TownToday Summer 2019

Summer 2019 Resources.

Welcome to our temporary home for TownToday! We are in the process of finalizing our new TownToday platform, which should be up and running by the first week in August. In the meantime, we have posted the most-needed summer resources here.

Click a title below to expand the section. If you don't find what you need, please reach out to us any time at: FrontOffice@townschool.org or 212-288-4383. 

Back-to-school information and resources will be shared on TownToday in early August. We will email parents when everything is ready! 


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Summer Reading and Math

Summer Reading and Math for Rising 1st - 8th graders

Choose the packets for your child's 'rising grade,' aka their grade for 2019-20. For suggested books, see the next section below for grade-level reading lists curated by Town's librarians.

Rising 1st Grade:
Rising 1st Grade Literacy and Math
Need a review of the sounds and motions that go with each letter? Our teachers made this video for you!

Rising 2nd Grade:
Rising 2nd Grade Reading
Rising 2nd Grade Math

Rising 3rd Grade:
Rising 3rd Grade Reading
Rising 3rd Grade Math

Rising 4th Grade:
Rising 4th Grade Reading
Rising 4th Grade Math

Rising 5th Grade:
Rising 5th Grade Reading
Rising 5th Grade Math

Rising 6th Grade:
Rising 6th Grade Reading
Rising 6th Grade Math

Rising 7th Grade:
Rising 7th Grade Reading
Rising 7th Grade Math

Rising 8th Grade:
Rising 8th Grade Reading
Rising 8th Grade Math

Class of 2019:
Rising 9th Grade Math

Grade Level Reading Lists

Grade Level Reading Lists

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th & 6th Grade Recommended Reading List (by Genre) 

5th & 6th Grade Recommended Reading List (with Annotations)

7th & 8th Grade Recommended Reading List (with Annotations)

7th & 8th Grade Recommended Reading List (by Genre)

Dress Code

Click here for a copy of Town's Dress Code 

Lands’ End (1-800-469-2222) is our full-service school outfitting company supplying school and gym uniforms. All parents may order school uniforms online at www.landsend.com/school (search for The Town School, preferred number #900028010). You may request to have the Town logo (Town.) on your purchases. Though the majority of school uniform items can be purchased anywhere, as long as they adhere to Town’s color and style guidelines, Lands’ End carries the only approved Town sweatshirt, sweatpants, gym clothes, and fleece jacket.

Transportation

Dear Parents,

Town families get to school in a wide variety of ways, from walking, to public transportation, to driving. We do our best to help support every family’s commute and want to be sure you have information about the options available to you.

If you have any questions about the information below, our fantastic Receptionist and Transportation Coordinator Enza De Caro is happy to help. You can reach her by calling Town’s main number at 212-288-4383 or by email at edecaro@townschool.org. During July and August, Enza will be away, but your Front Office team can help! Contact them at FrontOffice@townschool.org.

We hope this is helpful as you begin planning for another great year at Town.

Sincerely,

Stephen Petrillo
Director of Security and Facilities

Student Metrocards and NYC Public School Bus, available for Kindergarten – 8th grade students

Town students may apply for a free Metrocard or the NYC public school bus (but not both). You have the opportunity to sign up for one of these options in.

NYC Public School Bus Service

Eligibility: Kindergarten - 6th graders living in Manhattan, specifically between 56th Street and 96th Street on either the East or West side, are eligible for the NYC public school bus service.

Town arranges NYC public school bus service through the NYC Office of Pupil Transportation. We submit requests for bus service in June, and we let families know whether they are approved as soon as we hear from the Office of Pupil Transportation (usually in August). Information about actual bus stop locations will be finalized in late August and we will share that information immediately. A minimum of 11 students is needed to establish a bus route to Town, so although we will advocate for you, we may not always be able to get the exact stops you are hoping for. If any student is not granted bus service, we will request a Metrocard for them instead.

The Front Desk maintains a bus parent text message group, and we do our best to ensure parents are kept updated about any last-minute service changes such as a late bus, or the rare days when we do not have bus service. When the school buses arrive at our bus entrance on 75th Street they are greeted by a maintenance team member and escorted into the cafeteria where a teacher will bring them to a supervised area.

Student Metrocards

Town manages the Metrocard applications for our students, and we will distribute the cards when school begins in September.

Eligibility:

  • Kindergarten - 2nd graders living more than a half-mile away from school.
  • 3rd - 6th graders living 1 mile or more away from school.
  • 7th and 8th graders living 1.5 miles or more away from school.
  • Students living closer to school than the minimum distances above are eligible for a half-fare Metrocard that is usable only on buses.

