student council

Pennies for Patients

The Student Council began its second community service project of the year on February 5. Students in grades 1-8 will participate in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Pennies 4 Patients” fundraising drive.  The drive closed on February 23.

Each student in grades 1-8 brought home a small box to collect coins (or dollars) for this donation drive.  Their boxes were brought to school and emptied into a big classroom coin box. The classroom that collected the most money won a pizza party.  

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has partnered with thousands of schools around the country for Pennies 4 Patients, and all donations support blood cancer research, patient services//support, advocacy, and education.  

Student Council is excited to empower kids to make a real impact on this issue so they have asked that this collection be kid-powered.  Families who wanted to make a donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society beyond the coins their children were collecting could do so at

As of February 16, more than $1,800 had been raised by our students for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. (Rumor has it that one student took his box to the Eagles Parade, and a celebrating fan donated a $100 bill to the collection box!) 

What a Show!

The Student Council’s Talent Show is an annual extravaganza run completely by our Student Council middle schoolers. They ran the auditions, created the performance list, set up the sound system, emceed the show, made sure the right song was cued for the right performer, and calmed nervous performers. The Student Council produced a 50-act show with more than 100 performers, ranging in age from 6 to 14, and with an audience of over 500.

Performing in the Talent Show is important to the children – and their performances are important to us as a school, for more reasons than the children might imagine. There were wide variations of proficiency - but each performer received the warmest reception. And some of our most bashful students stepped forward, stood in front of the mic or on the gymnastics mat, and bravely shared their gifts or passions with a HUGE, attentive, and appreciative audience. Sometimes an act fell short of the performer’s mark (a card trick that didn't work, a missed catch) or the producers’ expectations – but each child was appreciated by a good-natured audience.

Community support. Student voice. Student agency.  And a good deal of fun. That’s the TPS Student Council Talent Show.   Thank you to the Student Council for a job well done! (Photos by Beth Lundy)

Announcing Talent Show 2018

The Student Council Talent Show will take place on Tuesday, February 14. 

This beloved tradition features brief acts by children in 1st through 8th grade. And, by tradition, the show is for an audience of TPS staff and students ONLY. Since its inception decades ago, the Talent Show has been a celebration of talent and moxie! This year more than 55 acts have signed up!

Talent Show Auditions are taking place this week – today and tomorrow. These tryouts are held mostly in order for the Student Council to have an idea of what props, musical support, etc., are needed. 

All members of the Student Council will take part in the council's opening act!

We can't wait for the big show!

The Student Council

Student Council Drive

The first Student Council Helping Hands drive of the year has ended, and – drumroll please – the fourth and fifth graders in Junior Unit C donated the most hats, gloves, scarves, and granola bars to the Bethesda Project and the Attic Youth Center.

Thank you to everyone for helping to make the drive such a huge success - we collected more than 500 boxes of granola bars and more than 200 hats and scarves. In addition, Primary D handmade four beautiful blankets and many scarves. Special thanks to parents Caren Cohen, Kelly Davis, and Beth Lundy for making deliveries to Bethesda and the Attic.

Pumpkin Smashers

About 40 Pumpkin "Chunkers" turned out for the Student Council's first big event of the year - the annual Pumpkin Chunkin'. Participants chose their preferred way to smash their gourds in preparation for composting.

Thank you, Student Council, for organizing the event. Special thanks to Sara Forgione and Dan Lai, who are the council's advisors, and to parent Jami Young and TPS staff members Melanie Duncan and Carol Lerner for helping out.