26 Jan

Community of Englewood

Contributed by Jennifer Koteles & Marina Byrne

The second graders have been learning about their community in social studies. We talked about urban, suburban and rural communities and most recently explored the suburban and urban parts of the Englewood community. We learned the history of Englewood and took a virtual tour using Google Earth, followed by a real-life tour through the town.  On our guided tour, the children noticed the residential areas of the town, as well as the commercial and recreational spaces.

Our first stop was the Englewood Florist, a local merchant and a family owned business. We learned about supply and demand and how that changes based on the seasons and holidays. Next up, we visited the Englewood Police Department. We met several detectives as well as the Chief of Police! They showed us how they help keep Englewood safe. Our last stop was Englewood Hospital. The children had the opportunity to go inside a real ambulance and hear how the EMTs help keep safe.

Second graders ended the day with a better sense of all that our Englewood community has to offer its residents and visitors.

26 Jan

Trip to Met Opera

Contributed by Mary Heveran

On Friday, January 19, our fifth-grader students attended the final dress rehearsal of Verdi’s opera IL Trovatore. It was a special student performance presented by the Metropolitan Opera. Students arrived at school dressed in their finest clothes, excited to see the opera we had been studying. Students were in awe of the opera house: the Austrian Crystal chandeliers, the plush red carpet, the gold leaf ceiling, the rosewood decor, and of course, the magnificent opera production. One of the benefits of seeing an opera at the Met is that students can witness what their individual opera jobs are like in the professional world. Students marveled at the set design, the lighting, the costumes and make-up, the musicians and singers. It was a magical experience, and one that we hope will inspire an appreciation of opera that will stay with them for a lifetime.

26 Jan

Introducing Ms. Melissa DeJesus!

We welcome our interim art teacher, Melissa DeJesus, to the Lower School.  A native New Yorker, Ms. DeJesus studied art and animation at the School of Visual Arts. Her professional career launched in 2001 when she and a group of friends animated the cartoon segment for the live action movie Super Troopers.  She went on to publish a series of graphic novels including a short comic featured in the young adult novel, Fan Art, published by Harper Collins and was the youngest female artist to illustrate a newspaper comic strip, My Cage, for King Features Syndicate.

Ms. DeJesus has taught art in various schools throughout the boroughs of New York, including programs at LaGuardia and Hostos Community Colleges.  Her passion for teaching led her to pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching.

Melissa is delighted to join Dwight-Englewood and looks forward to providing an experience in art that will open the minds of her students to all possibilities of expression, as well as learning and critical thinking skills that will last a lifetime.

11 Jan

Monday, Jan. 15 MLK D-E Day of Service: – EXCITING NEW FORMAT!

In the past, our community has commemorated the contributions of the Rev.  Dr.  Martin Luther King, Jr. by opening our doors to our school community, as well as local community groups, in order to pack food for communities of need.

This year, the MLK D-E Day of Service on Monday, January 15, will take on a new format under the leadership of Dr. Mirangela Buggs, Director of Equity & Diversity Engagement and Debbie Murphy, Upper School Director of Student Activities and Community Service.

Our time together will begin at 9 AM in Schenck Auditorium, where we will gather as a community to hear a guest speaker.  Following that time together, there will be service projects held on and off campus that families can select.  Transportation will be provided to off-campus sites.  After working together in the morning, we will then gather together in the Wharton Lessin Dining Hall for a community luncheon sponsored by the D-E Parents’ Association.  Please click here to register online for the MLK D-E Day of Service.  

This is a wonderful opportunity for Lower School students and families to connect with the broader D-E community and our surrounding neighbors.

11 Jan

Coming Soon: LS Author Visit featuring Sarah Weeks!

We are delighted to welcome prolific children’s author, Sarah Weeks, to the Lower School on Friday, February 2, 2018!

Sarah has written over 50 picture books and novels for children and young adults, including the best-selling novels, Pie, Save Me a Seat and So B. It, which is now a feature-length film. In addition to writing, Sarah is an adjunct faculty member in the Writing Program at the New School University, in New York City, and teaches a master class at Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Sarah’s broad range of books and dynamic presentation style are sure to captivate and inspire our students across all grades.  She will spend time with grades K-1, 2-3 and 4-5, tailoring her program to each age group.

In anticipation of Sarah’s visit, we will share some of Sarah’s books with your children in the library and in their classrooms during the month of January.  We encourage families to visit her website at Sarahweeks.com to find out more about her and her wonderful collection of stories and books.

A book order form, featuring Sarah’s collection of books, will be sent home prior to her visit so families can place an order.  Children will receive the books after they meet with her.  We ask that all book orders be submitted by January 19, 2018 so that we can better ensure that the books are on campus by February 2, 2018.  A portion of the sales will benefit the D-E Parents’ Association. Click here to view and/or download/print the Sarah Weeks Visiting Author Book Order Form.