News from The School at Columbia University: January 24, 2014
FOR YOUR CALENDARS Monday, Jan. 27
4A and 4C Field Trip to American Museum of Natural History
Tuesday, Jan. 28
4B and 4D Field Trip to American Museum of Natural History
Grade 6 Field Trip to Lincoln Center
Grade 8 HSP Family Meeting, 5:30 pm (Library)
Thursday, Jan. 30
5C and 5D Dance/Music Curriculum Share, 8:15 am
PA/Neurodiversity Support Group, 8:30 am
Grade 7 HSP Family Meeting, 5:30 pm (Library)
Friday, Jan. 31
5A and 5B Dance/Music Curriculum Share, 8:15 am
Wednesday, Feb. 5
Powerful Parenting Coffee #2, “Nurturing Children’s Extracurricular Interests and Passions,” 8:30 am
Friday, Feb. 7
Grade 5 Field Trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Grade 3 Bake Sale
Grade 7 Potluck, 5:45 pm
Saturday, Feb. 8
Science Expo at The School, 1-4 pm! All TSC families welcome!
Wednesday, Feb. 12
PA/Kaleidoscope Meeting, 8:30 am
Friday, Feb. 14 NO SCHOOL
Monday, Feb. 17 NO SCHOOL
(Presidents’ Day Holiday)
Thursday, Feb. 20
PA/Casa Latina Meeting, 8:30 am
Friday, Feb. 21
K and Grade 4 Buddies Ice Skating Trip (rescheduled from Jan. 24)
Grade 8 Potluck, 5:45 pm
Games Next Week Monday, Jan. 27
Gr. 5 Boys Basketball v. St. Thomas Choir, 4:15 pm (MPR)
Wednesday, Jan. 29
Gr. 7 Boys Basketball v. Town School, 4:15 pm (MPR)
Thursday, Jan. 30
Gr. 5 Boys Basketball v. St. Bernard’s, 4:15 pm (MPR)
Gr. 5 Girls Basketball v. Town School, 4:15 pm (away)
Gr. 6 Boys Basketball v. St. Bernard’s, 4:15 pm (away)
Gr. 7 Boys Basketball v. Trinity, 5:15 pm (MPR)
TAKE NOTE Wallach Art Gallery Family Programming The Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery on the Columbia University campus is offering free family programming with its exhibition “Goddess, Heroine, Beast: Anna Hyatt Huntington’s New York Sculpture, 1902-1936,” by reservation only! The exhibit is on view NOW! through March 15, and CU Art History and School of the Arts MFA students are on hand to lead tours and Family Day activities. Please contact Deborah Cullen, Director and Chief Curator, with any questions or to make reservations. The gallery is located on the 8th Floor of Schermerhorn Hall (1190 Amsterdam Ave.). Enjoy!
The Value of Service
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of service in our lives: how we serve each other as colleagues and classmates; how we serve our community; and how we, as a school, serve the mission of education in our society. This past Monday, Jan. 20, the Parents Association/Kaleidoscope hosted the fourth annual MLK Morning of Service at our school, a very meaningful event that gave us all time and space to think about these ideas, and to act on them. It was wonderful to see so many members of our community, of all ages, collaborating and celebrating the value of service. As we listened, spoke, read to each other, danced, and marched together, we sharpened our awareness of what it means to serve, individually and collectively. And we did it all in rhythm. Thank you to the PA, Kaleidoscope, and the MLK Planning Committee for giving us this opportunity to embody Dr. King’s words, “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” -- Amani Reed, Head of School
A Thank You from Kaleidoscope
Kaleidoscope would like to thank the school community for making MLK Morning 2014 such a success. We appreciated all of your donations and amazing participation. The dance theater group, Forces of Nature, got us feeling the rhythm of our bodies and finding joy in each other. Incredible art was made. Dynamic, conversations were had with Lifeforce in the Later Years community elders. People found peace and a chance to reflect in the meditation room. A full bin of donated professional clothing is being taken to a local clothing closet, and our marchers walked and sang, carrying armfuls of dry goods to a nearby food pantry where we heard Chef Michael reminisce about holding hands, when he was eight years old, with Dr. King himself. It was a very special day!
In this Year of Collaboration, Kaleidoscope gives a special thank you to the invaluable participation of the PA's Neurodiversity Support Group, Nutrition and Health Committee, and Casa Latina; amazing TSC alumni who lent hands; and all the incredible Middle Division volunteers and their supervisor Mr. Colten. Thank you as well to Head of School Amani Reed, faculty and staff -- with a special shoutout to Security & Safety and Facilities -- for helping to make the event go so well. Remember, civil rights and social justice happen all year long. Don't stop now! And while you're at it, keep on dancin'!
-- PA/Kaleidoscope and the MLK Planning Committee
Think Big at the Science Expo! This year's Science Expo will get you and your family to Think Big! Just how big? Check out this cool website to learn more about the scale of the Universe and everything in it, and then come to The School on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 1 to 4 pm to learn more. And what could be bigger than an astronaut?! Mike Massimino, NASA astronaut and Visiting Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia, will be our special guest speaker at the Expo. The PA needs adult volunteers to help on the day of the event -- please add your name to the Expo Volunteer Signup Sheet to get involved!
ASP Spring Semester Starts Monday
We had many great ASP showcases this week, thanks to everyone who helped make them special! The Spring ASP semester will start this Monday, Jan. 27 and will end Monday, June 9. Class placement emails have been sent to families as of 5 pm today, Friday, Jan. 24. If you are expecting an email about your child's placement and it is not in your inbox, please check your spam (and be sure all email addresses from @theschool.columbia.edu are on your approved list). We look forward to another great semester of ASP!
True in Blue
In support of national No Name-Calling Week, the student GSA invited the school community to wear blue today, Friday, Jan. 24. The color blue represents harmony, and the GSA’s goal was to create an environment in which to celebrate kindness. The GSA also had a table in the cafe where students could get a blue ribbon to wear, and sign a pledge to stop name-calling.