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Annual May Faire at The Waldorf School of Princeton

Featuring live music, local eats, children's activities, and more

The Waldorf School of Princeton welcomes spring with its annual May Faire, Saturday, May 13, 11 am - 4 pm.

A rain-or-shine, community-wide celebration, May Faire features live music, healthy foods and imaginative activities for children and their families, all on its 20-acre campus minutes from downtown Princeton. The festival also boasts a marketplace for local artisans and independent merchants, and offers opportunities to learn more about school and summer camp programs.

In addition to the traditional Maypole dance offered by Waldorf students, this year's May Faire features an assortment of ticketed activities such as a Treasure Dig and Faerie Tea House. Enjoy browsing the market for jewelry, woolens, handmade toys, and more. The Folk Tale Puppets troupe will present "Urashima Taro" at 3 pm in Hagens Hall.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available onsite as well as along Coppervail Court. For more information, contact Nora Sheehan at 609-466-1970, x112, or e-mail events@princetonwaldorf.org.

The Waldorf School of Princeton is New Jersey's only Waldorf school, educating the heads, hearts, and hands of children from early childhood through eighth grade. Visit the school at 1062 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, or online at www.princetonwaldorf.org to learn more.

RVCC Planetarium to Present Star Shows, Laser Concerts in May


The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium in Branchburg will present a variety of star shows and laser concerts for all ages in May. The following shows will be offered:


Magic Tree House: Space Mission, Saturdays, May 6, 13, 3 p.m.

Join Jack and Annie as they discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel, and more. Who can help them answer the questions left for them by the mysterious "M"? The show is based on the same-titled, best-selling series of novels. (Recommended for ages 5 and older)


Laser Pop Rock, Saturdays, May 6, 13, 4 p.m.

Lasers “dance” across the Planetarium dome while music is played. Songs include "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by The Tokens, "Campfire Song Song" by Spongebob Squarepants, and "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift. (Recommended for ages 6-12)


Astronomy Tonight, Saturday, May 6, 7 p.m.
Using the Planetarium’s DigitalSky digital theater, experience a guided tour of the night sky. Learn about some of the constellations and planets visible from sunset to sunrise, as well as the upcoming solar eclipse in August and how to watch it. Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open after the show. (Recommended for ages 8 to adult)


Laser 80’s, Saturday, May 6, 20, 8 p.m.

Sing along with these hits from the 1980s including “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere” by the Moody Blues, “Whip It” by DEVO, “Billy Jean” by Michael Jackson, and “She Blinded Me with Science” by Thomas Dolby.


Black Holes, Saturdays, May 13, 20, 7 p.m.

“Black Holes” takes audience members on a journey through one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe: a black hole. Take a virtual tour through space and explore the science and mystery of black holes: Where do they come from? How do we find them? Is there one on Earth’s horizon? (Recommended for ages 8 to adult)


Laser NJ Rocks, Saturday, May 13, 8 p.m.

Enjoy a laser concert featuring music from artists who all have a New Jersey connection, including Sinatra, Springsteen, Blondie and Bon Jovi.


Rockin’ Rocket Ride, Saturday, May 20, 3 p.m.

Put on your space suit and blast-off into outer space to visit the Moon, Sun and planets. The show offers a lively experience for young people with selected music from “Journey Into Space” by Jane Murphy. (Recommended for ages 3-8)


SkyLights, Saturday, May 20, 4 p.m.

Our youngest audience members can sing along with songs by mr. RAY (“Family Ride,” “Kalien the Alien”) and Jane Murphy (“Moon Rock Rock,” “The Planet Song”). Some songs are illustrated with lasers, while other songs feature video images. (Recommended for ages 3-8)



Planetarium show tickets cost $8 for one show or $14 for two shows on the same day. Reservations are strongly suggested for all Planetarium shows. For additional information or to make reservations, call 908-231-8805 or visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium.


Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium.


RVCC is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community’s businesses, and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.


7 MHS Students Awarded National Merit Scholarships

The National Merit Scholarship (NMS) Corporation announced winners of corporate-sponsored scholarships in April. The Montgomery High School (MHS) seniors who were awarded these scholarships (and their expected field of study) are: Alexandra Li (Biochemistry), Esther Lo (International Development), Vicki Lu (Healthcare), Emily Ren (Law), Vijay Srivastava (Engineering), William Xiao (Engineering), and Raymond Wang (Engineering).

The seven MHS seniors are among roughly 1,000 NMS Finalists who were awarded scholarships by over 200 businesses and corporations. These organizations award scholarships to students who are children of their employees, live near the organizations, or will enter a field of study the organization has chosen to promote.

