Like many students who belong to the Class of 2020, our year at All Saints Episcopal Day School did not end quite as we had anticipated. This spring, we were scheduled to visit Ecuador, our big Eighth Grade trip. We have been fundraising for this trip since Fourth Grade and had raised $10,000 towards our travel and activities.
Because of the pandemic, however, we were unable to travel to Ecuador. As a class, we decided that we wanted to donate the funds for our trip to a local organization. After lots of hard thinking and researching, we decided that the Hoboken Relief Fund is where we wanted our money to go. We are glad to be able to help support independently owned businesses and Hoboken residents who have or still are suffering from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that if you own a small business in Hoboken or have applied for aid from the relief fund, our donation can help you. We know how important you all are to the Hoboken community, and we are happy to be able to help in any way we can.
On June 11, All Saints celebrated the Class of 2020 at our first-ever virtual Eighth Grade Graduation Celebration. Family, friends, faculty, and staff cheered on the graduates (through the computer!) as they shared special memories of their time at the school and received recognition for their achievements. While the year did not end as expected with a trip to Ecuador, Last Hurrah, Field Day, among many other milestones, the students took it all in stride, demonstrating a maturity that will serve them well in high school.
The graduates were accepted into an impressive group of high schools and many were awarded academic scholarships.
Congratulations, Class of 2020! We are so proud of you!
Over the past two months, we have joined together to make our School community More Connected Than Ever. Now we ask you to join us and support The Fund for All Saints on #GivingTuesdayNow - Tuesday, May 5.
Your support of the Annual Fund will help our School continue to serve our students and our community during these uncertain and challenging times. The Annual Fund has always been important, but this year, your support matters more than ever as we adapt to the changing reality caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Among other things, Annual Fund donations will help pay for:
*Increased financial aid *Advanced technology *Curriculum development for distance learning *Enhanced safety and cleaning measurements and so much more
Double your impact! The All Saints Episcopal Day School Board of Trustees will match all donations made on Tuesday, May 5, dollar for dollar, up to $21,500.
#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity, created as a response to the need caused by the coronavirus. A portion of all donations on #GivingTuesdayNow will also be matched by the #NonprofitMatching-FundInitiative.
Two All Saints students have been named finalists in The Count Basie Teen and College Film Festival. Grade 7 student Penny is nominated for her stop motion animation, Life of a Plastic Cap. Evis, an Eighth Grader and winner of last year’s Best Documentary, is nominated for her short film, Let’s Support Girls’ Education.
The Basie Center is proudly presenting all 27 selected films for free, public viewing at theBASIE.org. For one week beginning Monday, March 30, the general public will have a chance to not only view the films, but also cast their vote as part of the festival’s AUDIENCE CHOICE Award! Category winners will be announced on Monday, April 6 at noon.
All Saints moved to a Distance Learning Model on March 17. This academic strategy will continue indefinitely and is being taken by All Saints out of an abundance of caution. Parents, please check emails from Ms. Singleton & the Parent Portal for more information.
As we enter into this new and unexpected phase of our life together, it will be important for us to be creative about how we remain in community with one another. While we do not have a playbook for a pandemic, we do know how to build and sustain community.
All Saints was represented by two teams at the New Jersey Middle School Ethics Bowl, hosted by the Ethics Institute at Kent Place School. The 14 students in Grades 7 and 8 competed against 21 NJAIS schools. Both our teams demonstrated exceptional poise, preparedness, and enthusiasm winning their cases in the first two rounds.
One of our teams advanced to the finals against Kent Place. Our students performed thoughtfully and calmly. Although they finished in second place, the experience was abundantly positive and transformative. The students have already begun discussing their plan of action for returning to the Ethics Bowl next year!
Dressed in All Saints colors, our students embraced the many meaningful activities on Spirit Day! As the culmination of our six-week Reading Olympics, students in every grade received their reading medals and joined in a Read-A-Thon. In addition, students in Grades 2-8 cheered on their classmates during the Second Annual Rap Battle. Contestants recited original work based on the theme of Sources of Inspiration. Some added music and choreography to their performance.
Our Elementary & Middle School students are busy rehearsing for the spring production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. To make this show even more special – the play will begin in our new Commons & Café before moving to the “theater” space. Make sure to save the date – Friday, March 27. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
The Business Club participated in a “Shark Tank” exercise to help sharpen their skills in product development, consumer research, marketing, and the overall business cycle.
The five participating groups presented their products, which included beverage coasters, magnets, gemstones, stickers, and keychains, to the All Saints Sharks – Mr. Maurer, Mr. Neshan, and Ms. Rosenberg.
The keychains won! Before they are produced and sold to the school community, the team will incorporate the best ideas from the other contestants to create an even better keychain.
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.