May 13th Newsletter

Ana and Mary’s Newsletter – May 13th, 2016

We tend to block off many of our senses when we’re staring at a screen. Nature time can literally bring us to our senses. – Richard Louv

Classroom Celebrations

This will be our final newsletter for the 2015-2016 schoolyear. We have witnessed the growth and development of your children over the course of the school year and have felt truly privileged to be a part of their journey. We have been reading aloud a chapter book entitled Gwinna to the class. In the story, the heroine Gwinna takes a long journey to find the center of the earth where music is born. As we watch your children learn and grow we see them struggle to make sense of the world, and find their way along what can sometimes be a confusing and difficult journey. We know that like Gwinna, they will eventually find their way. Thank you for supporting us as we shepherd your children along their individual paths.

We all enjoyed a day of hiking in the Rocky Mountains today. We loved getting outside and celebrating the wonder of springtime. Children recorded observations and poems inspired by their outdoor experiences in their spring wonder notebooks. Earlier in the week we all met new friends as our suns (3rd grade students) visited the IA and the new stars (incoming 1st grade students) visited our classroom. We read a book about the little gardener, sang garden songs, chanted garden poems, planted sunflower seeds in our garden, and made flower pictures which will grace our classroom when we return in August.

Be sure to check your child’s backpack over these last days of the school year as we will be sending home lots of work. Next week on Friday we will send home End of Year Assessment Checklists. Please keep your daily reading routine going over the summer. Research has shown that many students experience a summer slide without continued opportunities to engage in daily reading during the summer months. In addition to reading this summer spend time outdoors and try to minimize screen time.

Looking Ahead

  • Sat. May 14 – Garden Work Day – Come join us anytime from 9:00 to 2:00 and help prepare the garden for planting next week.
  • Mon. May 16 – 3rd Grade students will share portfolios with their IA advisors
  • Tues. May 17 – Visiting Author
  • 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


End of the Year Picnic

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Giant bubbles and open mike stage

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers will be grilled and served. There will also be watermelon, chips and a drink. Come on out and fill up your bellies. Once people have eaten they can play the picnic games we have set up (volleyball, soccer, paddleball, Frisbee, hula hoops, etc.).

12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. – All School Multiage Group Games – during this time we will gather everyone out on the field and will split everyone into 10 multiage groups. These groups will rotate through 10 different group building activities/games.

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Water fight and slip and slide in a designated area out on the field. Volleyball, soccer, badminton, Frisbee, 4 square, paddleball, etc. will remain set up for those who do not want to get wet.

2:30 p.m. – Big clean up of everything out on the field. Popsicles to wrap everything up.



Ana and Mary



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