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20th Anniversary Carnival! We celebrated our 20th anniversary with a carnival made possible by Vera Bradley and Blessings in a Backpack. Thank you Blessings in a Backpack for sending food home on the weekends to support food security! Thank you Very Bradley for supporting Blessing in a Backpack...AND selecting GBCS as one of seven schools across the county to host a carnival. We LOVED it! We are grateful to Danielle Jonas for supporting Blessings in a Backpack and for visiting GBCS! It was wonderful to meet her and her husband, Kevin Jonas. You are welcome to come back ANY time! Read more about the carnival here: http://m.zimbio.com/pictures/lBTSUGHpjCT/Vera+Bradley+Partners+Blessings+Backpack+Continue https://celebmix.com/danielle-jonas-co-hosts-charity/ https://www.gettyimages.com/event/vera-bradley-partners-with-blessings-in-a-backpack-to-continue-back-to-school-philanthropy-tour-with-danielle-jonas-775202134#vera-bradley-public-relations-manager-holly-wagner-social-influencer-picture-id1028459608 https://www.verabradley.com/us/static/blessingsinabackpack
Posted by ksadowski  On Sep 17, 2018 at 9:11 AM
Middle School Art Elective students assembled blocks of died ice to create this sculpture. Safety, aesthetics, color, composition and stacking techniques were considered during the installation process. Students determined arrangement and placement while working within a set of per determined parameters. We discussed ephemeral art and students took turns documenting the installation and installation process. The ice was colored using cool-aid and food coloring. The forms were frozen in five gallon buckets that were placed outside during the recent cold weather. Students used warm water to release the ice from the buckets.           
Posted by ksadowski  On Jan 26, 2018 at 1:42 PM 57 Comments

Last Wednesday, GBCS teachers pretended to put on ice skates to glide smoothly around the room.  Football cleats, space boots, and flippers were also in the great pile of pretend footwear they donned for our second year of professional development with Lustig Dance Theatre.  

GBCS teachers learned how to integrate movement-based activities into math, science, social studies, and language arts lessons. They also learned how to incorporate more creative movements into everyday class instruction through brain breaks and a choreographed "Brain Dance."  Anne Green Gilbert invented the "Brain Dance" to "reset" the brain through exercises that all humans move through during their first year.

For more information about the Brain Dance, watch  


Posted by diana.sanderson  On May 19, 2016 at 9:22 AM 79 Comments

For the past two years GBCS students have earned admission to the Middlesex County Arts Middle School at Middlesex Community College.

On May 4, students of this program will be exhibiting their work from the most recent semester.  Join us that evening to support those students and see all that they have created!

May 4, 2016   6:15-9:00pm

Middlesex County College
College Center Building
2600 Woodbridge Avenue
Edison, NJ  
Parking lot #1 

For more information about this program, visit: www.artsandedcenter.org/


Posted by diana.sanderson  On May 02, 2016 at 8:41 AM

How would you convey the water cycle in movement? Twenty Fifth Grade students are doing just that, using the language of the body in a seven-week Creative Movement artist residency through Lustig Dance Theatre of New Brunswick.  An Arter Charter Grant funded by the Dodge Foundation has allowed these students to incorporate scientific knowledge with movement in a cooperative setting to create a whole class performance for the younger grades.   According to the National Dance Education Organization, the benefits of dance in schools include:

 -Physical Development: Using a wide range of movements and motion patterns, students develop coordination and kinesthetic memory.

 -Emotional Maturity: Students are exposed to a wide range of emotions they can express through movement and therefore develop more self-awareness.

-Social Awareness: Students learn to communicate accurately to work through the challenges of collaborating. 

-Cognitive Development: Movement helps students link ideas and explore problems in many dimensions.


