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March 7, 2019
Fifth Grade in Mexico
Fifth Graders and teachers Leann, Genevieve, and Varley have been having a great time in Mexico! Some of the highlights so far include reuniting with buddies, boating on the Azetec canals in Xochimilco, seeing some of Diego Rivera’s murals, having a sleepover at Casa de los Amigos (a Quaker nonprofit), climbing the Sun Pyramid at Teotihuacan, and swimming at Las Estacas, a natural water park.
The purpose of the Exchange Program is to promote cultural awareness and knowledge. We and our partner school, Colegio Williams, have seen that the children’s experiences give them cross-cultural sensitivity and an interest in working for world peace.
Robotics at Beyond the Bell
Kids who stayed for Free Until Four on Tuesday got quite a treat! They were visited by students from AIM Academy, a school in Conshohocken for children with learning differences, and the AIM students brought robots they had built themselves. After a demonstrating what the robots could do (one drove around the gym, picking up blocks and depositing them into kids’ hands), our kids got a chance to program and build their own robots. Thanks, AIM Robotics Team, for showing us how fun coding can be!
Our Fourth Grade Circus is in the News!
This is an excerpt, where the journalist manages to get in the names of every Fourth Grader:
“My favorite part is the part where I get to say. ‘Where’s my coffee?’” figures Jonas Couzin-Frankel, who plays the “director” calling the shots at the fictional MGM rehearsal.
Classmate Oscar Gasga? He’s hoping to wow audiences with his plate-balancing skills, while Sasha Newman’s favorite act is “cigar boxes,” and Drew Aldinger is partial to “the little bike.”
Kalila Abboud-Rosen and Suri Greene are looking forward to shimmying down the vertical drops in the show’s shiny “silks” (which Kylee Saraga describes as “kind of like big scarves hanging from the sky that you use your arms and your legs to climb on”).
Elise Drury will doubtless impress with her prowess on a bar called “the pipe.”
Which is similar to the tight wire but with a thin bar of metal,” notes fellow pipe-walker Bella Evan.
Not to mention “hard” to do, says Andrew Lindsley, who finds unicycling “easy.”
Charlie Berk, like most of his classmates, feels “nervous but still good” about the upcoming show. He and pal Jeff Gould will share the spotlight in one routine — a bit that requires some, uh, “horsing around.” Jeff is “very excited” about the circus in general but calls this act his favorite “because it’s funny.”
Kindergarten Celebrates Black History Month
“Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were good at math…really good.” This is how Margot Lee Shetterly’s picture book Hidden Figures: True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race begins. Kindergartners drew scenes from the book, and wrote about their favorite number. Throughout February, the class learned about the women who made space travel possible, as well as other African American scientists, inventors, and civil rights leaders.
Recess on a Roll
Several faculty meetings this year have focused on recess. What do we want our students to get out of this time? How can we let children test physical boundaries safely? When should we step in, and when should we let them practice conflict resolution without our help?
But while we discuss philosophy, our students show us how intuitive play is for them. This week at a particularly fun and creative recess, First and Second Graders worked together to make snow boulders, then helped each other stand up on those boulders. With a few caring adults to watch over them, the kids let joy take the lead, and exercise, learning, and friendship followed.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Balloons!”
Fourth Grade put everything they learned about Newton’s laws of force and motion into a fantastic variety of balloon cars. The rules were simple: the car must be powered only by balloons, and it must be able to go at least two meters. Results? The students figured out that more mass = less oomph, there are many ways friction can slow a car down, and car design is fun!
All this year, the Butterfly class is learning about community. Sometimes this means giving love to the people around them, and sometimes it means learning to make school feel like home. The Butterflies want to get to know every room of the campus and find out what each class learns. They plan to visit all the classrooms before the end of the school year where they’ll talk to the teachers and students. The first step is tracing Gillian’s campus map and making it their own.
2019 Summer Camps - Two Sided (5)
Friday, March 8
RSVP for Grandparents and Special Friends Day
Sunday, March 10
Daylight Savings Time begins — spring forward one hour!
Monday, March 11
Theatre Horizon visits 1st Grade
Thursday, March 14
Meeting for Worship, 8:30 – 9:00 am – join us!
5th Grade returns from Mexican Exchange
6th Grade to Art Museum
Friday, March 15
Last day to sign up for Spring Break Vacation Care discount
No School for 5th Grade
Circus, 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 16
Circus, 7:00 pm
Thursday, March 21
Grandparents and Special Friends Day, noon dismissal
Friday, March 22 – Tuesday, April 2
Spring Break (Vacation Care available)
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