Head of School Blog

List of 203 news stories.

  • Let’s Be All In for All Saints

    Guest Blog: Catherine Kelly, Annual Fund Co-Chair | Volume: 7 Issue: 15 | June 5, 2018
    It seems like just moments ago, our children started the 2017-2018 school year.  And now, here we are, already well into the first week of June, which is surely a crazy and exciting month for everyone.  While the last day of school is only a week away, I’d like to remind our All Saints families that The Fund for All Saints campaign does continue through the end of the month.  For those of you who have already made a gift to our amazing school - Thank You!  And if you haven’t had the opportunity to contribute, please strongly consider joining this important effort prior to June 30th.

    Please know that every gift counts. Regardless of size, each donation brings us that much closer to the ultimate goal of 100% parent participation.  Every donation truly matters. If the teachers and staff of All Saints can achieve a participation rate of 100%, then we, as parents, should certainly step up and do the same!

    Gifts to The Fund for All Saints can be made online or by check.
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  • CALLING ALL GOLFERS!

    Guest Blog: Paul O’Dell, All Saints Golf Committee Chair | Volume: 7 Issue: 14 | May 16, 2018
    Please join us for the 8th annual Swing Fore the Schools on Thursday, June 7th at Crystal Springs Resort.  The golf outing, Hudson County’s biggest, brings together the larger Hoboken community in the support of our children.  The proceeds All Saints receives from the event benefit the school’s scholarship program.

    Enjoy an exciting day at a top-tier golf resort with friends, coworkers, customers or family.

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  • Students Organize Walkout for Columbine Anniversary

    Guest Blog: Sophie, Oona, and Gretchen, Seventh Grade| Volume: 7 Issue: 13 | April 25, 2018

    Note: I was so proud to participate in this student-run event. Seventh Grade students Oona, Gretchen and Sophie did a wonderful job organizing a meaningful morning for our Middle School. I was moved by the experience of walking in silence alongside such skilled and compassionate student leaders. I hope you enjoy their story and some pictures of the day. - Jill Singleton

    On April 20 at 11:30am we had a school walkout to honor the victims of the Columbine Shooting. We did this because we thought we should raise awareness about the problem of gun violence in schools. We believe that this is something that people should not have to think about and we need to make this known. We heard about all of these walkouts that were happening throughout America, and we then said that we should have a walkout.



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  • A Night on the Town While Supporting Our School

    Guest Blog: Becca Prasad, Spring Auction Chair | Volume: 7 Issue: 12 | April 18, 2018

    I am looking forward to seeing you on April 26 at our sold out(!) Spring Auction. The Auction Committee has worked hard to create an exciting and fun evening with our All Saints community…
     
    *We are in a new location this year, with great views of NYC and delicious food from Antique Bar & Bakery
    *Live guitar music by James Calleo
    *After Party DJ JP Lespinasse (an All Saints parent)!
    *Artist Ricardo Roig on hand selling his work with a portion of proceeds benefitting All Saints
    *Amazing new auction items: racing an America’s Cup, spa weekend in Greenwich, personal chef experience, socials, and so many more!
     
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  • Stewardship, Service and School Supplies

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 7 Issue: 11 | April 11, 2018
    This week we entered into our Spirituality theme of Stewardship and Service, which we continue through early May. During this time we are challenged to think about how our spiritual identities compel us to use our gifts and talents in service to others and the world. Events at school that highlight this theme include a variety of Earth-related projects and activities, as well as a school supply drive to benefit children at Amigo Guia, an afterschool program for underprivileged children in Sangolqui, Ecaudor that our Eighth Graders will visit as part of their student exchange program.
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  • The International Baccalaureate (IB) Community Project: Challenging Students to Make a Difference

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 7 Issue: 10 | March 7, 2018
    Spirituality lies at the heart of the All Saints mission statement, which includes the development of “a sense of spirituality through social action and service.” Our philosophy statement mentions a number of related beliefs about what children need to develop fully into people who will make the world a better place. We believe:
    • Children need opportunities to grow intellectually, artistically, emotionally, physically and spiritually
    • Cooperation and teamwork are key elements for personal development
    • Children can make a difference by giving of themselves to others
    • Self-awareness is essential to understanding our connections to our neighbors and our world
    • Education should instill an appreciation of and responsibility for the earth and all living things
    • Children are best served when families and schools work in partnership with one another
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  • Joining Heads in Speaking Out Against Gun Violence

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 7 Issue: 9 | Feb. 28, 2018
    This morning I added my name to a letter endorsed by a growing list of Heads of School in the Metropolitan area who are speaking out against gun violence. With so many Heads of School joining together around a single issue to have our voices heard, this historic letter implores our national leaders to exercise their power to enact laws and reforms that will address the rampant gun violence in our country.
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  • Becoming an IB School: How long will it take?

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 7 Issue: 8 | Feb. 14, 2018
    More than 30 parents gathered this week for a discussion about our school’s application to become an IB Middle Years Programme School, the first in a series of Coffee Chats we will be hosting over the course of the year. Two of the most burning questions were 1) How long will the process take, and 2) What will change for my child?
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  • Why We Are Becoming an IB Middle Years Programme School

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 7 Issue: 7 | Feb. 7, 2018
    At All Saints, we believe the aim of education is to change the world. We want our students to be able to make a positive difference – not at some point in the future, but now. Even students as young as three  years old can be empowered to make a difference, and can experience  the powerful connection between what we’re learning, and why we’re learning it.
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  • IB Programme: A Global Context for Teaching and Learning

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 7 Issue: 6 | Jan. 31, 2018
    There are many reasons All Saints is applying to become a recognized International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme school. I will be sharing some of these reasons in a series of blogs over the next few months.

    One of the most telling and compelling aspects of the IB Programme is its Learner Profile, which I shared at our Annual Forum a few weeks ago. IB Learners are inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective.
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  • All In for All Saints

    Guest Blog: Cassy Sommer| Volume: 7 Issue: 5 | Jan. 3, 2018
    Let’s come together and do something remarkable.

    We know that daily life at All Saints Episcopal Day School consists of inspirational lessons, talented teachers, exceptional resources.

    But what some of us may not know is how vital The Fund for All Saints is to this meaningful daily academic life.  

    Gifts to the Annual Fund are necessary because tuition does not cover all of the options and support our children are currently receiving. The importance of this campaign cannot be overstated.
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  • Sharing Our Awe & Wonder

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 7 Issue: 4 | Dec. 13, 2017
    This year's Awe & Wonder season provided many opportunites for students and teachers to reflect on ways in which we are all a part of a wonder-filled world. From everyday sights and occurences, to extraordinary, awe-inspiring curiosities, each day provided fodder for our reverence and imaginations. Check out some sample student work below and get prepared to make room for your childhood sense of wonder to break through.
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  • The Power of Community – Join Us!

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 7 Issue: 3 | Nov. 29, 2017
    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: cwachtler@allsaintsdayschool.org
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  • Kicking off Our Spirituality Program with Mitakuye Oyasin: We are all related.

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 7 Issue: 2 | September 20, 2017
    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.
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  • A Vibrant Start to a New Year!

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 7 Issue: 1 | September 13, 2017
    The crisp fall air served as a fitting context for our joyful return to school. After a lovely, relaxing summer, it was wonderful to see so many happy faces return, and to welcome our new families. The revival of our Back-to-School BBQ was a big hit and earned rave reviews from students and families alike.

    One of the things I enjoy most about working in schools is the feeling of a clean slate in September – a sort of empty canvas on which the year’s “masterpiece” can unfold. And this year’s Arts Initiative, funded with proceeds raised at last year’s Spring Auction, is sure to yield quite a canvas!  Ms. Therres and others have done a wonderful job setting the stage for a rich year of learning and exploration. Our Summer Teacher Retreat got the creative juices flowing, and teachers are eager to experiment with ways in which the arts can enhance and enrich classroom learning.
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  • Eighth Graders Receive High School Acceptances

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 6 Issue: 20 | June 14, 2017
    Students and families approached the high school placement process with grace and great care, and the results are impressive. One student received a full merit based scholarship (St. Peter’s Prep), and four of our sixteen graduates will be the first All Saints alumni attending their respective high schools - three of which are boarding schools (EF Academy, The Pennington School, and West Nottingham Academy).

    Below is the full list of schools to which this year’s class was accepted (those indicated with an * denote a school that a graduate will attend next year):

    The Dublin School
    The Dwight School (NYC)
    Dwight-Englewood*
    EF Academy*
    Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI)*
    Grace Church High School*
    High Tech High School*
    The Hudson School
    Léman Manhattan Preparatory School*
    Oratory Preparatory School
    The Pennington School*
    St. Benedict’s Preparatory School*
    St. Peter’s Preparatory School*
    Seton Hall Preparatory School*
    West Nottingham Academy*
    Xavier High School*
    York Preparatory School
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  • Guest Blog: Calling All Golfers!

    Paul O’Dell | Volume: 6 Issue: 19 | May 24, 2017
    Please join us for the 7th annual Swing Fore the Schools on Thursday, June 8th at Crystal Springs Resort.  The golf outing, Hudson County’s biggest, brings together the larger Hoboken community in the support of our children.  The proceeds All Saints receives from the event benefit the school’s scholarship program.


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  • Our Arts Initiative - Full STEAM Ahead!

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 6 Issue: 18 | April 12, 2017
    “Oh I wish the wind was blowing,” remarked a young boy no more than seven as he walked by our new student-created kinetic sculptures on the fence at 707 Washington Street. And with that he made his best attempt at getting the 3’x3’ sculptures made out of plastic bottles, bottle caps, aluminum cans and other recycled materials to move by the power of his own supply of personal “wind.”

