Lion's Share: Jan. 31

News from The School at Columbia University: January 31, 2014

Monday, Feb. 3
3B and 3C Field Trip to Black Rock Forest

Tuesday, Feb. 4
3A and 3D Field Trip to Black Rock Forest

Wednesday, Feb. 5
Powerful Parenting Coffee #2, “Nurturing Children’s Extracurricular Interests and Passions,” 8:30 am (Library)

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/Neurodiversity and Kaleidoscope: Sharing Our Stories, 8:30 am (North Dining Room)

Friday, Feb. 14
Parent/Guardian Conferences

Monday, Feb. 17
(Presidents’ Day Holiday)

Thursday, Feb. 20
PA/Casa Latina Meeting, 8:30 am
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
Grade 8 Potluck, 5:45 pm

Thursday, Feb. 2
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)

March 17-28
Spring Break

Monday, Mar. 31
Back to School

Games and Events Next Week
Saturday, Feb. 1
Metropolitan Debate League Tournament, 9 am (The Garden School, 33-16 79th Street, Queens). Good luck to the TSC Middle Division Debate Team!

Tuesday, Feb. 4
Gr. 6 Boys Basketball v. Allen-Stevenson, 4:15 pm (MPR)

Wednesday, Feb. 5
Gr. 6 Boys Basketball v. Saint David’s, 4:15 pm (away)
Gr. 7/8 Girls Basketball v. St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s, 4:15 pm (away)
Gr. 8 Boys Basketball v. St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s, 5:15 pm (away)

Thursday, Feb. 6
Gr. 8 Boys Basketball v. Fieldston, 4:15 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.

The Gallery
Kindergarten Yoga in Dance (and more)
Grade 5 Clay Work
Grade 8 Field Trip to Museum of Mathematics
MLK Day of Service

The Tube
5A and 5B Dance Curriculum Share
5C and 5D Dance Curriculum Share
7A "Orfin' Blues"
7B “Jam Blues”
7C “Green Onions”
Middle Division Dance Club Choreography Share


Countdown to the Science Expo!
With just over one week until the Science Expo on Saturday, Feb. 8, we are counting down to discovery!  

Five ... Do your homework - investigate scale (the theme of this year’s expo!) at home; Science Teacher Ms. Damiano recommends this site for inquiring minds!

Four ... Sign up to volunteer by clicking here!

Three ... Do a little kitchen science and bring your nut-free baked goods for the bake sale at the Science Expo!

Two ... Come to the third Science Expo on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 1 to 4 pm at The School. Start checking out the nearly 40 exhibits and amazing scientists in the 2014 Science Expo Passport to Discovery, and start planning how you’re going to explore!

One ... Unleash your enthusiasm for science! The School and the PA look forward to seeing you on Feb. 8!

Powerful Parenting Coffee #2
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 8:30-9:30 am, Library
The PA and The School invite all adult members of our community to the second Powerful Parenting Coffee on Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 8:30 to 9:30 am in the Library, entitled “Nurturing Children’s Extracurricular Interests and Passions.”

We will talk about the importance of paying attention to children’s interests, and of finding ways to allow them to explore. We will look at the challenges of structuring that exploration: When to push? When to let go? When to move on to other interests? We will discuss the relationships children can build around common passions, and how those relationships can enrich and sustain over long periods of time. And we will look at the benefits, and complexities, of pairing children with new and different teaching styles (coaching, for example).

Faculty, staff and parents from our community will give brief presentations, and there will be time for open discussion at the end.

Please join us! This event, a collaboration between the PA and The School, is open to all adults. The PA and The School look forward to seeing many families, and any faculty and staff whose schedules allow, on Feb. 5.


Dance Teacher Kathleen Hill (@klhill1) tweeted today, “KB students @The_School have started studying Yoga in dance class. Students are invited 2 demonstrate Lotus.” See more photos of Kindergarten students practicing yoga on The Gallery.

Sharing Our Stories: PA/Neurodiversity and Kaleidoscope
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 8:30-9:45 am, North Dining Room
The school community is invited to a collaborative morning meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 12, co-sponsored by the PA's Neurodiversity Support Group and Kaleidoscope, featuring a panel of parents whose children struggle with learning differences caused by neurological challenges. Participants will discuss families’ experiences, including strengths and skills they bring to the school community. The aim of the meeting is to create an environment for everyone to feel safe, be heard, and thrive. Following the panel there will be a Q&A for the audience.

How Food Choices Can Affect Mood, Behavior, Cognition
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! All parents/caregivers, faculty, staff and Middle Division students are invited to attend. Childcare and dinner will be provided for TSC students in Grades Kindergarten through 5. This event is co-sponsored by the PA’s Neurodiversity Support Group and Nutrition and Health Committee. Please RSVP here!  

Parting Shot: Serving the Community

Students at the fourth annual PA/Kaleidoscope MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 20 held signs they made at the event and bundled up to march to a local food pantry, carrying armfuls of dry goods donated by The School’s families. The morning honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the value of service to others. See more photos of the morning, by TSC parent Elana Goodridge, on The Gallery.