Latest Bank Street News

School for Children

Bank Street School for Children 2nd Graders Clean Up the Hudson River

Posted by Katie Peshut on May 11, 2013

On Saturday, May 11, School for Children 7/8s (2nd grade) students, their teacher, Danette Lipten, and parents, selflessly volunteered to spend the day picking up trash along the shoreline of the Hudson River in northern New Jersey. Ever since Danette began teaching the Hudson River curriculum in the 7/8s, she ...

tagged: cleanup, hudson river, school for children
read more
School for Children

On Race & Football: Documentary Filmmaker & Former NFL Player Visit SFC 8th Graders

Posted by Katie Peshut on April 23, 2013

On April 19, School for Children 13/14s (8th grade) students were treated to a very special educational experience when documentary filmmaker Theresa Moore and former NFL player Walter Beach III visited their classroom. Moore showed the students a portion of her documentary film Third and Long: The History of African ...

tagged: football, race, stereotypes
read more
School for Children

The School for Children Is Reducing Its Ecological Footprint with a Composting Initiative

Posted by Katie Peshut on April 23, 2013

On Monday, April 15, the School for Children (SFC) launched a composting initiative in the cafeteria and kitchen, due in large part to the focused efforts of the Parents Association's Green Action Committee. Green Action Committee member and first-year parent Laura Sametz spearheaded this initiative after helping to implement a

tagged: composting, green action committee, school for children
read more
School for Children

On Bullying: Bank Street Hosts Author Emily Bazelon

Posted by Katie Peshut on March 23, 2013

On March 13, Bank Street School for Children hosted acclaimed journalist Emily Bazelon, author of the bestseller Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. A senior editor at Slate who has appeared on The Colbert Report, Bazelon is a leading voice ...

tagged: bullying, emily bazelon
read more
School for Children

School for Children 6th Graders Discuss Stereotypes on Book Cover Art with Knopf Editors

Posted by Katie Peshut on March 20, 2013

On March 13, School for Children (SFC) 6th grade students (11/12s) met with Knopf editors Erin Clarke and Michelle Frey for a conversation about cover design and marketing decisions. The impetus for this meeting began back in October during a booktalking session with Children's Librarian Allie Bruce. An 11-year-old girl ...

tagged: book editors, school for children, stereotypes
read more
School for Children

Project Cicero Book Drive A Success

Posted by Katie Peshut on March 11, 2013

The School for Children once again participated in the annual Project Cicero Book Drive, which is designed to create – or supplement – school and classroom libraries for children in under-resourced New York City public schools. This year's drive was a great success - the Bank Street community collected and ...

tagged: project cicero, school for children
read more
School for Children

School for Children 8th Graders Host 2nd Annual Antigone Film Festival

Posted by Katie Peshut on February 05, 2013

On February 1, 2013, the 13/14s (8th grade) class hosted its second annual Antigone Film Festival, debuting original film adaptations of the classic Greek play, Antigone, by Sophocles. This festival was the culmination of a lot of hard work, with students working in small groups to write screenplays and then ...

tagged: antigone, festival, film
read more
School for Children

Creating a Mural in the School for Children

Posted by Katie Peshut on December 20, 2012

Submitted by a 10/11s (5th grade) student: This fall, the 10/11s painted a mural in the stairwell. The mural compares food, celebrations, transportation, and education in China to those parts of culture in New York City. We did this so people were able to see the similarities and the differences ...

tagged: mural, school for children
read more
School for Children

Author R.J. Palacio Visits Bank Street

Posted by Katie Peshut on December 20, 2012

On December 18, 2012, the Bank Street auditorium was packed with School for Children 9/10s - 13/14s (4th - 8th grade) students, teachers, and other members of the Bank Street community, all eager to hear author R.J. Palacio speak. Everyone had read all or part of Wonder, Palacio's debut novel. ...

tagged: school for children, wonder
read more
School for Children

School for Children 5th Graders Help With Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts in Riverside Park

Posted by Katie Peshut on December 12, 2012

Bank Street School for Children 10/11s (5th grade) students spent their community time on November 30, 2012 helping Riverside Park recover from Hurricane Sandy. Two of the students described the afternoon's work: We went down to the park at 1:30 PM, split up into groups of 4 or 5, and ...

tagged: riverside park, school for children
read more
School for Children

School for Children Faculty Members Attend the 2012 NAIS People of Color Conference

