News from The School at Columbia University: April 25, 2014
FOR YOUR CALENDARS Monday, April 28
Grade 7 HSP Meeting, 5:30 pm (Library)
Tuesday, April 29 Grade 4 Field Trip to Bloomingdale Library
Thursday, May 1 Grade 4 Field Trip to Joyce Theatre Grade 8 Musical Performance, “Once Upon a Mattress,” 7 pm (Miller Theatre, Columbia University)
Friday, May 2 HALF DAY, Noon Dismissal (Teacher/Staff Professional Development)
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 Coffee, 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)
PA/Casa Latina Game Night, 6-8 pm
Thursday, May 15
PA/Casa Latina Meeting, 8:30 am
Dance Club Share, 3:45 pm (Dance Studio)
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 NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)
Tuesday, May 27 NO SCHOOL (Teacher Report-Writing Day)
Games/Matches Next Week Monday, April 28 Track & Field Meet, 3:30 pm (Astoria Park, Queens)
Tuesday, April 29
Gr. 5/6 Girls Lacrosse v. Chapin, 4:15 pm (away)
Gr. 7/8 Girls Lacrosse v. Sacred Heart, 4:15 pm (CU Baker Athletic Complex, 218th Street and Broadway)
Wednesday, April 30 Gr. 7/8 Track & Field Meet, 3 pm (Icahn Stadium, Randall’s Island)
Gr. 5/6 Track & Field Meet, 3:30 pm (Icahn)
Gr. 5/6 Boys Lacrosse v. St. David’s, 4:15 pm (away)
Gr. 7/8 Girls Lacrosse v. Chapin, 4:15 pm (away)
Thursday, May 1
Gr. 5/6 Boys Lacrosse v. St. Bernard’s, 4:15 pm (away)
Friday, May 2
Gr. 5/6 Girls Lacrosse v. Brearley, 3 pm (away)
TAKE NOTE 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!
Free Talk by Sam Chaltain The Barnard College Center for Toddler Development invites the TSC community to the annual Julia Howe Ward Memorial Child Development Lecture next week Tuesday, April 29, at 6:30 pm, given by writer and educator Sam Chaltain. How do we know children are learning? What will stay with them throughout their lives? What counts? Chaltain will address these questions and more, and also sign books after the talk. This event will be held in the Diana Event Oval in the Diana Center at Barnard (Broadway and 117th Street), and is free and open to all (no RSVP required). Please contact 212-854-8275 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Grade 8 Musical: “Once Upon a Mattress” All families are invited to join us at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre (Broadway at 116th Street/College Walk) on Thursday, May 1 for the Grade 8 musical, "Once Upon a Mattress." The performance begins at 7 pm and admission is free and open to all. Please reserve your family’s seats here. We hope to see many of you there!
—The Grade 8 Musical Team
Open Drum Circle! Starting next Friday, May 2, join the ASP Percussion Class on Fridays for an Open Drum Circle! Anyone can come, no experience needed and no advance signup required. All instruments will be provided. Just bring a great attitude and be ready to play some drums! What a great way to end the week and start the weekend, with energetic upbeat music-making.
When: Every Friday, 5-5:30 pm (starting May 2)
Where: Music Room, Floor 6
Next 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 Karlyn Adler and Katie Pabarue, and Learning Specialist Eliza Chung on May 6 for a conversation on the changing landscape of iPads in the classroom for documenting student learning. 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: tinyurl.com/TechTuesdaysTSC
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 on Wednesday, May 7, at 8:30 am in the Library. All are welcome!
PA Bylaws As also communicated in this week’s PA Update, below please find links to the latest draft of the PA bylaws, based on all of the input the PA received:
The PA Executive Board will first vote on the proposed bylaws changes. If the Board votes to adopt them, then the PA plans for a community vote at the next PA-TSC Community Share on Friday, May 9. The Share begins at 8:30 am, but parents/guardians may also come between 8 and 8:30 am to cast their vote. Please stay tuned for more details from the PA.
PA/Kaleidoscope: Culture Night 2014 Culture Night 2014 will be a celebration of the many cultures of our world and The School of Columbia University. We will eat, drink, dance and play to the tunes of our cultural rainbow. Food will be mostly potluck, and we encourage cultural cuisine. Music will be provided by a DJ and live performers, and there will be great games and art projects for children. This wonderful event will be held Friday, May 16 from 6 to 8 pm, on the second floor of The School. Please save the date! We look forward to seeing many families there.
Feeling Appreciated Teachers and staff want to thank families and the PA’s Teacher-Staff Appreciation Event Committee for a truly wonderful evening earlier this week. Food and fun were had by all who attended, and the Earth Day-inspired gifts and delicious treats were so thoughtful and very enjoyed. Thanks to all for going above and beyond to make this event happen. The School teaching and staff community appreciated being appreciated! Thank you again.
Health Forms in the Mail In preparation for the 2014-15 year, a packet of important health forms is being mailed to all returning families. Please read the forms and information carefully, and contact the Student Health Office with any questions (212-851-4408, Hilde Darre, School Nurse). The forms can also be found and downloaded from The School's website. Please help us best serve your child by returning all forms to The School by Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Thank you!