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November 1, 2018
Quote of the week
Holly (Librarian): Wow, you’re all choosing great books. I want to read all those books, too, but I would have to stay up til midnight! That would be too much.
Third Grader: There’s no such thing as reading too much! That’s impossible!
Happy Halloween! All our fairies, superheroes, and book characters enjoyed the Halloween Parade yesterday, and parents enjoyed breakfast and lots of great photo ops!
The Butterfly class stole the show with the group costume they made together — A rainbow, with Courtney and Kate as clouds. The project helped to build community in their classroom. Each child mixed their own paint, then decorated their costume, choosing from a wide variety of materials from the “art atelier.” In the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching young children, the “art atelier” is an art studio space where students, guided by a teacher, can use art materials to learn and express themselves.
The International Luncheon last Thursday was a culmination of Third Grade’s month-long study of their own families and heritage. First the students researched a country or region with a connection to their family, then interviewed a relative to collect a family story. At the luncheon, each Third Grader brought in a food that was special to their family and read their family story in front of their classmates, parents, and even grandparents. The afternoon was a celebration of the class’ hard work and diversity.
Color Day is Next Thursday
We’re gearing up for our third ever Color Day next Thursday, November 8. Nurtured by specials and admin, students will spend the day in cross-grade color “pods” led by Fifth and Sixth Grade students. This day allow students to explore a theme through contemplation, reading, an improv assembly… and a lot of hands-on fun (including planting Spring bulbs — please send your child in with a few). Students will survey the Quaker testimony of Community (Friends use the acronym S.P.I.C.E.S. to refer to the testimonies. Do you know what the acronym stands for? If not, click here for a quick tutorial). Throughout the day, students will be invited to consider:
- How do we build and maintain community?
- What are the gifts of our community?
- What is my role in community?
- What communities am I a part of?
How will this affect you and your child?
- Early Care will be in The Little House, starting at 7:30.
- Students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade should go directly to the Steinbright Gym upon arrival. (Staff will be around to guide them there if you or they forget.)
- Butterflies & Dragonflies begin the day in their classrooms, and will join their pods for part of the day’s activities most appropriate for them.
- Dismissal for our Dragonflies and Butterflies and for our Kindergartners will be at their normal locations ( Journey’s End and Little House).
- Dismissal for First through Sixth Graders will be on the blacktop (no pick up at Emerson) at 3:00 pm.
- Morning snacks for all students will be provided by the school! Students will not have access to their backpacks and lunchboxes at snack time.
- Lunch: if your child participates in the food program on Thursdays, the food will be delivered as usual.
Please remind your student of these adjustments for the day. We thank you in advance for helping us with these logistics so that we can focus on making this day meaningful for the students.
Compassion for Our Littlest Community Members
Fifth Grade is learning about micro-habitats, small areas with conditions that are conducive for a specific organism, like the shady side of a tree or on top of a sunny rock. Students examined the worm composting bin to identify micro-habitats within it. Mari and Aleah observed that worms prefer to be moist and in the dark, so they built them a protective shelter!
Fundraiser for Williams School Student
A letter from Maricarmen Diaz Goñi, our partner at the Williams School for the Mexican Exchange
Dear Plymouth Meeting Friends School community,
“We are here together for an act of love and solidarity.” This was how Diego Ruiz began the talk he gave to the Williams community last week.
Diego is 16 years old, an 11th grade student at Colegio Williams in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He has cancer. Diego’s private health insurance was not paid on time by his insurance broker, and now he needs $130,000 for a bone marrow transplant.
Diego finished his talk by emphasizing the importance of choosing the right attitude. The Williams community has chosen to come together for the same cause: Live with Diego.
Thank you very much for being part of this campaign to help our student Diego, and for your love and empathy.
With great affection and thankfulness,
The Williams Community
October Newsletter BtB
Friday, Nov 2
3rd Grade to Belmont Water Treatment Plant
Sunday, Nov 4
Daylight Saving Time ends
Admission Open House, 2:00 pm
Thursday, Nov 8
Friday, November 9
School Closed for Students
Last day for picture orders
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