October 28 - 5:13PM
Good afternoon to you!
Our annual Harvestfest will take place on Monday and Tuesday morning of next week. Each year, the Elementary/Middle kids prepare games and decorations to put out in the playground, and they monitor their games for the Sprouts and Seedlings. It's a child-led event and it is always very sweet. The older kids are instructed to create decorations that are about harvest or Halloween, but they aren't too "scary." They transform the play house into a "Haunted House" of sorts and they are always proud of their creations and games. This is a time when the older are able to interact and guide the younger, which is an important part of Montessori education.
We ask parents to send in harvest treats on either day for our harvest table - baked goods, fruit platters, creative fall food, hot chocolate or cider, popcorn, etc. All are welcome! The kids love to visit the harvest table to view and taste all of the goodies prepared for them. We thank you ahead of time for helping out!
Costumes will only be worn by Elementary/Middle kids - not Sprouts or Seedlings, and cannot be too scary.
Children who normally attend in the afternoon can come in the morning instead on either of those days - we don't want any of our kids to miss out on the fun!
Looking ahead into November, which will fly by, we always celebrate Thanksgiving in the Seedlings and Sprouts by making Stone Soup from the written story that describes a hungry soldier entering a town and showing the residents that if they all pitch in a little of what they have, they create a tasty community soup. Soon I will send more information on how all of you can participate in that event.
In Elementary/Middle, we make a traditional Thanksgiving meal that we all share together. A few years ago I had the Elementary/Middle kids travel to my home and we prepared and ate our Thanksgiving there. I am considering doing this again because those that were there have very fond memories of their time at my house and have asked if we can do it again. I am also trying to figure out if I did that, which day of the week would be preferable to my families to drive up my way. It is an hour's drive and it would take up most of the day. Consider this a survey, Elementary/Middle parents, and let me know your preferences or ability to drive up on the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday before the holiday. If you prefer to have our celebration here at the school, let me know your feelings about that too. I will make my decision based upon the majority of opinions I get.
Have a great weekend!
October 27 - 5:54AM
Two more things:
I can't believe that they are calling for possible wintry weather tomorrow! I notify all of you via an email or a text message no later than 6:30 am if there is a delay or cancellation of school. You all received a flyer from Remind.com about signing up to get reminders via text when you joined. You will not receive text messages from me unless you are registered on that site. To join the "All Students" category, you would text @fogfam to 81010. If you wish to sign up for the individual classes for other possible notifications and you do not have your flyer anymore, just email me and I will get a flyer out to you.
Also, with this colder weather now upon us, please send in new changes of clothing for your child that is warmer and we will switch out and return any other clothing that we keep here in case of accidents, etc.
Have a great day!
October 27 - 5:53AM
I was going to write this last week, but we seemed to turn back into summer, so now I can write this!
Now that the days are cooling off quite quickly, especially in the mornings, please make sure that your child comes dressed in layers! For the morning, your child should have a hat, gloves and a winter-type jacket, and as the day warms up they can change into wearing a lighter jacket or fleece that you should send in their backpacks each day. Warm shoes are a MUST! Remember, we are outside every day for a half hour minimum three times a day. Bare legs, open feet with light socks just don't cut it here at FOG. It is important that a child can come packed to the hilt with clothing and then shed layers as the days warm up.
Also, check out the latest local DIRT Magazine - I wrote an article about our theme and it got in! They had to shrink it down a bit due to space considerations, but it still turned out okay. Charles and Kelsey from our Uppers class are now famous, since they printed that photo out of many I sent in!
Have a lovely day!
October 6 - 2:21PM
Good afternoon on this sunny day!
I would first like to thank Miss Liz and her dad, Dennis, for hosting us at their farm yesterday. It was a delightful visit and the kids completely enjoyed being able to pick and eat the veggies right where they grew! I'm sure the sensorial experience overshadowed all explanations, but that in itself is priceless and valuable learning for all. I know the older kids retained some good knowledge because they wrote about it in their journals in the afternoon. I hope you all go there to try their delicious, truly organic produce that is VERY reasonably priced! As soon as I get a quiet moment I will post the trip on our Facebook page, which, by the way is where we post all of our pictures of goings on in our school. So if you haven't gone to our Facebook page yet, go see what fun things we do here at FOG!
Also, the fall is speeding by so fast I forgot to mention to my Elementary/Middle parents that all next week is Archaeology Week! We are closed on Monday, but every day after that (with the exception of Thursday morning when we go apple picking), the kids will be getting real dirty! Send them in clothes they can get dirty in, with STURDY shoes. NO sandals, crocs, flip flops, rubber boots, etc. Just good sneakers or hiking/work boots. Our resident archaeologist, Geof Purcell, will be our guide through the week as we "dig" in Ancient India.
Don't forget - NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY!
October 5 - 9:45AM
This week's picture taking sessions went wonderful. Bruce from Forever Studio is always excellent at what he does. Yesterday we sent home more notices about how to view and order your child's school pictures. The notice looks similar to the first one you received, so make sure you read this one carefully. It gives a password for you to get into the right page to view your photos. He either had them up last night or will have them up today if you wish to view them. Since we have lovely natural backgrounds, we always choose to photograph our kids outside and against these rural backgrounds. Enjoy, and if you have any questions, please let me know.
We are sending home booklets from Heifer International that describe our month-long fundraiser entitled "Read to Feed." All families can participate in this fundraiser for the organization whether your child can read or not. You can read to your child and that will count as well. We have been a longtime advocate and supporter of Heifer for many years. This Thursday beginning at 10 am, Heifer is coming to us here at FOG to do some fun and interactive programs with the kids to help them understand about world hunger and how they can help to not only feed others in the world, but help them to help themselves. Heifer is a type of Pay-It-Forward organization and we truly believe in their efforts around the world. Read about how their organization works and I think you too will become avid supporters also. If your child does not normally attend on Thursday, we certainly invite you to come along and stay for the approximate 45 minute program in Miss Caroline's classroom!
Some of the Elementary/Middle kids are doing additional projects with Heifer besides Read to Feed. The Upper Elementary/Middle kids are doing "Chores for Change" and the Middle School kids are going to learn a curriculum called, "Get It." This curriculum is all about world trade and how they can grow up and make better choices when buying products. These projects are being introduced this week so you will receive more info on this as the week progresses.
Let's help our kids learn that they can do a lot to help others in this world!