February 16 - 4:45PM
I. This week you will see coming home a fundraiser that we are doing for EASTER! (Can you believe we are planning that already??) It is through Rose Mountain Chocolatier in Highland Lakes. We receive 30% of sales, so help your child get out there and sell this delicious, fair trade, organic, Non-GMO, etc chocolate!!!! It's the best chocolate to NOT feel guilty about eating!
Please follow a few simple rules:
- Stick to the deadline of next Friday, 2/26 for sending back orders WITH payment. Checks are payable to Fields of Green.
- Make sure you add sales tax for NJ for all orders.
- Even if you do not sell anything, please send back your envelopes empty. They require this.
Help us to support a local business! Enjoy selling!
II. The Elementary/Middle kids are finishing up their studies of Europe. This week, while finishing off written reports, the kids have chosen projects to do along with their reports. We will also have a European feast in the afternoon on Friday. The rules for the food are:
- Tonight I have asked all kids to go home and find a recipe with parental approval to make for Friday. They must bring in the printed or copied recipe tomorrow to show they found a recipe to make.
- Parents obviously must help, but the kids MUST help in making the recipes at home, or it will reflect poorly in their grade. This is not a parents' sole homework assignment. It would also be great if the kids went shopping to help get ingredients, but this is not required.
- Bring in items cold and we will heat them up on Friday.
- This does not substitute for lunch, so kids must all bring lunches (or partake in Fab. Fri. lunch if planned).
Projects chosen are below. You can advise your child in constructing his/her project, but please don't do it for them.
- Angela - Poster about Italy's Food
- Victoria - Recreate Ukranian Art
- Hailey - Create a Romanian costume using found items
- Connor - Do a graph or something to compare Finnish education vs. USA's education
- Trinity - Diorama of France
- Grayson - Diorama of Norway
- Catelyn - Diorama of Germany
- Luca - Poster of Austria
- Charles - Poster of Switzerland
- Scotty - Poster of Sweden
- Kelsey - Absent today - will choose Italy project
Have a great afternoon,
February 12 - 6:51AM
I am very excited to tell you about a new fundraiser we will be doing this year! We are starting next week, but the orders will be for Easter. It is a new, local company in Highland Lakes called Rose Mountain Chocolatier! The owner, Lynn Anderson, makes her own Organic, Non-GMO, Fair Trade chocolate that is soooooo delicious!!!
Next week she has invited our Elementary/Middle kids to visit her store and learn about where the chocolate comes from and how she makes it. We will be going there on Wednesday at 1 PM. More details will be sent home shortly with that class.
Even though we are celebrating Valentine's Day, we are thinking ahead to Easter! Stay tuned for items to come home with your child next week sometime and let's help her in her business adventure and help our school at the same time!
February 8 - 3:30PM
Just another reminder that classes begin this week after school! Unfortunately we didn't have enough kids to run our dance class this session, but we will try again in the spring. Please let me know if anyone wishes to sign up for our Adult class that begins this Wednesday as well as our Music Class and Kinderclimbers. These are all such great teachers and classes, so I hope we can get these running!
February 5 - 10:07AM
I know there was a lot of confusion this morning regarding the snow. It evidently was extremely localized. Where I live in Sullivan County there was no snow, and driving here today I only encountered snow within 2 miles from the school, and that was insignificant. I hear that in the higher elevations they got a few inches. I received a lot of texts and calls this morning with questions as to whether we would delay or close. Just so you all know how I go by making a decision, I first look at the weather at 5 am and continue looking at it until 6:30 am. Since I live in a very different area that seems to not be having winter this year, I rely on the delays or closings in the local tri-state area to make my decision. This morning, only New York schools were delayed or closed, and by 6:30 am, my self-imposed deadline, there were not enough schools seemingly affected to change our own daily schedule. As I was leaving this morning at 7:30, Vernon finally decided to call a delay and Florida schools decided to close. This was a ridiculously late call and I would not call a delay so late. It would mean mayhem with our parents, and I won't do that to people.
I regret that I have to rely upon the "wisdom" of the local school districts surrounding our school, but that is the only way I can gauge the weather in our school's area. So if you don't hear anything from our school via email or text (through the Remind site), then you can assume, and I hate to use that word, that we are open as usual. It would take a lot for me to call a delay after my deadline of 6:30 am. My strong suggestion to all of you is to keep your eyes peeled to our communication mechanisms in the morning until you are ready to leave for school. This way you will know as you leave that we are open as usual, or not.
On another note, our FOG mom, Amy Richardson (also owner of Mt. Peter Ski Area) is beginning a series of Reiki classes for kids. See below for more information she sent me if you are interested:
Reiki has taught me that I am not helpless; not over my thoughts, emotions, or illness. The earlier we teach our kids that we have power over our own lives,and that we can help others, the better they will be able to cope, and the more good they will do. This Reiki class is for kids ages 10-14; I will take requests for different age groups - http://themindbodysoulconnection.com/2016/02/reiki-i-for-kids-class/
Have a wonderful day and drive safely!!
February 3 - 3:22PM
New York students can receive bus transportation to our school from the age of Kindergarten on up. If you think that your child is returning next year and you live in the Warwick School District, they have sent me transportation request forms to give out. They have a deadline of April 1st to sign up, so even if you are not sure if you are returning, it is in your best interest to send in the request anyway so that you are at least on their list. If you apply late, they give you a hard time and may deny transportation.
If you would like a request sent home in your child's folder, please let me know.