Lion's Share: Nov. 26

News from The School at Columbia University: November 26, 2013

Wednesday, Nov. 27 - Friday, Nov. 29
Thanksgiving Break

Monday, Dec. 2
(Faculty Report Writing)

Tuesday, Dec. 3
Grade 2 Field Trip to Children’s Museum of the Arts

Wednesday, Dec. 4
Penny Harvest Ends!
Classes 3A and 3C Field Trip to Tenement Museum

Thursday, Dec. 5
Classes 3B and 3D Field Trip to Tenement Museum
Grade 1 Field Trip to The Noguchi Museum
PA/Nutrition and Health Committee Meeting, 8:30 am
Financial Aid Workshop, 8:30-10 am
Financial Aid Workshop, 6-7:30 pm

Friday, Dec. 6
Picture Retake Day
Grade 3 Potluck, 5:45 pm

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

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
Grade 5 Bake Sale

Thursday, Dec. 19
PA/Casa Latina Meeting, 8:30 am and 5:45 pm

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

Monday, Jan. 6
School Resumes

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.

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!

With the holiday season fast approaching, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate the children’s deepening connections to their teachers, their classmates, and their learning. The incredible diversity of our school makes these connections especially rich, as children -- and families -- share a wealth of cultures, traditions, talents and perspectives with each other.

At times, of course, diversity can also bring conflict and misunderstanding. As a school, we want to remind all families of our bedrock philosophy regarding the growth potential of all children. We embrace every child who enrolls at The School. We speak encouragingly to the children and give them a message that adults care for them and expect them to do well. We support them when they are learning new skills and behaviors. We give them the message that every child has something to work on and strategies to help them grow and change.

As parents, you are a vital part of the school’s mission to educate and nurture children from a variety of backgrounds. If your child -- or any member of our community -- comments in a negative way about the behavior of another, please remind him or her that everyone is working on something, and that teachers and parents are always there to help.

The best way to help children is to make them feel that they are unique and valuable pieces of the incredible community that is our school.

Thank you all for your support of our children and our mission. Have safe and wonderful holidays, and we look forward to seeing all families back at school on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Serving the Community
In the weeks leading to Thanksgiving, students in all grades at The School decorated bags in which Thanksgiving food will be donated and delivered to people living with HIV-AIDS, cancer, or other serious illnesses. Grade 2 also held a canned food drive, and all food collected was donated to a local food pantry run by Community Impact at Columbia University, which works to support local families. Additionally, students at The School have continued their focused penny collection for Penny Harvest throughout the month. Pennies will continue to be collected after the break, up to Wednesday, Dec. 4. Please stay tuned in coming weeks for information from Class Parents and the Parents Association about additional holiday service projects at The School. Thank you to students and families for all you contribute!

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!