    When the sculptures were hung on Friday, the wind was in full force and all of the art pieces were dancing and moving in accordance with the design-thinking of the Sixth Grade students who created them under the guidance of Artist in Residence Ben Pranger.  This 11-week STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) workshop used nature as inspiration for the beautiful works of art that were created.
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  • Guest Blog: JOIN US FOR A NIGHT ON THE TOWN TO SUPPORT ALL SAINTS

    Mary Anne Sullivan & Kelly Vassilakas, Spring Auction Co-Chairs | Volume: 6 Issue: 17 | March 22, 2017
    Call your babysitters and buy your Spring Auction tickets today!  We look forward to celebrating All Saints with you on Thursday, April 6 at the W Hoboken.

    The Spring Auction is an entertaining night on the town; a chance to mingle with fellow parents, enjoy good food and drinks, and have a blast bidding against each other in both the silent and live auctions.
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  • Reflections on the All Saints Parent Community

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 6 Issue: 16 | March 8, 2017
    I had the pleasure of attending our Meet and Greet for newly-admitted families, and I was overwhelmed by a profound sense of appreciation for the wonderful people who make up our parent community. All Saints parents are a cut above the ordinary. They are caring, intentional, and thoughtful about their parenting. They are willing and gracious partners with our teachers. They are generous and support the school’s overall programming so that we can continue to develop and enrich our innovative and ambitious curriculum. They are concerned citizens who care about the well-being of all people around the world.

    Over the past several months, as politics have heated up on both sides of the aisle, I have been so impressed with how respectful and tolerant our school community has been. I have heard some horror stories of children and adults behaving badly at other schools – pitting themselves against each other and negatively polarizing the community. I cannot tell you how proud and touched I am that we have experienced no such issues here.  Someone suggested that the peace and tolerance we have enjoyed must be a reflection of the homogeneity of our school population. But I don’t believe that to be the case. I believe, rather, that our families embrace diversity and allow for a multiplicity of opinions.  They are open and willing to listen to one another, celebrating their shared values and respecting their differences.
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  • When Students Become Teachers

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 6 Issue: 16 | Feb. 15, 2017
    Before we send our Eighth Grade students off to their new lives in their respective high schools, it is important to us that we “test our success” in achieving our mission by having our students reflect on the ways in which the tenets of the school’s mission statement have been integrated into their lives.

    One way we gauge success in nurturing a “sincere love of learning,” is through our student teaching internship program, which takes place in the spring.  Students apply to teach in a given grade, and are interviewed for rightness of fit. Once assigned, each Eighth Grader spends four days living the life of a teacher in Nursery-Grade 4, Art, Physical Education, or Technology classes.  On their fifth visit, they work with their cooperating teacher to design and teach a relevant lesson.  Students are super excited to begin these internships this Friday, as they celebrate the Read-a-Thon with the younger members of our school community.

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  • What’s for Lunch?

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 6 Issue: 15 | Feb. 1, 2017
    In addition to his many achievements, Orson Welles is credited with this quote: “Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what's for lunch.”

    Each year when students run for election to serve in our Student Government Association, you can be sure that the topic of lunch is going to be raised.  I think we all agree – parents, students, teachers and staff alike – that we have yet to find an ideal lunch option. I think we all fantasize about the possibility of having our very own in-house hot lunch program. It’s not hard for me to imagine…11:45 and the smell of home-cooked food wafting up from the kitchen. Ahh…a girl can dream, can’t she?

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  • NJ Nonpublic School Teacher of the Year Speaks at First Annual All Saints Forum

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 6 Issue: 14 | Jan. 25, 2017
    Last week we held our First Annual All Saints Forum – an opportunity for the whole community to hear directly from the Board of Trustees and Head of School about the current and future direction of the school. A sizeable crowd of parents and teachers gathered to ask questions and share ideas about the school community we all love. The evening was capped off with an inspirational speech by our very own Ms. Colleen Nguyen, NJ Nonpublic School Teacher of the Year 2016. Her remarks follow.

    I am so honored to be the recipient of the NJ Non-Public School Teacher of the Year Award for 2016. I am so thankful to all of the amazing and dedicated people I work with and especially thankful for Ms. Jill Singleton, our Head of School. She believed in me six years ago and has given me so many opportunities to grow as a teacher at All Saints Episcopal Day School. This award has served as a reminder, on not only why I love teaching, but why I love teaching at All Saints Episcopal Day School.

    I feel fortunate to work at All Saints Episcopal Day School, a non-public, independent school where kindness, compassion, and social responsibility are just as important as academic excellence. I work in a school were the message that we instill in our community is that we are all related. Robert Frost once said, “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” Isn’t this so true? When I teach, I hope to inspire our students to dream, to wonder, and to grow. Through annual initiatives that support our school mission, I am continually inspired to help our students meet their full potential as well. I see in our student body future world leaders, teachers, athletes, dancers, doctors, mathematicians, and scientists. If we can all foster kindness and compassion in our next generation, what a bright future awaits us!
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  • New Year, New Tweet!

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 6 Issue: 13 | Jan. 4, 2017
    As I walk through the halls of our wonderful school, whether with a guest or by myself, I often find myself thinking, “I wish parents could see this!” The idea of Twitter came up as a possible tool for providing a meaningful bridge into the many wonder-filled things that happen here each and every day. I’m inviting parents to follow me, @jsingletonASEDS.

    Some of the things I hope to share include announcements about our schoolwide events and initiatives such as Reading Olympics or our MLK Day of service; insightful thoughts and ideas shared by our students; pictures of students at work; or a beautiful piece of student artwork. My goal is to share a couple of short, spontaneous Tweets a couple of times each week.
    Follow me today, and feel the magic of All Saints!

    Comments? Thoughts? Ideas? I’d love to hear them! Email me: jsingleton@allsaintsdayschool.org
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  • The Parent-Teacher Conference Dance

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 6 Issue: 12 | Dec. 7, 2016
    Parent-Teacher conferences are a special dance unto themselves. Successful conferences come about as a result of intentional choreography, sufficient preparation, and the ability to express oneself freely and gracefully.

    In an effort to support positive and effective conferences in the coming weeks, I asked teachers for advice to share with parents. “Be open and honest about what you have read,” offered Second Grade Teacher Ronnie Loving. “Remember that the teacher likes your child and is painting a picture about what they see at school in order to help everyone be on the same page.”
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  • A Teacher Shares Her Sense of Wonder

    Guest Blog: Carrie Wachtler | Volume: 6 Issue: 11 | Nov. 30, 2016
    As we begin our new spirituality season of Awe and Wonder, I was really taken with the story that Ms. Wachtler shared in our Spirituality Assembly, and asked her permission to share it with you here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! – Jill Singleton

    When I was asked to write a story for our new theme awe and wonder, I asked my students what are some things that you wonder about? Some responses were How does Santa fit through the chimney? Why is the sky blue? How was water made? When I go to college, will I go during the nighttime?

    These responses made me think back to when I was in First Grade. What were the things that I used to wonder about? I remember also wondering, “How does Santa and the Easter Bunny get into my house to leave presents without waking anyone up?” I remember also wondering about my future. “What will I be when I grow up? Will I go to college? Will I be famous?” But the one thing that I wondered about the most was will I be able to play soccer when I get older.


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  • Giving Thanks

    Head of School: Jill Singleton | Volume: 6 Issue: 10 | Nov. 23, 2016
    This year as Thanksgiving rolls around, I am grateful for so many things, but most importantly, for the holiday itself. Having lived through a very difficult election season – no matter one’s political affiliation – we owe a debt of gratitude to President Lincoln for exercising a prophetic voice and proclaiming Thanksgiving Day a national holiday in 1863 – right in the midst of the Civil War. I can’t imagine how challenging it was to bring people together during such a difficult and painful time.

    Thanksgiving reminds us to pause and take stock of our many blessings – especially the things that we take for granted or for which we have come to feel entitled. This year I am especially grateful to spend the holiday with my mother’s only sister, my Aunt Ruggy. Although Ruggy is battling small cell lung cancer, she is an inspiration to all of us. “I feel like the lucky one,” she said, “Because I know how precious each and every day really is.”
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  • Investing In Our Community

    Guest Blog: Catherine Kelly & Lisa Wheeler | Volume: 6 Issue: 9 | Nov. 16, 2016
    We are absolutely thrilled to be your Co-Chairs for The Fund for All Saints. Our mission is to educate the All Saints community about the importance of this effort and we aspire to get *everyone* involved this year. Previously our parent participation rate hovered around 70%, which is good...but we are confident we are better than that. We can be 100%.

    To that end, we wanted to share some of the reasons why we support The Fund for All Saints and also answer some questions that often come up about the Annual Fund.
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  • Take Advantage of a “Parents’ Night Out” this Friday!

    Head of School: Jill Singleton | Volume: 6 Issue: 8 | November 2, 2016

    Parents won’t want to miss the chance to take advantage of this year’s first Parents’ Night Out taking place this Friday, November 4th, at 707 Washington Street.  This popular All Saints tradition features Eighth Graders (with help from teachers and staff) as “event hosts” who will be serving dinner and running a variety of indoor games and activities before a special viewing of… Robots – a story about a small town robot who heads to the big city where he learns that anyone can shine, no matter what they’re made of.

    "What a wonderful excuse to catch up with some school families for a drink, enjoy a date night or have a massage,” said Jill Preston, who has supported Parents’ Night Out for a number of years. “One of my friends once sent her children so she had a few quiet hours at home to clean out their closets! Whatever your plans, it's even more fun knowing the kids are having a special night with their friends and that you are benefitting a great cause." Jill has children in Grades 1, 4 and 7.

    Also, for parents of students at the St. Nicholas Center, Parents’ Night Out is a great way for their children to spend time with older students at 707 Washington Street - “the Big School.”
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  • Teaching Children to Be Grateful and Generous in Our Material World

    Head of School: Jill Singleton | Volume: 6 Issue: 7 | October 19, 2016
    As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, students and teachers at All Saints are enjoying time reflecting on our Spirituality theme of Abundance and Gratitude. In assembly this week we explored the difference between needs vs. wants. Every time we do this do this exercise, I am amazed at how short the list of actual needs is – four things to be precise:  1) a roof over our heads; 2) enough food and water to maintain our health; 3) basic health care and hygiene products; and 4) clothing (just what we need to remain comfortable and appropriately dressed).

