Lion's Share: Sept. 20

News from The School at Columbia University: September 20, 2013

Monday, Sept. 23
Admissions Info Session for Sibling Applicant Families, 8:30-9 am (Library)

Tuesday, Sept. 24
Athletics Information Meeting, 5:30-6:30 pm (Library)

Wednesday, Sept. 25
PA/Kaleidoscope First Meeting! 8:30 am (South Dining Room)
Primary Division Curriculum Night, 5:30-7 pm

Thursday, Sept. 26
PA/Neurodiversity Support Group First Meeting! 8:30 am (North Dining Room)
Intermediate Division Curriculum Night, 5:30-7 pm

Friday, Sept. 27
Grade 8 Bake Sale
Middle Division Fall Dance

Monday, Sept. 30
Sibling Applications Due

Tuesday, Oct. 1
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. 14
(Columbus Day)

Smile and say “TSC”!
Get ready to grin from ear to ear! School Picture Day is Friday, Oct. 4.

2014-15 Admissions Inquiry Forms Available
The School’s admissions inquiry form for the 2014-15 school year is available online. The inquiry period closes and 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. Spread the word!

The Year of Collaboration: New York Maker Faire
The School’s award-winning RoboTeam will have a booth at the New York Maker Faire (held at the New York Hall of Science in Queens) tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 21, to show their robots and explain how they work! Have a great time, RoboTeam! Our Technology Department is also organizing a faculty field trip to the Faire on Sunday, Sept. 22.

Families can buy tickets to the Faire, or volunteer as a member of Maker Corps and attend the Faire for FREE! Information about Maker Corps and volunteering can be found here, and information about the Faire can be found on their website,

Happy Birthday TSC!

The Welcome Back Picnic Dinner and 10-Year Anniversary Celebration on Tuesday, Sept. 17 was a terrific evening, testament to The School’s strong community and a great kickoff to our year ahead -- and to 10 more years ahead! On behalf of Head of School Amani Reed, faculty, staff, and the Parents Association, thank you to families for coming and celebrating The School with us. It was wonderful to see so many of you there.

If you weren’t able to attend the dinner and would like an anniversary gift bag, please email, or stop by the Communications Office on the second floor!

Family Directory Online
We are pleased that this year’s family directory, with contact information for all students and families, is ready online. It can be found at:

Parents and guardians, please use the email address The School has on file for you to log in. You will need to reset your password the first time you log in. Faculty, staff and students should use their TSC user name and password to log in. If you have any issues or questions, please contact

A reminder: Information in the directory is intended solely for the use of individuals and entities directly associated with The School. Unless authorized by The School, disclosing, copying, or distributing information contained in this directory is strictly prohibited. Thanks for your help and cooperation! And thanks to our technology team for their work in getting this ready.

Curriculum Nights
Please make sure you have your child’s division curriculum night on your calendar. Attendance is a requirement for all families:

Primary Division: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 5:30-7 pm
Intermediate Division: Thursday, Sept. 26, 5:30-7 pm
Middle Division: Thursday, Oct. 3, 5:30-7 pm

All three curriculum nights are held at The School and are designed to give a full sense of your child’s academic and social life here, and of The School’s mission and philosophy. We look forward to seeing you there.

Childcare will be available for all three curriculum nights. Signup will be available on The School's website early next week.

Athletics Information Meeting
Join the Athletics staff on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the Library for an information meeting for anyone who is new to the Athletics Program, for any sport or team. This meeting is not mandatory, but will be helpful for all families with any questions. Let’s go Lions!  

Sibling Kindergarten Admissions Information
The Columbia University Office of the Provost has confirmed the admissions policies for sibling admission, stating that the percentage of siblings admitted to the incoming fall 2014 Kindergarten class will be 20%. Please call or stop by the Office of Admissions and we will generate your access to the online sibling application form. The deadline for applications is Monday, Sept. 30. Please attend the information session this Monday, Sept. 23, from 8:30 to 9 am in the Library to have any questions answered. For additional information, please contact Director of Admissions Rekha Puri at 212-851-4220 or

Club Corner
Stay tuned - preparations are ramping up, and Middle Division Clubs will kick off and begin meeting in mid-October (if they haven’t started already!). A survey will be sent soon with more information about options and sign-up. The School’s clubs provide students with enrichment and leadership opportunities, and are offered at no cost to families. Clubs also have an open enrollment policy, so students involved in athletics and other extra-curricular activities can still participate. From the Debate Team to Math Olympiads to Model U.N., our clubs compete and enjoy successes throughout the year, all while collaborating together -- and having a great time! Please contact Middle Division Clubs Coordinator Devin Carthan ( with questions or for more information.