PACK Coffee Connection Feb. 13th, 8-9 a.m.

Posted on February 6th, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

PACK Coffee Connection Discusses Digital Best Practices

Join us Wednesday, February 13th, for PACK’s monthly Coffee Connection. This month, Tony Tepedino and Judy Van Alstyne will be talking about social media, digital footprints, what kids are doing online, and how to navigate these things with children and teens. All parents, host parents, grandparents, and guardians are welcome to attend. Tasty treats and coffee will be served.

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019
Bruce B. Bates Design and Innovation Lab
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Treats and coffee
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Presentation

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 k.rorapaugh@gmail.com.

 

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AC Food Featured at PACK Coffee Connection

Posted on January 18th, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

What words or images go through your head when you think about school lunches? How about “healthy” and “sustainable?”

At Allendale Columbia, it may start with providing healthy, sustainable, fresh, tasty, and allergy-safe sustenance, Food Service Director, Laura Reynolds-Gorsuch related at Wednesday’s Parents of Allendale Columbia Kids (PACK) Coffee Connection. But healthy and sustainable goes beyond the food. Laura and her team also seek to contribute to students’ overall well-being and develop practices that will sustain students into their adult lives. (more…)

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PACK Coffee Connection Jan. 16th, 8-9 a.m.

Posted on January 9th, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

PACK Coffee Connection Features AC Food Program

Join us Wednesday, January 16th, 2019, for PACK’s monthly Coffee Connection. This month we will be highlighting the AC Food Program and their nutritious and environmentally-responsible values. Come meet with Laura Reynolds-Gorsuch and learn about our local, nut-free, family-style lunches and how the AC kitchen is committed to protecting our environment through our “healthy + sustainable” philosophy. All parents, host parents, grandparents, and guardians are welcome to attend. Tasty treats and coffee will be served.

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
Dining Commons
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Treats and coffee
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Presentation

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 k.rorapaugh@gmail.com.

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Volunteers Needed! Holiday Book Fair Dec. 13th

Posted on December 10th, 2018 by cnickels

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 volunteer here.
(sign in to MyAC required)

Learn more about the AC Holiday Book Fair on December 13th!

 

Parents of Allendale Columbia Kids (PACK) is a volunteer organization led, run, and supported by parents, host parents, and guardians. If you have any questions or want to get more involved with PACK, please email the PACK President, Kristin Rorapaugh, at k.rorapaugh@gmail.com.

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Coffee Connection December 12th 8-9 a.m.

Posted on December 7th, 2018 by cnickels

Join us Wednesday, December 12th, for PACK’s monthly Coffee Connection. This month we will have a chance to catch up with our Division Heads! Michelle Feiss, Head of Lower School; Tina Duver, Head of Middle School; and Phil Schwartz, Head of Upper School will share what’s been happening in their Divisions and answer any questions you may have. All parents, host parents, grandparents, and guardians are welcome to attend. Tasty treats and coffee from the kitchen will be served.

 

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 k.rorapaugh@gmail.com.

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Students Supported by Ready Team of Professionals

Posted on November 16th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Students at Allendale Columbia School have a strong team of Student Support Services professionals ready and willing to work with students from Nursery to Grade 12. The team members discussed their various roles at the Parents of Allendale Columbia Kids (PACK) Coffee Connection on November 14th.

Shannon Baudo, Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid (far right), introduces the Student Support Services team (from left): Amanda Gianinni, Starmeshia Jones, Seth Hopkins, Kristen McKenzie (not pictured: Carrie Shone).

Shannon Baudo, Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid (far right), introduces the Student Support Services team (from left): Amanda Gianinni, Starmeshia Jones, Seth Hopkins, Kristen McKenzie (not pictured: Carrie Shone).

Starmeshia Jones, School Psychologist and Director of Support Services

As the School Psychologist and Director of Support Services, I have the privilege of working with students from Nursery through Upper School. I partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to foster a safe, healthy, and supportive learning environment. I consult and collaborate with teachers, meet with parents, and provide short-term or crisis counseling to students. Additionally, as needed, I conduct classroom observations and emotional and behavioral screenings. I am a member of the Student Success Team (SST) in Lower School and similar support teams in Middle and Upper School. Working closely with both the Lower School Reading Advocate and Middle/Upper School Learning Advocate and the Pittsford Central School District, I strive to be a resource for information related to special education. I promote problem-solving, anger-management, and conflict resolution, and I reinforce positive coping skills and resilience. I make referrals to, help coordinate services with, and serve as a liaison for individual community-based providers.