    We also talked about the fact that we live in a country where even a person struggling with homelessness has access to three meals per day, thanks to local soup kitchens and other community services. And most of us have a lot more – so much more; most of us enjoy true abundance.

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  • Cultivating a Sense of Honor in Children

    Head of School: Jill Singleton | Volume: 6 Issue: 6 | October 12, 2016
    At our Spirituality Assembly a couple of weeks ago, the students were presented with the following “What Would You Do?” – an exercise designed to support the development of sound personal ethics and moral decision making: “Brandon was in third grade when he was caught cheating on his Math quiz. He had been doing poorly in Math and his parents had threatened that if he didn’t raise his grades they wouldn’t let him play on the baseball team. So he cheated. When the teacher asked him about it, he denied it at first, but later that night he couldn’t fall asleep. He felt like maybe he should tell his teacher the truth, but then again, he really wanted to play baseball.  What Would You Do?”

    I was impressed with the wisdom in the answers from the students in the Elementary Division. Several students offered that they would tell their teacher, and explain that the math is really hard for them, and that they should explain to their parents and teachers that they need extra help. One Third Grader said something that I found so refreshing I have found myself reflecting back on it many times since: “I would tell my teacher that I had cheated,” the child explained.  “And then I would accept the consequences.” The answer impressed me for several reasons, but what I find myself thinking about most is this child’s desire to be honorable, to do the right thing – to accept the consequences for her actions and to learn from them - and how this desire gets innocently thwarted by parents and teachers who “rush to rescue” a child from facing the consequences of their actions.

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  • Raising Compassionate & Effective Leaders: Student Government Association

    Head of School: Jill Singleton | Volume: 6 Issue: 5 | October 5, 2016
    One of the things I am most excited about this year is serving as the faculty leader for the Student Government Association (SGA). At All Saints, the mission of the SGA is, “To provide leadership and to improve the quality of life for all members of the ASEDS community through the design and implementation of student-driven changes and activities.”

    At All Saints, we seek to nurture leaders who lead with their heads and their hearts, who approach change with a positive attitude and a sense of optimism, and who seek to include a diversity of thoughts and perspectives as they engage in productive problem solving. Further, one of the most significant lessons members of the SGA learn is the importance of listening; as elected representatives for their community, SGA officers have a responsibility to listen to the assortment of ideas and opinions held by the people who voted them into office. Finally, members of the SGA are expected to lead by example, and to serve as role models for the rest of the student body – being respectful at all times, and treating every member of our community with the dignity that they deserve. As Albert Schweitzer said, "Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing."
     
    Elections for the SGA were held today. I am pleased to share the results of that election, and excerpts from student speeches, below.
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  • Honoring Colleen Nguyen – NJ Teacher of the Year 2016

    Head of School: Jill Singleton | Volume: 6 Issue: 4 | September 28, 2016
    As Ms. Nguyen delivered her acceptance speech at a luncheon honoring her for being selected as NJ Nonpublic School Teacher of the Year, I was moved by her words of dedication, optimism and joy. Sitting next to Libby Vino, the 2011 Teacher of the Year, I was overwhelmed by feelings of gratitude for the professional community at All Saints. Our teachers bring their best selves to the table each and every day, and our students work hard and shine as a result. In truth, my emotions were colored with a touch of sadness as well, as I thought about the vast majority of children around the world who do not have access to high quality teachers and education.  I can’t help but wonder what our world would be like if an All Saints education was the norm all over the globe.

    Please enjoy some excerpts from Ms. Nguyen’s speech, below:

    I feel fortunate to work at All Saints Episcopal Day School, a non-public, independent school where kindness, compassion, and social responsibility are just as important as academic excellence.  I work in a school where the message we instill in our community is that we are all related.  If we can foster kindness and compassion in our next generation of world leaders and future diplomats, what a bright future awaits us!  

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  • The Parents Who Make Our School Run

    Head of School: Jill Singleton | Volume: 6 Issue: 3 | September 21, 2016
    The admissions season officially kicked off this week with a group of 15 parents who visited Spirituality assembly, heard from students and from me, and toured both buildings with our wonderful team of parent ambassadors. As I watched the tour move from classroom to classroom, I was struck by the many important and meaningful ways our parents are involved in the life of our school.

    One of my favorite parent gatherings occurs at the conclusion of Back-to-School Night each year. Parents go to the Movement Space at SNC or to the gym at 707 and circle the room, signing their names to various sheets of chart paper indicating their desire to help, to sponsor, or to give. And what’s even more wonderful is that these are opportunities that go above and beyond involvement in their children’s classroom, such as serving as a guest reader, being a trip chaperone, or making playdough for the class; this level of involvement is one that represents personal investment in the school as a whole.
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  • “Chat and Nibble” as a Tool for Supporting Students

    Head of School: Jill Singleton | Volume: 6 Issue: 2 | September 14, 2016
    Parents and students seemed especially joyful about returning to school this year. All summer it feels like we are “feathering the nest” for our “babies” to return – only when they return, they are much more grown up than they were when we wished them a happy summer just two and a half months ago.

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  • Seeing All Saints Through New Eyes

    Guest Bloggers: Amanda, Noah, and Nicole | Volume: 6 Issue: 1 | September 7, 2016
    As part of our jobs, we regularly reflect on the value of an All Saints education.  This year, as Noah and Nicole enter their tenth year at All Saints and Amanda enters her sixth year, we are looking at the value of an All Saints education through new eyes.  In March, Amanda and Noah welcomed their daughter, Pippa, and in May, Nicole welcomed her son, Morgan.
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  • Students Share Their Ideas

    Head of School: Jill Singleton | Volume: 5 Issue: 30 | June 15, 2016
    Last week we wrapped up our spirituality program for the year at our Celebration Gathering exploring our final theme of Changes.  In the world of families with children, this time of year is even more significant than the New Year we celebrate on January 1.  The end of a school year reminds us that our children are growing; it can feel as though time is slipping through our fingers.  Having celebrated my older son’s college graduation this year, I am keenly aware of the passage of time, and doing everything I can to live each day with the understanding that today is a gift. Each moment is a unique blessing, even when things are not going my way.

    At our Spirituality Assembly, I invited the students to take on a Triple Challenge: 1) to identify someone in the community they need to thank – maybe for helping with homework or providing comfort when it was needed; 2) to identify someone in the community to whom they should offer an apology – for hurting their feelings, whether intentionally or not, or for falling short of being a true friend for all the wrong reasons; and 3) to identify someone in the community from whom they can seek feedback – how did I do as a student? Was I a good friend to you?
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  • Practicing the Art of Letting Go

    Head of School: Jill Singleton | Volume: 5 Issue: 29 | June 1, 2016
    As I entered the building today, I was met with sense of excitement so palpable I nearly lost my footing.  Today would be a day of not one – but four – field trips.  Second Graders were getting ready to visit the Center for Architecture as part of their engineering study of bridges, Third Graders were on their way to the Tenement Museum in the Lower East Side as part of their study of Immigration, Fourth Graders were beyond excited to finally be on their way to Cape May for three days as the culminating experience to their year-long study of New Jersey, and Fifth Graders were off to Sprout Creek Farm in Poughkeepsie, New York as a capstone experience related to their year-long study of the Human-Animal bond.

    In the midst of all this excitement, I was struck with the tender reality that the hardest thing for us as parents to do is to let go of our children. It starts out with little things, like leaving them with a babysitter or at day care for the first time, then moves on to their first day of Nursery, their first field trip, first sleepover, and before you know it – summer camp, or overnight trips such as the ones our Fourth and Fifth Graders are on this week. While each of these experiences brings a tremendous sense of satisfaction and joy, the feelings are best described as bittersweet; our children are growing up and becoming more and more independent.  And the biggest reality of all?  Someday they won’t need us. We will have done our jobs, and we’ll be proud and happy, but like the set of nesting cups our toddlers played with and that we picked up countless times to restack, these joyful feelings will be nested inside what sometimes feels like a bigger bucket of loss, and of time gone by, never to be recouped or lived again.
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  • Guest Blog: Swing Fore the Schools

    Golf Committee| Volume: 5 Issue: 28 | May 11, 2016
    Join us for the 6th annual Swing Fore the Schools on Thursday, June 2 at Crystal Springs Resort.  The golf outing, Hudson County’s largest, brings together the larger Hoboken community all in the support of our children.  The proceeds All Saints receives from the event benefits the school’s scholarship program.

     Family and friends of All Saints, Elysian Charter School, Hoboken Charter School, Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HOLA), Mustard Seed School and Stevens Cooperative School enjoy a day full of good fun, food and golf.  There are two courses to choose from (Wild Turkey and Crystal Springs) with contests to win great prizes, including a Hole in One $25,000 cash prize!

    There are several ways you can support Swing Fore the Schools.
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  • Guest Blog: The Power of Nature

    Noah Guzman | Volume: 5 Issue: 27 | May 4, 2016
    As we explore our Spirituality theme of Stewardship and Service, teachers and students have been talking about the importance of taking care of the earth, and sharing ways in which they enjoy being in and around nature. Mr. Guzman shared this story in assembly this week, and I was so moved by it I asked if he would be willing to share it as a guest blog.  As a child who grew up in the city, and often felt stifled and trapped in the heat of the summer, Mr. Guzman’s words really resonated with me.

