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New Lower School STEAM Hub Encourages Creative Collaboration

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Earlier this fall, Roland Park Country School unveiled several exciting new spaces on campus, including a recently constructed cheery and light-filled Lower School STEAM Hub. This redesigned space is adjacent to the Killebrew Library and connects the Junior Innovation Space with the new Lower School art room to fulfill Roland Park Country School’s vision of purposefully integrating each of the components of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) into the school curriculum for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

“We are focusing on every content area to pair with design challenges and projects that have a real purpose to help students extend their learning beyond the classroom in a creative and meaningful way,” said Joe LePain, the Director of Information and Innovation at Roland Park Country School.

Promoting Growth at Wilkes School Preschool Program

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The philosophy at Wilkes School Preschool Program is to promote the social emotional growth of the children, preparing them for future educational endeavors, while still tuning in to their individual strengths and needs. The curriculum is based on the developmental milestones for 2-, 3-, and 4- year olds and aligns with the Maryland state standards. The school is able to adjust the program to fit the needs of each child while still maintaining the integrity of the program.

A typical day for the preschool is a balance of teacher-led and independent activities. Educators teach Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies, as well as, all of the specialty areas. Children experience hands-on activities, with an emphasis of literature and language. The activities are based on the developmental needs of the children and can and do fluctuate between groups of children to ensure everyone is finding success.

Defining the Well-Rounded Student at St. James Academy

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Chris Greenawalt, MD, never knows what each shift at Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) will bring. As director of GBMC’s hospitalist program, he helps acutely ill patients navigate inpatient and outpatient care. He and the 30-plus physicians under his leadership use their medical expertise every day, but the qualities Greenawalt says he relies upon most weren’t taught in medical school.

“My integrity and accountability were set in motion at St. James Academy,” says Greenawalt, who attended the Episcopal, coed day school in Monkton, Md. when it was Kindergarten through 6th Grade. “The things I learned from way back are what I’ve carried forward.”

Today, St. James Academy is Prekindergarten through 8th Grade but still intentionally small. “St. James was a nurturing environment where teachers put an individual focus on my strengths,” adds Greenawalt, who graduated from McDonogh School and Wake Forest University for both undergraduate and medical school. “The school helped me to develop attributes I’ve used all the way through to being a leader at GBMC.”

THE PARK SCHOOL OF BALTIMORE ADMISSION EVENTS AND THE MALONE SCHOLARS PROGRAM

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The Park School of Baltimore |
Middle and Upper Schools “Hands-on, Minds-on” Open House (Grades 6-12):
Sunday, October 27 | 1–3 PM

The Park School of Baltimore hosts a range of admission events this fall, including a Middle and Upper School “Hands-On, Minds-On” Open House on Sunday, October 27 from 1–3 p.m. Park’s inspired and inspiring faculty members lead these Open House experiences for students and their parents — offering a selection of curricular and co-curricular activities with the opportunity to engage hands and minds. Park students are on site to share their perspectives and to participate in the activities along with visiting families. Parents and students are invited to visit Park’s 100-acre campus and learn more about Park’s unique approach to learning, the affordability of a Park education, and The Malone Scholar Program at The Park School of Baltimore.

The Park School of Baltimore | Tours with Principals:
Friday, November 8
 | 8:45–10:30 AM

College Acceptances: Beth Tfiloh’s Secret Sauce

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A behind-the-scenes look at Beth Tfiloh’s comprehensive college guidance programs

Beth Tfiloh’s class of 2019 graduates were accepted to a wide range of post-high school educational options that offer the best opportunities for each individual student. Those schools spanned 64 colleges and universities — including an 88% acceptance rate at University of Maryland, College Park, double UMD’s national average acceptance rate of 44%.

The list includes universities across the US, such as Brandeis University, Northwestern University, Pratt Institute, Princeton University, Tulane University, University of Pennsylvania and Virginia Tech; Baltimore-area schools, including Goucher College, Towson University, and University of Baltimore; and universities and gap programs around the world. These schools all have one thing in common: they are the right fit for each student.

What’s the secret to Beth Tfiloh students finding the right post-high school option for them? It’s BT’s renowned college guidance department. Beth Tfiloh Director of College Guidance Mrs. Halaine Steinberg offers a behind-the-scenes look at BT’s multi-year college guidance program.

Archdiocese to break ground on first new school in 60 years on Wednesday

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A rendering of the Mother Mary Lange Catholic School. Image via the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore will break ground Wednesday on the Mother
Mary Lange Catholic School, the Catholic Church’s first new school in six decades.

Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap board says comeback possible, seeks ‘more sustainable’ financing

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The entrance to the Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

As soon as the announcement went out that the Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap is closing, the responses–from families, teachers, others–began to pour in.

It was “overwhelming,” says board member Alessa Giampaolo Keener. “There were lots of encouraging words from the community.”

There are also some offers of potential financial support. While Tuesday’s announcement about the closure made no mention of plans to reopen, Keener says those offers–plus the outpouring of support from locals–have board members mulling a comeback.

Scott calls on mayor to commit projected $34M surplus to HVAC improvements for city schools

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Baltimore City Public Schools headquarters on North Avenue. Photo by Eli Pousson/Baltimore Heritage, via Flickr.

Weeks after about 50 AC-less city schools ended classes early on multiple hot days, and months before chilly weather sets in, Council President Brandon Scott has asked the mayor to commit a projected $34 million surplus to address inadequate cooling and heating in schools.

With funds lacking, the Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap is shutting down

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Photo via Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap/Facebook

After distributing more than $700,000 worth of school supplies over the last five years, the Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap is shutting down next month.

Jewish Private Schools are Bringing Community Home

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When Anna Klein’s daughter, Mia, was a four-year-old preschooler at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School (BT), her class was asked to bring in brown bag lunches for the homeless. The bags were being delivered to Beans and Bread, a soup kitchen in Fells Point, not far from where the family was living at the time.

“I volunteered to drop them off,” recalls Klein. “And when I did, it was because these are the values I want my children to learn. I want them to know that they have an obligation to give back, not only to the Jewish community, but also to the global community. And, Beth Tfiloh emphasized the values of going out in the world and doing good.”

It was this commitment to civic responsibility, coupled with the knowledge that a Jewish private school education* developed the Jewish identity of its students, that was instrumental in her desire to see her children attend BT.

“I attended Jewish private schools through 12th grade and am the grandchild of a Holocaust survivor so my Jewish identity was always very strong and a big part of who I am,” she adds.

“A Jewish day school education has proven to be one of the most important entities in securing the next generation of Jews – no matter how they choose to identify as Jews,” says Michael Elman, who co-chairs The Associated’s Day School Commission with David Hurwitz.

“The value added,” he adds “is that Jewish day schools also allow Jewish students to grow their Jewish identity without sacrificing academics but actually enhancing them.”

Recognizing the impact Jewish private schools have on the next generation of Jews, The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore provides scholarship assistance to students at 11 Baltimore day schools to ensure students interested in attending can receive a Jewish education.

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