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Waldorf School of Princeton Graduates Eighth Grade Class of 2017

 

The Waldorf School of Princeton held its annual commencement ceremony for graduating eighth graders Sunday morning, June 11, on the grounds of its Cherry Hill Road campus.


The ceremony included a choral performance by the faculty as well as personal speeches of recollection and gratitude from each graduate. The members of the Class of 2017 also contributed a recitation of Maya Angelou's "Human Family" as well as musical performances throughout the ceremony, which concluded with a reception hosted by the seventh grade families.


The Class of 2017, composed of 11 students and led by class teacher David Heberlein, is the 23rd class to graduate from the school in 25 years, with many students having begun their journey in the parent-child or nursery program.


These graduates, comprising budding artists, athletes, musicians, and scholars, will attend a variety of high schools in the fall, including Princeton Day School, Solebury School, Mercer County STEM Academy, J. P. Stevens High School, Princeton High School, The Hun School of Princeton, Berkshire Waldorf High School, and The Pennington School.


Mr. Heberlein, a veteran Waldorf educator who has been with the Princeton school for 30 years, will return next year to lead the rising class of first graders. It is typical in a Waldorf grade school for one teacher to stay with the same class for several years, a model known as "looping," which builds stability and intimacy among a cohort of students. This will begin his fourth cycle as a class teacher.


The Waldorf School of Princeton is New Jersey's only Waldorf school, sharing a 97-year-old tradition of balanced, creative, and humanitarian education with more than 1,000 Waldorf schools around the world. Visit the school at 1062 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, or online at www.princetonwaldorf.org to learn more.
 

Summer Programs for Kids, Teens Still Available at RVCC

 

Spaces are still available in summer programs for kids and teens at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC). For a complete listing and descriptions of all summer courses available for children and teens, visit www.raritanval.edu/kids.

 

The following programs are being offered Monday through Friday, June 26-30, at RVCC’s Branchburg campus:

 

Make First Video Game: ages 8-14, 9 a.m.-noon; $205

 

Chapter Book Authors: ages 11-14, 9 a.m.-noon; $190

 

Chess I: ages 6-14, 9 a.m.-noon; $190

 

Chemical Magic Plus: ages 6-9, 9 a.m.-noon; $190

 

Film & TV: ages 11-16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; $325

 

Minecraft Designers: ages 8-14, 1-4 p.m.; $205

 

Fun with Photoshop: ages 11-15, 1-4 p.m.; $180

 

Boost Your Abilities with Puzzles, Games and Contests: ages 8-14, 1-4 p.m.; $190

 

Diggin’ for Dinos: ages 6-11, 1-4 p.m.; $190

 

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. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.

 

RVCC Planetarium Sets Star Shows, Laser Concerts, Special Programs in July

 

From laser concerts and star shows, to special Harry Potter-themed shows and even summertime Halloween and Christmas programs, the Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium has programs for all ages and interests in July.

 

In addition, with the “Great American Solar Eclipse” set for August 21, many of the Planetarium’s shows will include a five-minute presentation discussing the solar eclipse and how to view it safely. On August 21, New Jersey residents will see approximately 75 percent of the Sun covered by the Moon.

 

The following shows will be presented at the RVCC Planetarium in July:

 

Astronomy Tonight, Friday, July 7, at 8 p.m.
Experience a guided tour of the night sky in the Planetarium’s DigitalSky digital theater. Learn about some of the popular constellations visible from sunset to sunrise, as well as the stories behind them. Hear about how and where in the sky to find the brightest planets. Learn about and how to safely watch the Solar Eclipse on August 21. Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open after the show. (Recommended for ages 8 to adult)

 

Laser Grateful Dead, Fridays, July 7 & 21, at 9 p.m.
Enjoy a laser concert featuring such Grateful Dead classics as “Truckin’,” “Touch of Grey,” and “Sugar Magnolia.” (Recommended for ages 10 to adult)

Black Holes, Saturday, July 8, at 4 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? The show includes the “Countdown to the Eclipse” segment. (Recommended for ages 8 to adult)

 

To Worlds Beyond, Fridays, July 14 & 21, at 8 p.m.