    I am a part of nature. For each of us humans there is no denying that. We are connected to its many complex structures in the most basic yet essential ways: it is a necessity that we are able to breathe oxygen and it is essential that we consume water. It is ideal that we receive Vitamin D through sunlight and yet unlike any other living organism in nature, humans seek out ways to separate ourselves from nature, most typically under the guise of progress or distancing ourselves from baser instincts: we are humans not beasts. However as we invent, innovate, create and orchestrate, humans have a tendency to overlook nature, in spite of the necessities I just mentioned. Perhaps I failed to mention one more necessity: immersing oneself in nature and the environment.
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  • Guest Blog: Why Teachers Give to the Annual Fund

    Ronnie Loving and Colleen Nguyen | Volume: 5 Issue: 26 | April 26, 2016
    Teachers give to the Annual Fund at All Saints because they recognize that they are as much a part of the community of All Saints Episcopal Day School as are parents and students.  Giving to the Annual Fund is a way for teachers to celebrate the special place that is All Saints.  As a group they recognize that the school mission sets the school apart from other schools and they feel fortunate to be in a place that supports teachers to not only develop their curriculum, but also takes the time to develop their teaching craft  through professional development opportunities.  By giving to the Annual Fund teachers celebrate and show support for the students with whom they are fortunate to work.  Students at All Saints are not just numbers on a roster, but are people who feel like family.

    Often times when listening to the media, teachers are reported as burned out and “going through the motions” of teaching.  At All Saints this couldn’t be further from the truth!  Teachers are a celebrated part of the school culture, recognized as experts in their field, encouraged to develop the curriculum and to use their creativity to solve problems.  Teachers collaborate with their colleagues and know that their voice is being heard by administration.  By giving to the Annual Fund teachers acknowledge that they are part of this wonderful community and demonstrate their desire for it to thrive.
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  • Guest Blog: Eighth Graders Take Action for Ecuador

    The Eighth Grade Class | Volume: 5 Issue: 25 | April 20, 2016
    As many of you know, the Eighth Graders are gearing up for our annual trip to Ecuador. Every year before our trip, All Saints collects school supplies to take down for our day of service at the Amigo Guia childcare program. Recently, western Ecuador was hit with a massive earthquake, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale. Though our trip and the many destinations we visit were not impacted by this tragedy, the country as a whole is suffering. As part of our experience at All Saints, we have always been taught to respond to those in need. We see this everywhere, from our work this week for Empty Bowls, to our Soles4Souls shoe drive every fall, to making sandwiches every week for St. Matthew’s. Our spirituality theme this month is “Stewardship and Service”. We are asking for your help to carry out the stewardship and service that we know is our responsibility as global citizens of this caring community. Please read on to find out more about these two very important causes.

    It is not an uncommon thing in Ecuador for children to go to work instead of attending school. In many cases, this needs to happen to provide one’s family with adequate resources. However, this situation has gotten to the point where 10% of Ecuador’s adult population is illiterate, because they have worked throughout their childhood instead of getting a basic education. The government of Ecuador recently created laws that raised the legal minimum working age, and prevented children from working in dangerous conditions. Nonetheless, the fact remains that 30% of Ecuador’s population did not complete primary school, and 90% did not graduate from secondary school. Moreover, many of the schools themselves are hardly satisfactory. Fifty percent of the schools in Ecuador’s rural regions lack electricity, and 9 in 10 do not have telephone access or any other means of communication. (www.unesco.org)
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  • Empty Bowls: Because Hunger Isn’t Going Away

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 5 Issue: 24 | April 13, 2016
    When I began my service as Head of School at All Saints, another woman, who would later become my friend, was also starting a new job just a few blocks away from here – Jaclyn Cherubini, Director of the Hoboken Homeless Shelter. Over the years Jaclyn has been instrumental in helping our school in its efforts to educate our students about the problems of hunger and homelessness in our community, and more importantly, what we can do to help make a difference.

    “When I started here in the Fall of 2004, I took a moment to calculate our services since 1982 & then I continued doing so annually,” Jaclyn explained.  “I think it’s noteworthy that we served fewer than 55,000 meals in 2005, almost doubled that in 2010, and then almost tripled that number in 2012.”

    And the demand keeps rising. In 2015, almost 182,000 meals were served at the shelter. “I’m of two minds about these kinds of mile markers,” Jaclyn said. “I’m saddened by the fact that so many people are suffering with the horrible decision of whether or to pay their rent or buy food for their family, but I’m impressed that we are able to meet this demand thanks to the generous support of our community through amazing events like Empty Bowls!”
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  • Giraffes and Turtles at All Saints?

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 5 Issue: 23 | April 5, 2016
    Have you heard your child talking about someone as being a Giraffe or a Turtle?  Have you wondered whether you, or they, are going a little bit crazy?  Fear not – Giraffes and Turtles are very much alive and well at All Saints!

    Now we’re not talking about actual giraffes and turtles, of course.  We’re talking about people whose lives can serve as an inspiration to our students (and to all of us), and can provide rich and meaningful subject matter to research, reflect upon, and write about.


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  • Plan Some Time to Do Nothing

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 5 Issue: 22 | March 23, 2016
    With my two college-age boys home this week for spring break I am reminded of school vacations and the desire we all feel to make sure our children are engaged and occupied in a meaningful way while they are not at school. Like many, I found myself planning a vacation or projects we could do at home. But the other thing that my husband and I were always careful to do was to schedule time to do nothing – to let the boys figure out for themselves how they were going to use their time. And true confessions – this was not easy to do, but was oh-so-important.

    Nobody likes hearing their child say, “I’m bored.” These two simple words can bring about a sense of anxiety and foreboding – what can I think up for them to do? Or, worse, maybe we don’t have time to think and we just go to the easy answer: watch TV, play some video games, use the iPad.
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  • STEM Makes me Smarter!

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 5 Issue: 21 | March 19, 2016
    Did you know that online bidding has been going on since Monday afternoon?!  So even if you are not able to attend the Auction this Thursday, you can still use your phone, iPad or computer to bid on desired items from anywhere in the world. Whether you are on a business trip or away on vacation, or just couldn’t find a sitter in time, supporting our annual Auction – and therefore our wonderful STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative – is as easy as ordering from Amazon!
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  • All Saints Celebrates Youth Art Month!

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 5 Issue: 20 | March 2, 2016
    For the first time ever, All Saints will be celebrating Youth Art Month. This national celebration is designed to honor and promote the value of art education; to recognize the important skills developed through the study and practice of art; to celebrate and showcase student artwork; and to promote the safe use of art materials. The theme of this year’s Youth Art Month is “My art, my story.” Many students at All Saints say that art is one of their favorite classes. This month, as we explored our spirituality theme of “Inner Spark,” students made connections between art and their inner spark. “We are allowed to escape to the art room and be free and let energy flow to art,” said Sixth Grader, Lucy. “Art is part of my inner spark because it makes me fee alive and free.” “I love that art is so different, depending on the person and all the art has a different meaning,” Eighth Grader, Leyla said. “Art is part of my inner spark because it is a way for me to express myself freely and open my creative mind to bigger and greater ideas!” Seventh Grader Douglas said, “What I love about art is that there is no way for you to make a mistake. Art makes up my inner spark because without it, my mind would be blank, colorless space.”
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  • Guest Blog: Thursday, March 10th – A Night on the Town to Support All Saints

    Kelly Friel & Mary Anne Sullivan, Spring Auction Co-Chairs | Volume: 5 Issue: 19 | Feb. 24, 2016
    It is our pleasure to invite you to one of the most anticipated All Saints events of the year – the annual Spring Auction on Thursday, March 10th at the W Hoboken. Make sure to buy your tickets today!

    It is a fun night on the town as we celebrate our great school and raise important funds for the expansion of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program at All Saints.  All proceeds from the Spring Auction will directly support the STEM initiatives next school year.

    Like last year, we are using an online/mobile program to make your silent auction bidding even easier.  If you have family & friends who want to support the school, but can’t make it to the event, tell them to register here and they can bid from anywhere in the world (as long as there is an internet connection!).
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  • School Store – Open for Business

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 5 Issue: 18 | Feb. 10, 2016
    I had the pleasure of being present last week when the Fourth Grade school store opened for business, and I was amazed at what I witnessed during the 15-minute window in which goods were bought and sold. Perhaps one of the most impressive aspects of this beloved All Saints tradition is the work ethic it clearly instills in the Fourth Grade proprietors.  “What's most special about the school store is the level of independence it creates for the students,” said Fourth Grade East Teacher, Ms. Nguyen.  “By this time of the year they are completely running it on their own – from set-up to clean-up.  As you can see I'm just standing here!”
     
    In addition to developing skills related to independence and work ethic, the school store is designed to reinforce important math skills in a real-world context, Ms. Nguyen explained. 
     
    The idea for the school store was born 10 years ago as a way for Fourth Graders to raise money for their three-day trip to Cape May in June. A culminating experience for their year-long study of New Jersey, students visit Cape May, where they climb the Cape May Lighthouse, enjoy a dolphin-watching cruise, and visit the historic Physick Estate, among other activities. 
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  • Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night…

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 5 Issue: 17 | Feb. 3, 2016
    “To write is human, to get mail, Divine!”
    ~ Susan Lendroth

    Who doesn’t love the joy of receiving a handwritten card in the mail? What’s even better is a handwritten card made by a child. I just love this time of year, when precious little notes begin to arrive at the hands of Pre-K students who are absolutely delighted that their “business” is in full swing and is making people happy.

    The Valentine’s Day Post Office is a treasured tradition at All Saints. "When I see my wonderful Pre-K students taking on the responsibility of helping to improve the life of the school for these two weeks in February, it fills me with an abundance of pride,” said Ms. Allison, Pre-K teacher and founder of the Post Office. “I never underestimate their abilities."

    For the two weeks in February leading up to Valentine’s Day, students, teachers and parents send notes to one another that are sorted and hand-delivered by the Pre-K students. Just like the US Postal Service, letters with stamps will be delivered; these special, student-designed works of art can be purchased at the front desk in both buildings. Aside from the gift of sending and receiving a Valentine’s card, you are helping nurture the gifts of cooperation and collaboration, hard work and accountability, which are all integral to the running of the Pre K post office.
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  • Keeping the Dream Alive!

