Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Alexis' Paternity Leave
As some of you know, Alexis and his wife are expecting another baby the week after Thanksgiving. Please click here to read a letter from President Dickey regarding Alexis' parental leave.
I have fielded questions from some of you regarding whether or not the School will add days to the academic calendar after being closed during Hurricane Sandy. After reviewing the calendar with my Leadership team, I have decided that after adding a day of school on Election Day last week, we will not change the calendar any further. We will continue ahead with the calendar as regularly scheduled, although I will revisit this topic should we experience multiple snow days or any other extended, unplanned interruptions to school.
November is National Adoption Awareness Month
In the spirit of awareness-raising, we invite you to check out the colorful photo display accompanied by positive adoption language on the bulletin board next to the guard's desk in the lobby. This project is a celebration of families formed by adoption at Bank Street, brought to you by the Touched By Adoption parent affinity group.
Notes from Buffy and Anne's 10/17/12 Child Development Meeting
Talking to Kids About Hurricane Sandy
Click here to read an article written by Bank Street College faculty member Lesley Koplow, who is the Director of Bank Street's Center for Emotionally Responsive Practicum. The information may be helpful to parents with children in the 4/5s through the 8/9s.
Bank Street Bookstore Newsletter
The new Bank Street Bookstore e-Newsletter contains information about author visits and events. The newsletter page includes buttons for subscribing, sharing, and past issues which you will find in the top left-hand corner of the page.
Additionally, the Bank Street Bookstore has started a Facebook forum "Hurricane Sandy: Share Your Story" to encourage people (parents, teachers, etc.) to share their Sandy stories.
School Photos Online and Available to View/Order
Photos are available at http://www.stompinggroundphoto.com/. Click LOGIN: the KEYWORD is "bank" and the ONLINE CODE is "child'sfirstname+6 digit birthdate" (i.e. noah092207). To view sibling photos, click on the Change Gallery button on the lower left hand side of the screen. You can view class photos by entering the keyword "bank2" and the online code "groups." Place an order by clicking the Products icon at the top right hand corner of the screen. The school's fundraising deadline for orders has been extended to Monday, November 19. Contact Stomping Ground at email@example.com or 212-995-9379 for assistance with your order.
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Parents of Children of Color Meeting
Thursday, November 15, 6-7:30pm in Room 219
POCOC kicked off the school year in September with a visit from Pedro Noguera - now it's time for us to come together again and make some plans for the rest of the school year! Children are welcome! We will order pizza. (Please RSVP to Linda Lake, firstname.lastname@example.org by November 19 so that she can arrange child care.)
Parents Association-Sponsored Family Film Night
Friday, November 16, 7pm in the Auditorium
We are kicking off the first Film Night of the school year with the fun and zany Marx Brothers comedy, Horse Feathers (1932; 68 minutes). Synopsis: Quincy Adams Wagstaff, the new president of Huxley College, hires bumblers Baravelli and Pinky to help his school win the big football game against rival Darwin College. For ages 8 and up. Come out and bring your friends and family!
Anne and Buffy's Child Development Meeting
Wednesday, November 28, 9-10am in Room 709
Please join Anne and Buffy for a discussion on Fostering the Spirit of Gratitude and Empathy in Your Child.
Kaleidoscope: Stories of Diversity, Community and Family – a special storytelling and music event!
Friday, November 30, 5:15pm potluck in the Lobby and 6-7pm storytelling and music program in the Auditorium
Bank Street community members of all ages are invited to join us for Kaleidoscope: Stories of Diversity, Community and Family, a fun, family-centered program of storytelling and music highlighting themes that anchor, inspire and enrich our lives. We are especially excited to bring gifted storyteller April Armstrong to Bank Street for this event! This event is being jointly sponsored by three Bank Street affinity groups: Touched by Adoption, Parents of Children of Color, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies, with generous support from the Parents Association and the Office of Diversity and Community. Please feel free to contact Joint Affinity Group planning team members Roz Lee at email@example.com or Jane Ringel at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or suggestions for the event.
Spring Benefit Auction Kick-Off Party
Tuesday, December 4, 6-7:30 pm at the home of Margot Steinberg and Stan Harrison 500 West End Ave, 11H (at 84th Street)
We are gearing up for the Spring Benefit Auction, our community-wide fundraiser that takes place on May 2. Last year, we raised over $200,000 for the School for Children and Family Center. We can't thank you enough for your support!
At the party, we will discuss preliminary plans for the event, and have opportunities for parents to sign up to volunteer to help. We need assistance with ticket sales, item solicitation, proofreading, set up the morning of the event, writing descriptions, finding pictures for items, and so much more. Please RSVP to Margot Steinberg at email@example.com so we can have an accurate head count. If you would like to bring a dish, please let us know.
Rachel Simmons Comes to Bank Street!
Wednesday, December 5 Presentation and Q&A from 6:30 - 7:30pm in Auditorium; Book Signing from 7:30 - 8:00pm in Lobby
Light refreshments will be served.
Rachel Simmons is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls and The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence. As an educator, Rachel works internationally to develop strategies to reduce bullying and empower girls. Rachel currently works as a Leadership Development Consultant for the Center for Work and Life at Smith College and is cofounder and director of the Girls Leadership Institute. For weekly blogs, visit www.rachelsimmons.com and follow her at www.twitter.com/RachelJSimmons. Child care will be provided. Please contact Linda Lake to sign up.
Wednesday, November 21-Friday, November 23: School Closed for Thanksgiving Break
Friday, December 21: School Closes at 1PM for Winter Break - No After School
Monday, December 24-Friday, January 4: School Closed for Winter Break
Monday, January 7: School Reopens