Art Show Information

June 1 - 2:17PM

Good afternoon all,

I just heard from Miss Corrie, the Art teacher who is setting up the Art Show for the kids at Open House. She informed me that she will be displaying work from ALL of the students from Seedlings on up, so come and enjoy your child's work in the show on Sunday!

-Miss Deb

Science Fair Projects

June 1 - 2:17PM

Good afternoon Elementary/Middle parents,

In all of this information I've been trying to keep straight I keep forgetting to write to my own class about our Science Fair projects this year. The kids were supposed to take their projects home last Friday to begin at home over the weekend, and since I was in the garden trying to finish up their plantings, most of them forgot to take them.

We only have a couple of days left before Open House, but I am planning on having their projects out and displayed on Sunday. I told the kids that they must conduct the experiments at home (it's a GROSS Science Fair this year! Only a couple of kids refuse to get gross.) and I will take care of their displays at school.

Most experiments we chose together are easy and quick due to the lack of time, so please help your child to finish their experiments and then bring EVERYTHING in from your experiment on Friday.

Thanks, and hold onto your hats because time is passing us by so quickly it feels like a windstorm!

Debra Smorto

Upcoming Reminders

May 27 - 2:23PM

Good afternoon on this balmy day,

From spring in March, back to winter in April, then to fall in May, now we have summer....poor Mother Nature is so confused...

There is a lot of happenings here at FOG for the next couple of weeks. Here is a summary to keep you all straight:

  1. Monday we are closed for Memorial Day.

  2. Tuesday, May 31st, the Elementary/Middle kids have their final swim lessons - same time. Let me know who can drive.

  3. Wednesday, June 1st, the FUN begins! This day will be Movie Day for Sprouts and Field Day for Elementary/Middle. More info to come.

  4. Thursday, June 2nd, Field Day for Sprouts and Seedlings. Elementary/Middle are going to attend the Renaissance Fair Day for Students. More info to come.

  5. Friday, June 3rd is a HALF DAY for all students. Sprouts and Seedlings will have normal work times and Elementary/Middle kids will have Movie Day.

  6. Sunday, June 5th - OPEN HOUSE!!! Please see your invitation that went home in folders. We will be putting out a sign up sheet for volunteers and food today! Come one, come all!!! Bring your friends and family and have a lovely old-fashioned family day!

  7. Monday, June 6th - Sprouts and Seedlings will have another Field Day. Elementary/Middle kids will go to Maple Grange Park with their bikes and experience biking and some trick biking lessons with the famous Aaron Chase! More info to come.

  8. Tuesday, June 7th - Ice Cream Day for all classes! Donations are happily accepted!

  9. Wednesday, June 8th - Last Day of School! We ALL go to High Point State Park Beach for a day of fun in the sun and water! More info will follow on this event.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, and as one mom wrote to me,

We will join you in remembering those we lost and those who were left behind. I wish more people would do that in between burgers and beers. It's a sad state of affairs, this war business, but it will apparently go on and on and precious souls will continue to be lost, UNLESS.....

I couldn't have said it any better myself,

-Miss Deb

A Few Items

May 25 - 10:27AM

Good morning!

First, I wanted to thank all of those who helped out with the play, whether it was help during the performance, help with props or scenery, help with running errands, refreshments,....and the list goes on and on. Because of our wonderful "village" here at FOG, the kids were able to shine and do their very best! I wanted to add more to my introduction regarding the skills that kids learn from a process such as our annual plays, but I was limited by my voice issue, so here goes:

We have been producing plays at FOG for many years now. I have watched over the years how the kids grow and develop during the process of learning how to act and perform in a play. What I watch is truly amazing. It's like butterflies coming out of their chrysalises and becoming magnificently beautiful creatures. My own grand daughter walked through this process over the course of time she was here at FOG. I remember her first play was our first production of the Wizard of Oz, and then we produced it again ten years later, as her last play. Her first experience was a little frightening for her, but she made it on stage in her little pink tutu as a munchkin and sat up there looking out at the crowd. I still have that picture on my refrigerator at home. Then throughout the years she worked in the many other plays we produced and worked her way up out of her shyness and into main characters. Her last performance with us was playing the Wicked Witch in the second production of Oz, and it was amazing to me to see how she had developed so many talents throughout the years doing the plays that she was able to be a mean and nasty character, which is a hard thing to do for kids.

