THE EPIPHANY SCHOOL                                                           MARCH 2017 -SPRING EDITION

We hope you enjoy our latest issue of Connections, a quarterly newsletter brought to you by The Epiphany School Foundation.   We thank you for reading and welcome you to share your feedback and suggestions by emailing

Chairman, Foundation Board of Trustees

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at Tribeca Rooftop on March 16th for our Spring Auction. This event is Epiphany's greatest fundraiser of the year, and we attribute our success to the generosity of our many families, alumni and friends.   We have already received over 200 donated items and over 40 families have stepped up to sponsor.  Our parent volunteers have been hard at work on our class art projects and I can't wait for everyone to see them at the auction.  Our promo video created by Epiphany parent and Sportscaster, Eamon McAnaney, is a must-see.  If you missed it, click  HERE  to view it now. 
We're currently up to 57% participation from current families in our Annual Fund, Epiphany's greatest need, but we still hope to reach 100% by June 30th of this year. Donations to the Annual Fund are fully tax-deductible.  Please remember to check with your employers to see if they have a matching gift program and double (or triple) the value of your donation!  Click  HERE  to make a gift.
I'm chairing the Golf Outing again this year with First Grade parent, Neal Cain, and we're excited to see everyone on the course at Wykagyl.  Save the date for May 15, 2017! If you're interested in getting involved with the outing, please contact The Foundation Office.
Thank you for your support!
Warm regards,

Kevin G. Greaney, KM
Chairman, Foundation Board of Trustees

Mary Jane Higgins '80, Vice Principal

Dear Epiphany Families,
On Ash Wednesday, marking the start of this season of Lent, the students and teachers received blessings and ashes during Epiphany's Lenten Prayer Service.  During this season of reflection, the students continue to join in daily prayer and song to strengthen their relationship with God.  
Our amazing Kindergarteners celebrated their 100th day of school!  The students made posters to represent the number 100 and were so proud to share their homemade creations. They are learning about presidents and had so much fun writing new laws and choosing running mates.  They are gaining knowledge from nonfiction books about different US symbols like the American flag and the bald eagle.  
The First Graders celebrated Chinese New Year in January by learning and practicing Chinese customs.  In February, the children studied short biographies of famous African Americans as part of their Black History Unit.  The students are becoming grammar wizards as they learn to identify many parts of speech in their ELA instruction.
Our Second Graders are preparing to make their First Reconciliation. They are practicing their Act of Contrition and learning about all of the important responsibilities they have as members of the Church; this is an exciting milestone on their road to First Holy Communion in May!  In Science, they are continuing their Nutrition Unit. They participated in a WITS lab with Chefs Giselle and Evie, and our special celebrity guest, Chef Rocco DiSpirito.  The chefs pointed out the excess sugar in the beverages we drink and taught us about making healthier choices at home and at school.
The Third Graders have been working so hard!  In Social Studies, each student worked independently to research and write a report about one of the presidents.  The students were so excited to dress up and share their reports!  The students love practicing cursive handwriting.  They will be learning about the lifecycle of a butterfly in their next Science Unit. The students are very eager to begin this unit and observe the dramatic metamorphosis from a larva to a butterfly. 
The teachers and staff look forward to seeing you at our Spring Auction on March 16th at Tribeca Rooftop!  Thank you so much for your continued support.  

Mary Jane Higgins '80
22nd Street Vice Principal
The Epiphany School

Coach for Kids brought to you by
Wellness in The Schools
We are excited to announce The 2017 Special Appeal: Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies -  Coach for Kids brought to you by Wellness in The Schools
Coach for Kids will provide trained fitness professionals at Epiphany campuses.  They will reinvent recess by training school staff and providing fitness education to students.  Our daily goal is for students to return to class after lunch and recess ready  to focus and learn.
Coach for Kids includes:
  • Takes place daily in the schoolyard, Parish Hall or the gym during recess
  • WITS Coaches facilitate interactive games and activities for all skill levels, inspiring even the least active kids to move
  • Engages children in physical activity, even on rainy days when limited to indoor spaces
  • Promotes positive and structured playtime, discouraging conflicts and bullying 

