News From The School at Columbia University, 4/05/12


Friday, April 6 - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, April 12
Book Fair: 8 am - 6 pm
Casa Latina Meeting: 8:30 am

Friday, April 13
Book Fair: 8 am - 6 pm
7th Grade Test Prep: 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Make-a-wish Bake Sale: 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Wednesday, April 18
Kaleidoscope Meeting: 8:30 am

Friday, April 20
2nd Grade Bake Sale: 3:30 - 5:30 pm
7th Grade Test Prep: 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Friday, April 27 - HALF-DAY
12 noon dismissal (Faculty Development)


Run for Change, Sunday, April 29
Common Cents, the organization which runs our annual Penny Harvest is holding a fundraiser to support their operations. The Run for Change 5k run/walk/rally will take place the morning of April 29th along Hudson River Park. There will be a TSC team to show our support for the organization and show some school spirit! Please join our team and show the world how much we care about the Penny Harvest. Registration Instructions.
For questions or additional info contact Kate Berten or Doug LeBlanc.

Baby News
2nd grade teacher Jessica Freedman and Coach Shannon McCampbell welcomed their baby Elliott Sky McCampbell-Freedman to the world on March 12, 2012. The new parents report being both overjoyed and exhausted, and would like to thank everyone for all the love, support and good wishes that have been sent their way.

AMNH Young Naturalist Congratulations
Twelve of our 7th graders made it to the semi-finalist round of the American Museum of Natural History's Young Naturalist Award contest:
Aidan Ryan
Alexandra Mann
Ben Schneier
Carl Pederson
Danielle Quick Holmes
Gabriel Marks
Julia May
Lucy Wang
Nicholas Carrero
NiKaila Saunders
Stephanie Carrero
Tim Reizis

Booking it in Today's World

Spring Break is behind us. Did you spend some quiet time with a paperback? In many cases, these old-school vacation fantasies have given way to new realities. Today’s announcement by the Pew Research Center reveals that more than one in five Americans say they have read a book in electronic form during the last 12 months, and that e-readers have increased the average American’s yearly book consumption from 15 to 24 books. With this news in the air, it seemed apt to check in with our Lead Librarian, Nadine Renazile, on her thoughts about books today:

How do you like to read a book? That is the question 21st-century parents, librarians and educators are asking. Do you prefer the classic print, an e-Reader, or listening to an audio book? In the 21st century, "The book" caters to almost all of the senses. We can listen, touch and view simultaneously. Our interactions with reading in the classic sense have been transformed. We are engaging in books through a transliterate lens. According to Sue Thomas, Professor of New Media in the Faculty of Humanities at De Montfort University, transliteracy is "the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media." At TSC, students are using transliteracy all the time through the ways they access books, find videos correlating to the books, and create responses to their reading. How are you experiencing transliteracy?

One rich way to experience a book is by using the Waste Land App available through iTunes. The digital application features the landmark 1922 T.S. Eliot poem set within a wealth of interactive features to offer readers a range of access for text, speech, performance, criticisms, and manuscripts all in one place.  

Consider also a recent National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) blog post. In it, educator and blogger Traci Gardner remarks that "Today’s media-savvy students compose and read texts that include alphabetic- and character-based print, still images, video, and sound. They listen to podcasts, watch animations on the Internet, film their own videos, and compose visual arguments on paper and online. Reading and composing for these students includes such features as visual design, nonlinear organizational structures, and oral storytelling techniques." To experience "reading" in this way, try Wonderstruck, A Novel in Words and Pictures by Brian Selznick. Selznick’s second turn at visual narrative, Wonderstruck follows The Invention of Hugo Cabret, whose pictures-and-text formta earned him the Caldecott Medal and stunned the children's-book world. Selznick described his book "…as not exactly a novel, and it’s not quite a picture book, and it’s not really a graphic novel, or a flip book, or a movie, but a combination of all these things."  

What an exciting time to be reading, when the very concept of the 'book' is changing. I invite you to share your latest literary discoveries with me - via new technology or a traditional hard-cover, checked out of your local library. Email me at

-Nadine Renazile
Lead Librarian, Grades 5 - 8

Book Fair: April 12 - 13
Open 8 am - 6 pm: 5th floor Art Studio

All classes at The School at Columbia will visit the Book Fair on either Thursday, April 12 or Friday, April 13. Parents are invited to accompany their child’s class to the Fair. Details about student book purchases and the class visit schedule are being sent home today, and are available on our website.

If you are able to volunteer for a shift at the book fair, please contact your class parent, or sign up in the Café.  If you have any questions, please contact Karen Levin or Suzanne Jackson.

We are still accepting used books donations.  Bring your gently used children's books to the MPR stage April 9 and 10.  No adult books, board books, videotapes, or DVDs, please.