Posted by Katie Peshut on December 10, 2012

Anshu Wahi, Director of Diversity and Community; Nayantara Mhatre, 12/13s (7th grade) Humanities Teacher; Morika Tsujimura, 12/13s Math/Science Teacher; Jenel Giles, 5/6s (Kindergarten) Head Teacher; and Janel Frazier, 7/8s (2nd grade) Assistant Teacher, attended the annual National Association of Independent Schools People of Color Conference on December 6-8, 2012 in ...

tagged: nais, people of color conference
read more
School for Children

Rachel Simmons Speaks at Bank Street

Posted by Katie Peshut on December 06, 2012

The Bank Street School for Children Parents Association arranged for an afternoon and evening visit by Rachel Simmons on December 5, 2012. Rachel is the author of the groundbreaking book Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls and, more recently, The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising ...

tagged: girls, leadership
read more
School for Children

Bank Street School for Children Supports Bead for Life

Posted by Katie Peshut on December 06, 2012

For the fifth consecutive year, the School for Children's Parents of Children of Color (POCOC) affinity group turned the Bank Street lobby into a vibrant marketplace for gorgeous, recycled paper beads and organic shea butter products handmade by Ugandan women. Bead for Life is a socially responsible, global organization that ...

read more
School for Children

Middle School Students Decorate Holiday Bags for God's Love We Deliver

Posted by Katie Peshut on November 28, 2012

Every year Bank Street School for Children classrooms at all age levels in the Middle School (grades 1-4) personalize holiday bags that will be used to deliver food and other necessities to homebound clients of God’s Love We Deliver living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other serious illnesses. Students paint the ...

read more
School for Children

School for Children 7th Graders Study Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Posted by Katie Peshut on November 27, 2012

Students in the 12/13s (7th grade) are getting what for many is their first taste of Shakespeare through this fall's study of Romeo and Juliet. Students are immersing themselves in the play through analysis of the text, weekly dramatizations of important scenes, and a study of various film adaptations. They ...

tagged: elizabethan, michael ginsburg
read more
School for Children

Bank Street Participating in Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive

Posted by Katie Peshut on November 26, 2012

From Monday, December 3 through Friday, December 14, the Bank Street community will be collecting toys for children in need, especially those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Toys for Tots has already provided toys to the majority of shelters housing children affected by Sandy, so the toys collected will be used ...

tagged: toys
read more
School for Children

Bank Street School for Children Clothing Drive

Posted by Katie Peshut on November 19, 2012

For the third consecutive year, the Bank Street community collected and donated several carloads of gently used clothing, blankets, and shoes to the Jan Hus Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Program. This year, the drive benefited men, women, and families with children who are homeless, with limited housing, or otherwise in ...

read more
School for Children

Bank Street School for Children Food Drive to Benefit City Harvest

Posted by Katie Peshut on November 19, 2012

In the spirit of Thanksgiving and community, Bank Street School for Children collected approximately 500 pounds of food (25 boxes) during its annual food drive to benefit City Harvest. Students in the 1st and 4th grades spearheaded the effort: they decorated the collection boxes, created informational posters, and packed up ...

read more
School for Children

School for Children 4th Graders Learn About Climate Change

Posted by Katie Peshut on November 16, 2012

Bank Street School for Children 9/10s (4th grade) students were visited by scientists from The Earth Institute at Columbia University on November 15, 2012. The presentation covered climate change and specific actions that children and adults can take to mitigate its impact on our society. The students gasped when they ...

tagged: change, climate
read more
School for Children

November is National Adoption Awareness Month

Posted by Katie Peshut on November 15, 2012

Bank Street School for Children celebrates its families formed through adoption. Positive adoption language helps the community learn and talk about adoption together. Here are some examples: We say a child “was adopted" into his or her family. (We use “adopted” as an adverb, not an adjective!) We do not ...

tagged: adoption
read more
School for Children

Renowned Children's Author Todd Parr Visits Bank Street School for Children

Posted by Katie Peshut on November 15, 2012

On November 14, 2012, author and illustrator Todd Parr read his new children's book, The Thankful Book, to a group of very excited School for Children 6/7s (1st grade) students. He also read The Underwear Book (obviously a favorite of the children given their enthusiastic response) and It's Okay to ...

