16 Mar

Jump Rope for Heart Reminder

Jump Rope for Hearts donation envelopes went home this week.  Donations can be made either online or return envelopes to Mrs. Franco after the spring break by Friday, April 6, 2018.  Contact Mrs. Franco at francok@d-e.org if you have any questions.  To learn more about Jump Rope for Heart please click here or go to: http://american.heart.org/jump-hoops

16 Mar

¡Si, Se Puede!

Contribuido por  Doctora Collado and Senora Harrison

Yes, our students can see their growth in Spanish! Using the Can-Do Statements, a framework developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) in collaboration with the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL), our teachers, Señora Harrison and Doctora Collado are fostering Spanish proficiency through comprehension, conversational and writing tasks.

Using culture and literacy as a foundation, the students build their Spanish skills while having fun. In Preschool students make their own huevos verdes con jamón, green eggs and ham, based on Dr. Seuss’ story. Kindergarten and first graders build their Spanish vocabulary through the making of piñatas and casas respectively. Second graders are starting to create sentences in Spanish using the Symtalk picture system. In third, fourth and fifth grades, learners engage in reading, conversational and writing tasks in themes such as music, sports and leisure, and heroic figures. Through teacher feedback and self-assessments students set individual goals that help them grow.

16 Mar

The Power of the Dream

Submitted by Mary Heveran

On Thursday, March 15 the second, third, and fourth grade presented their annual spring concert which featured music and artwork. The concert is a combination of singing, dancing, and playing instruments such as recorder, xylophone, metallophone and glockenspiel.

Each year the concert has a theme. This year the theme is the power of a dream. Students have been preparing songs that reflect the types of dreams that one has and the idea that we must all realize the power of our dreams – no matter what they are. Reaching a goal, dreaming of a new place to live, believing in yourself, and always remembering to follow your heart…wherever they make take you.

I am so proud of all the hard work the children have done and I am so thankful that I followed my dreams of teaching a love of music to children. My dreams come true each and every day as I watch and listen to these magnificent children who bring love and joy to my heart. Thanks to my colleagues Lisa Dove and Melissa DeJesus for making this evening exceptional.

02 Mar

AfterCare & Enrichment (ACE) Spring Open House Events

Join us! We are hosting a series of “Open Houses” for families considering D-E 360° AfterCare & Enrichment for the Spring. Please join us for one or all of our festivities.  To register click here or go to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Bjd8uF35Slj6vmD13Gm6Wf6SDZljNp-NBs7Kb5PW_vM/edit?ts=5a957419

Students who are NOT currently enrolled in ACE must be accompanied by a parent.  These events are free to everyone.

All students – current or new – must enroll for the Chess Tournament and the Pasta Dinner, simply for matters of planning.

Friday, March 2:

  • Students participate in Gym Games 3:45-4:15 (parents observe, obviously!).
  • Fencing at 4:30, parents and students can watch a class in progress.

Tuesday, March 6:

  • Family Pasta Dinner, 5:30. Prepared and served by our current Snacktivities students. Bring the whole family for a delicious, simple meal of pasta, garlic bread and a little dessert.

Wednesday, March 7

  • 3:00 Join our Animal Visiting Class in Swartley
  • 3:15-4:15 Take a peek at Homework Club in action
  • 4:30 observe Chess and Coding classes.
  • 5:00-6:15 Open Chess Tournament for All Abilities!
    • Our current Chess Team welcomes their classmates to participate in a friendly, introductory Chess tournament. I expect to see an array of talent – from serious play to very basic introductions.
    • Please stop by!
    • Chess tables will be set up for parent play, too!

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at keighs@d-e.org. Please  RSVP at THIS LINK HERE.

See you at the Clubhouse!


Sharon Keigher

ACE Director

02 Mar

Black History Month


Submitted by Mary Heveran

On Wednesday, February 21, an assembly was presented in honor of Black History Month.  The assembly was entitled “Rosa Louise McCauly Park – the Spark for the Civil Rights Movement.”

This wonderful presentation included actress/historical presenter Scottie Davis who portrayed the life of Rosa Parks from a young woman up until the days before and after the bus boycott.  Also participating were fifth grade students Rik, Brandon, Ben, Lisa, Kobi, Gabrielle, Orli, Alia, Ethan, Guy, and Kennedi.

The performance included acting and singing as well as audience participation with songs such as We Shall Overcome and Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around.  We all enjoyed the assembly and were once again reminded of the struggles of the people during the Civil Rights movement as well as what courage looks like.

The assembly was part of an arts initiative with Arts Horizons, a company that strongly believes in the power of arts in education.

02 Mar

Lower School Wellness Week is All Heart!

