- Hearing about catching frogs, watching students return triumphant from long journeys to Hoyts and Red Pines, admiring the amazing penmanship of these students and having one student say to me, “I can teach you how to write like this, Kat”, watching them create forts during their free play, and being blindfolded by Lorna and playing a number chart game with the class. (The 1/2/3 class)
- Starting our 5-8 math time by doing a round-robin game time and witnessing some serious math enthusiasm (that involved screaming), hearing about their ‘I Am From’ poem ideas and excitement, playing a fun game of soccer with many members of this class on the lower field, watching them tromp with Greta all over the Neck with clipboards in hand, and saying goodbye on Friday to an excited fifth grader who said to me, “I LOVE school- we should have it every day.” (The 5/6 class)
- Witnessing students record detailed observations and questions about a monarch caterpillar and chrysalis, engaging in an incredible roundtable discussion with them about our summer reading of The Alchemist, laughing hard with students as we played soccer, tennis, and tether ball, learning more about our styles of approaching work and collaboration through a ‘Compass Points’ protocol, and having students pitch in and clean the classroom on Friday before I even asked them to! (The 7/8 class)
Next week our teachers and students will be sharing more about their experiences in our Family Update, so stay tuned.
Reminders And Calendar:
Campus Construction and Speed Limit Thanks to all of you for being extra cautious during drop off and pick-up this week as we got into the routine and navigated some larger construction vehicles and trucks on campus. It was great to see many of you enjoying time together outside of your cars while waiting for children to be dismissed. Let’s all continue to work together to ensure that children are moving safely through the parking lot, or down the car line to your vehicles. As a reminder, the speed limit that we feel is safest for all participants and creatures on Chewonki Neck Road is 30 mph, and on campus it’s 15 mph. If you happen to meet one of our working horses on the road, it’s helpful to our farmers if you slow right down and they will wave you on if it’s safe to pass.
Tuesday, September 10- Farm Time Starts Our farm time starts this Tuesday! Each class will have the opportunity to harvest a few ingredients for our cooking classes this week, as well as to help with other seasonal work on the farm. Please make sure that your child has their muck boots and rain gear at school, because we tend to use these quite a bit on farm days.
Tuesday, September 10- Family Group Meeting from 3-4 PMFrom Jenn Barton: Please join us- parents, grandparents, caregivers- for our first family group meeting of the year! We’ll do a bit of community building, dig into planning our first two initiatives, and share ideas about how we can best support our teachers and students, and the amazing program that continues to expand and strengthen each year. There will most definitely be a treat of some sort. ALL are welcome!
Wednesday, Sept. 11- Music Classes Begin
Hans will be here on Wednesday to start music classes with us! Students in grades 5-8 who play a musical instrument should plan to bring it on this day (it’s ok if your child does not currently play an instrument- Hans will check in with all students about options). In future weeks Hans will also be offering after-school programming on Wednesdays, starting with capoeira. He will explain more to students what this entails on Wednesday and we’ll share more information with you as well. Please email Hans (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any music related questions- he’s happy to touch base with you.
Wednesday, Sept. 11- Edible Schoolyard Class with 5/6/7th grade and Thursday, Sept. 12- Edible Schoolyard Class with 1/2/3 and 8th grade
One each of these two days, we will be preparing an appetizer of farm salsa with chips, and vegetarian sushi featuring a variety of our farm produce. On the day that students are cooking, they should still plan to bring a snack, but they do not need to pack lunch. We encourage students to eat the delicious lunch that they have helped prepare, which may mean stepping out of their comfort zone and trying something new. Please note that each student will only be involved in one of the cooking days each week, so it is important to make note of which day it is.
After-school programming for the week ahead: Monday-Farm Work Program Tuesday- Running Club Wednesday- Birding (or other outdoor adventure) Thursday- Running Club Friday- Art Club
Save the date:
- Sept. 17-20– 7/8th grade backpacking trip in the Bigelow Range (more information coming home this week!)
- Sept. 23- Grades 1-3 field trip to Pemaquid Beach for International Ocean Cleanup Day
- Week of Sept. 30 (Dates TBD)- 5/6th grade double overnight trip on Chewonki Neck