East and West Side Free Shuttle Buses

Town also runs free shuttle buses for students, faculty, and staff to help make the commute to school a little easier for those traveling to the Upper East Side by subway or from the West Side.

Start Date: Thursday, September 5, 2019

  • For both routes, look for a yellow bus with a sign that says “Town School.”
  • No need to sign up in advance.
  • Students in Kindergarten and younger must ride the shuttle bus with a parent.
  • When the school buses arrive at our bus entrance on 75th Street they are greeted by a maintenance person and escorted into the cafeteria where a teacher will bring them to a supervised area.

     

West Side Bus Details:
  • 7:15am Pick-up Broadway and 96th - SE corner, in front of the Spectrum store
  • 7:30am Pick-up Central Park West between 81st and 82nd Streets (West side of street), in front of 211 Central Park West
  • 7:50am Arrive at Town
East Side Bus Details:
  • 7:40am Pickup at Lexington Avenue between 77th & 78th Streets
  • 7:55am Arrive at Town

2019 - 20 Calendar Major Dates Summary

Preview of Major Dates for 2019-20 School Year

Opening Day: Thursday, September 5

Rosh Hashanah: Monday, September 30 – School Closed

Yom Kippur: Wednesday, October 9 – School Closed

Columbus Day: Monday, October 14 – School Closed

Professional Day: Tuesday, October 15 – No Classes

Thanksgiving Break: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, November 27, 28, 29 – School Closed

Winter Break:

  • Friday, December 20 Last Day of Classes – Noon Dismissal
  • Monday, January 6 – Classes Resume

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 20 – School Closed 

Presidents' Days: Monday and Tuesday, February 17 and 18 – School Closed

Spring Vacation:

  • Friday, March 13 Last Day of Classes – Noon Dismissal
  • Monday, March 30 Classes Resume

Passover Begins: Sunset on Wednesday, April 8

First Day of Passover: Thursday, April 9 – School Closed

Good Friday: Friday, April 10 – School Closed

Easter: Sunday, April 12

Professional Day: Monday, April 13 – No Classes

Memorial Day: Monday, May 25 – School Closed

Last Day of School: Wednesday, June 10

Graduation: Thursday, June 11
 

5th - 8th Grade Parent Resources

For 5th - 8th Grade Parents:

5th - 8th Grades Fall Trip Forms: Please complete the appropriate forms for your rising 5th - 8th graders for the fall trips, which will take place September 18 - 20, 2019. More details will be sent to parents in August.

  • Nature’s Classroom Health Form for students entering 5th, 6th and 7th grades this fall
    • This form is required for the Upper School Outdoor Education trips September 18 - 20. Forms should be returned to the Front Office before the beginning of school year.
  • Georgetown University Hospital Form for students entering 8th grade this fall
    • This form is required for the 8th Grade Trip to Washington, DC September 18 - 20. Forms should be returned to the Front Office before the beginning of the school year.

8th Grade Parents: ISEE Prep course details and Placement Process Documents

  • Click here to review an email from Assistant Head of Upper School Courtney Dougherty outling the class scope and dates.
  • Click here for the Student Questionnaire sent by Bill McCartney as a follow-up to the June Placement meetings.
  • Click here for the Parent Questionnaire sent by Bill McCartney sent by Bill McCartney as a follow-up to the June Placement meetings.

Health Office

Health Office Forms and Information

Thank you for getting a head start on the medical information we will need on file for the coming school year!

Medical and health information is securely maintained on Magnus Health SMR and allows the school nurse to more efficiently manage health records. Please feel free to review the Magnus Health Privacy and Security page.

Please note: Magnus Health SMR will not be accessible for parents during July. Please hold onto your relevant forms until the first week of August, when you will be able to single-sign-on from TownToday again. If we can be of any help during July, please reach out: FrontOffice@townschool.org.

Online and Hard-Copy Medical Forms
The student health information requirements include both online forms and hard-copy forms that must be manually completed and uploaded to your Magnus Health portal in August. (Don’t have a scanner? A clear photo of the document taken on your phone is fine, too!) For returning students, you will see the Magnus Health requirements are 'complete' until the August 10th due date, based on your submissions from last year. However, we encourage you to review all information and start updating forms now!

Required for all students:

Other forms, if applicable:

Additional Forms (Upper School Only)

  • Nature’s Classroom Health Form for students entering 5th, 6th and 7th grades this fall
    • This form is required for the Upper School Outdoor Education trips September 18 - 20. Forms should be returned to the Front Office before the beginning of school year.
  • Georgetown University Hospital Form for students entering 8th grade this fall
    • This form is required for the 8th Grade Trip to Washington, DC September 18 - 20. Forms should be returned to the Front Office before the beginning of the school year.