For more information on dance in schools, please visit:  

For information on Lustig Dance Theatre, visit:  www.lustigdancetheatre.org/

Posted by diana.sanderson  On Mar 14, 2016 at 9:22 AM

Posted by ksadowski  On Apr 04, 2016 at 9:58 AM 83 Comments
If you follow national trends in education, you probably know that a lot of kids don’t know much about history. A report on MS-NBC this June revealed that only 20 percent of all eighth-graders nationally were considered to be proficient or better at American history. Nationally, only 9 percent of all fourth-graders could identify a picture of President Lincoln. As trends in education go, it’s not an encouraging one. Although it doesn’t usually grab the headlines the way that math, science and literacy do, history is an important part of education. Like all good literature, history tells us how we as a people came to be where we are now, and it does this by making reading something other than a mindless function. Who can read Frederick Douglass’ autobiography without feeling enraged over what he suffered as a slave? Who can study the Caesars without getting wrapped up in the layers of court intrigue? History isn’t just the remote past; taught right, it’s as living as the present. While we can’t claim to have the answer for the rest of our nation, we do think that we’ve found a resource that’s going to be an excellent fit for Greater Brunswick Charter School. If you have a child in at least third grade this year, you’re going to like what we’ve done with our social studies program. This summer, the school bought the History Alive curriculum. Published by TCI, History Alive is a curriculum that will lead our students across America’s past, along the heights of ancient civilizations, and through the medieval world. And because history isn’t just a series of important dates .and famous people, we love it that History Alive invites students to dig deeper. As students study the Industrial Revolution, they can learn how industrialization led to an increase in productivity and profits – but they’ll also learn about the physical demands of working in cotton mills, and the conflict between the owners of cotton mills and their workers. Through lessons like this one, we’ll encourage your children discover history through the lives of the people who were there, and to discover how history grew out of the interaction of these different viewpoints. As they look at the issues that defined an era, they’ll be asked to evaluate issue and to render their own judgments. We’re not a school that is dependent upon textbooks to the exclusion of other resources. We never will be. But there’s no denying that a well-written and well-designed textbook can do a lot to enrich a class, with succinct, to-the-point writing and generous use of photographs to connect the writing with the reality. In the past few years, we’ve improved our math program with the Investigations curriculum, and we’ve seen a lot of progress with the Writers Workshop program. And now we’ve added social studies to the programs we’ve improved. I think you’ll like what you see. History will never be the same again.
Posted by george.newton  On Jun 05, 2015 at 12:19 PM
Photo Credit: Anthony Lardaro Photo Credit: Maria Marshall Photo Credit: Anthony Lardaro Photo Credit: Maria Marshall Family after family filed into the Art Room at GBCS on January 12, 2012 for our second “Make Your Mark” Art Night.  When the room filled, we pulled tables into the hallway so the artmaking could continue! Our friends from First Investors joined us for an evening of painting.  Their creativity and enthusiasm was contagious. See you at our next “Make Your Mark” Art Night on Thursday, February 23 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.
Posted by george.newton  On Jun 05, 2015 at 12:19 PM
On Thursday, February 23 we had our third “Make Your Mark” Art Night.  Artists cut and glued scraps of fabric.  Our next event will probably take place in April. El jueves, el 23 de febrero tuvimos nuestro tercer “Hacer su marca” Noche de arte.  Las artistas cortaron y pegaron pedazos de tela.  Probablemente tendrámos el próximo evento en abril.
Posted by george.newton  On Jun 05, 2015 at 12:18 PM
This Wednesday, February 29 marks the end of our first official round of enrichment clusters at GBCS.  Thank you to all the students and facilitators who made these past six weeks a learning experience to be remembered. You are invited to a gallery opening for the “I Spy…” cluster Wednesday, February 29 at 3:30pm in the school hallway. Este miércoles, el 29 de febrero marca el final de nuestra primera serie de grupos de enriquecimiento en GBCS. Gracias a todos los estudiantes y facilitadores que crearon una experiencia de aprendizaje inolvidable durante estas últimas seis semanas. Usted está invitado a una exposición para el groupo “Yo veo …” el miércoles, el 29 de febrero a las 3:30 pm en el pasillo.
