February 5, 2020

School Matters 2/5/20

Princeton Academy Celebrates Harry Potter Book Night

A night of magical fun, including a Triwizard Tournament, is on tap for Thursday, February 6, when Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart (PASH) on the Great Road celebrates the 6th Annual Harry Potter Book Night.

“We are so excited to be joining up with schools, libraries, bookshops, and community centers around the world to celebrate the sixth Harry Potter Book Night,” said PASH Headmaster Rik Duggan. “Last year families had a wonderful time celebrating the magic of Harry Potter.”

The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., when “young wizards, witches, and Muggles will be treated to an evening of magical games and readings from our favorite Harry Potter books,” according to a PASH announcement.

Attendees are encouraged to register in advance at princetonacademy.org/revents/harrypotter and to come to the event in their best Harry Potter-inspired costumes for a chance to win the complete illustrated Harry Potter book set.

New Wildlife Habitat at YingHua

The YingHua International School (YHI) in Kingston has successfully created a Certified Wildlife Habitat through its Garden for Wildlife program.

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has recognized Ying Hua’s work in creating a garden that supports birds, butterflies, bees, frogs, and other local wildlife. In addition YHI has been co-certified with NWF’s state affiliate, the New Jersey Audubon Society.

As a Certified Wildlife Habitat garden, the YingHua garden provides natural sources of food, water, cover, and places to raise young and is maintained in a sustainable way that incorporates native plants, conserves water, and doesn’t rely on pesticides.

“At YingHua our International Baccalaureate curriculum allows students to learn about wildlife, habitats, and the earth through cross-collaboration of subjects and learning, which is hands-on and very experiential,” said YHI Head of School Laura Desai. “Students learn by doing and exploring, and this brings learning to life while positively impacting nature and the environment. We focus on recycling, green initiatives, and sustainability in the school, so our school garden habitat allows for students to experience nature in our own backyard.”

New Cafe Planned for PHS

A new “remote dining” location will provide a food hub at Princeton High School as part of planned renovations scheduled to be completed by fall 2020.

Replacing the student store, this cafe will offer breakfast and lunch foods and will help to ease some of the crowding in the cafeteria.

“I’m very excited about our remote dining plan,” said PHS Principal Jessica Baxter. “It has been my vision for the last year to be able to provide a cafe atmosphere where students can have more options in a convenient location.”

“We will be offering fresh fruits and vegetables as well as smoothies, soup, and probably pizza,” said Princeton Public Schools Food Service Director K. Lee Dixon, who added that she is looking forward to providing appetizing and healthy food to more PHS students, as well as being responsive to student requests.