2019-2020 News & Event Archive
GSM Admin & Faculty preparing for a very special school year
August 26th, 2020
While the GSM faculty is preparing to come back to school on September 8th, the kids and families are full of anticipation of a school year that will be different in many ways. As the staff is getting location and materials ready, the excitement to be back in the classroom is growing by the minute. As we are carefully reviewing and implementing our reopening protocol, we simply can’t wait to see our students. Families will gather at a Zoom Townhall Meeting on Wednesday September 2nd that will address the reopening plan specifics and that will give everyone the opportunity to ask questions. What stays the same? Setting up classrooms, getting supplies ready, decorating. We are prepared to speak with our voices and bodies, to listen with our ears and eyes, and teach from our hearts.
GSM concludes 2019/21 school year with remote learning & remote celebrations
July 2nd, 2020
Congratulations to all GSM students that completed the 2019/20 remotely. Highlights of the month of June were an Open Mic and a report card ceremony with Zoom dance party! Thank you to our teaches, who inserted so much love and dedication into the remote learning. This year asked so much of every single family – a well deserved party!
Anti Racism Remote Project
June 12th, 2020
Dear GSM Families,
We write this in shock and with sadness, as we mourn the lives of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, Tony McDade in Florida, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, amid countless others. We now see people all over the country rising up in defiance of these crimes, rising up in defiance of the systemic racism that affects every member of our society, rising up to have their voices heard.
Some teachers have already started talking about these events in age-appropriate ways with their classes, and we will continue throughout the week and beyond. As always we will keep the children’s developmental stage at the forefront, and we are working together as a staff to prepare how to best support the children and give them space to process what is happening all across our country as well as in our community.
This is an important opportunity, especially for white and non-Black people of color, to listen and learn, to stand with our black colleagues, friends, and family members, to learn how to be better allies and advocates. To the black families in our extended community, we stand in solidarity with you.
Here at GSM, we will prioritize growth opportunities for the staff during our weekly staff meetings, including revisiting our resources for how best to discuss hard topics like racism with children and adolescents. The English teacher Dr. Adley will take the lead on this, but all staff will be involved.
We will send out additional resources to support your conversations at home in due course. We’d also like to share an anti-racism resource primarily geared toward white people and parents to help support the fight against racial injustice in the United States. It’s about each individual working for collective change.
We are committed to constantly strive to do better in the work toward social justice. This is one step on a long road, but we have to keep walking.
The GSM Team
GSM Story Time with Kinderbooks at Barnes&Noble
November 13th, 2019
GSM is a proud partner of KinderbooksNYC. Owner Beatrice Beckmann keeps her extensive library of carefully curated German language books on our premises at 74 Warren Street. She’s also a mother of two (one a current and one a future GSM student). Please find out more about the subscription-based book service at www.kinderbooks.nyc. Is as easy as receiving mail!
Climate Strike NYC
September 20th, 2019
GSM’s mission is to raise global citizens that stand up for justice and feel deeply connected to their environment. Our fine educators put together an entire weeks worth of education in honor of the Climate Strike. Our little protesters were headed out with their hand-made signs. Thank you to Melanie Adley for leading this effort and making it your mission to raise young activists.
Climate Awareness Week at GSM
Readers Workshop – students learn about peaceful action and protests with book Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights
Readers Workshop – students learn about different people who demanded change in America and consider what change they can make with book ENOUGH! 20 Protesters who Changed America.
Social Studies (first block) – students watch book about climate change, Is this my Home?, and consider how the whole world is our home. Consider what they can do to keep our home / planet clean and safe (capture ideas of both K and 1 on an anchor chart to be used when making our signs on Thursday)
Writers Workshop – review the ideas we came up with and look at some examples of protest signs. In partnerships, GSM students will paint / write / decorate their protest signs.
Music – Lydia teach a song / chant about the climate for GSM students
12:45 – All grades line up to march to park with their signs