Week of December 13, 2015
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Letter from Allison:

Dear Families, 

It's the time for us all to come together again in celebration of our children’s work. Please join us on Thursday (12/17) at 8:45 am for a special, all-school community meeting where we will sing together and celebrate Winter. This special event will be quickly followed by a visit to your child’s classroom to see what they have been up to at Blue School. At 9:30 am, we’ll invite parents to walk around the school to see children's work throughout the school in other classrooms. It’s a wonderful morning, and a great way to celebrate the end of the calendar year before we say goodbye for two weeks.

We hope to see you (regardless of age or whether your program is in session at that time) in the Commons at 8:45 am on Thursday the 17th!

- Allison

News & Weekly Recap

10 Days of Extreme Giving Update

During the "10 Days of Extreme Giving", we were able to raise more than $200,000 for tuition assistance and increased our parent participation in the Annual Fund from 30 to 75 percent. We're so proud of our Blue School community for answering the call to action.  There is still time to give!

Picasso at MOMA

This past Monday, our whole Pre-primary faculty visited the Picasso exhibit at MOMA to look at Picasso’s different materials and uses for inspiration. Check out these photos!

Reminder about Monday, December 14

There will be NO Community Meeting in The Commons on Monday morning.  Additionally, Kirk Simon's Documentary film crew will be joining us to film at Blue School again.  

Parent Math Workshop
Monday, December 14 at 9 am
Studio on 6th Floor

In this parent math workshop, we will discuss the development of children's numeracy, with a specific focus on skills and concepts related to addition and subtraction. We will use common classroom math routines to experience and better understand what this topic looks likes beginning in Kindergarten all the way through 5th grade. This workshop is open to parents with children of all ages, though the focus is on primary grades.  As always, we will do math together as adults and discuss the mathematics of Blue School classrooms. 

Yearbook Committee Meeting
Tuesday, December 15 after drop off

There will be a yearbook committee meeting on Tuesday, December 15 after drop off at Acqua. 

Coffee with Harriet and Alice
Wednesday, December 16 at 9 am 

Studio on the 6th floor

For parents of 3rd and 4th grades:  Join Harriet Richards, the Child Development Counselor and Alice Mangan, the Consulting Psychologist to discuss Executive Function in children. What is it? What role does it have in your child's school life? How can parents support the development of executive function? 

Vacation Schedule Input

Please reply and record your response to the question about next year’s vacation schedule. We want to hear your input and thoughts regarding 
2016-17 school year vacation calendar. The link is also here.

We recently sent an email regarding a switch to a two-week break in March rather than one week in February and one in April. We appreciate your input and will take it into account. We know that some of you will be disappointed by our decision but we hope to make a thoughtful choice that is for the best for children’s learning.

Winter Celebration Music Help

The 5th Grade band is presenting a special piece at the Winter Celebration on 12/17, and we need your help! Please download one of the following free apps so you can jingle along with the band:

For iPhone/iPad- Apple Store

Jingle+ - developer- Charlie Williams

For Android- Google Play Store

Santa Sleigh

Christmas Bells 3D

Sleigh Bells Ring

Christmas Jingle Bells

Peck Slip School's Toy and Book Drive
December 7 - 18

We are supporting the Peck Slip School's Toy and Book Drive.  Our fifth grade is organizing the collection of new and gently used toys, books and games for a school in the Bronx. You can either drop them off directly at Peck Slip School, just around the corner from us, or you can leave them in the box outside of the fifth grade classroom on the third floor.  For more information, please see attached flyer.

Get ready for Bluelapalooza…

The Families Association is hosting the 3rd Annual Blue School Talent Show on Sunday, March 7, 2016 so mark your calendars and practice your act because submissions for the show are officially open - now through January 15! Calling all artists, musicians, masters of their craft, actors, singers, writers, designers…this year we invite you to think outside the box and let your talents shine, whatever they may be.  For submissions, rules, information, or to be a parent volunteer, please mail:

Family Hub Section of the
We are beta-launching a password protected section of the website. This section will house photo galleries, an online bulletin board, and our newsletter archive. To access this page, please visit or, then “Vibrant Community” to find “Family Hub.” The password is 241!Water -- you only have to put the password in once. If you are interested in adding to the bulletin board or photo galleries, please email -- thank you in in advance.

We are looking for a way to notify you when changes to the webpage have been made. For now, we will list updates here: Information about editorial style photography for families have been added to the Bulletin Board.

Upcoming Events

No Community Meeting
Mon. Dec. 14

Parent Math Workshop
Mon., Dec. 14
9 am

Yearbook Committee Meeting
Tues., Dec. 15

Coffee with Harriet and Alice
Wed. Dec. 16
9 am

Family Winter Celebration
Thu., Dec. 17

Feeling Blue Performance
Jan. 28 - 30, 2016
tickets here!


Archived Newsletters
Interested in reading past Newsletters?  Click through here to access archived news from Blue School.

Flu Vaccination
As a reminder, all students in the 2s, 3s, and 4s/5s programs must have received a flu vaccine by the end of December for full immunization compliance with this school year. Once your child receives the flu vaccination, please upload the relevant documentation to your Magnus Health account. If you have any questions about Magnus or this immunization requirement, please contact Lauren Miller at
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