Take a journey through our solar system. The show features beautiful images taken from orbiting satellites blended with high-end animations, as well as current information on our neighborhood of planets. The show includes the “Countdown to the Eclipse” segment. (Recommended for ages 10-adult)

 

Best of Pink Floyd laser concert, Friday, July 14, at 9 p.m.

Lasers dance across the Planetarium dome accompanied by such Pink Floyd songs as “Comfortably Numb,” “Another Brick in the Wall, part 2,” and “Money.”

 

Winter Wonder Lights, Friday, July 21, at 7 p.m.

Enjoy a laser concert featuring such wintertime holiday favorites as “Wizards in Winter,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” and “Dominic the Donkey.” (Recommended for ages 6-adult)

 

Fright Light (Family version), Friday, July 28, at 6 and 9 p.m.
In honor of Harry Potter’s birthday on July 31, the Planetarium is presenting its popular Halloween laser concert as we celebrate an evening of supernatural creatures. Songs include “Alive” by Meatloaf, “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker, Jr., and “Thriller” by Michael Jackson. (Recommended for ages 6 to adult)

 

The Skies over Hogwarts, Friday, July 28, at 7 and 8 p.m.
The Harry Potter birthday celebration continues! Join an eclectic group of witches and wizards as they guide you through a "Harry Potter"-themed tour of the night sky. Learn how J.K. Rowling used astronomy as the inspiration for some of her characters' names. (Recommended for ages 8 and older)

 

The following show have been specially designed for children:

 

Rockin’ Rocket Ride, Thursdays, July 6 & 13, at 2:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 8, at 2 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, Thursday, July 6, at 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 8, at 3 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 others feature video images. (Recommended for ages 3-8)

 

Laser Pop Rock, Friday, July 7, at 6 p.m.; Tuesdays, July 11, 18, 25, at 3:30 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)

 

Magic Tree House: Space Mission, Fridays, July 7 & 14, at 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, July 11 & 25, at 2:30 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. The “Countdown to the Eclipse” segment is also included. (Recommended for ages 5 and older).


Earth, Moon, Sun, and Coyote, Tuesdays, July 11, 18, 25, at 4:30 p.m.
Coyote has a razor-sharp wit, but he’s a little confused about what he sees in the sky. Join this amusing character (adapted from Native American oral traditions) in a fast-paced and fun, full-dome show that tells Native American stories; explores lunar phases, eclipses, and other puzzles; and examine how humans learn through space exploration. The “Countdown to the Eclipse” segment is also included. (Recommended ages 8-12).

 

Storybooks in Space, Thursday, July 13, at 3:30 p.m.

Enjoy story time in the Planetarium as youngsters learn about the stars and planets. (Recommended for ages 4-8)


Laser Kids, Friday, July 14, at 6 p.m.; Thursdays, July 20 & 27, at 3:30 p.m.
Lasers draw pictures on the Planetarium dome, accompanied by music featuring “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas, “Yellow Submarine” by The Beatles, and “Glad You Came” by The Wanted. (Recommended for ages 6-12)

 

The Little Star that Could, Tuesday, July 18, at 2:30 p.m.
Little Star discovers different kinds of stars in the galaxy, but only the most special stars have planets that rotate around them. The show also includes the “Countdown to the Eclipse” segment. (Recommended for ages 6-10).

 

Space Shapes and Tycho to the Moon, Thursdays, July 20 & 27, at 2:30 p.m.
Learn about shapes in space and ponder a number of questions: Is the Moon round like a ball, or flat like a pancake? How are Saturn’s rings shaped? Look for shapes within the stars as audience members play connect-the-dots to find triangles and squares. Then blast off with Tycho the dog in his spaceship-doghouse. Learn about night and day, space travel and features of the lunar surface, as well as the effects of gravity. (Recommended for ages 5-8)

 

The Alien Who Stole Christmas, Friday, July 21, at 6 p.m.

