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January 10, 2019
Around Campus with David: Welcome Back!
Happy New Year to everyone! And a wonderful way to usher in the New Year is to let you know we are all quite excited at school to have some recent staffing changes now is place.
Genevieve Schmidt Camacho has returned to assisting in Second Grade and being the Dean of Faculty & Students.
Leann Stover Nyce is once again teaching full time in Fifth Grade.
Sarah Hudson has returned to assisting in Kindergarten.
And Miso Vukcevic has begun as our Physical Education teacher. Miso is also assisting in Beyond the Bell and coaching basketball.
Brenda Interviewed in the Times Herald
The Times Herald just published an article about Brenda Crawley, our next Head of School! Brenda discusses her approach to helping children process what they hear in the media.
“Experiment with being vulnerable, especially with the hard questions. Encourage [children] to wonder and voice their curiosity. Instead of attempting to explain the rationale behind war to a young child, recognize their concern and ask a focused question: ‘It sounds like you’re wondering why they are fighting. Can you think of another way they could work on their problems?’”
Click here to read the full article on the Times Herald website
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Phyllis in EC & Kindergarten
EC & Kindergartners are learning about gratitude, and when school counselor Phyllis last came to visit, they drew pictures of what they feel grateful for. Each Tuesday the classes join Phyllis in brainstorming new feeling words. Through playing Feelings Charades, the children explore the meaning of different feelings, learn to read emotions, and apply emotions in their proper context.
This Week With the Dragonflies
Dragonfly students are enjoying the new light table in the Little House (a gift from this and last year’s parents). Kids have been experimenting with building with different materials. The current favorite? Magnetic building tiles. In addition, students have enjoyed sharing stories about their families and what they did together during the break.
Sixth Grade Speakers Series: Building Houses in Nicaragua
On Monday, Sixth Grade were honored with a talk by Graham Robb. Graham shared his experience building a home for a family in western Nicaragua through Habitat for Humanity. In February, Graham travels to India for Habitat and will return as a guest speaker in March to talk about his trip. Later in the spring Graham will speak on his work in Zambia. Graham kick-started Sixth Grade’s annual Countries of the World Explorations.
Mindfulness in First Grade
First Graders have enjoyed learning about Mindful Meditation and all its wonderful benefits. Each week on Thursdays, they start with a fun yoga breathing activity followed with a mini lesson. Through the use of a singing bowl, the children have learned about listening, waiting, focus, and stretching their patience. They focus on their breath and use creative visualization to center themselves, be calmer, and feel peaceful. Are you the parent of a First Grader? Ask your child how to do Flying Bird Breath!
Friday, January 11
3rd Grade to Adventure Aquarium
Wednesday, January 16
2nd Grade Night Tree Ceremony
Thursday, January 17
Mexican buddies arrive!
6th Grade to Natural History Museum
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