Virtual Red Folder
May 23, 2019
Every year, Sixth Graders create their own contraptions to protect an egg as it drops from a second-story window. The whole school gathered on Tuesday to watch some dramatic eggsplosions and equally dramatic eggscapes. Judges took notes to decide which inventions/eggs should be awarded:
- “Eggstra awesome” (no cracks),
- “Eggstra special” (tiny cracks),
- “Eggelicious” (most attractive),
- “Eggonomical” (most practical), and
- “Humpty Dumpty” (epic fail).
The most eggciting moment came when Elijah’s egg holder hit the blacktop with a loud “smack!” but then his egg flew out and rolled safely onto the ground, uncracked!
An egg going full “Humpty Dumpty.”
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Celebrating Elijah’s miracle egg!
An egg landing safely! (Enable full screen for best view!)
The annual Talent Show brightened our Tuesday this week. This by-kids for-kids event featured a range of joy-filled moments. Brave performers played the piano, sang a cappella, danced, did gymnastics, engaged the audience with animal sounds, and even sprinkled in a little magic.
Kindergarten Drum Circle
John B took advantage of the beautiful weather by holding Kindergarten’s music class outside yesterday. Kindergartners are learning how to “feel the beat” by playing in a drum circle. The hardest part is practicing when to stay silent! They play counting games and sing songs where they only beat their drums on a certain number or word.
A Fresh Take on an Author Visit
by Will (Fourth Grade Teacher)
On Wednesday we had Cordis Poldano, author of The Dwarf, The Girl and the Holy Goat, run an assembly for grades 2-5. His program was brilliant. Instead of the traditional author who reads extracts of their book to a slumbering crowd of kids, he portrayed himself as the book’s narrator: a struggling immigrant/clown looking for a job. He worked the crowd like a master storyteller, until finally revealing himself as the author. What impressed me so much was his willingness to embrace the chaos, letting the kids get just a little wild. By giving them a little extra freedom, he actually was able to best keep their attention.
Cordis’ presentation was sponsored by the South Asia Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Cordis Poldano is a graduate of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art in Paris and the co-founder of a theater company based in Pondicherry, India.
Studying different natural ways to generate power, this week Fourth Graders investigated wind power. Using pinwheels as models, they made discoveries about the importance of wind direction and speed, as well as the height. “Now I know why the turbines are so tall,” said one student.
Friday, May 24
6th grade vs. faculty kickball game
Monday, May 27
Memorial Day – School closed
Wednesday, May 29
Early Childhood & Kindergarten Experiential Open House, 8:30-10:00 am
Thursday, May 30
Meeting for Worship, 8:30-9:00 am — join us!
Saturday, June 1
Strawberry Festival! Performances 10:00 am, festival 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Monday, June 3
Move-Up Day (students visit their classroom and teachers for next year)
Tuesday, June 4
6th to Echo Hill (returning June 7)
Wednesday, June 5
5th grade pool party
Thursday, June 6
PTO meeting, 3:00 pm
Friday, June 7
5th & K go bowling
Monday, June 10
Class Day (students give gifts and say goodbye to 6th)
Tuesday, June 11
Last day of school, 12:00 pm dismissal
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