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Head of School Blog

List of 2 news stories.

  • Honoring Colleen Nguyen – NJ Teacher of the Year 2016

    As Ms. Nguyen delivered her acceptance speech at a luncheon honoring her for being selected as NJ Nonpublic School Teacher of the Year, I was moved by her words of dedication, optimism and joy. Sitting next to Libby Vino, the 2011 Teacher of the Year, I was overwhelmed by feelings of gratitude for the professional community at All Saints. Our teachers bring their best selves to the table each and every day, and our students work hard and shine as a result. In truth, my emotions were colored with a touch of sadness as well, as I thought about the vast majority of children around the world who do not have access to high quality teachers and education.  I can’t help but wonder what our world would be like if an All Saints education was the norm all over the globe.

    Please enjoy some excerpts from Ms. Nguyen’s speech, below:

    I feel fortunate to work at All Saints Episcopal Day School, a non-public, independent school where kindness, compassion, and social responsibility are just as important as academic excellence.  I work in a school where the message we instill in our community is that we are all related.  If we can foster kindness and compassion in our next generation of world leaders and future diplomats, what a bright future awaits us!  

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  • The Parents Who Make Our School Run

    The admissions season officially kicked off this week with a group of 15 parents who visited Spirituality assembly, heard from students and from me, and toured both buildings with our wonderful team of parent ambassadors. As I watched the tour move from classroom to classroom, I was struck by the many important and meaningful ways our parents are involved in the life of our school.

    One of my favorite parent gatherings occurs at the conclusion of Back-to-School Night each year. Parents go to the Movement Space at SNC or to the gym at 707 and circle the room, signing their names to various sheets of chart paper indicating their desire to help, to sponsor, or to give. And what’s even more wonderful is that these are opportunities that go above and beyond involvement in their children’s classroom, such as serving as a guest reader, being a trip chaperone, or making playdough for the class; this level of involvement is one that represents personal investment in the school as a whole.
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All Saints Update

List of 3 news stories.

  • 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.  
  • Fourth Grade NJ Boardwalk

    Fourth Graders treated parents, teachers and schoolmates to their very own student-created NJ Boardwalk this week. This impressive project is a culminating activity to their year-long study of New Jersey. Using only recycled materials, students were challenged with creating arcade games that served the dual purpose of entertainment and education about our state's rich and storied history.
  • 8th Grade Students in Ecuador

    The All Saints community raised over $5000 in relief donations for victims of last month’s earthquake in Ecuador. This week, our 8th Grade students purchased and distributed over $3000 worth of diapers, wipes, pots and pans, dishes, miscellaneous kitchen items, towels, and other items for families who lost everything.  The students also wrote messages of hope and love on each of the items.  The remaining money will be donated to a small organization that works directly with the indigenous communities in the affected area.


Events

List of 10 events.

  • Sep
    29

    Grade 8 to Museum of the City of New York

  • Oct
    1

    Month of the Young Adolescent begins

  • Oct
    3

    School Closed for Rosh Hashanah

  • Oct
    3

    Week of Respect

  • Oct
    4

    Picture Retakes and Make-ups

  • Oct
    4

    Celebration Assembly

  • Oct
    5

    Kindergarten to Farmsview

  • Oct
    6

    Grade 4 to Tenafly Nature Center

  • Oct
    12

    School Closed for Yom Kippur

  • Oct
    20

    Grade 4 to Sandy Hook

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