Athletics Overview

Athletics Seasons Preview

To help in planning your child's after-school schedule, below is an overview of our athletics schedule.

We offer the following sports teams:
Fall

  • 5/6 Girls Soccer, 5/6 Boys Soccer, 7/8 Girls Soccer, 7/8 Boys Soccer

Winter

  • 5th Girls Basketball, 6th Girls Basketball, 7th Girls Basketball, 8th Girls Basketball
  • 5th Boys Basketball, 6th Boys Basketball, 7th Boys Basketball, 8th Boys Basketball

Spring

  • 5/6 Softball, 5/6 Baseball, 7/8 Softball, 7/8 Baseball
  • 7/8 Boys and Girls Track and Field

General practice and Games Timing:

  • 7th and 8th grade designated days for games and practices are Monday and Wednesday.
  • 5th and 6th grade designated days for games and practices are Tuesday and Thursday. 

Practices:
Practices that occur in the morning will always be at Town from 7:00-8:00am. Afternoon practices, depending on the sport will be at Town or Randall's and pick up times will be posted online. Generally, afternoon practices end at 4:30 or 5:00pm. 

Games:

  • Soccer games are usually either at 3:00pm or 4:00pm. The games are one hour.
  • Basketball games generally begin at 4:00pm or 5:00pm and are one hour.
  • Softball and Baseball games are usually played at 4pm and we return to Town by 6pm.
  • Track meets start at 3:30pm and are completed by 6:00pm. Players will ride the bus to the games as a team, but may be picked up from the game location. 
     

You will find the complete athletic schedule for your child's team on the TownToday website in August by clicking on Athletics Calendar.

Soccer Season Dates Preview

Soccer Dates Preview

Below are the currently scheduled games and practices, which will also be available on the new TownToday site in August.

Mon Sep 9

  • 7th/8th Boys Practice 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • 7th/8th Girls Practice 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Tue Sep 10

  • 5th/6th Boys Practice 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • 5th/6th Girls Practice 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Wed Sep 11

  • 7th/8th Boys Practice 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • 7th/8th Girls Practice 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Thu Sep 12 

  • 5th/6th Boys  Practice 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • 5th/6th Girls Practice 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Fri Sep 13 

  • 7th/8th Boys Practice 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
  • 7th/8th Girls Practice 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Mon Sep 16

  • 5th/6th Boys Practice 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
  • 5th/6th Girls Practice 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Mon Sep 16

  • 7th/8th Boys Practice 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • 7th/8th Girls Practice 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Tue Sep 17

  • 5th/6th Boys Practice 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • 5th/6th Girls Practice 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Mon Sep 23

  • 7th/8th Boys Practice 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • 7th/8th Girls Practice 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Tue Sep 24

  • 5th/6th Boys Practice 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • 5th/6th Girls Practice 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Wed Sep 25

  • 7th/8th Boys Practice 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • 7th/8th Girls Practice 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Thu Sep 26

  • 5th/6th Boys Practice 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • 5th/6th Girls Practice 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Tue Oct 1

  • 5th/6th Boys  vs. Lycee Francais, Location T.B.A. 3:30 PM - 5:15 PM
  • 5th/6th Girls  vs. Lycee Francais, Location T.B.A. 3:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Wed Oct 2

  • 7th/8th Boys  vs. Village Community School, Location T.B.A. 4:00 PM - 5:45 PM
  • 7th/8th Girls  vs. Village Community School, Location T.B.A. 4:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Thu Oct 3

  • 5th/6th Boys  vs. Grace Church School, Location T.B.A. 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • 5th/6th Girls  vs. Grace Church School, Location T.B.A. 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Mon Oct 7

  • 7th/8th Boys  vs. United Nations International School, Location T.B.A. 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • 7th/8th Girls  vs. Cathedral School, Location T.B.A. 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Tue Oct 8

  • 5th/6th Girls  vs. Hewitt, Home, Location T.B.A. 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Thu Oct 10

  • 5th/6th Boys  vs. Village Community School, Location T.B.A.  4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • 5th/6th Girls  vs. Village Community School, Location T.B.A.  4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • 7th/8th Boys  vs. Collegiate, Location T.B.A.  4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Wed Oct 16

  • 7th/8th Boys  vs. Cathedral School, Location T.B.A. 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • 7th/8th Girls  vs. United Nations International School, Location T.B.A. 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Thu Oct 17

  • 5th/6th Girls  vs. Cathedral School, Location T.B.A. 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • 5th/6th Boys  vs. Cathedral School, Location T.B.A. 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Mon Oct 21