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 5 Issue: 16 | Jan. 30, 2016
    Martin Luther King, Jr. said “Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve.  You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”  Students at All Saints, Stevens Cooperative, and Mustard Seed gathered together to keep Dr. King’s dream alive by making a difference in our communities.

    Instead of taking a day OFF yesterday, 122 students opted for a day ON and put their hearts and minds to good use by serving others in our Sixth Annual Day of Inspiration, Service, Celebration and Collaboration.  Over the course of the day, students accomplished a lot:

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  • Honoring the “Light of Leanne”

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 5 Issue: 15 | Jan. 13, 2016
    Last Thursday, more than 175 people gathered in the church to mourn the loss and celebrate the life of Leanne Kozak, one of our beloved teachers.  The event was a beautiful tribute to Leanne’s life and to her many contributions to our school.

    Leanne’s sudden and aggressive illness took us all by surprise.  We have all questioned how someone so young and so vibrant and so beautiful could become so sick so quickly.  Just six months ago Ms. Kozak was teaching physical education and coaching basketball.  In the days and weeks leading up to her illness, none of us could have imagined that our young, vibrant teacher and friend was living in the twilight of her life.

    Leanne loved her job at All Saints.  She loved being in community with all of us.  In looking through some of my files, I found this piece of writing:

    It is such a joy to be able to live out my dream every day.  There is no better way to start off my morning than hearing, “Good morning, Ms. Kozak!” from an All Saints student.  There are so many reasons why I am proud to work at All Saints.  From the dedicated teachers and staff to the students and families who are so involved with the school, the ASEDS community has come to feel like a second family to me.”
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  • Letter to families from the Board

    Guest Blog: Board of Trustees | Volume: 5 Issue: 14 | Dec. 16, 2015
    The All Saints School board of trustees met with parents of our Pre-K students this week in response to questions about All Saints’ space and enrollment plans, and emailed all parents the information that follows. The Board of Trustees also shared in that correspondence that a schoolwide meeting is being planned for early 2016.

    At the outset, we want to assure you that regardless of space and enrollment limitations, the board and Administration are committed to the school’s mission and to maintaining the high standards of academic excellence that we have always provided for our students.

    Space Plans
    As we previously indicated would likely be the case, the board and Administration are not currently looking for new or additional space. Instead, we are working through various issues with the parish vestry in connection with our goal of separating the school’s governance from that of the parish. These issues include how to handle our shared mortgage obligations and potentially entering a new lease. We need to work through the questions surrounding independence and we need certainty as to our lease terms and mortgage obligations, before we can consider embarking on plans to find other space.

    Last year, our strategic direction changed when we realized that we would not be able to proceed with the building project at the St. Nicholas Center (SNC) campus and we would need to implement our enrollment reduction plan. We switched gears and have been focusing on gaining our independence. Once the question of independence is settled, we will engage in a comprehensive strategic planning process designed to include the collective needs and wants of our community, including the idea of whether we will return to our growth model and what that would look like.
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  • Students Help Make Hoboken a “Smoke Free” Zone

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 5 Issue: 13 | Dec. 9, 2015
    In October I blogged about the wonderful work our Middle School students were doing in conjunction with our annual Month of the Young Adolescent Action Research Project and Leadership Summit.  This year students decided to focus on the problem of cigarette butt litter and the deleterious effects they have on our environment and on our health.  One of the things our students presented to the adults who gathered at the Leadership Summit was to consider ways in which we might make Hoboken a Smoke Free Zone, or at least enforce the laws that are currently in place in our city.

    Late last week, I was tickled to learn that the Leo Pelligrini, Director of Health and Human Services for the City of Hoboken, stopped by our school to let us know that the city will be posting signs that say “Breathe Easy – This Public Property is 100% Smoke Free” on all public properties where smoking is prohibited, and to give our students a sign of their very own as a thank you for their efforts.  Mr. Pelligrini attended the students’ Leadership Summit, and spoke passionately about his efforts to help take the steps necessary to enforce existing “smoke free” laws in our town.

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  • Wonder – The Fountain of Youth?

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 5 Issue: 12 | Dec. 2, 2015
    This is my favorite spirituality season at All Saints, when we spend time reflecting on the role of awe and wonder in our lives. As the trees lose their last leaves, and the days grow shorter, it feels right and natural to engage with these ideas. Students of all ages love sharing the things in life that amaze them, as well as the many things they wonder about.

    On Sunday, I got to a task I had been planning and postponing for 21 years – planting tulip, crocus and giant allium bulbs in my back yard. As I dug through the soil that was still soft enough to cooperate, I was treated to the spectacle of worms that dance their way through the darkness, and was brought back to my childhood days, making mud pies with friends in our backyard on Bloomfield Street.  This simple activity kept us busy for hours – with nothing more than a wooden spoon from the kitchen and some old plates and plastic containers, we were able to set up an entire bakery, complete with the most radiant berry pies I have ever seen – before or since.  As I planted my flowers this year, I felt a tinge of sadness about the passage of time.  As more and more things join the mud pies in the rear view mirror of my life, I can’t help but be overcome by feelings of melancholy every now and again.
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  • Pausing to Give Thanks

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 5 Issue: 11 | Nov. 25, 2015
    Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.  Each year my family gathers together to cook our traditional meal – each of us insisting that we “must have” a certain side dish or “it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving.”  For me, it’s the mashed sweet potatoes and the string beans with slivered almonds – yum!  As much as I love the food, however, nothing beats the prayer we say just before we begin to eat.  We don’t have a set prayer, or a particular person assigned to lead it, and it’s never very elaborate.  That’s not the point.  For me, it’s about the collective pause we take to give thanks, to recognize the abundance in our lives, and to experience the gratitude we have for each other and for our many blessings. At some point after the prayer, I wait for two things I know are going to happen.  The first is that my mom is going to say, “Mmm, mmm, mmm,” and the second is that my brother, the master chef at the feast, will sample everything on his plate and will invariably ask, “Who’s got it better than we do?”  Then my favorite part - we’ll all reply in near-unison, “No one!”  What wonderful moments and memories these are, surrounded by my family who all love me, and each other, unconditionally - who share history and countless memories together, and who have raised our children from infants into the amazing young adults they are today. What a wonderful pause this is, this moment at the Thanksgiving table – the best of the whole year.
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  • Students Give Thanks for Grandparents and Senior Friends

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 5 Issue: 10 | Nov. 18, 2015
    My grandfather, the late Robert McNiff, ranks high on the list of people whom I am most grateful to have had in my life.  Anyone who met my grandfather responded positively to the special twinkle in his eye, his Irish gift for gab, and his overall easy-going nature. Pop-pop was a round man who walked with a cane, made eggs to order for anyone who wanted them, and made a Sunday roast as easily as someone would crack open a can of soup. He was also an amazing gardener who took pride in growing his tomatoes and flowers from seeds in an indoor terrarium before planting them outside along the wall of his garden apartment in Newton, NJ. I think of my Pops every time I water my plants at home, and this weekend he was especially on my mind as I repotted two orchids that I am hopeful may actually bloom a second time – an exciting “first” for me if it actually happens.

    I was reminded this week of the special relationship I had with my Grandfather when our Sixth Grader students showed a video they created about seniors they are thankful for having in their lives. I was so touched by their stories, and was struck by the many lessons seniors have to teach our young people. Whether grandparents, caregivers or friends from the neighborhood, the presence of seniors in our children’s lives is truly valuable and plays an important role in their development.  Watch their amazing video here: https://vimeo.com/144408883

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  • Guest Blog: Making a Lasting Impact

    Niall Murray and Liz Urtecho | Volume: 5 Issue: 9 | Nov. 11, 2015
    It is our pleasure to serve as Co-Chairs for The Fund for All Saints again this year.  While you should have all received the Annual Fund materials in the mail over the past couple of weeks and will be receiving a phone call from your Class Captain to discuss the campaign in the coming days, we want to take this opportunity to answer some questions we are asked about The Fund for All Saints.

    What is The Fund for All Saints?

    Simply put, the Annual Fund is the school’s largest philanthropic campaign.  All Saints follows the funding model of most independent schools, in which the operating budget is supported through tuition dollars and tax-deductible donations made through the Annual Fund.


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  • Nurturing Global Citizens

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 5 Issue: 8 | Nov. 4, 2015
    According to the UN Secretary-General’s Global Initiative on Education, “It is not enough for education to produce individuals who can read, write and count. Education must be transformative and bring shared values to life. It must cultivate an active care for the world and for those with whom we share it.” This five-year initiative was launched in 2012 with the goal of accelerating progress towards the Education for All goals and the education-related Millennium Development Goals. The Initiative further claims that the goal of education “requires transforming the way people think and act.” http://www.globaleducationfirst.org/220.htm#sthash.9k2j6stG.dpuf)
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  • Adolescence: A Wellspring of Hope

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 5 Issue: 7 | Oct. 28, 2015
    We recently asked our Eighth Graders how they think adults would describe them. Some of the words they chose include “technology-addicted,” “rude,” “annoying,” and “irresponsible.” Others said “lazy,” “reckless,” “selfish” and “moody.” It always makes me sad to see their thoughts. Why do adolescents get such a bad rap? I know I may be biased, but I find people this age to be inspirational, idealistic, sincere and refreshing. Students this age have not yet developed a sophisticated social filter, so their thoughts and opinions are very raw and honest. Perhaps it is this very lack of a filter that earns them a whole host of negative associations; maybe we adults have developed such complex filters that we are able to avoid the hard realities that, if we truly took them in, would overwhelm us or force an unwanted lifestyle change.
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  • Fostering Life Skills that Go Beyond the Books

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 5 Issue: 6 | Oct. 21, 2015
    Last week, a misunderstanding between the Eighth Grade class and the administration about dismissal activities led to loss of the students’ off-campus lunch privileges for the day. It seemed like a logical consequence, and I granted my approval.  That evening, however, I received an email from a member of the Eighth Grade class that just about knocked my socks off. The email was respectful and courteous, and what’s more, the students accepted responsibility for their part in the misunderstanding.  There was not even a hint of blame-casting, finger-pointing, anger or self-righteousness (and from what I later learned about the misunderstanding, they wouldn’t have been off-base to be a little indignant).  The students had a case to make about the misunderstanding, and they approached their problem solving task with confidence and sophistication.  Wow– was I impressed!

