latina Meeting, 8:30 am and 5:45 pm

Friday, Dec. 20
Kindergarten Pattern Share, 9:30 am
Grade 4 Potluck, 5:45 pm

Monday, Dec. 23 - Friday, Jan. 3
Winter Break

Monday, Jan. 6
School Resumes

Save the Date!
Saturday, Feb. 8
Science Expo at The School, 1-4 pm

Games Next Week

Monday, Dec. 16
Gr. 8 Boys Basketball Tournament, 4 pm (Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, 5 W. 93rd St.)
Gr. 7/8 Girls Basketball v. Poly Prep, 4:15 pm (MPR)

Tuesday, Dec. 17
Gr. 7/8 Girls Basketball v. Rodeph Sholom, 5 pm (away)

Wednesday, Dec. 18
Gr. 8 Boys Basketball Tournament, 3:30 pm (Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, 5 W. 93rd St.; time may change)
Squash v. Grace Church, 4:15 pm (Dodge Fitness Center, CU Campus)

Thursday, Dec. 19
Gr. 8 Boys Basketball v. Dalton, 3:30 pm (away)
Gr. 7 Boys Basketball v. Rodeph Sholom, 4:15 pm (MPR)
Gr. 7/8 Girls Basketball v. Dalton, 4:30 pm (away)

Wallach Art Gallery Family Programming
The Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery on the Columbia University campus is offering free family programming with its exhibition “Goddess, Heroine, Beast: Anna Hyatt Huntington’s New York Sculpture, 1902-1936,” by reservation only! The exhibit is on view Jan. 22 through March 15, 2014, and CU Art History and School of the Arts MFA students are on hand to lead tours and Family Day activities. Please contact Deborah Cullen, Director and Chief Curator, with any questions or to make reservations. The gallery is located on the 8th Floor of Schermerhorn Hall (1190 Amsterdam Ave.). Enjoy!

Early Registration: Holiday Cubs Camp
Holiday Cubs Camp will be held at Dodge Fitness Center on the Columbia campus Dec. 26, 27, 30 and Jan. 2, 3! Early bird discount for registering before next Saturday, Dec. 21. Visit the Cubs Camp site for details.

New on The Gallery and Tube

The Gallery:
Hour of Code Buddy Activity
2C Buddy Activity
5B Service Project
Middle School Clubs
Pajama Day
Grade 1 Family Concert

The Tube:
1B Dance Curriculum Share
Grade 3 Visual Arts Lesson (and more)
3D Dance Immigration Study
Grade 8 Music Projects
PAL Dance Ensemble (and more)


100 Pounds of Lost & Found
The School’s lost and found collection has grown quite large this fall semester! Items will be organized and displayed beginning Monday, Dec. 16 in the southeast corner of the Main Cafe on the second floor (at the end of the hot food line). Clothing and items will be on display through ASP pickup on Thursday, Dec. 19. Any items unclaimed after ASP pickup on Thursday, Dec. 19 will be donated to local organizations. Thank you for taking a minute or two to look through and see if anything belongs to your child!

Toy, Coat and Book Drive
The PA invites all families, faculty and staff to participate in a December Toy, Coat and Book Drive at The School. The PA will give the donations to local organizations that help families in need.

The following items will be greatly appreciated, all for children ages 2-12:
New winter coats (gently used clean coats also welcome)
New unwrapped toys
New books

The PA will accept donations through Thursday, Dec. 19. All donations can be dropped off in the Lobby in labeled bins. The PA would also appreciate volunteers to help organize donations and promote the drive on selected afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Please visit this link to sign up to help! Thank you in advance for your participation and support! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Drive Coordinator Marta Alvarez at, or Director of Advisory, Outreach, and Public Purpose Charles Colten at

Meetings with Flik about the Lunch Program
The PA and The School invite you to open meetings with Flik Independent School Dining Nutrition Specialist Susan Cooper, MS, RD, CDN, on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 8:30 am AND 5:45 pm in the North Dining Room. Ms. Cooper and The School's Director of Finance, Planning and Operations Steve Elliott will talk about Flik, which prepares and provides The School's food, and answer any questions families may have about the lunch program.  Sign up here for childcare for the evening meeting.

From Dec. 9 - Dec. 15, more than 5 million students -- in 25,000 classrooms, across 160 countries, and including our own K-8 students here at The School -- experienced the Hour of Code, learning one hour of computer science as part of Computer Science Education Week 2013. This is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students, families and educators worldwide to engage in computer science. This year’s event corresponds with the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (Dec. 9, 1906). The School kicked off the week with a coding buddy activity this past Friday, Dec. 6, great photos of which are on The Gallery. Congrats to all our fantastic coding students! Code on!

Mystery Composer Challenge #5
Another Mystery Composer Challenge, the best prelude to your weekend! Know the answer? Children may tell their music teacher. We’ll announce the answer in next week’s Lion’s Share!

Who am I?
- Italian-born composer
- Born 1911, died 2007
- Compositions include “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and “The Unicorn, The Gorgon, and The Manticore”
- Awarded the Kennedy Center Honor for Achievement in the Arts
- Wrote the opera "The Consul," which won a Pulitzer Prize
- Studied Music at Curtis School of Music in Philadelphia, PA

Parting Shot

A moment of song from today's Grade 1 Family Concert.