*The Nature Walk field trip will be on Wednesday, April 14th at 9:15am. If you are joining us, please be in the school lobby by 9:10. We will walk down from the front lawn down to the "great lawn" in Elliot Hall. On the day of, I will give you a series of comments and questions you can ask your child and children around you. Let's have fun and collect lots of natural materials! You can also sing the "Going on the Nature Walk" song with your child, which is posted at the bottom of the lesson plan. If you have not returned the field trip permission form, please do so by Wednesday morning. You will receive an attachment of the form via email.
*Attached on the email is the photo of Beth and Melissa. They are graduate students in the school of Architecture. They have an assignment to observe and participate with children in a design or building situation to compare and contrast how the process of children's play is like the design/build process. They have ideas on doing a follow-up on the nature walk and building/construction area and will be with us every Thursday for 3 weeks.
*After thoroughly thinking about our present schedule, I have decided to add a morning meeting at 8:55 am starting Monday, April 19th, continuing until the end of this term. The rest of the schedule remains the same, with slight changes on the days we have small groups. This decision has come in correlation with the idea that by discussing the activities we have set up for the children in each curriculum area, the children will have the opportunity to intentionally think about where they want to play and what they want to do. Additionally, since the children will be going into the multi-age classrooms after this year, it seems appropriate to begin a similar schedule to theirs. This schedule will also support the small group meetings we will have later in the day, providing ample time for investigation and exploration. You will see my revised schedule in the daily schedule section of the website. We will begin preparing the children for the change in schedule on Wednesday.
*The Spring Soiree is coming up! Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 24th. This is a classy adult only evening held to raise money for the Alex Galle Memorial Scholarship Fund. Alex was the youngest son of our former director, Lynn Galle. The funds in the scholarship go for financial aid for Lab School families. The main fundraising vehicle is a silent auction which parents and Lab School staff make bids during an evening of food, drink and music and fellowship. Let us know if you have any connections with sports stars, local celebrities or interesting places around town. We have occasionally had high bids on a chance to tour an interesting work place or historical site. We have had golfers willing to pay to play a round of golf on a private club. Perhaps you have a skill or expertise (or know someone who does) that other people plan to use in the upcoming year anyway - this is a way you can donate your time to the cause and allow the money to come to the scholarship fund. Please contact Ayuko, Traci (Harper's mom in Dalia's class), or Eva for more information or to share ideas. You are welcome to invite your family and neighbors to donate or to attend too. Our class has been asked to prepare a basket of games - so that's an easy way to become involved. We need everyone's support and creativity to make sure this event is a grand success!
*April Parent Discussion Group is coming up! The topic is: Preparing Your Child for the Transition to Kindergarten. The group will meet on Thursday April 22nd from 1-2pm and Friday April 23rd from 9-10am at room 108. Everyone is welcome.
*Lab School will be closed on Tuesday, April 20th for staff development. You may see our guest of honor, Ashley Cadwell (who came in November for our first staff development) in the school and classrooms on Monday documenting the lead teachers actions and the everyday life of the lab school.