Submitted by Kim Franco

Soon the sound of snapping ropes, stomping feet and bouncing basketballs will fill the hallways of the Lower School as we participate in our annual Jump Rope and Hoop for Heart event and fundraiser to support The American Heart Association (AHA). Over the past five years we have raised a significant amount of money thanks to the generous and thoughtful students and families of the D-E community. Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart is a fun and effective way to teach how to live a healthy lifestyle. It emphasizes the importance of physical activity, while students are doing something they enjoy.

The event will take place during the Health and Wellness Department’s Wellness Week held next week, from March 5-9, 2018. All students, from preschool through fifth grade, will participate in the program during their physical education classes. Families that choose to donate can begin raising money in a variety of ways prior to, as well as after the event. Collection envelopes will be supplied and AHA provides Dwight-Englewood with a web page for online donations. The final day donation envelopes will be collected April 6, 2018

During the event, there will be music and dancing, jump rope contests and basketball shooting competitions for the students which include the most consecutive jumps, the longest time jumping rope, jump rope tricks, foul shooting contest and hot shot contest. Students will use pedometers to track how many steps they can register during their class time. The event is going to be a BLAST!

02 Mar

Science Spotlight: Grade 1 – 4

Submitted by Beth Lemire

The science room continues to be a very busy place. While first graders have been studying animal homes to coincide with their study of human Houses and Homes in the classroom, second graders have been learning about the states of matter and molecules.  Third graders deepen their study of states of matter at this time of year.  Each grade learns songs appropriate for their studies and while learning about polymers they make “gak”, and non-newtonian fluids they experiment with “oobleck” (cornstarch and water). Finally, fun dry ice demonstrations abound in order to facilitate learning about sublimation!

Fourth grade combines the Hudson River study with simple machines, electricity and even a little technology to create some very interesting board games! This has been an on-going endeavor that involves a lot of creative thinking, planning and small group work. While utilizing facts about the Hudson River children have used woodworking, Paper Mache and their newly honed electrical skills to create fun and informative games to play and share. In the Spring, they will re-open their Hudson River models in the outdoor garden beds that they began in the fall. Liners will be measured and secured and they will install a pump so that that it becomes a working model. Bridges and points of interest along the way will finish the project. In May, the study will culminate with a sailing trip on the Clearwater Sloop, a replica of a 19th century sloop that sailed the Hudson. You can take a look at the sloop at http://www.clearwater.org/about/the-clearwater-story/. Of course they will be planning the garden as well so it will be a busy time indeed!

02 Mar

Science Spotlight: Early Childhood

 Submitted by Julie Pugkhem

Science in early childhood offers an opportunity to focus and build on the children’s awareness of the environment around them and the compassion that they can show to one another, to animals, and to our community.  When children arrive in science, their first questions are always about the animals in our room.  They care so deeply about the fish, the rabbits, “Katherine” and “Rube”, and our hamster, Einstein.

They always ask, “Did the fish eat today?”  “Are the bunnies cold in the winter?”  “Where is Einstein?  Is he still sleeping?”  They make observations about the rabbits and show an understanding that they must be careful, calm, and quiet when they enter the room so that we do what is best for the animals.

As well as caring for the animals in our classroom, the children have been making beautiful ice ornaments that also serve to provide food for the birds outside during the winter.  The children have been enjoying watching water freeze into ice and they very carefully choose branches on which to hang each ice ornament.

On days when it is far too cold to be outdoors, the children have been exploring magnets and their properties.  Inquiry guides their experiences as they wonder and ask many questions. “Which materials stick to the magnets?”  “Do magnets stick to all metals – even aluminum foil and coins?”  “Are there materials in nature that have magnetic properties?”

The children have experimented and learned that magnets stick to paper clips, the doors around the lower school, chair legs, and even some rocks!  They also learned that magnets do not stick to wood, plastic, or coins.  They discovered that magnets have two poles, North and South, and that opposite poles attract one another and like poles repel one another.

Having some fun with magnets, the children in preschool “painted” beautiful pictures using magnet wands and magnetic items such as disc magnets, ball bearings, and latch magnets. They were very successful and were able to be creative without getting paint on their hands or on the magnet wands! The kindergarten children carefully illustrated and created their own magical magnetic flying kites!

As the school year continues, we look forward to welcoming warmer weather and the beginning of spring where we can notice all the magic of that season — flower buds sprouting out from the ground and trees beginning to grow new foliage.  The spring at D-E offers more than just a time for the children to observe growth in nature, it is also a time for the children to grow cognitively and physically, to make connections with nature and their environment, and to look forward to the prospect of new beginnings.