The first month of 2014 has flown by and here at the Village School we have been keeping busy during these cold snowy weeks. From dishing out food to serving up points, students exhibited their leadership skills last month.
Cooking for a Cause
On Saturday, January 25, 2014 the Middle School students prepared a delicious Pancake Breakfast as a fundraising event for charities they selected. Preparations started Friday with students slicing 39 boxes of berries, mixing pancake batter made with 6 gallons of milk and 26 dozen eggs, and collecting 12 gallons of juice, 300 sausages, 270 bagels and muffins and 4 pounds of butter. Despite the frigid temperatures and snowfall that Saturday morning, many families came out to the breakfast and the middle school classes netted nearly $500 in generous contributions. This year the students selected to send these donations to two groups – UNICEF, which continues to offer relief in the Philippines, and The Kyklou Group, which works in Uganda to empower “communities throughout East Africa to flourish by developing and investing in economically viable, market-based solutions to rural poverty.” The Montessori value of helping others comes full circle this year as current students help Village School alumni who co-founded and currently direct the activities of The Kyklou Group. Thank you to all who came out to enjoy the breakfast and support our Middle School students.
Setting the Scene
We all know how hard Village School students work, but come out and watch the school volleyball teams and you will see how hard they play as well. The co-ed Volleyball program, which has been in existence for more than 10 years now, is open to students in grades 6-8 and consists of both Varsity and Junior Varsity teams. The teams practice every day at lunchtime from October through March for their games against other private and public schools (including Far Hills School, The Hebrew Academy, and Ho Ho Kus School.) So far the team’s record is 4-0 with their next game scheduled for next Tuesday, February 11th at Ho Ho Kus School. All team games are listed on the school calendar which can be found HERE – parents are welcome to attend any home game and cheer on the teams.
Go Village School!
Presenting the Facts
On the morning of Thursday, January 30th seventeen famous people gathered in the school auditorium. They came from around the globe, throughout the centuries and from all walks of life to share their stories with our Lower Elementary classes. Though many of them had to use a step stool to reach the podium, the speeches they gave were as big as their accomplishments.
These biography presentations are the first of two chances third year students at The Village School have to take the big stage and practice their public speaking skills in front of an audience. The students chose a person who interested them, be it a personal hero, someone found in current news, or a famous historical figure. Over the course of two months, they spent time doing research at the library and online, writing and re-writing reports at home, and rehearsing their speeches in class. On the morning of the presentations, students arrived in costume to help them get into character before taking their turn at the podium. They all did a fantastic job and seemed to enjoy the experience. Though this first presentation is held in front of their classmates only (to build confidence and comfort on stage), there is a copy of the video available in the office for parents to watch if they would like to stop by. Photos of individual students will be placed in their memory books for this year. Stay tuned for the next Lower Elementary presentation coming in May which is open to parents to attend.
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