Lion's Share: Feb. 21

News from The School at Columbia University: February 21, 2014


Monday, Feb. 24
100th Day of School Celebrated!

Wednesday, Feb. 26
Spring Athletics Meetings, 8:30-9:30 am and 5:30-6:30 pm (Library)

Thursday, Feb. 27
PA/Neurodiversity Support Group Meeting, 8:30 am

Monday, Mar. 3
PA-TSC Community Share, 5:45-7 pm (Library)

Tuesday, Mar. 4
Tech Tuesdays Parent Coffee, 8:30-9:15 am (Library)

Thursday, Mar. 6
Grade 2 Performance, 8:30 am

Friday, Mar. 7
Grade 2 Bake Sale

March 10-14
Integrated Projects Week (IPW)

Wednesday, Mar. 12
PA/Kaleidoscope Meeting, 5:45 pm

Thursday, Mar. 13
PA/Nutrition and Health Committee Meeting, 8:30 am

Friday, Mar. 14
IPW Showcase, 1 pm

March 17-28
Spring Break

Monday, Mar. 31
Back to School

Games Next Week
Monday, Feb. 24
Gr. 8 Boys Basketball Tournament at Grace Church, 4 pm

Tuesday, Feb. 25
Gr. 7 Boys Basketball v. Allen-Stevenson, 4:30 pm (MPR)

Thursday, Feb. 27
Gr. 7/8 Girls Basketball v. Mandell, 4:15 pm (MPR)
Gr. 5 Boys Basketball v. Mandell, 4:15 pm (away)
Gr. 8 Boys Basketball v. Mandell, 5:15 pm (MPR)

Friday, Feb. 28
Gr. 6 Boys Basketball v. Allen-Stevenson, 4 pm (away)

Roar-ee’s 2014 Cub Camps!
Registration is open for Roar-ee's annual Spring Break and 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. The 2014 Spring Break Camp runs March 17-21, and Summer Camp sessions begin June 16. Visit the Cubs Camp site for more details and to sign up! Register before March 1 for Spring Break Camps, and before May 1 for Summer Camps, to receive early registration discounts. Roar on!

Summer Science Camp at Black Rock
Registration is also now open for an array of week-long Summer Science Camps at Black Rock Forest for Middle Division students! Camps include “Flying High Ornithology Class,” “Surveying Turtles,” “Writing on America’s River,” “The Amazing World of Trees,” and more. Visit to watch a great video about the camps and for more information, or call 845-534-4517.

S.T.O.P. Bags!
TSC Middle Division students are invited to the Hewitt School (45 E. 75th St., between Madison and Park avenues) on Saturday, Mar. 1 at 10 am for activities and interactive seminars about reducing plastic bag usage in New York. Sponsored by the Green Schools Alliance, and involving Black Rock Forest Consortium member schools, the conference will address legislation currently before New York City Council to place a 10-cent charge on all plastic and paper carryout bags. Students will learn how to speak with their council member on the importance of this legislation, as well as actions they can take to ensure student voices are heard. You can register for this free conference and learn more online, or contact Joan Wolf at the Hewitt School for more information.


The Gallery
5A Dance: Yoga
5B Makes Dumplings
5C Dance: Yoga
Grade 6 Field Trip: Museum of Mathematics
Grade 8 Field Trip: Museum of Mathematics
Dance Club Choreography Share

The Tube
3A Dances “The Great Migration” (and more)
3C Dances “The Great Migration” (and more)
4D Dances “Wade in the Water”



Spring Athletics Meetings
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 8:30-9:30 am and 5:30-6:30 pm, Library
Our Winter Athletics programs finish next week; congratulations to all TSC teams and coaches on a great season! Spring Athletics (including Lacrosse and Track & Field) begin the week of March 3. For your child to be on a team, you must attend one of the Spring Athletics Parent Meetings on Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 8:30-9:30 am and 5:30-6:30 pm in the Library. Coaches and Athletics staff look forward to seeing families there!

Monthly PA-TSC Community Share
Monday, Mar. 3, 5:45-7 pm, Library

Please join us on Monday, March 3 for the newly re-instituted monthly PA-TSC Community Share, where the parent body and TSC leadership can come together to meet. This meeting will include follow-up from the January meeting, as well as other topics parents had submitted for discussion. The PA and The School hope to see you there! Childcare will be provided; sign up at this link. And please mark your calendars, the next Community Share will be Wednesday, Apr. 9 in the morning.

Rafi’s Run
The PA invites families to join the school community on Sunday, Mar. 9 in Riverside Park for the third annual Rafi’s Run, a 5K run/walk celebrating our Grade 1 student Rafi Kopelan. The event is held to benefit nonprofit DebRA of America and research for Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).

Ways you can be involved!

  • SIGN UP to run (or walk!) on March 9 - sign up at
  • GET A TEAM together - this is a great class or grade event! Register your team at
  • DONATE or FUNDRAISE, details at Also, contact if you’d like to donate gifts for the raffle, or help secure sponsors for the event
  • VOLUNTEER to work the day of the event! To volunteer, please submit this form or email
  • POST this flier in your building or favorite community space!
  • ENCOURAGE everyone around you to participate!


Making Dumplings to Celebrate History, Culture -- and Math!
<young gilr looks into telescope>

My name is Sandhya and I am in Mr. Chu's Grade 5 class. We were making dumplings on Thursday, Feb. 20 for Chinese New Year. Dumplings are made so that you have a full and prosperous year.

First we multiplied the fractions of Mr. Chu's recipe for 12 people, so that we could make 72 of them. Second, we bought the ingredients for the dumplings and Mr. Chu made the mixture of vegetables. After that we rolled the dumplings into crescent shapes with wonton wrappers. Lastly we cooked/fried the dumplings in vegetable broth. And then we celebrated our work and ate them! You can see more photos of us and the dumplings on The Gallery.