Book Club: "Harbor Me" by Jacqueline Woodson

Join the GHS PATHS Diversity Committee in reading the YA novel “Harbor Me”, by award winning author Jacqueline Woodson:

It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat–by themselves, with no adults to listen in. There, in the room they soon dub the ARTT Room (short for “A Room to Talk”), they discover it’s safe to talk about what’s bothering them–everything from Esteban’s father’s deportation and Haley’s father’s incarceration to Amari’s fears of racial profiling and Ashton’s adjustment to his changing family fortunes. When the six are together, they can express the feelings and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. And together, they can grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives.

Parents, students (ages 10 and up), caregivers, teachers and local families are invited to a fun and insightful discussion about “Harbor Me” on Wednesday, May 15, from 4-5pm in the GHS Library.

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The Greene Affair Auction is Live!

The Greene Affair Gala and Auction, held every March, is going to be amazing this year - GHS's 10 Year Anniversary! Eat, drink, dance, celebrate and support GHS on Friday, March 15, 2019, 8PM - 11:30PM, in the transformed community room.

The online auction is now live! Click HERE to bid on weekend getaways, vacation homes, unique experiences, theater tickets and original works of art by local designers and GHS parents.

Greene Affair tickets are available in the front office, or by clicking HERE.

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Parent Workshop with Center For Racial Justice in Education

Tuesday February 26, 5:30 - 7:30pm, at GHS

Talking About Race: Raising Children for Racial Justice

Hosted by GHS and the Center For Racial Justice in Education. This version of Talking about Race is customized for parents, guardians and caregivers to explore strategies for addressing race and racism with their children. Participants learn how children see race, gain skills for approaching age-appropriate conversations with a racial equity lens, and practice strategies to promote positive racial identity development in children.

This workshop is for parents only, onsite childcare available depending on response.

Please RSVP to paths@greenehillschool.org

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Book Club Talk - Monday, February 11, 4:30pm

Monday, February 11, 4:30pm in the GHS Library

The Diversity Committee is hosting a talk on the book Pride, by Ibi Zoboi in the GHS library. This book is a quick read, and a timely version of Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice. The story takes place in Bushwick, Brooklyn and the main character is both Dominican and Haitian. GHS parents, students (this is a Young Adult book) and staff are invited to attend. Participants are encouraged to select 1-2 passages of interest, or that act as a mirror to their own experience. Please join us for fun and insightful conversation!

RSVP to paths@greenehillschool.org

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MLK Day of Service at GHS

Monday, January 21, 10am - 12pm, at Greene Hill School.

Join GHS parents and students for a day of service in honor and celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Activities will include reading social justice themed stories with GHS alums, assembling winter care kits for kids and adults (kits will be delivered to a local shelter), knitting baby hats, making signs for the school (themes to follow). Suggestions for winter kit donations below.

8th Grade: adult gloves or mittens

7th: adult socks

6th: adult hats

10’s: adult scarves

9’s: granola bars

8’s: body wipes

7’s: kids gloves or mittens

6’s: kids socks

5’s: kids hats

4’s: kid’s scarves

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GHS Family Meet Up - Brooklyn Museum

A GHS Family Meet Up at the Brooklyn Museum.

Sunday, January 13, at 3PM (meet by the coat check)

All GHS families are invited to a free guided tour of “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power”, beginning at 3:30pm, at the entrance to the exhibit. The exhibit shines light on a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983-- one of the most politically, socially, and aesthetically revolutionary periods in American history. Over 150 works of art will be on view.

There is also a free arts making lab in the education department, starting at 4PM. Suitable for all ages.

Organized by the GHS Diversity Committee.

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Upcoming PATHS Events

Thursday, January 10, 8:30am - Diversity Committee Meeting

Friday, January 11, approx. 9:15am - All School Sing

Sunday, January 13, 3:00pm - GHS Family meet up at the Brooklyn Museum to view “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. There is also an art making lab at 4:30pm in the education department, suitable for all ages. Meet by the coat check at 3:00pm! Organized by the Diversity Committee.

Wednesday, January 16, 4:30pm - Family sign making for Women’s March and tips for speaking with young children about difficult issues.

Thursday, January 17, 8:30am - PATHS Building committee meeting

Thursday, January 17, 7pm, - Diversity Committee Book Club discussion on “Pride” by Ibi Zoboi

Monday, January 21, 10:00am - 12pm, MLK Family Day of Service at GHS.

Blood (Donald Formey)  by Barkley Hendricks, currently on view in “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” at the Brooklyn Museum

Blood (Donald Formey) by Barkley Hendricks, currently on view in “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” at the Brooklyn Museum

Winter Break Reading List

The Diversity Committee and GHS Learning Specialist Melanie Okadigwe have curated a winter break book list for young readers. These picture books are suitable for K-3, and full of thoughtful stories and wonderful illustrations. You can find them at your local library, bookstore, or purchase online. Enjoy!

ALL ARE WELCOME, written by Alexandra Penfold & illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman

WHO ARE YOU?: THE KID’S GUIDE TO GENDER IDENTITY, written by Brook Pessin-Whedbee & illustrated by Naomi Bardoff

JULIÁN IS A MERMAID, written and illustrated by Jessica Love

LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET, written by Matt de la Pena & illustrated by Christian Robinson

THIS IS A ROPE: A STORY FROM THE GREAT MIGRATION, written by Jacqueline Woodson & illustrated by James Robinson

THUNDER BOY JUNIOR, written by Sherman Alexie & illustrated by Yuyi Morales

TILLY’S STACATION, written & illustrated by Gillian Hibbs

Do Rivers Have Rights?

