Jon's Weekly Update 1-13-12

posted Jan 13, 2012, 9:41 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Dear Middle School Family,

The sleepover last Thursday was a blast. We made our own pizzas for dinner and cooked pancakes in the morning. We played games and danced our adolescent hearts out! Best yet: we cleaned it all up and got the kitchen sanitized for whoever came next. Thanks again to Karen Cross and Leanne Collis for spending the night with us, and to Cherri Rose for doing the shopping!

Every one of our students has earned their Food Handler's License. Thanks to those of you who sent in $10 to pay for your student's license. We have to pay for them by credit card. (I still have to interface with our book-keeper to finish up the transaction.) If you haven't sent in the $10, you can have your student log in at home and pay for the license with your own credit card. If you do, please print your students Food Handler's Card and send it to school so we have it on file.

We started Ballroom Dance in P.E. on Tuesday. Laura and Robert Taylor have been teaching ballroom dancing for over 25 years and have volunteered to bring the JOY! of dancing to our school. They are a kick! George and Jon are both taking extra lessons to help support the longevity of this program (and add some comic relief!). We'll be ballroom dancing for PE every Tuesday for the next many weeks.

Speaking of JOY! Ukuleles! have taken over the Middle School. We play together every morning for the first 30 minutes. Students practice songs every lunch period, and students are creating Personal Action Projects to carve out more time in their day to practice. Help! I need some music-minded volunteers to take this to the next level. Some percussion would sauce things right up...

We will continue to work hard in the garden until all the leaf mulch is moved. Please send your students to school dressed to work outdoors in this cold weather.

Electives start again this Friday. Thanks Karen Hewett for teaching the cooking class. Carrie will continue to teach the Textiles class. Jon will join Karen Fabiano to lead a hiking/running elective. We're still working out the (small) costs to help cover the cost of materials for the cooking and textiles classes. I'll let you know as soon as we have it settled.

We're looking at making a trip to the Coast (Newport) the week before Spring Break (March 20-23). We'll need transportation support for 13 students and at least 3 parent chaperones to make it happen... Mark your calendar (and take a few days off and join us!). Let me know ASAP if you'd like to come with us. We plan to stay in yurts (Not tents! Burr!)

As always, please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions. I love to hear from you.

Jon and Carrie