|I loved greeting the students and families on our opening day!|
Students in grades 1-5 processed into the gym as a second-grade student played a beautiful rendition of “Rondo” by Muzio Clemente and “Little Man in the Woods” by Englebert Humperdink on keyboard. Following her performance, students from Ms. Sowa’s Grade 4 class led us in the song “America” written by Katherine Lee Bates. Music teacher, Mary Heveran, accompanied on keyboard by music teacher, Lorna Milbauer, led us in a song called “JAMBO”. As we recessed from the gym, a third-grade student courageously sang and performed “Cups (When I’m Gone)” by Anna Kendrick. What an eclectic selection of tunes!
Jambo! Jambo sana jambo! (Swahili)
Hola! Hola mis amigos! (Spanish)
Ohaiyou! Ohaiyou konnichiwa! (Japanese)
Hello! Hello everybody hello! (English)
Welcome New Lower School Faculty
Mary Cushman is the new teaching assistant in the preschool 3 class. Mary has earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Swarthmore College. She has also earned a Masters of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Bank Street College of Education. Mary has taught kindergarten at First Presbyterian preschool and kindergarten in Englewood and has experience in New York City schools as well. She also has a keen interest in the theater and attended the Circle in the Square Theatre School. Her daughter, Julia, ’20 is in 7th grade at D-E and husband, Fred Daly, is an US Department Chair, advisor, teacher and coach. Welcome to the Lower School, Mary!
Rachel DiGiovanni is the new teaching assistant in the first grade and is also helping out in the Explorers program in the afternoon. Rachel has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Special Education from Rutgers University. She has also earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Montclair State University. Rachel has had a breadth of experience working with students in preschool through third grade in various schools in New Jersey. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge about innovative means of integrating technology into the curriculum. Rachel has a daughter, Savannah, ’16 who is a junior at D-E, and she’s also the proud parent of D-E Alumna, Bianca, Class of 2011. Welcome to the Lower School, Rachel!
Julie Pugkhem is the new teaching assistant in the preschool 4 class. Julie has earned a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and Human Biology from Emory University. She has also earned a Masters of Science in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education. Julie has a strong interest in promoting students’ interest in the sciences. Julie has a beautiful chihuahua named Machi that she loves dearly. Welcome to the Lower School, Julie!
Thank you for your cooperation and patience!
As routines begin to take shape regarding arrival and dismissal patterns for families, the morning and afternoon car lines and bus routes will become much more predictable. Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this transition time.
Please be sure to refer to the Just the Facts document that was sent home on Friday Sept. 5th. Just the Facts outlines a few additional points, such as the arrival and dismissal times, that will likely make for a more successful week.
Below are a few additional reminders that will help with the flow of traffic in the morning and the afternoon:
Please do not exit your car while in the carline. The sidewalk helpers will do all that they can to get your child, backpacks, lunch pails and other goodies out of or into the car safely along the sidewalk.
Please be mindful of parents and caregivers behind you in the carline. We want parents and caregivers to send the children off with a kiss and proper goodbye and to greet them with the same excitement at the close of the day; however, we do ask that you move along to the exit gate as soon as the conditions are clear and safe. Let’s work together as a community to shorten the carline from both the Lincoln Street entrance and the Palisades Ave. entrance.
Please do not make a left turn onto Palisades Avenue once you have reached the exit gate. It is against the law to do so. Additionally, although it may be inconvenient to turn right, the increased wait time has an impact on the remaining drivers in the carline.
If you would like to walk your child into the building this week, parking is permissible on Lincoln Street until Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. If we receive permission to continue to park on Lincoln Street for the following week, that information will be posted in Just the Facts.
Grand Opening – Lower School Book Room
by Susan Abramson, Assistant Principal
You may have noticed the room next to the Lower School library has a new look!