This year’s All Saints Spelling Bee was so competitive it required “spell-off” on a second day! The top two contestants, Seventh Grader David and Sixth Grader Caroline, had to go beyond the initial list of 226 words in the Scripps study guide to spell challenging words, including dropsonde, Lascaux, and gallium. Caroline outlasted David and will go on to compete in the Hudson County Spelling Bee.
Every year, we partner with Mustard Seed School and Stevens Cooperative School to help the community. In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., MLK Day is a day of service and inspiration for our students and staff.
While an optional day of school, many students participate in a variety of activities, led by teachers of all three schools, to impact the Hoboken community. This year, our students will be volunteering at the Hoboken Shelter, making sandwiches (in decorative bags with inspirational notes) for guests at St. Matthew’s Lunchtime Ministry, packaging bars of soaps for the Hoboken Shelter, and contributing to Global Art Exchange’s The Memory Project.
The start of the new year also brings the launch of the All Saints Reading Olympics! Students will spend the next six weeks reading in their free time and challenge themselves to earn a gold, silver, or bronze medal by reading requisite amounts of times in a variety of genres. The theme for this year's Reading Olympics is Diversity and Inclusion. Students in every grade participate in this annual tradition.
We are accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year through Thursday, January 2. All Saints Episcopal Day School is a diverse community committed to academic excellence and social responsibility for students from Nursery to Grade 8.
Eight students in Grades 4-8 competed in the All Saints Geography Bee. Each class was represented by the winner of the individual class bees. Mike, an Eighth Grade student, won by correctly identifying Laos as one of two places where the saola is found. The school contest is the first of many steps for students to participate in the National Geographic GeoBee.
All Saints partnered with Liberty Humane Society for a Gingerbread Dog House contest. Inspired by traditional gingerbread houses, each School Family worked together to design a dog house using cardboard and decorated with candy and icing. Staff from the Liberty Humane Society voted Castle Point Family the winner for their fire hydrant dog house.
The All Saints Day School community came together in early December for our first ever Awe & Wonder Fair. Families delved into a multitude of curiosities, navigating an obstacle course, composing digital music, dining in a world language immersion café, concocting magnetic slime, and so much more! View some pictures of the event here.
Story Hour is back! Children will enjoy a story & craft project led by All Saints Teachers (and leave with a special All Saints teddy bear!). Story Hour is free and open to children 2-5 years old (accompanied by a parent/guardian).
Join us at our Clinton Street location on the following Saturdays at 9am: October 5, 19, 26 & November 2. RSVP here.
Students in Grades 7 and 8 recently visited the Atlantic Coast Fibers Recycling Center to learn about the recycling process. Incorporated into our new lunch program and as a result of the city’s dual-stream recycling initiative, All Saints students are learning to better sort their recyclables, thereby reducing landfill waste.
This field trip also served as a resource for our Eighth Grade students who are working on a design challenge to tackle plastic pollution, a competition run by NatGeo.
A representative from the city of Hoboken joined the students on the trip, reinforcing our long-standing partnership to protect the environment and our community. The Grade 7 students were the most recent class to advocate the city to ban single-use plastic bags, which went into effect earlier this year.
Years ago, recognizing that many parents travel for work (and families for pleasure), All Saints identified an opportunity to support those in need by asking students to bring travel size toiletries to school, which were then donated to local shelters. This year, we decided to not only bring back the program, but by working with All Saints parents and the Service Club, we have been able to expand, creating a citywide toiletries drive.
Collection bins, decorated by our students, have been set up throughout Hoboken, at City Hall, the library, and residential buildings. All items will be donated to the Hoboken Homeless Shelter and Saint Matthew Trinity Lunchtime Ministry. Travel toiletries, often left behind in hotels, are welcomed donations and allow guests to have something that is theirs and not shared. Join us in helping our neighbors in need by donating your travel size toiletries.
As part of their yearlong Action Research class, our Fourth Grade students studied the environmental impact of single-use plastic straws. Through research and interviews, the students created a comprehensive report encouraging a ban of these types of straws, which they presented to the Hoboken City Council. Click here to view their presentation (to view highlights on the presentation, click here).
This project comes on the heels of the citywide ban of single-use plastic bags in Hoboken, which All Saints students had advocated for over the past several years.
Inspired by the international grassroots effort to end hunger, All Saints students, parents, faculty and staff, and friends joined together to support those in need in Hoboken at our annual Empty Bowls event on May 4.
Parents and students collected more than $3,000 worth of toiletries and food at local stores, and the community came together to raise more than $2,700, all of which were donated to local homeless shelters.
At the cereal café, decorated in student art and facts about hunger, students shared their talents and enthusiasm on stage to an appreciative audience. Click here to view some pictures of the student performances.
Hosted by the Ethics Institute at Kent Place School, All Saints students participated in the inaugural Middle School Ethics Bowl on April 30. Modeled after the National High School Ethics Bowl, the goal of the NJ Middle School Ethics Bowl “is to teach students how to think through ethical issues together, as fellow citizens in a complex moral and political community.”
The competition was comprised of 12 teams from eight New Jersey schools. Through consistent, specific, and clear presentation of their rationale, the All Saints team won in the first round, but ultimately lost the Ethics Bowl by one point. Undeterred by the loss, our students have already begun planning for next year’s event.
Updated April 6, 2019: Evis won Best Documentary in the Middle School category. Congratulations, Evis!
Evis, an All Saints Seventh Grade student, has been named a finalist to The Count Basie Center for the Arts’ 2019 Teen + College Film Festival. Her film, A Beginning to a Clean Environment, was chosen from a record number of submissions by middle school, high school, and college students throughout New Jersey. Evis’ entry will be competing for Best Documentary and Best Direction. She will also be eligible for the Audience Award, which is selected by attendee voting. The film festival will take place on Saturday, April 6 at The Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank. Click here to purchase tickets or to find out more about the festival.
We are partnering with Stevens Cooperative School, Mustard Seed School, Learning Ladders, and The French American Academy for the 4th Annual Diversity Recruitment Fair. The fair will take place on Tuesday, April 2 at Stevens Cooperative School's Newport Campus. For more information and to register, click here.
Our winter/spring Story Hour events are back! Children will enjoy a story & craft project led by All Saints Teachers (and leave with a special All Saints teddy bear!). Story Hour is free and open to children 2-5 years old (accompanied by a parent/guardian). Join us at our Clinton Street location on the following Saturdays at 9am: March 2, 9, 16 & 23. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Initiated by the Student Government, our first ever All Saints Rap Battle was a wonderful way to celebrate the conclusion of our annual Reading Olympics. More than 20 students recited original raps inspired by the importance of literacy, the power of words/language, and social media. The Student Congress judges selected the winner – the rap duo of Michael & Chiara for their piece about the importance of attention to language and grammar.
During the first two weeks of February our Pre-K students operate the Valentine’s Post Office. This annual, much-loved schoolwide tradition is a Milestone Project for Pre-K, enhancing their study of community helpers and introducing the students to important aspects of financial literacy. The classroom is transformed into a post office and the students are responsible for selling stamps, sorting mail, and delivering mail throughout the school. Students in all other grades and faculty and staff participate by purchasing stamps and sending cards to others in the school.
This year, the Pre-K class raised $270 through the Valentine’s Post Office. The proceeds will be donated to the Companion Animal Placement.