November 17th Newsletter

Ana and Mary’s Newsletter Nov. 17th, 2016

“Give me your tired, your poor, 

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, 

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. 

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: 

I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” – Emma Lazarus

From the Classroom

We spent time together learning about the Statue of Liberty this week.  We grew our schema for facts about this great American Landmark including how tall she is, how she was a gift from France to celebrate liberty from tyranny, and how she was packed into 214 boxes and sent across the Atlantic Ocean to be reassembled in New York Harbor.  But who gave voice to this great landmark?  How did she come to be known as the mother of immigrants?  When did Emma Lazarus write the poem that now graces the statue and gives her a voice?  As we dug more deeply into understanding what the Statue of Liberty means to all of us we developed empathy for refugees and immigrants.

We were also honored to host teachers from all around the country to learn together at the Thinking Strategies Institute.  Teachers spent two mornings in our classroom learning from our children.  Here are some of the things they noticed about our students…

“You helped me learn to put trust in my own students and believe they will learn from their hearts.”

“Your passion for learning will inspire me to rethink what I do as a teacher.”

“I learned that students can be so brave and gracious sharing their thinking with teachers and peers.”

Mary and Ana would like to extend such gratitude to all of you for entrusting the education of your children to JCOS.  We are so grateful for our community and the opportunity to learn alongside your children.

Service Day – Tomorrow!! 

Friday, Nov. 18th, we will spend most of the day with our school “families” (advising groups from the pre- and walkabout). At 9 am we will all walk to the Action Center, carrying the donated food to this amazing center of support. This short walk will also be an opportunity to get to know our neighborhood.  A school bus will take us from there to Crown Hill where we will enjoy a walk around the lake and nature preserve. Around 11:45 we will return to school, read a story, and enjoy a feast together. Later in the day we will spend time together to reflect on the blessings in our lives.

Students need to bring/have:

  1. Canned food to donate
  2. A side or veggie dish to share
  3. A mess kit (labeled with name)
  4. Good walking shoes and very warm layered clothing for the walk (snow, rain or shine!)
  5. There will be no charge for the bus

Upcoming Dates

  • TONIGHT: Nov. 17 – 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.
  • TOMORROW: Fri. Nov. 18 , Service Day (Former Durbin Day): bring a side or veggie dish to share, a (labeled with name) mess kit, and canned food to donate to the Action Center
  • Nov. 21-25, Thanksgiving Break


Ana and Mary


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