Week ok September 25th, 2015
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Dear Families,

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday, October 1st to celebrate and reconnect at the beginning of our tenth year as a school. At the event, I’ll be sharing some thoughts with you about this year, where we have been, and where we are going this year and beyond. We will also have a sneak peek at other exciting happenings this year from other members of our community, and best of all, we will take time to connect with you over snacks and beverages! Please join us. RSVP here if you haven’t already. There WILL be childcare! You won’t want to miss it!

Best, Allison

Exciting happenings in expressive arts:

"Our future always depends on the state of our imaginations. Drama becomes more important as the world changes...That is because theatre is the place where reality is made real. The plays young people write, act and watch are blueprints of the world they will have to live in." -- Edward Bond, playwright

This year Clare Hammoor will be devising a piece with a group of Blue School students in partnership with the Gibney Dance Studio.  In addition to imagining, devising and presenting, the performers will be using clown methodology to experience and track empathy as they document their work and process. In Clare’s words: “Join an ensemble-driven cast and crew as we collaborate to devise a new, old-school show featuring classically inspired and original bits, dances, characters, and acts. With empathy and physicality at the heart of this project, we will employ a professional standard of care and commitment to build a new performance from the hearts and minds of Blue School students.” Auditions are happening now, and after school rehearsals will take place through the fall; we hope many children in grades 3rd through 6th will be interested in participating. 

This morning, Anne Cohen hosted Professor Ronald Carter for a Jazz Clinic with our 5th graders. After attending a four-day workshop this summer for the teaching of jazz at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Anne has embarked on a quest to bring jazz into the Blue School music program. Our 5th graders received a lot of wisdom from Professor Carter this morning, from the right way to hold the flute (“chicken wing”) to the difference between "daaa daaaa" and "doooDat." See pictures below!


Makers Faire This Weekend:

Blue School will have a table at this year's MAKERS FAIRE at NY Hall of Science on September 26th and 27th.  We will be sharing some of last year's 3rd graders' work-- illustrating ways that making and STEAM can be integrated into thoughtful project work.  We will offer visitors opportunities to work with Makey Makey as a tool to use for storytelling, and to design and construct a sand mandala.  If you are visiting the MAKERS FAIRE, please stop by and say hello.  If you have any questions or would like to help out at Blue School's table, please contact

Coffee with Harriet:

Wednesday September 30th
Where: Studio 6th floor
Time: 9-10 a.m.
Grades: K&1st
Please join Harriet Richards, Child Development Counselor and our new Consulting Psychologist, Alice Mangan to chat about the transition to school. How is it going for you and your child? What are the challenges? What were you expecting and what is a surprise? Come and share your thoughts and questions, support each other and participate in the open dialogue with other grown-ups. Younger siblings are welcome!

3A/3B Family Sing - Thursday, October 1st, 9:00-9:15am

Location: Activity Space on the first floor

We are thrilled to invite you to our very first 3A/3B Family Sing on Thursday, October 1st at 9am!

Instead of going directly to your child's classroom, please come to the Activity Room on the first floor where Val Killen, 3C teacher and musician, will lead us in singing songs together. We will sing for 10-15 minutes and then ask parents to bring your children back to their classrooms for their regular drop-off routine.

The 3s Family Sing will continue throughout the year on the first Thursday of every month. Stay on the lookout for those dates, which will soon be added to the school calendar.

We look forward to singing with you on Thursday!

Family Welcome Event:

Please join us for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to celebrate the launch of the 2015-2016 school year (and our TENTH anniversary) on October 1 at 5:45 PM. ALL families are invited to join us to hear from Allison and others about the coming year and meet other Blue School families.  There will be a fun craft activity for all who wish to partake, so we hope you can make it, meet new people and enjoy each other's company. RSVP here, if you are planning on attending.

Blue School as Host and Example:

Kirk Simon will be visiting again next Friday, 10/2, with his crew. They will be looking at the integration of play in early childhood contexts. They have been filming at a variety of schools we admire, including Opal School and Mission Hill. They have also had the opportunity to interview our very own advisory Board member Larry Cohen, and will be including the views of Howard Gardner next month. In addition, we will be hosting visitors from the Progressive Education Network will be visiting us next Thursday, October 8th, to see our school in action. We’re proud to be able to be an example to so many, and to have the opportunity to learn from others as well.


Spread the word about Blue School:

Our 2016-17 Admissions Season is up and running.  What we hear over and over again is that families decide to visit and apply to Blue School because of word of mouth.  As our community continues to grow, we would deeply appreciate it if you would come by the admissions office and pick up some postcards to bring to your neighborhood and to distribute in your favorite coffee shops, children's clothing stores, afterschool classes, pediatricians, etc.  Also, if your child attended a different pre-primary program, we'd love to help that school know more about Blue School, to invite them to tour, and are happy to attend school information nights.  Contact with questions or for additional information.

Upcoming Events

 Maker Faire
Sat, September 26 &
Sun, September 27


Class Parent Meeting
Tuesday morning at 9:00 
in the 5th floor music room

Coffee with Harriet
Wed, September 30
9-10 a.m.
Grades: K&1st


Parent Welcome Event
Thu, October 1
5:45pm – 7:15pm

FA Harvest Fest Committee Meeting
Friday, October 2

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