All Saints is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a series of Story Hours in the month of March. All Saints Teachers will read stories and lead children in craft projects.
The Story Hours are free of charge and open to children age 2-5 years (and their parents/guardians). They will take place at our Clinton Street location from 9am – 10am on March 3, 10, 17, and 24. We ask that you RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a break from your Saturday routine and join us at the All Saints Story Hour!
During this year’s Reading Olympics, the entire school read Daniel Pinkwater's The Hoboken Chicken Emergency, which features a chicken named Henrietta. Throughout the past two months, “Henrietta” has been spotted all over the school – playing basketball, taking over the front desk, dancing with students, and roaming the hall – delighting the entire student body with her surprise visits.
At the conclusion of Reading Olympics, each student created their own “flat” Henrietta to take with them on their February break escapades. Henrietta has traveled near and far – going skiing, flying to other countries, playing with friends in Hoboken, and so much more! Check out our social media pages (@ASEDSHoboken) for pictures of her many adventures this winter!
This won’t be the last of Henrietta’s time at All Saints. Our annual Spring Play is an adaptation of The Hoboken Chicken Emergency!
The 2018 All Saints basketball season is well underway. We have 60 students in Grades 3-8 playing on our five co-ed teams. Our students represent All Saints in Hoboken’s Small Fry, Middle, and Grammar divisions. All Saints players develop technical skills in weekly practices, led by Mr. Mimms and our volunteer coaches, and teamwork is fostered when they play against other Hoboken schools each week. Last year, our Middle division won the league championship, and all our players are working hard for a repeat this year! The season runs through March and fans are always welcome at the games.
We recently hosted the second annual All Saints Forum, at which Trustees, leadership, faculty, and parents gathered together to share ideas and questions about our wonderful School community.
Everyone left feeling inspired and optimistic about two initiatives that were announced: a new art studio located across the street from our Washington Street campus, and our commitment to becoming an International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program School.
The new space at 706 Washington Street will make it possible for us to move art classes into a working studio, while ensuring adequate classrooms for each grade level at both of our buildings. The new location also provides us with exclusive use of the property’s yard.
All Saints is making a formal application to become an IB Middle Years Program School. IB is a prestigious program that is highly respected around the world for its academic rigor, global focus, adherence to international standards of excellence, and curriculum designed to provide students with opportunities to make real-world connections in their learning. The IB Program will challenge us to aim higher, providing our students with even greater opportunities for advancement and recognition by the many high schools to which they apply.
This is an exciting time for our School – stay tuned for updates!
Martin Luther King Jr. Day may be an optional day of school for All Saints students, but for those who attend, it is a “day on, not a day off.” We partner with Stevens Cooperative and Mustard Seed School to provide a day of service projects for our students in honor of Dr. King's legacy.
The participating students will lend their time and talents to help those in need through a variety of projects: packaging soap, with notes of their dreams, for the Hoboken Homeless Shelter; painting portraits of children in need from around the world, which will be delivered to the subjects; creating cards for local hospital patients; cleaning and organizing the Hoboken Homeless Shelter; and making brown-bagged lunches for those in need. In addition, the students will perform songs they learn about the Civil Rights Movement and dance for guests at St. Matthew’s Lunchtime Ministry.
Every year, all students at All Saints, from Nursery through Grade 8, create an “Angel Box” for guests at the Hoboken Homeless Shelter and St. Matthew’s Lunchtime Ministry. Each Angel Box contains a winter hat, scarf, hand warmers, a package of hot chocolate, inspirational wristbands, pocket angels, candy canes, and granola bars. The students also leave a note of holiday wishes and personalize each box with their drawings. The 239 Angel Boxes were presented during the annual Holiday Concert and Middle School students brought them to the agencies to be distributed to those in need.
All Saint hosted our second annual National Geography Bee for students in Grades 4-8. After preliminary classroom competitions, the nine finalists answered a series of challenging questions provided by National Geographic on US and international geography. Competitors were asked to use an interstate highway map to determine what states roads passed through and identify states and countries by geographic features and exports. Third place went to Grade 4 student, Aiden, and second place went to Grade 7 student, Sophie. The school champion was Grade 7 student, Matthew, who will now complete the state qualifying test.
To the delight of students and teachers alike, Cosmic IQ, a mobile planetarium, recently visited All Saints. Students in Grades 1-8 explored the expansive universe in our gymnasium. Cosmic IQ provided guided imagery and storytelling to make the learning immersive, impactful, and of course, fun. This program was a great way to expose more of our students to the planetarium experience.
The All Saints community was treated to the musical and acting talents of our students during our production of Dear Edwina. After months of rehearsal, students in Grades 1 – 8 performed to a full house. Dear Edwina follows a girl who struggles to find her place among her talented siblings, but quickly discovers her knack for providing advice to others. The show resonated with many of our students and the dedication of the performers was evident to the audience. In addition, the artistic talents of our National Junior Art Honor Society were on display as they created the sets for the production. Bravo to everyone involved!
