Lion's Share: Dec. 6

News from The School at Columbia University: December 6, 2013

Saturday, Dec. 7
Financial Aid Workshop, 10-11:30 am

Tuesday, Dec. 10
PA/Logo Merchandise Sale, 8:15-9:15 am (Lobby)
PA/Gift-Making Event, 5:30 pm (Art Studio)

Wednesday, Dec. 11
PA/Logo Merchandise Sale, 8:15-9:15 am (Lobby)

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
Pajama Day
Grade 1 Family Concert, 8:30 am (MPR)
Grade 5 Bake Sale

Monday, Dec. 16 - Thursday, Dec. 19
Lost & Found Displayed (Main Cafe)

Tuesday, Dec. 17
PA/Meetings with Flik about the Lunch Program, 8:30 am and 5:45 pm

Thursday, Dec. 19
Toy, Coat and Book Drive Ends
Grade 3 Recorder Concert, 8:15 am (MPR)
PA/Casa Latina Meeting, 8:30 am and 5:45 pm

Monday, Dec. 23 - Friday, Jan. 3
Winter Break

Monday, Jan. 6
School Resumes

Games Next Week

Monday, Dec. 9
Gr. 7/8 Girls Basketball v. Cathedral, 4 pm (away)
Gr. 8 Boys Basketball v. Cathedral, 4:15 pm (MPR!)

Tuesday, Dec. 10
Gr. 5 Boys Basketball v. Cathedral, 4 pm (away)
Gr. 5 Girls Basketball v. Cathedral, 4:15 pm (MPR!)
Gr. 6 Boys Basketball v. Cathedral, 5 pm (away)
Gr. 6 Girls Basketball v. Cathedral, 5:15 pm (MPR!)

Wednesday, Dec. 11
Gr. 8 Boys Basketball v. St. Bernard’s, 4:15 pm

Thursday, Dec. 12
Gr. 7/8 Girls Basketball v. Brearley, 4 pm (away)
Gr. 7 Boys Basketball v. Poly Prep, 4:15 pm (MPR!)
Gr. 8 Boys Basketball v. Poly Prep, 5:15 pm (MPR!)

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 (, 212-497-6587) if you plan to come!

Early Registration: Holiday Cubs Camp
Holiday 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.


New on The Gallery and Tube

The Gallery:
Grade 1: Dance Curriculum Share
3C Clay Animals
Grade 5: Dance China Study
5A Drawings
Grade 6 Self-Portraits

The Tube:
1A Dance Curriculum Share
1C Dance Curriculum Share
Grade 2 Poetry Celebration
Grade 3 Dances “Brownstones”
Grade 4 Proyecto de Paises (and more)
Grade 5 Music from China (and more)
Grade 6 MemoryCorps (and more)


This week the world lost one of the most influential leaders of our time. The passing of Nelson Mandela signifies the end of an era. His fight for the end of apartheid and human rights was inspiring and taught the world many valuable lessons. Mr. Mandela’s death sparked responses from people all over the world. Muhammad Ali wrote about Mandela's passing by saying, "What I will remember most about Mr. Mandela is that he was a man whose heart, soul and spirit could not be contained or restrained by racial and economic injustices, metal bars or the burden of hate and revenge. He taught us forgiveness on a grand scale." I hope that we are able to remember that it was his actions as well as his words that made the difference in South Africa and transformed the lives of so many.

This week we sent eight teachers and staff to the National Association of Independent Schools People of Color Conference. The conference hosted over 2000 adults and 1300 high school students from around the country. The conference is designed to help participants understand their roles in advancing their school's equity and justice initiatives around racial and ethnic identity. The core values of The School lead us to support our teachers in their professional growth. As a long-time participant at this conference, I am pleased to share that The School continues to be seen as a leader in examining issues of equity and justice in independent schools.

As I think about the difference our students make in the world, I am very proud of the work we do together to honor and respect all members of our community. I am proud that our actions continue to demonstrate our commitment to being an inclusive and supportive community.

-- Amani Reed, Head of School

Congratulations to Dr. Goldberg!

Congratulations to Grade 7 Math Teacher Dr. Goldberg on the publication of her wonderful article “The Great Mathematician Project” in the December/January issue of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics journal Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School. Her piece is the feature article of the issue -- and it made the cover. Anyone who has ever participated in or attended The Great Mathematician Project at The School will enjoy reading this piece. Please join The School in congratulating Dr. Goldberg on this great achievement!

“Oso Pardo, Oso Pardo ¿qué ves allÍ?”
In Spanish class, The School’s Kindergarten students have listened to and retold the story “Oso Pardo, Oso Pardo ¿qué ves allÍ?” Students worked together to create class books based off the text, choosing their own colors and animals for their book page. Below are links to the stories, with Spanish Teacher Talía González Cigliano reading the text. Enjoy!
KA, KA ¿qué ves allí?
KB, KB ¿qué ves allí?
KC, KC ¿qué ves allí?

