April 28, 2022 | Vol. 21-22, No. 27
STEWARDS OF SUSTAINABILITY
Earth Day Coverage and Photos Below
A MESSAGE FROM OUR
ASSOCIATE HEAD OF SCHOOL
Corinna Crafton, Associate Head of School for Curriculum and Instruction, shares interesting information about the mind and the brain in her April blog post. Below is an excerpt:
A few weeks ago, I participated in a conference for academic leaders hosted by the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. After a pandemic-imposed hiatus of two years, it was invigorating to spend time with other teachers and administrators sharing and learning about new ways to support student growth. Of particular interest to me was a session on recent developments in neuroscience which can inform our understanding of the developing brain. There is much we can learn about the ways in which children (and adults too!) process, organize, and retrieve information and the way mindset and emotional regulation impact cognition.
Read Dr. Crafton's full blog post here
LOWER SCHOOL STUDENTS CELEBRATE
EARTH DAY AS GLOBAL CITIZENS
Lower School students enjoyed perfect weather while participating in a variety of activities to celebrate Earth Day on April 22. They truly embraced this year's theme of Being a Global Citizen.
The Lower School students and teachers gathered in Plumeri Gym to begin the day. The fourth graders led the introduction and students in PreK(3), JK(4) and K finished the opening ceremony with a song.
Later in the morning, third graders led an assembly about Monarch butterflies. They also delivered brochures they created – Saving the Planet One Monarch at a Time – along with milkweed seeds they harvested last fall for students in Grades 1-5 to take home.
Other activities included Kindergarteners working with fifth graders making butterfly feeders in the courtyard, first and third graders working together on butterfly crafts in the classroom and students in various grades planting flowers in the garden. The day ended with fifth graders leading the closing ceremony in Plumeri Gym.
EARTH DAY PHOTO GALLERY
EIGHTH GRADERS VISIT MEMORIALS,
MAKE MEMORIES IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
Eighth graders bonded and forged unforgettable memories during their four-day visit to Washington, D.C from April 19-22. During the trip, students were accompanied by eighth-grade coordinator Noreen Jafri, and chaperones Dina Congregane, Erika Del Rocco, and Jeffrey Martin.
Although government buildings and some museums were not open to large groups due to COVID, the lovely weather facilitated the group's outdoor stops. On arrival in D.C, the students visited the National Archives to view the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Magna Carta.
Eighth graders reflected on the designs and symbolism in different memorials. Students visited the Martin Luther King Jr., Lincoln, Jefferson, Pentagon 9/11, WWII, Korean, and Vietnam War Veterans Memorials, and many other memorials.
Read full story here
WASHINGTON, D.C. TRIP PHOTO GALLERY
SEVENTH GRADERS ENJOY GREAT VARIETY IN BUSY CLASS TRIP TO PHILADELPHIA
Seventh graders enjoyed three busy days in Philadelphia, a new destination this year for their class trip. They were accompanied by chaperones Kirstin Rogers, Tanda Tucker, Ian McElroy and Mike Howell.
The trip began with a tour of Battleship New Jersey, our nation's most decorated battleship. Students boarded the ship and got to explore the Captain's Cabin, the bridge, and the communications room, as well as sleeping and living quarters for enlisted men. They also learned about the role Battleship NJ played in WW2, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf learn about signaling with flags or Morse Code as well as have lunch with a US Veteran. They asked questions about where and when he served and even got some interesting details about boot camp.
Next, the group visited Philadelphia Magic Gardens, an art gallery and outdoor space celebrating the mosaic artwork of Philadelphia artist Isaiah Zagar and folk art across the Americas. Students explored the outdoor garden maze, examined portraiture mosaic with museum staff, and took a walking tour of Philly's Old City to view Zagar's art on buildings and city sidewalks. Highlights included a building covered in a mosaic representing a circus.
Read full story here
PHILADELPHIA TRIP PHOTO GALLERY
SIXTH GRADERS EXPLORE OUTDOORS
AT SNOWY FROST VALLEY
The sixth graders showed their sense of adventure and true grit on last week's three-day trip to Frost Valley. Accompanied by chaperones Zoe Bongiovanni, Ryan Oliveira, Andrea Barnett and Jennifer Rose, the students arrived in Frost Valley, nestled in the Adirondack mountains near Claryville, NY, which had just received an unexpected nine inches of snow. And while the temperature was moving back up to the 50's the snow was still cold and wet, and so were the campers' feet!
It was great to be back to this mainstay of the W+H sixth grade tradition. The students unpacked and made themselves comfortable in their beautiful lodge with four rooms and fortified themselves with pizza from the dining hall to prepare for the afternoon hikes to the cable bridges. The group survived a challenging hike in the wet snow and built some temporary shelters in the afternoon, but the wood was too wet to make a "survival" fire. After dinner, the students and chaperones were treated to a show by the "Birdman" who introduced his raptors: owls, vultures and falcons!
