Our basketball team, under the tutelage of Teacher Ryan Dunn, had its first inter-scholastic basketball game against Friends Select. It is unusual for an elementary school to have inter-scholastic athletics, but, as with the case of cross-country, this brings innumerable benefits to our young people, including teamsmanship, cooperation, rigorous exercise, strategy, and school spirit. The team scored 10 points, and Ryan reported that the most important lesson, of good sportsmanship, was learned well. The team and spectators at Friends Select could not have been more welcoming and supportive.
Ryan's work with our children is exemplary in his physical education classes as well. His curriculum includes building motor learning and skill development, fitness training, eye-hand coordination, teamwork and the learning of competitive games. It is a joy to watch his class.
Teacher Alison's 3/4 class led a terrific Gathering on the Underground Railroad. It included songs, biographies of important figures in the Underground Railroad and the Anti-Slavery Movement, and a map showing the Free and Slave States. It was a splendid example of the education offered here: the content was compelling, focusing on one of the most important issues in American history. The students had clear ownership of what they had learned. The presentations were oral, visual and musical, and the delivery was such that the entire school was engaged for the full half-hour. Knowing the map alone is so important to understanding so much of American history.
Tr. Susie's class led Gathering by reciting poems about night and sharing drawings and facts about owls.
Kindergarten students learned a lot about Mali when Kindergarten mom, Astan, visited the class. Astan shared a snack with the children, played children's games, presented a slide show including information about the biggest mud building in the world (the Great Mosque of Djenne), the Sahara desert, and flying snakes, and talked about the clothing of Mali. Kindergarten students are looking forward to learning about the backgrounds and traditions of other classmates.
Pre-K enjoyed welcoming their grand friends to the classroom on Grand Friends Day in November. Students served a snack to their grand friends, shared station time, and read with their grand friends. Enjoy photos here.
Students donned work gloves and worked hard helping T. Al solve two problems. First, they needed to start a new leaf compost pile in the tipi garden, instead of behind the library. Second, they needed to move the bulbs, planters and green fencing between the four-square game and the shop porch. These bulbs soon will be replanted in the newly tilled beds along the fence on Stewart Ave.
Pre-K capped their Gathering with a rendition of "We All Live in the Milky Way." Watch it here.
The second graders spent two math periods this week organizing and counting money collected from the 5/6 Trick or Treat for Unicef fundraiser. First the second graders sorted the coins and bills. Then small groups organized the coins into stacks and groups for counting. Counting groups of coins is a second grade learning goal, so this project provided chance to practice this skill in a real life application. The grand total for all the money collected was $320.46.
Dollar Bills and Checks: $158.00
Kindergartners and 1/2 students have been working on their self-portraits, to be displayed on Grand Friends Day. Check out photos of their artwork in progress here.