News from The School at Columbia University: Dec. 7, 2012
FOR YOUR CALENDARS Saturday, Dec. 8
Financial Aid Workshop: 10 am (Library)
Monday, Dec. 10
PA Logo Gear Holiday Sale: 8-9 am (Lobby)
Tuesday, Dec. 11
Grade 3 Concert: 8:30 am (MPR)
Wednesday, Dec. 12
Penny Harvest Deadline
PA/Kaleidoscope Workshop with Derrick Gay: 8:30 am (North Dining Room)
Thursday, Dec. 13
PA Logo Gear Holiday Sale: 8-9 am (Lobby)
PA/Neurodiversity Group Meeting: 8:15 am (North Dining Room)
PA Logo Gear Holiday Sale: 3-6 pm
Winter Craft Sale: 3:30-6:30 pm
(Art Studio) *FINAL* Financial Aid Workshop: 6 pm (Library)
Friday, Dec. 14
Grade 5 Bake Sale: 2:30-5:30 pm
PA/Casa Latina Game Night: 6-8 pm
(Main Cafe); RSVP to Yvelisse Viera by
Games This Week Monday, Dec. 10 7/8 Girls Basketball vs. Hewitt: 4:15 pm (away)
Thursday, Dec. 13 7/8 Girls Basketball vs. Cathedral: 4:15 pm (MPR)
8 Boys Basketball vs. Cathedral: 5:15 pm (MPR)
TAKE NOTE Reminder: Penny Harvest Extended! Because of high need this year, the Penny Harvest collection deadline has been extended. The last day to bring in pennies is now Wednesday, Dec. 12.
Winter Arts and Crafts Sale:
Thursday, Dec. 13, 3:30-6:30 pm
A chance for The School's talented community to share work, and an opportunity to buy local, handmade goods directly from artists during the holiday season. The sale will be held in the art studio on the fifth floor.
Early Registration: Holiday Cubs Camp
Holiday Cubs Camp will be held at Dodge Fitness Center on the Columbia campus Dec. 26-28 and Jan. 2-4! Early bird discount for registering before Dec. 21. Visit the Cubs Camp site for details.
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Workshop with Derrick Gay: Dec. 12 The Parents Association/Kaleidoscope is hosting an interactive workshop with educational consultant Derrick Gay next week Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 8:30 to 10 am in the North Dining Room. The event is open to all TSC families.
The workshop is titled, "Do You See What I See? Probably Not," and participants will reflect on questions of diversity and inclusivity at The School, analyze their own underlying assumptions and beliefs, and develop a common language they can use to discuss and relate to each other. They will also learn tools to help their children develop empathy, not just sympathy or tolerance, for others.
Gay has more than 13 years of independent school experience as a teacher, advisor, musical director and senior administrator. He works with schools both domestically and internationally on many topics ranging from governance, to the power and impact of language, to issues of inclusivity. He served as director of community life and diversity at the Nightingale-Bamford School, where he was a faculty member and administrator for eight years. Prior, he taught at Groton, Wilmington Friends, The Masters School and served as dean of students at L’Academie de Paris. A graduate of the Klingenstein Masters Program for Leadership in Independent Schools at Columbia University, Derrick also holds a BA from Oberlin College and a BM from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Please join us on Dec. 12 for what is sure to be an important and thought-provoking event.
Important Reminder: Financial Aid Deadline Dec. 19 The TADS application and accompanying forms are due by Wednesday, Dec. 19. Please see The School's financial aid website for links, forms and all information.
Please plan to attend a Financial Aid workshop if you need help or have any questions. All workshops are held in the Library on the fourth floor:
Saturday, Dec. 8: 10-11:30 am
Thursday, Dec. 13: 6-7:30 pm
Book Drive for Hurricane Relief Grade 3 is holding a book drive for third-graders at P.S. 52, a school in Staten Island affected by Superstorm Sandy. There will be boxes for donations of new or gently used books in both the Grade 3 pod and the lobby. Please help Grade 3 collect as many books as possible!
Club Corner: Kendo Club/Japanese Fencing Clubs at The School are designed to give students enrichment and leadership opportunities. A new club will be featured every month in the Lion’s Share.
TSC’s Kendo Club is dedicated to the study and practice of sword forms and partner practices derived from the Aiki-ken and Kashima traditions, which embody both ancient and modern systems of Japanese fencing.
The study of these sword forms helps participants integrate physical movements, focus mental states, and remain calm—skill sets that transfer well to other aspects of life. Participants also learn about the history and tradition of these arts.
“I have learned a lot from Kendo, and I have grown as a person because of it …. Overall, Kendo has been a great experience for me, and I plan to continue it through and after 8th grade,” Kendo Club member Alexandra Mann said.
The club meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 to 8 am.
Kendo Club is facilitated by Director of Advisory, Outreach and Public Purpose Charles Colton. Please contact Charles if you are interested in joining.
Kendo Club participants practice techniques. Photo/Charles Colton.
More Club Corner! Math Olympiads A quick note about Math Olympiads, which meets meets every Wednesday from 3:45 to 5 pm in Room 308D and is open to all Middle Division students. Upcoming contest dates are: