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List of 2 news stories.

  • Teaching Children to Be Grateful and Generous in Our Material World

    As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, students and teachers at All Saints are enjoying time reflecting on our Spirituality theme of Abundance and Gratitude. In assembly this week we explored the difference between needs vs. wants. Every time we do this do this exercise, I am amazed at how short the list of actual needs is – four things to be precise:  1) a roof over our heads; 2) enough food and water to maintain our health; 3) basic health care and hygiene products; and 4) clothing (just what we need to remain comfortable and appropriately dressed).

    We also talked about the fact that we live in a country where even a person struggling with homelessness has access to three meals per day, thanks to local soup kitchens and other community services. And most of us have a lot more – so much more; most of us enjoy true abundance.

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  • Cultivating a Sense of Honor in Children

    At our Spirituality Assembly a couple of weeks ago, the students were presented with the following “What Would You Do?” – an exercise designed to support the development of sound personal ethics and moral decision making: “Brandon was in third grade when he was caught cheating on his Math quiz. He had been doing poorly in Math and his parents had threatened that if he didn’t raise his grades they wouldn’t let him play on the baseball team. So he cheated. When the teacher asked him about it, he denied it at first, but later that night he couldn’t fall asleep. He felt like maybe he should tell his teacher the truth, but then again, he really wanted to play baseball.  What Would You Do?”

    I was impressed with the wisdom in the answers from the students in the Elementary Division. Several students offered that they would tell their teacher, and explain that the math is really hard for them, and that they should explain to their parents and teachers that they need extra help. One Third Grader said something that I found so refreshing I have found myself reflecting back on it many times since: “I would tell my teacher that I had cheated,” the child explained.  “And then I would accept the consequences.” The answer impressed me for several reasons, but what I find myself thinking about most is this child’s desire to be honorable, to do the right thing – to accept the consequences for her actions and to learn from them - and how this desire gets innocently thwarted by parents and teachers who “rush to rescue” a child from facing the consequences of their actions.

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All Saints Update

List of 3 news stories.

  • Month of the Young Adolescent Leadership Summit

    The annual Month of the Young Adolescent Leadership Summit will take place at 8:30 AM on Thursday, October 27 in the Church. This year, students are presenting about the idea of a “Tween”cade, a dedicated hangout space in Hoboken for students between the ages of 10 and 15. The Middle School students are eager to share their research regarding the benefits of youth centers, the activities they would like to see, and the funding options that they have discovered.  
  • Student Government Raising Funds for UNICEF

    The All Saints Student Government Association is off to a great start! Their first initiative this year is running a "Trick-or-Treat for Unicef" competition. The class that raises the most money (based on average per student) will earn two free periods to be used for in any way their class and teacher decide. Some choices include a Kapla building session, extra STEM time, and extended Physical Education class, to name a few.
  • Fourth Grade Teacher Colleen Nguyen Named NJ Teacher of the Year

    Dedicated teachers who excel in their field make a world of difference -- not only in the classroom -- but in the surrounding community.
    At All Saints Episcopal Day School in Hoboken, dedication and excellence are brought forth daily by Colleen Nguyen, whose outstanding work as a Fourth Grade teacher has earned her the honor of being named the New Jersey Nonpublic School Teacher of the Year for 2016.
    "Colleen Nguyen is quite simply one of the most talented and inspiring teachers I have ever met," says Jill Singleton, head of school at All Saints. "Not only does her work benefit the children lucky enough to be in her class, but because Colleen's learning experiences extend beyond the walls of the classroom, all students in the community indirectly benefit from her gifts and passions."
    The award, given annually by the New Jersey Council for American Private Education (NJ CAPE), was presented on Tuesday, Sept. 27, during a ceremony in Piscataway, N.J.
    It is the second time in five years that an All Saints teacher has been given this high honor. Middle School teacher Libby Vino was named the New Jersey Nonpublic School Teacher of the Year in 2011.
    When announcing this year's award, NJ CAPE highlighted various innovative projects implemented in Nguyen's classroom, including the Action Research Project, in which students identify an issue in Hoboken and spend a year researching solutions to the problem. At the end of the year, students present their findings to the City Council. 
    "In an ever-changing world where businesses require innovative thinkers, I believe in the importance of fostering creativity in children and teaching them how to collaborate to solve real world problems," says Nguyen, who has been teaching at All Saints since 2010.
    A visitor to Nguyen's classroom may find the teacher sitting in a circle with her Fourth Graders in a community meeting, or walking around while the students are engaged in various hands-on activities.
    "My philosophy of education is that in order to foster authentic learning, students must be provided with environments rich with opportunities to explore, build, and create," Nguyen explains. "And when they are given these opportunities, great leaps in learning are possible."
    In addition to teaching Fourth Grade at All Saints, Nguyen also leads the Saints 4-Service Club, an after-school program that promotes positive change locally and globally. Some of the club's projects include collecting materials for the Hoboken Homeless Shelter and sponsoring food drives.
    “This was a particularly competitive year for this award, as the nominees for Nonpublic Teacher of the Year were extremely strong," says Carole Everett, executive director of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. "Colleen Nguyen distinguished herself among this extraordinary group of educators with her dedication to teaching, her students, and to All Saints Episcopal Day School.”
    Nguyen has spent eight years in education, teaching in a variety of school settings. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon in Eugene with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and is certified through the Alternate Route Program at Jersey City University.  


List of 10 events.

  • Oct

    Grade 3 to Duke Farms

  • Oct

    Grade 4 to Sandy Hook

  • Oct

    Second Grade to Franklin Mineral Museum

  • Oct

    School Closed for NJAIS Biennial Professional Development Conference 2016

  • Oct

    Month of the Young Adolescent Leadership Summit

  • Oct

    Second Grade to the New York Botanical Gardens

  • Oct

    Middle School Halloween Dance

  • Oct

    Youth Rocks Out for Ecuador

  • Oct

    First Grade to Flat Rock Brook

  • Nov

    Grade 5 South to Hoboken Historical Museum

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