Fun with the Gingerbread Man in Nursery and Pre-K!

Posted on December 8th, 2013 by lcrandal

To wrap up our unit on fairy tales, students in nursery and pre-kindergarten went on a “Gingerbread Adventure” today.  The Gingerbread Man left a note in our classroom giving us clues leading us to different places throughout the campus.

Our clues took us to the following places:
1. The Library
2. The Welcome Desk
3. The Dining Commons
4. The Music Room
5. The Gym
6. The Art Room
7. The Nurse’s Office

The final clue led us back to the classroom where we found all of the candy to make our gingerbread houses. (We kept hearing, “Run, run as fast as you can. You can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread Man!”) Upon our return, we also found the Gingerbread Man sleeping in our book, Gingerbread Friends. He was apparently very tired from all of his running and mischief! We all enjoyed decorating ginberbread houses together which the children took home with them. Students truly enjoyed the opportunity to further explore this story through this variety of activities!

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Posted in: Highlights, Nursery, Pre-Primary School, PreKindergarten

AC Summer Program: Step Into School

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 by Tony Tepedino

As we move into our second week of camp, the campus is alive with over 200 campers and 11 different camps already. From music theatre, to weird science, Allendale Columbia continues to buzz with exciting and unique summer programs.


One of the camps offered during the first week of camp each year is Step Into School camp by nursery school teacher, Donna Kwiatkowski’s. Throughout the week, incoming Allendale Columbia nursery school students Declan, Taylor, Keegan and Rocco were all introduced to the nursery classroom through arts, shared playtime, music activities, group games and hands-on activities.

“The goal of the Step Into School camp is to help get each student ready for school,” said Kwiatkowski. “Before their first school experience in the fall, they’ll already have an understanding of the routine of a school day and have a familiarity with their environment and Allendale Columbia campus.”

The Step Into School camp week is both a positive experience for each student, to get used to being away from home for the first time, and a week that Kwiatkowski very much looks forward to each year.

“One of the best parts of camp is seeing the increased confidence that each student gains day-by-day as they feel more and more at home.”

As the students get more and more acclimated to Allendale Columbia, they not only grow as individuals, but they also bond together as a class.  At AC, we believe we offer a different school of thought in part because from the earliest ages, our students are part of something larger than themselves and character development goes hand in hand with their intellectual development in a very personal way.

When nursery school then starts in the fall, the classroom experience becomes even more enriched and these students surely have an easy time joining the AC community as our youngest learners.

Want to see more nursery activity at Allendale Columbia? Check out the following photo galleries from the 2012-2013 school year.

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Posted in: Highlights, Nursery, Pre-Primary School

Ultimate Frisbee Club

Posted on May 28th, 2013 by Tony Tepedino

Guest post written by Allendale Columbia School senior Michael Patterson.

Allendale Columbia’s Ultimate Frisbee Club has formed their own team known as the Allendale Airbenders. Playing as a part of the Greater Rochester Area Disc Association’s Spring Youth League, the Airbenders compete against other teams from some of the biggest schools including Fairport, Canandaigua and Wilson. Games are held each Sunday at the Crittenden Road fields (855 Crittenden Road Brighton, NY 14623). The Airbenders record for the season is currently 2 wins and 4 losses.

Members of the Team:

  • Brian Winn
  • Charles Patterson
  • Chase Quatela
  • Conner Shumway
  • Davey Jarrell
  • Eric Lasser
  • Jim Brimlow
  • John Queenan
  • JP Woo
  • Mike Patterson
  • Noah LaRussa-Trott
  • Noah Meyers
  • Ken Dai
  • Brynne Colella
  • Emily Paszko
  • Gloria Colaprete

And two members from Rush Henrietta:

  • Clarke LaCelle
  • Anne Repka
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Posted in: Highlights, Upper School

US Community Service Day

Posted on May 20th, 2013 by kvella

Our fourth annual Upper School Day of Service took place on Friday, May 17. Students participated in community service activities in several places in and around the Allendale Columbia campus.

  • Foodlink in Rochester to sort and process donations
  • Rochester Roots a community garden project we supported last year
  • AC campus where students will help with the AC Garden Project and nature trail maintenance
  • Corbett’s Glen for trail maintenance
  • School 25 for a children’s show performance written and directed by AC students
  • Schoen Place in the Village of Pittsford for some mini-mural painting

Students spent three hours on these projects then returned in time to have lunch together. In the afternoon, students took part in karaoke, a game of kickball, or ultimate frisbee with faculty. The day ended with a slide show presentation of the day’s activities. Click here for more details about the day!

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Posted in: Eleventh Grade, Highlights, Ninth Grade, Tenth Grade, Twelfth Grade, Upper School

The Permanence of Practice

Posted on April 23rd, 2013 by Tony Tepedino

Musician Paul Gaspar has Allendale Columbia School 7th grader, Brandon, demonstrate the importance and permanence of practice. Mr. Gaspar was a guest speaker at career day for our middle school students.

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Posted in: Middle School