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).
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.
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!
The All Saints Episcopal Day School community will create art to support the arts! Youth Rocks Out for Hurricane Relief will be a performance celebration to raise funds for Music Rising. Our students will showcase their talents, performing dances and songs for the community. Donations will be collected at the door; suggested ticket prices are $5 per person and $20 per family.
Please join us on Saturday, November 18 from 10am – 12pm at St. Matthew's Church, 57 Eighth Street, Hoboken for this exciting and worthy event.
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. In the aftermath, Music Rising aids in returning students and schools to a normal life and routine. Restoring school music programs after trauma is especially urgent, as playing music can bring a sense of community, healing, and joy to children who need reassurance. To date, more than $3.3 million worth of instruments have been donated by the organization, helping to restore music programs in more than 100 schools over the past 17 years.
All Saints is grateful to Jenn Eisenberg and Rachel Therres, who are organizing this important event.
Nursery students explored an extremely large pumpkin to learn about all of its parts. First they examined the outside of the pumpkin and described what they noticed, identifying its color, shape, size, texture, and made predictions as to what would be inside the pumpkin. After it was carved, they dug into it, literally! The students discovered the pulp and seeds and described how the inside looked and felt. Next up was to turn the pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern – and voting on the shape of the jack-o-lantern's eyes (circle eyes won!). For the past several weeks, the class has been studying squishy circuits, exploring what makes them work and how to turn the light on by connecting the power source to playdough. Using the squishy circuits, the Nursery students made their jack-o-lantern glow!
Every year, as part of their participation in MOTYA (Month of the Young Adolescents), our Middle Schoolers identify a local concern and work to address it. This year the students researched public art and the benefits it has on the community. For the past month, they have surveyed the parents and students on their opinions of public art and studied local public art pieces, styles, and artists. Their recommendations will be presented to their classmates and members of the public on Thursday, October 26 at 8:30am.
During MOTYA, students also explore the challenges and celebrations of being an adolescent. To celebrate this, the Middle School teachers created a video, showing their students what they were like when they were their age.
The Fourth Grade and Student Government Association have teamed up to explore bicycle safety in Hoboken. Despite bike lanes being added to city streets, most students have known someone who has been hit by bike ridden on a sidewalk. To prevent this, the students are learning about bike laws in Hoboken and the state and will work to educate citizens about the bike laws and best practices to ensure everyone can enjoy bike riding throughout Hoboken. Four Hoboken police officers, two who are part of the bike patrol, visited All Saints to discuss some of the challenges of bike safety and enforcement. They are excited that our students will be exploring opportunities to educate the community about bike safety and laws regarding bike riding. Later this year, the Fourth Grade classes will present their findings and recommendations for improved bike safety to the Hoboken City Council.
The Seventh Grade class visited Fort Lee Historic Park and was taken back in time to “serve” in George Washington’s Continental Army. This living history program allowed the students to experience what life was like for an eighteenth century solider. Throughout the day, Seventh Graders carried all their supplies, maintained a camp, cooked their food, cleaned their mess kits, made musket balls, and even fired a cannon and a musket. This day helped bring their studies of the American Revolution to life.
A visiting artist, Lisa McClellan of Mosaic Glassworks, introduced Fourth Grade students to tile mosaics. The class created a collaborative mosaic of the physiographic regions of New Jersey: Piedmont, Highlands, Ridge and Valley, and Atlantic Coastal Plain. The students also created their own smaller mosaics of animals found in water, in honor of both their study of water and the schoolwide arts celebration theme of water. The visiting artist and mosaic project are part of the expanded arts initiative that was funded through last year’s Spring Auction. Throughout the year, students will be exposed to several new arts disciplines, including visual arts, dance, music, and more.
Nursery and Pre-K students enjoyed an early morning picnic at school with their families and special friends. They shared snacks, played games, and read books on the beautiful, sunny morning. Pre-K students showed off their school spirit by wearing All Saints red and Nursery students presented their guests with artwork they created in class. The students enjoyed introducing their families to their new friends. A fun time was had by all!
Each year, Third Grade students embark on a yearlong study of Shakespeare culminating with the Bard Bash. The students drive all aspects of this much-beloved milestone project, which includes studying a work by Shakespeare, producing a movie based on the play (in which they act, direct, film, and edit!), and hosting a renaissance faire for All Saints students. Third Graders took the first step in the project by selecting the genre of the Shakespeare work they will study – comedy. The Third Grade will premiere their film to the All Saints community at the Bard Bash in April.
Sixth and Seventh Graders continued the All Saints tradition of kicking off the school year with a trip to Frost Valley. The students spent three days bonding while working together on several activities, including zip lining, rope courses, rock wall climbing, catapult building, and “fan favorite” orienteering. They were also treated to a lesson on reptiles by the “Snake Man.” On their last night, the Middle Schoolers roasted marshmallows and made s’mores at their campfire. Before heading back to All Saints, the students enjoyed being out in nature on their final hike.
Last year our Student Government asked if we could offer a healthier lunch option for our students. After months of research, we are pleased to announce that All Saints has partnered with SMART Lunches. We anticipate that this new provider will allow our students to benefit from healthier lunch options while families maintain the convenience of being able to order online. This program will be ready for the first day of school! Hoboken Hot Bagels will remain a lunch provider for All Saints. Additionally, our Fourth Graders will continue to run their Pizza Friday Program to raise funds for their New Jersey Adventure Week field trips.
The All Saints Enrichment Program provides a wide-range of unique courses that allow our students to sample new areas of interest and expand their skills. Course offerings are diverse and include the arts, STEM, fitness and wellness, and so much more. This year, we are excited to announce several new additions to our Enrichment Program: Craft Market, Fashionable Designs, Metal Jewelry Creations, Airplane Pilots, Robo-Adventure Earthbots, Flying Spacebots, Super Duper Tennis, Power Brain Yoga, and Capoeira Self-Defense. Courses typically run for 12 weeks and are taught by highly qualified individuals and organizations that provide age-appropriate curriculum. Registration for All Saints families begins on September 6; space permitting, registration will open to the public on September 11. For more information about the courses, click here.
On the last day of school, All Saints hosted our annual Mission Awards Ceremony. Students, faculty and staff, and parents joined together to celebrate the outstanding achievements of students in our community. Awards recognized community service involvement, leadership, academic achievement, as well as accomplishments in physical education and the arts. Congratulations to all honorees!
On June 15th, All Saints celebrated the 16 members of the Class of 2017 at our graduation ceremony. Family, friends, faculty, staff, and members of the community cheered on the graduates as they shared special memories of All Saints with the guests and made gifts to the school, including paintings, a video, musical performances, a new skeleton for the Science Lab, and tree and flower plantings on the property.
Nearly 30 All Saints’ alumni enthusiastically welcomed the new graduates into the alumni association at the conclusion of the ceremony. The Class of 2017 will be attending an impressive selection of high schools, both day and boarding, throughout New Jersey, New York, and Maryland. Congratulations, graduates!
For Kindergarteners, International Food Day was an exciting culminating event of a year-long study of food and culture. They learned how food is something that brings people together. After studying several cultures and trying new food throughout the year, each student brought in a dish from countries, including Germany, Switzerland, and Morocco, to share with the entire class on International Food Day. All the recipes were compiled into a book and given to the class. The students also took home the ceramic plates they made to commemorate this project.
Looking for an engaging program for your child this summer? Check out the camps offered at All Saints - there’s something for everyone! All camps run Monday – Friday and offer options for Before and After Care. Click here to register today!
In June, children can participate in up to two weeks of Day Camp, where they will enjoy learning about Europe and South America through cooking, crafts and games. The half day program for Early Childhood children will be treated to visits from Guitar Bob and Gym on Wheels. Elementary and Middle School students enrolled in the full-day camp will take trips to Tomahawk Lake.
Students in Grades 1-8 may enroll in STEM Camp, a unique modular program that offers campers with guided activities to learn robotics, circuits, coding, engineering, design 3-D printing, and so much more! It is an exciting week of exploration, innovation and creativity.
Art Camp, open to students in Grades 1-7, is a studio-based experience combining observation and imagination to help each student enhance their skills and to raise their artistic voice! The camp will include demonstrations, drawing, painting, and sculpture. Famous artists and their techniques will be introduced as well.
Bold Arts offers its unique Dance Camp at All Saints in July and August for students entering Pre-K – Grade 6.
For more information or to register for an All Saint summer camp, click here.
Recently, 13 of our Middle School students joined 200 students from the greater New York Metropolitan area to participate in the Junior Academy Model United Nations (JAMUN). The one-day conference was designed for middle schoolers to further their skills in public speaking, communication, and collaboration.
All Saints students served as delegates of Botswana, Uganda, Hungary, Korea, and Canada. They represented their countries in General Assembly committees, Economic and Social Council committees, and the African Union, during which they explored a topic pertaining to the theme "Bringing the World Together."
Students in Kindergarten through Fourth Grade at All Saints are excited to have their works exhibited at Hoboken City Hall. The exhibit opened on May 8 and a formal reception will be held on May 19. This is the first time All Saints has been featured in an art showcase at City Hall.
The exhibition is on display and open to the public in the front lobby of Hoboken City Hall. Stop by now through May 22 to view the prints, drawings, paintings, collages, and ceramics created by our talented students!
During the winter/spring enrichment season, we offered Never Too Young: Personal Finance for Young Learners, a free program for All Saints students in Second and Third Grades. The financial literacy class instilled real-world understanding of personal finance and economics and introduced the students to basic economic concepts. The students learned about wants vs. needs, scarcity, consumers, products, resources, advertising, budgeting, and much more through interactive stories and games.
