Lion's Share: Nov. 15

News from The School at Columbia University: November 15, 2013


Saturday, Nov. 16
TEDxYouth@TheSchool, 10:30 am

Monday, Nov. 18
KA Field Trip to American Folk Art Museum

Tuesday, Nov. 19
1C Dance Curriculum Share, 8:15 am (Dance Studio)

Thursday, Nov. 21
1A Dance Curriculum Share, 8:15 am (Dance Studio)
PA/Casa Latina Meeting, 8:30 am and 5:45 pm

Friday, Nov. 22
Grade 2 Field Trip to Apollo Theater for Ballet Hispanico
Grade 6 Bake Sale
1B Dance Curriculum Share, 8:15 am (Dance Studio)
Grade 2 Potluck, 5:45 pm

Nov. 27-29

Thanksgiving Break

Monday, Dec. 2
(Faculty Report Writing)

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

Thursday, Dec. 5
PA/Nutrition and Health Committee Meeting, 8:30 am

Friday, Dec. 6
Picture Retake Day

Thursday, Dec. 12
PA/Neurodiversity Support Group, 8:30 am

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


Girls Science Day!
Registration is open for Girls Science Day 2013, a day-long program (9 am to 4 pm) for middle school girls on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Columbia University! Participants will rotate in groups through hands-on experiment stations, each designed and led by graduate students and post-doctoral researchers from Columbia University science departments. This event is FREE and includes lunch and a t-shirt!

Register at:

Signed permission slips (downloadable from website) are required for all participants.

Email with questions or for more information!

Early Registration: Holiday Cubs Camp
Holiday Cubs Camp will be held at Dodge Fitness Center on Columbia University's 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
5D: Nicholas Roerich Museum
Grade 5 Dances Life Map Solos (and more)

TEDxYouth, “The Spark!” - Tomorrow!
TEDxYouth@TheSchool is happening tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 16! The event is open to TSC students in Grades 4-8, all TSC alumni, parents, faculty, and guests.

Breakfast and registration begin at 10:30 am, and Session 1 begins at 11 am in the MPR.

Please visit the event website for information about the event. You will find the schedule, the speaker order, and the registration form. Among the list of presenters are many students from The School: Claire Keenan-Kurgan (Grade 8), Anna Mehlman (Grade 8), Inbar Pe'er (Grade 8), Azriel Fernandez (Grade 6), and Hope Dworkin (Grade 4).

The website also has a link to the livestream from the event. If you can't make it in person, please consider watching from any device at some point during the day.

Session 1 is 11 am - 12 pm
Session 2 is 12:45 - 1:45 pm
Session 3 is 2 - 2:45 pm (breakout activities with either a choreographer, a maker, a paleontologist, or a molecular biologist!)

If you are coming, you will need to register; The School’s Security & Safety team needs the names of everyone in attendance. Also, we need to know attendance numbers so enough breakfast and lunch can be prepared. Registration will close tonight, Friday, Nov. 15 at 10 pm.

We hope to see many families tomorrow! We look forward to a great event.

From Your Librarians
A reminder about The School’s Library hours before and after school!

The School’s Library is:
Open for quiet reading: Monday through Friday, 8 - 8:30 am
Open for quiet reading and book checkout: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 3:30 - 5:30 pm; Friday, 3:30 - 4 pm

Some reminders about Library policy:

  • Please read quietly with your children. The Library is a community space dedicated to reading and learning.

  • Feel free to browse the shelves, as well as the books on display.

  • Librarians are not available to check out or reserve books during morning hours. To check out a book outside of school hours, please visit us after school.

  • The lending period for The School at Columbia University Library books is two weeks. Students may renew books if they need more time, but we ask everyone to remember these are shared materials, and to please return books promptly.

  • No food or drinks are permitted in the Library; thank you for your cooperation.

We hope to see you all in the Library!

-- Ms. Neffson and Ms. Renazile

Winter Arts and Crafts Sale: Call For Artists
The School will hold its annual Winter Arts and Crafts Sale on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 3:30 - 6:30 pm in the Art Studio on the fifth floor. This is a chance for our talented community to share work, and an opportunity to buy local, handmade goods directly from artists during the holiday season.

We are looking for artists who would like space at this event. To sell work, you must be an adult directly affiliated with The School (including faculty and guardians), and all items sold must be handmade. Tables have included ceramics, paintings, drawings, photographs, fiber arts, jewelry, stationery, handmade toys, and more.

If you are interested, please email Kim Lane with what you would like to sell. Artist signup will be on a first-come, first-served basis due to space restraints, and each type of craft (ceramics, paintings, etc.) will be closed after four artists have signed up, to keep the sale balanced.

“American Promise” Screening at Trinity
Trinity School extends an invitation to the TSC community to a special screening of the Sundance Film Festival Jury Award-winning documentary "American Promise" this Monday, Nov. 18, at 6 pm at Trinity’s Hawley Chapel (101 West 91st Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam avenues). A short version of the film -- a look into the ups and downs of two families parenting and educating their sons -- will be shown, followed by questions and discussion with Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, the husband and wife team who produced and directed the film. Please join Trinity and TSC families for this free event!

"The Trouble With Boys" Author at Bank Street
The Bank Street Parents’ Association invites all TSC parents and guardians to a wonderful event on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 6 to 8 pm at the Bank Street Auditorium (610 West 112th Street). Education journalist Peg Tyre, author of “The Trouble with Boys: A Surprising Report Card on Our Sons, Their Problems at School and What Parents & Educators Must Do” will share her expertise on boys and education. A Q&A will follow the discussion, and Tyre will sign books after the talk (“The Trouble with Boys” will be available for purchase). Beverages and refreshments will be served. If you are interested in attending this free event, please RSVP to