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School Store – Open for Business
I had the pleasure of being present last week when the Fourth Grade school store opened for business, and I was amazed at what I witnessed during the 15-minute window in which goods were bought and sold. Perhaps one of the most impressive aspects of this beloved All Saints tradition is the work ethic it clearly instills in the Fourth Grade proprietors. “What's most special about the school store is the level of independence it creates for the students,” said Fourth Grade East Teacher, Ms. Nguyen. “By this time of the year they are completely running it on their own – from set-up to clean-up. As you can see I'm just standing here!”
In addition to developing skills related to independence and work ethic, the school store is designed to reinforce important math skills in a real-world context, Ms. Nguyen explained.
The idea for the school store was born 10 years ago as a way for Fourth Graders to raise money for their three-day trip to Cape May in June. A culminating experience for their year-long study of New Jersey, students visit Cape May, where they climb the Cape May Lighthouse, enjoy a dolphin-watching cruise, and visit the historic Physick Estate, among other activities.
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night…
“To write is human, to get mail, Divine!”
~ Susan Lendroth
Who doesn’t love the joy of receiving a handwritten card in the mail? What’s even better is a handwritten card made by a child. I just love this time of year, when precious little notes begin to arrive at the hands of Pre-K students who are absolutely delighted that their “business” is in full swing and is making people happy.
The Valentine’s Day Post Office is a treasured tradition at All Saints. "When I see my wonderful Pre-K students taking on the responsibility of helping to improve the life of the school for these two weeks in February, it fills me with an abundance of pride,” said Ms. Allison, Pre-K teacher and founder of the Post Office. “I never underestimate their abilities."
For the two weeks in February leading up to Valentine’s Day, students, teachers and parents send notes to one another that are sorted and hand-delivered by the Pre-K students. Just like the US Postal Service, letters with stamps will be delivered; these special, student-designed works of art can be purchased at the front desk in both buildings. Aside from the gift of sending and receiving a Valentine’s card, you are helping nurture the gifts of cooperation and collaboration, hard work and accountability, which are all integral to the running of the Pre K post office.
While many schools take MLK Day as a day off, All Saints partners with two area schools to engage students in an optional day of service. For the sixth year in a row, All Saints, Stevens and the Mustard Seed School will join forces to put students to work around the city. Project include cooking at the Hoboken Homeless Shelter, making sandwiches for the St. Matthew's Lunchtime Ministry, and preparing individual soap packets for those who shower at the shelter, to name a few. The day will culminate in a celebration that brings the three schools together to celebrate their achievements and to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King.
Seventh and Eighth Grade classes visited the Center for Architecture in New York City where they worked in small groups as urban planners to create a city in which they would want to live. To build the cities, they had to think about the types of facilities needed for their target group. During this process they faced challenges such as size limitations, construction process, and community needs. Throughout they focused on teamwork, communication, cooperation, and problem solving.
Each year students at All Saints learn to think beyond themselves as they prepare for the schoolwide Angel Box service initiative. Angel boxes are prepared by the entire student community and are given to guests at our local homeless shelter to brighten their Holiday week. Boxes include such treats as hats, scarves, gloves, handwarmers, socks and other items.