Grade 8 Songwriters
The Grade 8 Songwriting Workshop, taught by Music Teacher David Gordon, empowered students to compose, produce, and record original songs. Give a listen and enjoy!
“My Wish”
“Next Year”
“Sighs and Smiles”
“You Only Matter”


School Logo Gear Sales
The PA's school logo and merchandise sales next week Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 10 and 11, are a great opportunity to jump-start your holiday shopping! Adult and youth hooded zip-up sweatshirts, school ID holders, and more will be available. Sales are held both days from 8:15 to 9:15 am in the Lobby. You'll find an array of great gift ideas!


Winter Arts and Crafts Sale! Thursday, Dec. 12!
The School will hold its annual Winter Arts and Crafts Sale this coming Thursday, Dec. 12 from 3:30 to 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. This year, there will be familiar sellers -- and new sellers, including of special baked goods! Please be sure to stop by on Thursday.

Friday, Dec. 13 is Pajama Day!
TSC Student Government invites all students and faculty to wear their pajamas on Friday, Dec. 13 in celebration of Pajama Day. Send children to school in their warm, cuddly pajamas and fuzzy slippers. This is the third in a series of Spirit Days, and the Student Government applauds these ways to be one community.

100 Pounds of Lost & Found
The School’s lost and found collection has grown quite large this fall semester! Items will be organized and displayed beginning Monday, Dec. 16 in the southeast corner of the Main Cafe on the second floor (at the end of the hot food line). Clothing and items will be on display through ASP pickup on Thursday, Dec. 19. Any items unclaimed after ASP pickup on Thursday, Dec. 19 will be donated to local organizations. Thank you for taking a minute or two to look through and see if anything belongs to your child!

Toy, Coat and Book Drive
The PA invites all families, faculty and staff to participate in a December Toy, Coat and Book Drive at The School. The PA will give the donations to local organizations that help families in need.

The following items will be greatly appreciated, all for children ages 2-12:
New winter coats (gently used clean coats also welcome)
New unwrapped toys
New books

The PA will accept donations through Thursday, Dec. 19. All donations can be dropped off in the Lobby in labeled bins. The PA would also appreciate volunteers to help organize donations and promote the drive on selected afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Please visit this link to sign up to help! Thank you in advance for your participation and support! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Drive Coordinator Marta Alvarez at, or Director of Advisory, Outreach, and Public Purpose Charles Colten at

School Gift Policy
As we enter the holiday season we want to thank all of our families for working with us to create community. The School recognizes that families may want to thank faculty or staff members at times during the school year. Please remember that The School is a diverse community; handwritten notes or homemade gifts from students or families are a wonderful way to express thanks. Students and families are asked not to give purchased or cash gifts to faculty or staff. Class Parents will work with families to determine and organize gift projects for homeroom/classroom teachers, and see below for details of a fun event, planned to make goodies for multi-grade teachers and staff.

First Annual School-Wide Gift-Making Event
The PA invites families and students to participate in creation of handmade gifts for multigrade teachers and staff! This year they will decorate boxes to be filled with homemade nut-free cookies and treats.

There are many ways to be involved:

1. Come to the decorating event on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 5:30 pm in the Art Studio. All students are encouraged to participate! In addition, the PA is looking for adult volunteers to help set up, clean up and/or supervise this event. Please see below link to sign up!

2. For those families who like to bake, this is your chance! The PA asks families to volunteer to bake their favorite nut-free cookies or treats, to be placed in the handmade boxes. Please prepare approximately 50-100 of your favorite recipe to be available for packaging on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Families may leave treats in the Head of School's Office at drop-off or pickup. Please see below link to sign up!

3. Help the PA assemble gifts! This will most likely be on Wednesday, Dec. 11 after drop-off, but please sign up at the below link if you are interested in participating.

Gift-making Event Signup link!

Neurodiversity and Casa Latina Joint Meeting, Dec. 12 - All Invited!
As part of The School’s Year of Collaboration, the PA’s Neurodiversity Support and Casa Latina groups will hold a joint meeting next week. They will discuss responses to neurodiversity issues in the Latino community, and look at how exposure to a second language at home or school may play a role in the development and education of children with neurodiversity challenges. All are welcome, confidentially will be maintained. Please join them on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 8:30 am in the North Dining Room on the second floor.

Meetings with Flik about the Lunch Program
The PA and The School invite you to open meetings with Flik Independent School Dining Nutrition Specialist Susan Cooper, MS, RD, CDN, on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 8:30 am AND 5:45 pm at The School. Ms. Cooper and The School's Director of Finance, Planning and Operations Steve Elliott will talk about Flik, which prepares and provides The School's food, and answer any questions families may have about the lunch program.

Mystery Composer Challenge #4 - The Answer!
Did you guess George Frideric Handel as the answer to last week’s Mystery Composer Challenge? If so, royal fireworks for you! You really have a handel on your musical knowledge. Below are the clues from last week to Handel’s identity. Tune in next week for one more Composer Challenge before Winter Break! Thanks, as always, for playing!

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”
- Wrote 27 oratorios, 17 in English
- Is buried in Westminster Abbey in London

I am … George Frideric Handel!


Parting Shot

Today, Class 5B spent time working with Columbia University students at The Broadway Presbyterian Church to prepare over 100 bag lunches for hungry individuals in the community. The students prepared sandwiches and assisted in distributing the lunches.