tagged: parr, todd
read more
School for Children

Dr. Pedro Noguera Speaks at Bank Street

Posted by Katie Peshut on November 09, 2012

On October 2, 2012, Dr. Pedro Noguera, a renowned urban sociologist and author, visited Bank Street to discuss cultural and racial identity development in all children. The Parents of Children of Color (POCOC), one of the School for Children's parent affinity groups, hosted the event. Dr. Noguera engaged in an ...

read more
School for Children

Bank Street School for Children 8th Graders Attend Student Leadership Conference

Posted by Katie Peshut on November 09, 2012

On October 26, 2012, two Bank Street School for Children 8th graders attended The Dalton School's 3rd annual Student Leadership Conference titled Conversations on Experience, Identity, & Leadership. The conference theme this year was Social & Political Change Movements in America. The event featured a distinguished panel of guests in ...

read more
School for Children

School for Children Mock Presidential Election

Posted by Katie Peshut on November 08, 2012

Every four years, Bank Street School for Children Upper School (Grades 5-8) students stage a mock election, which parallels the real Presidential Election. Each grade has certain responsibilities in connection with the activity. For example, the two 12/13s (7th grade) classes represent the major parties. The 10/11s (5th grade) are ...

tagged: mock election, upper school
read more
School for Children

Bank Street Students Make Meaning of Their World After Hurricane Sandy

Posted by Katie Peshut on November 06, 2012

On the first full day back to school after Hurricane Sandy, Bank Street School for Children 5/6s (Kindergarten) made sense of the hurricane experience by building “safe spaces,” in the block area. These structures consisted of a “church where people could go to be safe” and a “tube way with ...

read more
Bank Street for Children

Ellie Costa, Bank Street Literacy Specialist, Presented at a Sounds in Motion Conference

Posted by Katie Peshut on October 24, 2012

On October 27, 2012, Ellie Costa, Bank Street School for Children Reading and Literacy Specialist, presented at a workshop at The Children’s Hearing Institute Educational Outreach Program's Conference titled Sounds In Motion and its Applications. Ms. Costa shared the curriculum being developed in the School for Children's 5/6s (Kindergarten) using ...

tagged: in, motion, sounds
read more
School for Children

School for Children Alum, Ben Lerer, Featured in The New York Times

Posted by Katie Peshut on October 04, 2012

Ben Lerer, venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and School for Children alumnus (SFC '95) was interviewed for a "Corner Office" article in The New York Times last month.

read more
School for Children

Roberta Berman, School for Children Woodworking Teacher, Presented at Blue School Conference

Posted by Katie Peshut on October 04, 2012

On Thursday, November 15, 2012, Roberta Berman, School for Children Woodworking Teacher for grades 1-8, presented at Blue School’s conference in NYC titled Teaching Innovation: Giving Children Responsibility for Their Learning and for Our World. Ms. Berman outlined the goals and methods of her fine arts approach in the woodworking ...

read more
School for Children

Fall Fair - Saturday, October 13, 2012

Posted by Katie Peshut on September 24, 2012

Join us for Bank Street's Annual Fall Fair on Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 10am to 4pm at 112th Street from Broadway to Riverside Drive and inside the School building. Come rain or shine! There will be games, food, music, performers, raffle drawings, handmade items to buy, arts and crafts ...

read more
Bank Street for Children

School for Children 2nd Grade Ghanaian Letter Writing Project

Posted by Katie Peshut on June 04, 2012

In January, SFC Middle School students (grades 1-4) wrote letters and drew pictures to send to students in a primary (grades 1-4) demonstration school in Navrongo, Ghana. Stacey Cloud, 7/8s Teacher, who taught for two years at the school, and returns every summer to help teach, initiated the letter writing ...

tagged: ghana, school for children
read more
Bank Street for Children

School for Children 8th Grade Trip to Washington DC

Posted by Katie Peshut on June 01, 2012

This year, the annual 13/14s trip to Washington D.C. took place from May 14-17. In addition to seeing all of the monuments, a performance of 1776 at Ford’s Theater, Georgetown, and many of the museums, the students met with several different political dignitaries. Here are a few highlights from their ...

tagged: adam liptak, carolyn maloney, eric cantor, kirsten gillibrand, ty cobb, yvette clarke
read more
Bank Street for Children