Carrie Shone, Speech-Language Therapist

As the Speech-Language Therapist, I provide observations, screenings, and services to children in grades Nursery through 5. I’m also available for consultation in Middle and Upper Schools (Grades 6-12). As a member of the Student Success Team (SST), I support our students in a variety of ways. Screenings are carried out for Kindergarten students, new students, and students referred to the SST. Services may be provided individually or in small groups. The areas I address include articulation, language, auditory processing, dysfluency, voice, pragmatics, and social communication. The student’s teacher and I determine together the best times for services to be provided, and changes are made as needed. Services are provided in the classroom, the Speech room, or a combination of the two. The least restrictive environment is taken into account as plans are made.

Kristen McKenzie, Math Learning Advocate, Lower School

As the Math Advocate for Lower School, my job is to support teachers and students with math related learning. I also serve as a member of the Student Support Team in the Lower School and of the school’s Academic Leadership Team. My first priority is to ensure that teachers have the support that they need in order to provide the best math education for each and every student in the classroom. I meet with grade-level teams regularly to discuss plans for the daily differentiated learning opportunities that are being provided to students in the classroom. In addition, we discuss student needs at all levels. If a child’s individual needs are not being met with daily classroom math instruction, the teachers communicate with the Student Success Team. SST members discuss an action plan that could include my direct support for a student in and/or out of the classroom. If additional support is recommended for enrichment opportunities or reinforcement of concepts, parents are contacted and a schedule is determined with the classroom teachers. Finally, I help evaluate the Lower School’s mathematics curriculum and Exit Learning Objectives (ELOs) to ensure that we are providing a well-aligned vertical curriculum that will provide students with the necessary tools for their future.

Amanda Gianniny, Reading Advocate, Lower School

I support teachers and students with reading and writing instruction and serve on the Student Support Team and the school’s Academic Leadership Team. First and foremost, I work to ensure that teachers have the support and resources they need to provide differentiated instruction in the classroom. I regularly discuss plans and student needs with grade-level teams  at all levels. If a child’s individual needs are not being met with daily classroom literacy instruction, the teachers communicate with the Student Success Team, who then discuss an action plan, which may include my supporting a student directly, in or out of the classroom. Parents are contacted and a schedule is determined with the classroom teachers if this type of additional support for reinforcement or enrichment are recommended. I am also involved in evaluating the Lower School’s reading and writing curriculum and Exit Learning Objectives to make sure that our vertical curriculum is well-aligned vertical curriculum and provides students with the necessary tools for their future. Additionally, I serve as the Special Education Case Manager for the Lower School. If a child receives special education services or is being evaluated for possible services, I work with Pittsford, our home district, to make sure those services and provided.

Seth Hopkins, Learning Advocate, Middle and Upper Schools

As the Learning Advocate at the Middle and Upper Schools, my job is to support each AC student in accessing as much of the program and as many of the learning opportunities as is possible and appropriate for that student. I do this by helping to design, create, and manage systematic supports, but I also individual and individualized supports. In addition to working with and for students directly, I also collaborate with  AC teachers, parents, and staff in their efforts to support our kids. I work regularly with students at the group and individual level and have worked hard to make myself, and the advocate position, an important member of the entire AC community. I do this because every student, regardless of the level of academic maturity, effort, talent, or acumen, will struggle at some point during their time at AC, and we want them to know that help is only a far as the nearest adult.

In addition to the AC staff listed above, every faculty member and administrator at Allendale Columbia is prepared to advocate for each child’s learning and knows when to suggest additional resources. AC receives additional services as needed from the Pittsford School District.

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PACK Holiday Decorating (November 26th)

Posted on November 15th, 2018 by cnickels

Join the Parents of Allendale Columbia Kids (PACK) for a morning of holiday decorating from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 26th. In keeping with AC tradition, we will be hanging snowflakes in the Dining Commons, creating pine swags with fresh greenery, and decorating wreaths for the various school entrance doors. Enjoy some coffee and refreshments as we decorate our school for the holidays.

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Coffee Connection November 14th 8-9 a.m.

Posted on November 2nd, 2018 by cnickels

Come meet the AC Student Support Team at the November Coffee Connection! Hear from the folks below about their specific roles and how they best support and enrich our students in the classroom:

This event will take place in the Bruce Bates Design & Innovation Lab and there will be time for Q&A. Join us at 8:00 a.m. for coffee and treats. The presentation will begin at 8:30 a.m.

 

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 k.rorapaugh@gmail.com.

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