    As I thought about the email, I was struck by the many “soft skills” we teach as an integral part of our academic curriculum.  Our spirituality program is a wonderful vehicle for developing these skills.  Students and adults alike spend time reflecting on the importance of community, collaboration and respectful communication.  Caring for others and participating in our many service projects not only gives children a sense of hopefulness, it gives them
    a feeling of self-worth and personal value.  Our regular practice of an ancient spiritual ritual called the Examen helps even our youngest students develop an appreciation for the many joy-filled moments in our lives, as well as the moments of challenge or disappointment. Finally, teachers are diligent about taking the time to engage students in reflecting on these experiences, helping students to deepen their self-awareness and personal identity.
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  • Guest Blog: Board of Trustees

    Board of Trustees | Volume: 5 Issue: 5 | Oct. 14, 2015
    Dear Families,

    As promised in the guest blog posted two weeks ago by our chair, Erik Aarts, the Board of Trustees plans to communicate with the school community regularly this year. Thank you for your responses to our first post. In this post, we’ll address questions we know exist concerning discussions with the parish and the school’s space issues.
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  • Students Tackle the Problem of Cigarette Butts on Our Streets

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 5 Issue: 4 | Oct. 7, 2015
    Have you ever wondered why cigarette butts escape the litter laws, and it appears socially acceptable to just stamp out your cigarette and leave the butt on the sidewalk, street, boardwalk, or wherever people happen to hang out and smoke? Well, our Middle School students have, and they’re not content to just wonder – they’re doing something about it!

    “People don’t think it’s that big of a deal,” Eighth Grader, Connor, shared about the issue. “But it’s a huge deal and it’s important and it’s very dangerous for the environment.” When asked what students hope will happen as a result of their work, Eighth Grader Diana said, “I hope we will raise awareness of the issue for the benefit of this generation and for generations to come.”
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  • Safety First – At School and At Home

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 5 Issue: 3 | Sept. 29, 2015
    In January, 2009, I remember being riveted along with so many of you when Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger made an emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson River following bird strikes that rendered both of his engines dead. The event, which quickly came to be known as “the Miracle on the Hudson,” earned Captain Sully immediate fame and respect from all corners of the world. I will never forget the answer Captain Sully gave in response to the question, “What advice can you give for being prepared for an airline emergency?” His answer – “Wear a sturdy pair of shoes.” I’ve thought about this advice often, and indeed make sure I always travel in shoes that will allow me to run or move about with ease, and can’t help but notice seeing how many people opt for slippers, flip flops or other comfortable shoes when traveling.
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  • Guest Blog: Erik Aarts, Chair, Board of Trustees

    Erik Aarts | Volume: 5 Issue: 2 | Sept. 23, 2015
    Welcome back – we’re off to a wonderful start to the 2015-2016 school year!

    My name is Erik Aarts and I currently serve as the Chair of the Board of Trustees. My wife and I have two children at All Saints and we have seen our older two children graduate from the Eighth Grade.

    I’m writing for a number of reasons. First, the Board is committed to communicating on a regular basis with the community to keep you informed and share important updates about our work as a Board. In addition, these updates will allow us to share more about the role of the Board in the operation of the school.
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  • All Saints First School to Institute School-wide Composting in Hoboken – Parents Challenged to Follow Suit by Signing Up for Residential Composting

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 5 Issue: 1 | Sept. 16, 2015
    Ten years ago, Second Grade teacher Ronnie Loving took a bold move and began a small composting program in her classroom. As neither of us had ever done this before, we decided we would model a “growth mindset” and figure it out as we go. A clear plastic tub and a shipment of worms later, before you knew it Second Graders had the thrill of “feeding” their compost worms the leftover bits of organic waste from snack. This first attempt proved to a “successful failure,” however, as we arrived one day to find the bin had exploded and there were hundreds of dead and drying worms all over the classroom floor.
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  • Launching a New Tradition: The Turtle Club

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 4 Issue: 33 | June 3, 2015
    Last week history was made when a new tradition was launched in the Middle School. The first Annual Induction to the Turtle Club Hall of Fame was held, honoring 16 individuals who have persevered in the face of great challenges. This special ceremony was so named because the turtle is a totem for perseverance, for sticking steadfast to our path when the going gets tough, and for living into the famous fabled message, “Slow & steady wins the race.”
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  • Recognizing Students for Embracing Our Mission

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 4 Issue: 32 | May 27, 2015
    This is a special time of year marked by many exciting year-end activities and traditions. One of my favorites is our Mission Celebration, which happens on the morning of the last day of school. Teachers are invited to nominate students for a variety of different awards and a committee of faculty and staff pores over the compelling information gathered to discern which student is the most deserving in each category.

    Here’s a sneak peek of the awards that will be granted on Friday, June 12, at 11:45am – the final activity before students break for the summer.
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  • The Last Week: A tender time for all

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 4 Issue: 31 | May 20, 2015
    As the weather settles into its seasonal routine and the school year winds down to its rapid close, it seems especially fitting that our final spirituality theme is Changes – a look at the natural process of life and death, new beginnings, and moving on. Each grade level will spend the last few weeks exploring age-appropriate aspects of the theme, but all students will engage in reflection on the challenges and triumphs experienced throughout the year.
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  • Greetings From The Cloud Forest of Ecuador

    Jill Singleton | Volume: 4 Issue: 30 | May 13, 2015
    In addition to the many social and cultural experiences of an international exchange program such as the one we've designed with Colegio Menor in Ecuador, our Eighth Graders also benefit from the opportunity to explore and immerse themselves in a different ecological setting. This week our students walked through a secondary cloud forest, where they were able to experience the magic of regeneration, and even got to meet a special man affectionately known as the "Lorax" of Ecuador.
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  • Guest Bloggers: Swing Fore the Schools

    Peter Cossio & Matt Brown | Volume: 4 Issue: 29 May 6, 2015
    We would like to invite you to the 5th annual Swing Fore the Schools golf outing on Thursday, June 4 at Crystal Springs Resort. Join family & friends of All Saints, Elysian Charter School, Hoboken Charter School, Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HOLA), Mustard Seed School and Stevens Cooperative School for a day full of good fun, food and golf, all in the name of supporting the more than 1,500 students in our community. Register Today
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  • Freedom vs Safety for our Children

    Jill Singleton Volume: 4 Issue: 28 April 29, 2015
    One evening this week, while walking along the river and taking advantage of the longer days, I noticed a father and his young son enjoying the final appearance of the sun. The little boy, who had on a bright orange jacket, reminded me of my own son at that age – full of energy and fueled by an adventurous spirit.
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  • Making a Difference for Our Earth

    Jill Singleton Volume: 4 Issue: 27 April 22, 2015
    If your child came home this week and turned out the lights, don’t be alarmed – you’re not the only one. In preparation for our Earth Day celebration, we have created a learning experience for the students which includes using sunlight instead of electricity whenever possible, refraining from the use of technology, and using only recycled materials, among other things.
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  • Empty Bowls: “Because someone’s bowl is always empty…”

    Jill Singleton Volume: 4 Issue: 26 April 13, 2015
    Every once in a while you receive an email that really makes your day – that sends you the message that all of your hard work really means something. This happened to me last week, when I heard from a family who recently moved out of state. She said her son spontaneously shared his thoughts on the difference between happiness and joy: “Happiness is finding money on the ground, and joy is giving that money to a homeless person.” Floored by her child’s wisdom and asked where he had learned this and he responded, “At All Saints!”
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  • Take Time to Tune In

    Jill Singleton Volume: 4 Issue: 25 April 1, 2015
    “This is a sentimental time of year,” Ms. Evelyn shared at our meeting with Assistant Teachers yesterday. “The children know the routines now and are growing up so fast – before you know it they will be in Pre-K and Kindergarten and we will barely be able to get a pinky wave out of them.” And she’s right. April break is a wonderful point in the year.
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  • Sparks Flying at All Saints!

    Jill Singleton Volume: 4 Issue: 24 March 18, 2015
    This season’s spirituality theme of “Inner Spark” has been quite a wonderful exploration and discovery of the many ways in which “we all have something to contribute” and “our lives really matter.” The Fourth Grade class integrated this theme into their Autobiography Milestone Project by asking students to brainstorm one activity that gives them joy that they would like to share with others. The end result of the project was a wonderful video montage of each of the students engaged in their chosen activity. View it here: https://player.vimeo.com/video/123138564

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  • Eighth Graders Receive High School Acceptances

    Jill Singleton Volume: 4 Issue: 24 March 18, 2015
    With the turn in the weather, our Grade graduating class of 16 students is no doubt pleased with the impressive list of high schools to which they gained entry. With the application process behind them, students are excited about the many milestones that await them in the last trimester of their time at All Saints, including a 10-day trip to Quito Ecuador, Field Day, and Graduation. We are proud to share that this year’s class was accepted into the following schools:
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  • STEM – Pathway to a Better Future

    Jill Singleton Volume: 4 Issue: 23 March 11, 2015
    Tomorrow evening’s Spring Auction will raise money for our burgeoning STEM initiative. What is STEM, you might ask? STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The top 10 fastest growing occupations, according to the U. S. Labor Department (from 2008-2018) are all arguably STEM-based careers. Examples include biomedical engineers, network systems and data communications analysts, financial experts, medical scientists, biochemists and biophysicists.
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  • Guest Bloggers: Bidding for a Great Cause on March 12

    Kelly Friel & Mary Anne Sullivan, Spring Auction Co-Chairs Volume: 4 Issue: 22 March 4, 2015
    Line up your babysitters, secure your tickets and get ready for some fun at our annual Spring Auction! The event is Thursday, March 12 at 7pm. Buy your tickets today!
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  • Introducing a New Healthy Snack and Lunch Program

    Jill Singleton Volume: 4 Issue: 21 February 25, 2015
    I remember the days well - getting ready for work, making sure everyone is up and fed, beds made, after school plans in place, lunches made snacks packed – and, oh, don’t forget that water bottle! There would invariably be those days I'd open the refrigerator and the cupboard only to find that they had mysteriously gone bare - as though our household was somehow sucked into the Old Mother Hubbard Nursery rhyme as we slept in our beds.
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  • Vacation Care

    Jill Singleton Volume: 4 Issue: 20 February 11, 2015
    For the past few years I have enjoyed the practice of having one-on-one meetings with Kindergarten families as a way to get to know them better, to keep my finger on the pulse of the joys and challenges parents of young children are facing, and to receive feedback and input as to how to make our school even stronger. Several years ago one parent mentioned how difficult the February and April breaks are for her family, as both parents in her household work and it was very challenging to find a babysitter to fill in for those weeks. As a result of that meeting, the idea of Vacation Care Camps was born at All Saints! Ironically enough, it was in one of my one-on-one Kindergarten meetings this year that I learned that not everyone knows that Vacation Care exists, so I thought I would use my blog this week to make sure everyone knows about this special program that is open to students in Grades K- 8.