Recommended by the GHS Diversity Committee:

What: Lecture on water rights, with Vishwa Adluri, John Lipscomb & Ben Price

When: Sunday, December 16, 2018, 3-4:30pm

Where: The Rubin Museum of Art

*Please note that this is a ticketed event

If a river had the same legal rights as a person, would we do a better job of protecting its ecosystem? And how might this legalistic approach intersect with traditional customs and rituals for sacred places?

Hindus believe life is incomplete without bathing in the Ganges at least once. While the river’s spiritual purity has remained unchallenged for millennia, its water is now physically impure with the pollution of human and industrial waste.

A court in Uttarakhand ruled that the Ganges and Yamuna rivers and their related ecosystems have “the status of a legal person, with all corresponding rights, duties, and liabilities…in order to preserve and conserve them.” Can the same claim be made for the Hudson or any ecosystem? And if so, what mechanisms can enforce these declarations?

Philosopher Vishwa Adluri meets with Riverkeeper’s John Lipscomb and environmental lawyer Ben Price to enlighten us on the issues at stake.

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Diversity Committee Meeting - December 6, 8:30am-9am

Please join the GHS Diversity Committee on Thursday, December 6, at 8:30am in Diana’s office. We will be discussing upcoming event planning, new ideas and checking in about book club. All GHS parents are welcome to participate!

The GHS Diversity Committee organizes activities and special events on topics that increase diversity awareness among all members of the school community. We also aim to provide ample information to students and families regarding citywide and local cultural events, in order to foster community participation and cognizance. Additionally, our committee seeks to create a warm, inclusive environment and culture of equity so that students and families feel they belong regardless of race, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation or difference. We meet on the Thursday mornings during the week of scheduled “All School Sings”, at 8:30am in the library. All are welcome to join!

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Image by Torey Thornton

GHS Winter Holiday Party

When: Wednesday, December 5, 6-8pm

Where: GHS Community Room

We look forward to seeing everyone at the GHS Winter Holiday party this Wednesday evening. This is a potluck event—you can sign up to bring a food or drink item by clicking HERE. All GHS parents are welcome to join!

Also, please note that we will be having our final PATHS meeting of 2018 this Friday, December 7, at 8:30am in the GHS Library.

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GHS Parent & Tween Book Group: "The Hate U Give"

Monday, December 3, at 4:30pm

“The Hate U Give” is a young adult novel by Angie Thomas. It follows events in the life of a 16-year-old black girl, Starr Carter, who is drawn to activism after she witnesses the police shooting of a childhood friend.

We invite parents and their tweens to read this book together and join for a tea time discussion. Please visit Common Sense Media to learn more about the book. The discussion will be facilitated by Melanie Okadigwe, GHS Learning Specialist.

RSVP to paths@greenehillschool.org.

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Book Club - "Pride" by Ibi Zoboi

The Diversity Committee has selected it’s first book of the 2018/2019 school year! A post-read discussion group will meet in the GHS Library on the evening of January 16, 2019. All GHS parents are welcome to participate! Please join us in reading:

“Pride” by Ibi Zoboi

“Pride and Prejudice gets remixed in this smart, funny, gorgeous retelling of the classic, starring all characters of color, from Ibi Zoboi, National Book Award finalist and author of American Street.”

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Talking About Race

The Center for Racial Justice in Education (formerly Border Crossers) invites you to our “Talking About Race” training on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018, 9am - 4pm. Through this training parents, guardians, and caregivers will gain:

-Deeper understanding of how children see race.

-Skills for approaching age-appropriate conversations using a racial equity lens.

-Strategies to promote positive racial identity develop in children.

-Tools to address misconceptions about race and reverse uncoscious racial bias.

REGISTER HERE

For more information, email info@bordercrossers.org

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Diversity Committee Meeting

We will be having our first committee meeting to discuss ideas and goals for the school year. All GHS parents are welcome to attend. Please join us!

What: GHS Diversity Committee meeting

When: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 8:30am - 9:00am

Where: GHS Library

Our committee organizes activities and special events on topics that increase diversity awareness among all members of the school community. We also aim to provide ample information to students and families regarding citywide and local cultural events, in order to foster community participation and cognizance. Additionally, our committee seeks to create a warm, inclusive environment and culture of equity so that students and families feel they belong regardless of race, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation or difference.

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Garden Committee

Garden Committee members, students and teachers recently worked together to plant collards, kale, chard, and broccoli in the raised beds, while daisies and liriope were planted in the adjacent beds. The kids also explored the compost area, transported worms to the raised beds and used rain water collected from our rain barrels to water the beds. Thank you to Natty Garden Supply for donating the collards, broccoli and daisies. Click on the images below for a slideshow!

Book Club: The Fire This Time, by Jesmyn Ward

The Fire This Time, A New Generation Speaks About Race, by Jesmyn Ward

Book Club discussion date TBD!

In this bestselling, widely lauded collection, Jesmyn Ward gathers our most original thinkers and writers to speak on contemporary racism and race, including Carol Anderson, Jericho Brown, Edwidge Danticat, Kevin Young, Claudia Rankine, and Honoree Jeffers. “An absolutely indispensable anthology” (Booklist, starred review), The Fire This Time shines a light on the darkest corners of our history, wrestles with our current predicament, and imagines a better future.

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Book Club: Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin

The Diversity Committee will be discussing Beyond Magenta, by Susan Kuklin

When: January 11, 2018, 7pm

Where: GHS Library

Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves.

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