The skills kids learn by being a part of a production are so many, it is hard to sort out. They learn patience and how to wait; how to work as a team; how to support their peers; reading skills and how to read scripts; cultural and literary lessons; how to listen; when to speak; how to sit still when others are speaking; how to project their voices; how to stand up in front of people and not be afraid and how to have fun doing it; how important timing is; how to work with a musical score; singing and choral skills; how to change costumes quickly; how to help make costumes; how to help make props; how to listen to a director; being creative and coming up with ideas to add or help to adapt a story to the stage; how to memorize; what it takes to change an animated movie into a stage production; how to do your best....the list goes on and on.

This is why I torture myself and my staff each year when producing our plays. I choose to challenge the kids to their highest level and give them a high bar to rise up to because I know they can do it. I know that at the end they will gain a huge sense of satisfaction at having done a hard and good job. That sense of accomplishment is tantamount to growing up and becoming a productive individual in our society, as challenging as it is.

And, as always, the first day back in school after doing a play, I am always met with the resounding question, "So what play are we going to do next year, Miss Deb?" They get so excited about trying to help me choose the next play and their parts already! It never fails. And with our plays, the kids never fail. They learn, and they learn well. I am proud of each and every one of them.

Secondly, I forgot to remind people that today and tomorrow was our Bake Sale with all of the busy-ness this time of year. We will have it tomorrow and Friday instead, so if any of you would like to contribute any baked goods to our table, please bring items in by either this afternoon or first thing tomorrow. We always use the funds gained from our Bake Sale to pay for expenses for our Open House, which, don't forget, is June 5th from 11 to 3!! I will be sending home invitations regarding the activities for the day shortly.

Don't forget that today and tomorrow are half days also for Parent-Teacher Conferences. I am still receiving last minute appointments, and if I can, I will fit you in!

Thank you and have a lovely, warm summer-like day,

-Miss Deb

Important Play Information!

May 18 - 9:10AM

Good morning,


  1. Remember that Friday is a half day for all students. We dismiss promptly at 11:30 AM. No lunches are needed on Friday. No aftercare is available.

  2. Elementary students should arrive back at the church at 5 pm.

  3. Sprouts should arrive at the church at 5:30 pm.

  4. The play begins at 6 pm. Plan for a 2 hour performance. A little cast party will take place after the play in the back meeting room. Those that have offered to make treats to share, please drop them off in the back room before the play.

  5. Sprouts will be sitting in special areas during the play. If for some reason your child cannot handle being in the play, once we realize this we will send your child to sit with you for the remainder of the play. Hopefully this won't happen!

  6. We strongly encourage the Seedlings families to come with their children to watch their fellow schoolmates acting so that when they enter Sprouts, they will be more familiar with how things are done.

  7. Costs to attend the play are $10 per person. Staff and students do not pay. Children viewing the play under 3 do not pay. You can pay by check (payable to Fields of Green) or cash. We donate half of the proceeds to the church as a thank you for allowing us to use their facility.

  8. ALL students should come to the church with their costumes on, and in the case of kids with multiple costumes, they must be wearing their first costume. Any costume changes will take place in the church kitchen and all clothes must be laid out carefully there when you arrive so that your child will be able to quickly change between scenes.

And of today I have no voice - it figures - so I hope it returns by Friday, otherwise I may have a spokesperson or else you will all have to read cue cards!!! It's always something....

Have a lovely day,

Miss Deb