Make Your Mark at the 2018 Gala!

Posted on April 20th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Get ready for the celebration of the year in just 50 days: the Make Your Mark Gala on Friday, May 18th, 2018, at Oak Hill Country Club. You can go online now to sponsor the event, purchase an ad for your business or to recognize someone special, donate an auction item, host a table, or buy individual tickets at allendalecolumbia.org/gala. Next Friday, April 27th, is the last day to buy tickets!

Join us for an evening of fine food, friendship, and lively entertainment as we celebrate the many ways the Allendale Columbia community makes its mark on the world.

Sponsorships are available at several levels and include opportunities to host a table of 8 or 10 of your best friends, class parents, colleagues, or clients. With your sponsorship or individual tickets, you and your guests can enjoy good spirits, fine family-style fare, charitable auction action, and the impressive talents of Allendale Columbia students throughout the night.. Oh, and did we mention you will also have chances to win a variety of live and silent auction items, including vacations, one-of-a-kind experiences, and valuable local products and services?

If you would like to donate experiences or items for the silent or live auction, you can enter the information at allendalecolumbia.org/gala, or contact Kayla Himelein at khimelein@allendalecolumbia.org or 585.641.5288.

Your active participation will help us in the final push over the top for our 3-year, $4 million Impact Initiative Campaign that supports AC’s strategic initiatives and opportunities for students this year and in the years ahead.

Join us!

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Upper School Presents Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass

Posted on April 20th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Allendale Columbia’s Upper School students present Lewis Carroll’s play Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, adapted by Rosemary Nursey-Bray, on Friday and Saturday, April 20th and 21st, at 7:00 p.m. at AC’s Curtis Performance Center. Tickets are now available at acs.booktix.com for $8.00 (higher at the door).

Synopsis: One sleepy afternoon while playing chess by herself, Alice sees the real Red Queen through the looking glass. Alice enters the looking glass into a world of strange back-to-front magic. Stepping through the mirror, she meets the kings and queens of her chess set. The world inside the glass is marked out as a chess board, across which she must travel as a pawn. She meets talking flowers, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, sees Humpty Dumpty fall from his wall, meets the Mad Hatter and the March Hare, and witnesses the furious battle between the Lion and the Unicorn fighting for the crown. The gentle White Knight rescues her from the cruel Red Knight, as she is able to reach the eighth square and become queen. Or is it all a dream?
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Knowledge for College Moved to April 25th

Posted on April 20th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Learn how to approach life after high school with the Knowledge for College Program, rescheduled for Wednesday, April 25th, at 7 p.m. in Allendale Columbia School’s Curtis Performance Center (CPC).

This event is an excellent opportunity for students and parents to learn about the College Advising Program at AC and to become educated about the current college admission landscape.  The program includes a panel of college admission counselors who will offer advice to families during these pre-college years and answer questions about the college search and application process.  For handout and cookie purposes, please click here to RSVP (please submit a new RSVP for the rescheduled date).

AC families are welcome to bring friends from other school communities to this program.

 

Kristin Cocquyt

Kristin Cocquyt

Unlike most of our peer schools, we have a dedicated full-time college advisor. Kristin Cocquyt's primary focus is to support, guide, and advise AC students on their college search and application process. She has been in the field of education for 13 years and has visited over 160 colleges, giving her a solid basis for recommending colleges that are great matches for our students. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Policy from Hamilton College and is a member of both the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling and the National Association for College Admission Counseling.
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Parent/Student Conversation Night Reflections

Posted on April 20th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Last week, in conjunction with our Upper School Parents of Allendale Columbia Kids (PACK) parents, we hosted our first ever parent/student conversation night at AC.  About fifteen US students and about twenty parents from grades 8-12 attended. The simple yet powerful objective of the night was to create conversation between teenagers and parents about important topics. Topics like:

  • Academic Pressure
  • Technology, Social Media, Gaming and Parent Monitoring or Regulation
  • Sex, Dating, Relationships
  • Drugs and Alcohol

Parents usually only talk about these things with their own children, and when they do, it is often in an argument or reactively addressing something that has gone wrong. Teenagers come away from those conversations feeling lectured, and parents often come away feeling a mix of confusion and frustration.