Many of these scholarships provide $500 to $10,000 a year for four years of undergraduate study at a college of the student's choice. Some provide a one-time award of $2,500 to $5,000.

The selected students were chosen from 1.7M American high school juniors who took the NMS Qualifying Test in the fall of 2015. Last fall, 16,000 of those taking the test were named Semifinalists. Based on essays, applications, and references submitted by the Semifinalists, 15,000 Finalists were selected. Half of the Finalists will be awarded scholarships from corporations, universities, or NMS Corporation.

NMS Corporation will announce winners of $2,500 scholarships in May and winners of college-sponsored scholarships in June. About 7,500 scholarships totaling $32M will be awarded this spring through the NMS program. This is the 62nd year that NMS has awarded scholarships "to honor the nation's scholastically talented youth and encourage academic excellence at all levels of education." 

Information Sessions with Campus Tours Set at RVCC in May

Learn about all Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) has to offer and how to enroll for the Summer and Fall semesters by attending an information session in May. Four general information sessions are scheduled as well as a special session for adult learners.

The General Information Sessions and Campus Tours are scheduled for Fridays, May 5 (Conference Center, Room 101), May 12 (Conference Center, Room 101), and May 19, (College Center, C008-C010), all from 10-11 a.m., at RVCC's Branchburg campus. An Information Session also will be held Thursday, May 18, from 4-6 p.m., in the RVCC Atrium (lower level, College Center).
During the sessions, RVCC Admissions specialists will provide information about:
- Enrolling in classes for the Summer Sessions and Fall Semester

- Programs designed to help students transfer to top colleges and universities in New Jersey, across the country, and even abroad
- Career training programs, designed in partnership with local industry, that can be completed in a year or less
- The admissions process
- Paying for college, including financial aid opportunities

The Special Information Session for Adults who are considering returning to college or who have never attended college will be held Friday, May 5, from 5-6 p.m., in the Conference Center, Room 101. Aside from general admissions information, the session will focus on transferring old college credits, earning credits for life experience, and making a successful transition back to school after being away from the classroom for years.

To register for an information session, visit www.raritanval.edu/visit. For additional information, contact the Admissions Department at 908-526-1200 or admissions@raritanval.edu.

Raritan Valley Community College's main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.

Princeton Day School Lower School Science Teacher

Aaron Schomburg honored with Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award from Garden Club of America

Princeton Day School Lower School science teacher Aaron Schomburg (Princeton) was presented with the Garden Club of America's Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award, which is given annually to recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals furthering the early environmental education of children.

The Hull Award was established in 1992 and provides $1,000 to chosen recipients who honor Miss Hull's "common sense approach to environmental awareness by inspiring children to appreciate the beauty of our planet." (from the Garden Club of American website: www.gcamerica.org)

Aaron Schomburg is completing his 25th year as a member of the Princeton Day School faculty. In the letter accompanying the award, Julia Johnson, Chairman of the Scholarship Committee notes that the Hull Award "celebrates Mr. Shomburg's interactive approach to teaching science through outdoor classes and experiential learning, which sparks creativity and engagement within ... students." Mr. Shomburg was nominated for the award by Bonnie Higgins through the Stony Brook Garden Club.

Two Princeton Day School teachers have received this distinguished award in the past: Liz Cutler, Upper School English teacher and Sustainability Coordinator, and Pam Flory, Garden Coordinator.



PRINCETON, May 15, 2017 – Princeton Montessori School students celebrated Mother’s Day early by inviting mothers and special friends to the Cherry Valley Road campus on Wednesday, May 10, for a day of festivities. Children of all ages, from infants through eighth-grade, welcomed their moms into the classroom and treated them to meals, music, and hands-on activities throughout the day.

The Infant and Toddler children hosted a lively morning “sing-along,” led by Emmy Award-winning children’s performer and school music teacher, Alex Mitnick. Mothers and children alike enjoyed singing and dancing to familiar songs, including favorites from the school’s Music Together curriculum. The sing-along was followed by a breakfast social, where moms had a chance to spend time with their children and mingle with friends and teachers.

Primary (pre-K through Kindergarten) and Elementary students welcomed their moms into the classroom for one-on-one activity time. The children eagerly led their mothers to child-sized shelves to try out different learning materials, known as “works” at Montessori. After the hands-on exploration and fun, students sang Mother’s Day songs and each child presented their mom with a handmade gift and writing. Classroom time was followed by outdoor play, where moms had a chance to kick around the soccer ball, push their child on the swings, and chat with friends.

“Mother's Day is something I look forward to every year," said Rebecca Piccone of Princeton, mother of Fred, 8, and Winston, 4. "My sons love to show me what they've been doing all year and what excites them. I'm always amazed at the sense of order and wonder in every Montessori classroom and how respectfully the children behave, not only toward the teachers but to each other."

