Lion's Share: Mar. 14

News from The School at Columbia University: March 14, 2014

March 17-28
Spring Break

Monday, Mar. 31
Back to School
Grade 3 Field Trip to Apollo Theatre

Tuesday, April 1
Tech Tuesdays Parent Coffee - STEAM and Maker Movements, 8:30-9:15 am (Library)

Monday, April 7
2A Field Trip to Manhattan Children’s Center

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

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

Thursday, May 1
Grade 8 Musical Performance, “Once Upon a Mattress,” 7 pm (Miller Theatre, Columbia University)

Friday, May 2
(Teacher/Staff Professional Development)

Soccer Spring Break Clinics
The NYC Soccer Academy is committed to training players in the technical, tactical and athletic aspects of soccer. The Academy will hold a Spring Break Clinic at Columbia March 17-21 (next week!), open to children ages 6-12; and Summer Camp sessions, open to children ages 6-18, begin June 16. Learn more and register at

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 (next week!), and Summer Camp sessions begin June 16. Visit the Cubs Camp site for more details and to sign up!

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.

The Gallery
So Much Great IPW!

The Tube
So Much Great IPW!


Spring Break!
A reminder that school will be closed for spring break for the next two weeks, March 17 through March 28. School will resume on Monday, March 31. The School wishes all families a safe, restful and enjoyable break!

IPW Wows
Thank you to The School’s IPW Committee, all teachers and staff, our hardworking students and their supportive families for helping to make IPW 2014 a success. To quote the committee, “Thank you so much for an extraordinary week of learning, discovering, researching, caring, reading, exercising, writing, exploring, hiking, sailing, experimenting, creating, making, acting, knitting, looming, laughing, dancing, singing and cooking!”

The IPW Showcase today was a tremendous expression of collaboration and creativity, and a wonderful reflection of our school. Be sure to check out the IPW 2014 Brochure for a glimpse into the amazing array of projects that students pursued, and see hundreds of great photos from the week on The Gallery. Congratulations to all!

Families enjoyed a performance by the So You Think You Can Dance! IPW group, as part of the IPW Showcase this afternoon.

2014-15 Calendar
We continue to finalize the 2014-15 school calendar!

The following dates are confirmed:

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
First Day of School: Grades 1-8 (Half Day), K Home Visits

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014    
K Orientation; Grade 1 (Half Day); Grades 2-8 (Full Day)

Friday, Sept. 12, 2014   
K (Half Day); Grades 1-8 (Full Day)

November 26-28, 2014                  
NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)

Monday, Dec. 22, 2014         
NO SCHOOL (Winter Break Begins)

Monday, Jan. 5, 2015                
School Resumes

Monday, March 16, 2015                
NO SCHOOL (Spring Break Begins)

Monday, March 30, 2015                
School Resumes

Monday, June 8, 2015                
Grade 8 Commencement

Tuesday, June 9, 2015                   
Last Day of School

We are finalizing the remainder of the calendar over break, and will share it with all families in April. Thank you again for your patience!

Health Forms for 2014-15
Required health forms for all students in 2014-15 are now posted on The School’s website, in the Family Resources section. Forms will also be mailed to all families after break.

The Annual Physical Exam and Parental Consent form are required for all students for 2014-15, and must be returned to the Student Health Office by Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Students will not be allowed to participate in physical activities (Wellness class, dance, recess), local or overnight trips, or the After School Program (including Athletics) in 2014-15 unless forms are completed, signed and returned. Please note, the exam must be your child’s annual physica,l and must be performed after Sept. 1, 2013.

Also posted are the Medication Authorization Form, and Life-Threatening Allergy Form, which are required if they apply to your child.

The Student Health Office thanks you for your help and cooperation!

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 Monday, April 7. Thank you!

-- Lovin’ from the Oven IPW Group, Ms. Reimer and Ms. Warner

Morning Tech Tuesdays Parent Coffee!
Tuesday, April 1, 8:30-9:15 am, Library
Get ready to talk tech right after break! On Tuesday, April 1, join Ed Tech Karen Blumberg for a conversation on STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-Math) and Maker Movements. Tech Tuesdays Parent Coffees will be held on the first Tuesday of every month until the end of the year, and upcoming topics may include iPad use in our community, and archiving vs. hoarding our digital resources. Bring your coffee from the cafe and join the conversation!

Teacher-Staff Appreciation Coming Up
The PA is springing ahead with plans for a warm and welcoming annual Teacher-Staff Appreciation Event on the evening of Tuesday, April 22! This event is open only to teachers and staff of TSC, and is generously funded by donations from families. Please stay tuned for more information after break on how to donate. And please contact Pamela Guarrera at or Julie Rose at if you’re interested in ways to help, or with any questions.

Parting Words
Grade 6 students have been corresponding with pen pals in other countries as part of English class.

As TSC families prepare for spring break -- for resting at home, or traveling, or both, or something else entirely -- we share excerpts from one of these pen pal correspondences with you:

I am really excited that I got to hear from a person in Ireland! It’s so cool! Nice to meet you …. I’ve lived in New York City for about 3 years now, and I really love it. I’ve been at The School for the same amount of time. My school’s name is The School at Columbia University, because it’s run by Columbia University …. School (well, classes) starts at 8:30 am and ends at 3:30 pm. We have a period before classes called advisory (which is kind of like homeroom). You have to be in advisory by 8:15 am, so technically school starts at 8:15 am, not counting only class period. In advisory, we usually share what is going on in our lives or watch the news. Classes are great! I especially love Math, Science and English classes ….

Our school does go on quite a few field trips. Every year, we go upstate to a nature park called Black Rock Forest. There we hike, do nature projects, and play a lot. That’s always one of my favorite trips of the year :) ….

You should definitely come visit New York some time. If you ever do, you need to go to: The Natural History Museum (it’s really cool and they have an amazing IMAX theater), Time Square (super crowded, but stimulating and interesting), the Staten Island Ferry (it’s a boat ride that goes past the Statue of Liberty), and, of course, lots of restaurants, since the food here is really good. Most of the super-tall buildings aren’t in my area, but they’re cool and worth seeing. If you ever come here, I will take you to the Empire State Building, which is the 2nd tallest building in New York (unless you’re terrified of heights, which would be a problem). New York is truly the city the never sleeps. It’s full of energy, and even in the middle of the night there are still cars beeping. :)

-- E. Churchland, Grade 6