Monday, March 25, 2013
Troop from Seth Boyden School tackles trash in the reservation.
Junior GS Troop 20648 from Seth Boyden Demonstration School, led by Tracey Woods - Trash Tackler Coordinator for the South Mountain Conservancy- spent Saturday morning spring cleaning at the South Mountain reservation. They worked for an hour and a half clearing garbage and debris from the entry drive off of South Orange Avenue. In that time the girls collected about four cubic yards of trash. The troop was amazed at the amount of garbage they were able to collect in such a short period of time. Bottles, cans, plastic bags, wheels, boots and even a stereo system were removed from the side of the road. Maura Donnelly remarked, "I can't believe people just throw this stuff out of their car windows". "Why don't people just throw their …
Saturday, March 16, 2013
On March 6, Seth Boyden was host to a very special book club.
Saturday, March 16
Seth Boyden School's first annual Big Read brought a small, but enthusiastic group of parents and children out on a school night to discuss two great books read together. Kindergarten through 2nd grade students and parents were given the book The Empty Pot by Demi to read and discuss. Students and parents in 3rd through 5th grades had tackled Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. Parents Julie Snyder, Rachel Fisher, Elizabeth Takacs, Mitch Center, Heather Puglisi, Jeff Melman, Susan Leone, Judith Wolochow, Shana Ginsburg, Thandi Center, Amy Cox-Martins, Nadine Kerstan, Alix Clyburn and Patricia Sanchez all stepped forward and volunteered to moderate. The event was organized by Tia Swanson. Kendra Thyne, Alix Clyburn, Sonya Sio Weng Artis, …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Project Runway star looks to sell out CHS auditorium for school playground fundraiser.
It's a "make it work" moment for Seth Boyden School, as tickets are selling briskly for the second show in the Seth Boyden Series: A Conversation with Culture. The show — taking place Sunday, March 17 at Columbia High School — features Project Runway’s Tim Gunn in conversation with NY1-TV reporter and South Orange resident Budd Mishkin live on stage. If you don't know Gunn, he is the sartorially splendid, fastidiously fashionable sidekick to supermodel and producer Heidi Klum on the Lifetime hit show Project Runway. What you don't know about Gunn? He is also the Fashion Dean at Fifth & Pacific Inc (formerly Liz Claiborne Inc). Prior to joining Fifth & Pacific Inc., Gunn served as a member of the administration and faculty at Parsons School…
Sunday, March 3, 2013
A gala event on Feb. 23 at Orange Lawn Tennis Club raised $15,000 for new playground equipment and outdoor classroom experiences.
The Seth Boyden Demonstration School community is feeling pretty jazzed about a recent night of auctioning, dining and dancing that netted the PTA $15,000 toward the school's planned Outdoor Learning Center. The event, held on Feb. 23 at the Orange Lawn Tennis Club, was chaired by "the Caryns" — Caryn Emmons and Caryn Rosenberg. "The party was elegant, the bar was a blast, the food was excellent and the baskets were downright outrageous," wrote PTA member Patti Killian De Luca in an email to the Seth Boyden community (De Luca herself worked the event). "The chipper and satisfied murmurs from the auction audience told it all," continued De Luca, who praised PTA President Susie Adamson and the entire Auction Committee which included Kate …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
The Cashore Marrionettes visit Seth Boyden School.
Saturday, March 2
On Feb. 20, something magical was taking place in the auditorium at Seth Boyden Demonstration School in Maplewood. Joseph Cashore was performing the scenes he had written and directed with the marionettes he had handcrafted. A horse played with a dragonfly. A mother comforted a baby. A monk fought distractions to meditation. Throughout it all, the children — and adults — in the auditorium were enraptured and delighted. Cashore and his marionettes were brought to the school through the PTA and the efforts of Mary Trinity of the Cultural Arts Committee. Fourth graders Grace Barry and Jenna Hayes had the opportunity to interview Cashore after the performance. Read their Q&A below. By Grace Barry and Jenna Hayes The Cashore Marionettes came …
Seth Boyden School — and its principal — celebrate Read Across America in style.
