29 Oct

Pictures Worth a Thousand Words!

The week of October 20, 2014 was filled with many special activities and much learning! There were field trips, an assembly, the celebration of Diwali and the annual Lower School Halloween party to name a few!  This issue of Lower School Notes contains a gallery of photos that we would like to share. 

Diwali Presentation and Faculty/Staff Lunch: 

Assembly featuring various D-E musicians: 

Third Grade Trip to Waterloo: 
Studying the Lenape people on a cold and rainy day!

Annual Lower School Halloween Party:

Super – Special words of thanks go out to parent, Maya Marchi, Lower School art teacher Elisa Garcia, and all of their helpers!



5th Grade Math Team:
The competition begins!


20 Oct

Third Graders Need Everyone’s Help to Make a Difference

The article below is written by Anya ’24 and Jaime ’24.  They wrote this article as an appeal to the Dwight-Englewood community for support of a long-term project that was launched in third grade last week.  The third graders will be working on this particular project until April 30, 2015 and will provide periodic updates on their progress.  Thank you in advance for your support of this effort.

Last week we watched a music video called ‘What About Now’ by the band Daughtry.  It’s about how we need to help the poor now – not in a few months or even next year.

In the video, we saw how many poor people are living all over the world.  Some of the places have a lot of garbage, some of them looked dangerous, and if these people are sick, they don’t have much medicine.  Many of these people look like they had been thrown away.  Watching the video made us feel sad, but now we feel excited because we are going to help people.

From now until April 30, 2015 we are asking the Lower School to help us collect ‘Box Tops for Education’ from many cereal boxes and other boxes and packages you can find at home or in the store. For every box top we collect, we will raise 10 cents.  We are collecting them outside of the third-grade classrooms in bins. We will keep track of how much money we are raising by counting the number of box tops by 10s.

We have decided to collect the box tops and donate them to the St. Joseph’s Indian School in South Dakota because we already have everything we need. The St. Joseph’s School helps poor children and families.  The students who attend St. Joseph’s School live at the school.  The school gives them everything they need like food, clothing, school supplies and medicine.  Their families can’t give them the things they need for school because they can’t afford the supplies.  St. Joseph’s School is helping to try to get the children in that school all the way through elementary and high school so they can go to a good college.

We are trying to help all of the students at the St. Joseph’s Indian School get clothing, bedding, equipment and supplies, and help them to stay healthy, and get more exercise. We would also like to help make more room at the school for more children to attend. Our goal is to help the school so that they can keep helping children for many more years.We chose to help this group of people at the St. Joseph’s School because we are learning about Native American people. We are learning about the Lenape people.  The Lenape were a Native American tribe that lived in New Jersey a long time ago.  The children of the St. Joseph’s School are from the Lakota (Sioux) tribe.  We will learn more about the Lakota tribe as well. Thank you for your help!  

About our top banner photo:  Ms. Roni Blaustein, third-grade teacher, together with Miss Michelle Sussmann, are guiding their students in this year’s “Make a Difference” program.  Keep reading Lower School Notes and our weekly “Just the Facts” for more information about this year-long initiative!

Hispanic Heritage Assembly: 
Dwight-Englewood School Honors and Celebrates Diversity
The Lower School proudly celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month in an assembly last week.  Students in grades 2 through 5 presented what they have learned thus far in their Spanish classes about the history, language, music and culture associated with Hispanic Heritage.

“We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the heritage and accomplishments of Hispanic people.  With a significant population of Hispanic students and families on our campus, Dwight-Englewood is proud to embrace and celebrate this observance.  It is important to have this assembly to support the identity of our Hispanic children, and to enrich the lives of those who are not Hispanic.” – Mr. Clinton Carbon, Director, D-E Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) 

Mr. Carbon was instrumental in coordinating this assembly. Students from Señora Harrison’s second-grade class were asked to present as well as students from Missi Collado’s third- and fourth- grade classes.

Mr. Carbon introduced students to the music of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra by playing a song called “Perla Morena” as students processed into the assembly. 

He also asked Upper School student, Wendy Grullon ’15, to read a story to the Lower School students. Wendy is the president of Dwight-Englewood School’s INSPIRE Club (Introducing New Solutions to Promote Integrity and Respect Everywhere).  Wendy read a book called ‘Harvesting Hope – the Story of Cesar Chavez’.

