April 22nd Newsletter

Ana and Mary’s Newsletter – April 22nd, 2016

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

Classroom Celebrations

What a tremendous evening! The Night of Exhibitions (and also the following day of presentations exchanged between IA and ELC students) was so very empowering for our students. They had worked quite independently and with much self-direction and multi-age collaboration on their projects. The additional family support and the scaffolding from us allowed them to engage more and more passionately with their topics. It was an exciting process to witness.

Next week our students will continue to demonstrate and deepen their learning by teaching you through an evening performance (Thursday night, 6pm) about Wangari Maathai and a play called “Bringing Rain to Kapiti Plain”. The following day they will participate in the Day of Dialogue – a day-long event during which there will be Africa-related performances and presentations – and our students will be docents of some of these presentations themselves. We are tremendously excited about this opportunity for our students – and in fact would love for you, if you have time, to participate in this event as well. For lunch, Walkabout students will be preparing a special Ethiopian dish. If your child is interested in trying this meal, please send in $2 – otherwise your child is, of course, welcome to eat her usual school lunch or lunch from home.

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 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!


Ana and Mary

Looking Ahead

  • Thurs., April 28 – Africa Night performance by Mary and Ana’s class, 6pm, theater. Please bring your child to our classroom at 5:45pm so we can get everyone ready for the performance!
  • Fri., April 29 – Day of Dialogue (you are very welcome to attend!!) 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


Field Day Note

The school year is coming to an end and it’s time once again for field day. Field day will be held on Friday, May 6th and will follow this schedule:

Field Day Schedule

8:45 to 10:00 – IA

10:00 to 11:15 – Preschool, Kindergarten and ELC

11:30 to 1:00 – Clean up from the morning and set up for the afternoon

1:00 to 2:30 – Pre-Walkabout and Walkabout

(Capture the flag, volleyball, soccer, Frisbee,

tug-a-war & more)

Please make sure your child wears clothes they can easily move around in, tennis shoes, sunscreen and a jacket in case it’s cold. If you have any questions, please call and leave a message on my voice mail #303-982-7056. You are also more than welcome to come join us and participate in field day. I’m look forward to a super fun day. Cross your finger for good weather.








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