Lion's Share: Oct. 4

News from The School at Columbia University: October 4, 2013

Monday, Oct. 7
Middle Division GSE Family Coffee: 8:30 am

Oct. 8-9
Grade 8 Writing Retreat at Black Rock

Friday, Oct. 11
Kindergarten Apple-Picking Field Trip

Monday, Oct. 14
(Columbus Day)

Tuesday, Oct. 15
New Families Orientation Group, 8:30 am (North Dining Room)

Thursday, Oct. 17
Casa Latina Meeting, 8:30 am (North Dining Room)

Friday, Oct. 18
Book-a-Palooza! 6-8 pm

Saturday, Oct. 19
Book-a-Palooza! 11 am - 4 pm

Wednesday, Oct. 23
PA/Kaleidoscope Meeting, 8:30 am

Thursday, Oct. 24
Neurodiversity Support Group, 8:30 am

Friday, Oct. 25
Grade 7 Bake Sale

Saturday, Oct. 26
Teach21 Fall Session: Leveraging Technology for Collaboration in the Classroom

Tuesday, Oct. 29
Financial Aid Workshop, 8:30-10 am

Let's go Lions! Games This Week
Monday, Oct. 7
Gr. 7/8 Girls Volleyball vs. Cathedral, 4:15 pm (away)

Tuesday, Oct. 8
Cross Country Meet, 4 pm (Van Cortlandt)

Wednesday, Oct. 9
Gr. 7/8 Girls Soccer v. Grace Church, 4:15 pm (away)
Gr. 7/8 Girls Volleyball v. Grace Church, 4:15 pm (away)

Thursday, Oct. 10
Gr. 7/8 Girls Soccer v. Brearley, 4 pm (Randall’s Island, Field 72)
Gr. 7/8 Boys Soccer v. St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s, 4:15 pm (CU, 218th St. and Broadway)
Gr. 7/8 Girls Volleyball v. Sacred Heart, 4:15 pm (MPR)

Talking Tech
Be sure to check out “How Technology Has Changed Education” on, in which Middle Division Educational Technologist Karen Blumberg is quoted! Tech Tuesdays, The School’s technology series for families that Blumberg conceived, is also featured in the piece: “I started a monthly morning ‘Tech Tuesdays’ for parents to come in and have coffee and ask questions about how we use technology in schools, and about anything else they wonder about, such as specific apps, privacy issues, parental controls, how to check a Web browser's history, etc.,” Blumberg says in the article. Congrats, Ms. Blumberg and the tech team!

2014-15 Admissions Inquiry Forms Available
The School’s admissions inquiry form for the 2014-15 school year is available online. Forms must be submitted by Oct. 31, 2013. Families residing in Public School Districts 3 and 5, and families from the University who would like to apply for 2014-15, may find and submit the form on The School’s website!

New on The Gallery and Tube
Fall 2013 Buddies
Middle Division Dance
Sheila's Dances, Part 2

Middle Division GSE Family Coffee
A reminder that the first GSE Coffee for Middle Division families will be held this Monday, Oct. 7 at 8:30 am to provide parents and guardians with an overview of GSE in the Life Skills course. Please plan to attend to hear more about what your children will be learning, and to ask any questions you may have. Your support is essential to promoting health to your child. We look forward to this partnership! And we look forward to seeing Middle Division families on Oct. 7.

Get Ready for Book-a-Palooza!
* Friday, Oct. 18, 6-8 pm, at The School
Book Fair Kick-off Reception for Parents/Guardians (childcare available!)

Mingle, shop and hear fascinating tidbits about books from the PA’s TSC Author Panel.

* Saturday, Oct. 19, 11 am-4 pm, at The School
Book-a-Palooza Carnival

A full-fledged book fair, plus many more activities including games, crafts, karaoke, food, face painting, a raffle and more!

The PA needs volunteers! Three easy steps to sign up to volunteer!
1. Visit this link for the VolunteerSpot page.
2. Review the activities listed and choose the one(s) you like.
3. Sign up! It's easy!

If you have any questions regarding volunteering or using the VolunteerSpot site, please contact Melissa Bilski at

Other ways to get involved:
- Volunteer for multi-lingual read-alouds
- Help with raffle donations
- Donate gently used books and toys
- Make goodies for the bake sale

Questions? Contact Julie Jacobs at

Club Corner
The 2013-14 lineup of Middle Division Clubs is final, and clubs are ready to roll! Please contact Middle Division Clubs Coordinator Devin Carthan ( to sign up, or for more information about any club. From Model UN, to A Cappella Club, to Dungeons & Dragons, there truly is something for every Middle Division student. See the full list of 2013-14 clubs and descriptions here!

Congrats to Mr. Reed!
Congratulations to our Head of School Amani Reed, who received the Distinguished Younger Alumni Award from his alma mater Catlin Gabel in Portland, Oregon, on Sept. 28. Amani was one of four alumni honored over the weekend, and his award citation reads, “Leader in independent schools and progressive curriculum development who exemplifies the character, wisdom, and purpose celebrated in Catlin Gabel’s philosophy.” Please join The School in congratulating Mr. Reed on this honor!

Financial Aid Workshops
Please stay tuned for more information about upcoming financial aid workshops. Families are welcome to attend to learn more about the financial aid application process, and to ask any questions they may have. The first workshop will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 8:30-10 am. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Steve Elliott at 212-851-4234 or And please find more details and information in the Financial Aid section of The School’s website.

Mystery Composer Challenge!
Music faculty launched a Mystery Composer Challenge last week on their bulletin board and in The Lion’s Share. Below are the clues from last week, and ... (cue “Rhapsody in Blue” intro) ... the answer! Tune in next week for another Mystery Composer Challenge!

Who am I?

- American-born composer
- Born 1898, died 1937
- Popular compositions include “American in Paris,” “Rhapsody in Blue,” and “Porgy and Bess”
- New Yorker
- Brother, Ira, was a lyricist
- Studied composition in Paris with Nadia Boulanger
- Wrote music for Hollywood and Broadway

I am ... George Gershwin!

Observation Station

In the first weeks of school, Grade 7 students worked on observation skills in science class, looking closely to observe with a beginner’s mind -- and prepping for the year of exploration ahead!