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School News

The Lower School performed their annual Thanksgiving Sharing assembly this morning for the community. Beginning with a performance of "Bring Out the Cider" from the LS Orchestras led by Dr. R., and a welcome from Head of School Paul Stellato, the LS students sang their way through a number of delightful tunes, including "Gently (Walk on the Earth)" and "Sing a Song of Peace."

Twenty chess players from Princeton Day School competed in the New Jersey Grade Championship on Sunday, November 22 at the Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ. This annual tournament decides the champion in each grade. Chess teacher Bonnie Waitzkin reported "Our players Winston Ni in fifth grade and Eric Wu in fourth grade each won the huge Championship trophy. Our teams were first in the first grade, second in fourth grade, first in fifth grade, second in sixth grade and first in seventh grade."

For a number of years, Princeton Day School has been providing Thanksgiving baskets of food to HomeFront for distribution to Mercer County families in need during the holiday season. This year, all three divisions are participating in the drive, and the hope is to beat our record of 107 baskets last year.

Congratulations to Ruchita Zaparde '17, who has been chosen as a 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Honoree, one of only four teens chosen from across the country for this honor, which stands for Help And Lead Others. Ruchita is being honored for her work with the non-profit Sew A Future, which she founded in the 7th grade, and which provides sewing machines to widows with young children in rural India.

The Upper School Photojournalism and Environmental Studies classes along with the EnAct student sustainability club are working together on a unique interdisciplinary term-long project called "Beauty and the Beast: The Fall and Rise of the Raritan River." Through the lenses of history, science, photography and economics, the students will explore the river, focusing on documenting the ecological impacts that have affected the Raritan over the course of the last century and will also record its unique beauty through photography.

Congratulations to the Rescue Mission of Trenton, who broke a Guinness World Record by collecting more than 179,000 pieces of clothing during a one-month drive. Princeton Day School was thrilled be a partner in this endeavor, and the PDS community donated more than 1,900 items to this drive.

The fall issue of the Princeton Day School Journal is hitting mailboxes now. This special 50th anniversary issue, the first in full color throughout, celebrates the history of the school by looking back at the forming of Princeton Day School ("Dedicated Matchmakers Arrange Perfect Marriage"); reflecting on the student perspective over the years through the lens of Community Council ("50 Years of PDS"); and exploring the history of the theater program since 1965 ("From Our Town to Our Town").

On Sunday, November 15, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., Princeton Day School will host an open house for the Upper School (Grades 9-12). The event will begin with a welcome from Head of School Paul Stellato and Head of Upper School & Assistant Head of School for Academic Life Jason Robinson, followed by a panel discussion with Upper School students on student perspective.

On Wednesday, November 11, Princeton Day School will host an open house for the Lower School (PreK-Grade 4). Registration and school tours led by 4th grade students will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Princeton Day School invites the entire Lower School community to celebrate the joy of reading with the first-ever Lower School Family Literacy Night on November 17, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. There will be a program for students and parents.

A storybook season for this year's Girls Varsity Soccer team came to a dramatic conclusion yesterday afternoon on Baker Field in front of an enthusiastic crowd of students, faculty, parents and alums who all came out to support the team's quest for the Prep B Title.

The annual Halloween Parades are a much loved Princeton Day School tradition. The Middle and Upper School students parade in the morning around the circle, and the Lower School students parade around the school in the afternoon. Friday morning was a perfect fall morning, with crisp air, colorful foliage, and blue skies.

Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Tennis team for their outstanding NJISAA Prep B Championship for the fourth year running! It was a team effort going into the final round just one point ahead of rival Gill St. Bernard's and each player was essential to this thrilling victory.

Princeton Day School is pleased to announce the Upper School Fall play: Our Town by Thornton Wilder. In his announcement about the fall play, director Stan Cahill noted, "This is the first time that PDS Theater has returned to Grover's Corners since the inaugural production fifty years ago."

Storyteller Joanne Epply-Schmidt has been visiting the Lower School as part of the Lively Arts program this year to share her stories with the students in grades PreK-4. She has met with each class twice over two weeks, and has coordinated with the teachers on curriculum being covered in class—from Native American tales to tales of passions from all over the world.

Two PDS Upper School students have recently been featured in the media for impressive projects and accolades. Ziad Ahmed '17 was featured in an article on about his unique Z-Charge, a 3-D printed solar panel iPhone and iPad charger. Tag Quijano '17 was also in the news for winning the annual Student Award from the U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter (USGBC NJ) for his unique Bicycle-powered Rain Water Pump.

Despite a tough overtime loss to Pennington yesterday, the girls varsity soccer team's incredible season (10W-1L-1T) has earned them top seed in both the Mercer County Tournament (MCT) and the NJISAA Prep B Tournament. MCT Tournament play begins Wednesday, October 21 against an undetermined opponent on Jan Baker Field. Come out to support our Panthers!

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Eleanor Oakes '03 in the Anne Reid Art Gallery, 11/24-12/17

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