  • Throughout the year, WITS offers Play Days, unique activity days where WITS Coaches and Fitness Partners teach students new games and fitness skills
  • During Family Fitness Fun Night (FFFN), students and their families participate in exciting fitness classes led by WITS Coaches and WITS Fitness Partners  (e.g. yoga, Zumba, and soccer)
  • Provides an opportunity for the entire family to come together in a fun and festive atmosphere

  • Takes place in the classroom during the school day
  • Short physical activity breaks during academic time are proven to help activate the brain, improve on-task behavior, and strengthen students' ability to focus 

  • Epiphany will be purchasing portable sports equipment & beautifying our playgrounds over the summer

Our goal is to raise $90,000 for this initiative to teach our children healthy habits that will last a lifetime!
Click HERE to support the special appeal in advance! 

We look forward to sharing our Special Appeal presentation with you at The Spring Auction on March 16th! 

Thank you, 

Jessica Annunziata & Jennifer Dowd
2017 Spring Auction Chairs

Kiernan LaGuardia, 28th Street English Language Arts 

At the 28th Street campus, we are more than half way through the school year, and the upper school students are demonstrating their learning in unique and meaningful ways.

Weeks of work culminate this week with Epiphany's Science Fair!  Students in grades 5 through 8 have been researching, hypothesizing, observing and experimenting to create amazing science experiments that allow the students to come to a greater understanding of the world around them.  Students also have the opportunity to present their findings to the school community, but public speaking is nothing new to Epiphany's upper school students!

Grades 5 through 8 spent valuable time in ELA class writing and presenting speeches for this year's speech contest.  The topic, determined by Modern Woodmen of America,  was "What does it mean to be a hero?"  Every student focused on content, structure, color and delivery; the results were amazing!  Those selected from each class will participate in the school speech contest on March 10.  It will certainly not be easy for judges to select winners to continue on to the district speech contest!

While students in grades 5 through 8 have been developing into future scientists and orators, the fourth graders have been designing 3D obstacle courses in conjunction with their studies of area and perimeter.  In ELA, fourth graders are reading A True Patriot by Barry Denenberg and writing their own historical fiction to complement their study of the American Revolution in social studies.

Epiphany's upper school students are thriving in their school environment, where learning is measured in so many ways!

Kiernan LaGuardia
28th Street English Language Arts 
The Epiphany School 

Spring Into Wellness

We celebrated being heart healthy this past Valentine's Day by highlighting foods that are good for our hearts.  We made "Up the Beat" brownies, falafel, and apple flavored water.  The cafeteria was decorated with heart healthy ideas and facts like "Dance, play soccer, or run for 60 minutes everyday. Your heart will thank you."

Student Quotes:

"The secret ingredient was chickpeas."  -Charlie, Kindergarten

"My favorite day of the year."  -Marco, 5th grade

"There are beets in that!"  - Nearly everyone
Parents got a taste of what the students experience by learning to prepare a vegetarian bean chili from scratch.  We learned about healthy eating and WITS' role in improving eating habits in the school.

Click  HERE  to get the recipe! 

WITS Potato Lab 
Tastings will continue to happen in the cafeteria. 
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Thank you for your continued support.  We look forward to continued progress at Epiphany.

Gisselle Madariaga and Evie Tavares
Epiphany WITS  Chefs

Eileen McLoughlin, Early Childhood Administrator

Our Early Childhood Center students and teachers are looking forward to the arrival of spring!  Our Toddler Twos are learning about dental health and their five senses.  Dr. Seuss Week kicks off in early March. They will also be exploring the meaning of friendship through songs, stories, and plays.  They look forward to celebrating St. Patrick's Day with their classmates!

Our Nursery students are working hard on creating traps to catch Lucky the Leprechaun.  Perhaps this is the year they finally get him!  They are also working on weather and rainbow projects and activities.  It is amazing to see how much they've grown this year!

