Wisdom from Our Students, Post-Election

From a letter sent home to parents following a schoolwide day of service, reflecting on our students’ reactions to the recent presidential election.

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Upper Division Pageant Permission Slip: Action Required

We are still waiting on Pageant permission slips from many upper division families.

If you haven’t already done so, please fill out this online form form as permission for your child to attend pageant rehearsals. Before you fill out your permission form, please carefully review the rehearsal schedule. We must have all forms by Dec. 2.

Unless you indicate otherwise, we will honor the authorized adult forms that you have already submitted to the school. Daily dismissal from rehearsals will always be from the lobby unless otherwise stated. If you have any questions or concerns, please email productions@sthildas.org.

Thank you!

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November 9: Our Response to the Election

As we do each day, our community gathered in Chapel. Head of School Virginia Connor presented thoughts and reflections on the Presidential election.

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Parent Presentations Stress the Privileges of Democracy: "Porque Somos Libre"

Two recent Chapel presentations offered by current parents highlighted the importance of participating in the habits of democracy.

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Design Inspires Learning in After School "Under the Sea"

“We’re underwater,” smiles Chris Laurent, assistant director of After School, extending his arms toward the freshly painted blue walls of the After School room. This year’s program has a new theme—Ocean Sea Life: From the Coastal Seas to the Deep Abyss—but the spirit and goals of the program remain the same: to make after school hours rewarding and inspiring for the students who spend time there.

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Third Grade Pop Art! American Artists Series: Warhol

As the presidential election approaches, students in all grades are exploring American art. This week, the third grade studied Andy Warhol and his Pop art screen prints. Our third graders created their own self-portraits in Warhol’s unique style, mimicking his silkscreen process by using tempera paint to create a background, and then rendering the details with markers, crayons, and colored pencils. 

#FirstDay! Convocation Ceremony Begins A New Year

This year’s Convocation was the first schoolwide event to be held in the chapel since it was officially renamed “Gordon Chapel,” in honor of outgoing Board Chairman The Rev. Canon Jay H. Gordon, who oversaw tremendous growth in the school’s enrollment, diversity, fundraising, and physical plant in his 30-year tenure.

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Parent Leaders Needed!

The PA is seeking volunteers from each homeroom to act as class representatives.

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Pre-season Athletics Coming Soon!

Pre-season workouts will take place next week for seventh and eighth grade student-athletes. The Hawks coed soccer team will practice August 29, 30, 31, and September 1 at Frederick Douglass field on West 101st Street and Amsterdam Avenue,  from 9-11 a.m.

The following week, work-outs will take place September 7 and 8, from 3-5 p.m. Volleyball workouts will take place in the gym from 9-11 a.m. on the same days. Cross country team practices will run September 7 and 8 from 3-4 p.m.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Patti Lesser, director of P.E. and athletics: plesser@sthildas.org.

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2016 Summer Programs Finish with a Splash

This year’s summer programs brought together students in every grade, alumni helpers, and outstanding teachers for two weeks of summer fun and creative courses.

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THANK YOU! Parents, Faculty, and Trustees Give 100 Percent

Parents, faculty, and trustees united to reach 100 percent participation in the St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s Fund, and alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, foundations, and friends helped the Fund to reach a record total of more than $1.5 million.

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2016 Graduation Honors "A Very Special Class"

The members of the class of 2016, Head of School Virginia Connor said, “were the response to a world that was devastated by the events of September 11, 2001. You represent the proof that hope cannot be extinguished and love vanquishes even the bleakest of times.”

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Bring on Summer Camp!

Now that we have wrapped up the school year with closing ceremonies, Lower and Upper Division programs open up on Monday, June 20. Our beginner through lower school (grades 1-3) campers will be busy enjoying the joys of summer.

Authorized Pick-Up Form
We will be using your most current information in regard to authorization pick up. If you have any changes for the summer, please update patti lesser at plesser@sthildas.org.

Lower Division June Camp begins on Monday, June 20, at 9 a.m. The camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The last day of June Camp is Friday, July 1. Early room is available in the Chapel each day at no cost and begins at 8:15 a.m. Grades 1-3 are divided into two camp groups – GREEN & YELLOW. JK & SK will be together in RED and BLUE groups in rooms 301 and 302. Beginners will be housed in 202 and nursery campers in 207.

Chefs Canp and Writing Btween the lines will take place in 407 and 408 while Robotics will be housed in room 402. Our Hawk Basketball Clinic will take place in the gym.

LD Swimming
Physique Swim will once again lead our instructional swim classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the Millbank Center Pool. Lower division campers travel by bus. They should wear play clothes to camp and bring their swim suits to camp these days. We will supply swim caps. Goggles are optional. (It may be a good idea to have two suits as children enjoy sprinklers on playdeck most days.)

What To Wear and Bring
· Sneakers: Your child will need sneakers every day as we will be using the gym, park, and playdeck. (Please do not send your child in flip-flops at any time, as they are not safe for walking around the building or playdeck.)
· Clean change of clothes (including underwear and socks)
· A bathing suit (or two) and two towels to keep in the cubby for swim and sprinklers on the playdeck.
· Appropriate water shoes for pool transport and playdeck (such as aqua socks, or Teva-style sandals, waterproof shoes with straps that will stay on—no flip-flops)
· Hat with a brim to protect against the sun (optional)
· Please apply sunblock before camp. During the course of the day we will reapply sunblock. If for health reasons, your child needs a specific kind please contact Regina Hannon at extension 317.


Lunch and Snack
Lunch, snacks, and drinks are supplied during Lower division campers and upper division campers who stay all day. They will enjoy a hot lunch with many options including fresh fruit, veggies prepared by our cafeteria staff each day. We will also enjoy “Watermelon Wednesday” picnics on the playdeck.

Health Forms
We will provide snacks as well. We will use all of the health information that you provided for the school year as it is still current, and so if you have any changes or updates regarding food allergies or any health topic please contact Nurse Hannon as soon as possible.
Please do not hesitate to contact me at extension 315 or email me at plesser@sthildas.org if you have any questions. We are looking forward to June Camp with your children.


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