At the end of the program, the students hosted a Market Day and took on the role of entrepreneurs. They created a product to sell, developed a budget, received a “business license,” determined profit margins, and advertised. Market Day was open to parents of the participating students and their peers in the After School Program. Shoppers were given “econobucks” to purchase headbands, magnets, potted plants, cookies, among many other student-created items. All the products sold out within a half hour! The lesson continued after the shops closed down as the students had to determine how much money they made.
Empty Bowls is a wonderful tradition at All Saints and the entire school community is able to participate. Parent volunteers supported the event by shopping and setting up our cereal café, collecting toiletries, with their children, at local supermarkets, and sorting donations and delivering them to selected charities. Faculty and staff worked at the event, serving cereal and breakfast treats while our talented students performed for the audience.
Thanks to the generosity of our students, staff, parents, and members of the Hoboken community, Empty Bowls was a great success! We raised $2,400 and collected more than $4,000 worth of toiletries for the Hoboken Homeless Shelter, St. Matthew’s Lunchtime Ministry, and In Jesus Name Charities. Additionally, 22 people donated blood to help save lives.
The worlds of Dr. Seuss and Homer’s Odyssey collided at All Saints as students in Grades 1-8 delighted parents, fellow students, teachers, family, and friends with their performance of Seuss Odyssey. The talents of our Elementary and Middle School students sparkled brightly as the audience followed Odysseus’ harrowing (and hilarious) journey back home. Congratulations to all our actors!
The culmination of a yearlong study of farms and farm animals is Kindergarten Farm Day. Always a special day at All Saints, Kindergarten students take on the role of farmer and tour parents and students in the other grades around the real live farm that is brought to All Saints. This year, visitors got to see (& pet!) a goat, alpaca, chickens, rabbits, a piglet, and several others. Kindergartners were excited to share their extensive knowledge of the farm animals they researched throughout the year and the important role farms play in society.
Third Grade premiered "Hamlet: The Movie" to well-deserved praise and rave reviews by students, teachers, and families. Third Graders acted, directed, filmed and edited the movie. The students also utilized both their artistic and technological skills when creating the scenery, props, costumes, and special effects. The Bard Bash celebration continued throughout the day at the Renaissance Faire hosted by the Third Grade. Students in other grades delighted in a puppet performance of Shakespeare’s life; “fairy magic,” which used technology to create light-up wands; and a dancing troupe that taught the Maypole dance to guests. The film premiere and Bard Bash capped off Third Grade’s yearlong study of Shakespeare.
During the Week of the Young Child (April 24-28), All Saints celebrated the children in our Early Childhood program. Students in Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten enjoyed a music concert, watched a magic show, and visited with an author. A Day of Service was also a major component of the week. The students, with the help of their families, hosted a book drive and collected nearly 200 children’s books, which they donated to the Hoboken Hospital.
First Grade students did a wonderful job hosting the Waffle Inn, an annual tradition and First Grade milestone project. In preparation for the big day, students interviewed for various jobs such as cashier, chef, server, or bus person. On the day itself, the church was transformed into a festive, working restaurant, and parents, faculty, staff and students were treated to waffles with all the toppings, as well as service with a smile. This project ties into the First Grade financial literacy program, and raises funds (from tips) for the World Wildlife Fund.
Middle School students are hard at work getting ready to open the Annual Living History Museum, featuring characters from the Ancient world, the Medieval World, the founding of America and 20th Century America. Students dress up as a historical character of their choice, and create or give a speech about that person's life. Students in Grades 1-4 visit the Museum, and have the opportunity to interact with the various figures "on exhibit." Students are especially excited about a new feature in this year's museum - Grade 5 is featuring robotic props, such as a spinning pyramid.
This has been a great year for our basketball teams! This week's 5/6 team victory put these amazing athletes into the playoffs! Stay tuned for more details! Congratulations to our wonderful players, coaches and fans.
Students are gearing up for our annual Hat Show and Tea Party designed to raise awareness about and celebrate the beauty of animals on the endangered species list. Students in most grades participate in some way or another, with key features being the elaborate hats made by Fifth and Sixth Graders, which students model by walking down a runway through the center of the party. Other works of art on display include large-scale tapestries, ceramic tea pots, and appropriately themed table displays. This event is a wonderful example of how our curriculum is designed to connect with real-world problems.
Farmers delivered 24 fertilized eggs this morning, and brought in mom and dad to teach the students about the life cycle of the amazing chicken. For the next week, students will take over mom's job by turning the eggs four times a day and making sure that the temperature in the incubator is just right. Early next week we will likely have the thrill of watching the eggs hatch, and will then have the chance to care for the chicks and watch them grow over the next several days. By Friday of next week will be saying goodbye to our new friends before sending them back to be reunited with mom and dad at the farm!
