Lion's Share: March 7

News from The School at Columbia University: March 7, 2014

Sunday, Mar. 9
* Daylight saving time begins *
Set your clocks one hour ahead at bedtime on Saturday!

PA/Rafi’s Run: 10 am (Riverside Park)

March 10-14
Integrated Projects Week (IPW)

Wednesday, Mar. 12
PA/Kaleidoscope Meeting, 5:45-7 pm

Thursday, Mar. 13
PA/Nutrition and Health Committee Meeting, 8:30 am

Friday, Mar. 14
PA/Bylaws Meeting, 8:15-9:15 am (North Dining Room)
IPW Showcase (afternoon)

March 17-28
Spring Break

Monday, Mar. 31
Back to School

Tuesday, April 1
Tech Tuesdays Parent Coffee - STEAM and Maker Movements, 8:30-9:15 am (Library)

Wednesday, April 9
PA-TSC Community Share, 8:30 am

Wednesday, April 16
PA/Kaleidoscope Meeting, 8:30 am

Thursday, April 17
PA/Casa Latina Meeting, 8:30 am

Friday, April 18

Community Brain Expo at CU
Families are invited to test, trick and learn about their brain at the Community Brain Expo this Wednesday, Mar. 12, hosted by the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University! The expo, held at the New York State Psychiatric Institute (40 Haven Avenue, near CUMC at 168th Street and Fort Washington Avenue) and open from 3 to 5 pm, includes activities for all ages, demonstrations, experiments, door prizes -- and real brains. This event is held in celebration of Brain Awareness Week in New York City, and is free and open to the public. Registration is suggested but not necessary; photo ID required for all adults for entry. Find out more information here!

Soccer Spring Break Clinics
The NYC Soccer Academy is committed to training players in the technical, tactical and athletic aspects of soccer. The Academy will hold a Spring Break Clinic at Columbia March 17-21, open to children ages 6-12; and Summer Camp sessions, open to children ages 6-18, begin June 16. Learn more and register at

Roar-ee’s 2014 Cub Camps!
Registration is open for Roar-ee's annual Spring Break and Summer Camps at Columbia University, fun-filled day camps with sports, games, swimming, arts and crafts, and more! Camps are open to children ages 6-12. The 2014 Spring Break Camp runs March 17-21, and Summer Camp sessions begin June 16. Visit the Cubs Camp site for more details and to sign up!

Summer Science Camp at Black Rock
Registration is also now open for an array of week-long Summer Science Camps at Black Rock Forest for Middle Division students! Camps include “Flying High Ornithology Class,” “Surveying Turtles,” “Writing on America’s River,” “The Amazing World of Trees,” and more. Visit to watch a great video about the camps and for more information, or call 845-534-4517.

The Gallery
Grade 4: The Beliloveables, Isadora Duncan Dance Company, Talk and Demonstration
Grade 6 Dance and Social Studies Integration: The Mosque of Cordoba

The Tube
Kindergarten: Trick Dances (and more)
Grade 1: My Life Map Dances (and more)
2A Dances Salsa to “Rie Y Llora”
2A Dances Highlife
Grade 2 Engineers Re-designing Bird Feeders (and more)
Grade 2 Concert

As we prepare to close our Year of Collaboration, we look ahead to next year, when the annual theme at The School will be diversity and we will reflect on the meaning of this in our community. As one of The School’s four core values, we identify diversity as reveling in an environment of myriad learning experiences and addressing important aspects including identity development, anti-bias skills, and the idea that difference is better.

School directors and I look forward to joining the Parents Association’s Kaleidoscope’s monthly meeting on Wednesday evening for an open and inclusive conversation about diversity at The School. As a community, we share a wealth of cultures, traditions, ideas and perspectives with one another. It is this extraordinary diversity that we can celebrate, support, and most importantly engage with each other about, in the year to come and beyond. I look forward to Wednesday’s conversation and hope many families can join us.

The Kaleidoscope monthly meeting will be Wednesday, March 12, from 5:45 to 7 pm (location to come).

2014-15 Calendar
Good news! We can confirm the first day of school in 2014-15 will be Wednesday, Sept. 10. We are finalizing the rest of the 2014-15 calendar, and hope to share a preliminary version with all families before spring break. Thanks very much for your patience!

Rafi's Run is Sunday!
The PA invites The School community to register for Rafi’s Run, a 5K run/walk celebrating our Grade 1 student Rafi Kopelan, at! The event is held to benefit nonprofit DebRA of America and research for Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). The 5K starts at 10 am, and the children's fun run (12 and younger) starts at 11 am. Everything takes place in Riverside Park at 103rd Street. Please register early, to avoid race day lines! The PA looks forward to seeing many families on Sunday.

IPW Begins Next Week!
Integrated Projects Week, or IPW, begins this Monday, March 10 and culminates in the IPW Showcase on Friday afternoon, March 14!

Students will pursue a range of projects, from cooking to tinkering, from museum-going to hiking, from writing to reading to dancing to art-making. It truly is a week of integrated disciplines and studies, and an extraordinary opportunity for students to collaborate in new ways.

All families should have received a letter describing your child’s project, and how you may need to prepare him or her for the week.

Please note, there will be no Study Hall or Wednesday morning PAL for Middle Division students during IPW. Also, Model UN Club and Dance Club will meet after school during IPW, but all other Middle Division clubs will not meet. Athletics and After School Program continue as regularly scheduled during IPW.

Please plan to join us for the showcase on Friday afternoon, which begins at 1 pm, to celebrate our students’ work! More details to come next week. And be sure to follow IPW on Twitter @The_School, #IPW2014.

Photography on Campus
Grade 8 visited the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Columbia University this week to see the photography exhibit “The Raging 70s: Latino NYC, as seen by El Diario’s Bolivar Arellano.” While there, groups of students spoke with professors Frances Muntaner of the University’s Department of English and Comparative Literature, and Ed Morales of the University’s Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures. The exhibit, in Hamilton Hall on the University’s campus, is free and open through May, Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm.

If You’re Missing a Mitten ...
Please take note! All items currently in The School’s lost and found bins will be on racks and displayed in the Main Cafe next Friday, March 14, at morning drop-off, during the IPW Showcase in the afternoon, and at pickup. Anything left at 5:45 pm will be donated. If you’re missing something, please take a minute next Friday to have a look!

And, if you know you’re missing something, you need not wait until next week. Families are always welcome and encouraged to check the bins, which are in the left corner of the Main Cafe, near the patio, at all times. Thanks for helping The School stay on top of this! And many, many thanks to the PA for coordinating everything for next Friday.

Teacher-Staff Appreciation Event is Coming Up
The PA is springing ahead with plans for a warm and welcoming annual Teacher-Staff Appreciation Event on the evening of Tuesday, April 22! This event is open only to teachers and staff of TSC, and is generously funded by donations from families. Donations allow the PA to put on a fun night for teachers and staff; please stay tuned for more information on how to donate. And please contact Pamela Guarrera at or Julie Rose at if you’re interested in ways to help, or with any questions.

Parting Shot: The Phoenix

Grade 5 went on a field trip to the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine this week to view the exhibit “Phoenix: Xu Bing at the Cathedral.” The exhibit is composed of two birds, each weighing 12 tons and measuring 90 and 100 feet long, suspended in the cathedral’s nave.