  • 7th/8th Boys  vs. Dalton, Location T.B.A. 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
  • 7th/8th Girls  vs. Dalton, Location T.B.A. 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
  • 5th/6th Boys  vs. St. Bernard's, Location T.B.A. 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Tue Oct 22

  • 5th/6th Boys  vs. Rodeph Sholom, Location T.B.A. 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • 5th/6th Girls  vs. Rodeph Sholom, Location T.B.A. 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Wed Oct 23 ​​​​​​​

  • 7th/8th Boys  vs. Browning School, Location T.B.A. 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Thu Oct 24 ​​​​​​​

  • 5th/6th Girls  vs. School at Columbia, Location T.B.A. 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM
  • 5th/6th Boys  vs. School at Columbia, Location T.B.A. 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM

Mon Oct 28 ​​​​​​​

  • 7th/8th Girls  vs. Hewitt, Location T.B.A. 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • 7th/8th Boys  vs. Friends Seminary, Location T.B.A. 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM

Tue Oct 29

  • 5th/6th Boys  vs. St. Bernard's T.B.A. 3:45 PM - 5:30 PM
  • 5th/6th Girls  vs. Friends Seminary, Location T.B.A. 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM

Wed Oct 30 ​​​​​​​

  • 7th/8th Boys  vs. Grace Church School, Location T.B.A. 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • 7th/8th Girls  vs. Grace Church School, Location T.B.A. 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Mon Nov 4 

  • 7th/8th Boys  vs. Brooklyn Heights, Location T.B.A. 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • 7th/8th Girls  vs. Brooklyn Heights, Location T.B.A. 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Library Online: Research Resources for Town Teachers and Students

Topics included below: 

  • Arts

  • Biography

  • Children's Literature

  • Copyright, Fair Use & Public Domain Information

  • Dictionaries & Thesauruses

  • Diversity

  • Geography

  • History

  • News & Current Events

  • NovelNY Databases

  • Poetry

  • Public Library Resources

  • Quotations

  • Research: Encyclopedias & Periodical Databases

  • Royalty-Free Resources

  • Science

  • Town Teacher Resources


 

Arts

THEATER

Internet Broadway Database (IBDB): Official database for Broadway theater productions and personnel.

FILM

Internet Movie Database (IMDB): Casts and production information related to films, television programs and video games.

VISUAL ARTS

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Digital Collection: Over 400,000 free downloadable images available for non-commercial use. 

 

Biography

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present: Official biographical information about members of congress and the executive branch. 

Biography.com: Over 7,000 biographies and daily features that highlight newsworthy and compelling people.

Children's Literature

American Library Association (ALA) Book & Media Awards: Includes Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, and many other annual children's book awards.

Children's Book Council: Children's literature news, events, and book search.

Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University: Searchable by extensive list of topics relevant to children.

Common Sense Media: Independent nonprofit provides reviews of various media to support family choices. 

Cooperative Children's Book Center: Gathering place for books, ideas, and expertise in children's literature. Excellent bibliographies.

Juvenile Series and Sequels: Easy way to research the order of books in a series.

Copyright, Fair Use & Public Domain Information

ARTICLES

Education World: Fair Use for Educators

Education World: Fair Use for Students

CHARTS

Copyright and Public Domain Chart

WEBSITES

Columbia University Libraries: Copyright, Public Domain, and Fair Use Basics

Washington State University: Copyright, Public Domain, and Fair Use Information

Dictionaries & Thesauruses

Dictionary.com

Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus

Thesaurus.com

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

1000 Black Girl Books Resource Guide: A resource guide created from the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign led by Marley Dias.

Anti-Defamation League: Books Matter: Recommended anti-bias and diversity literature for educators and parents.

Lee & Low Books: Extensive offerings and reading lists from the largest multicultural children's book publisher in the U.S.

Rainbow Book List --GLBTQ Books for Children & Teens (American Library Association): An annual bibliography of books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content.

We Need Diverse Books: A grassroots organization that advocates for literature that reflects the lives of all young people.

Geography

ATLASES

American Memory Map Collections: 1500-2002: Library of Congress's extensive Map Division. Includes Military Battles and Exploration. 

MapQuest: Roadmaps and directions.

Perry-Castañeda Map Collection: Comprehensive collection of historical maps arranged by region as well as maps of current interest.

COUNTRIES

State Department’s Background Notes: Country profiles with focus on politics, foreign relations, and the economy.

Country Briefings: Economic forecasts, fact sheets, articles and links highlighting ten economic indicators.

Internet Public Library’s Culture Quest: Kids can join Ophelia Owl and Parsifal Penguin on a worldwide tour of fun activities.

