Front Page News Archive

List of 20 news stories.

  • Apply Today!

    All Saints Episcopal Day School is a diverse community committed to academic excellence and social responsibility for students from Nursery to Grade 8. We are pleased to extend the standard application deadline to January 25, 2021.

    For more details and to apply today, click here.
  • Portraits Across the Ages

    As students progress through All Saints their knowledge of and skill in portraiture art expand. Beginning in Kindergarten, students study the Cubist style, learning about the work of Picasso and use basic shapes to create faces. One year later, as First Graders, they learn proportion and create more realistic self-portraits inspired by Illuminations and the contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley.

    Faces are expressive and, in Second Grade, students create portraits of themselves using facial features to show feelings, in the vein of Kaethe Kollwitz, Edvard Munch, and Judy Chicago. Sculptural faces are explored in Third Grade when students build armatures and model magic Shakespeare characters in honor of their Bard Bash. The gain inspiration from sculptures by Artis Lane, Duane Hansen, and George Segal.

    Fourth Grade students are introduced to several new artists, including Yayoi Kusama, Frida Kahlo, and Tawny Chatmon, and their unique styles. This year begins more independent research into artists and exploring greater detail and symbolism in the artists’ work – and the students may choose to work in a style that best suits their personality.  The work of all our student artist are on display throughout the year – this year, during several virtual events!
  • Join Us for a Q&A Info Session

    We are excited to invite prospective families to a Virtual Q&A on Tuesday, December 15 at 6:30pm. Join us for this evening opportunity to engage with our Head of School, students, alumni, parents, and teachers.

    Register today!
  • Students Use the Periodic Table to Create Superheroes

    Fifth Grade students recently completed a unit on matter, during which they explored different materials and their properties.  After being introduced to the periodic table of elements, the students selected an element to create their own personal superhero or villain. Since every element has unique physical and chemical properties, the Fifth Graders used their imaginations and wrote a profile of their character. The students shared the powers of their superheroes and villains with the class – accompanied by a portrait. Interdisciplinary projects like this help reinforce lessons learned, while also allowing students to nurture their creativity.
  • Sixth Graders Bring Early Civilizations to Life

    Sixth Grade students recently finished their study of early civilizations of the Americas.  The unit culminated in the Mesoamerican 3D Box Project.  Each student incorporated three-dimensional hieroglyphics, original artwork, and details about the era in their boxes.  They also shared interesting facts discovered while researching the topic.  

    Adapting to the challenges of hybrid learning and COVID safety measures, Sixth Graders assembled their projects in small groups (via Zoom breakout rooms). During their virtual presentations, students were able to travel back in time to get a feel for what life may have been like in these the early civilizations. 
  • We Are Grateful

    Watch as students & teachers share their gratitude for All Saints.
  • Meet Alex Schmidt, Academic Enrichment Teacher

    In her third year at All Saints, Alex Schmidt, our Academic Enrichment Teacher, works with students in Kindergarten through Grade 8, providing them with added resources to support their learning.  Partnering with classroom teachers, Ms. Schmidt develops individualized plans to reinforce lessons and introduce more challenging topics.

    Ms. Schmidt teaches students in small groups and one-on-one, in addition to entire classes. Academic Enrichment is a unique position and Ms. Schmidt feels honored to watch students progress not only academically, but also as they mature into young adults over the years.

    Ms. Schmidt shared, “As an educator and member of this amazing community, I hope to instill in students how wonderful it can be to continue exploring and learning, even after they graduate!”
  • Third Graders Work to Solve Eco Problems

    Every fall, Third Grade students try to solve environmental issues facing the community.  Using the design process, the students explored eco problems and experimented to find unique solutions. While some aspects of the unit needed to be altered this year, such as working individually instead of in small groups, the students were engaged and the lessons learned remained the same.  

    During Open Science Morning, the students shared their recommendations for reducing litter and air and water pollution. They demonstrated their thoughtfulness and creativity, while parents watched the presentations virtually.  
  • Introducing French to Our Youngest Learners

    World Languages are an important component of the All Saints curriculum and are incorporated at all grade levels: students in Nursery – Grade 4 take Spanish; Middle School students choose between continuing Spanish or switching to French; and all students in Grades 7 and 8 also study Latin.  

    Nursery and Pre-K students who participate in our Extended Day program are also introduced to French. Through play and imagination, the children interact with new, French-speaking “friends,” learn about their lives and build relationships. Simultaneously, the students begin to acquire French naturally with joy and purpose.  They understand that by learning French, they are able to strengthen the bond with their new friends – Monsieur Boulanger, the Parisian baker; Madame Martinique, who sells flowers at the market; Frere Jacques, who needs to be woken up to ring the bells at Notre Dame; and Violette, a young girl, who rides her bike around Paris, giving the students a tour of her beautiful city and all the fun to be had there. This continues with a trip around France, taking the TGV trains to go skiing in the Alps, and to Normandy to enjoy a wonderful picnic at Claude Monet’s gardens in Giverny and paint flowers in his Impressionism style.  

    The goal in these early years is for the students to become more confident and excited to use the language when meeting new people and encountering new experiences in a French-speaking country.  Embracing that which may be unfamiliar is a theme that runs through the entire French curriculum.
  • International Baccalaureate Verification Visit

    We are excited to share that the next phase of our journey towards authorization as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme, which is our verification visit, will occur this month.

