January 15th Newsletter

Ana and Mary’s Newsletter – January 22, 2016

Classroom Celebrations

Students were welcomed back to school on Tuesday with a read-aloud of “Martin’s Big Words” – a book that celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s inspirational words about peace and kindness. Throughout the week we continued to remind each other about the power of words – how words can hurt, heal, and express dreams for a better world.

The following day we launched our new theme: the life and work of Dr. Wangari Maathai from Kenya. She is the Nobel Peace Laureate we will be studying for the remainder of this year. If you have time to step into our classroom you will see a “Kenyan” scenery we have created. It serves as a backdrop for presenting short plays during which we, with the help of small figures, act out scenes of her life. Students so far have learned about Wangari’s childhood in rural Kenya, her love for nature, and her eagerness to learn.  Parallel to these mini-plays we are reading biographies about her and are diving into learning everything we can about Kenyan nature. After all – who would not be fascinated by an environment full of elephants, giraffes, zebras, and lions?

Our week ended with watching a short video in which Wangari Maathai tells the story of a hummingbird (google Wangari Maathai hummingbird video – and you can enjoy it at home). Faced with a huge forest fire all of the animals simply stand by, watching the forest go up in flames, feeling powerless to stop this enormous fire. But hummingbird darts back and forth as fast as she can, carrying as much water in her beak as possible, and dropping these tiny amounts on the fire. The other animals laugh at her, but she just responds: “I will do the best I can!” These are words of encouragement for all of us – no matter how big of a crisis or problem we are facing.

Please be sure to note that tentatively scheduled conference days have changed from Feb. 25th and 26th to March 17th and 18th.  We will have regularly scheduled school days on Feb. 25th and 26th.

Looking Ahead

  • Fri., Jan. 29 – Hoops for Heart
  • Wed.,Feb. 3 – 100th day of School and Community circle
  • Mon., Feb. 8 – Math Night 5:15-6:15 pm
  • Thurs., Feb. 11 – Valentine’s Day Celebration
  • Fri., Feb. 12 – Mon., Feb. 15 – President’s Day Weekend – No School





Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart


Friday, January 29th is our Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart event.  All the money we collect for this event goes to the American Heart Association and is used to help fund potentially lifesaving research into heart and blood vessel disease and stroke, our nations #1 and #3 killers. If you are going to try to collect donations, please start doing so now. All donations that you collect should be turned in to Rosie or Sam on or before Friday, January 29th.  Hearts for our memory wall should also be turned in to us, as well.


Everyone is welcome to join us in this fun and very worthy event.  Thanks for participating and we’ll see you down in the gym on Friday, January 29th.


Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart Schedule:

8:40 to 9:15 – Kindergarten & Preschool

9:10 to 9:50 – Molly & Jim’s Class

9:50 to 10:30 – Mary & Ana’s class

10:30 to 11:25 – Pre-Walkabout and Walkabout

1:05 to 1:45 – Gabi’s class

1:50 to 2:30 – Kristie’s class and Per’s Class

2:30 to 3:00 – Preschool





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