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Join us for the annual Parents Association Book Fair, which runs from Tuesday, April 25 to Thursday, April 27 in the Lower School Gymateria from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Click here for all the details. This year's Book Fair will kick off with a new opening day event: the After-School Literacy Event on Tuesday, April 25, 3:30– 5:30 p.m. The event will feature teacher read-alouds and storytelling, a session with guest author Alicia Murphy (My Muddy Foot Prince) and bestselling author Corey Ann Haydu (Rules for Stealing Stars), as well as imagination stations, games, raffle prizes, bake sale, and a DJ. Click here to register for this event.

Princeton Day School was honored to welcome three amazing artists to campus for our Imagine the Possibilities artist residency program this year. On April 4 and 5, Christian Robinson joined us, speaking at our division assemblies and in classes. Mr. Robinson is an award-winning illustrator and delighted the students with his on-the-spot illustrations and stories. Here are photos from his visit. On April 6 and 7, Newbery Award-winning author Matt de la Peña came to campus to speak to students in all divisions. He is the author of Last Stop on Market Street and Mexican WhiteBoy, and delivered memorable presentations about his childhood and his journey into writing. Here are some photos from his time here.

Congratulations to two PDS students who have been accepted into prestigious summer programs. Rahul Bhatia '18 was accepted into the New Jersey Scholars Program, a highly selective tuition-free five-week summer program for students who are rising seniors at the high school level in New Jersey. Students undertake a rigorous application process for the program and only 39 Scholars are chosen from among the semifinalists. The New Jersey Scholars program promises an "an intense, interdisciplinary intellectual experience that will change students' lives by teaching them to think in a new way — relating disciplines instead of dividing them." The Scholars have the opportunity to participate in lectures, small group seminars, research, extensive writing, and to hone their creative talents.

The Anne Reid '72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School is proud to present the incredible work of our Lower School artists in the current exhibit running now through April 28. The exhibit includes the work of more than 200 Princeton Day School Lower School students in grades Pre-K through four, and is the culmination of the interactions, collaborations, and contributions of the school's youngest students. The exhibit showcases Princeton Day School's collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to the visual arts. Gallery Director Jody Erdman noted, "There is so much creativity in our Lower School that it is a joy to have their work in the gallery. Students take a direct approach with their art, which is uninhibited, unrestricted and liberating." Click here for photos from the opening artists' receptions of this inspiring exhibit.

Princeton Day School is delighted to celebrate the accomplishments of some of our alumni athletes. Jake Alu '15, a sophomore at Boston College, is being celebrated as the "Swiss Army knife" of the baseball team on the BC Eagles website. Coach Mike Gambino is quoted as envisioning Jake as "a super utility player, a guy who could be a pinch runner or change defensive positions." The article states that Jake has made "13 starts in the field with only one error, while notching five RBIs, six runs, and four stolen bases in five attempts on offense. In addition, he's now made five appearances on the mound [as pitcher], throwing 5.1 innings with three strikeouts." In a fun fact for PDS, the article states that Jake debuted as pitcher in a game against Villanova and faced his best friend from PDS, JP Radvany '15, as the first batter.

Princeton Day School received nine nominations from the Montclair State University Theatre Awards Committee for the fall production of "Macbeth." When announcing the nominations, Theater Director Stan Cahill noted that more than 75 schools across New Jersey were considered for these awards, and that nine nominations is a new record for PDS. The awards will be held on Monday, May 15 at Montclair State University. Congratulations to our award-winning performing arts department!

All parents are invited and encouraged to attend the April Parents Association Meeting on Wednesday, April 19 at 8:00 a.m. in the Lisa McGraw '44 Skating Rink. The PA is pleased to welcome Gary DeBlasio, MS, CEAP, who is Director of Youth and Community Services for the Municipality of Princeton and Executive Director of Corner House, and David Errickson, LCSW, LCADC, who is Director of Clinical Operations at Corner House, who will speak on the topic of adolescent substance use and abuse. Corner House, founded in 1972, is a nonprofit outpatient substance abuse treatment center based in Princeton. In addition, Sergeant Frederick Williams of the Princeton Police Department Safe Neighborhood Bureau and Chair of the Princeton Alcohol and Drug Alliance (PADA) will speak about drugs, teens, parents, and police. PA President Naru Narayanan noted, "This is an important topic, and should be of great interest to our parents. Please join us."