“My students work very hard at learning a foreign language, and this was a great venue to showcase the unit we were working on. My second graders were very honored that they were chosen to present the greetings and welcome to everyone.  The assembly has helped to peak their interest and my own.  Our next step will be to research exactly how many countries speak Spanish and to study the flags of those countries.  I am looking forward to making this assembly a tradition in the Lower School!” – Señora Harrison, LS Spanish teacher

Fourth Grade Artwork:  
For Your Viewing Pleasure

14 Oct
Lower School Talent Show Delights!

On Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, several Lower School students demonstrated incredible talent, courage and bravery, as they performed in the annual Lower School Talent Show!

The Talent Show is organized and led by first grade teacher, Jennifer Koteles P’20 and P’23 and parent Fernanda Pimenta P’22 and P’25. Several other parents and teachers were very supportive in making sure that the show was a complete success.

There were many proud family members and friends in the audience, clapping and cheering for each act.  It was truly a wonderful community event!

“This was a fantastic year for D-E’s Lower School Talent Show.  There were a variety of acts from piano playing and tae kwon do to dancing and joke telling.  Before the show began there was an abundance of nervous energy amongst the kids. The kids worked so hard and overcame their fears to provide an entertaining night for all who came to support them. I’m so proud of everyone’s hard work and the courage they showed when they got on stage to perform. The Lower School Talent Show does so much more than simply show off the talents of our children.  It builds confidence and self-esteem.  It encourages our children to take risks and overcome fears.  It celebrates excellence and not perfection.” Ms. Koteles P’20 and P’23

“I sang a song that has a great beat and matched my voice!  Although I was nervous at first, I felt really good about my performance”  Leah ’22

“I was a little nervous but the more the people laughed, the better I felt.  I really felt like I achieved an important goal!”  Kyle ’23

Fifth Grade Dance Routine

For more photos of the Lower School Talent Show see below.

Stress-Less Strategies

Learn “Stress-Less” Strategies on Oct 16 with Renée Trudeau.

Dwight-Englewood School (D-E) proudly presents author Renée Trudeau (Nurturing the Soul of Your Family) on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 7:00 -9:00 PM, in Hajjar Auditorium.  

Ms. Trudeau is speaking at D-E as part of the School’s “Road to Well-Being” Series this year.  Her presentation, entitled “The Art & Science of Self-Renewal: Creating Balance from the Inside Out” is being brought to D-E in partnership with the Parents’ Association.  

D-E parents and guardians, faculty and staff, alumni, and friends are invited to join us for what promises to be an enlightening evening.   Ms. Trudeau is an internationally-recognized life balance coach, speaker and president of Career Strategists, an award-winning coaching/consulting firm. Her corporate clients include Fortune 500 companies such as Dell, Ernst & Young and IBM, international conferences and nonprofit organizations. Ms. Trudeau has been facilitating/speaking at transformational events for more than 20 years and she’s on faculty at the prestigious Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and  Omega Institute.

A sought-after life balance expert, Ms. Trudeau’s work has been featured in the New York Times, US News and World Report, Good Housekeeping, Working Mother and more. She is the author of several best-selling books including the afore-mentioned  Nurturing the Soul of Your Family and The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal: How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-Balance Your Life.  She and her team have trained hundreds of RTA-Certified Facilitators in more than 10 countries around the world to lead self-renewal groups for mothers based on her award-winning curriculum.

As Ms. Trudeau explains:  “True balance doesn’t come from a new app or a better time management system-it comes from the inside-out. Learn how managing your energy, engaging the power of self-renewal, building a support network and being more present can increase your ability to be more effective, resilient and enjoy all areas of your life.”

Passionate about supporting parents and professionals in experiencing peace and well-being in everyday life, Trudeau—a parent of a 7th grader, wife, community activist and entrepreneur–lives what she teaches.  Ms. Trudeau will share simple, powerful practices and tools for feeling more connected, centered and calm. Join us for an engaging, empowering and interactive workshop and prepare to walk away with a fresh perspective and renewed clarity about your life.

Ms. Trudeau and her husband and 12 year-old son live in Austin, TX and “love hiking and eating Japanese food.”

To learn more about Renée Trudeau visit www.ReneeTrudeau.com.

Questions about Dwight-Englewood School’s “Road to Well-Being” Speaker Series can be directed to Karen Silvera at silvek@d-e.org.

Save the Dates!

