Lion's Share: May 2

News from The School at Columbia University: May 2, 2014

Tuesday, May 6
Tech Tuesdays Parent Coffee, 8:30-9:15 am (Library)

Wednesday, May 7
Powerful Parenting Coffee #3, 8:30 am (Library)
Grade 8 D.C. Trip Family Meeting, 5:45-6:45 pm (Library)

Thursday, May 8
PA/Nutrition and Health Committee Meeting, 8:30 am

Friday, May 9
PA-TSC Community Share, 8:30 am (Library; bylaws voting opens at 8 am)
Great Mathematician Expo, 1:30-3:15 pm (MPR)
PA/Casa Latina Game Night, 6-8 pm

Thursday, May 15
PA/Casa Latina Meeting, 8:30 am

Friday, May 16
PA/Kaleidoscope Culture Night 2014, 6-8 pm (Floor 2)

Wednesday, May 21
PA/Kaleidoscope Meeting, 8:30 am

Thursday, May 22
PA/Neurodiversity Support Group, 8:30 am
Middle Division Performing Arts Spring Concert, 6 pm (Miller Theatre, Columbia University)

Friday, May 23
Kindergarten Family Day: Discover in Nature

Monday, May 26
(Memorial Day)

Tuesday, May 27
(Teacher Report-Writing Day)

May 28-30
Grade 8 D.C. Trip

Wednesday, May 28
Grade 7 Philadelphia Trip

Thursday, May 29
Grade 3 Field Trip: Highline Ballroom

Friday, May 30
Kindergarten Bake Sale
Grade 3 Concert, 8:15 am

Tuesday, June 3
Grade 5 Band Concert, 8:15 am
Tech Tuesdays Parent Coffee, 8:15-9:30 am (Library)
Athletics Award Ceremony, 5:30 pm (MPR)

Thursday, June 5
Lion Awards Ceremony, 5:30 pm (MPR)

Friday, June 6
Field Day

Monday, June 9
Grade 8 Graduation, 6 pm (Low Library Rotunda, Columbia University)

Tuesday, June 10
Last Day of School!

Games/Matches Next Week
Monday, May 5
Gr. 7/8 Track & Field Qualifiers (Day 1), 3 pm (Icahn Stadium, Randall’s Island)

Tuesday, May 6
Gr. 5/6 Boys Lacrosse v. Frederick Douglass, 4:15 pm (CU Baker Athletic Complex, 218th Street and Broadway)

Thursday, May 8
Gr. 5/6 Boys Lacrosse v. Play Day, 4 pm (Field #74, Randall’s Island)
Gr. 7/8 Girls Lacrosse v. Brearley, 4 pm (CU Baker Athletic Complex, 218th Street and Broadway)
Gr. 7/8 Boys Lacrosse v. Fieldston, 4:15 pm (CU Baker Athletic Complex, 218th Street and Broadway)

Summer Resource Guide
Be sure to check out the 2014 Summer Resource Guide, just posted on The School’s website! It’s filled with information about camps, classes and other summer activities for children of all ages, covering a range of areas, from performing arts to science; and a range of locations, from within the city to upstate New York. Enjoy this great guide!

Author Event, “Beyond Magenta”
All TSC Families are invited to a special event at Bank Street College of Education this Wednesday, May 7, from 5:30-6:30 pm, with Susan Kuklin, author and photographer of “Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out.” Kuklin; Amelie Davidson, a psychologist at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center; and Christina, a participant in the book, and her mother, Wanda; will have a conversation about supporting transgender youth, moderated by Hilary Van Dusen, the book’s editor. This free event will be in Tabas Auditorium at Bank Street (610 West 112th Street); no RSVP required.

Parking Safety
Quick reminder! When dropping off or picking up your child from school, please be mindful and do not double-park. As you know, our corner is active with TSC traffic, MTA buses, business deliveries, sanitation trucks, taxis, and more! As a community, please be alert to the needs of others, and do everything possible to keep traffic flowing and families safe in front of our school. Thank you for your attention!

The Gallery
5A Electromagnetics
5C Electromagnetics
Grade 5 Science: Electricity
Grade 6 Art: Geometric Printmaking
Grade 8 Musical: “Once Upon a Mattress”
Story Pirates Assembly

The Tube
1A Dance: “Spanish Panic”
Grade 3 Dance: “The Great Migration” (and more)
Dance Club Solo (and more)
Story Pirates Assembly


Royally Entertained
This year’s Grade 8 musical, “Once Upon a Mattress,” performed for the TSC community on Thursday, May 1 at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, was a smashing success! From music direction to student performances, from sets and costumes to choreography, the production is a feat of collaboration and was thoroughly enjoyed by a full house. Ovations for Grade 8 students, families, the team of directors, and all who were involved! Footage of the performance will be available soon, and wonderful photos are on The Gallery.

See, Hear, Speak! Inside Out Project
Recently in Visual Arts, Grade 8 students spent time discussing the connection between art and social action. Students explored works ranging from Picasso’s Guernica hanging at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte in Madrid, to Xu Bing’s The Phoenix hanging at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine one block away. JR’s Inside Out project became a global art movement after it was launched at his March 2011 TED Talk. He inspired audiences with his goal, “I wish for you to stand up for what you care about by participating in a global art project, and together we’ll turn the world inside out.”

