Lion's Share: May 30

News from The School at Columbia University: May 30, 2014

June 2-6
ASP Spring Showcase!

Monday, June 2
PA/Multi-Grade Teacher and Staff Gift-Making Event, 5:45 pm (Art Studio)

Tuesday, June 3
Grade 5 Band Concert, 8:15 am
Tech Tuesdays Parent Coffee, 8:15-9:30 am (Library)
Athletics Award Ceremony, 5:30 pm (MPR)

Wednesday, June 4
PA/Year-End Rooftop Party, 5:45-7:30 pm (childcare will be provided; please sign up here)

Thursday, June 5
Grade 4 Curriculum Share (details to come!)
Lion Awards Ceremony, 5:30 pm (MPR)

Friday, June 6
Field Day!

Monday, June 9
Grade 4 Black Rock Trip
Grade 8 Graduation, 6 pm (Low Library Rotunda, Columbia University)

Tuesday, June 10
Last Day of School!
Grade 1 Family Celebration, 8:30 am (MPR)

Roaring Again
The third issue of Roar, The School at Columbia University's magazine, was mailed to all families this week, and is also available on The School’s website. Please enjoy, and many thanks to all who contributed! This third issue is a spring annual report of The School and the Year of Collaboration.

CU Basketball Camps
Columbia University Women's Basketball is hosting camps this summer for girls interested in basketball! Camps will be held at Columbia’s Levien Gymnasium on the Morningside Heights campus.

Day Camp, July 14-17: 9 am to 3 pm daily, open to all girls entering first through ninth grade in fall 2014. This camp will focus on the fundamentals of basketball and improving overall basketball knowledge.

Advanced Camp, June 17-19 and August 1-3: Overnight or commuter camp, open to all girls entering eighth through twelfth grade in fall 2014. With a focus on refinement of skills and advanced concepts, camp will have high-intensity drills, competitions, and 5-on-5 games.

Please contact Michelle Bilek (, 212-854-9202) or visit to learn more and register!

HYPOTHEkids Summer Science Camp
HYPOTHEkids, Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Columbia University Teachers College collaborate to present a summer science program for children in Kindergarten through Grade 5! Camp runs July 7 to August 29, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, at Dwyer Cultural Center (123rd Street between St. Nicholas Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard). Each week explores a theme in science through hands-on experiments and activities. Sign up and learn more at!

Learn or Hone Birding Skills!
Adults and children age 12 and older are invited to join a Black Rock Forest Consortium Saturday morning birding workshop, held June 7, 8:30-10:30 am, at Black Rock Forest in Cornwall, New York! Workshop is led by Barnard College forest ecologist Dr. Terryanne Maenza-Gmelch and is $10 per person. Participants will learn or practice skills in bird identification by sight and ear during a two-hour, easy-to-moderate walk. Please RSVP by contacting Emily Cunningham,, 845-534-4517, ext. 26.

The Gallery
Grades 1 and 5 Dance: Physioballs
Grade 3 Concert: The Spirit of Harlem

The Tube
KA: South Africa Curriculum Share
Grade 4 Spanish Projects (and more)

June 2-6 is Spirit Week!
TSC Student Government invites all students, teachers and staff to participate in Spirit Week leading up to Field Day on Friday, June 6! Students may participate in the Spirit Day (or Days!) of their choice. This is the final spirit event of the year, and the Student Government applauds these ways to be one community.

Monday, June 2: Mega Monday School Spirit Day
Wear any school t-shirt or school colors!

Tuesday, June 3: Tie Tuesday Day
Wear a tie!

Wednesday, June 4: Wacky Wednesday Outfit Day
Wear wacky socks, hats, or hairstyles!

Thursday, June 5: Throwback Thursday - Decades Day
Come to school dressed as any decade you want!

Friday, June 6: FIELD DAY!

ASP Showcase Next Week
At the close of each semester of the After School Program, instructors and students showcase their work in performances and displays. For the spring 2014 semester, classes will present their showcases next week, June 2 through 6! A detailed showcase schedule with locations can be found on The School’s website, and will also be posted on The School’s screens next week. We hope you can join us for a showcase presentation, to cheer on our students’ accomplishments! Please contact if you have any questions.