This month, the Princeton Day School Upper School student sustainability group, EnAct, is spearheading many activities to raise awareness about sustainability and celebrate our planet. Kicking off this week is the Eco-Challenge for Plastics, where EnAct is challenging all divisions to a competition and asking families to bring in their plastic packaging and bags (of the type we now recycle at PDS) for recycling, encouraging them to reduce their use of single use plastics. Sustainability Coordinator and faculty advisor to the group Liz Cutler noted, "This program is in conjunction with the Princeton Business Association and the municipality of Princeton." To help raise awareness for the challenge, there are signs posted in each division with information about the creation and disposal of single use plastics. These signs surround a container for collecting these items that students bring from home.

Princeton Day School was honored to welcome Massa Mufti to campus for a special assembly for our Upper School students. Ms. Mufti is an educational consultant and founder of Sonbola, an apolitical NGO that works to provide high quality education and interactive learning to Syrian refugee children. In her presentation, Ms. Mufti, who is Syrian but has moved so many times that she considers herself as more of a refugee, provided crucial context and insights into the civil war in Syria that has raged for seven years. Seeing the devastation of her country galvanized her to use her experience in education and humanitarian efforts to become an advocate for the children of Syria by providing an educational structure that covers basic literacy and numeration to opportunities for STEM learning and the arts.

Congratulations to Vinay Rao '21, a star Princeton Day School chess player who was just ranked #3 nationally in the U.S. Chess Junior Grand Prix final standings. The standings were published in the April issue of Chess Life Magazine, where it was noted that Vinay scored 9737 points. In announcing the news, Head of Middle School Renee Price said, "Congratulations to Vinay for identifying a passion, cultivating it with hard work and coaching, and achieving such admirable results!" In other chess news, Chess teacher Bonnie Waitzkin reported that sisters Rowan '23 and Lila '27 Field competed in the All Girls National Championship in Chicago with 423 girls in attendance. Ms. Waitzkin noted that Lila played well, and was 12th in the Under 8 section; her rating is now 966. The Nationals are taking place in May, and Princeton Day School will be representing with 8 players attending.

Princeton Day School 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.

STEAM at Princeton Day School: A Definition

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.

he Anne Reid '72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School is pleased to present the work of our Lower School artists in the Lower School Art Exhibit on view from April 3 through April 28, 2017. There will be an opening reception on Monday, April 17 from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. for the families of the artists in grades PreK through 2; and a reception on Tuesday, April 18, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. for families of artists in grades 3 and 4. These receptions are free and open to the public.

The exhibit features a variety of media, including painting, watercolor, ceramics, video media, mixed media collage, and sculpture, illuminating the variety of media our students are exposed to at an early age.

Princeton Day School is honored to welcome the following artists to campus for our Imagine the Possibilities artist residency program:

Christian Robinson (April 4-5) is an illustrator of award-winning picture books. He is a 2016 Caldecott Honoree and also received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for his art in Last Stop on Market Street.

Matt de la Peña (April 6-7) is an author and recipient of the 2016 Newbery Award for Last Stop on Market Street. He has written many books and his short fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times, NPR.org and other literary journals.

Mark Fearing (April 20-21) is an author and an illustrator. His books have won numerous awards and his latest book, Chicken Story Time, is on the Indie Next Great Reads Winter 2016-2017 list.

Princeton Day School is pleased to announce that five 11th grade students will be attending the GAINS (Girls Advancing in STEM) Conference at Stanford University from April 2 through April 4. The students are: Grace Barbara '18, Elisa Kardhashi '18, Sarah Prilutsky '18, Claire Szuter '18, and Ann Xu '18. These students were chosen to attend the conference because of their strong academic records, a deep and abiding curiosity about math and science, and an aspiration to study these subjects when they leave PDS. According to the conference website, the GAINS Network is a virtual community connecting girls and women with a passion for STEM subjects to support, encourage, teach and inspire one another. At the conference, our students can expect to explore STEM careers and meet professional women in these fields; connect with other high schools girls interested in STEM; tour the amazing facilities at Stanford, and hear about cutting-edge research being conducted by women in STEM fields. Congratulations!