School for Children and Family Center Spring Benefit Auction

Posted by Katie Peshut on May 15, 2012

On Thursday, May 10, Bank Street School for Children and Family Center held their annual Spring Benefit Auction at the beautiful New York Athletic Club on Central Park South. The event is the biggest fundraising and community building event of the school year, and this year's auction was a smashing ...

read more
Bank Street for Children

Purchase Spring Benefit Auction Tickets Online

Posted by Katie Peshut on April 19, 2012

The Bank Street School for Children and Family Center Spring Benefit Auction is quickly approaching! Purchase your tickets online for the May 10th event now!

read more
Bank Street for Children

Bank Street School for Children 2012 High School Placement

Posted by Katie Peshut on April 17, 2012

The process of applying to high school begins in the spring of seventh grade and continues in the fall of eighth grade. The Director of High School Placement works with parents and students to discuss and formulate a list of schools that are appropriate for the child to consider. The ...

read more
Bank Street for Children

Bank Street School for Children 6th Grade Teacher Presented at the NYSAIS Diversity Conference

Posted by Katie Peshut on April 12, 2012

On April 5, 2012, Nayantara Mhatre, 6th Grade Humanities Teacher at Bank Street School for Children (SFC), presented a workshop at the New York State Association of Independent Schools Diversity Conference in New York. Ms. Mhatre presented the entire scope of the 6th grade Nature of Belief world religions curriculum. ...

read more
Bank Street for Children

2012 Upper School Science Expo

Posted by Katie Peshut on March 16, 2012

On March 8, the Upper School (grades 5-8) held its annual Science Expo. The lobby, auditorium, and CDR were filled with a great variety of science projects and experiments. There were experiments such as: How can we measure the amount of gas dissolved in a liquid? How does the angle ...

read more
Bank Street for Children

2012 School for Children Alumni Panel: Bank Street and Beyond

Posted by Katie Peshut on March 15, 2012

On February 16. a lively, thoughtful, and often moving Alumni Panel discussion was provided by 17 School for Children (SFC) alums, from classes ranging from ’79 to ’11, before an audience of current and prospective parents, faculty and staff, panelists’ parents (and some panelists’ children), SFC students, and other SFC ...

read more
Bank Street for Children

Child Development Meeting with Dr. Ron Taffel

Posted by Katie Peshut on March 01, 2012

Dr. Ron Taffel, Bank Street's 2011-2012 Visiting Scholar, will host the next Child Development Meeting on Wednesday, April 18 from 9:00-10:30AM in Room 711. Ron will discuss Building Real Self-Esteem and a Healthy Sense of Gratitude.

read more
School for Children

Pete Seeger Visits Bank Street Second Graders

Posted by Katie Peshut on February 28, 2012

On February 10, 2012, Pete Seeger, singer/songwriter and social activist, paid a visit to the second grade classes in the School for Children. As part of their civil rights and Hudson River studies, the students learned about the central role he played in raising awareness and funds to build the ...

read more
School for Children

Bank Street 5th Graders Celebrate Chinese New Year

Posted by Katie Peshut on February 21, 2012

On January 26, 2012, the School for Children hallways, the library and the lobby were filled with the sights and sounds of the students' Lunar New Year celebration, replete with Lion Dancers and musicians on cymbals and drums. The celebration has become a must-see annual Upper School event. The 10/11s ...

read more
Bank Street for Children

School for Children Alum Speaks to Upper School Students

Posted by Katie Peshut on February 05, 2012

On January 31, 2012, Erica Moszkowski (SFC ’07), the oldest daughter of Bank Street parent and Board of Trustees member Sandra Pinnavaia, returned to the School for Children to speak to Upper School students at their weekly Morning Meeting. She was the first presenter in what will hopefully become an ...

read more
Bank Street for Children

Bank Street Students Exchange Letters with Students in Ghana

Posted by Katie Peshut on December 09, 2011

At a recent School for Children Middle School (grades 1-4) Assembly, Stacey Cloud, 7/8s (2nd grade) Teacher, presented her ongoing work with a primary school (grades 1-4) in Navrongo, Ghana. Stacey taught for two years at the demonstration school, which is part of a teacher training college much like Bank ...

read more
Bank Street for Children

Bank Street's Parents of Children of Color Affinity Group Supports Bead for Life

Posted by Katie Peshut on December 06, 2011

In late November, Bank Street School for Children's Parents of Children of Color Affinity Group hosted its annual Bead for Life sale of African jewelry and raised $6,100 to help eradicate extreme poverty in Uganda. Bead for Life is a socially responsible global organization working with HIV-positive mothers and refugees ...