The students participated in an Inside Out project here at The School. Their group action statement was: See, Hear, Speak! We are the future. Each pose symbolizes our awareness of injustice and our pledge to act against it in different ways. Students photographed each other to create poses that represented their interpretation of seeing injustice, hearing about injustice, and speaking out against injustice. Their portraits, as well as photos of Grade 8 teaching team, have been printed as 2x3-foot posters and will be displayed as an installation from The School’s art studio windows facing out to Broadway and 110th Street.

Students were asked to write a press release that would capture and engage a viewer while also explain the meaning and importance of this work. Read the release, “Turning Broadway Inside Out,” here. The exhibit will be on view Monday, May 5 through Tuesday, June 10.

Model UN Club Success
This past weekend, The School’s Model UN Club participated in a conference run by St. Ann's in Brooklyn. They did a marvelous job representing their different positions in over eight hours of committee sessions, and were honored with a “Best Delegate” recognition, the top award a student can receive. All students worked incredibly hard to prepare for these two days, and most importantly, they had a wonderful time! We are very proud of their work and how they represented The School. Congratulations to the Model UN Club! See photos of them in action on The Gallery.

Team Congrats!

A big congratulations to The School’s chess team (above)! In April, 19 students participated in a tournament at the NEST+m School, winning First Place Team in the K-1 and Booster U600 sections, and three First Place Individual awards. Students from many schools across New York City participated in the tournament, and the TSC Chess Team shined.

The School’s RoboTeam participated in RoboCupJunior NY/NJ 2014 in April, and took home awards in Dance, Best Programming, and Robot Design. Congratulations to all 19 students on RoboTeam for their amazing work building and programming autonomous robots for competition!

Special Guests in Grade 1

Grade 1 students had two very special visitors this week! On Tuesday, April 29, Jane O’Connor (above), author of the beloved Fancy Nancy books, talked to students in the Library all about writing, publishing, and creative inspiration. And on Wednesday, April 30, Beth Linksey of Beth’s Farm Kitchen (below) described the process of making jam with local ingredients, and talked about running a farmers market stand. First-graders got to sample jams at the end of her talk. What a treat, both special guests!

Tech Tuesdays Parent Coffee
Tuesday, May 6, 8:30-9:15 am, Library

Join Technology Coordinator Karen Blumberg, Primary Division Director Kathryn Kaiser, Primary Division teachers Danielle Morris and Katie Pabarue, and Learning Specialist Eliza Chung on May 6 for a conversation on iPads in the classroom for documenting and demonstrating understanding. Bring your coffee from the cafe and start the morning talking tech! Looking ahead, the Tech Tuesday topic for June will be archiving versus hoarding of digital resources. Links shared at Tech Tuesdays are collected here:

Powerful Parenting Coffee #3
Wednesday, May 7, 8:30-9:30 am, Library

In honor of spring, the next Parents Association-Teacher collaboration coffee will focus on sharing school and family strategies for incorporating nature into urban children's experience. Please join us for this conversation this Wednesday, May 7, at 8:30 am in the Library. All are welcome!

PA Executive Board Nominations
The PA Executive Board Nomination Committee, which includes parents from all divisions, is accepting candidates for the 2014-15 PA Executive Board. The nominating process is inclusive and open to all parents/guardians at The School.

All positions on the PA Executive Board, which oversees all PA-sponsored activities, are voluntary and require varying amounts of time to fulfill the duties associated with them.

All positions are open for nominations. If you are interested in nominating yourself, please contact a member of the Nomination Committee:

Angel Caraballo,
Kathleen Dames,
Jeanine D’Armiento,
Noelia Dominguez,
Cynthia Pitter,
Amy Tarr,

Nominations will be accepted through Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

On Friday, May 9 at 8:30 am, we invite you to attend the PA-TSC Community Share in the Library, where you can learn more about PA Executive Board positions. Anyone who is interested in serving on the PA Executive Board next year is encouraged to attend the share.

The Great Mathematician Expo
The Great Mathematician Expo (GMP) will take place Friday, May 9 from 1:30 to 3:15 pm in the MPR! This is a great, fun, informative event, and all families are welcome to attend, especially our Grade 7 parents/guardians. Please join us!

Casa Latina Game Night!
Please join Casa Latina next Friday, May 9, from 6 to 8 pm for a family game night of fun! More details and please RSVP here!

Culture Night 2014
Save the date for Culture Night 2014, sponsored by the PA and Kaleidoscope! Friday, May 16, from 6 to 8 pm on the second floor of The School. Food, dance, music, arts, crafts, games, and more!

  • Please RSVP here to let us know you’ll be attending, and the delicious food you'll be bringing! If you plan to attend Culture Night, please bring a dish to share with the community, be it homemade or from a favorite restaurant.
  • Volunteer here to help out!
  • Dress festively to celebrate cultures!
  • The DJ is looking for musical suggestions, songs or styles, from families! Please contact Marie France Fleuristal ( or Jeff Eldredge ( to submit requests or ask questions. Also, if you have items/artifacts of cultural interest, please let Marie France or Jeff know. They will display them carefully on Culture Night for families to view.

Green Thumbs Up!
The School and the Parents Association collaborated last week to green the patio on the second floor of The School! A small group of families and teachers, spearheaded by the PA’s Nutrition and Health Committee, planted a variety of annuals and perennials in pots, including Thuja (evergreen, meant to be able to handle winds), Scabiosa, Ageratum, Petunia, Passiflora, Columbine, and Lobelia. If you haven’t yet had a chance to take a peek, please do so! It looks beautiful, and The School is very grateful to the PA for organizing this great project. See photos of the greening on The Gallery.