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The Weekly Roundup with Teacher Margaret

Dear Friends,
 

In this Weekly Roundup I hope to give you a very small window into the rich life of our school


Monday

  • Prek-8th grade gathered in the auditorium to watch a video production of Martin’s Big Words about the life and work of Martin Luther King.
  • Fourth Grade students were testing their programming skills. They were coding robots to move the sleds they had constructed down the hall.

Tuesday:

  • Teacher’s Deborah’s Looking at Art lecture focused on the work of Goya and Kathe Kollwitz as examples of artists protesting war. Next Tuesday Deborah will continue her look at art as a form of protest with artists working after 1945 and into the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Second Grade students read and discussed Dr. King, the focus of this week’s Scholastic News 
Kathe Kollwitz Outbreak(Kathe Kollwitz "Outbreak" 1908. The British Museum) 

 

Wednesday:

  • We had a rich meeting for worship. I read excerpts of Martin Luther King’s 1957 sermon “Loving Your Enemies” Our Eighth Grade shared powerful queries they had written for our consideration:

    • “As I work alongside people who look or believe differently from me do I always show them I am their friend?”
    • How do we work together to make sure everyone, no matter what their skin color, religion, gender, or abilities feels safe and included?”

  • In Preschool, Marina Olsen read Happy Birthday Martin Luther King by Jean Marzollo to her students

Thursday:

  • Across the school, everyone worked with their Buddies to create posters based on Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  The posters will be on display in the hall outside of First Grade
  • Eighth Grade continued to discuss Of Mice and Men; giving them opportunities to consider issues of class, gender, and ability.
Buddies

Friday

  • We will gather in the auditorium for Meeting for Music with a focus on protest songs. Among other songs, I know Ms. Fielding will be including “We Shall Overcome”, “This Land is Your Land” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing”
  • Kindergarten will have library with our wonderful parent volunteers.