Fearless Friday: Sweet Potato Throwdown

Posted on February 16th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Super Chef Yessie Roman and Chief Chef Laura Reynolds-Gorsuch faced off on Fearless Friday in a Sweet Potato Throwdown! Usually on Fearless Friday at Lower School lunch, Super Chef makes a vegetable dish for Chef Laura (who doesn’t typically like vegetables) and some student volunteers to try.

This time, the two chefs did a throwdown using sweet potatoes as the main vegetable ingredient. Super Chef made Sweet Potato Fries (no recipe, just sweet potatoes, olive oil, and seasoning), and Chef Laura made a Vegan Sweet Potato Bread. Students were the judges in the taste test, and the winner was…Chef Laura’s Sweet Potato Bread! (It’s difficult to compete with sugar.)

Recipe: Vegan Sweet Potato Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 mashed, ripe bananas
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup cooked and mashed sweet potatoes (or canned sweet potatoes)

Directions

  1. Combine sugar and oil; beat well. Add eggs and sweet potatoes and beat. In a
    separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir flour
    mixture into egg mixture with the water.
  2. Pour batter into greased 9×5 inch loaf pan (or 2 small loaf pans). Bake at 350
    degrees for about one hour.
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LS Students Wake Audience with “I’m Not Sleepy…Yet!”

Posted on February 16th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Lower School students in Grades 1-5 should rest well now, having thrilled audiences with their musical, “I’m Not Sleepy…Yet!” Last performed when this year’s seniors were in 5th grade, this home-grown story mixes popular lullabies and a theme song written by an alumnus with the background of a sleepover at school and students’ playful attempts to resist the teachers’ plans to have them get to sleep.

Students acted, sang, played instruments, and even became puppeteers for memorable songs like “Puff the Magic Dragon” and a spectacular black-light rendition of “All the Pretty Little Horses”. And what’s a sleepover without a pillow fight?

Click to open 2018 Lower School Musical Program“Sleepy” was written and directed by 5th grade teacher and Artistic Director Randy Northrup, with musical direction from music teachers Lynn Grossman and Rachael Sanguinetti and assistance from all of the Lower School faculty. The main song was composed by AC alumnus Carson Cooman ’00! A professional composer now, he is a graduate of Harvard University and Carnegie Mellon University and currently serves as the Composer in Residence at the Memorial Church at Harvard.

Students also conducted a pajama drive, collecting 100 pairs of PJs that will be delivered to the Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN)!

Click here for a Google Photos album with song videos and more pictures.

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Fearless Friday: Caramelized Turnips

Posted on February 9th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Today’s Fearless Friday vegetable preparation in Lower School is Caramelized Turnips. AC Lunch Lady Patty Babcock did the honors with Super Chef Yessie Roman. Did everyone like it? Watch the video, then try the recipe for yourself!

Recipe: Caramelized Turnips

Ingredients:

3 cups small diced peeled turnips
1/4 cup of water
1 cup of veggie broth
1 Tbs butter, or more as needed
 1 Tbs Extra Virgin olive oil
2 Tbs sugar

Preparation:

  1. Place Turnips into skillet with water and broth over medium heat, and simmer until the water evaporated and turnips are tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Stir in the oil, and sprinkle on the sugar.
  3. Gently cook the turnips they are a little brown and sticky coating on the turnips, about 10 minutes.
  4. Serve hot. Enjoy.
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“Sleepy” Students Start Pajama Drive

Posted on February 8th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Lower School students in grades one through five are bringing community service into their annual musical, which will take place on Thursday, February 15th, at 7:00 p.m. This year’s show, I’m Not Sleepy…Yet, tells the story of a large sleepover party in the Lower School, where the teachers try desperately to get the students to fall asleep. Needless to say, they are not terribly successful.

Students start pajama driveWe always look for opportunities for our students to develop a sense of responsibility to self and others and to engage globally and in the community around us to make a positive impact, key elements of our mission and vision statements. So, fitting with the sleepover theme, the cast and production team are excited to host a pajama drive in conjunction with the show to support the Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN).  

