November 4th Newsletter

Ana and Mary’s Newsletter ~ November 4, 2016

Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins. by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

From the classroom
First of all, many, many thanks for the delicious food families provided for advisors during conferences, for the many books donated to our class through the Book Fair, and for organizing and creating a fantastic Halloween party for our ELC kids!!!!

Our Exploration of bridges and bridge building continued this week. While the “Dolphins” experimented with constructing longer beam bridges, the “Sea Turtles” studied the ‘impossible bridge’: The Golden Gate Bridge. Later in the week all the students attempted to build sturdy bridges with toothpicks and pieces of clay as connecting material. The team work and mutual inspiration were amazing. Students definitely found out firsthand that shorter bridges are easier to construct and triangles are crucial to stability. A delightful episode of Curious George building a bridge with toothpicks and marshmellows in order to rescue a group of chicks stranded on an island accompanied our students’ experiments. Our architectural journey led us then on to learning about the White House. While its architectural features were only mildly intriguing to our young students, the fact that the Oval Office has two hidden doors and that some presidents allowed alligators as pets made a deep impression upon them.

Upcoming Dates

  • Tuesday, November 8th Election Day
  • Wednesday, November 9th – Field Trip to the Children’s Museum. Bring $10 and sack lunch.
  • Thursday, November 17th – 6pm Silent Auction, 7pm All School Talent Show. If your child would like to participate please send an email to All proceeds of the event will go to help fund a community center in Nicaragua.
  • Friday, November 18th – Service Day (former Durbin Day): Bring a side or veggie dish to share, (labeled with name) mess kit, and canned food to donate to the Action Center.
  • November 21st-November 25th – Thanksgiving Break

Ana and Mary


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