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  • A Glimpse into Our Weekly Spirituality Assembly

    Jill Singleton Volume: 4 Issue: 19 February 3, 2015
    After all of the madness related to snow and ice, it was especially poignant to start our time together today with our weekly Spirituality Assembly. Our current season is called “The Spirit Within,” and it is designed around “Being mindful and centered in one’s belief in human goodness and understanding” and in the notion that “We can discern truth from within.” This morning’s assembly struck me as so special and so rich that I really wanted to share it with all of you.
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  • True Confessions of a Low Parenting Moment

    Jill Singleton Volume: 4 Issue: 18 January 28, 2015
    I don’t envy the plight of our area newscasters today. With the “snowpocalypse” behind us, it’s all too easy for even the most forgiving and diplomatic among us to raise and eyebrow and say, “really? All the hype…?!” Like many, I was relieved this morning to see some other news begin to creep into the forecast, and was eager to see what would be considered important enough to make it through the narrow window for non-weather related news. Settled into my comfy couch with my hot cup of tea, I was especially interested when the teaser line was about a cat. Being an animal lover, I suffered through the commercials to experience the benefit of the full story. The headline ran something like this: “Cat struck by car and buried as dead shows up on neighbor’s doorstep days later.” The accompanying video was even more compelling – the cat, clearly alive and well, was licking its front legs which had turned from white to brown in the process of digging itself out of its eternal grave. Wow! You just can’t make that up! (You don’t have to take my word for it: http://www.wbtw.com/story/27955594/tampa-cat-mistaken-for-dead-digs-himself-out-of-grave)
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  • Keeping Dr. King’s Dream Alive

    Jill Singleton Volume: 4 Issue: 17 January 21, 2015
    “I was of service this weekend!” Kindergarten student, Cameron, joyfully reported to his teachers and classmates during Morning Meeting on Tuesday. I can’t think of a better statement to wrap up the accomplishments of the day. As a school, we were of service to many people this past Monday as we honored the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Joining forces with Stevens Cooperative School and Mustard Seed School for the Fifth Annual MLK Day of Service, our students, teachers and volunteer parents were able to make a difference in the lives of many people.
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  • Nurturing The Spirit Within

    Jill Singleton Volume: 4 Issue: 16 January 14, 2015
    As the days grow darker and we settle into the winter season, I find myself looking inward and spending time in quiet reflection. With the sun going down so early, and the weather being so cold, I have not been motivated to go for my typical daily walks along the river, but instead have been spending time reading, cleaning closets, and learning more about the mindfulness practice of Zentangle. Our theme for this time of the year, “The Spirit Within,” seems particularly fitting this week.
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  • MLK Day – A Day On! Not a Day Off! (Note: Even families who are traveling will have a chance to help this year…read on!)

    Jill Singleton Volume: 4 Issue: 15 January 7, 2015
    On Monday, January 19, All Saints will once again collaborate with the Mustard Seed School and Stevens Cooperative School to join hands in service as we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now in its fifth year, this event calls each of us to consider taking MLK Day not as a day off, but as a day on to serve others. Over the past several years, students from our three schools have shared their compassion and talent with the Hoboken Homeless Shelter, the St. Matthew’s Lunchtime Ministry Program, Hoboken University Medical Center, and several other organizations dedicated to improving the lives of others. This year, a special “Café Drive” is taking place before the actual day of the event, providing a way for all families to participate.
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  • Reading Olympics Receives an Overhaul

    Jill Singleton Volume: 4 Issue: 14 December 17, 2014
    When students return in January, they will experience an all-new Reading Olympics Campaign. We sincerely hope parents and students will appreciate the changes that have been in the works since last year.

    The most significant change is that the event will no longer include a fundraising component. While these funds, which covered the cost of Summer Reading Books and costs associated with the school plays, certainly came in handy, we are excited to share that the campaign will focus more exclusively on the love and joy of reading.
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  • Take Advantage of a “Parents Night Out” this Friday!

    Jill Singleton Volume: 4 Issue: 13 December 10, 2014
    This Friday, our Eighth Graders will once again run a special evening of fun and games for our student community. (Of course they’ll have a little help from our teachers and staff!) This annual tradition has become quite popular, and many of the students can be heard talking about it during social times.
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  • Sharing the Holiday Spirit with Teachers & Staff

    Jill Singleton Volume: 4 Issue: 12 December 3, 2014
    Thanksgiving kicks off my favorite time of year. I love everything about the holiday – getting the house ready, shopping for food, chopping vegetables in the kitchen with my mom while the parade plays in the background on TV, and setting the table with my best china. My Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without our cherished centerpiece – a turkey made by my son, Elijah, when he was in nursery school.
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  • Guest Bloggers: The Eighth Grade Class Prepares for Ecuador

    8th Grade Class Volume: 4 Issue: 11 November 25, 2014
    This year is the fourth annual Eighth Grade trip to Ecuador, and we are very excited to go on our trip. The exchange program is one of our most popular trips in the Middle School. There are many benefits of international travel for students, such as making friends around the world, trying new foods, experiencing different environments, and becoming inspired by what we view on the trip.
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  • Guest Blogger: Together We Give. Together We Grow.

    Niall Murray Volume: 4 Issue: 10 November 19, 2014
    Catherine and I have lived in Hoboken since 1996 and have been involved with the school since our eldest started in 2007. With two boisterous boys now in Fifth Grade and Third Grade it has been one of the great privileges to have had the opportunity to watch them grow from toddlers to responsible confident little men.
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  • Lessons in Gratitude – A Guest Blog by Noah Guzman

    Noah Guzman Volume: 4 Issue: 9 November 12, 2014
    One of the many things that make our school special is our Spirituality program. Each week we gather for an assembly that frequently includes, among other things, a true story shared by a teacher about his/her life.
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  • Middle Schoolers Urge Us to “Ban the Bag!”

    Jill Singleton Volume: 4 Issue: 8 November 5, 2014
    Middle School students conducted their Annual Leadership Summit last week as a culminating activity to their Month of the Young Adolescent studies. This year’s theme, “Ban the Bag,” is designed to take steps toward eliminating the use of the plastic bag in Hoboken.
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  • A Teacher Shares Her Love for All Saints

    Jill Singleton Volume: 4 Issue: 7 October 29, 2014
    Last week, we held our donor appreciation event for individuals, families and friends who have given at the $1,500 level to the school’s Annual Fund. I was so touched by the remarks shared by Second Grade teacher and Kindergarten Parent, Ronnie Loving, that I asked her permission to reprint part of her remarks here.
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  • Kindergarteners Share Their Dreams for the Future

    Jill Singleton Volume: 4 Issue: 6 October 22, 2014
    Last week I had the pleasure of visiting our Kindergarten classes while they were engaged in Learning Centers. Making myself as unobtrusive as possible, I circulated the classroom and innocently asked each child, “Do you ever think about what you might like to do, or be, when you are a grownup?” It made my day to get an inside glimpse into the future as defined by these budding artists and professionals.
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  • Facilities Expansion Update

    Jill Singleton Volume: 4 Issue: 5 October 15, 2014
    We begin this school year stronger and more vital than ever. There are exciting additions to our faculty, our programs and our technology, thanks to the incredible generosity of parents, faculty and staff, and friends of All Saints.
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  • Students Taking the Lead

    Jill Singleton Volume: 4 Issue: 4 October 8, 2014
    Several students campaigned in this year’s Student Government Elections, impressing all with their ideas, passion and commitment to our school. The speeches of the winning candidates are printed below for your   reading enjoyment.
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  • Musings on an Old Adage: The Early Bird Gets the Worm

    Jill Singleton Volume: 4 Issue: 3 October 1, 2014
    As a child I was taught that if you aren’t 10 minutes early, you’re late.  The lesson itself did not come easily, but was hard won.  I remember in painful detail a time my father said we would be leaving at 10:00, and when that assigned time arrived and I was still not ready, he took off without me. 

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  • Students Embrace This Year’s Eco Challenges – Will You?

    Jill Singleton: Volume: 4 Issue: 3 September 24, 2014
    At All Saints, one of our mission points speaks directly to the need for the appreciation and protection of our planet: “A sense of responsibility for this planet, and gratitude for its beauty.”
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  • Let the Children Play…Outside!

