Alumni Visit

Andre Amirsaleh and Eric Mourkakos, both '09, returned for a visit. They attend Dwight-Englewood.


Making Soup in The Little School

Excited second graders made soup from vegetables they harvested in our gardens. They also learned to make their own butter. They'll all sit down for lunch in a few hours.

Mr. Turkey visits Chilton House

The three-year-olds of C8 got a visit from Mr. Turkey as they sat down for their class Thanksgiving meal.

Morrow House-Winter Sports Season-Information

From the Athletic Director: information for students playing Basketball (boys and girls), Hockey, or participating in Physical Education class. Link.

Seventh Grade visit to NYC's Chinatown

As part of our study on the history and culture of East Asia, the seventh grade visited New York’s Chinatown, one of Manhattan’s oldest neighborhoods. During our two-hour guided tour we explored the historic landmarks and hidden side streets of this area, which is home to the largest concentration of Chinese people in the Western Hemisphere. ~ Michele Bower, History Chair
(Photos: Amber Coe)

Dr. Day's Animals

Here's a blog post about Dr. Day's animals, by Paw Nation's Kim Jack Riley. Link. PIctured above: Jesse the Chinchilla. (Photo: Dr. Leslie Day)


7th graders at Center for Food Action

Right now, our seventh graders are at the Center for Food Action, bagging Thanksgiving packages for local families in need. A different advisory group goes to the CFA every Monday to help sort or bag food items. (Photo: Mr. Cooper)


At the CNN News Desk...

While attending the National Council for Social Studies conference in Atlanta, news "junkies" Phyllis Grossman, Michele Bower, and Sanda Cohen had a chance to sit on the other side of the desk during their CNN tour.

Rainwater Collection

Recently, The Conservation Club made two rainwater collection systems at the science shed and the garden shed. Runoff will be collected in drums and used in the vegetable garden. Gutters and downpipes will be installed shortly. In addition, the students relabeled the composting bins with signs to show where the green material (freshly cut grass, herbs and shrubs), brown material (dead leaves and twigs) should go. Good work Conservation Club! -Mr. Lyon


Our Wildlife Friendly Gardens

Recently I fielded some questions about the state of our gardens. At Elisabeth Morrow we try to keep our gardens “wild,” as “cleaning up” may affect the balance of plant and animal species the following season. Leaves are left on the ground to provide mulch: this protects the soil against erosion, helps retains moisture, provides nutrients (for the soil) and insulates the ground and seeds from extreme weather conditions. As well, we try to encourage local fauna (such as birds, insects, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians) to visit or live in our garden over the winter. We do this by preserving a suitable habitat: even in the fall, our indigenous plants provide food, shelter, and materials for building nests.
~Gary Lyon, Director of Environmental Education

New School Store Item

Here, Austin is sporting one of the newest clothing items being sold at the School Store: Elisabeth Morrow plaid flannel pants with hooded sweatshirt (the inner lining of the hood matches the pants). Both items sport the updated Elisabeth Morrow school seal.

Thank You for a Wonderful Book Fair!

Thank you to Phyllis Kesslen and Annista Philliou from the entire Elisabeth Morrow community for an outstanding Book Fair. And thanks to all the volunteers who made it great!


A Very Successful Open House!!!!

After a soaking rain on Saturday, the sun finally emerged for the several prospective parents who attended our annual Open House yesterday at 1:30.  I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to the faculty, staff, administrators, student ambassadors and musicians who made the event so successful.  I also extend a warm thank you to the many families who toured our campus yesterday.  We hope that you enjoyed your visit.  This blog is updated almost daily with campus events, so we encourage you to check back frequently to learn more about our wonderful School.


Blair Talcott Orloff
Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Eighth Graders at United Nations

At this moment, our Elisabeth Morrow eighth graders are touring the United Nations. (Photo: Dr. Lowry)
At no other time in its history has the United Nations been called upon to play so many vital roles or engage in global progress towards democratic government, sustainable development, the observance of human rights and the peaceful settlement of disputes. Its frequency in the news for its multidimensional work has fostered many class discussions about complex issues such as globalization and multilateral diplomacy. It is important that these young student understand that their daily lives are lived in a global context.
~Michele Bower, History Chair


Welcome Back...

Molly Williams '09 (now attending The Dalton School) and Matthew Abrahamsen '09 (attending Dwight School) were at the Book Fair last night.

The Elisabeth Morrow School Open House

Sunday, November 15, 2009
1:30 PM

We look forward to seeing you.

Gordon Korman at the Book Fair

Yesterday, noted children's/young adult author Gordon Korman attended the EMS Book Fair.


Great To See You Again...

