Eric's Weekly Update 4-10-14

posted Apr 14, 2014, 9:37 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Calendar                                                         
Thursday, 4/10 Board Meeting 6:30-8:30pm
Friday, 4/11 Volunteer Appreciation Tea in the Library 8:30-9:30am
Friday, 4/11 OBOB 3-5th Graders 1:15-2:30pm
Friday, 4/11 Capital Campaign Donor’s Thank You Dinner (by invitation)
Friday, 4/11 Parent’s Time Out 5:30-8:30pm
Saturday, 4/12 State OBOB tournament in Salem
Thursday, 4/17 Capital Campaign meeting 6:30-7:45pm
Tuesday, 4/22 Choir Festival at the Hult Center all day
Wednesday, 4/23 All School Panorama Photo 11am
Thursday, 4/24 Capital Campaign Block Party Planning Meeting 6:30-8:30pm
Monday, 4/28 Mazzi’s Fundraiser 5-9pm 

This week                      
We have had two successful field trips in the past two weeks. I would like to thank all those that were able to be chaperones for these trips. The trips are only fun if we have adult helpers. Our visit to Taste of India was really rewarding. I saw students trying all kinds of new foods and flavors, and I did not see a single glass or dish get dropped on the floor. Our visit to the museum was self-guided. As a result, the kids were ‘done’ earlier than I thought, but all the guided time slots were filled. This trip was a bit more challenging, as several exhibits were closed and those that were open required visitors to see and not touch. We kept the chaperones busy. Our now venerated volunteers of every sort have a reward awaiting them this Friday. Please come to the annual Volunteer Appreciation Tea in the Library 8:30-9:30am. There will be baked goods and good times. I hope all the volunteers can make it. We DO appreciate your generosity and kindness!

This week we are laying the foundation for lessons on Pesach (Passover) and Easter. The timing coincides with our last round of research in Asia, which will be the Middle East. If you would like to share your expertise in these areas with the class, please let me know. 

Next week 
We will look at the ancient practice of Pesach. The Passover can be a somber or celebratory experience depending on the family, but I will teach it from a historical point of view. Montessori believed in the spiritual development of the child, not religious necessarily, but spiritual. This is an opportunity to learn about the importance of spirituality in the Middle East and the role it has played there for many generations. We will also make some small oil burning lamps from clay. If time allows we will learn about tsunamis, which is a recurring concern for many Asian countries.

Eric and Emily
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