News from The School at Columbia University: November 22, 2013
FOR YOUR CALENDARS Friday, Nov. 22
Grade 2 Potluck, 5:45 pm
Tuesday, Nov. 26 Grade 3 Field Trip to Ellis Island
NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break
Monday, Dec. 2
NO SCHOOL (Faculty Report Writing)
Tuesday, Dec. 3 Grade 2 Field Trip to Children’s Museum of the Arts
Wednesday, Dec. 4 Penny Harvest Ends!
Classes 3A and 3C Field Trip to Tenement Museum
Thursday, Dec. 5 Classes 3B and 3D Field Trip to Tenement Museum
Grade 1 Field Trip to The Noguchi Museum
PA/Nutrition and Health Committee Meeting, 8:30 am
Financial Aid Workshop, 8:30-10 am Financial Aid Workshop, 6-7:30 pm
Saturday, Dec. 7 Financial Aid Workshop, 10-11:30 am
Thursday, Dec. 12 PA/Neurodiversity Support Group, 8:30 am
Winter Arts and Crafts Sale, 3:30 - 6:30 pm (Art Studio)
Friday, Dec. 13 Grade 5 Bake Sale
Thursday, Dec. 19 PA/Casa Latina Meeting, 8:30 am and 5:45 pm
Monday, Dec. 23 - Friday, Jan. 3
NO SCHOOL Winter Break
Monday, Jan. 6 School Resumes
TAKE NOTE 100 Pounds of Lost and Found Our lost and found collection has already grown quite large this year! Please stop by the southwest corner of the Cafe before the Thanksgiving break to see if any of your family’s items have ended up in the pile.
Early Registration: Holiday Cubs CampHoliday 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 Dec. 21. Visit the Cubs Camp site for details.
Info Session - Black Rock Forest Summer Programs The Calhoun School will host students, summer instructors, teachers, and members of the Black Rock Forest team on Monday, Dec. 9 for an evening discussion of BRF's amazing summer programs for Middle Division students. All interested TSC families are invited to attend! The discussion will be held from 6 to 7:30 pm in the Robert L. Bier Building at The Calhoun School (160 W. 74th Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues). Please RSVP to Janice Coston (firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-497-6587) if you plan to come!
This will be the last Lion’s Share before the Thanksgiving holiday, so a reminder that school will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Friday, Nov. 29! School will also be closed on Monday, Dec. 2, for faculty report writing. School will resume on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
A reminder, as well, that the last day to bring in pennies for Penny Harvest is Wednesday, Dec. 4! The School is doing a tremendous job so far, and we are eager to do even more. Please encourage your children to collect from friends, neighbors and families, and to bring in those pennies!
A last reminder, too, that School Picture Retake Day will be Friday, Dec. 6.
We hope all families have a wonderful and restful holiday!
Demonstrating a True Learning Community
I recently had the pleasure of talking with other heads of school in New York state, sharing the work we do at The School. It is wonderful to talk about how TSC is unlike any other school in our association. We stand out as a community that not only lives our mission, but also demonstrates and models a true learning community.
This past weekend was an example of the amazing work we do. For the fourth year in a row we held TEDxYouth@The School. I would like to offer a special thank you to all faculty and staff who volunteered their time. I would also like to thank Middle Division Educational Technologist Karen Blumberg for organizing the event and arranging the amazing speakers; Visual Arts teacher Katelin O'Hare and the Art Portfolio Club for creating the wonderful backdrop; and Grade 8 students Inbar Pe'er and Claire Keenan-Kurgan for hosting the event.
We also had three presenters who represented The School: Anna Mehlman (Grade 8), Azriel Fernandez (Grade 6), and Hope Dworkin (Grade 4).
Thank you. The School is an amazing place because of its community -- of faculty, staff, students, and you, our families.
-- Amani Reed, Head of School
Visit to Columbia University Global Center Mumbai
Head of School Amani Reed, Director of Admissions Rekha Puri, Middle Division Educational Technologist Karen Blumberg, and educators from other independent schools recently traveled to India with LINEglobal, a non-profit organization founded by Puri that creates cross-cultural awareness and provides professional development opportunities by connecting educators in the U.S. and India.
As part of their trip, conceived and planned by Puri and LINEglobal, the team spent time at the Columbia University Global Center in Mumbai, where they met with the center's director and staff, and discussed challenges of education in India, as well as opportunities for partnership. The Global Center highlighted the LINEglobal team's visit on their website.
As reported in the article, Nirupam Bajpai, the center's director, said it was especially heartening to have three members of the LINEglobal team from The School at Columbia University, and to watch their excitement being at the Global Center and pursuing the center's mission – seeing India as a place to learn from and learn with.
Help with the PA’s Bylaws!
The Parents Association (PA) is looking for a small group of individuals to help with the process of modifying the PA bylaws and policies/procedures.
While not required, experience with a Parents Association (either here or at another school), with bylaws, or with other related fields is preferred. The majority of work will take place in January and February 2014, with a one-day weekend meeting followed by short in-person meetings and phone discussions.
If you are interested -- and we hope you are -- please email PA Co-Presidents Melissa Stockwell and Yumi Pielli at email@example.com. Please include a few sentences about your interest and previous experience. Self-nominations will be accepted through Thursday, Dec. 4. Selected members will be notified during the week of Dec. 16.
Thank you for your help and involvement!
-- The Parents Association (PA)
School Logo Gear on Sale - Next Week!
Next week Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 25 and 26, the Parents Association will sell school logo clothing and merchandise in the Lobby from 8:15 to 9:30 am. Adult and youth hooded zip-up sweatshirts, school ID holders, and more will be available! Please plan to stop by and check it out! Sales will also be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 10 and 11.
Winter Arts and Crafts Sale: Thursday, Dec. 12
The School will hold its annual Winter Arts and Crafts Sale on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 3:30 - 6:30 pm in the Art Studio on the fifth floor. This is a wonderful chance for our talented community to share work, and an opportunity to buy local, handmade goods directly from artists during the holiday season!
Security & Safety Reminder
With Daylight Saving Time in effect, it is now dark in the afternoons around 4:30 pm, as you have certainly noticed! A few reminders from your Security & Safety team as we enter the winter season:
- Walk in well-lit areas
- Try not to walk alone, if possible; if you are alone, stay on well-traveled streets and blocks
- Be alert; don’t be on your phone, or listening to music, if it’s dark or if you’re alone
- Be mindful of your surroundings at all times
Your Security & Safety team wishes you a very safe Thanksgiving holiday! Please let us know if you have any questions.
Mystery Composer Challenge #4!
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?
- German born composer of the Baroque period
- Born 1685, died 1759
- Compositions include “Messiah” and “Water Music”
- People around the world join in singing his “Hallelujah Chorus” during the Christmas season.
- Wrote 27 oratorios, 17 in English
- Is buried in Westminster Abbey in London, England