When I asked our US students for volunteers for this event, I had more than 30 students reach out to me wanting to participate. They don’t get anything for helping me, and they give up valuable free time in an already busy schedule of school, work, drama, an/or sports. This amount of student interest speaks for itself. Teenagers want to be heard, and they want to be better understood. Here are some examples of the prompts that were used, and if you would like to see the full list, please click here:

  • How can a parent motivate a young person that isn’t taking advantage of all of the opportunities that they have?
  • We don’t know much about you because you don’t share much. How can we know you better and have a better and closer relationship with you without compromising your independence?
  • What if my beliefs, values, sexuality, or religion are not the same as what my parents want it to be?  What do I do? How can I be honest with them without hurting them?

By using two rounds of conversation with clear guidelines and structure, we were able to tackle some of these rich and important prompts in mixed groups of students and parents. As usual, my student leaders who were responsible for keeping the conversation on point were phenomenal, and parents and students both reported learning a lot. Some of the feedback we heard:

Parent: “I was surprised at the depth the students had. They really do think about this stuff deeply, and I was also reminded of how much it hurts when parents are critical or judgmental towards young people.”

Student: “Parents know a lot more than I thought.”   

After the event,  two juniors were very interested in continuing this tradition and holding more regular opportunities for students and parents to tackle vital topics, and I look forward to helping them lay the groundwork to make that happen.

 

Kristin Cocquyt

Ryan Burke

Ryan began his 16-year career in the field of education as a teacher with areas of expertise in literacy and special education. He earned a Master of Science Degree in Applied Behavior Science with a focus on family therapy, and he has done some work as a therapist. Ryan's primary focus in the field of education has been and always will be working in schools with students and their families. In addition to his role at Allendale Columbia as the Head of Upper School, Ryan is the co-founder of Leadership+Design (http://www.leadershipanddesign.org/), a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the work of school leaders through professional development experiences.
 

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Save a Life at Blood Drive April 25th

Posted on April 16th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

You can be a life saver! Please consider supporting the Allendale Columbia School Community Service Club’s upcoming Blood Drive on Wednesday, April 25th, from 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m. in the AC Alumni Gym, 519 Allens Creek Road in Rochester.

CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment using the sponsor keyword allendalecolumbia, or call the Red Cross at 1-800-Red-Cross. In only about an hour, donors can give a pint of whole blood or “Power Red”. A Power Red donation collects the red cells but returns most of the plasma and platelets to the donor. These donors must meet specific eligibility requirements and have type A Neg, B Neg, or O blood.

Those who donate will receive a free Red Cross t-shirt (while supplies last). Middle School students will also support the Red Cross with a bake sale at 10:30 a.m. in the Dining Commons.

 

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Swap School Clothes, Donate Shoes at PACK Spring Uniform Swap

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School
Parents of Allendale Columbia Kids (PACK) will be holding a Spring Uniform Swap next Wednesday to Friday, April 18th to 20th. Please bring outgrown uniform clothing to Admissions any time between now and when the swap begins. We appreciate you bringing clean uniform items without rips or stains. All are welcome to pick up items at the swap, so please stop by when you are at school for your conference!
As you clean out your closets, please also send in any shoes your family no longer uses. Allendale Columbia is supporting a local nonprofit, Happy Birthday Cha Cha Cha, by being a collection point for a shoe drive. Adult and kid shoes are accepted–shoes, sneakers, boots, sandals and even flip flops! Happy Birthday Cha Cha Cha is a local nonprofit that adopts K-2 classrooms in the Rochester City School District and provides children with a bag full of wants and needs on their birthdays. You can read more at https://happybirthdaychachacha.org. Please place donated shoes in the lime green bins.
Please contact Cara Cardinale, PACK Lower School Liaison, with any questions you may have.
Thanks for supporting our uniform swap and shoe drive!
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