Teacher Margaret's "View From My Window" - December 15th

The View From My Window


Practice Makes the Performance Funwindows

Today we practiced! As Ms. Fielding said at the end of the rehearsal, “All the hard work is over - tomorrow, the performance is all about fun."


I asked students what the best part of the day had been. Not surprisingly, most of the answers had to do with the rehearsal. Sasha, in 2nd grade, said that “Snow” was the best song (and not just because she loves her brother and he is in that song). Eva, in 8th grade, agreed with Sasha that “Snow” was great. It was fun to see the 3rd, 4th, & 5th graders really came alive! Fourth grade students, Noah and Ryan thought “Carol of the Bells1” was excellent and they liked watching their music teacher conduct and help the kids keep the beat. Everyone I talked to from Kindergarten to 8th grade loved the Middle School Chorus’s rendition of “Sisi Ni Moja” (“We are One”). 8th grade students Saani, Kurt, and CJ thought their Kindergarten buddies rendition of “Jingle Bells” was hands down the best. They assured me that the fact that the Kindergarteners are their buddies had nothing to do with their judgement. I caught up with 7th grade in Art. They thought Second Grades, “Go Tell it On the Mountain” was awesome. They also laughed about Max (playing Joseph) not being sure what to make of baby Michaela (playing Jesus) wanting to hold his hand. 7th grade students reminisced about the roles they had portrayed when they were in Second Grade. 


In the preschool building, it was pajama day. The cold rainy weather made this the perfect day for wearing snuggly robes and slippers. The waffles were delicious and the hot chocolate helped to keep this drizzly weather at bay. 


In Preschool 3 in the Main Building families have been sharing favorite pets (a pot belly pig), favorite stories (Star Wars), and family traditions (Denmark) to name just a few. We are looking forward to learning more about all our Preschool families over the next few months.

piglet preschool drawing






PS: If your child has a tablet, computer, smartphone, or other smart device why not spend some time with them over vacation reviewing the parental controls you have set in place. Talk with your chid about expectations you have for their online behavior. Ask them to show you every app on their phone and how it works. Many benign looking apps are decoys and short cuts to sites with content you might not want your child to visit. Some even help your child break or evade your parental controls. Looking through your child’s search history is another good way of seeing what they are doing online. While you may get push back about how you don’t trust them, most will take comfort (after they calm down) in knowing that you care, that you take their safety seriously, and that you want their online experience to align with your family’s values.


“Carol of the Bells” is being performed even more than usual this season in solidarity with Ukraine. The composer, Mykola Leontovych, was Ukrainian.