A visit to our Pre-K shows students hard at work learning about the Rainforest. Students are becoming experts on the variety of animals and plants in this ecosystem! Students continue to learn about New York City during visits from the New York Historical Society and are learning about Lent and Easter.  Pre-K students will also celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday.

Finally, all of our students and teachers look forward to a return visit from NYC Kids, a puppet show about understanding those with special needs.  We are so proud of our students and look forward to seeing everyone at the Spring Auction!

Eileen McLoughlin
Early Childhood Administrator
The Epiphany School 

Congratulations & Save the Date!

Dear Epiphany Families, 
Congratulations to the newest members of The Epiphany School Hall of Fame! On November 5, 2016,  Bob Benya '73 ( Alumnus & Epiphany Foundation Trustee),  Jane R. Crotty ( Founding Trustee and Former Parent),  Rose and Joe Falzon ( Former Epiphany School Parents and Staff), and  Fritz Favorule  (Former Chairman of The Epiphany School Foundation) were inducted into The Epiphany School Hall of Fame during a joyous celebration of our supportive community.  We were sad to learn of Joe Falzon's passing; we will always remember and honor his generous spirit.  Thanks to the generosity of supporters and attendees, over $26,000 was raised to benefit The Epiphany School Foundation, $10,000 of which was donated to sponsor Epiphany students in need of financial assistance. 

Save the date for this year's induction: Saturday, November 4, 2017. Occurring before the start of the busy holiday season, the Hall of Fame Induction is a very special event through which we honor members of our community who have contributed to Epiphany in meaningful ways.  It is the one event of the year at which former Epiphany parents and their families, alumni young and old, Epiphany teachers, and neighbors and friends can gather to toast people that have so positively and inspirationally impacted the Epiphany community.

I'm also pleased to share our latest Alumni Story with you by Jessica Pfeffer '07.  Click HERE  to read more about Jessica and why Epiphany means so much to her. 

Thank you, 

Regan Murphy '98
Hall of Fame Chair

Updates from our Family Association

Dear Epiphany Community,
We hope you enjoyed the winter break and are ready for the Spring!  We had a successful winter full of great events like the Upper School Ice Skating Trip at Chelsea Piers complete with hot chocolate, marshmallows and whip cream!  The 7th & 8th graders enjoyed a taste of summer with their "Surfs Up" Beach Dance Party.  In February the kids got a chance to be on stage for a real Game Show! It was great to see kids from Kindergarten thru 7th Grade showing off their smarts! 
Here are some of our spring activities and events:
March 31st 2017 in Parish Hall
The EFA will be throwing a crazy beach dance party this year!  Get your Hawaiian print shirts, Bermuda shorts, sunglasses and flip flops ready! No sunscreen needed....
April 5th 2017 in Parish Hall
Not able to make the Book Fair during the day?  No worries!  Come to Family Night with your kids to shop for great books and enjoy some wine and cheese. 
April 28th 2017 in Parish Hall
We are not revealing the theme yet but we can tell you that the kids will have a great time!  Keep an eye out in early April for more information to come.
May 2nd 2017 in Parish Hall
The Town Hall meeting will take place in the morning after drop off.  Suggestion boxes and uniform drop off will be put out 2 weeks prior to the event.
June 11th 2017 in Parish Hall
Our biggest event of the year! This year it will be AFTER final exams...Yippee! There will be exciting rides and games as well as great food and drinks.
May-June 2017
Do you go crazy looking for the school supply list at the end of the summer?  No more!  Sign up for Teacher Tailored Kits and your child's supplies for the next year will be delivered to the school for the first day of school!


Linda Fox, Caroline Maher (Co-Chairs) 
2016-2017 Epiphany Family Association
Cathy Caulfield, Lina Mati, Lauren Minardo, Aleona Nyamgavaa-Sencion, Julie Palumbo, Kerry Shimaitis

The Epiphany School Golf Outing

The 23rd Annual Epiphany Golf Outing will take place on Monday, May 15th at Wykagyl Country Club in New Rochelle, NY. Transportation will be provided. If you are interested in getting involved with this event, please contact The Foundation Office

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