Spring training trips are complete and our teams kicked off the new season this week. Boys Lacrosse won a thrilling opener in double overtime at Hun School, 9-8. Scoring were Jake Bennett '20 (4), Peter Shannon '17 (2), John Konopka '18 (2), and Coby Auslander '19 (1). In addition, Varsity Baseball won their opener at home over Conwell Egan, 6-5. Girls Varsity Lacrosse overcame an 8-2 deficit to clinch their opening game in Florida over Oak Hall, 13-12.

Princeton Day School was honored to welcome Rais Bhuiyan, founder and president of the nonprofit organization World Without Hate, to a special assembly for the Upper School on Tuesday, March 28. Mr. Bhuiyan was the victim of a horrendous anti-Muslim attack in the days following 9/11, but instead of focusing on hate and revenge in the aftermath of his shooting, he worked tirelessly to both forgive and save his attacker, Mark Stroman, from death row. His presentation to the Upper School community was incredibly moving, as he relayed that all he lost as a result of his attack—his home and livelihood, as well as sight in one eye—was nothing compared to what he gained: forgiveness, peace, and ultimately a "brother" in his attacker. Mr. Bhuiyan referred to the PDS students gathered as the future of the world, and encouraged them to break the cycle of violence and hate in our world by treating each other, and everyone, with compassion and kindness. The students gave Mr. Bhuiyan a standing ovation after his inspiring presentation. He will be talking with small groups of students during the rest of his stay on campus.

Break out your leg warmers, skinny ties, and neon colors: I Want My PDS!, the 25th Annual Auction is taking place this Saturday, April 1. With cocktails, dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions, and a special music performance by The Ronald Reagans, this should be one fun party. Who will win Mr. and Mrs. '80s Best Dressed? You'll only know if you RSVP here. While on the auction website, you can check out the amazing items up for auction: from international trips to luxury merchandise to cultural events, there is something for everyone. The auction co-chairs Jennifer DelVecchio and Jennifer Fenton have put together a night to remember, so start thinking about your outfits now! All proceeds support faculty professional development at Princeton Day School. And remember: there is an 80's theme day on Friday, March 31 for students, faculty, and staff, just to get everyone in the spirit.

Princeton Day School has partnered with Princeton University to create the Energy and Climate Scholars program at the school. Each year, a select group of PDS sophomores, juniors, and seniors meets monthly over a working dinner with highly talented and engaged Princeton University Ph.D. students, learning and conversing about energy and climate and related science, economics, policy, and politics. The Energy and Climate Scholars have now organized, with Princeton University and the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association, the Student Climate Change Conference, which will take place at the Watershed on Sunday, April 23. Open to all high school students, the event will feature workshops on policy, water, climate change, and food and agriculture. Please click here for more information and to register for this free event.


As part of Princeton Day School's Global Studies program, there are a number of international trips taking place over spring break. English Department Chair Karen Latham and English teacher Jamie McCulloch took a group of students to London for "Life Along the Thames." Latin teachers Todd Gudgel and Nicole Mangino journeyed with a group of students to Rome for a special Latin language study. Language Department Chair Laurence Farhat and French teacher Yves Marcuard traveled to France with a group of students for "From Normandie to Paris," a French immersion. History teacher Lauren Ledley and Spanish teacher Carmen Santa-Crus took a group of 8th and 9th grade students to Guatemala for a trip focusing on environmental and social justice, with a Spanish immersion focus. And, English teacher and Sustainability Coordinator Liz Cutler and science teacher Charlie Alt traveled with a group of students to the Bahamas to study sustainability at The Island School. Be sure to follow all of our PDS travelers on Instagram at pdstravel.

Princeton Day School is honored to welcome our newly admitted students for the 2017-2018 academic year. Director of Admission and Financial Aid Julie Cucchi remarked, "What a talented and impressive applicant pool! I loved hearing their stories, reading their files, and meeting each and every applicant through the admission process." We look forward to seeing our new students and their families at our revisit days.

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8th Grade Musical, 5/4-5/5: "The Lion King"

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PDS Launches New STEAM Initiative

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Come to the PDS Book Fair, 4/25-4/27

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