Who says you can’t celebrate Christmas in July? Discover the stars visible in tonight’s sky. Then follow Santa on a trip through the solar system when a friendly alien kidnaps him. The kids on the other planets also need presents. The show includes the “Countdown to the Eclipse” segment. (Recommended for ages 6-10).

 

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. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.

 

Princeton Academy Graduates The Class Of 2017 At 15th Commencement

On Tuesday, June 13, 32 young men graduated from Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart. The 15th Commencement Exercises were preceded by a Baccalaureate Liturgy with Monsignor Thomas J. Mullelly presiding over the celebratory mass. After mass, the attendees gathered in the majestic gardens and Alumni Courtyard of Kalkus House (formerly Manor House) on campus. With blue skies, bucolic greenery and the vintage Princetonian stone facade of Kalkus House as a backdrop, the stage was perfectly set for the graduates.

Faculty and staff led the procession followed by the Class of 2017, Headmaster Alfred (Rik) F. Dugan III, Head of Middle School Kathleen Humora and Chair of the Board of Trustees Kenneth Harlan.
Headmaster Rik Dugan welcomed guests and addressed the graduating class with zeal and inspiration, "In a global context that is ever shifting, uncertain and demanding, you should feel most confident and hopeful that you have timeless, tested, true tools to help you navigate, succeed and make the world a better place." Dugan reminded the young men and the audience of His Holiness Pope Francis' TED Talk, The Only Future Worth Building Includes Everyone, as the students viewed the talk earlier in the year. He cited Pope Francis' call for a Revolution of Tenderness and how "Our world requires tenderness... Tenderness means to use our eyes to see the other, our ears to hear the other..." Dugan noted, "Tenderness is not for the weak. It takes courage to be compassionate and that is our mission."


Graduating eighth grader William Bryce Thompson VI of Ringoes was chosen to give the speech on behalf of the Class of 2017. 

Princeton Montessori Students Send Art Supplies To Cuba

Part Of New Cuban Art Exchange Project

 

Princeton Montessori School students recently donated two suitcases full of art supplies to the children's art program at the Museo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Museum) in Havana, Cuba. The donations were part of the new Cuban Art Exchange Project at Princeton Montessori School, in which first and second-grade students study Cuban artists and create works of art based on their styles. The Cuban children at the museum's art school do the same, and the art is then photographed and shared between the two groups.


"After visiting the museum in Cuba and learning that their children's art program was suffering due to lack of supplies, I wanted to do something to make a difference," said Lisa Stolzer, elementary teacher at Princeton Montessori School and head of the Cuban Art initiative. "When my students heard how difficult it was for the museum to get basic things, like paper and colored pencils, they were filled with empathy and the desire to help."


Princeton Montessori students and their families responded by collecting and donating enough supplies to replenish the museum's art program. Furthermore, the donations opened the door to a cultural art exchange that benefits the children on both sides.


"After sending the supplies, we decided that my students and the museum's students would each do an art project and share it with the other through photographs," said Stolzer. "We studied the work of Cuban artist Sandra Dooley and each student did a self-portrait in her style. We just sent our photographs to Cuba and look forward to receiving theirs."


Due to the difficulty of network communication in Cuba, it may take days or even weeks to receive the photographs back from the museum. Furthermore, after learning about the poverty in Cuba, many of Stolzer's students commented on how unfair it was that some children in the world have so much while others have so little.


"Maria Montessori often spoke of 'absorbent periods' in a child's development," said Stolzer. "For my first and second-graders, justice is number one on their list, particularly social justice. They are so ripe for understanding that not everybody has equality, but being able to do something about that is a wonderful way to live one's life."


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).

 

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 MONTESSORI SCHOOL CELEBRATES MOTHERS DAY

 

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).

 

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.