A highlight of the day was the celebratory luncheon, held in the school auditorium. Led by the Montessori principle of practical life skills, the middle school students prepared and served the food themselves. The students prided themselves on their ability to be of service to others during the meal, happily dodging cameras and making sure water glasses remained full.

“The luncheon was a great opportunity for us to connect with one another and also with the administrators,” commented Cheryl Gregov, mother of Robert, 6, and Logan, 4. “The performers were fabulous as were the gracious servers.”

During the luncheon, guests enjoyed musical performances by Pre-K through Middle School students. Moms clapped along to the elementary school’s renditions of “Count on Me,” by Bruno Mars, and “How Far I’ll Go,” from the movie Moana, while other guests were brought to tears by “Ave Maria.” The program also featured Suzuki violin performances by students of all ages and an unforgettable show by the Middle School Rock band.

Princeton Montessori School, founded in 1968, is an independent, coeducational day school dedicated to the highest quality education of children, from infancy through middle school, according to the values and principles of the Montessori philosophy. The school is accredited at the highest level by the American Montessori Society (AMS) and is a member of the national Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).


PDS Announces Ambitious STEAM Initiative for 2017-2018 Academic Year

Princeton Day School has announced plans for an ambitious new STEAM initiative, which includes a revitalized interdisciplinary curriculum (with courses in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) and plans for a new STEAM facility for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The plans were announced by a committee headed by Scientist-in-Residence, Dr. Leon Rosenberg, and comprised of faculty from all three Divisions.

At Princeton Day School, STEAM is an educational approach to teaching and learning that uses science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry and critical thinking. The program focuses on integration, collaboration, innovation, and creativity. Its overarching goal is to blend traditional and project-based platforms so that they help all our students to see, interpret, and understand fundamental concepts and to solve real-life problems.

The success of this new STEAM program depends on fashioning an intentional, interdisciplinary connection among its core disciplines in each of the school's divisions.

In a recent presentation about the initiative, Head of Upper School and Assistant Head of School for Academic Life Jason Robinson, noted: "The centerpiece of PDS is the strength of its academic program. The larger national conversation about the future of STEAM education compelled our attention as a leading academic institution. We began to ask fundamental questions about what we teach, how we teach it, and how to align our program with the best thinking and practices in STEAM education."

Princeton Day School's new STEAM curriculum aspires to make the subjects of math, science, technology, and the arts resonate with students from a young age so they are awakened to the power and relevance of these subjects in their day-to-day experience. All students will acquire a baseline of literacy in STEAM disciplines so they can be engaged, informed participants in a 21st century world increasingly defined by questions at the intersection of science, math, technology, and society. In addition, we will challenge our most motivated, ambitious students with a rigorous program of advanced STEAM electives that will propel them into future professional opportunities as leaders in STEAM fields.  

Summer Teen Classes at RVCC to Focus on Entrepreneurship, Music Production, STEM, Film & TV, Finance


Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in Branchburg will offer a variety of classes this summer for middle school and high school students. Programs focus on such topics as science and technology, music production, entrepreneurship, preparing for college, goal setting and more.


Following is a selection of courses for teens. For a complete listing of all summer courses available for children and teens, visit www.raritanval.edu/kids.


Manners and Etiquette 101/People Skills: Students ages 6-17 will work on their “people skills” in such areas as listening, communicating, problem solving, offering empathy, working as a team, and being a good sport. The class will be held Monday through Friday, July 31-August 4, from 9 a.m.-noon for ages 6-12, and repeated August 7-11, from 1-4 p.m., for ages 13-17. The fee per week is $180.


Goal Setting and DREAM/Vision Boards: Students ages 7-17 focus on such skills as setting goals, embracing action plans and setting priorities in order to achieve their goals. The class will be held Monday through Friday, August 14-18, from 9 a.m.-noon for ages 7-12, and repeated from 1-4 p.m. for ages 13-17. The fee is $180.


Music and Voice Production: Students ages 12-17 develop their skills in such areas as songwriting, music recording, creating voice-overs and operating audio equipment—depending on their own areas of interest. Participants can create their own songs and voice scripts and work interchangeably as both talent and/or crew on such projects as creating voice commercials or TV/radio announcements, or even recording their own hit song. The class will be held Monday through Friday, July 31-August 4, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The fee is $344.


Film & TV: Students ages 11-16 work as cast and crew teams as they learn about film and TV production. Students learn basic levels of acting, directing and operating the camera. Script writing, storyboarding and improvisation also are introduced. The class will be held Monday through Friday, June 26-30, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and repeated July 17-21 and August 14-18 (same times). The fee per week is $325.