Thursday, November 6 
 Listening in the Time of Technology: Living High Touch in a World of High Tech”
8:10 AM, Schenck Auditorium

Featuring Sayantani DasGupta, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics;
Faculty member, Master’s Program in Narrative Medicine, Columbia University. 
Dr. DasGupta is also a D-E Parent.   Learn more about Dr. DasGupta.

Friday, December 5
The Chew & You: Healthful, Tasty Nutrition” 
8:10 AM Schenck Auditorium
Featuring The Chew’a Co-Host and D-E alumna Daphne Oz ’04,  with members of D-E’s own Flik Dining Services Team!  Learn more about Daphne Oz. 
More photos from the Lower School Talent Show!

Join Us!  Dwight-Fright is Sunday, Oct. 26

07 Oct

October is Fire Prevention Month

On the first day of October 2014, our students participated in an assembly led by an Englewood, New Jersey fire official.

Several safety tips were shared such as how to properly check or “sweep” one’s bedroom door to see if it is hot; how to ‘Stay Low and Go!’ – a technique for staying below the smoke when exiting a building; and reminders on why and how to call 911 in the event of an emergency.

Charlie ’22 and Chloe ’24 help to demonstrate proper technique for “Stop! Drop! and Roll!”  

In the same way that fire drills are held periodically at school, families are encouraged to practice fire drills at home.  Planning the escape route and deciding on a meeting place such as a mailbox at the end of a driveway, a tree by a neighbor’s home or any other place that is away from the house or apartment, are important measures for families to discuss prior to an unforeseen fire emergency.
Music teacher, Mary Heveran, who is also our assembly coordinator, shared the following:

Mary prepares to model the extensive protective gear worn by firefighters.

“This assembly is presented each year to students in grades preschool 3 through grade 5, by a fire official from the Englewood Fire Department.  It is so reassuring to see how much children remember from year to year about things like how to plan your escape, ‘Stay Low and Go!’ and ‘Stop! Drop! and Roll’.”

An explanation of fire department protective clothing was given

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to engage children in a dialogue about some of the safety tips reviewed at the assembly.  Please remember to check home smoke alarms and to devise a plan for the family to get out of the home as quickly and safely as possible in the event of a fire emergency.

Mary in full gear!

Did You Know? – Fast Facts about Mary Heveran

In addition to teaching music at Dwight-Englewood School and coordinating assemblies this school year, Mary has had several special positions related to this important assembly topic.  Mary served as Fire Commissioner for the Borough of Leonia, New Jersey for 9 years before becoming Mayor of Leonia in 2007. In 2008, she was named Honorary Chief for the Leonia Fire Department, an honor for which she is very proud!  We are proud of her as well!

Hudson River-Clearwater Sloop Trip – 
October 6, 2014

The photo at the top shows the students hoisting the sail on the Clearwater Sloop.

Reflections by Lower School Science Teacher Beth Lemire

Sam ’22, Ben ’23 and Ben ’22

This year, the fourth-grade students and the Planeteers, an after-school science enrichment program, are teaming up for a study of the Hudson River.

This study was developed as the result of a conversation in science class about the river.  Although the children were aware that the river is polluted, they did not know much else about this important waterway. I truly feel that to create effective stewards of the planet, children must have a deep connection with the earth.

The Hudson River has such a rich heritage. The contributions and impact that it has on people living in this area are immense.  I thought it very important to have our students delve deeper into the history of the river and to introduce them to the gifts of this important natural resource.

Ben ’22 and Jonathan ’22 give a ‘thumbs up’ of  approval!

After conducting some research and reading about the Hudson River in class, the students went aboard the Clearwater Sloop for a hands-on experience.  The vessel is a replica of the sloops that sailed in the 18th and 19th centuries on the Hudson.

Through many well-organized learning stations aboard the sloop, the students examined a live eel from the river, heard a brief history of the Hudson River, studied the water quality, learned about the Hudson River School artists, and helped raise the sails – complete with sea shanties!

Having the opportunity to be totally immersed this way was a memorable experience.  The weather cooperated nicely and provided us with a smooth ride.

Sunaya ’22 helping to hoist the sails!

“I really enjoyed spending the day on the water learning so much about the Hudson River and all of its treasures!”  George ‘ 22

“My favorite part of the trip was learning about the eel!” Kelly ’23

“Being on the Clearwater Sloop was really fun, but the best part was when I got to see an eel and then touch it…not an electric eel, of course!” Sam ’22