WHEN - December 16, 2011

Saturday, December 17, 2011 to Monday, January 2, 2012 - SCHOOL CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY BREAK

Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - SCHOOL REOPENS

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
- Young Alumni College Day at 11 a.m. in Upper Snowdon
- Young Alumni Pizza Lunch at 12:30 p.m. in Oakwood Room

Thursday, January 5, 2012
- Booster Club Meeting at 7:30 p.m. in Oakwood Room

Take a peek at the photos that made history this week at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School!

Middle School Students Shine at Holiday Concert

The Middle School chorus and band put on quite a show in their annual Holiday Concert on Wednesday, December 14. Festive music filled the air as the middle school students provided entertainment and cheer for the holiday season.
Lower School Students Ring in the Holiday Season

There's nothing like a group of children singing and playing music to capture the spirit of the holiday season.

The Lower School students brought their annual dose of holiday cheer at the Holiday Concert on Friday, December 16. Under the direction of Shannon Caldwell, Lower School Music Teacher, and Jane Brown, Instrumental Music Teacher, the youngsters put on quite a show.

Middle School Students Combine Poetry and Visual Art

Sixth graders presented their paintings of animals from Miss Tucker's art class while reciting their original animal poetry, written in Ms. Vrotsos's English class. Their paintings were based on wildlife that they saw or could have seen on their trip to Frost Valley at the start of the year.
Second Graders Present World of Dinosaurs

The second graders welcomed students, parents, faculty and friends to the "World of Dinosaurs" in the Oakwood Room on Tuesday, December 13. The students have learned a great deal of interesting information about dinosaurs and put a lot of work into creating a fascinating museum.

Concert Choir Spreads Holiday Cheer

Members of the W-H Concert Choir went caroling for some senior citizens at Inman Grove Senior Citizen Residence and Care-One at the Highlands in Edison on December 15 after their last final exam.

Students sang for about a half an hour at each location to the delight of the residents. After each performance the students mingled around shaking hands and wishing the senior citizens Happy Holidays. In between performances the students sipped hot chocolate and serenaded the patrons with holiday carols.
Grease Cast List Announced

The cast of Grease, the spring musical, was announced on Friday, December 8.

Danny Marques '12 and Aneesa Sonawalla '12 received the leading roles and Danny and Sandy. To read a full cast list for the musical, which will run March 2-4, 2012, click here
Katie Buchbinder '13, Valentina Margiottiello '13 Named to All-Area Teams

Katie Buchbinder '13 and Valentina Margiottiello '13 received media attention last week by being named to the first All-Area team in their respective sports. Katie had a marvelous season as the first singles player on the tennis team and Valentina led the girls' soccer team to the state sectional finals.

To read the story on Katie and the All-Area girls' tennis team, click here

To read the story on Valentina and the All-Area girls' soccer team, click here

Lower School Participated in World Record Effort

Congratulations to all participants in the Jumping Jacks World Record attempt!! First Lady Michelle Obama confirmed the news earlier this week:

"Back in October, the First Lady joined students, teachers, and parents from all over the country to reach for a big goal: breaking the world record for the number of people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. The old record was over 20,000 people, so trying to break it was no small feat.
Today, we’re proud to announce that with your help, 300,265 people jumped that day! Breaking the record is a huge accomplishment. But we still have a lot of work left to do to meet an even bigger goal: ending childhood obesity within a generation so all children have a chance to grow up healthy and strong."

A big thank you to Mr. Howell for organizing it and for Mrs. Howell for being the brains behind the operation!

To view Michelle Obama's video, click here
Check Out Our Teacher and Administrator Blogs

Our teacher and administrator blogs are now linked online to the school's website. They are located under the News tab.

To view these blogs, please click here 
Jack Kolbert '20 Featured in Local Papers for Winning Pokemon Championship

Fourth grader Jack Kolbert received media coverage in the local newspapers for his Pokemon regional championship victory.

To read the story about Jack's triumph, click here
Encore Program Announces Adventure Clubs

Encore is starting its second session of Adventure Clubs beginning in January 2012. These clubs are open to all Lower School students.

To view a list of clubs and download a registration form, click here 

Here are some photos of Encore activities, including homework time, playtime, Karaoke Club and Taekwondo Club. 
Booster Club SWHOOP-a-Thon Set for Saturday, January 21

The Booster Club Annual sWHoop-a-thon fundraiser will be held Saturday, January 21, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Please mark the date on your calendar.

This year, we will include clinics by the basketball team, swimmers and cheerleaders from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

We have added some new activities to the day, which will surely be fun for all. There will still be the swimming and free throw shooting and you can all start collecting your pledges now. 
We hope to see you all there! Thanks and Go Rams!!!
International Family Fun Night Set for January 20

The Wardlaw-Hartridge Parents' Association (WHPA) is accepting suggestions for food, international entertainment, crafts and more for its International Family Fun Night on Friday, January 20. The popular, multi-cultural event will be held in the AP Room from 6 to 9 p.m.
Scholastic Book Fair Set for January 19-20
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to The Wardlaw Hartridge School on Thursday, January 19, 2012 andFriday, January 20, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special evening shopping hours from 6-9 p.m. will be added on Friday, January 20 at International Family Night.
For more information about the Book Fair and to volunteer please visit our website at


College Corner is a feature in which lesser known, yet highly competitive colleges and universities will be discussed. A new school will be profiled every two weeks to assist students with their search for a good college match.
Order Your W-H Yearbooks Online Now

Someday "now" will be "then" and your memories will be treasures. Purchase your Wardlaw-Hartridge 2012 Yearbook online at www.jostensyearbooks.com.

Orders must be placed by January 2, 2012. 

Thank You to Our Annual Fund Supporters

The Development Office would like to thank the following parents who have contributed or made a pledge to the 2011-2012 Annual Fund in this fiscal year between July 1, 2011 and December 15, 2011 (recent donors within the past week in bold):
WHEN Notice
This is the final edition of WHEN, The Wardlaw-Hartridge Electronic Newsletter, for the year 2011. The next edition will be published on Thursday, January 5, 2012.
If you have any news during our winter vacation, please contact Rudy Brandl '83, Director of Communications, via email at rbrandl@whschool.org.
Enjoy a relaxing, peaceful and wonderful holiday season!