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Guest Blog: Come and See What I See, by Laura Coraci

Laura Coraci
There are many perks to working at your child’s school, and I feel very fortunate to be the Director of Admissions at All Saints for a host of reasons. One of the highlights of my job is that it is my responsibility to pop into the classrooms unannounced as I show visitors around. These visits provide a wonderful way for me to see what is going on in our community through fresh eyes. After having wrapped up a season of tours for prospective families and being now in the midst of touring high school admissions directors through our school, I have gained an insight into many of the details – small and large – of how All Saints students are educated beyond their books from Nursery-Eighth Grade.

We have a consistency of culture in this school that is unparalleled, and there is a passion for purpose and thought that all of our amazing teachers share. The result is that our students have a plethora of tools in their toolboxes – academic, social and spiritual – that they can use to go out into the world with conviction, confidence and grace. But don’t take my word for it- come and see for yourself! Having this perspective is an amazing gift that I want to share with the entire community. I want you all to see how the students are being raised from the moment they enter Nursery to be well-rounded and confident critical thinkers who know how far they can take their gifts and aren’t afraid to do so. I would like to invite each of you to join me for a tour or to come to a Spirituality Assembly or a Mid- Month Gathering in order to catch a glimpse of All Saints in action. Please email me – I would love to bring you around! lcoraci@allsaintshoboken.com

For those of you who are not able to take the time, I would like to share a “snapshot” of what I saw on a recent tour walking from room to room:
Nursery friends were practicing their pre-reading, pre-writing and teamwork skills by writing an original group story entitled, “The Unicorn’s Day of Adventure.”

Pre-K was in a meeting where they were reviewing the week’s affirmation, “I believe in myself and my abilities,” and listening to one of their classmates share a story book that she had illustrated.

Kindergarten North was saying goodbye to the newly-hatched baby chicks and the students were painting farm dioramas in anticipation of Farm Day. Having just finished researching their animals, these friends were excited to share some of the posters that they had created for the event.
Kindergarten South was in gym class playing a game designed by Mr. Hester that incorporated movement, reading and teamwork (and a lot of running around to music!).

First grade West was using their smart board technology to review fractions in an interactive game.

First grade East was discussing the science behind the hatching of the baby chicks and students were having some time to visit with them before they went back to the farm.

The Second Grade classes were in their literature circles where they held small group discussions about their books from the week and reviewed character studies using Venn diagrams and descriptive essays.

Third Grade was finishing Spanish class where they had reviewed mathematical concepts in Spanish and were transitioning to practice their Shakespeare play, Twelfth Night, for this week’s Bard Bash.

Fourth Graders were in Health Class where they were discussing what peer pressure is and sharing some examples of how they had overcome outward pressure and done what they knew to be right. They were sure to let me know that they were going outside next to conduct their “Man on the Street” interviews about pedestrian safety for their Action Research project!

Fifth Graders were in Science class working on posters that depicted the channeling and use of different forms of electrical power after having finished building battery operated circuits.

Sixth Graders were demonstrating their solutions to the monthly math challenge (This month there were two projects designed to celebrate the number Pi). For this I stayed to watch longer than usual! Two examples of what they came up with were a version of the “cup-song” using the first 25 numbers of Pi and a musical composition played by a student who converted each of the first 25 numbers of Pi into a musical note. Students were also asked to demonstrate the value of Pi by showing how many times the diameter of a circle can be repeated around its circumference.

The Seventh Graders were in Latin class reading a book about ancient Rome and discussing grammar.

Eighth Graders were studying the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and getting ready to work on their papers detailing the histories, current situations and possible paths to justice for the people of countries that are currently in violation of these rights.

What will they be doing the next time I walk through? I have no idea, but am excited to see. Please, come join me!

Questions? Thoughts? Ideas? I’d love to hear them! Email me: jsingleton@allsaintshoboken.com