Props Needed!

April 24 - 4:21PM

Hello Parents,

There are a few things that we could use for the play in the form of props. If you have any of these items, please email me back and let me know so I can consider them taken care of. If you lend any props to us, make sure you have your name on them so we can return them to you after the play.

  1. We need what looks like fish eggs about the size of a tennis ball. Anyone have tennis balls they want to paint orangish red? We need a pile of them, maybe 10 or so.
  2. A large fishing net
  3. A plastic fish skeleton
  4. Top hats and canes (We need 3 sets)
  5. Clear garbage bags – large size (large kitchen bag size or larger is fine). We need about 4.
  6. I need someone to make what looks like a window out of a piece of poster board. In the background should be boats/a harbor scene.
  7. A red throw carpet, about 4 x 8 or something around that size. Even a 3 x 6 is ok.
  8. A pink throw rug, in the shape of an oval.

(Basically they are going to be the bottom of the whale’s mouth with the pink rug being the tongue, if that helps anyone visualize it.)

If you help to make anything we need, remember to include that in your community service hours!

Thanks, Deb

Seedlings Summaries

April 24 - 9:57AM

Good Afternoon Everyone,

I am sending out the summaries for the Seedlings classes since January. Melissa has had computer problems and was unable to get them to me until now. She apologizes!

Thanks, Deb

Download Seedlings_Summary_-_January_2013.doc Download Seedlings_Summary_-_February_2013.doc Download Seedlings_Summary_-_March_2013.doc

Instructions for Next Week - IMPORTANT!!

April 23 - 1:52PM

Dear Families,

Next week can be confusing, so I wanted to make sure you all have this email early to plan your week appropriately. PLEASE READ ALL NOTES CAREFULLY!!! Anything written in bold letters are extremely important.

  1. From Monday through Wednesday, we will be practicing at the church with all of the students. We invite any child who does not normally come on all three days to join us each day from 9 to 11:30. You can drop off your child at 9 AM and pick up your child promptly at 11:30 AM at the school. We have a path that we use to walk back and forth from the church, so please make sure you only come to the school. You can also send your child on their normally scheduled days.

  2. Thursday, May 2nd – This is a Half Day! There is no Extended Care on that day. We ask that you meet us at the church with your child already in costume by 9:30 AM. DO NOT GO TO THE SCHOOL. Every child must be accompanied by a parent. The play begins at 10 AM. All families must park in the front of the church and walk up. Only staff members are allowed to park behind the church. Dismissal is immediately after the play, which should be at about noon.

  3. Friday, May 3rd – This is a Half Day! There is AM Extended Care only. Normally scheduled students will come to school and dismissal is promptly at 11:30. After what we hope is a relaxing and stress free afternoon with your child, we ask that you arrive back at the church at 5:30 PM. The same parking rules apply. The play is at 6 PM. After this show, there is a cast party and ALL are invited to attend and congratulate the kids for a wonderful job done! Cake and juice will be served.

Some other important things to note:

  2. We expect ALL students at both plays. Remember that at least one parent or guardian MUST stay at the church during each showing.
  3. Ticket prices are $10 per adult and $5 per child. Ages 3 and under are free. Enrolled students do not pay. Payment will be collected as you enter the church. Checks or cash is acceptable.
  4. Invite your family and friends! We want to show our kids as much support as possible during this important time of the year!!!

Any questions??? Now’s the time to ask!!

Yours, Deb

Order Reminders/Play

April 23 - 10:03AM

Dear Parents,

Since I am completely enmeshed into the production of our play next week at this point, I just wanted to remind you now while I still can remember, to send in any milk or lunch orders for the month of May. Also, any musical instrument lesson payments are due next week. This month flew by so fast – I feel like I just sent this reminder the other day!

We are working at the church this entire week staging the kids, working out the kinks, etc. and next week is rehearsal all week for the entire school. The kids are such champs and doing excellent so far! What I truly enjoy is the collaboration I have with the students – I allow them to make suggestions throughout the entire process, thus helping them to take on leadership positions, increase their self confidence, and also become much more invested in the creation of this work, since it becomes not just mine, but theirs as well. The kids are smart and sometimes have a better handle on things than I do, and I want to take this time to congratulate them so far in their efforts to help make this play what it is. Hats off to them!!

Just make sure all of your kids practice their lines EVERY DAY!!!! And for those who have CD’s to practice songs with, make sure they study them deeply so they can be synchronized with the song with their lyrics.

Have a great day! Deb

Community Service Opportunities Here at FOG

April 19 - 1:58PM

Dear Parents,

Another couple of community service opportunities are upcoming:

  1. We are committed to sponsoring a Mini March to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in May. If anyone wants to run that fundraiser who owes us hours, please let me know and I’ll give you the job! It shouldn’t be very hard to do.

  2. Below read a letter from Maria, our Purple Dragon Coordinator, who could use some help on May 2nd with the next order. Anyone wishing to help there, feel free to email her directly from the message!

I hope you all were pleased with the vegetables and fruits you got in your share yesterday. If there were any quality issue please let me know immediately as we can report them in 24 hours.

As many of you know, the school play is on 5/2 which is the same day as the next delivery. Since we will all be busy in the morning we are planning to do the splitting immediately following the play. I am estimating the shares will be ready around 2pm.

The kids will not be helping this week so if you are available to help after the play we can have it ready for everyone that much faster. Deb mentioned that there are community service hours available for this if you are interested.

Final orders for 5/2 are due to the office today so please let me know if you want to make any changes to yours. Also please remember to leave your check or mail it to me prior to pickup.

Enjoy your weekend, Maria

Wondering what to do with a Daikon radish? One of our members sent me this recipe.

Easy Daikon Salad Recipe Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes Yield: serves 4 Ingredients

2 cups julienne cut daikon radish (I used my food processor to cut it) 1 tsp kosher salt 1 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar 2 tsp granulated sugar 1 tsp sweet rice wine (mirin) OPTIONAL: crushed peanuts Instructions

Place the daikon in a colander/mesh strainer over a bowl or the sink and sprinkle with salt. Mix well. Let sit for 30 minutes. Squeeze out excess water and then rinse well with cold water. Drain. In a small saucepan, combine the seasoned rice vinegar, sugar and rice wine. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves (this will only take a few minutes). Transfer the daikon to an airtight container and pour the rice vinegar mixture over. Shake or stir well to combine. Chill for 20 minutes before serving. This can store for up to a few days in the fridge, if it lasts that long. If desired, serve topped with crushed peanuts.