The Lower School will be collecting new pajamas of any type and for any age. All pajama donations can be placed in collection boxes throughout the Lower School, in the dining commons, near the front desk, and by the Allendale entrance. Pajamas will be collected February 8th through February 15th. We will then take all the PJs collected to the RAIHN Day Center, which is the central location for the organization and for homeless families.

RAIHN serves homeless families in Rochester by organizing temporary shelters and meals all across the region and by assisting families in finding permanent homes in the Rochester area. In 2017, RAIHN served over 100 individuals including 57 children. Since all families entering the RAIHN program receive a free pair of pajamas upon their arrival, we thought Allendale Columbia students and their families could help make a positive impact on this incredibly important organization serving youth and their families. 

If you have questions, please contact Rachael Sanguinetti at rsanguinetti@allendalecolumbia.org.

Kristin Cocquyt

Rachael Sanguinetti

Rachael is in her second year teaching music at AC. A recent graduate of the Eastman School of Music with majors in Music Education and Musical Arts with a minor in Psychology and an Arts Leadership Certificate, she's working toward a masters degree at Ithaca College. She brings experience teaching kindergarten-8th grade music in Rochester, 6th-8th grade general music and choir at Burger Middle School, and 2-3 year olds as part of the Eastman Community School Early Childhood Music Program.
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Fearless Friday: AC Rainbow Carrot Salad

Posted on February 2nd, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

It’s Fearless Friday, and this week, AC Lunch Lady in Chief Laura Reynolds-Gorsuch and four students try Super Chef Yessie Roman’s AC Rainbow Carrot Salad. It’s a vegan recipe, made with orange, yellow, and purple carrots.

At Allendale Columbia School, Fearless Friday is when Lower School students join Laura, who admits she doesn’t usually like vegetables, in trying one of Super Chef’s veggie concoctions.

And the verdicts?  “I love it!”, “It was delicious!”, “My favorite food”, and “Amazing!” It looks like this is one you’ll want to try at home.


Recipe: AC Rainbow Carrot Salad (6-8 servings)

Ingredients
  • 6 cups shaved rainbow carrots
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup green onions, sliced
Directions
  1. Using short strokes with a vegetable peeler, shave carrots into thin shavings about 2 inches long.
  2. Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, and spices in a bowl; pour over carrots and toss gently. Season carrots with salt and pepper; sprinkle with green onions.
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3rd Graders Share Positive Messages Through Art, Music, Folk Tales

Posted on January 19th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

by Arielle Gillman 

Allendale Columbia’s third grade students just completed a Project Based Learning (PBL) unit based on the Driving Question: How can we create original art, music, and folk tales that share positive central messages with our community? They demonstrated their learning to their parents on Thursday night, January 18th, before the Winter Concert.

Why Giraffes Have Long NecksStudents started out choosing an animal from an African habitat and researching its characteristics. They read and analyzed folk tales, and from there, they imagined what kinds of stories their animal might participate in that would convey positive messages like kindness, compassion, helping others, gratitude, and so on. Each student then storyboarded ideas, wrote and rewrote drafts, and finally produced a book, a mask inspired by their main character, and a music motif performed on percussion instruments to share their messages.

Two of those stories, Elena’s Why Giraffe Have Long Necks and Eryn’s How the Parrot Got Its Intelligence were read and performed during the concert. During the performance, students either acted out original, student-choreographed movements, or played in the percussion section to make these Folktales come to life!

These students have exceeded our expectations. It just continues to amaze me how thoroughly these students grasp a project like this and take it to a level beyond what I’ve seen anywhere else. PBLs can encompass many different learning styles, subject areas, and methods of expression, and they make learning fun.

Kristin Cocquyt

Arielle Gillman

Arielle has been involved in the field of education, either through volunteering, as a college student, or as a teacher, since she was 14 years old. She has taught students in multiple grades in Penfield, Fairport, Webster, and Newark and has also worked at the Mary Cariola Children's Center and The Community Place of Greater Rochester. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Childhood Education from SUNY Fredonia and her Master of Science Degree in Literacy Education from SUNY Geneseo.
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