Vivi Ren '09 (now attending Hackley) and Joshua Kurttz '09 (now at Dwight-Englewood) stopped by the book fair to visit old friends.
(Photos: Dr. Lowry)

"Leven Thumps" Author visits Elisabeth Morrow

Obert Skye, author of the Leven Thumps series, visited the Book Fair at The Elisabeth Morrow School and signed copies of his books for students.

Water Conservation Project

From the Conservation Club:

"Today, our group had a blast! We first leveled out an area. Then we put two platforms on it. After that we put a collection bin on top to collect rain to irrigate the garden. Other groups cleared out the back of the shed. And others put shelves on the back of the shed. All of us loved it!"

~ Gus Anton, Jacob Hyman, Ryan Kitts

A Chilton House Tradition

The Annual Cocoa Party for students in the Early Childhood Division:
“The students come each day, 4 or 5 at a time, and enjoy cocoa, marshmallows, and cookies, while I read a story to them. On Friday, I invite the entire class to the library to see a video of the story and give them a souvenir booklet of the event, complete with their picture in it, along with a poster for the classroom. I'm told this tradition started when EMS was in the original building on Linden St. and the children came in from playing in the snow and the teachers decided to give the children hot chocolate and read to them. All the CH students will be invited to a cocoa party this school year.”
~Ellen Rubin, Chilton House Librarian


Open House for Prospective Parents on Sunday, November 15 at 1:00 PM

Please join us for an Open House and tour of our classrooms and fourteen acre campus this Sunday, November 15 at 1:30 PM. Childcare will be available. The facilities tour will include program discussions and a look at the classrooms from the Three-Year-Old Program through Grade Eight.

Needed...for the Book Fair

The Book Fair could use more baked items for sale. Preferably smaller items such as cupcakes, squares, brownies, cookies and such. If you like to bake, your help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. ~Phyllis and Annitsa, Book Fair Chairs


Books! Raffle! Artwork! EMS Store!
Good Eats! Tasty Treats! More Books!
Things are in full swing!
Come check it out!


Parent/Authors Visit Ms. Aslam's and Ms. Su's PreKindergarten

Our Prekindergarteners were so engaged and excited to meet and share stories with our very own parent author/illustrators Peter Maloney and Felicia Zekausas. The dynamic duo read their beloved book Bronto Eats Meat. Maybe one of the children will be inspired to create the next volume of dinosaur adventures in their own stories! ~Ms. Brennan

Below: a montage of Ms. Zekauskas' @ Mr. Maloney's book covers and illustrations were on display at the Chilton House main entrance.


Book Fair Ready to Roll

See You There!

More Book Fair News

• The Morrow House Scavenger Hunt will take place in the Gymkhana Tuesday evening, November 10. The eighth-grade scavenger hunt begins at 5:30 p.m. The fifth, sixth and seventh grade are welcome to come to the 6:00, 6:30 or 7:00 p.m. events. Pizza will be served to all participants and prizes will be given to the scavenger hunt winners. No homework or tests will be given to Morrow House students that night.

• A surprise guest, Obert Skye, author of the Leven Thumps series, will visit the 5th and 6th grades on Wednesday morning, November 11. Mr. Skye’s books will also be available at the Book Fair.

Click this Book Fair link for more information and schedules.


First Graders interview Dr. Lowry

Today, Shannon Brown's first grade class stopped by Dr. Lowry's office to interview him about his job. Here, the "interviewer" and the "recorder" with Dr. Lowry.

Conservation Club

Conservation Club in action cleaning up the gardens.

Send Us Your Alumni/ae News...

Dear Alumni/ae,
Let your EMS friends know what you've been up to! Please send along your news for publication in the "Classnotes" section of our Appletree newsletter.

mail: Alumni/ae News, 435 Lydecker Street, Englewood, NJ 07631

Looking forward to hearing from you.
Evan Brown
Director of Communications and Alumni/ae

More Great "Apple" Songs!

(Video: Shannon Brown)


Book Fair news....

BOOK FAIR 2009 is here again!! Back by popular demand...flannel pants! As well, this year we are introducing a matching sweatshirt with a coordinating flannel pattern inside the hood. The higher powers are predicting that this is the hottest fashion statement to hit Englewood in years.

Other hot, new items at BOOK FAIR 2009:
• A practical, yet stunning picnic blanket, perfect for those family football games.
• A matching thermos and mug set, a great holiday gift for everyone.
• Something very cute and small. You have to see it for yourself.
• And, as always, our exceptional EMS clothing line and accessories will also be available.

See the receptionists to pre-order your EMS Picnic Blanket for the Kindergarten Flashlight Picnic.

It's the perfect time and place to start shopping for the holiday season. The School Store will be in a new location at the Book Fair, please come out and support the school.