Politicians in the Making?

Sixth graders Krystian and Pantelis spent yesterday with State Senator Loretta Weinberg at the Capitol. Accompanied by history teacher Michele Bower, they rode down to Trenton with the Senator, spent time in committee hearings, had lunch with several Senators, and asked lots of questions and impressed the politicians with their intelligence, knowledge of government, good manners and degree of interest. Judging from the pictures below, we may have some aspiring leaders in our midst! --David Lowry

Scenes from the Mary Hawkins Fair

Early Childhood Event for parents, teachers and students--location: Chiton House Playground

(Photos: Dr. Lowry)

Activity Day

Peter Rabbit

During April and May, the first grade students enjoyed meeting Peter Rabbit and the many other precious woodland characters created by Beatrix Potter. The children started by reading a biography about her life and achievements. They were fascinated to find out that The Tale of Peter Rabbit originated as a letter written to a young boy named Noel Moore. Then, they delighted in getting to know her characters by reading a number of her tales. The first graders engaged in many activities during this thematic unit: creating addition and subtraction story problems using the characters and events, writing mini-letters to classmates in the voice of different animals, sketching and water coloring vegetables from "Mr. McGregor's Garden," forming three-dimensional figures from model magic, exploring a Peter Rabbit website, and decorating t-shirts for the Peter Rabbit Assembly (during which they performed a musical version of The Tale of Peter Rabbit.) This event was followed by presentations in each of the first grade classrooms including a play, a slide show about the characters, and the reading of mini-letters. ~Ms. Lowell

Getting Ready for June 3

The Kindergartens were practicing today for their Circus. Get a taste of what's to come by clicking the video!

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Pomp and Circumstance in Rehearsal

Gradutation is just around the corner on June 10. Listen to the Orchestra rehearsing the processional!

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The (Kindergarten) Circus is Coming to Town!

The excitement is beginning to build. Many hands are busy making the props and decorations for the EMS KINDERGARTEN CIRCUS. This is one of the oldest and most beloved traditions here. Each student, alone or in groups, becomes a member of the best circus in town. The ringleaders introduce and the action follows!

A Trip to Trenton

Krystian and Pantelis, both 6th Grade students, set off this morning with history teacher Michele Bower on a trip to Trenton with State Senator Loretta Weinberg. Last report from Mrs. Bower was that they were having lunch with 5 State Senators, asking lots of questions. What a great way to gain insight into how government works.

This trip was an item at last year's Benefit Auction.


2011 Festival of the Arts

Images from tonight's Morrow House Festival of the Arts (Middle School, grades 5-8)

Fourth Grade Math Awards!

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Wounded Warrior Project

Fourth grade classes presented Mr. Steven Fortunato, father of Elisabeth and Eva, with a check for The Wounded Warrior Project. Students raised funds for this project during the fourth grade talent show.


2011 New Parent Dinner

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid hosted its inaugural New Parent Dinner last Friday evening (May 20). As the rain finally cleared, families new to EMS, as well as current families with new siblings, gathered under the Morrow House portico for a reception followed by a buffet dinner in the Russell Berrie Music Room. Over half of the newly enrolled families were in attendance along with members of the senior administration and the Parents Association. The speakers were myself, Ted Hunter, Vice President of the Board of Trustees, and Aaron Cooper, Assistant Head of School. The event was hugely successful. To me, it seemed clear from the start that the New Parent Dinner succeeded in its goal of initiating connections and dialogue between our new and current families, and offering a first formal welcome to these newest members of our community.

~Blair Talcott Orloff
Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

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Morrow House Music Room...

...ready for tonight's New Parent Dinner.

EMS 80th Anniversary Celebration!

It was a magical evening at The Elisabeth Morrow School as parents, teachers and friends danced the night away and celebrated the 80th Anniversary.

Photos: Shelley Kusnetz Photography

2011 End-of-the-year Athletic Banquet

The Annual Athletic Dinner was held last night following EMS matches versus Dwight-Englewood and Horace Mann. Athletic Director Andy Escala honored the eighth grade students for their participation in athletics over the past three years.

Five eighth graders (above) were recognized for participating in sports every season since sixth grade. Each received a certificate and one of the jerseys they had worn this year!

Highlights of the athletic year include nearly 90% participation from the sixth grade, winning records in a number of sports, an undefeated ice hockey team, and an individual champion in cross country.

We wish the eighth graders all the best in their future athletic endeavors and look forward to the sixth and seventh graders stepping into leadership roles next year.

(Post: Mr. Cooper. Photo: Mr. Escala)




The EMS community extends an enormous "thank you" to the 80th Anniversary Co-chairs for an evening we will never forget. We know it took many volunteers, hours of hard work, a sea of talent, but we want you to know it was worth every minute! You transformed the Grace Muller Courtyard and the Cohen Center into a garden of delights! Bravo!

(l to r: Jennifer Shaia, Judy Couri and Adrienne Anderson)


Putting on a Show!

Images from the 7/8th grade musical, Cinderella. There is a performance tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Morrow House Music Room. Enjoy!



The huge tent over the Grace Muller Courtyard behind Little School has been installed for the 80th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday night! Valet parking is on Lydecker Street. This is going to be one terrific evening!


Before spring break, 6th grade science students created realistic volcano models to accompany their group research projects, and had a "blast" exploding them in class.

Researching Eagles and Eaglets

For the past two weeks one of Mrs. Lester's second grade reading groups has been following two bald eagles and their growing eaglets in their nest in central New Jersey via an online live webcam. The students then researched facts about bald eagles and presented their posters to their class. To follow these eaglets and watch them learn to fly in the next several weeks, go to www.ustream.tv/channel/eagle-cam

(Post: Ms. Lester)

Planting Boxes Installed

Maintenance crew members, Chris and Vito, worked on new planting boxes for the garden this morning.


Thank You, Volunteers All!

Today, all those who volunteered on behalf of the School were thanked and celebrated. (Pictured are the members of the Parents Association Board for 2010 -- 2011.)

Our volunteers spend thousands of hours each year giving their time, talent and work to ensure that we have the best school possible for our students. Be it writing notes for the Apple Tree Fund, chairing the Annual Book Fair, working in the gardens, or working in one of our libraries (among many other possibilities), please know that we value what you contribute and extend the thanks of the entire community!

The event took place at Nisi, the restaurant in Englewood owned by the Mourkakos family, former EMS parents.