Posted by george.newton  On Jun 05, 2015 at 12:16 PM
September 28 Deadline to submit children’s art Over the Moon Toys Create art using or depicting one or more Everyday Objects, any medium. Artists 18 and under may submit art to Over the Moon Toys by Friday, Sept 28th. All artwork will be displayed during Arts in the Park, Highland Park’s Art Festival on Sunday, Sept 30th. Please submit the artist’s name, age, and contact information with the art. For more information, email jenni@overthemoontoys.com or call 732-545-0096. September 28  7:00 pm New Jersey Film Festival Screening http://newbrunswick.patch.com/events/new-jersey-film-festival-screening-0a023da5 September 29 Zimmerli Art Museum Free Admission: Museum Day Live! Highlights for the day include several exhibitions to engage family members of all ages, including “Lynd Ward Draws Stories: Inspired by Mexico’s History, Mark Twain, and Adventures in the Woods.” September 29   4:30 pm – Hub City Sounds, Family Friendly Programs by George Street Playhouse and American Repertory Ballet George Street Playhouse’s touring production of Austin the Unstoppable — a musical for families about health and wellness by Barry Wyner and Daniel Israel. At Hub City Sounds, the dancers of American Repertory Ballet will present excerpts from two dances, “Grumpy Bird” and “Drive”. “Grumpy Bird” brings Jeremy Tankard’s children’s book to the stage in an interactive format for the community. http://newbrunswickarts.org/wordpress/hub-city-sounds/ September 30   11:30am-4:30pm Arts in the Park: 2012 Highland Park’s annual Arts in the Park festival is a day-long outdoor street festival that celebrates our creative, multicultural, dynamic, artistic community. http://www.mainstreethp.org/polDoc.cfm?Doc_Id=2127 Zimmerli Registration open for Drawing Club for Children and Youth Meets five Wednesdays from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m.; 6 to 8 year olds begin October 3 ZAM Session for Teens and Young Adults meets six Saturdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m., beginning September 29. http://www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu/information/media/press-releases/register-now-fall-drawing-classes-and-passport-art#.UGQUi6RSRyc Exhibit: “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” New Brunswick Free Public Library, 60 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ http://newbrunswick.patch.com/events/exhibit-lincoln-the-constitution-and-the-civil-war-504a58d2 October 1    7-8:30pm Will Allen-Visionary Farmer Will Allen created an urban food network that today distributes food across seven states, produces 40 tons of vegetables a year, and provides a serious challenge to the industrial agricultural system. This 2008 recipient of the MacArthur Genius Grant, shows us how urban farming can not only provide a solution to our ecological and energy crisis, but can also lead us back to a time of community, sustainability and self-respect. LOCATION: Ruthie’s Bagel Dish, 70 Raritan Ave., Highland Park, NJ 08904 http://www.raicesculturalcenter.org/sustainability.html October 3 5pm – 9pm Art After Hours @ Zimmerli Art After Hours Welcomes Visual Artist Rita Leduc and Rap Artist David Rush.  Rita was a visiting artist in our cluster program at GBCS last year. October 4 7pm Alfa Art Gallery “Reflections” – Watercolors Group Exhibition Opening Reception (a First Thursday event) http://www.alfaart.org/ October 4  5-7pm Princeton ArtWalk:The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society Meet at the Arts Council of Princeton/Paul Robeson Center for the Arts 102 Witherspoon Street Walk to include The Fertile Crescent exhibits at the Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton University Art Museum, Bernstein Gallery, Princeton Public Library and a performance by artist Nezaket Ekici at the Lewis Center for the Arts (185 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ). October 5 7:00 pm New Jersey Film Festival Screening 71 Hamilton St, New Brunswick, NJ http://­www.­njfilmfest.­com/­ October 6 8:30am-11:30am Global Cardboard Challenge @GBCS http://www.imagi
Posted by george.newton  On Jun 05, 2015 at 12:16 PM
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