17 May

Final Service Learning Trip

Our final service learning trip, scheduled for Friday, May 27th

Sixth grade service learning is focused on understanding the need for healthy food — specifically fresh vegetables — for disadvantaged families in NJ. You may remember our fall trip to America’s Grow a Row (AGAR), when we picked apples, and our garden building project for Englewood’s Center for Food Action.  Our final effort is a day of planting at the AGAR farm in Pittsfield.  Students will attend their regular first period class on the 27th, leave for AGAR at 9:00 and return in time for regular pick up and busses.  Please remind them to dress for outdoor work and for the weather that day. We will go in drizzle and cancel only for a downpour or lightning.
Happy Spring!

Tasha Urbanowski

Grade 6 Dean

17 May


Please read the letter below from Mr. Fleisher — it includes an invitation and a request: 

Dear 6 th Grade Parents,

As a culmination to our studies of ancient cultures, the 6 th grade will compete in a variation of the Greek Olympics.  On June 8th between 8:30 and 10:30am, the city-states of Athens, Sparta, Thebes, and Delphi will participate in a series of events including: foot races, a discus throw, and feats of strength.  In addition, there will be a showcase of pottery that the students will make in class, as well as a Greek trivia contest.  Parents are invited to attend the festivities on Graham Field.  We will have our Awards Ceremony and Greek Feast immediately following!

In the days leading up to the Olympics, each social studies class will research a particular city-state they will be assigned and prepare for the competition.  Students will use class time to make not only the pottery for the showcase, but also appropriate ancient Greek attire and the chariots they will race at the Olympics.   In order to be prepared for this day, every student will need to bring the following materials by Monday May 23, 2016. You can bring these items earlier if you wish, and we will store them in the class room.

  • A SINGLE sheet of 20”x30”foam board (this will be used to create their chariot*)
  • Make sure you label your stuff!!!

At the end of the day a Greek feast will be shared by all. Click here to sign up to bring food (http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f49a9a723a6fb6-greek)

17 May

Special Message for Grade 8 Families

Our current Grade 8 families (the ‘rising’ Class of 2020) recently enjoyed a parent orientation and student BBQ with new incoming families who will be joining D-E (as 9th graders) in Fall 2016. Families heard welcome remarks from Upper School (US) Principal Joe Algrant and heard comments from a panel of current US parents. Families were also given a 2016-2017 Important Dates Calendar for next year. Please click here for a follow-up message from Mr. Algrant to all current Grade 8 parents/guardians. To view and/or download the Important Dates Calendar (PDF) please click here. You can also find this information on the Upper School website at www.d-e.org/upper.

17 May


ClassBook will be coming to the School Store on Wednesday, June 8th, from 7:45-3:45 to buy back our students’ print books. Highlighting, underlining, and some writing will be allowed, as well as both hardcover and paperback editions. ClassBook will also buy books that were purchased from other vendors. Checks will be mailed to students’ homes in about 4 weeks. If your child is unable to attend, he/she may leave the books with Lisa Schmid at the store before June 8th. Contact Lisa Schmid if you have any questions, at 201-227-3130 or schmil@d-e.org.

17 May

From Kathy Christoph


Last Thursday, we had our Annual World Language Festival during our MS Assembly time.  What a wonderful way to celebrate the beauty of other countries and cultures! As we all are aware, the ability to communicate in multiple languages is important in our increasingly integrated global community. Being able to communicate directly with people in their native language is one of the first steps to establishing respectful relationships and understanding of others.

Our Assembly was comprised of several movies, featuring students in the French, Spanish, and Latin classes. The finale was a live dance performance from Sr. Bautista’s Spanish 8 class.

Here, for your enjoyment, is a smattering of film clips.


Hug your child, and Go Bulldogs