Lion's Share: Oct. 11

News from The School at Columbia University: October 11, 2013

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)
Teen Read Week Celebration for Middle Division Students, 3:30-5 pm (Library)

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

Monday, Oct. 28
Grade 3 Field Trip to Inwood Hill Park

Tuesday, Oct. 29
New Families Orientation Group, 8:30 am (North Dining Room)
Financial Aid Workshop, 8:30-10 am

Wednesday, Oct. 30
Middle Division Trip to Black Rock

Thursday, Oct. 31
Admissions Online Inquiry Closes

Let's go Lions! Games Next Week
Tuesday, Oct. 15
Gr. 5/6 Boys Soccer v. Bank Street, 4:15 pm (away)
Gr. 5/6 Girls Soccer v. Hewitt, 4:15 pm (CU, 218th St. and Broadway)
Gr. 7/8 Girls Volleyball v. Bank Street, 4:15 pm (away)

Wednesday, Oct. 16
Gr. 5/6 Girls Soccer v. Rodeph Sholom, 4 pm (away)
Gr. 7/8 Girls Volleyball v. Brearley, 4:15 pm (MPR)

Thursday, Oct. 17
Cross Country Meet, 4 pm (Van Cortlandt)
Gr. 7/8 Girls Soccer v. Hewitt, 4:15 pm (CU, 218th St. and Broadway)

Friday, Oct. 18
Gr. 5/6 Girls Soccer v. Brearley, 3 pm (away)

2014-15 Admissions Inquiry Forms Available Until End of Month
The School’s admissions inquiry form for the 2014-15 school year is available online until the end of this month, 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
Grade 8 Writing Retreat
Grade 6 Ice Balloon Experiments (Gallery)
Grade 6 Ice Balloon Experiments (Tube; various)
Student Government Campaign Videos (various)

A reminder that there is no school this Monday, Oct. 14, for the Columbus Day holiday. See all families and students on Tuesday, Oct. 15!

Book-a-Palooza is Almost Here! Start the Celebration Now!  

* Buy your raffle tickets starting today!
More than $5,000 worth of prizes including an iPad Mini, “Cinderella” tickets, cameras and more! Special prize for the family that sells the most tickets!

* Donate gently used books & rummage - collection starts Tuesday!
Donate gently used children's and young adult books, clothing, outerwear, toys and costumes. Please no adult clothing, large toys or board books. Books in languages other than English are welcome!

* Please RSVP (both adults and children) for the Friday, Oct. 18 evening author panel

We need your help! There are many spots to fill! Grandparents and other family adults are welcome to volunteer as well! Sign up here.

We hope to see you on Friday, Oct. 18 from 6 to 8 pm, and Saturday, Oct. 19 from 11 am to 4 pm!

Questions? Contact Julie Jacobs at

Grade 8 Writing Retreat
Grade 8 students participated in a three-day writing retreat this week, with day one held here at The School, and days two and three at Black Rock Forest. See photos of the retreat on The Gallery.

The Black Rock writing retreat was loads of fun. There are many places to curl up and zone out to your favorite book. If not that, there were many opportunities to play cards with friends or play ultimate frisbee out in the field. Of course, we also got to write humorous, touching, and scary stories. I had loads of fun doing this, especially because I could write on the rocks outdoors and not only in the lounge. On the first day there were opportunities for hikes, and at night we got to have a moth pit. In the moth pit we all got to listen to stories from our friends in the grade. After that, some went on a night hike, and others snuggled on the floor of the main lounge and watched “Happy Feet.” We all managed to get a good night’s sleep and not stay up and chat with our bunkmates. In the morning, there was Aikido, relaxing, and an early bird run. Time went by too quickly. As Ms. Becker says, there is never enough time for English class, or in this case, the Black Rock writing retreat.
-- Oliver Chonoles, Grade 8 Student

Grade 8 English teacher Eve Becker also wrote about the retreat and her experiences teaching with Google Glass during it.

Teen Read Week!
Teen Read Week is being celebrated October 13-19 this year with the theme “Seek the Unknown @ Your Library.” We will have our own annual celebration for Middle Division students on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 3:30 to 5 pm. This is a fun-filled literary afternoon complete with music, book trailers, gifts, pizza, soft drinks and much more. We invite students to come share their favorite YA book with their Middle Division community.
-- Nadine Renazile and Talia Neffson, Librarians

Financial Aid Workshops
A reminder that the first financial aid workshop will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 8:30-10 am. Families are welcome to attend to learn more about the financial aid application process, and to ask any questions they may have. 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.

Casa Latina
The monthly Casa Latina meeting will be held Thursday, Oct. 17 at 8:30 am in the North Dining Room on the second floor. Please join the group to discuss Book-a-Palooza and the Fall Festival Read Aloud!