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You’re Invited to Willow’s Fall Showcase!

Explore Willow at our Fall Showcase, open to the public! At the showcase, students and teachers will demonstrate how project-based learning inspires and motivates our students, from preschool to eighth grade and beyond. (more…)

Teal Pumpkin Party Raises $1000 for FARE

On October 29, The Willow School hosted its first Teal Pumpkin Party, inspired by the Food Allergy Research & Education Network’s national Teal Pumpkin Project. Thanks to donations made at the door and more, Willow donated $1000 to FARE! (more…)

Fourth Graders Lead Food Drive

Willow’s fourth graders, along with their middle school buddies, are leading a Thanksgiving food drive in collaboration with The Food Bank Network of Somerset County. The goal is to feed 30 families for the upcoming holiday. The drive began in late October and will culminate in a human chain or bucket brigade, where the whole school will pass the collected items from the school’s kitchen to the food bank’s truck. The bucket brigade will take place on November 17th. (more…)

Willow Awarded Living Building Certification

The Willow School has achieved the first Living Building certification in New Jersey from the International Living Future Institute. Willow’s Health, Wellness & Nutrition Center is now one of only 14 certified Living Buildings worldwide. At 20,000 square feet, the multi-use educational center is also the largest certified Living Building at any school in the United States. (more…)

Come to Willow’s Book Fair!

On Friday, November 3rd, The Willow School will host our second annual book fair, courtesy of the Bookworm in Bernardsville. The fair is open to the public! It will be held in the HWNC Movement Space from 10:00am to 3:30pm. Teacher wish lists will also be available if you would like to contribute to our classroom collections.  (more…)

Middle Schoolers Raise Money for Puerto Rico

More than a month after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, many of the island’s residents are still without even the most basic amenities. For some Willow students, the devastation in Puerto Rico strikes very close to home. “I have family in Puerto Rico,” Diana Wolfe, a 6th grader at Willow, said. Wanting to do something to help, Diana suggested a dress down day fundraiser to her Middle School advisor, Ms. Downey. Ms. Downey and the rest of Diana’s multi-grade advisory group were immediately on board!

More than a month after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, many of the island’s residents are still without even the most basic amenities. For some Willow students, the devastation in Puerto Rico strikes very close to home. “I have family in Puerto Rico,” Diana Wolfe, a 6th grader at Willow, said. Wanting to do something to help, Diana suggested a dress down day fundraiser to her Middle School advisor, Ms. Downey. Ms. Downey and the rest of Diana’s multi-grade advisory group were immediately on board!

“I’m Puerto Rican, too,” Mia Rivera-Diaz, a 6th grader at Willow, said. “I have family there, so when Ms. Downey asked if I wanted to help, I said, ‘YES!’” Mia’s grandmother even helped make a pitcher to collect the money in with the Puerto Rican flag wrapped around it.

Ms. Downey’s advisory group was able to raise $351 for the Hispanic Federation’s UNIDOS Disaster Relief & Recovery Program in one day! One hundred percent of contributions to the UNIDOS Fund goes to help the immediate and long-term recovery needs of children, families and communities in distress from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.

“Most people donated more than a dollar,” Finley Schuurmans, an 8th grader at Willow, said. One donor even gave the advisory group a check for $150, the middle schoolers shared, beaming with excitement and gratitude.

“If I could, I’d want to tell the people of Puerto Rico that we’re thinking about you,” Grace Crimi, a 7th grader at Willow, said. Finley added, “You’re not alone.”

The Downey advisory, which also includes Charlotte Binder, Maile Carifa, Vy Lan Chin, Charlotte Duffy, Bronwyn Rafieyan, and Eliot Richards, said this may not be the last Willow fundraiser for Puerto Rico. They have many more creative ideas about how to raise money, and they are ready to lead the school in service to this community in need. Stay tuned for the next opportunity to donate!

Dean’s Donates to Willow’s SEEDS Program

seeds1On September 30 and October 1, Dean’s Natural Food Market’s donated 5% of sales at their Basking Ridge and Chester locations to Willow. Thanks to shoppers and Dean’s generosity, $5,000 was raised to support the NJ SEEDS program at The Willow School!

NJ SEEDS is a non-profit organization that prepares motivated, high-achieving, low-income students for admission to private schools and colleges across the country. The Willow School welcomed its first NJ SEEDS students in the fall of 2016 and has since doubled the number of SEEDS students enrolled for the 2017-18 school year. (more…)

Photographing the Female Opens at The Willow School

luo-yang-xie-yue-from-the-series-girls-2008-2016The Willow School is excited to host Danish photographer and curator Sarah Høilund’s Photographing the Female from July 18-25. Showcasing photographers from 16 different countries, her vision brings together a global exhibition that explores female identity and representation through the lens of contemporary photography. (more…)

A Teacher’s Outlook on Educating for Sustainability

Our 4th grade teacher Carol Fontaine shares her insights on the bigger vision for our students.

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Embracing Education for Sustainability (EfS) with Jaimie Cloud

“What kind of future do we want?” That’s the central question that Jaimie Cloud poses to educators and students.

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