Students in Pre-K were excited to open their Valentine's Day Post Office today. Students and families are invited to purchase beautiful student-designed stamps for 10 cents each and to send cards and letters to friends and family members at All Saints. Pre-K students are responsible for sorting and delivering all mail that comes through their Post Office to individuals in both buildings. Proceeds raised through the Post Office are donated to Companion Animal Placement in Hoboken.
Students, teachers and parents worked hard last Monday to keep Dr. Martin Luther King's dream alive by dedicating their time to a day of service. Now in its seventh year, this annual collaboration with Stevens Cooperative and the Mustard Seed School has provided a way for our community to give of its time and talent while being inspired by the late great Civil Rights leader.
Accomplishments were impressive! The group made 197 bagged lunches for St. Matthew’s Lunchtime Ministry, packaged 234 bars of soap for the Hoboken Homeless Shelter, collected more than 150 pairs of socks for our street-dwelling neighbors, organized the kitchen and prepared lunch for guests at the shelter, created 21 portraits for orphan children in the Ukraine, created 15 cards and 10 stationary sets for immigrant detainees through First Friends of NY and NJ, and learned and performed songs with musical accompaniment for the closing ceremony.
Students were excited to return to school today after a long break and to launch the 2017 Reading Olympics. Each year students challenge themselves to earn a gold, silver, or bronze medal by reading requisite amounts of times in a variety of genres. Many students pride themselves on having earned a medal for every year they have been in the school - with Eighth Graders having the potential to have earned 11! The schoolwide theme for this year's Reading Olympics is an all-time favorite - Dr. Seuss.
Each year All Saints conducts some kind of drive leading up to our Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. This year we are collecting socks for guests at the Hoboken Homeless Shelter. On their feet all day and without access to intact footwear, individuals who are homeless can go through a lot of socks. We all know how cold we feel when our feet are wet. Please do what you can to help make a difference in the lives of our neighbors. Socks can be dropped off at either building between now and January 16th.
For the 13th year in row, students donated shoes to the charity Soles4Souls. Soles4Souls' mission is to be "a not for profit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing." The 181 paris of shoes students donated will be distributed to children in this country and around the world who lack adequate footwear. Many thanks to our wonderful students and families for doing their part to help Soles4Souls achieve their vision of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030.
Many thanks to our Student Government Association for running a very successful Trick-or-Treat for Unicef campaign. A total of $2,653 was raised. A friendly competition was arranged between the classes, and Fifth Grade South was deemed the winner. The "prize" for winning the competition is the use of two free periods to be determined by students and teachers. Once again, the work of our students will go a long way to helping those in need around the world.
Students and parents ended the week with a special evening designed to have something for everyone - parents enjoy an evening out while students engage in a variety of activities at school. Eighth Graders host this special fundraiser as a way to raise money for their annual Student Exchange Program with Ecuador. "The October Parents' Night Out is my favorite because our Ecuadorian exchange students are here at this time and get to be a part of the fun," said Jill Singleton, Head of School. One of the things that makes the evening special is the multiage aspect to the event. Students from all grade levels enjoy interacting with one another. “One Eighth Grade student said he really enjoyed Parents' Night Out because he got to lead an activity for younger students and then hear them describe to their parents at pickup how much fun they had over the course of the evening,” said Noah Guzman, Dean of Students. Parents' Night Out is one of several different fundraisers connected with the Ecuadorian Exchange Program.
Eighth Grade students hosted a special curriculum-based Hunger Banquet for their Middle School classmates and Ecuadorian Exchange students this week. Based on the Oxfam Hunger Banquet but including a focus on local hunger as well as global food distribution issues, students are randomly assigned seats representing upper, middle and lower classes around the world. “While we often read statistics about world hunger, the All Saints Hunger Banquet gives students the opportunity to meaningfully visualize the realities of the unequal distribution of resources around the world," said Amanda Dillon, Upper School Division Head. "Students state that this is an incredibly powerful experience.” The Hunger Banquet is just one of the many ways in which All Saints makes learning come alive for students.
Students in Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten wore their Halloween costumes to school today and enjoyed marching in a parade around the St. Nicholas Center to the delight of their parents. This year's assortment of characters included law enforcement personnel, fire fighters, and a variety of superheroes in addition to butterflies, fairies, and princesses. There was even a cupcake and a gecko!
Middle School students presented the results of their month-long efforts to research the viability of a community recreation center in Hoboken to an enthusiastic audience of parents and community members at last week's Month of the Young Adolescent Leadership Summit. Students were especially thrilled that Human Resources Director Leo Pelligrini was in attendance, as Mr. Pelligrini was supportive of students last year in their push to have "Smoke Free Signs" placed in our city parks and common spaces. Following the Summit, Mayor Zimmer's office reached out to set up a time to meet with our students to learn more about their desire for what they are calling a "Tween-cade" for children ages 10-14.
The annual Month of the Young Adolescent Leadership Summit will take place at 8:30 AM on Thursday, October 27 in the Church. This year, students are presenting about the idea of a “Tween”cade, a dedicated hangout space in Hoboken for students between the ages of 10 and 15. The Middle School students are eager to share their research regarding the benefits of youth centers, the activities they would like to see, and the funding options that they have discovered.
The All Saints Student Government Association is off to a great start! Their first initiative this year is running a "Trick-or-Treat for Unicef" competition. The class that raises the most money (based on average per student) will earn two free periods to be used for in any way their class and teacher decide. Some choices include a Kapla building session, extra STEM time, and extended Physical Education class, to name a few.
Dedicated teachers who excel in their field make a world of difference -- not only in the classroom -- but in the surrounding community.
At All Saints Episcopal Day School in Hoboken, dedication and excellence are brought forth daily by Colleen Nguyen, whose outstanding work as a Fourth Grade teacher has earned her the honor of being named the New Jersey Nonpublic School Teacher of the Year for 2016.
"Colleen Nguyen is quite simply one of the most talented and inspiring teachers I have ever met," says Jill Singleton, head of school at All Saints. "Not only does her work benefit the children lucky enough to be in her class, but because Colleen's learning experiences extend beyond the walls of the classroom, all students in the community indirectly benefit from her gifts and passions."
The award, given annually by the New Jersey Council for American Private Education (NJ CAPE), was presented on Tuesday, Sept. 27, during a ceremony in Piscataway, N.J.
It is the second time in five years that an All Saints teacher has been given this high honor. Middle School teacher Libby Vino was named the New Jersey Nonpublic School Teacher of the Year in 2011.
When announcing this year's award, NJ CAPE highlighted various innovative projects implemented in Nguyen's classroom, including the Action Research Project, in which students identify an issue in Hoboken and spend a year researching solutions to the problem. At the end of the year, students present their findings to the City Council.
"In an ever-changing world where businesses require innovative thinkers, I believe in the importance of fostering creativity in children and teaching them how to collaborate to solve real world problems," says Nguyen, who has been teaching at All Saints since 2010.
A visitor to Nguyen's classroom may find the teacher sitting in a circle with her Fourth Graders in a community meeting, or walking around while the students are engaged in various hands-on activities.
"My philosophy of education is that in order to foster authentic learning, students must be provided with environments rich with opportunities to explore, build, and create," Nguyen explains. "And when they are given these opportunities, great leaps in learning are possible."
In addition to teaching Fourth Grade at All Saints, Nguyen also leads the Saints 4-Service Club, an after-school program that promotes positive change locally and globally. Some of the club's projects include collecting materials for the Hoboken Homeless Shelter and sponsoring food drives.
“This was a particularly competitive year for this award, as the nominees for Nonpublic Teacher of the Year were extremely strong," says Carole Everett, executive director of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. "Colleen Nguyen distinguished herself among this extraordinary group of educators with her dedication to teaching, her students, and to All Saints Episcopal Day School.”
Nguyen has spent eight years in education, teaching in a variety of school settings. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon in Eugene with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and is certified through the Alternate Route Program at Jersey City University.
Fourth Graders treated parents, teachers and schoolmates to their very own student-created NJ Boardwalk this week. This impressive project is a culminating activity to their year-long study of New Jersey. Using only recycled materials, students were challenged with creating arcade games that served the dual purpose of entertainment and education about our state's rich and storied history.
The All Saints community raised over $5000 in relief donations for victims of last month’s earthquake in Ecuador. This week, our 8th Grade students purchased and distributed over $3000 worth of diapers, wipes, pots and pans, dishes, miscellaneous kitchen items, towels, and other items for families who lost everything. The students also wrote messages of hope and love on each of the items. The remaining money will be donated to a small organization that works directly with the indigenous communities in the affected area.
Last week, Fourth Graders from All Saints Day School presented their Action Research project to Hoboken City Council. This year the class conducted research on composting and recommended that Hoboken provide a curbside composting service to all residents. Hoboken City Council was very receptive to their ideas, and the All Saints community is excited to see how we can help moving forward.
This week Seventh Grade students enjoyed a visit from the Director of Admissions Outreach of Brooklyn Friends School. Other upcoming visits include Montclair-Kimberley Academy and Elisbaeth Irwin High School/LREI. These visits are one small part of our comprehensive High School Placement Program, which includes one-on-one support for each family.
Please sign up to donate blood to children in need on Saturday, April 23. Register HERE. Come give blood, then have breakfast next door in the all-you-can-eat Empty Bowls Cereal Café and enjoy student, family and faculty entertainment! All monies raised at Empty Bowls are donated to hunger relief organizations in Hoboken.
During a special ceremony this week, 24 students were inducted to the National Junior Art Honor Society. Requirements for membership in this community-minded school organization include participation in all NJAHS meetings and activities and maintaining an A- or better in Art. Each student took the following oath to formalize their induction: “I will in my life, to the best of my ability, through my talents in art, help to create a more beautiful world for myself, for humankind, and for all of the living things.” Congratulations to each of these wonderful student artists!
We are so proud of our graduating Eighth Grade class for their management of the high school application process and for their success with gaining admission into some of the finest schools in the area: Calhoun School, Dwight-Englewood School, Friends Seminary, Grace Church School, High Tech High School, Hudson Catholic High School, The Hudson School, Kent Place School, Léman Manhattan Preparatory School, Loyola School, The Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI), Marist High School, McNair Academic High School, Montclair Kimberley Academy, Morristown-Beard School, Notre Dame School, Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, St. Dominic Academy, St. Peter’s Preparatory School, St. Vincent Ferrer High School. Way to go, Eighth Graders!
When volunteers from Thomson-Reuters came to read to our students last month, they were so taken with the Pre-K Valentine Post Office fundraiser to raise money for Companion Animal Placement, that they decided to hold a bake sale in their office to contribute to their cause. Representatives of Thomson-Reuters visited Pre-K students yesterday to deliver a check for $1,000, and the students proudly delivered that money to Companion Animal Placement this morning. We are so grateful to Thomson-Reuters for our community partnership!
Congratulations to our wonderful First Grade classes for hosting a successful Waffle Inn yesterday. After interviewing and training for the jobs of server, cashier, and greeter, students transformed the church into a Waffle Inn restaurant for school friends, family and community members to enjoy. Students earned $225 in tips to be donated to the World Wildlife Federation. Great work, First Grade!
Thanks to the generosity of our parents and community friends, we raised $180,000 at our Annual Spring Auction held at the W Hotel last week. Monies raised will help enhance our current and future STEM programming. "Our Auction just keeps getting better every year," said Jill Singleton, Head of School. "I am so excited to see what kind of technology our students will master next!"
While many schools take MLK Day as a day off, All Saints partners with two area schools to engage students in an optional day of service. For the sixth year in a row, All Saints, Stevens and the Mustard Seed School will join forces to put students to work around the city. Project include cooking at the Hoboken Homeless Shelter, making sandwiches for the St. Matthew's Lunchtime Ministry, and preparing individual soap packets for those who shower at the shelter, to name a few. The day will culminate in a celebration that brings the three schools together to celebrate their achievements and to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King.
Seventh and Eighth Grade classes visited the Center for Architecture in New York City where they worked in small groups as urban planners to create a city in which they would want to live. To build the cities, they had to think about the types of facilities needed for their target group. During this process they faced challenges such as size limitations, construction process, and community needs. Throughout they focused on teamwork, communication, cooperation, and problem solving.
Each year students at All Saints learn to think beyond themselves as they prepare for the schoolwide Angel Box service initiative. Angel boxes are prepared by the entire student community and are given to guests at our local homeless shelter to brighten their Holiday week. Boxes include such treats as hats, scarves, gloves, handwarmers, socks and other items.
Beginning Saturday, December 5, from 9:00-11:00am, residents may bring organic scraps to our 707 Washington Street location to be composted with the Community Compost Company. There is no charge for this service. Thank you for doing your part to care for our earth.
Did you know the lack of intact footwear is a problem around the globe resulting in diseases that can even lead to death? Our school once again did an amazing job contributing shoes for children in need. This year we collected over 250 pairs of shoes! Thank you to the Magliato family for their financial donation to cover the cost of shipping the shoes. We also thank Angie Banziger, Michelle Solomon, Jennifer Poland, Amber Nugent, Andrea Feinstein, Dory Kurowski and Kelly Vassilakas for their help sorting and packaging the shoes. For more information about Soles4Souls: https://soles4souls.org/
Do you have gently used shoes your child has outgrown? Please bring them to either location as we kick off our annual Soles4Souls collection drive. The drive will continue through Wednesday, November 25. For more information about how Soles4Souls is "Changing the World, One Pair at a Time," visit their website.
Students have been engaged in a variety of exciting arts projects and events over the past few weeks. First Grade students have finished wood assemblage artworks inspired by Louise Nevelson, whose work can be found at the Newark museum, Storm King Art Center and more! Seventh Grade students prepare for their tapestry project by visiting the famed, mysterious unicorn tapestries at the Cloisters. Kindergarten students will see a limited time exhibit of children's book author and illustrator Eric Carle at the Montclair art museum and then create work inspired by him in the museum studio. The National Junior Art Honor Society students created "Live Art" for the Annual Youth Rocks Out for Ecuador talent show this past weekend. Finally, students in Art Club are busily preparing for puppets for this year's winter musical production of the "Lion King."
Middle School students at All Saints Episcopal Day School celebrated the Month of the Young Adolescent throughout the month of October. The celebration culminated in a "Leadership Summit" this week in which students thanked community leaders for being positive role models, spoke out about the pollution problem of cigarette-related pollution, and presented public service announcements to raise awareness about this hazard. Students are already hard at work identifying ways they can follow up with the City of Hoboken to keep this effort moving. We were especially pleased that Leo Pelligrini, Director of Environmental Services, attended the event and offered his support of the effort.