    Jill Singleton: Volume: 4 Issue: 2 September 16, 2014
    I can remember my own grade school experience like it was yesterday. I would run the block-and-a-half from school to home, access the key my parents kept under the mat for us, let myself in, drop my messenger-style book bag on the floor, and go to the kitchen for some cookies and juice – a quick sugar rush before taking out my homework and zooming through it in 10 minutes flat.
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  • Getting Back into the Homework Groove

    Jill Singleton: Volume: 4 Issue: 1 - September 9, 2014
     Now that the (not so) hazy, lazy, crazy days of summer are behind us, it’s time to focus on the establishment of routines and habits that will play a significant role in ensuring your child’s success at All Saints.
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  • “Nurturing” Misunderstood

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:12 Issue: 3 - January 23, 2012
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  • All Saints Parents Weigh in on the Homework Debate

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 14 Issue: 05 - February 5, 2014
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  • An Oxymoron with a Cautionary Tale: Absent Presenc

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:12 Issue: 21 - September 18, 2012
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  • Backyard Lessons

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 13 Issue: 26 - October 22, 2013
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  • Be a Part of All Saints History!

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:12 Issue: 17 - June 12, 2012
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  • Be the Change You Wish to See…

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 14 Issue: 20 - June 3, 2014
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  • Because Teaching Makes Her Heart Happy

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 14 Issue: 12 - April 2, 2014
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  • Best Laid Plans

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 14 Issue: 17 - May 13, 2014
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  • Bidding for a Cause

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:12 Issue: 7 - March 5, 2012
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  • Can We Ever Really Know Another?

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 14 Issue: 10 - March 18, 2014
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  • Celebrating Another Wonderful Year!

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 13 Issue: 18 - May 29, 2013
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  • Celebrating the “Un-Resolution”

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 14 Issue: 01 - January 8, 2014
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  • Class Size at All Saints

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 14 Issue: 03 - January 21, 2014
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  • Empty Bowls: “Because someone’s bowl is always empty…”

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 13 Issue: 12 - April 16, 2013
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  • Filling Empty Bowls

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:12 Issue: 10- April 3, 2012
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  • Finishing Strong

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 14 Issue: 19 - May 28, 2014
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  • Fourth Graders Take Action Against Dog Waste on Our Streets!

    Fourth Grade Class
    Volume: 13 Issue: 17 - May 21, 2013
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  • Giving Thanks for Another Great Year Together!

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 14 Issue: 21 - June 10, 2014
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  • Giving Thanks for Our Community

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 13 Issue: 31 - November 26, 2013
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  • Global Exchange for 21st Century Learners

    Libby Vino
    Volume: 14 Issue: 16 - May 7, 2014
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  • Gratitude for Silence

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:11 Issue: 09 -November 29, 2011

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  • Guest Blog: An All Saints Mother (and Grandmother) Shares Her Story about the Gift of Blood

    Anne LaGrange Loving
    Volume: 13 Issue: 13 - April 23, 2013
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  • Guest Blog: Bidding for a Cause

    Mary Anne Sullivan
    Volume: 14 Issue: 07 - February 25, 2014
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  • Guest Blog: Come and See What I See, by Laura Coraci

    Laura Coraci
    Volume: 14 Issue: 13 - April 8, 2014
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  • Guest Blog: Experiential Learning – When a Field Trip is More than Just a Day Out of School

    Jessica Zolnowski
    Volume: 14 Issue: 18 - May 21, 2014
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  • Guest Blog: Teeing Up for a Cause, by Peter Cossio

    Peter Cossio
    Volume: 14 Issue: 14 - April 15, 2014
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  • Guest Blog: The Fund for All Saints – Help Us Soar!

    Erik Aarts and Liz Urtecho
    Volume: 14 Issue: 11 - March 26, 2014
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  • Guest Blog: Watching Eighth Graders Find their “Perfect Fit” Schools

    Debbie Jacobus and Robyn Clanton
    Volume: 14 Issue: 15 - April 30, 2014
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  • Guest Blogger: Bringing History to Life

    Robyn Clanton
    Volume:12 Issue: 8 - March 12, 2012
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  • Guest Blogger: James DiBiasi, Class of 2012

    James DiBiasi
    Volume:12 Issue: 18 - June 20, 2012
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  • Guest Blogger: Laura Coraci on Joining the Board

    Laura Coraci
    Volume:13 Issue: 06 - February 12, 2013
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  • Guest Blogger: Lessons from the Stage

    Kathleen Ferman
    Volume: 13 Issue: 11 - April 9, 2013
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  • Guest Blogger: Supporting the Annual Fund – One Teacher’s Story

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:11 Issue: 11 -December 6, 2011
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  • Guest Blogger: The High School Admissions Process

    Jim DiBiasi
    Volume:12 Issue: 11 -April 16, 2012
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  • Guest Blogger: The Importance of Giving Blood – It could save a life

    Katherine and Carlos Rosa
    Volume:12 Issue: 12 - April 24, 2012
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  • Guest Blogger: The Proof is in the Pudding

    Laura Coraci
    Volume:11 Issue: 08 - November 14, 2011
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  • Guest Blogger: Why One Parent Supports the Annual Fund

    John Calderon
    Volume:11 Issue:12 - December 13, 2011
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  • Guest Blogger: Why We Give to All Saints

    Elizabeth Urtecho
    Volume:13 Issue: 04 - January 30, 2013
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  • Hats that Teach

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:12 Issue: 5 - February 14, 2012
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  • Heading to High School!

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:12 Issue: 6 - February 26, 2012
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  • Healthy Conflict: Another Victim of Bullying?

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:12 Issue: 28 - November 15, 2012
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  • Help Our Dreams Take Flight

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 13 Issue: 30 - November 19, 2013
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  • Homework: The Debate Continues

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:12 Issue: 30 - November 26, 2012
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  • How Are We Doing?

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:12 Issue: 14 - May 22, 2012
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  • How Learning to Drive Taught Me the Power of Great Teaching

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 13 Issue: 28 - November 6, 2013
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  • I Read the News Today, Oh Boy…

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 13 Issue: 23 - October 1, 2013
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  • Kicking Off Our Annual Appeal

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:12 Issue: 32 - December 12, 2012
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  • La Escuela del Futuro

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:12 Issue: 9 - March 27, 2012
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  • Last Call for Annual Appeal

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:12 Issue: 16- June 5, 2012
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  • Lessons from the One-Room Schoolhouse

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:11 Issue: 04 - October 18, 2011
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  • Let it Snow, Let is Snow, MAKE IT STOP!

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 14 Issue: 06 - February 12, 2014
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  • Letting Gratitude Light the Way

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 13 Issue: 29 - November 13, 2013
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  • Letting Our Children Take the Lead

    Volume:12 Issue: 24 - October 9, 2012
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  • Managing Anxiety for Our Children’s Sake

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:12 Issue: 31 - December 3, 2012
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  • Month of the Young Adolescent Leadership Summit to be held Monday

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:11 Issue: 06 - November 1, 2011
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  • Nelson Mandela: A Man of True Conscience

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 13 Issue: 33 - December 11, 2013
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  • On Academics, Leadership, and Service

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 13 Issue: 24 - October 8, 2013
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  • One Student’s Response to Hurricane Sandy

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:12 Issue: 27 - November 6, 2012
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  • Our Annual Youth Leadership Summit: Learning Through the Arts

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:12 Issue: 26 - October 22, 2012
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  • Our Parents’ Assocation Gets a New Look

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:12 Issue: 22 - September 24, 2012
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  • Parent Involvement

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 13 Issue: 10 - March 20, 2013
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  • Parenting in Tough Times

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:12 Issue: 33 - December 18, 2012
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  • Playing to Learn

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:11 Issue: 10 - November 29, 2011

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  • Preventing the “Summer Slide”

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 13 Issue: 20 - June 12, 2013
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  • Raise the Roof Expansion Project Launched at 707 Washington Street

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 13 Issue: 09 - March 13, 2013
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  • Raising the Roof on March 14th!

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 13 Issue: 07 -February 27, 2013
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  • Reading Olympics – Let the Games Begin!

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:12 Issue: 1 - January 3, 2012
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  • Reading Olympics: Creating Lifelong Readers

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 14 Issue: 09 - March 12, 2014
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  • Recipe For Success

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 14 Issue: 02 - January 15, 2014
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  • Reflecting on the Last Five Years

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:11 Issue: 05 - October 25, 2011

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  • Reflections on the New Year

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:12 Issue: 34 - December 31, 2012
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  • Reshaping Adolescence

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:12 Issue: 4 - February 2, 2012
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  • Resolve to Make Some Sacred Time for Family

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:12 Issue: 2 - January 10, 2012
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  • Saying Farewell to Dad

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 14 Issue: 08 - March 5, 2014
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  • School: The New Neighborhood

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:11 Issue: 01 -September 13, 2011
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  • Sleeping to Learn

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:13 Issue: 03 - January 22, 2013
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  • Small but Mighty: The Enchantment of Small Schools

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:11 Issue: 02 -September 26, 2011
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  • Starting the Year Off Right!

    Volume:12 Issue: 20 - September 11, 2012
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  • Striving for an A+ Parent-Teacher Conference

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 13 Issue: 32 - December 3, 2013
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  • Student Leaders Speak: Let’s Help the Hungry & Homeless

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:11 Issue: 07 - November 7, 2011
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  • Students Take the Lead on “Healthy Hangouts”

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 13 Issue: 25 - October 15, 2013
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  • Students: We Need You to Connect with Us

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:11 Issue: 03 - October 7, 2011

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  • Teeing Off for a Cause

    Volume:12 Issue: 13 - May 2, 2012
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  • Tending Our Community’s Spiritual Garden

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 13 Issue: 22 - September 24, 2013
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  • Thanksgiving Musings

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:12 Issue: 29 - November 20, 2012
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  • The Art of Scheduling

    Jill Singleton
    Volume: 13 Issue: 21 - September 18, 2013
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  • The Gift of Feedback

    Jill Singleton
    Volume:12 Issue: 15 -  May 30, 2012
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  • The Gift of Great Teachers

    Jill Singleton
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