AC Holiday Book Fair at Barnes & Noble Dec. 12th

Posted on December 4th, 2019 by acsrochester

Support Allendale Columbia School by Shopping at Barnes & Noble in Pittsford on December 12th!

Enjoy caroling, story time with local children’s authors, student musical performances, AC recommended reading by grade level, a scavenger hunt, and more! Just mention “Allendale Columbia” at the register and a portion of your purchase will be donated to support our students!


Thursday, December 12th
Barnes & Noble in Pittsford Plaza
3349 Monroe Ave.
10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.



Volunteers Needed

Parents of Allendale Columbia Kids (PACK) invites parents, guardians, and grandparents to help make the AC Book Fair a success by volunteering! Shifts are 30-60 minutes long and include set up, staffing the welcome table, and helping with the craft table.

Sign up to be a volunteer here. (sign in to MyAC required)


Performance Schedule

The AC community will be onsite at Barnes & Noble spreading holiday cheer. Plan to be there to hear musical performances or a story from children’s author Vivian Vande Velde and Kevin Kurtz!

  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: AC Ukulele and Voice Performance
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: AC Godspell cast and Select Choice Performance
  • 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.: A story with local children’s author Vivan Vande Velde
  • 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.:AC Brass Ensemble and Chorus perform
  • 5:00 – 5:30 p.m.: A story with local children’s author Kevin Kurtz
  • 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.: AC Brass Ensemble and Chorus perform


Gift Wrapping (Complimentary!)

Now you can buy your gifts AND get them wrapped! Parents and AC staff will be there to wrap your gifts and tag them with AC cheer. Gift wrapping is free but donations to the Allendale Columbia Book Fair are always appreciated!


Cheesecake Sales

You can also order a delicious Cheesecake Factory dessert through the B&N Cafe and a portion of the purchase will be donated to AC. The Winter 2019 menu includes Seasonal Cheesecake, Original Cheesecake, Red Velvet Cheesecake, Chocolate Cheesecake, and a sampler cheesecake with all four. (Hungry, yet?!) Order now through Dec. 17th by downloading the order form.

  • Pay by cash or check made out to Barnes & Noble.
  • Drop off your order form and payment at the AC Welcome Desk anytime before Dec. 12th or bring orders directly to the Barnes & Noble where you’d like to pick up your cheesecake. Orders submitted directly to Barnes & Noble must be brought in between Dec. 12th-17th to count toward the AC Book Fair.
  • Pay by credit card in the store by simply bringing your completed order form to the B&N Cafe.
  • Pick up your cheesecake at the store where you ordered any time Barnes & Noble is open. They stay open until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve!
  • Cheesecakes are frozen so allow a day or two in between your pick up date and your enjoy date.
  • AC Book Fair pricing is only good for cheesecake orders placed and paid for by December 17th, 2019.


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Rochester Maker Faire (Nov. 23rd)

Posted on November 22nd, 2019 by Amelia Fitzsimmons
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AC will be sponsoring a booth at this weekend’s Maker Faire being held at the Convention Center on Saturday, November 23rd from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.. It is an amazing event with plenty of activities for the kids (and adults!) that gives us an opportunity to showcase how our students are making and creating in their daily lives at AC.


We are looking for parent volunteers to help share stories or answer questions about AC at our table. Shannon Baudo, Phil Schwartz, and Maya Crosby will all be there for parts of the day, but parent testimonials always make an impact.


If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to Shannon Baudo or PACK President, Lois Palomaki directly.


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PACK Support of Upper School Musical Concession Stand

Posted on November 19th, 2019 by Amelia Fitzsimmons
The Upper School Musical, Godspell, is November 22nd at 7:00 p.m. and November 23rd at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
We are asking Volunteers to donate baked goods, and/or staff the concession stand during each performance.  Items may be dropped off in the Dining Commons on Thursday 11/21 and Friday 11/22. Please sign up on MyAC using the link below:
There will be Cast & Crew Photos available for purchase at the concession stand also, so make sure to get your copies. Please join us and help make this year’s musical another fun and memorable event for all!
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PACK Connections Symposium Survey

Posted on November 15th, 2019 by acsrochester

Parents of Allendale Columbia Kids (PACK) is considering hosting a Saturday Symposium for AC parents on Saturday, February, 29th, 2020Please fill out this survey to gauge interest in the event and possible topics.

