Gratitude: Gratitude is the unofficial theme for the week.
PreK students welcomed Miss Canice back to school with open arms. PreSchool students were thrilled to see their friends and teachers out in their yard. Preschool teacher Mrs. Durdin welcomed her new daughter into the world and Kadence in second grade celebrated the birth of her baby sister. We all enjoyed Tuesday’s rain and gave thanks for the thunder warning us to head inside before anyone got wet!
In Meeting for Worship, we sang “Let There Be Peace on Earth". Teacher Rachael led the community in a mindfulness activity to help quiet minds and bodies. Students spoke of people for whom they are grateful, like parents or siblings or teachers or pets. We ended Meeting with a new closing by turning to our left and right and saying “thank you for worshipping with me”. Before returning to our busy days we sang “As We Leave the Friendly Place”.
We have a new Shout Out Board in the front hall that is slowly filling with the names of people “caught” doing good, from picking up trash after lunch, to holding the door, to helping find lost books.
Looking ahead to next week, the students in the five oldest grades will start phase one of their lunch food waste challenge. In phase one, each grade will weigh the amount of opened, but unfinished food from their lunches -- apple cores, strawberries, half a sandwich, etc. When we return from our fall vacation these same students will be challenged to reduce their food waste. The class with the greatest percentage reduction, will win bragging rights and perhaps ice cream!
Friday, October 8th is a teacher’s in-service day. No school for students. Teachers and staff will engage in CPR and first aid training. Our fall vacation runs through Tuesday, October 12th. Classes resume on Wednesday, October 13th.
Don’t Turn out the Lights by Jonathan Maberry with 4th & 5th grades
Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh