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.
Our parents on the Spirit Committee organized a Heart Health Day for students in Nursery through Grade 1 in celebration of Wear Red Day. The students engaged in a variety of activities to learn how to live a healthy life. They made hearts with messages of what makes their hearts happy; practiced exercises they can do to stay moving; learned the importance of brushing their teeth and how it helps their hearts; and identified healthy foods to eat. We are grateful to our special guest presenters for helping us kick off Heart Awareness Month!
Parents are encouraged to attend our Annual Forum on Thursday, January 31, 7pm at the Saint Nicholas Center. In its third year, the Annual Forum is an opportunity for parents to speak with and hear from the Board of Trustees. Attendees will also be able to socialize with parents from all grades; learn about the initiative for this year’s Spring Auction; and join the conversation about the School’s future. RSVP to Nicole Ciccariello.
On January 22, 2019, the ban on single-use plastic bags went into effect in Hoboken. This cause has been championed by All Saints students for nearly 10 years. In fact, our Fourth Grade students have made a citywide plastic bag ban the topic of their yearlong Action Research Project twice in just the past few years. The students presented their findings on the benefits of banning plastic bags to the Hoboken City Council.
On the first day of the ban, Mayor Bhalla visited All Saints to thank our students for their hard work on this initiative. Our students were thrilled to learn that they played a part in making the ban a reality. They were also very excited to share their thoughts with the local news in attendance; check out the stories below! NBC4 ABC7 PIX11 FiOS1
Our students braved the frigid temperatures to give back to the community on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. While optional, this “day on” is always impactful. Students from Nursery through Grade 8 participated in a variety of service activities with their parents and All Saints teachers. The results from the day include:
This week, our students donated 237 “Angel Boxes” to guests at the Hoboken Homeless Shelter and St. Matthew’s Lunchtime Ministry. Each student in the school created their own box filled it with hats, scarves, hand warmers, granola bars, candy canes, pocket angels, and inspirational bracelets. The boxes are also wrapped and decorated by the students. This year, students in Grades 2-8 worked on the boxes in their school “family” during their weekly Family Time sessions, while students in Nursery through Grade 1 created their boxes with their classmates. This schoolwide service project is warmly embraced by our students and helps get everyone in the spirit of the holidays.
Earlier this fall, our students participated in our annual Middle School Marketplace. Working in teams, the Middle School students designed a product for their peers, which they sold during the Marketplace. The project incorporated design-think, innovation, marketing and advertising, and collaboration. Grade 6 earned the most money per student during the event and selected the Sea Turtle Recovery, hosted at Turtle Back Zoo, to receive the donation of $767.99 in honor of All Saints' Birthday.
Several of our Third Grade students formed the Broncos, a flag football team playing in the Hoboken Recreation Division’s league. Coached by our parents, the team made it to the Super Bowl championship game with a record of 5-1. While the team fell to the Vikings in double overtime, the students enjoyed growing in skills and camaraderie throughout the season.
The house was rocking with All Saints’ recent performance of Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. Based on the award-winning Saturday morning cartoon, the musical follows a young teacher nervous about her first day of work. She is visited by TV characters who come to life to help her by singing many of the series’ hits, including “Conjunction Junction,” “I’m Just a Bill,” and “Interplanet Janet.” Students in Grades 1-8 performed to the delight of parents, teachers, and other students.
This fall, All Saints introduced a new program – Family Time. Students in Grades 2-8 meet weekly with their school family, named for a Hoboken landmark or location, and partake in academic, social and service projects. The activities are all organized by the Eighth Grade students in each family. The cross-grade interaction within the families offer bonding experiences and has also allowed older students to mentor and help the younger ones in their group. Family Time has been a hit with all students and the Eighth Graders value the leadership skills they are honing through this program.
In October, All Saints students participated in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF and raised more than $1,750 for the organization. Coordinated by the Student Government Association, our schoolwide campaign also included a friendly competition. The class that raised the most money per student won a movie and popcorn party; Grade 2 students came out on top averaging $27.16 per student. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is just one of the many service-related activities our students enthusiastically support each year.
Every October our Middle School students participate in the Month of the Young Adolescent (MOTYA) by evaluating a community need and presenting their findings at our Leadership Summit. During this year’s event, the students proposed a city-wide International Fair to celebrate all cultures.
During their presentation, students in Grades 5-8 spoke about the importance of honoring the diversity in Hoboken, learning from others, and ensuring that everyone feels represented in the community. The fair will showcase food, games, art, and more from a variety of cultures.
Two students addressed the Hoboken City Council in November asking for support for their International Fair. Mayor Bhalla then visited the Seventh Grade classes to further explore the proposal. We look forward to sharing continued plans for our International Festival!