April 15th Newsletter

Ana and Mary’s Newsletter – April 15th, 2016

A friend is someone you share the path with. ~ African proverb

Classroom Celebrations

The rain held off, the animals were active and the zoo had few visitors on Monday so our students had a great day researching African animals. We watched the mama gorilla with her baby and saw the rhinoceros run through its habitat and rolling in the mud. Students really enjoyed spending time looking closely at so many of the animals they have been learning about. A special thanks to all of the grown-ups who were able to accompany us!


We have finished our information boards for our exhibits that will be on display at Night of Exhibitions this Wednesday. We are inviting families to help their child make a 3-D, small diorama, or other creative representation of the topic their child studied at home. For example a small clay giraffe, or a card board cut-out zebra… Children can bring in these representations and display them along with the exhibit boards they created here at school.

Class T-Shirts

Class t-shirts are in. When your child brings in $5 we will label their t-shirt. We will keep t-shirts here at school so students can wear them on four special occasions before we send them home. We plan to have students wear their t-shirts next week at the Night of Exhibitions, the next day when presenting to other classes, during our performance on April 28 and during Day of Dialogue on April 29. T-shirts will go home with students on Fri., April 29th after school. In collaboration with our students one of our parents created a t-shirt design that honors our study of Wangari Maathai, trees and African animals! These t-shirts will be for sale for $5 each and students will be wearing them for our performance April 28.

Night of Exhibitions

Our students have been busy preparing for the Night of Exhibitions. They are excited to have everyone come visit our class museum where you can learn about Africa. If possible we are asking that all of our students be present in our classroom from 5:00 until 5:40. During that time students will stay at their exhibit to answer questions and share their learning. We would like to have grown-ups visit the exhibits asking questions and interacting with your student and then moving on to talk with all of the students in the class. At 5:40 you can pick up your child from his/her exhibit and visit other classrooms. We encourage families to take a peak upstairs and find out what our IA students are up to. There will also be displays from some secondary students. Students are expected to stay with their grown-ups after leaving our classroom. Our classroom will continue to be open for families who are unable to make it to the 5:00- 5:40 time for a “self-guided” tour.


This is a family friendly event celebrating African music. Kutandara fuses ancient African music traditions with indie-pop, rock, jazz, gospel, classical & world folk influences. Their exuberant & hi-energy polyrhythmic performances manage to be innovative & deeply-rooted at the same time. Kutandara means to come together & have a good time, which is the group’s purpose as they exchange energy of music and movement with their audiences Saturday April 16th 3:45-6pm    3:30 doors   3:45-4:15-Kid’s Open Mic Showcase  The Oriental Theater   4337 Tennyson St  Denver 80211 $8/adults  $4/kids FREE/1 & under

Looking Ahead

  • Wed., April 20 – Early Release 1pm
  • Wed., April 20 – school-wide Night of Exhibitions, 5:00 – 7pm
  • Thurs., April 28 – Africa Night performance by Mary and Ana’s class, 6pm
  • Fri., April 29 – Day of Dialogue and Film Festival
  • Fri., May 6 – Field Day
  • Fri., May 13 – Hiking Field Trip
  • Wed./Thurs. May 18/19 – 3rd grade Overnight Trip
  • Tues., May 24 – All School Picnic
  • Wed., May 25 – Last day of school, Early Release 1pm

From Melody:

Attention filmmakers!

All films are due April 18th. Please fill out a form from the front office and return it to Melody. Send your films on a flash drive or contact Melody for other options.

The Evening Event will be on April 29th. See you all there!



Ana and Mary


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