Virtual Red Folder
December 14, 2017
A Peek into the Classroom
If you looked into First Grade you’d see them…
…Taking care of their natural community through their participation in Cornell University’s FeederWatch program; reading in pairs; and learning about holiday traditions through books and active projects including making latkes.
A Feast Fit for a … Rey o Reina o Realeza (King or Queen or Royalty)
This week, Sixth Grade had its annual winter feast. This year, they’ve called it the Tapasol Feast. It is a combination of “tapas” which are small portions of (good) food in Spain and “sol” for light, as it is the season of light in many cultures. It is also in honor of the Winter Solstice. We’ve had a special feast in Sixth Grade in one form or another for many, many years.
Kids made food with origins in the Middle East that then made their way to Spain and eventually the Americas (Do you know why? Ask a Sixth Grader for a quick history lesson. Or check out the slideshow…). Sixth Graders created name placards and decorated Islamic design tiles to highlight spices used in Middle Eastern, Spanish, and Latino cooking. Our Third Grade buddies helped prepare food on the day of the feast. Click here to see Varley and Gladys’s presentation on “Sliding Spices,” given the day of the feast.
Calling All Loose Parts for Nature Play
Imagine, if each of us donated one long-neglected wooden spoon, always-passed-over pot, seldom-used metal strainer to PMFS, the nature play shelves would be fully stocked and ready to be taken up by your creative kids. Students love visiting the shelves in the shed on the blacktop during recess; in fact, our supplies have diminished as a direct result of wear-and-tear from regular use. Just today kids were using containers to make snow pies!
Feel free to drop off any of the items below anytime you’re here (for example, on Wednesday when you attend the Winter Wassail and Community Sing?).
Materials Wish List
- Kitchen items for outdoor cooking play: pots, pans
- Camping gear for cooking: metal or wooden cups, plates, and pots
- Metal/wooden mixing bowls
- Metal/wooden spoons & utensils
- Wooden cutting boards
- Baskets (all sizes)
- Watering cans
Loose Parts Wish List
- Fresh or dried petals (got any dried hibiscus?)
- Tangerine peels (dried)
- Pine cones (all shapes and sizes)
- Fresh or dried herbs (mint, rosemary, lavender, etc.)
- Seashells (all shapes and sizes)
- Gourds, mini pumpkins
- Dried corn on cobs
- Tree Cookies (slices of thick branches)
- Trunk Cookies (slices of trunks of trees)
- Sticks, twigs, and branches (all sizes)
- Rocks, pebbles
Friday, December 15
LAST CHANCE to register for Winter Break Vacation Care (Individual days may close due to low enrollment; limited drop-in availability)
Wednesday, December 20
9:30 Wassail and Snacks
10:30 Winter Community Sing
12:00 Early Dismissal & Winter Break begins
PTO Dining Out Event: Pizzeria Uno in Conshohocken
Vacation Care will be open on 12/21, 12/22, 12/27, 12/28, 12/29 and 1/3.
Thursday, January 4
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