February 13, 2019

School Matters 2/13/19

#LEADLIKEAGIRL Conference at Stuart

Registration is open for Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart’s 2019 #LEADLIKEAGIRL: A Conference for Risk-Takers and Changemakers, which will take place at Stuart’s National Center for Girls’ Leadership on April 5 and 6.

A free conference designed to showcase and inspire girls’ confidence and creativity in STEM, entrepreneurism, and leadership, 2019 #LEADLIKEAGIRL will feature keynote speakers Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code; and Aprille Ericsson, an aerospace engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Center.

The conference will also include a business fair and expo, STEM talks, workshops, and expert panel discussions.    

For registration and more information, visit www.stuartschool.org/leadlikeagirl. Girls in grades K-four can attend on Friday, April 5, and girls in grades five-12 can attend on Saturday, April 6.

Children Helping Children Performathon at Westminster

On pianos, cellos, violins, flutes, violas, and more, over 200 young performers from Central New Jersey participated in the New Jersey Music Teacher Association’s (NJMTA) 13th Annual Children Helping Children Performathon on February 2 and 3 at Westminster Choir College in Princeton.

All the participating children found sponsors for their performances, and the proceeds were donated to HomeFront’s Joy, Hopes and Dreams children’s enrichment program for young people facing homelessness and severe economic hardship.

Over the past 13 years the Children Helping Children Performathon has raised over $200,000 for local nonprofit organizations that help children in the community. Piano teacher Suzanne Lehrer led the planning of this year’s event with help from 40 NJMTA music teachers and board members.

HomeFront’s Joy, Hopes and Dreams program has offered free enriching and fun after-school and weekend activities for homeless or at-risk children in the area over the past 27 years. These activities include academic tutoring, classes in music and the arts, team sports, and outings designed to maximize each child’s academic confidence and potential.

“The performances were so lovely,” said HomeFront’s Liza Peck. “There was magic in the air that day.”

“Tell Me Who You Are,” New Book from PHS Grads Guo and Vulchi

Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi, Princeton High School (PHS) graduates and founders of CHOOSE to promote racial literacy in schools, have written a new book, Tell Me Who You Are. It is based on the stories and statistics of more than 100 people from across the country they interviewed on the subject of “how racism plays out in this country every day.”

During their gap year after graduating from high school last year Guo, now at Harvard University, and Vulchi, now at Princeton University, visited all 50 states to talk to people about their experiences of race and “the intersections of identity” in America.

Publisher Penguin Random House describes the book, which is coming out in June and is available for pre-order through Amazon, as “deeply inspiring” and “an eye-opening exploration of race in America.”

Guo and Vulchi wrote their first book, The Classroom Index, a racial literacy textbook drawing on stories collected in Princeton, while they were still students at PHS.

YingHua International School Rings in Year of the Pig

YingHua International School’s 12th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration on February 2 at Princeton High School featured a dragon dance, music, martial arts, and poetry.

Students from pre-K through eighth grade performed in this authentic cultural celebration of the Year of the Pig. Founded in 2007, YingHua, located in Kingston, will have a graduating eighth-grade class this year for the first time.