Important End-of-Year Events!
These last weeks of school are packed with family events, ceremonies, celebrations and more! Here, a few key upcoming end-of-year events for your calendars:

Tuesday, June 3: Athletics Ceremony, 5:30 pm
Wednesday, June 4: PA End-of-Year Rooftop Party, 5:45 pm (childcare will be provided; please sign up here)
Thursday, June 5: Lion Awards Ceremony, 5:30 pm
Monday, June 9: Grade 8 Commencement Ceremony (6 pm, Columbia University’s Low Library)

Tech Tuesdays Parent Coffee
Tuesday, June 3, 8:30-9:15 am, Library
Join Technology Coordinator Karen Blumberg for the last Tech Tuesdays Parent Coffee of the year! The conversation topic will be will be archiving vs. hoarding digital assets, and navigating The School’s Tube and Gallery, if there’s time. If you haven’t yet made it to one of these great, popular parent coffees, next week is your chance. Links shared at Tech Tuesdays are collected here: Hope to see you on Tuesday!

Concerts and Shares
Students shared two beautiful performances with families this week. On Thursday, May 29, KA transported families to South Africa for a morning, performing “The Brave Little Penguin,” a South African tale, and “Siyahamba,” a Zulu song and dance. The performance was part of KA’s annual in-depth culture study curriculum share, and afterwards, families returned to the classroom with students to enjoy delicacies including vegetarian bunny chow, milk tart, and South African rice. The KA team thanks Art Teacher Lindsay Calhoun, Music Teacher David Gordon, Dance Teacher Kathleen Hill, and Cafe Staff Member Jason Samuels for their support and assistance in making the event a success! You can watch the performance on The Tube.

On Friday, May 30, Grade 3 students performed a fabulous concert for families, inspiring everyone in the audience to feel the Spirit of Harlem! Students sang, danced, tapped, played the recorder, and showed off amazing sets they made. Congratulations to the Grade 3 team, Dance Teacher Debbie Cheatham, Art Teacher Kim Lane, Music Teacher Emily Sticco, and all the passionate performers! Photos of the concert are on The Gallery.

Ready, Set … Go Grade 5!

Grade 5 students integrated studies in decimal place value, computer science, engineering, Ancient Greece, and Wellness, and put their knowledge into action at the Grade 5 Olympics at Baker Field last Friday, May 23! In the weeks leading up to the Olympics, students were tasked with precisely recording runners’ times during footraces. To solve the problem, they programmed their own digital stopwatches, and then engineered touch-sensitive pressure plates to be run over as racers crossed the finish line. You can watch a video of the early testing phases here, and video of the final successful inventions at the Olympics here. Watch a student explain the system, and see great photos of the entire process. Phenomenal work, Grade 5 -- and congrats on a great Olympics!

Diving into Black Holes
Grade 6 welcomed Columbia University astronomers as classroom visitors last week. Zoltan Haiman (Dept. of Astronomy), Lam Hui (Dept. of Physics), and Zsuzsa Marka (Columbia Astrophysics Lab) talked about how they became interested in astronomy and their areas of research, as well as answered students’ questions. Below, a student’s report on the experience:

Today the sixth grade had the great pleasure to have several different people come to the school to talk about astronomy. Dr. Zsuzsa Marka was giving a presentation to my class, 6B, all about black holes. We learned some very cool facts about them. It’s one of the many mysteries that people still don't know about today. In this case the reason for that is that it would be very dangerous to travel through a black hole because we don't know what's on the other side or what its effect will be on us. For this reason scientists can't know everything about black holes. But they have their theories. Some people think that black holes lead to alternate universes, a shortcut through space, etc. Others think that you would basically be stretched out and die. I had a ton of fun listening to her speak and we were all sad when she had to go.

Kaleidoscope invites you to its final meeting of the year on Wednesday, June 4 from 8:30 to 9:30 am in the South Dining Hall. Come celebrate a great year of meetings and events, hear a report-back from the Dalton conference on diversity, and get ready for the Year of Diversity ahead at TSC. Come share your thoughts! We’re all ears!

Kaleidoscope is looking for two parents/guardians to join our leadership team. We seek parents with a passion and curiosity about diversity who want to help support, enhance, and celebrate our school community. Leaders are required to attend Kaleidoscope leadership and membership meetings and to help plan events. Please email Kathy Leichter ( by June 15 if you are interested.

Capitol Time
Our eighth-grade class is on their way home this afternoon from an amazing, packed three-day trip to Washington, D.C. Above, a group shot in front of the National Archives Museum, one of several museums, monuments, and historic sites they visited during their stay. Please see next week’s Lion’s Share for travel reflections from students! And thanks to our tireless teachers and chaperones for coordinating a wonderful, successful trip.