On April 20, Mr. Prestigiacomo's Form IV Music Survey class walked through Central Park to attend the final dress rehearsal of Mozart's "Die Entführung aus dem Serail" at the Metropolitan Opera House.
On April 20, the fourth grade class took a trip to the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), where they played with the mathematical interactive exhibits and participated in an instructional lesson on graph theory.
The fifth grade science classes ventured through the Central Park Ramble on April 21 to spot birds they have been studying in class with Roger Pasquier, a famed birder who is the former Director of Foundations for the National Audubon Society, Inc. The two classes managed to spot and record 18 species, including the downy woodpecker, Pale Male (the red tail hawk), a goldfinch and many cardinals. The boys also encountered a police officer on horseback from the Central Park precinct and were excited to talk to him and pet his steed.
The Green Team sustainability club celebrated Earth Day with planting parties in the youngest grades on April 21 and 22 using the "Clement seeds" distributed at the Parents Association's Spring Benefit. Club members also hosted a dress-down day and bake sale to support the upcoming Biodiversity Day on May 13.
On April 22, the second grade boys were visited by Erika Witt, grandmother of three Browning boys, who discussed her experiences immigrating to the United States. Originally from Austria, Ms. Witt's family fled to Germany during World War II and then left for America in 1952. A talented storyteller, Ms. Witt told the boys, who have been studying immigration in their social studies unit, poignant stories about her travels at sea for 10 days and starting a life in America with only $11 to support an entire family. She currently resides near Philadelphia where she volunteers her time helping immigrants to learn English.
On April 22, the Grytte newspaper staff released their third issue, spotlighting Headmaster Clement’s 28 years of leadership. The issue was distributed to the 900 guests the night before at a celebration in Mr. Clement’s honor at the Met.