It is hard to believe this is the last e-Birches of 2009! We hope this message finds you well, and enjoying the Holiday Season!
HEADMASTER HERTRICK: RETIREMENT ANNOUNCEMENT
Mr. Chuck Hertrick announced his retirement, and we couldn’t be any happier for him. Please read a letter from Mr. Kevin Cooman, the Chair of our Board of Trustees- and join us in congratulating Chuck on many years of wonderful service and all he has done for our community.
SCHOOL CLOSING REMINDER
In the event of a weather-related closing, information will be posted in the following places:
- Announced on the three network television stations (8, 10, 13)
- WHAM and WXXI radio
- Our web page- www.allendalecolumbia.org
- Allendale Columbia's voicemail.
You may also sign up at www.democratandchronicle.com/closings to receive a text alert or email in the event of a school closing.
ANNUAL FUND REMINDER
To date we have raised $130,695.96 in gifts and pledges towards our goal of $350,000. We hope to be two-thirds of the way to our goal by December 31! If you have yet to make your gift- visit us on-line.
To claim your gift to the annual fund as a deduction on your 2009 tax return, please consider making your donation before December 31st.
We would like to recognize the following Parents, Faculty and Staff for your generous contributions to the Allendale Columbia School’s Annual Fund. Thank you to all of our donors- Allendale Columbia wouldn’t be the same without you.
Dr. Saba Abaci
Mr. and Mrs. Parvinder Atwal
Mr. and Ms. A.E. Ted Aub
Ms. Christine Avila
Ms. Nita Brown *
Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Browning
Mr. Brian Buttars
Mr. and Dr. Christopher Calabrese
Ms. Linda Chapman
Mr. and Mrs. Chip Cheney
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Child *
Ms. Rachel Colaprete *
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Coleman
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Curwin
Mr. Kevin Daniels and Dr. Lindsay Phillips
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Duver
Mr. and Mrs. David Edwards
Dr. and Mrs. Richard Edwards
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Eiffert
Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Ferreira *
Mr. and Mrs. Pandush Filipi
Mr. and Mrs. John Frenett
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Frye
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Frye
Mr. James Hallman and Ms. Mary Garfield
Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Harmer
Ms. Leona Hibbert-Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Rich Hocker
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hunn
Ms. Heather Hutton
Ms. Lisa Johnson *
Dr. Jeffrey Jones and Dr. Cynthia Jones
Dr. Paul Kennedy and Mrs. Jan Kennedy
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Krenzer
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Krenzer
Mr. Nick Lanthier and Ms. Renee Heiser Lanthier
Mr. Bruce E. Lawton
Dr. Margaret Lindsey
Ms. Precious Maxwell
Ms. Tasha McKenzie *
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Miers
Mr. and Mrs. Dean Milliman *
Ms. Allison Mosley
Dr. Nicholas Nicosia and Ms. Mary Z. Nicosia
Mr. Vincent Pagano *
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Page
Dr. and Mrs. Carlos Palacio
Ms. Natasha Palit
Dr. Peter Papadakos and Dr. Susan Dantoni
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Peters
Ms. Colleen Phillips
Mr. and Mrs. Shaun Pile *
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Rachunok *
Mr. Andrew Ragan and Ms. Erica Kortepeter-Ragan
Mr. and Mrs. Mauricio Riveros
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Roman
Mr. and Ms. Robert Rowe
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Scheer
Ms. Lisa Scott and Ms. Michelle Hamilton
Mr. and Ms. Gerald Sharp
Mr. and Ms. Richard Shearer
Dr. and Mrs. John Sheets *
Mr. and Mrs. Danny R. Shultz
Mrs. Claudia Stata
Mr. and Mrs. Barrett Sullivan *
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Sutorius *
Mr. Norman Teck and Ms. Elizabeth Danzig-Teck
Mr. Richard Titus and Mrs. Gena Eaves
Ms. Maria Tolentino
Dr. and Mrs. Aleksandr Vashchilko *
Mr. Stewart Weaver and Ms. Celia Applegate
Mr. and Mrs. James Wilson
Mr. and Mrs. David Winn
Faculty & staff:
Diane and Michael Broberg
Lisa and John Crandall
Chuck Fujita and Dulcy Lecour
Mary Ellen La Fleche
Hank and Lea Theuer
* = New Parents
The Holiday Bazaar is on December 4th from 1:30- 3:00 in the Gannett Gymnasium. Students will find gifts to shop, good food to eat, games to play, and a chance to win great raffle items. It's not too late to buy Wolfie Dollars, the currency of the Bazaar, and Raffle tickets for the IPod, Panda Bear, restaurants, clothing gift certificates, and more!!