Introduction to Entrepreneurship: Students ages 13-17 are taught how to begin thinking more independently about starting and owning their own business. The class will be held Tuesday through Thursday, August 1-3, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The fee is $279.


The Money Camp: Students ages 13-17 learn about money and wealth-building concepts, good and bad credit, and wants versus needs. The program encourages teens to think like entrepreneurs and introduces a simple money management system. The class will be held Tuesday through Thursday, July 11-13, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and repeated August 8-10 (same times). The fee per three-day week is $279.


Focused, Intelligent Girls Have Tenacity: Girls ages 13-17 are taught the importance of establishing S.M.A.R.T. goals, building self-esteem, projecting confidence and making wise life decisions. The class will be held Monday through Friday, July 17-21, from 1-4 p.m. The fee is $225.


SAT Accelerated Test Prep: Students in grades 11 and 12 not only prepare for the SAT, but also are taught critical thinking skills and test-taking strategies that can help improve their academic performance. The class will be held Monday through Friday, August 14-18, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The fee is $288.


Science and Technology Career Exploration Workshop: Students entering grades 10-12 learn about careers in science and technology and also create real-world projects. The two-week class will be held Monday through Friday, July 10-21, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The fee is $575.


As an added convenience for parents, before- and after-care are available for students.


To register for these courses and other RVCC classes for children and teens, visit www.raritanval.edu/kids. For information only, email youth@raritanval.edu or call 908-526-1200, ext. 8404. The Youth Program office is located on the first floor of Somerset Hall, in room S147.


Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium.


RVCC is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community’s businesses, and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu. 

Princeton Academy Launches Five-Year Strategic Plan

On Friday, May 5, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart launched its five-year strategic plan, Epic Vision: Soaring with Heart at an all-school assembly. The celebration included all members of the Princeton Academy community. Headmaster Rik Dugan welcomed those in attendance and addressed students, "Welcome everybody, today is a really big day in the life of Princeton Academy and we are starting our day with you, our young men because as we look to the future, we look into each and every one of your eyes." Dugan continued by expressing his gratitude to Chair of the Board of Trustees Kenneth Harlan, Strategic Planning Committee Chair Nathaniel Howe and the entire Strategic Planning Committee.

"I want to thank everyone for participating in this transformational process," said Howe. The strategic planning process began one year ago and over the course of that year, Princeton Academy's Strategic Planning Committee collaborated with all members of the community to build a shared vision and initiatives to guide the school for the next five years. "Most schools choose not to include their entire communities in this process - favoring a board-down approach - and so, it is incredible to see the excitement that Epic Vision has brought to our campus as we plan to take Princeton Academy on a bold new path for the next five years," added Howe.

The vision set forth for 2017-2021 is indeed bold, "Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart in 2021: Leading a national reinvention of boys' education for a new generation of enlightened men." Four pillars will guide the initiatives driving the success of the plan: Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Identity and Loyalty, Thought Leadership and Strategic Growth. Back in February, the community mobilized to make its vision a reality by drafting over 150 initiatives, which the School Leadership Team (SLT) worked enthusiastically to coalesce into 70 meaningful initiatives spanning all four pillars of the plan. "Herein lies how community-wide collaboration produces bold vision, strategic thinking and action implementation," said Dugan.

Princeton Academy was founded 18 years ago and is poised to cement its established reputation for educating boys in the Princeton area. The school's mission is augmented by a philosophy rooted in the 200-year tradition of the Society of the Sacred Heart. It is befitting then that the launch of the school's strategic plan was aligned with its Sacred Heart Goals - in particular, Goal III, "a social awareness which impels to action." Director of the Mercer County Wildlife Center Diane Nickerson was invited to present to students on raptor birds during the launch event. The school's mascot is a hawk and when Nickerson revealed the Harris Hawk she brought with her, the metaphor of Epic Vision: Soaring with Heart was crystallized.

After Nickerson's presentation, representatives from Middle School student government presented her with a donation to the Mercer County Wildlife Center on behalf of the school. The combination of service learning with the celebration of Princeton Academy's strategic plan was meaningfully executed. Nickerson was also presented with a "Princeton Academy Hawks" shirt that she enthusiastically accepted.

To learn more about Princeton Academy's strategic plan, please visit princetonacademy.org/epicvision.

About Princeton Academy: Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart is an independent school for boys in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Our mission is to develop young men with active and creative minds, a sense of understanding and compassion for others, and the courage to act on their beliefs. We educate the whole boy in mind, body and spirit. A rigorous, inquiry-based, hands-on academic program joins unparalleled character development and a wide variety of arts, athletics and co-curriculars to provide an ideal learning environment for boys. To learn more about how we bring out the best in boys, please visit princetonacademy.org.