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Our Annual Giving Campaign is underway! Your tax deductible donations will help fund smaller class sizes, computers, books, and much more - thank you! 

Your donations are needed now to ensure the continued success of our kids and school!

Annual Giving

We're Over Halfway There! The Annual Giving Campaign is more than halfway to its goal of $170,000. Donations are coming from all grades; from new and returning families. The funding gap is about $2,200 per student, so your support is necessary for City School maintain its excellence. We ask that you donate an amount that reflects your commitment to City School and your child's education. Click here for more information...

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Click for the 2014-2015 School Calendar

Elective Spotlight

Elective Spotlight: Yoga
by Sarit Rogers

City School's yoga elective isn't your usual yoga class. It's not meant to be. I encourage a sense of grounding and mind/body awareness from the minute we walk in, to the moment we leave. Every class begins and ends with a council-style circle, encouraging all present to let go of the chaos of middle school and drop in to their hearts. I can never forget that these are teens and tweens - my expectations aren't high, but I am often blown away by the honesty and willingness from the kids in class. They're incredible. All of them. I want the kids to find their own voice and come to believe that they are seen and heard and respected as the unique beings that they are.

Sure, we do sun salutations, and we practice a tweenage version of vinyasa flow. But there's playfulness there. There is no idealized perfection; there is an opportunity to discover what is right and good for YOUR body. One kid may be extremely flexible, and for them, stability is something they can work on. Another kid might be really stiff, so a gentle prodding toward the stretch may be required. Neither of them is better than the other: they are both perfect, just the way they are.

A long time body-image advocate, writer, and photographer, I bring a sense of activism and awareness into my class. In my photography world, I often say, "My camera is not a weapon of mass perfection." This same ideology and passion for self-acceptance comes into play in my yoga class. I remember being a teenager and feeling out of sorts with my body and the changes that were happening. I also remember the intense social bonds that occurred as well. The mind/body practice of yoga and the resources that it inspires are part and parcel to the healing this practice offers. I am ultimately providing tools for self-regulation and self-awareness through the practices of yoga: using the breath, the connection to the body, the awareness of sensations, and cultivating the ability to let go. For some, that may mean hanging out in child's pose one day because that's all they are able to muster, and for others, they may give the practice their all. Regardless, they are there, they are trying, and they are part of a safe, supportive community.

In the end, this is what matters: Are you breathing? Are you present? Are you trying your best?  

 

City School Gives Back
  • Thanksgiving Service Project:
    On Thanksgiving, our students hosted our first Annual City School Thanksgiving Breakfast for homeless and needy people. Approximately 60 people came to The City School to eat, visit with our students and families, listen to music, and to be provided with clothing and goody bags. Read more...
     
  • City School Service Learning Trip:
    Dominican Republic, Summer 2014.  Click for details.