Lion's Share: Feb. 14

News from The School at Columbia University: February 14, 2014


Monday, Feb. 17
(Presidents’ Day Holiday)

Tuesday, Feb. 18
2014-15 Enrollment and Re-enrollment Contracts Due

Wednesday, Feb. 19
PA/Rafi’s Run Planning Committee Meeting, 8:15 am (North Dining Room)

Thursday, Feb. 20
PA/Casa Latina Meeting, 8:30 am
PA/Rafi’s Run Planning Committee Meeting, 3:45 pm (Room 308D)
PA/Neurodiversity and Nutrition and Health Committee: Guest Speaker Geri Brewster, 5:45 pm (Library)

Friday, Feb. 21
K and Grade 4 Buddies Ice Skating Trip

Monday, Feb. 24
100th Day of School Celebrated!

Thursday, Feb. 27
PA/Neurodiversity Support Group Meeting, 8:30 am

Thursday, Mar. 6
Grade 2 Performance, 8:30 am

Friday, Mar. 7
Grade 2 Bake Sale

March 10-14
Integrated Projects Week (IPW)

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

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

Friday, Mar. 14
IPW Showcase, 1 pm

March 17-28
Spring Break

Monday, Mar. 31
Back to School

Games Next Week

Wednesday, Feb. 19
Gr. 7/8 Girls Basketball Tournament at Grace Church, 4 pm
Gr. 7 Boys Basketball v. Collegiate, 4:15 pm (MPR)
Squash v. Grace Church, 4:15 pm (away)

Thursday, Feb. 20
Gr. 7/8 Girls Basketball Tournament at Grace Church, 3:30 pm
Gr. 5 Boys Baskbetall v. IDEAL School, 4:15 pm (away)
Gr. 7 Boys Basketball v. Fieldston, 4:15 pm (MPR)
Fencing v. Grace Church, 4:15 pm (TBA)
Gr. 8 Boys Basketball v. Bank Street, 5:15 pm (MPR)

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! Register before March 1 for Spring Break Camps, and before May 1 for Summer Camps, to receive early registration discounts. Roar on!

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.

S.T.O.P. Bags!
TSC Middle Division students are invited to the Hewitt School (45 E. 75th St., between Madison and Park avenues) on Saturday, Mar. 1 at 10 am for activities and interactive seminars about reducing plastic bag usage in New York. Sponsored by the Green Schools Alliance, and involving Black Rock Forest Consortium member schools, the conference will address legislation currently before New York City Council to place a 10-cent charge on all plastic and paper carryout bags. Students will learn how to speak with their council member on the importance of this legislation, as well as actions they can take to ensure student voices are heard. You can register for this free conference and learn more online, or contact Joan Wolf at the Hewitt School for more information.


The Gallery
4A Dance
4B Dance
4C Dance
4D Dance
5B Dance: Yoga
5D Dance: Yoga
2014 Science Expo

The Tube
Grade 4 Denishawn-Inspired Dance (and more)
NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino at the Science Expo


This past Saturday’s Science Expo at The School was a truly inspiring event. More than 700 members of the school’s community joined nearly 100 scientists and engineers from Columbia University to analyze lungs, learn CPR, delight in the mystery of jumping beans, float boats, sink boats, study DNA, dive into black holes (not literally!), and so much more. To top it all off, NASA astronaut and Columbia visiting professor Mike Massimino donned his official flight suit and enthralled the audience with stories about space travel and what life at zero gravity is really like.

The biennial Science Expo is a wonderful opportunity for The School to partner with the University, and to show students examples of the extraordinary research happening on campus. We are very grateful to the Parents Association, the Science Expo Committee, and all the scientists who graciously came to our school and shared their amazing expertise with us. Thank you all for contributing to such a successful afternoon.  

-- Amani Reed, Head of School

<young gilr looks into telescope>

You can see more photos of the 2014 Science Expo, by Columbia University student David Dini, on The Gallery, and video of Mr. Massimino’s talk on The Tube.

<young gilr looks into telescope>

Contracts Deadline Extended
Due to Thursday’s school closure and the inclement weather conditions, The School has extended the deadline to Tuesday, Feb. 18 for return of 2014-15 enrollment and re-enrollment contracts. (The original deadline was today, Friday, Feb. 14.)

Please return contracts by Tuesday, Feb. 18 to the Office of Admissions on the first floor, at the back of the Lobby on the right. Kindly do not leave contracts with the Security & Safety desk, or in the administrative offices on the second floor, so that we may process your contracts as efficiently as possible. Thank you for your help!

Yellow Bus Service Next Week
A quick reminder that there WILL be yellow bus service next week Tuesday, Feb. 18 through Friday, Feb. 21 (even though New York City public schools are closed next week for Mid-winter Recess).

2014-15 Calendar
Many families have inquired about the first day of school and other important dates for the 2014-15 academic year. Please know, The School is awaiting final information regarding our construction schedule for the summer, before we can determine the first day of school. As soon as we know it, we will communicate it to all families -- we know you are eager to plan (and so are we)! Thank you for your patience and flexibility.

Rafi’s Run
Please join the PA for the next Rafi's Run planning committee meeting! It will be held on two dates and times, to accommodate schedules:

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 8:15 am (North Dining Room)
Thursday, Feb. 20, 3:45 pm (Room 308D) (Children not enrolled in the After School Program may come to this meeting and do a quiet activity like homework, reading, or drawing while the adults meet.)

If you’re not able to attend one of the planning meetings but would still like to be involved, please submit this form or email You may also contact Pamela Guarrera or Jackie Kopelan directly.

The PA invites families to join the school community on Sunday, Mar. 9 in Riverside Park for the third annual Rafi’s Run, a 5K run/walk celebrating our Grade 1 student Rafi Kopelan. The event is held to benefit nonprofit DebRA of America and research for Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). Sign up and learn more at!

The Gut Brain Connection: How Food Choices Can Affect Mood, Behavior, Cognition and Boost Academic Performance
Thursday, Feb. 20, 5:45 to 7 pm, Library

Join us for a discussion with Geri Brewster, RD, MPH, CDN, to learn how food choices affect brain function, cognition and behavior. Nutrient-rich refreshments will be served. Parents/caregivers, faculty, staff and Middle Division students are invited to attend. Childcare and dinner will be provided for TSC students in Grades K through 5. This event is co-sponsored by the PA’s Neurodiversity Support Group and Nutrition and Health Committee. Please RSVP here!