December 12, 2018

School Matters 12/12/18

PDS Wins Green Restaurant Award

The Princeton Day School (PDS) campus food service has been awarded the highest rating of four stars from the Green Restaurant Association (GRA). PDS is one of only three secondary schools and 30 restaurants in the country to achieve the four-star status. 

“We started the qualifying process in 2011,” said PDS Sustainability Coordinator Liz Cutler, “and everyone has worked hard to make our food services more sustainable according to GRA standards.”

Cutler noted that Flik Independent School Dining Director Brian Mochnal, Chef Mason Irving, the Flik staff, and PDS Building and Grounds “have been amazing partners in this endeavor.” She emphasized PDS’ progress in the areas of water efficiency, waste reduction and recycling, sustainable durable goods and building materials, sustainable food, energy, reusables and environmentally preferable disposables, chemical and pollution reduction, and transparency and education.

Pen Pal Project Connects Waldorf Students with the World

Waldorf School of Princeton (WSP) students have joined a global initiative to connect with over 1,000 Waldorf Schools all around the world. Students are writing and designing unique postcards to send to each of their sister schools around the world.

The halls of WSP are decorated with postcards from other participating schools alongside a map that marks the origin of each card. Each postcard contains an illustration or anecdote that communicates something about the students, telling or showing something about their country, community, or values.

“This has been an inspiring exercise for the children,” said WSP Arts Teacher Pamela Shafer. “They are gaining an awareness of something larger than themselves, understanding their place in history and the history of the school. When they see the pins on the map they feel connected to their peers around the world.” 

The postcards will be completed and mailed to all the schools in time to kick off the 100th anniversary of Waldorf education in 2019.

St. Paul Eighth Grader Wins Holocaust Essay Contest

St. Paul School of Princeton (SPS) eighth-grader Claire King has been named a winner in the Fifth Annual Holocaust Essay Competition, sponsored by Fegelson-Young-Feinberg Post 697 Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A.

King, who read her essay at the recent awards ceremony, received her honor from Allan Silverberg, chair of the Holocaust Remembrance program. The essay reflected on the childhood experiences of Holocaust survivor Daniel Goldsmith, who spoke at SPS last spring as a culmination of the SPS Holocaust Studies Program.

Wilberforce School To Host Author of Book on Marijuana

Alex Berenson, former New York Times reporter and award-winning novelist, will be at the Wilberforce School in Princeton Junction on Thursday, January 31, as part of a speaking tour and book-signing event focusing on his new book Tell Your Children the Truth about Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence.

Revealing links between teenage marijuana use and mental illness and violence, the book warns about the impact of the recent legalization of marijuana in nine states. New Jersey might legalize marijuana in the near future.