read more
School for Children

Bank Street School for Children Collects Food for City Harvest

Posted by Katie Peshut on November 23, 2011

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Bank Street 1st graders spearheaded the School's 3rd annual City Harvest Food Drive. Eager to help those less fortunate than them, the students pitched in by decorating signs to post around the school, decorating the donation boxes, sorting and packing up the food, and loading ...

read more
School for Children

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Author, Jeff Kinney, Visits Bank Street

Posted by Katie Peshut on November 17, 2011

On November 15, Jeff Kinney, one of America's most popular children's book authors, visited Bank Street - his only school visit in New York City - on the launch date of his new book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid Cabin Fever. Kinney met with children in the 8/9s (3rd grade) ...

read more
School for Children

Bank Street School for Children Donates Clothing to Jan Hus Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Program

Posted by Katie Peshut on November 08, 2011

During the first week in November, the Bank Street School for Children community held its 2nd annual curbside clothing drive to benefit the Jan Hus Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Program in New York City. The School collected six carloads full of gently used clothing for people who are homeless, have ...

read more
School for Children

Bank Street 5th Graders Raise Money for Juvenile Dermatomyositis

Posted by Katie Peshut on November 07, 2011

Several Bank Street School for Children 5th graders, who started what they call the "Upper School Charity Club", recently organized a bake sale and raised an impressive $346 for Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM), an autoimmune disease affecting approximately 5,000 children in the United States. This particular community service initiative was for ...

read more
School for Children

Bank Street 2nd Graders Study the Hudson River Firsthand

Posted by Katie Peshut on October 30, 2011

On a misty day in October, School for Children 7/8s observed the Hudson River at the 79th Street Boat Basin as part of their year-long Hudson River curriculum study. After a lesson from Maria Richa, the art teacher, the children looked at the river through their imaginary window. Acting as ...

read more
School for Children

Bank Street 4th Graders Raise Money for YMCA Camp

Posted by Katie Peshut on October 30, 2011

School for Children 9/10s (4th grade) raised $873 through a coin drive for the Frost Valley YMCA Camp, which was adversely affected by Hurricane Irene. Bank Street 4th graders have been attending the overnight camp each fall for many years. Below is a photo of the children with the CEO ...

read more
School for Children

Bank Street School for Children Faculty Presented at the 2011 People of Color Conference

Posted by Katie Peshut on October 28, 2011

On December 2, Karyn Silsby de Pla, 3s Teacher; Joanna Sly, 5/6s Teacher; and Zeny Muslin, Diversity Coordinator, presented a workshop on racial identity development at the 2011 NAIS People of Color Conference in Philadelphia. The workshop, titled There Is No Such Thing As Color Blind, examined how racial identity ...

read more
School for Children

Brian Selznick, Award-Winning Author and Illustrator, Visits Bank Street

Posted by Katie Peshut on October 11, 2011

On September 16, Caldecott-winning author and illustrator, Brian Selznick, visited with Bank Street School for Children 5th and 6th graders. He read from his new book, Wonderstruck.

read more
Bank Street for Children

Dr. Ron Taffel: Visiting Scholar

Posted by Katie Peshut on September 28, 2011

Dr. Ron Taffel, renowned and respected child psychologist, parenting expert, and author, will be Bank Street's Visiting Scholar for the 2011-2012 academic year. Parents, School for Children faculty, and Graduate School faculty members will all have opportunities to meet with Ron over the course of the school year. Our expectation ...

tagged: Ron, Taffel
read more
School for Children

Bank Street 3rd Graders Set Sail on the Hudson River

Posted by Katie Peshut on September 21, 2011

On a recent warm and drizzly September day, Bank Street’s 3rd graders (along with their teachers and parent chaperones) set sail from Pier 25 in Manhattan on the Clearwater Sloop—a 100-foot sailing vessel. They motored south to the Battery, past Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty to learn about ...

read more
School for Children

The Laurie Berkner Band Benefit Concert for the School for Children

Posted by Katie Peshut on September 18, 2011

It's just around the corner: A unique and fabulous Bank Street School for Children community event for families! Parent and beloved children's musician Laurie Berkner is donating her fall NYC concert for the benefit of our community. Her NEW show about animals

read more