Lion's Share: Sept. 27

News from The School at Columbia University: September 27, 2013

Monday, Sept. 30
Sibling Applications Due

Tuesday, Oct. 1
Tech Tuesdays, 8:15-9 am (Main Cafe Patio)
New Families Orientation Group, 8:30-9:15 am (North Dining Room)

Thursday, Oct. 3
PA/Nutrition and Health Committee First Meeting! 8:30 am (North Dining Room)
Middle Division Curriculum Night, 5:30-7 pm

Friday, Oct. 4
School Picture Day!

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)

Friday, Oct. 18
Book-a-Palooza! 6-8 pm. Stay tuned for details!

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

Let's go Lions! Games This Week
Tuesday, Oct. 1
Gr. 5/6 Boys Soccer v. Cathedral, 4:15 pm (Central Park)
Gr. 5/6 Girls Soccer v. Cathedral, 4:15 pm (CU, 218th Street and Broadway)

Wednesday, Oct. 2
Gr. 7/8 Boys Soccer v. Bank Street, 4:15 pm (away)
Gr. 7/8 Girls Volleyball v. Bank Street, 4:15 pm (away)

Thursday, Oct. 3
Cross Country Meet, 4 pm (Van Cortlandt)
Gr. 7/8 Girls Soccer v. Fieldston, 4:15 pm (CU, 218th Street and Broadway)
Gr. 7/8 Girls Volleyball v. Fieldston, 4:15 pm (away)

1-2-3 … Smile!
Student picture day is Friday, Oct. 4, from 8 am to 1 pm! And we’d love your help! If you’re available to volunteer, please contact Yvelisse Viera (

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
Grade 5 iBlock - Design Thinking
Sheila’s Dances

As we come to the close of our third week of school, we want to thank all families for your patience and flexibility as we implemented new safety procedures for access to our building. Thank you for having your IDs out and ready to show our Security & Safety team as you enter and exit the school. We appreciate your taking this extra step and being prepared for us.

We continue to upgrade our access systems to make our school the safest it can be, and we will communicate changes to you as we put them into place. The Security & Safety team at The School at Columbia University is here to provide a safe environment for all who enter our school, and we thank you for working with them, and us, toward this goal.

Be well and have restful weekends.

-- Amani Reed, Head of School and Warren Glover, Director of Security & Safety

Scooting to Safety
As New Yorkers, we all know the challenges of storage and space, and our school building is no different! We have one bin for scooter storage in our narrow Lobby, and when the bin is full, scooters that do not fit must be brought home, or taken to work, by parents/guardians. Only scooters that fold may be stored; plastic three-wheeled scooters that do not fold can not be brought to school at all. Scooters absolutely may not be left on the floor. Any scooters left on the floor will be held in the office and released only after a discussion. Please respect these rules for the safety of our entire community!

Sibling Applications - Last Reminder!
The deadline for sibling applications is this Monday, Sept. 30. Please call or stop by the Office of Admissions and we will generate your access to the online sibling application form. For additional information or with any questions, please contact Director of Admissions Rekha Puri at 212-851-4220 or

Tech Tuesdays: Starting Up Again!
Grab your coffee and locate Middle Division Educational Technologist Karen Blumberg for the first Tech Tuesday this coming Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 8:15 to 9 am on the second floor cafe patio! This monthly event, launched last year, offers families an informal opportunity to ask any questions you may have about technology at TSC. Questions to ask could include: How do I access The Gallery and The Tube? What kinds of neat tech projects are my children working on? How can I embed The School’s Google calendar? Questions to leave at home could include: My phone is doing a weird thing, can you help me fix it? How do I adjust this setting on my tablet? I need a new router, do you have any suggestions? In other words, please approach this as a time to talk TSC tech, rather than a time for tech support! Karen looks forward to seeing you and answering questions on Oct. 1.

Mystery Composer Challenge!
As TSC families, you know the central role music plays in the school’s curriculum. With the renovations this summer, the music classrooms, offices and practice spaces are now all centralized together on the sixth floor. As part of inaugurating this new space, music faculty have launched a Mystery Composer Challenge on their bulletin board in the stairwell. Visit the board to see, or play along in the Lion’s Share! Know the answer? Children may tell their music teacher. We’ll reveal the answer in the Lion’s Share next week.

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

Sit, Robot. Stay!

The School’s dynamite RoboTeam shows how petting the robot dog makes its head go up and down, at this year’s Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science in Queens on Sept. 21. Great job, team! Nice collaboration!

Mailing Fail
Yikes! If you received a somewhat battered envelope from The School this week containing a letter dated August 28, please accept our, and the U.S.P.S’s, apologies. The packages were meant to be a hard copy repeat of our August 26 email to all families, and were supposed to land in families’ mailboxes immediately after Labor Day -- not a month later! We’re untangling exactly what happened, but until we do, please accept our apologies for any confusion. And, by all means, feel free to disregard and please recycle the packets!