Lonely Planet’s Destinations: Excellent online travel guide.

50 STATES

50 States and Capitals: Important and fun facts, including maps, political information, state songs, sports teams, etc.

History

BBC Religions of the World: An in-depth, accessible, well-organized resource with global coverage.

Library of Congress: American Memory: Variety of materials that chronicle events and ideas that have shaped the American experience.

U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates (1774-1875): Records from Congress document American History in the words of those who built our government.

ThisNation.com: Dedicated to providing factual, unbiased information about government and politics in the U.S.

News & Current Events

NEWSPAPERS 

New York Times: Town School Subscription

  • Free with a Town School email address. Full access to articles and archive from 1856-present.

New York Times: Free Web Edition: Instant access to New York Times, but for limited amount of articles each month.

New York Times: Learning Network: Curriculum ideas and lesson plans for teaching with the New York Times.

MAGAZINES

Newsweek

Time Magazine

Time Magazine for Kids

WEBSITES

CNN.com

MSNBC.com

NovelNY

(Extensive database collections provided by New York state on wide variety of topics)

Gale Databases: Vast collection of databases, including "Opposing Viewpoints in Context." 

  • Password: empirelink (case sensitive)

Poetry

Library of Congress: Poetry 180: A poem a day for the entire school year selected by Billy Collins, Former Poet Laureate of the U.S.

Rhymer by WriteExpress: Free rhyming dictionary.

Public Library Resources

(Many resources, including subscription databases that can be accessed remotely with a library card)

New York Public Library

Queens Public Library

Brooklyn Public Library

Quotations

 

Bartleby Quotations: Quotations from many sources, including Bartlett's Familiar Quotations.

Royalty-Free & Public Domain Resources

(See also "LOC American Memory" and "Metropolitan Museum of Art: Digital Collection")

Creative Commons: A vast collection of resources in various mediums offered by content creators.

New York Public Library: Public Domain Collections: Over 180,000 images. Select "Search only public domain materials" below Search field.

Research: Encyclopedias & Periodical Databases

ENCYCLOPEDIAS

Britannica: Includes articles, videos, and links to websites.

  • Username: townschool (case sensitive)
  • Password: Ktwelve (case sensitive)
  • (Thanks to generous donations from Kobre-Kornfeld Family, Dana Ladden, Stephen & Jennifer Rich, and Stafford Family)

World Book Online: Includes articles, videos, and links to websites.

  • Username: townschool
  • Password: apple (case sensitive)
  • (Thanks to generous donations from Bilzin Family and Kobre-Kornfeld Family)

PERIODICAL DATABASES

eLibrary Curriculum Edition: Full-text articles, images, reference works, and primary sources for K-12 students.

  • Username: TownSchool
  • Password: 76TownSchool! (case sensitive)

EBSCO Middle Search Plus: Full-text articles, images, reference works, and primary sources for for middle school students.

BIBLIOGRAPHY GENERATOR

EasyBib: Free Bibliography Generator: Super easy way to create citations for over fifty different types of resources.

Science

 

BBC Bitesize: Science: Online study support resource for school-age students.

Inventors Archive: Lemelson-MIT Program celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires young people.

MedlinePlus: Information about diseases, conditions, and wellness from the National Institutes of Health.

Town Teacher Resources

BrainPOP: Educational websites with over 1,000 short animations and related material for K-12 students. 

  • Username: TTS
  • Password: TTS

BrainPOP Jr.: Gently encourages K-3 learners to ask questions and form their own ideas.

  • username: TTS_JR
  • password: TTS

Discovery Education: Huge collection of educational videos, interactive media, and visuals.

  • Username: Town email (i.e. jdoe@townschool.org)
  • Password: joyful (case sensitive)

Gale Databases: Vast collection of databases, including "Academic OneFile," which features academic journals. 

  • Password: empirelink (case sensitive)

Google Scholar: Vast collection of full text or metadata scholarly literature in an array of publishing formats.

JSTOR: Access to more than 10 million academic journal articles, journals, and primary resources in 75 disciplines.

  • Username: townschool (case sensitive)
  • Password: timberwolves (case sensitive)

PebbleGo: Designed for K-2nd grade. Features articles, images, and videos on animals, science, biographies, and more.

  • Username: town
  • Password: school (case sensitive)

For Faculty and Staff: Business Office Forms

For Faculty and Staff: Business Office Resources

Request for payment

Tax Exempt Form

PTO Form

Oxford Sweat Equity Claim Form

Wageworks (FSA Company) Link

FSA Eligible Expenses

HSA Eligible Expenses

Contact

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info@townschool.org