Thank you to PJS families for donating more than 40 costumes to the Junior League's Trunk or Treat for Homefront, and a special thank you to Michelle Emerson for leading the effort!
News and Events
We are so happy to receive this wonderful news! The fresh water well project in Mozambique that the PJS Glitter Lemonade Club of 2015 helped to fund through Charity:Water is complete! The new well (pictured above) is now bringing fresh water to 480 people in the village of Namuro. Below are pictures of our club learning more about the global water crisis at the Charity:Water headquarters in New York City. Way to go guys!
For details about this particular project, visit Charity:Water.
In her book, Wisdom at Play, Princeton Junior School founder, Juliana McIntyre Fenn, shares the story of her search for a school logo, a symbol to reflect the educational process at PJS. She recalls the day that a close friend gave her a half-shell of the chambered nautilus. When she used it to create a print of black ink on white paper, she instinctively knew that she had found a symbol that would resonate with children. After consulting the nearest dictionary to research the this "extraordinary shelter," Ms. McIntyre Fenn discovered that "the nautilus is the sole survivor of a class of mollusks that flourished 200 million years ago. The shell, like a suit of armor protects the soft animal. It has brown and white stripes on the outside and is beautiful and pearly on the inside. In the beginning, the tiny larva lives in one chamber. As it grows, it builds larger and larger chambers in a spiral formation, with a connecting canal that extends back through the walls to the core. The nautilus lives in the newest and largest chamber.”
This symbol continues to resonate in 2017.
When discussing the PJS Community Covenant, the children in the Toddler Class became intrigued by the rainbow nautilus as a symbol of our school. They soon discovered that variations of the nautilus can be found all around PJS, and so the Nautilus Hunt began.
The Toddler Nautilus Hunt inspired artwork and creativity. Using paintbrushes and watercolors, the children filled their spiral with color. They painted lines, curves, spots, dots, circles and spirals inside the larger black spiral. Using loose parts such as gems, wooden rings and other pieces, the children decorated their spirals, creating faces, trains and rainbow paths to follow.
The chambered nautilus continues to be a fitting symbol of Princeton Junior School, a representation of a child's growth and transformation from the center outward toward the world beyond, a spiraling path from being to becoming.
Join Princeton Junior School's Glitter Lemonade Club for our first fundraising event of the school year. Make your own Glitter Lemonade at our stand at the Hopewell Harvest Fair on Saturday, September 23rd from 10:00am-4:00pm (rain date is Sunday, September 24).
For this event, our students have chosen to help the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands recover from the devastation of Hurricane Irma. Citizens of the Islands have been left without food and shelter, and children have been left without schools. Our students decided that instead of donating to a larger organization, such as the Red Cross, they would like the proceeds of their stand to go to a local community organization that could funnel the funds directly to a school in need. The St. John Community Foundation will direct our donation to an elementary school within the St. Thomas/St. John school district. SJCF was founded after the devastation that Hurricane Hugo inflicted on the island in 1989. To learn more, you can visit their website at thestjohnfoundation.org.
Glitter Lemonade is a non-profit foundation sponsoring altruistic efforts by children, that benefit charities and champion causes in the spirit of goodwill; each effort is an exercise in civic virtue. Our philosophy is simple and purposeful: integrate philanthropy into early childhood, so a connection will be made between community service and self enrichment during the developmental years. You can find more information about the GL Club on the PJS website at: http://www.princetonjuniorschool.org/our-partners/.
This week, students in Grades 4 and 5 had the opportunity to visit the award-winning National Museum of Mathematics in Manhattan. Escorted by their teachers, Ms. Vovsi and Mr. Kovacs (and a group of parent chaperones), our young mathematicians explored dynamic, hands-on exhibits designed to stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of mathematics. Fourth graders were eager to share their experience with the PJS community. Some “astonishing” things were noted:
“You load up the basketball and you can change the height, angle, and speed using levers, pumps, and dials! Try to [get the ball] in the basket, but believe me, [it’s] easier said than done!” (Ball Bot Exhibit- A robot that shoots regulation-size basketballs shows the role of math and brain power in making a basket)
“The Harmony of the Spheres are spheres that have different colors and when you touch them, they play music.” (Harmony of the Spheres Exhibit- Create a harmonic soundscape through an interactive musical sculpture)
“In Robot Swarm, we needed a backpack, and every backpack had a color: red, blue, yellow and green. There were robots under the floor for every color, and they were chasing you!” (Robot Swarm Exhibit- Small, colored robots under a glass floor move and react to the person standing on top of the glass and each other)
"Yesterday I encountered a fun exhibit I called ‘Cool Cars.’ I was wondering about the top track and why it only had one car and the bottom track had two. My answer was it was something about a Mobius strip. A Mobius strip looks like it has two surfaces, but it only has one." (Twisted Thruway Exhibit - Explore how remote control cars drive on two unique racetracks: a Mobius strip and a trefoil knot)
The exhibits and activities that students experienced broadened the students' thinking about mathematics, and they agreed that they would like to visit again soon.
This morning marked our first All School Gathering of the new school year. During the first few days of school, teachers and students discussed the meaning of our Community Covenant and how we might express these ideals through what we say and do and how we relate to one another in our schoolhouse. Preschool through Grade 5 students took turns presenting their interpretations of ways to “live” our Community Covenant. Teachers and students were then invited to sign this document which will be posted outside of the Windows to the World Library.