All proceeds will go to The Sojourner House. Thank you for your support!
HUNT HOLLOW ANNUAL SKI TRIP
Join us as we head to Hunt Hollow for our Annual Ski Trip!
Please contact Dan Shultz to register.
Questions? Email Dan.
Have a great time!
ALLENDALE COLUMBIA MERCHANDISE
Allendale Columbia merchandise would make the perfect gift for anyone on your list! Grandparents, Parents, Students, Alumni, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins… the list goes on and on!
We invite you to shop our new school merchandise between 7:30-5:00 weekdays in our school store- located in the Development Office. Please contact Ali Petrillo with any questions!
UPPER SCHOOL PLAY
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
This year’s Upper School play was a hit! We would like the mention the following people, and extend a warm congratulation for a job well done! The shows wouldn’t have been the same without all of your help.
Mr. Chuck Hertrick, Mrs. Diana Gleeson, Mr, Terry Mulchay, Mr. Jerry Dardzinski, Mr. Jim Tucker, Mr. Tim Hines-McLeod, Mr. Hank Theuer, Mrs. Lori Wun, Ms. Pam Vogel, Mr. Gabe Costanzo, Mrs. Rose Cooper, Mrs. Anne Lichtenstein, Mrs. Anne Marie Healey, Ms. Margaret Lindsey, Mr. Ray Perez, Mrs. Lisa Barens, Mrs. Jackie Gallup, Mr. Robert Moore, Mrs. Linda Hale, Mr. Chuck Fujita, Mr. Nicholas Marinaccio, Mr. Nick Hill, Mr. Randy Northrup, Mr. Ben Botsford, Ms. Kelly Murray, Mr. Andrew Shepanski and friends at Skylight Sign, Clover Lanes, Rochester Broadway Theater League, Mr. Bob Sagan and the Stars of the Tomorrow Educational program, and the wonderful parents of Cast, Crew, and Orchestra members.
A special note to our cast who all had remarkable performances. Great work everyone!
Helping Hands volunteers are needed for AFTERNOON pick-up. The shift begins at 2:45 on your scheduled day and ends at 3:20. You will be responsible for helping to facilitate the flow of traffic and provide additional safety for the children. Parents from all divisions are welcome as Helping Hands volunteers! Please contact Eileen Kennedy if you are interested.
Our Upper School music program invites you to attend any of the following events to celebrate with music this holiday season.
December 1: Girls Ensemble at Pittsford Candlelight Night.
(Tree lightings at various locations throughout the village 5:30-7:00 p.m.)
December 11: Girls Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, String Ensemble at Cloverwood Senior Living Center. (1:00)
December 13: Girls Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, String Ensemble perform in the Music at St. Andrew Series in a program called "The Joy of Christmas", at 2:30 pm.
December 18: Girls Ensemble at Genesee Valley Club for noontime caroling.
A WALK IN THE PAST
The First Grade celebrated the culmination of their Walk in the Past Unit today with a guided visit to Plimoth Colony and the Wampanoag village. The class began study of the unit by visiting Ganondagan in October to learn of the local Native Peoples and thus make connections to the Wampanoags from Massachusetts. Students compared and contrasted clothing, homes, food, and games of the times for both English Settlers and Wampanoags. At the end of the day, they feasted on pompion (stewed pumpkin), sobaheg (a stew of beans, corn, and squash), cornbread and the more familiar, pumpkin pie.
A GOOD BOOK…
Here are selections of some of the best recent books. There is something for everyone, from pre-school to adult. It could help with your holiday shopping or even your own holiday wish-list. Just follow this link to the library's website:
Once you're there, click on any book cover or title to connect you to that book on Amazon.com. If you decide to purchase it, Allendale Columbia will get a percentage of the sale.
Please feel free to call or e-mail Judy Van Alstyne if you'd like to find out more about any of these titles. Happy Reading!
