30 Oct

Wild West Book Fair

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We are looking for Wild West Book Fair 2017 volunteers. Flexible hours are available for various shifts. Please check Just the Facts for details. More sign-up information coming soo.

“What’s YOUR Superpower?” Special Event Guinness World Records is designing a fabulous family-friendly show especially for our LS Book Fair that aims to bring you closer to discovering your answer to that question. Two shows: Join us Monday, Nov. 13 at 5:30 PM or at 6:30 PM for these special events. Pizza will be served!

RAFFLES! Already generously donated to this year’s raffle are: an Echo Show, Garmin Vivo Fit Junior, Gazillion Bubble Show Tickets, and Sponge Bob Squarepants Tickets! If you are willing to donate an item, please visit https://goo.gl/UNm5Xs and place your name (or “anonymous” if you’d rather ) next to the item, and send an email to Catherine Eby (2017 Book Fair Raffle Coordinator) at catherine.eby@gmail.com to coordinate item pickup at school. If there is any item that you would like to gift to the Book Fair that is not listed, please feel free to do so. We greatly appreciate all of your generosity and school spirit!

  • Monday, Nov. 13: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, Nov. 14: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Hajjar Auditorium

30 Oct

Diwali Assembly

The  Lower School experienced a beautiful assembly celebrating the Indian holiday of Diwali, the Festival of Lights!  Lower School students learned that Diwali is the biggest and brightest of festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs all over the world.

Lower School students of all ages taught us that Diwali commemorates the victory of good over evil, and is a time for new beginnings and the Indian New Year.  Many people celebrate by going to the temple and offering sweets to Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.

During our assembly, students who celebrate Diwali shared their traditions through song, dance and story. After a brief lesson about the significance and origin of Diwali, pre-school through fifth grade boys and girls performed a series of fun Indian dances set to popular Bollywood music.  The energy in the room was incredibly joyful as children in the audience celebrated along with the performers by clapping and waving their arms with tremendous enthusiasm.

The response of the audience showed how much the Lower School students appreciate the opportunity to learn about other cultures and celebrate with one another!  This beautiful assembly helped us learn about a holiday important to so many of our students and their families, and we are most grateful to the families who organized, performed and helped us celebrate! Happy Diwali!

30 Oct

Spirit Week Fundraising Update

Last week the Lower School worked in coordination with the Upper and Middle Schools’ Spirit Week 2017, to collect items for communities affected by weather-related events in Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas.

After students researched the needs of people living in these areas, we learned that there was a great need for particular items in Puerto Rico, whereas Texas and Florida communities were most in need of financial assistance.  Thus, these past two weeks students from three-year olds to fifth-graders walked into school each morning carrying baby food, diapers, work gloves and other necessities identified.  Lower School faculty and staff then transported the items to local organizations distributing the items to Puerto Rico. We made several trips to the Bogota and Hackensack Police Departments, each of which is well equipped to make sure our donations reach those in need.

For Texas and Florida communities, Dwight-Englewood made a significant contribution to Save the Children. The Lower School maintains an account so that we can respond to events around the world as they arise quickly, and we were very happy to contribute $500 on behalf of the Lower School students.

As always, our hearts go out to those who have lost so much, but we are grateful that the first question that Dwight-Englewood Lower School children and their families asked was, “What can we do to help?”

We thank you for helping your children and our school help so many others.

13 Oct

Spirit Week Fundraising Drive

Dear Lower School Families,

Starting next week and in coordination with the school-wide “Spirit Week” the Lower School will collect items and make a donation to those affected by recent weather-related events in Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas.

A committed group of fifth-graders researched the needs of people living in these areas and learned that Puerto Rico welcomes particular items, while financial donations are most helpful for residents of Florida and Texas.  The Lower School is prepared to make a donation from a fund we maintain for just this reason and is prepared to contribute $500 to an organization called Save The Children.

To help residents of Puerto Rico, each grade level has been matched with a particular item of need. Fifth grade students will help collect from each class. Contributions are entirely voluntarily.

To launch spirit week, on Monday, October 16th, we will have boxes out and fifth-graders ready to help collect and organize. We will then work with local organizations to make sure items are distributed to those in need. The drive will end on Friday, October 20th.

As always, our hearts go out to those who have lost so much, but we are grateful that the Dwight-Englewood Lower School is so willing and able to help!


Ms. Lewis and Ms. Abramson


Lower School Spirit Week Drive
Suggested Donation Items

  • Preschool 3: Diapers and Baby Wipes
  • Preschool 4: Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
  • Kindergarten: Work Gloves
  • First Grade: Bar and Liquid Soap
  • Second Grade: Canned and Dry Pet Food
  • Third Grade: Insect Repellant
  • Fourth Grade: Flashlights and Batteries
  • Fifth Grade: Pedialyte and Baby Formula
13 Oct

Introducing the Planeeters!

The Planeteers is a Lower School environmental group for fourth and fifth grade students.  This group learns more about environmental issues, how to make positive change and how to teach others about issues of our food, our health and our world.  It is a strong social group where children are engaged in projects on campus. Children create artwork, teach younger children about healthy choices and speak about issues of the environment to other classes; sometimes in Middle or Upper School!

Over the years, students who have participated in Planeteers have been instrumental in the composting and garden programs at the Lower School.  As they have moved on to the other divisions at D-E, their ideas and energy helped to begin the garden in the Middle and Upper School.

This year the Planeteers are already talking about projects they would like to pursue such as using non-toxic disinfectants in the lunchroom and reinstating the composting program.  They have watched short videos of other children who have spoken at the United Nations about the environment and who have given TedTalks for inspiration.  Some of our new Planeteers are thinking of ways they could give a talk to other classes on aspects of the environment.

From one year to the next each Planeteer group is different.  This creates new and interesting opportunities for the group to pursue.  We look forward to seeing where this young group of young people decide to put their energy!

13 Oct



Students new to 4th and 5th grade have been participating in an afterschool workshop run by Ms. Gottling, the Lower School math specialist.  The children have been solving open-ended and challenging math problems as they learn more about what it means to be a Dwight-Englewood Bulldog.  The activities are designed to help students understand what it means to engage, take a risk, persevere, and collaborate.  To solve the problems, students must think critically and creatively.  Of course, being ready and staying organized always help.

Thus far the children have snapped together squares and folded them to find the nets of a cube. They have built block constructions together using clues. Most recently they have used the process of elimination to identify categories of numbers by analyzing the placement in a Venn diagram of only 5 numbers! All in all, this season brings us a bumper crop of new Bulldogs!