by Annie King and Stephanie Williford
As part of a Project Based Learning (PBL) unit focusing on the Amazon Rainforest, Allendale Columbia’s first graders continued their research on the rich biodiversity of this amazing natural resource. We have been studying the rainforest and its creatures all year long and have discovered many troubling facts about the 28,000 species that live there.
This information gave us the idea to begin our campaign to raise $1,200 so that we can adopt 30 acres of land in the Amazon Rainforest — the same size as our Allendale campus! Allendale Columbia’s 1st grade Rainforest Rescuers launched their own GoFundMe page with the hopes of raising $1,200 for the Amazon Aid Foundation. After just 4 hours, they had raised $555, and they have already surpassed their goal! This group’s love and passion for the Amazon Rainforest is truly making an impact on our world.
Our 1st graders are truly experts about many of the animals in this area. We Skyped with Sarah DuPont, the president of Amazon Aid Foundation. The first graders worked hard to come up with thoughtful questions for Sarah, and she was impressed with their commitment to saving the Amazon Rainforest. Sarah was also able to teach us much about the challenges facing the Amazon Rainforest and the crucial work her organization is doing.
In math, we continued working on measurement this week by practicing drawing lines and crafting bookmarks to spread the word about the plight of the Amazon Rainforest. The bookmarks will be going on sale soon so stay tuned!
Ann KingAfter pursing her passion for teaching, Ann became a long-term substitute at Allendale Columbia before beginning to teach first grade full-time at AC. Prior to beginning her teaching career, Ann was in the financial industry as an Assistant Vice President, Financial Analyst, and Corporate Trainer at two different regional banks. Ann earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Penn State College and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Roberts Wesleyan College.
Stephanie WillifordStephanie joined Allendale Columbia in the fall of 2012. She holds an associate's degree with a concentration in Psychology, a bachelor's degree in Psychology with a concentration in Inclusive Education, as well as Quad-Inclusive Teacher Certification for grades 1-9. Prior to coming to AC, Stephanie served as a kindergarten teacher at Children's Creative Learning Center and supervised the Child Care and Preschool Summer Fun Camp at Pittsford Recreation Center.
Posted in: Entrepreneurship, First Grade, Global Engagement, Highlights, Lower School, Uncategorized
AC Book Fair
Saturday, March 3rd
Barnes & Noble, Pittsford Plaza
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (with scheduled activities 10:00 to 5:00)
Please join us this Saturday for our AC Book Fair! This year we have partnered with Barnes & Noble in Pittsford Plaza to make our Book Fair a community wide event.
There will be a variety of AC activities and student performances at B&N throughout the day, highlighting all that AC has to offer. We will also have an AC Welcome table and delicious Cheesecake Factory cheesecakes for sale. A portion of ALL purchases that entire day (books, music, lunch or coffee at the B&N Cafe…) will be donated to AC, if you mention you are supporting us at the check-out. So bring your friends and show off your school!
Posted in: Alumni News, Highlights, LS Birches, MS Birches, PACK, The Birches, Uncategorized, US Birches
Show your support for TEDxAllendaleColumbiaSchool by joining us for a fundraiser to support Rochester’s only student-run TEDx organization! Go to the Chipotle at 3349 Monroe Avenue (#43) on Tuesday, January 23rd, between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Bring in the flyer below, show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the TEDxAllendaleColumbia.
Posted in: Eleventh Grade, LS Birches, MS Birches, Ninth Grade, Tenth Grade, The Birches, Twelfth Grade, Upper School, US Birches
The HAC girls volleyball team sponsored their annual Dig Pink day on October 2nd. During school the team held a bake sale and encouraged members of the school community to dress in pink. That night, during the JV and Varsity matches the parents coordinated a concessions stand and raffle. The team raised an impressive $1068 towards the cause of breast cancer research. And, to cap off the night, the varsity team won, improving their record to 9-3.
Posted in: Highlights, Upper School