Fourth Grade students will be participating in the annual Environmental Symposium on May 8, along with fourth graders from other Friends Schools. At Gathering we got a sneak peek of their presentation. Students described their work around electricity use at LFS and shared photographs of our electric meters and the variety of light bulbs used at school. Third grade students presented a skit that they wrote about the history of petroleum.
Tr. Jacqueline celebrated Queen's Day, a Dutch holiday, on April 30 with Pre-K. They played games like "koekhappen" and "poffertjes".
During Gathering on April 19 the fifth and sixth graders performed an American History musical about Westward Expansion at Gathering today. There were many clever lines to learn and deliver, songs with funny and touching lyrics to sing, and choreography! Students also made their costumes, props and backdrop.
"Westward Expansion" was a wonderful integration of academics and the performing arts. It required so many 21st Century School skills: creativity, communication, collaboration, content, critical thinking and problem solving, to name a few. Our children were genuinely open to taking the risk of putting themselves out there for the whole community. They stepped up to the responsibilities of going out on that limb together with their peers, generously supporting, encouraging and celebrating each other. If only more groups and organizations could work together as well as our 10, 11 and 12 year olds!
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First and Second graders are visiting Japan! Tr. Susie and Tr. Jill gave each student a passport and a boarding pass, and on their flight to Japan students tracked the flight's progress, had a Japanese snack, and watched a movie about two girls who moved to Japan. Students are exploring Japan in lots of ways. They tasted Japanese food. They solved soduko puzzles and counted in Japanese. They read and listened to haiku poems, and then wrote their own poems under the cherry blossoms in Sycamore Park and at the school. They painted paper lanterns to include in LFS's Silent auction and then painted other lanterns to keep. They played Jan Ken Po (Rock, Paper, Scissors) and learned Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in Japanese.
"Water Dance": An LFS Spring Concert inspired by the book Water Dance by Thomas Locker
Spring at LFS means so many wonderful things -- visiting the cherry blossom tree, getting dirty in the garden, outdoor field trips, warmer recesses... and the annual Spring Concert! Students have been working hard in music class to create a wonderful program of music about and inspired by water.
Join us in the LFS auditorium on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. (**Students must be seated in their assigned seats no later than 6:15 p.m.) or Friday, April 26 at 9:00 a.m.
Since there is limited space in the LFS auditorium, we encourage families to attend the Friday morning concert instead of the Thursday night concert.