Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
News for Parents
Upper School Information October 24, 2014
Upper School Coffee: The Parents Association will host an Upper School Coffee on Thursday, November 6 at 8:00 a.m. in the Art Schalick Conference Room in the Campus Center (second floor to the right).
The Upper School Coffees are the first Thursday of the month at 8:00 a.m. All future dates and locations are posted on the website calendar.
November 1: Grade 10 Parents Party, 7:00–10:00 p.m.
Donations requested for Red and Black Bash Upper School grade baskets: As noted in the letter you have received about the Red and Black Bash Parents Party and Silent Auction, the Parents Association is creating themed grade baskets to auction at the Parent Party. The committee is asking for contributions; click here to see the theme for each grade’s basket. Please feel free to be creative or to team up with other parents to provide more expensive items. If you have questions, please email Annie Michaelson at email@example.com. All items may be dropped off with Mrs. Iorio in the Main Office by October 31. Thank you—and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday, November 15!
General Information October 24, 2014
No classes on Monday, October 27. Faculty members are attending an NJAIS professional development day. School offices remain open.
Reminder about student absences: Parents must verify all absences by calling the School at 609-737-1838 or by sending an email to Mrs. Maureen Iorio firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who are late to school must report to the main office to sign in. Students who are excused during the day by a parent’s note for appointments must sign out in the main office before leaving and must sign back in upon returning.
A HUGE thank-you to all who helped promote this year's Open House. We had a standing-room-only crowd of over 700 people on campus last Sunday, and the Office of Admission is deeply grateful for your support. It is your positive word-of-mouth that is our best source of prospective students and their families!
Influenza vaccine available: Your child can receive a vaccination next week in the Health Center. Please fill out this vaccine form if you wish your child to receive the vaccine.
Run for the Cure 2014 raised over $10,000: The Peer Leaders helped raise more than $10,000 in their sixth annual 5K run-walk to raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the foundation “dedicated to saving lives and ending breast cancer forever.” Thank you to all who participated in this event as a sponsor, donor, participant, or friend.
Fall Play Ticket Information: It is time once again to reserve tickets for the Fall Play! Skellig by David Almond is based on a young adult novel that follows Michael, a teen-aged boy, as he moves into an old house and negotiates changes in his family, friends, and imagination. He seeks solace in the garage and makes an amazing discovery that could change everything.
Pennington shows tend to sell out with extreme speed. We have a very intimate theater (100 seats per show), and many students, parents, faculty, staff, administrators, and friends who would love to see our production. Please make sure to order tickets via a Google form that all students and employees will receive in their school email on Wednesday, October 29 at 8:00 a.m. Please fill out the form completely and accurately. Show dates and times are November 5, 6, 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee on Friday, November 7 at 3:30 p.m. The seventh-graders have reserved seating for that show and a talk-back with the cast and crew, as they read the novel this fall.
Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students/senior citizens. All tickets must be paid for before opening night of the show, November 6th. Checks should be made out to The Pennington School and payments directed to Caroline Hall. If you have questions or trouble with the form, please email email@example.com. We will respond as quickly as possible.
Arty the Ox wins: Congratulations to the Art Club and thank you to all our Pennington Arty the Ox supporters! We won first place in the People's Choice Award and received a donation from Hopewell Valley Arts Council towards our ox. Arty buttons and stickers are still on sale- stop by the art room. We are moving the Arty the Ox bulletin board to Stainton- so keep taking selfies and sending them to Ms. Hall firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign up now for Haiti service trip: Students and their parents are encouraged to consider joining Pennington's fourth annual Spring Break service trip to Haiti. The Pennington community has helped raise funds to build a school near Port-au-Prince, and each year we travel to Haiti where we volunteer in a medical clinic and help build the school. This year's trip will take place March 10 - 15, 2015, and will cost $2,000 per person. There will be an informational meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 23, in the Art Schalick conference room, for interested students and their parents. For more information, contact Mr. Thompson (email@example.com) or Dr. Sisserson (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Global Studies office.