Over the past two weeks, students at all grade levels have been exploring our spirituality theme of Abundance & Gratitude. This week our affirmation is "I have what I need." Students are reflecting on the differences between needs and wants, and are engaging in a wide variety of related activities. Second Grade North will be sharing a book called "The Gift of Nothing" by Patrick McDonnell at our weekly spirituality gathering. The book explores the idea that in our consumer-driven society, sometimes the best gift is the gift of "nothing" - the simple act of spending time with someone you love. Eighth Graders will be hosting an Oxfam Hunger Banquet next week for our Ecuadorian Exchange students and the Seventh Grade class. This "banquet with a purpose" is designed to teach participants about the unequal distribution of the world's resources.
This week Second Grade students from All Saints Day School got outside on a trip to the Franklin Mineral Museum in Sterling, New Jersey. Students took a tour of the museum (including a mine replica, local mineral collection, fossil collection, and world mineral collection), and had the opportunity to collect their own rocks. To end the trip, students were able to see the minerals Franklinite, Willamite, and Calcite glow under rocks lamps!
This year's All Saints Summer Camp will take place during the weeks of June 20th and June 27th, with options for students in Grades N-8. This year's All Saints Dance Camp will take place during the weeks of July 25th (full day camp for students entering grades 1-8 in the fall of 2016), August 1st (full day camp for students entering grades 1-8 in the fall of 2016) and August 8th (half-day camp for students entering Grades Pre-K and K in the fall of 2016).
This year, our Month of The Young Adolescent (MOTYA) theme is the effects of cigarette butts on our community. The Middle School Students invite you to join us for presentations and artwork related to this theme on Thursday, October 29th, at 8:30 A.M in the All Saints Trinity Church at 701 Washington Street in Hoboken. To get a better understanding of this issue in our community, Grade 8 students are asking you to please fill out this brief SURVEY. Thank you in advance.
This year's Youth Rocks Out for Ecuador fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday, November 1st. The event will take place in the All Saints Church from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. This event, which features student talents of all kinds, raises funds for our Eighth Grade Student Exchange Program with our partner school, Colegio Menor in Quito, Ecuador.
On Thursday, October 1 the Fifth Grade partipcated in the Amusement Park Challenge Workshop presented by Innovators Inc. to introduce the concepts of invention, innovation, ideation, engineering, teamwork, time and budget constraints. Students worked in teams of three or four to complete the challenge of designing, building and demonstrating a fantastic, new amusement or game. Each student used recyclable materials to bring their amusement part ride to life. In addition they also used a variety of electronics, including batteries, motors, buzzers, and LED lights.
Liberty Science Center visited Second Grade last week for a special workshop about rocks. Students learned about sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rock, and then conducted an experiment to see how sedimentary rock fizzles when it comes in contact with an acid (in this case, lemon juice). Students also got to make their own sedimentary rocks to take home.
Students and teachers alike are super excited about being the first school in Hoboken to engage in a schoolwide composting program. For the past several years, many of our classrooms have had worm bins for "vermicomposting," but the organic waste produced in our school is more than our worms can process. We are thrilled to be partnering with the Community Compost Company for our new schoolwide program and are inviting families to join us in this effort by signing up for residential composting. For information on registering, visit https://www.communitycompostco.com/
This year, our MOTYA theme, or Month of The Young Adolescent, is the effects of cigarette butts on our community. The Middle School Students invite you to join us for presentations and artwork related to this theme on Thursday, October 29th, at 8:30 A.M in the All Saints Trinity Church at 701 Washington Street in Hoboken. To get a better understanding of this issue in our community, Grade 8 students are asking you to please fill out this brief SURVEY. Thank you in advance.
Students began volunteering their time during Snack and Break this week to help make sandwiches for the patrons of St. Matthew’s Lunchtime Ministry. This week students made and delivered 65 bagged lunches, which includes a sandwich, chips and a piecw of fruit. Thank you to the students who volunteered their time and to Bovo family for donating the materials for us to make the lunches. If there are any questions about Sandwich Squad please contact Ms.Carapellotti and Ms. Crespo.
Our annual Reading Olympics campaign is underway. Are you on track to go for the gold? Please remember to have your child(ren) return their reading logs each Monday to their classroom/homeroom teacher. Students and teachers are enjoying their time reading The Swiss Family Robinson together.
We invite you to celebrate our Spring Auction on Thursday, March 12 at the W Hotel. Unlike in previous years, we will not be collecting donations from parents to purchase class gifts for auction items. However, if you have an exciting opportunity that you would be willing to donate for our Spring Auction, let us know. Vacation homes, professional sports tickets and one-of-a-kind experiences are always a big hit! Participation is voluntary. Please contact Erin Moran at email@example.com with questions or to make your donation.