"Everyday we should hear at least one little song,
read one good poem, and see one exquisite picture...."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Dear School Community:

The end of the second trimester is only days away, as is the beginning of the Spring Recess (Saturday, March 15). This second trimester has been a time for much growth and many accomplishments on the part of our students: ushering in a modified PE uniform change for the Upper School, successful spirit days, candy grams and bake sale, the introduction of a summer uniform, successful spelling and geography bees,(Thank you Mr. Dujmovic and Mr. Hurwitz), our first African-American History readings (Thank you, Dr. Tischler!), our upcoming Ancient History Festival (Thank you, Mr. Hurwitz!), and our Kindness Tree (Thank you, Kindergarten).

We also have students participating in the DREW University Science Competition (Hats off to Ms. Watermeyer), we have seen many successful service projects (Thank you, Mr. Dujmovic!), and, currently, Mr. Corrigan is working with our 6th,7th and 8th-grade students as we enter the NY Math League Competition. The 5th-grade students will have an opportunity to enter the competition later this spring.

Upper and Lower School students shared some buddy reading time at our Scholastic Book Fair. Students are currently making recommendations for new recess equipment. Additionally, I witnessed first graders surveying all classes as to their favorite recommendation and second graders prepared letters of appeal for more recess equipment (which I read at the last Parent Association meeting).

These are the moments I am most proud of watching our students take on new things with an 'I can' attitude. I'm proud of seeing them take ownership for bringing about change. These are the teaching moments that grow leaders. Kudos, Academy faculty, for creating a safe learning environment rooted in trust and respect.

On behalf of the faculty, safe travels, happy adventures, and much learning! We return to school on Monday, March 30th.

Kindest Regards,
Ms. Coombs
Head of School

March 2- Board of Trustees Meeting, Fourth Grade Presentations   
March 4- School Mass at 12:10 PM   
March 5- Ancient History Festival (Grades Five and Six), Fourth Grade Presentations   
March 6- Dress Out   
March 8- Daylight Saving Time   
March 9- Fourth Grade Presentations   
March 11- City Spelling Bee   
March 12- Chelsea Piers (US), Fourth Grade Presentations 
March 13- End of Second Trimester



Our best wishes go out to Saffana Whitt, Humbi Reboredo, and Samantha Menkes, who will represent our school at the New York Spelling Bee on March 11. The Bee will run for two days, and one winner and one runner up from each day will move on to the National Spelling Bee to be held on May 24-29 in Maryland.  We are so excited to have three Academy students qualify to participate.

Clocks change on Sunday, March 8 (spring forward one hour).

We recognize Jamie Perez and Alessia Morgan for leading morning assembly. Thank you, Ms. Haber, Ms. Pizarro, and Alessia Morgan for reading at mass.

NORY, our Robots and Science program, will run a summer science camp at AOSJ, open both to our students and to the public. NORY will have upcoming information sessions for people curious about the summer program. These will be hosted here at AOSJ, after school. The meeting time will be 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. The dates for the info sessions will be:

March 30
April 28
May 28

*Please note there will also be a February 28 info session, but with a slightly different meeting time: 4 PM to 5 PM.


Gr. 5 and 6 students will have the option to participate in the Drew University Science Fair at DREW University on March 14th.
The Science Fair was created to provide students the opportunity to design their own research project and present their findings.
All students participating in the process will have their research displayed and/or presented.

Please join Mr. Hurwitz and students in the 5th and 6th grades for our first-ever Ancient History Festival. The festival is open to parents and will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 5th.

In keeping with tradition, the faculty and students may dress out on Friday, March 6th as Ms. Coombs shares her birthday dress out with everyone.  We have moved the date from Thursday to Friday so as not to conflict with the Ancient History Festival on Thursday.

Our third grade presentations at morning assembly have been excellent as we recognize prominent African-American citizens who have impacted history.



Much appreciation is extended to Steve McCool and his committee for running another successful book fair. Thank you, parents, for supporting this school event and stocking our bookshelves.


We celebrate the following AOSJ birthdays in March....
1- Charlotte Casella 
5- Ms. Coombs 
7- Maria Luisa Balestriere 
9- Stephen Taylor 
10- Mr. Hurwitz 
12- Ms. Contreras 
18- Dylan and Olivia Legister 
21- Brice Willis   
25- Ryan Rose   
26- Austin Menkes   
28- Daniella Grant
We continue to keep Narda in our thoughts and prayers along with all the men and women who serve our country.

Let us always remember the kind in humankind and treat one another accordingly.

Academy students made an extra effort to spread kindness throughout the month of February. Always remember that Kindness is our super-power!

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