Saturday, March 2
Seth Boyden Demonstration School and its principal Mark Quiles brought the beloved Dr. Seuss tale of mischief “The Cat in the Hat” to life on Friday, March 1, 2013, as the school celebrated the NEA’s Read Across America Day. Not only did some students sport the cat's trademark red-and-white-striped hat, but Quiles suited up in full Cat in the Hat regalia. Quiles said that he decided to don the costume “after some special requests.” The popular principal was available to read in classrooms through a sign-up sheet available on the counter outside the office. At 2:45 p.m., students from kindergarten through Grade 5 participated in a school-wide read. The entire student body went into the halls and read quietly for about 15-20 minutes. Even …
Monday, January 28, 2013
The 2nd Annual Seth Boyden Parent-Staff Talent Show raised more than $800 for the PTA on Friday night.
Monday, January 28
A little snow did little to frighten away the Seth Boyden School faithful on Friday night as parents, students and friends of the school turned out for the 2nd Annual Seth Boyden Spotlight Parent-Staff Talent Show. The auditorium was about 75 percent full as fans came to cheer Principal Mark Quiles and parent luminaries like Marco Ranieri, Charlie Pollock, Bud Mishkin, Bruno Lee and Kendra Thyne as they exhibited their respective professional music, theater, media, jazz and ballet credentials. The event, organized by Kelly Heinze, raised more than $800 for the Seth Boyden PTA. PTA President Susie Adamson, Patti Killian, Jesse Reyes, A.J. DeLuca, Maureen Koppenaal, Ms. Bathmann, Mr. Edgerton, Tim Welch, Raquel Horn and Joanne Mayberry also …
Friday, January 25, 2013
2nd Annual Seth Boyden Spotlight shines a light on local talent that has made it big time.
From the Oakland Ballet to Broadway, some parents at Seth Boyden Demonstration School have serious creative credentials. Take Charlie Pollock, for example. Pollock has originated roles on Broadway including Dwayne Rhodes in 9 to 5: The Musical. He's also played Bobby Strong on Broadway in Urinetown. But the bright lights of Broadway haven't gone to Pollock's head. Indeed, he'll be playing Maplewood later this month, performing a song from the musical "Once" at the 2nd Seth Boyden Spotlight Parent-Staff Talent Show on Friday, January 25 at the Seth Boyden Auditorium. Starting last year, talented parents and staffers at Seth Boyden — both amateur and professional — put their performing talents to good use for the school through a "Spotlight…
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Donations will help schools rebuild libraries destroyed in the hurricane.
Claire Sinclair updates Patch readers via email on the book drive: Tuscan collected over 3,500 books. Seth Boyden dropped off many boxes and bags as well...I'd estimate at least 500. Lois and Andrea of Bookbgone came by and picked up the books and brought them to their facility in Union. They were immediately transferred to be delivered to Belmar, NJ where they will be distributed to the public library as well as the Belmar Elementary school. There were so many volunteers, but the stand out ones...are, Juli and Phil Lipoff, Dave Sinclair, Chris Costanza and Melissa Sheehy. Tuscan Elementary School and Seth Boyden School are currently holding book donation drives to benefit schools whose libraries were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. "A …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
State officials join students, teachers and parents at Strawberry Fields school garden.
Assemblyman John F. McKeon and Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey (both Essex/Morris) joined students, PTA members and school officials to celebrate Jersey Fresh Farm to School Week at Seth Boyden Elementary School's Strawberry Fields garden on Tuesday. Under a brilliant September sky, McKeon lauded the work done by the school community to bring Strawberry Fields to fruition. The week helps focus attention on the state’s Farm to School Program, which encourages schools to support local farms by incorporating local produce into school lunch menus. Did you know that New Jersey is ranked number three out of all 50 states in cranberry production? The audience at the garden did, after McKeon shared the state's ranking in that crop as well as in …