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.

Good Food Collective logoHeadwater Food Hub logo

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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Alumna Mary DeMocker ‘80 Shares Tips for Climate Revolution

Posted on April 5th, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

Mary DeMocker ’80 discusses her book at the PACK Coffee Connection.

“First, relax. Get together with other people. Start with one thing. Get off screens and get outdoors,” encouraged Allendale Columbia alumna Mary DeMocker ’80, in her talks with parents and students while visiting her high school alma mater. She talked about her book, The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution: 100 Ways to Build a Fossil-Free Future, Raise Empowered Kids, and Still Get a Good Night’s Sleep, which is a finalist for the 2019 Oregon Book Award.

“Parents are hardwired to protect their kids,” she said at the event and in her book, providing them with food to eat, providing care and comfort when they’re sick, helping make sure they get their homework done, and more. And that’s why, she says, parents are the key to saving children from the chaos of climate change. She started when she became a parent and realized she needed to do more than recycle and change lightbulbs, that change would only come from community and political action. (more…)

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Seeking Scientists to Review Student Researchers at Symposium

Posted on March 29th, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

By Travis Godkin, Upper School Science Teacher

If you have experience or expertise in any field that is conducting ongoing research, you can help develop Allendale Columbia’s young scientists as they present their original research.

Anjana Seshadri ’18 presents at the 2018 science symposium at St. John Fisher College.

AC offers a course in the Upper School called Science Writing and Research. In this course, some of our most experienced and talented students are asked to take their learning and apply it to original research. This opportunity of doing original research is often relegated to later years in college or graduate school, so it gives our students an early opportunity to contribute to the body of scientific knowledge in an area in which they are curious or have a passion. (more…)

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Special PACK Coffee Connection April 3rd, 8-9 a.m.

Posted on March 22nd, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

PACK invites you to a special Coffee Connection with AC alum, Mary DeMocker ’80.

Author Mary DeMocker presents an inspiring talk about how to feel empowered in the fight for a healthy planet. Leave with at least three ways even the busiest parent can help change our system – not just our light bulbs. Her book, The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution, is a finalist for the 2019 Oregon Book Award, and has been featured on Yale Climate Connections and recommended in The New York Times. Mary will have copies of her book available for purchase.

Wednesday, April 3rd
8:00-8:15 a.m. Treats and coffee
8:15-9:00 a.m. Presentation
AC Library

No need to RSVP! We’ll see you there on April 3rd!


Why bring this message about system change specifically to parents?

Every parent I know would do anything to keep their child safe. We’re great at teaching kids to cross the street safely, or to alert an adult if they’re being bullied, or not to text while driving. But we also want to protect our kids in the long run, and that means protecting their habitat.

Can you describe your book?

Gladly! It has 100 chapters divided into eight sections, such as “Save Time and Money,” “Care For Your Soul,” and “Raise Empowered Kids.” You can read it start to finish, or crack it open and see what title appeals to you. Each chapter has a short story—I choose the funniest or most moving moments from my 21 years of parenting—and ends with two to ten ideas for busy people with varying levels of time and money to try.

Aren’t parents too busy to take on climate change?

We are busy, and that’s why we need easy, affordable, fun ideas that fit into busy family lives. Many of the ideas take only a minute or two and cost very little or nothing. I want to emphasize that this book isn’t about doing more. It’s about doing some things a little differently.

Read the full interview with Mary DeMocker here.


Coffee Connection is the monthly parent social for all AC parents, host parents, and guardians. It’s organized by the volunteer group, Parents of Allendale Columbia Kids (PACK). If you have any questions or want to get more involved with PACK, please email the PACK President, Kristin Rorapaugh, at


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AC’s Peter Pan Jr. Opens Dialogue on Cultural Representation

Posted on March 13th, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

Allendale Columbia’s Middle School students aren’t just building community and an understanding of theatrical productions in this weekend’s Peter Pan JR. They have been engaged in an interesting dialogue about cultural representation.

AC’s Middle School production of “Peter Pan JR.” takes flight at 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 15th, and Saturday, March 16th. Tickets are available at or at the door.

In the original stage productions of Peter Pan, written by J.M. Barrie in the early 20th century, the people of Neverland were often depicted as caricatures of Native American stereotypes. This was a common trope in the literature and entertainment of the era, though these types of depictions would be decried as offensive today.

Since its initial stage performances, the show has been adapted several times for both stage and film, most famously with the animated Disney film from 1953. Even in this depiction, the people of Neverland are exaggerated and culturally insensitive versions of Native Americans in their appearance, customs, and language. For Disney’s Peter Pan JR. adaptation for the stage, there were notable efforts to reduce the misinformed and insensitive representations of Native Americans, but as a school, we felt even these efforts fell short.

While some of the more distasteful language had been cut for the junior edition, and the song “What Makes the Red Man Red” altered to “What Makes the Brave Ones Brave”, the people of Neverland are still referred to as “Indians”, which harkens back to the story’s history of misrepresentation of culture. Rather than allowing these issues to prevent us from performing an otherwise excellent show, the production team chose to rework the depiction of these characters. We opened up a dialogue with Middle School students about why it is important to properly represent cultures and the reasoning behind the decision to make the changes we did.

The process began when we realized that, if AC is a school that truly values other cultures, it was our job to present a telling of this story that reflected these values. The word “Indians” was still in the script we received, but we felt that this was not an accurate description of the people of Neverland nor the role we wanted to present. In the program, we chose to call them “Neverlanders”.

We discussed with the cast how we could develop Neverlanders’ culture in a way that did not draw from existing cultures, but rather was unique to life in Neverland. As the Neverlanders’ main song has a recurring message of “what makes the brave girl brave?”, we cast all our Neverlanders as girls. We highlighted the idea of strong female role models while developing their characters. This worked with the material in the script and reflected a positive message, replacing the image that was previously intended to poke fun at stereotypes.

The discussions that took place within the cast and in the Middle School as a whole will hopefully continue and build a more educated and culturally engaged environment.



Cassidy Draper

Cassidy Draper

Cassidy Draper '19 is the Middle School musical's Student Director. Between her Science Research and Writing Project, participation in the regional TEAMS competition, and work for the Global Engagement Diploma, she has performed in 10 AC theater productions between Middle and Upper School and has now decided to bring her theater experience to the next generation of AC's performers. She has enjoyed taking on the Student Director role and the opportunity to build connections between the Middle and Upper School that she hopes will last far beyond her graduation this June.
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PACK Coffee Connection March 13th, 8-9 a.m.

Posted on March 8th, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

PACK Coffee Connection

Join us Wednesday, March 13th, for PACK’s monthly Coffee Connection. This month we will be enjoying a relaxing morning of coffee, conversation, and catching up with old friends, welcoming new parents, and meeting new friends. All parents, host parents, grandparents and guardians are welcome to attend. Tasty treats and coffee from the kitchen will be served.

Wednesday, March 13th
Dining Commons
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

No need to RSVP! We look forward to seeing you there! 


Coffee Connection is the monthly parent social for all AC parents, host parents, and guardians. It’s organized by the volunteer group, Parents of Allendale Columbia Kids (PACK). If you have any questions or want to get more involved with PACK, please email the PACK President, Kristin Rorapaugh, at


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