Posts in Lower School

  1. First Grade Class Hosts Pen Pal Buddies from Harlem Village Academy

    [ May 21, 2014 ]

    IMG_3867Class 1K recently spent the day with their pen pal buddies from Harlem Village Academy, a NYC charter school. Students from HVA and Riverdale enjoyed their day of fun, brought to you by the letter P: "Planting, Playground, and Pizza Party Playdate". "Thanks to parent Erica Tuft Karsch '90 for setting up this lovely partnership with our HVA buddies," said Class 1K Head Teacher Lizzy Kmetzo. "This will surely be a treasured 1K memory for years to come."

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  2. Lower School Concerts Spotlight 4th and 5th Graders

    [ May 15, 2014 ]

    Two recent Lower School concerts gave students in Grades 4 and 5 the chance to show off their vocal and instrumental skills. Students in Grade 5 performed a variety of songs—from Handel to Pharrell Williams—at their concert. The Strings (violin, cello, bass) entertained the audience with Handel’s “Processional,” Bob Marley’s “One Love,” Tchaikovsky’s “Andante Catabile,” Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida,” and Henry Mancini’s “Theme from The Pink Panther.” The Band (flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet and euphonium) started off with Michael Sweeny’s “Gallant March” and Anne McGinty’s “Windsor Overture,” and then played three crowd favorites: “What a Wonderful World,” “New York, New York,” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” The Chorus sang a traditional spiritual, “Joshua!” and then moved on to “A Classis ...

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  3. Grade 5 Engineers Spend a Week Building Bridges

    [ May 08, 2014 ]

    During this year’s Lower School Project-Based Learning (PBL) Week, more than a dozen Grade 5 students researched, designed, and built a miniature bridge of their own creation.

    Led by Lower School STEAM teacher John Mueser, the students used laptops, the iPad Bridge Constructor application, graph paper, and the latest high-tech learning gadget—the brain—to design bridges that they then brought to life using inexpensive materials, such as: toothpicks, straws, craft sticks, natural sticks, string or rope, balsa wood, tacky glue, or other available materials.

    “These young engineers successfully built and displayed their creative work from the suspension bridges of the East and West coasts of the U.S. all the way to Angola, and other unique styles in between,” John notes.

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  4. Riverdale Community Celebrates Student Talent at Bi-Annual Event

    [ May 06, 2014 ]

    Nearly 400 parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and students gathered at the New-York Historical Society recently for a Spring Celebration of Riverdale students’ talents.

    Guests enjoyed jazz music performed by students and faculty while they perused the displays of student art. They also chatted with students who were showcasing their recent science research, as well as their passions, such as fashion design, longboards, and customized bicycles created in the new Makerspace. After mingling and cocktails, it was time for the entertainment portion of the evening. A fencing exhibition by two seniors and Coach Konate Primus turned interesting when Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph was called upon to demonstrate his fencing skills—in his suit and red socks—with one of the students. Although ...

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  5. Lower School Welcomes Grandparents & Friends to Visiting Day

    [ May 06, 2014 ]

    Nearly 300 grandparents, aunts, uncles and other friends close to the hearts of our students in Grades 3 to 5 spent the morning at the River Campus recently. After enjoying breakfast, mingling with other guests, and some lovely music performed by Sarah Cion, the grandparents and special friends were welcomed by Head of Lower School Dr. Edwin P. Gordon. They were then invited to enjoy two songs from the Grade 3 Recorder Concert, “El Coqui” and “Everybody Loves Saturday Night,” as well as to sing along with the students in Grades 4 & 5 as they performed “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” and “My Favorite Things.” Finally, the students taught their guests “The Lower School Song.” Visitors also got to spend time ...

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  6. Lower School Teacher Presents at Teaching Social Activism Conference

    [ May 06, 2014 ]

    Grade 2 Assistant Teacher Sharon Paige was recently a featured presenter at the 2nd Annual Teaching Social Activism in the Classroom Conference: Empowering Teachers and Learners, held at the Museum of the City of New York.

    “My presentation focused on teaching empathy to our youngest learners, and featured information on character strengths and experiential learning,” Sharon explains, adding, “I was able to attend last year’s conference and it was fantastic.”

    The two-day conference highlighted the various tools and techniques used by teachers to engage their students in the history and practice of social change, inspired by the content of the Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition, Activist New York.

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  7. Lower School Celebrates Earth Day

    [ April 26, 2014 ]

    On April 22, aka Earth Day, the Lower School celebrated planet Earth is several ways.

    First, guitarist Mike Messer played “earth friendly” songs while the children got off the bus. Director of Early Learning Rebecca Greller greeted them in an adorable flower costume, while Director of Upper Learning (Grades 3-5) Ellen Greengrass sported a sun costume that could rival the one in the Jimmy Dean commercials. “Many children gathered to sing along, as well as play rhythm instruments. It was a joyous occasion,” notes Educational Environmental Facilitator Ella Pastor, who wore a plant hat.

    Each child cut out a hand shape and wrote on it a pledge that they personally could make regarding helping the earth (i.e. recycling, saving water, trees,

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  8. Local Author Visits Early Learning Classes 

    [ April 25, 2014 ]

      Andrew Kranichfeld, a local children’s book author, recently visited the students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 2 to discuss Karen’s Garden, the book he wrote as a tribute to his mother.Andrew told the students that the entire book is true, “even the crazy parts.” He said he hopes the book will introduce the children to the joys of growing their own gardens. In the book, children learn about gardening basics while enjoying the illustrations of flowers, fruits, and vegetables that were drawn by Andrew’s friend, illustrator Andres A. Pratts. Karen’s Garden has been translated into ...

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  9. Second Graders Enjoy West African Drumming Workshop

    [ April 10, 2014 ]

    LSDrumCafeOur second graders recently participated in a drumming workshop presented Drum Cafe, made possible by Midori and Friends, an organization that brings a variety of music and dance styles to young students across New York City. According to the Midori website, "Drum Cafe is an ensemble of master drummers in the African tradition that gives students the opportunity to learn drumming experientially, through communal playing with professional musicians. The Drum Café experience not only develops musical skills, but encourages a spirit of cooperation and the building of self-esteem and confidence." At the workshop, every second-grader found an African djembe drum in his/her seat, and was allowed to explore playing the drum. As the concert began, the students and musicians played ...

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  10. Grade 3 Recorder Concert Features Folk Songs from Around the World

    [ March 14, 2014 ]

    Grade3Recorder ConcertThe third grade classes transported the audience around the world during their recent recorder concert. Featuring several folk songs and narration to explain each song, the third grade recorder concert was informative as well as entertaining. The concert began with the entire grade performing “Corner of the Sky” from Pippin, followed by all three classes playing the Puerto Rican folk song, “El Coqui,” which is about the small frog native to that country. Class 3CH then took the audience to Africa for the Liberian folk song, “Kokoleoko,” which is about chickens.  Class 3MS followed with the French dancing song, “Bransle de Chamaigne”.  All three classes performed the Nigerian folk song, “Everybody Loves ...

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