The event will consist of two sessions of about 1.5 hours each. You’ll be able to choose one topic in each session to learn about. Supervised activities may be offered for AC students depending on interest and availability.

Please fill out the survey to rate some suggested topics, and please suggest topics you think you or others would like to learn about or teach. Note that these are only suggestions. If there is enough parent interest, we will move forward with the event.  If you would be interested in helping to plan the Saturday Symposium, please fill out the contact info at the end of the survey or contact PACK President Lois Palomaki at  THANK YOU!

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Coffee Connection October 16th, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Posted on October 10th, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School


Join us Wednesday, October 16th, for PACK’s monthly Coffee Connection!

This month, Deanna Sams, Ph.D will discuss how parents can help children and teens cope with anxiety related to school, peer relationships, and other stressors. She will share helpful support and communication strategies and discuss how to know when a child may need professional support.

Dr. Sams is an AC parent and licensed psychologist who specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, young adults and their families. Her areas of focus are the assessment and treatment of anxiety, OCD, depression, mood disorders, and parenting children with challenging behavior. Dr. Sams uses a flexible and compassionate approach with an emphasis on Cognitive-Behavioral and Acceptance & Commitment Therapies, in which she has extensive training. She uses the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions approach (developed by Ross Greene, Ph.D.) as she works with parents of children with behavioral concerns. Dr. Sams is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where she is the lead psychologist on the Child & Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Unit and is also heavily involved in the training of future mental health professionals. In addition, she maintains a small private practice in the Brighton/Pittsford area.

Wednesday, October 16th
Dining Commons
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.: Snacks and coffee

No need to RSVP! We look forward to seeing Wednesday, October 16th! 


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Coffee Connection September 11th

Posted on September 10th, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

Join us for our monthly parent social known as the PACK Coffee Connection.
Grab a cup of coffee, homemade pastry, and stay to chat with old and new friends.

We hope you’ll join us!

All current parents and grandparents are welcome.

Wednesday, September 11th
Dining Commons
8:00-9:30 a.m.: Snacks and coffee

No need to RSVP! We look forward to seeing Wednesday, September 11th! 

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Coffee Connection May 8th: Good Food Collective

Posted on May 3rd, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

For our final Coffee Connection of the year, Ryan Pierson from The Good Food Collective will talk with our community about how The Good Food Collective works, answer any questions about our upcoming food share option, and also speak about AC’s partnership with their wholesale component, Headwater Food Hub.

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All current parents and grandparents are welcome! Tasty treats and coffee from the kitchen will be served.

Wednesday, May 8th
Dining Commons
8:00-8:30 a.m.: Snacks and coffee
8:30-9:00 a.m.: Presentation 

No need to RSVP! We look forward to seeing Wednesday, May 8th! 

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RSVP for Middle School Swim Night May 10th

Posted on May 2nd, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

Come join your Middle School classmates at the Perinton Community Aquatics Center for the AC Middle School Swim/Pizza Party 2019 on Friday, May 10th! The party is open to Allendale Columbia MS students only (no siblings or friends from outside of school). The cost is $10 per student.

The party will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. Please plan to pick your child up promptly at 8:00 p.m. when our room reservation ends.

Lastly, we are in need of parent volunteers/chaperones to remain on the pool deck and in our party room while the kids swim. Volunteers will need to wear pool deck appropriate clothing (swimsuit with cover up). If we do not have the required number of chaperones, we will not be able to have the swim party. If you are able to help, please let us know on the RSVP form.

Questions may be directed to Colleen Roof at

Please RSVP by Monday, May 6th so we know how much food and refreshments to have and how many chaperones we will need. A signed Pool Rules form for each child must be turned in to the Middle School office. Students cannot participate without a signed form.


Friday, May 10th 
6:00pm – 8:00pm

$10 per student 

Perinton Community Aquatics Center
1350 Turk Hill Road, Fairport NY

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