^^ First marking period report cards were mailed to Gr. 6-12 families on November 13. Please contact June Cuthbert at 585.381.4560 x217 if you did not receive your copy.
^^ TITANIC: The 10th grade and the Advanced Placement European History class went to see the new exhibition of the Titanic at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Lorraine Van Meter Cline and Eleanor Sparagana chaperoned this event. As they entered the exhibit, they received a replica boarding pass of an actual passenger. They then saw the journey of the Titanic, from the ship's construction, to life on board, to the ill-fated sinking an amazing artifact rescue efforts. At the end of the exhibit, students took their boarding pass to the memorial wall and find out if their passenger and traveling companions survived or perished.
^^ The 9th grade traveled to the Hindu Temple of Rochester with Jan Kennedy (mother of Anna and Justin), Judy Van Alstyne, Lorraine Van Meter Cline, Jackie Salitan, and Eleanor Sparagana to learn more about the Hindu religion. Upon arriving at the temple, they were greeted by Uma and Ashok Gupta (parents of 10th grader, Priya Gupta), who told them about Hinduism and took them to see the sacred area and the various temple gods. Afterward, the students ate Indian delicacies prepared by Ashok Gupta.
^^ Our Upper School Community Service Club has been very busy these past few months… the following are some of the things they have completed and have in the works!
- Mac N' Cheese Day - Collected 150 boxes of mac & cheese for Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
- Teddy Bear Project - students will adopt a child for the holiday season, buy a gift and return it to school by December 3rd.
- Salvation Army Bell ringing - December 18, 21, 22 at Eastview Mall.
- KazooFest - benefits Camp Good Days and Special Times - December 5, 6 at Eastview Mall.
If your child is interested in helping: have them sign up on the ‘Community Service Bulletin Board’ located in the Upper School.
GEVA THEATRE: A CHRISTMAS STORY
Come support 6th grade student Gavin Flood as he takes on the role of "Ralphie" in the production of A Christmas Story at Geva Theatre. The AC Community is invited to cheer on Gavin at a special discounted rate on Friday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m. (NEW date!) or Saturday, December 19 at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are as follows:
Floor Price Balcony price
Friday, December 18: $46.50* $44.00*
Saturday, December 19: $45.00* $41.50*
* You must mention that you are with Allendale Columbia School in order to get the discounted rate. Please note that $5 of the ticket price will come back to support Allendale Columbia School.
Order your tickets now by contacting Colleen Brown at 585-232-1366 ext. 3057 or email her at email@example.com. You also can click here to print off an order form. Please remember to mention that you are with Allendale Columbia School in order to get the special discounted rate!!
DECEMBER 2: Sally Foster and Otis Spunkmeyer
Sally Foster will be delivered to students’ homerooms on December 2. If your child sold Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough, this is a reminder that all containers of cookie dough must be picked up on December 2 between 1:30 – 7:00 p.m. If you need to make alternate arrangements, please contact Kerri Lehmbeck.
DECEMBER 4: Holiday Bizarre
The Holiday Bazaar is coming up the Friday after Thanksgiving Break. Students will find gifts to shop, good food to eat, games to play, and a chance to win great raffle items. It's not too late to buy Wolfie Dollars and Raffle tickets for items such as, an iPod, Panda Bear, restaurants, clothing gift certificates, and more. Sophomores visit Lower School Homerooms each morning, and Madame Ragan sells dollars and raffle tickets every day at Lower School lunch!
DECEMBER 10: Kindergarten Bake Sale
10:00-11:00- Dining Commons
DECEMBER 16: Upper School Winter Concert
7:30 p.m. - Curtis Performing Center
DECEMBER 18: Holiday Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - Gannett Gymnasium
Continuing a tradition that originated with the Allendale School more than 50 years ago, Holiday Breakfast brings together the entire student body- from nursery school through twelfth grade along with faculty and families- for a special event which signals the beginning of holiday recess. Please join us for a morning of rituals, song, and readings from various traditions which are celebrated during this season.
Following the program join us in the Dining Commons for a breakfast of donuts, bagels coffee and milk.
Please note: there are no classes this day and no bus service.IMPORTANT LINKS
Upper School Honors
Middle School Honors
Deadline for the January, 2010 e-Birches is Friday, December 18th. Please submit content to: Ali Petrillo.