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The Power of Community – Join Us!
As always, the All Saints community was at the top of my Thanksgiving gratitude list, and this year my appreciation was even more keenly felt as a result of experiencing the Youth Rocks Out for Hurricane Relief concert held at St. Matthew’s Church on the Saturday before the big feast. Seeing our students share their talent as a way of helping others was absolutely moving. Together we raised $2,020 for Music Rising, an organization committed to reinvigorating music programs devastated by the hurricanes in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico. Our students raised enough money to purchase five violins, two clarinets, one flute and one trumpet. The joy I felt as the students performed underscored the powerful role music and the arts have to play in positively influencing personal, social and emotional well being.
This year we are trying a new tradition - a Holiday Bake-a-Thon. The goal of this event is to leverage the power of our wonderful and generous community for the benefit of others. On Tuesday, December 19 at 1:00pm, we will gather at the St. Matthew’s parish hall and bake cookies and casseroles for the guests at their Lunchtime Ministry Program. If you are available that afternoon, please come prepared with some baking ingredients or pre-made dough. If you can’t come, don’t worry – there are still ways to help! You can send in baked goods, ready-to-bake cookie dough, or quick mixes for cookies and sweet breads. We hope those who are free will join us as we share some holiday cheer and put our skills to good use by bringing the joy of community to others. RSVP with Carrie Wachtler: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kicking off Our Spirituality Program with Mitakuye Oyasin: We are all related.
One of the things that impressed me most when I was considering the possibility of coming to serve at All Saints in 2004 was the school’s unofficial tagline, Mitakuye Oyasin – a Lakota expression that roughly translates “we are all related.”
As we kicked off this year’s Spirituality Gathering on this same theme, I was touched to learn that Ms. Beesley had a similar experience when she was interviewing with our school. Ms. Beesley has given me permission to share the story she told in our gathering this week. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
My intention this week is Mitakuye Oyasin: We are all related. As I was thinking about what I was going say today the first thing that came to my mind is the song “We are the World.” Maybe you have heard it? It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie and performed by USA for Africa which was basically a group of something like 40 different musicians.
Red Dove Steppers Premiere at Celebration Gathering
Ms. Tanisha, Ms. Beesley, Ms. Karian, Mr. Mimms, and Ms. Peterson introduced the Red Dove Steppers to our students at the November Celebration Gathering. The students marveled as their teachers performed for them. A portion of their performance can be viewed here. The team was created by Ms. Tanisha to encourage more student involvement in extracurricular activities and showcase All Saints spirit at school events and games. The Red Dove Steppers will be offered as an Enrichment program to students in Grades 3-8 during Session 2 (starting in January 2018).
Youth Rocks Out for Hurricane Relief
The All Saints Episcopal Day School community created art to support the arts! Youth Rocks Out for Hurricane Relief, a performance celebration, raised more than $2,000 for Music Rising. The event was organized by Ms. Therres & Ms. E, and the entire community was encouraged to participate. Students showcased their amazing talents through song, dance, and acting. In addition, guests were treated to a magician’s tricks and a demonstration of capoeira. Students also donated their paintings, which were auctioned off during the event. Pictures of the event can be viewed here.
Music Rising is an organization committed to helping replace instruments in schools affected by the devastation caused by recent catastrophic hurricanes in the United States and U.S. Territories. Music Rising is there in the aftermath to aid students and schools return to a normal life and routine. Restoring school music programs after this trauma is especially urgent, as playing music can bring a sense of community, healing and joy to kids who need this reassurance. More than $3.3 million worth of instruments have been donated, helping to restore music programs in more than 100 schools over 17 years.
Ecuadorian Students Visit All Saints
Twelve students from our partner school, Colegio Menor in Quito, Ecuador, participated in a ten-day cultural exchange trip to Hoboken. Our guests had a taste of American life, staying with our families, attending school, and touring the area with our students. The Ecuadorian students kicked off their visit by attending the Middle School Dance and experiencing Halloween in America. Highlights of their sightseeing to New York landmarks and museums included the Tenement Museum, One World Observatory, a Broadway show, Times Square, and the Staten Island Ferry. Perhaps the most meaningful part of the trip, however, was the students spent together, learning about each others cultures and lives. Our Eighth Grade Class now eagerly anticipates their adventure in Ecuador this spring!