Read full story here
FROST VALLEY TRIP PHOTO GALLERY
LU SISTERS EXCEL IN PUERTO RICO
W+H golf standouts Grace Lu '22 and Claire Lu '24 competed in the USGA Women's Amateur Four-ball in Puerto Rico last week. The sisters had qualified for the tournament last November.
The Lu sisters carded scores of 70-70 to finished tied for 19th in the field, which qualified them for match play. They advanced to the Round of 32 and just missed making it to the Round of 16.
"My sister and I were excited to play in this tournament, and it was even more cool to make the cut and proceed to match play," Claire said. "It was a good experience for both of us overall."
"This was my first USGA Tournament, and it was a really fun experience. I learned a lot about my game and being able to play this tournament with Claire made it even better," Grace said.
UPPER SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced the Upper School Athletes of the Week. Congratulations to baseball player Luke Tan '24, softball player Giselle Rodriguez '25 and tennis player Andrew Wolff '23.
Luke played a big role in the Rams' offense last week. In three games, he had had four hits, two runs scored, three RBI and an OBP (on-base percentage) of .750. Luke plays baseball with a passion, which contributes to performances like these.
Giselle went 2-for-2, walked, and was hit by a pitch in a 19-1 win over Warren Tech. For the day, this freshman scored four runs and knocked in three RBI as the Rams won their sixth game of the year.
Andrew's success at the crucial third singles position is often critical to the boys' varsity tennis team's success. With a 5-2 record, the junior has helped his team maintain a winning record. Andrew's dedication and off-season workouts propelled him to the No. 3 spot on the team, after playing at No. 7 last year.
JOIN US FOR THE SPRING GAMES - FRIDAY!
The W+H Booster Club and Athletic Department invite all Rams fans to support their teams at the Spring Games on Friday, April 29. Come out and support the varsity baseball, softball and boys' tennis teams in their home competitions. All varsity contests begin at 4 p.m.
The Booster Club will be selling W+H logo apparel and gear, along with hot dogs, hamburgers, beverages and snacks. Hot dogs and water will be free for all athletes. Logo items available include T-shirts, Super Fan T-Shirts, crewneck sweatshirts, hoodies, quarter zip sweatshirts and masks.
SIGN UP TO PLAY! - GOLF OUTING - MAY 19
Come join us at nearby Colonia Country Club for a wonderful day of golf including lunch and an afternoon reception on Thursday, May 19. The event begins at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow at 4 p.m.. If you're unable to golf, reception only tickets are available. Pay online with the following link:
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND PAY ONLINE
CHECK OUT W+H SUMMER PROGRAMS
Wardlaw+Hartridge will offer a robust array of summer programs in 2022!
The year's offerings include Camp Funshine, Adventure Camp, Brain Boosters Junior Academics, Summer Scholars, Teen Leadership Camp and Summer Sparks Enrichment. Other special camps including Everything Theater and Dungeons & Dragons will also be held.
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
SCENES FROM THE SPRING GALA
From the W+H Parents' Association
Thanks for Your Support of the Spring Gala!
Hello Fellow W+H Families,
The W+H Parents' Association expresses a most sincere thank you to all who supported the Annual Spring Gala - The Roaring Twenties!!
Through your sponsorships, donations, time and efforts, the return to the Gala was a great success. The food, music, auctions and, of course, the company were truly a return to the W+H community we have come to know and love. If you were able to join us, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. If you were not able to join, make sure to watch our social media and the school's website (Parents page) for great photos!!
Next Parents' Association Meeting - Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m.
Please join us next Thursday night, May 5, at 7 p.m. in the Oakwood Room for our next meeting. If you are unable to attend in person, you can connect via Zoom:
If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Giving Thanks for our Wardlaw+Hatridge Fund Parent Donors
The Development Office would like to thank the W+H community for supporting The Wardlaw+Hartridge Fund. Click here to view a list of W+H parents who have contributed to The 2021-2022 W+H Fund between July 1, 2021 and April 27, 2022. Thanks to all for their generous contributions in support of the Ram Run. A complete list of Ram Run donors will be published in next week's WHEN.
Click here to make a gift to The Wardlaw+Hartridge Fund
Reminder to Parents: Re-enrollment Contracts Due
This is a friendly reminder to families who have not yet submitted their re-enrollment contract and non-refundable deposit for the 2022-2023 school year. Please contact the Admission Office at 908-754-1882, Ext. 155 or email admission@WHschool.org if you would like us to resend your parent portal authentication code and enrollment contract link. We are here to help you complete the enrollment process and answer any questions you may have. We wish you and your family the best of health and we look forward to seeing you in the upcoming year!
Attention Parents! Order Your W+H Yearbooks Now!
The 2022 W+H Yearbook is available to order for $49. All Upper School students will receive yearbooks in June. Middle and Lower School students must purchase yearbooks.
ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK HERE
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