Message from the
Head of School
TPS: Stewards for our Earth and Ourselves
Stewardship, an act of taking care of your life and the world in which you live, is a core value at TPS. And with Earth Week occurring in April, our students are learning about caring for themselves and our planet as we delve into this month’s theme, stewardship.
The TPS Science Department has planned five days of Earth Week outdoor and indoor activities. During the week of April 18th, students will be on and off campus investigating and enjoying the natural world. Here are some of the activities we have scheduled:
* April 18th: Grade 9 students will visit a local trail where they will work with the New Jersey/New York Trail Conference organization to help maintain local trails for hiking. On the same day, our Grade 2 and Grade 3 students will head off campus to immerse themselves in a Hudson River study.
• April 19th: Grade 6 students will go to the Tuxedo Park racetrack (which is no longer an actual area for horse racing). There, they will pitch in and do some trail maintenance and cleaning. They also will study the area’s indigenous plants.
• April 19th: Kindergarteners will visit the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum to study types of animals that live in ponds.
• April 20th: Grade 1 students will also go the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum to study ornithology.
• April 20th and 21st: Grade 4 students will take a short hike to a stream next to our TPS property to study stream ecology.
• April 21st: Grade 7 and Grade 8 students are heading off campus to the Cary Institute to study ecological sustainability, while Grade 5 children will visit the amazing fertile soil of the Black Dirt area and visit one of our former TPS families at the Gurda gardens. (A special thank you to the Gurda family for welcoming us!)
Our week of earth stewardship all comes together on Friday when parents and students will attend a brief all school assembly (excluding Grade 7 and 8 students who will be off campus) to get “highlights” from our week. During the assembly, we will also recognize the winners of our poetry contest, the Earth Day poster contest, and the photography contest.
As we look ahead, please remember the TPS Annual Benefit. This is a special opportunity to thank Bob and Chris Dow for their stewardship for our school over many years. The Dows will receive the first annual Tuxedo Park School Spirit of Philanthropy Award at the benefit.
Please join us as we celebrate our month of stewardship – the act of giving to our school, caring for ourselves, and supporting our efforts to preserve our natural world.
Todd P. Stansbery
Head of School