    During the virtual verification visit, a team from IB will meet with teachers, parents, students, trustees, and school leadership to discuss where we are in the process and ensure that all stakeholders have knowledge of the IB Programme and, for teachers, the required training. The team will also virtually visit classes to see our IB Programme in action. Following this visit, the team will submit a report to IB, which will determine if our authorization is approved. We hope to have this approval by the close of 2020!

    For further information about IB, visit www.ibo.org.
  • Virtual Q&A and Information Sessions

    We are excited to invite prospective families to a Virtual Q&A on Tuesday,December 15 at 6:30pm. Join us for this evening opportunity to engage with our Head of School, students, alumni, parents, and teachers.

    Additionally, you may also register for one of our morning Virtual Information Sessions:
    November 2 at 11:00 AM
    November 11 at 9:30 AM
    December 2 at 9:30 AM

    For more information about the admissions process, click here.
  • Help us Create an Endowment! 

    We’re just $20,000 away from establishing the Brad Ost Memorial Scholarship Fund, an endowment that will provide an All Saints education to students in need. Brad was a beloved school parent who has had a lasting impact on the All Saints community. 

    October 21 marked Brad’s 50 birthday and we honored his memory at CeleBRADtion 2020.  It’s not too late to support this worthy cause – make your donation today!

     
  • Math During Hybrid Learning

    Transitioning Middle School Math into a hybrid learning situation is more than just the added component of live Zoom instruction. Our team of teachers has to ensure that collaborative projects, group activities, visual instruction, and one-to-one support can still take place. 

    A typical day in Middle School Math class might include an independent warm up, a live lesson, a group activity, and guided practice. Through animated Google Slides, instructor-created videos, and live instruction, teachers provide lessons in their own distinct styles, while continuing to develop relationships with their students. Teachers utilize apps to interact with individual students while maintaining social distancing; “jumping in” on a student’s screen to ensure they are carrying out steps correctly has been particularly helpful in Math classes. Zoom breakout rooms allow students, whether in the classroom or learning remotely, to explore new topics and learn from each other in small groups. 

    Throughout the year, our teachers will continue to adapt and implement more resources to support student learning. 
  • Introducing Resilience 2020-2021

    We have launched Resilience 2020-2021: An Annual Fund Campaign for a Remarkable School Year.  In light of the extraordinary measures we have taken to provide our students with on-campus and remote instruction in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Annual Fund campaign is more important than ever. We are asking our community to be as generous as you can in supporting this important initiative.  Click here to make your donation.
  • All Saints Releases Anti-Racism Statement

    All Saints Episcopal Day School has been and continues to be committed to striving for equality, challenging injustice, and serving others. It is our duty and responsibility to examine, question, challenge, and disrupt the myriad ways that systematic racial inequity and discrimination impact education, society, and the world. We begin this work by looking inside ourselves, and we commit to growing as part of this community. We believe that it is necessary to learn, teach, and actively engage in ways that challenge the existing systems and strive to build a more equitable, just society.
  • Video Highlights Facilities & Procedure Changes for School Year

    We are excited to welcome students back to campus for the 2020-2021 school year. To prepare for their safe return, we are adapting our facilities and procedures to meet or exceed state and federal recommendations. We’re happy to share this video highlighting our new on-campus protocols.
  • Re-Entry Updates - August 2020

    August 10, 2020

    Dear Parents,

    I can’t tell you how often I’ve thought back to our final meeting on that Friday the 13th in March to share our plans for moving to our Distance Learning Model. Of all the messages I hoped to communicate that day, perhaps none was more important than the fact that while we may not have a playbook for a pandemic, we do have one for being a community. Indeed, it has been the strength of our community that has carried us this far, and has made the plans laid out in this document possible.

    A return to on-campus learning is by no means a return to normal. We are stepping into unchartered territory together, bolstered firmly by the strength of our community, the dedication and resolve of our teachers and staff, and the valuable partnership we enjoy with our families.

    We have provided families with a guide (view an abbreviated version here) that outlines the hybrid learning model we selected as being the most appropriate for our community, as well as a number of important policy updates and campus modifications. While the school has undertaken reasonable steps to lessen the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in its facilities, parents and staff are advised that participation in the school's programs carries with it certain inherent risks related to COVID-19 transmission that cannot be eliminated regardless of preventative actions taken by the school and its staff.  This plan can only work if everyone does their part.

    Sadly, we have experienced a recent uptick in the number of cases in our state, causing Governor Murphy to reduce the allowable number for indoor gatherings from 100 to 25. I share this context to underscore the important caveat that it is still early and things can change. As such, parents should be sure to have plans in place for a possible switch to an online start for the school year. Likewise, even if we open school as per the above plan, families will need to be prepared for a switch back to full-time online learning at any stage should the need arise for any reason.

    For your convenience, we have created this Parent Checklist for Success to assist you in preparing for the start of the new year.

    Finally, I wish to thank our school’s Board of Trustees, Leadership Team, and entire Faculty and Staff for their dedicated service on our various task forces. We are indeed a blessed community.

    I look forward to continuing this unexpected journey together!

    Jill Singleton
    Head of School
  • Class of 2020 Supports Hoboken Relief Fund

    Dear Members of the Hoboken Community,

    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.

    Best wishes,
    Class of 2020
  • Congratulations Class of 2020

    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!
  • Virtual Information Session

    Whether considering All Saints for Fall 2020 or planning ahead for the 2021-2022 school year, please join us for a Virtual Information Session on Wednesday, June 3 at 4:00pm.

    You will have an opportunity to hear from our Head of School and Leadership Team, as well as to chat with members of our parent, student, and alumni community.

    Please register here. This event is intended for parents only.
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