Ladder needed: Pennington Drama is now in search of an eight or ten foot wooden ladder for the fall play set. We are also seeking items that could be found in an old garage. Please contact Ms. Houston (email@example.com) , if you have anything you think would work well.
Directories available for pick-up: The 2014–15 Pennington School Directory is here! Upper School students can pick up their parents’ copy at Mrs. Moore’s office in the Campus Center.
Announcing the New York Theatre Trips for 2014-2015: Students, parents, siblings, and faculty are invited to venture into NYC for a day of theatre, dining, and sight-seeing. Ms. Houston and Ms. Bell will serve as chaperones for any unaccompanied students. This year, we will be seeing On the Town on December 6, 2014. We will depart the campus at 10:45 a.m. for a matinee performance and will return to campus by 9:45 p.m. after dinner and shopping. Tickets are $105 each and include coach transportation. If you would like to reserve seats for the show, please contact Ms. Houston. Payment is due mid-November. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. The spring show is yet to be booked (we are hoping for Finding Neverland), but save the date of April 11, and more information will follow.
Reserve Holiday Poinsettias Now: This year the French Club will again be selling poinsettias in different colors such as red, white, pink, burgundy, and red glitter (red w/ white splashes) for the holiday season. Place your order with any member of the French Club, pick up an order form at Mrs. Iorio’s desk, or email Mme. Zema at email@example.com for an order form. Orders will be taken until October 30. Proceeds from the sale will be used to help the children in Haiti.
Red and Black Bash coming Nov. 15!: The Pennington School Parents Association (TPSPA) will hold the first RED and BLACK BASH Parents Party and Silent Auction on Saturday, November 15, at Cherry Valley Country Club, 125 Country Club Drive, Skillman, NJ, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for the entire Pennington community to come together for a fun evening out and support our wonderful school at the same time!
Buy Tickets NOW– click here
Donate a ticket so a Faculty/Staff member can attend – click here
Auction Donations Still Needed:
We still need gift cards/certificates to restaurants and stores (think Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target), spas, and activities.
Wine Pull – donate a bottle of wine (minimum value $25)
Click Here for Donation Form. Donations can be dropped off with Mrs. Iorio.
Click Here for Auction Wish List.
We’re hoping for 100% support from Pennington families. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
If you would like more information about the event, ways to donate, or how you can help the committee, feel free to email us at email@example.com Donna Chance Dowdie and Lori Washton, Red and Black Bash 2014 co-chairs.
Middle School Information October 24, 2014
Donations requested for Red and Black Bash Middle School grade baskets: As noted in the letter you have received about the Red and Black Bash Parents Party and Silent Auction, the Parents Association is creating themed grade baskets to auction at the Parent Party. The committee is asking for contributions; the themes are Family Fun (Grade 6), We All Scream for Ice Cream (Grade 7), and Everything Electronic (Grade 8). Please feel free to be creative or to team up with other parents to provide more expensive items. If you have questions, please email Annie Michaelson at firstname.lastname@example.org. All items may be dropped off with Mrs. Iorio in the Main Office by October 31. Thank you—and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday, November 15!
The power of the Pythagorean Theorem
The Middle School pre-algebra students used an iPad app, a piece of string, and what they know about the Pythagorean Theorem to determine if a wall is straight. The math lab revealed the power of the Pythagorean Theorem and how it can be used in a mathematical proof. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQ47-3NKZio
Algebra 1 students analyze malaria problem
The Middle School Algebra 1A students used math to unpack and analyze the global problem of malaria. After creating algebraic equations for various preventative and treatment strategies for combating malaria, and applying these equations to African countries with different populations who have different exposure risks to malaria, the students presented a path forward in the fight against malaria. Their presentation described how they would deploy $100 million dollars to address the malaria problem to leaders of the World Health Organization. Watch this video to see our students in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGrZVW9NTPw