September 30-October 5, 2013
Book Fair 2013
The week of September 30th, The Village School hosted its annual book fair. The theme for this year was Reading Oasis: A Cool Place to Discover Hot Books. The fair,which is always a great place to meet and chat with other parents while book browsing, was open all day during the week as well as during Back to School Night, and closed after the Middle School car wash on Saturday. The fair was well attended and sold an amazing $12,459.95 worth of books. Of that total, $2422.93 is due to the generosity of families who purchased 240 books off the teachers’ wish lists. Thanks to all who organized, volunteered and attended!
Back to School Night
Back to School Night was held on Wednesday, October 2,2013. After opening the evening, Marilyn introduced Ron Carr from the Board of Trustees who discussed the progress being made on Phase One of the construction, the new gymnasium, which was made possible by a $2 million gift from grandparents of students in the school. Ron also talked about the plans for Phase Two which includes a new library/resource center as well as the relocation of the school’s offices to the courtyard side of the building, music practice rooms to accommodate the expanding music program and a new health office. Phase Three will be a new roof and heating/air conditioning system and infrastructure repairs. These exciting changes will happen over the next two years and parents will be asked to participate in the Capital Campaign “Building for Our Children” to raise money for Phases Two and Three. A parent of two Village School graduates, Ron expressed his excitement for the project and his love for the school while encouraging all parents to support the expansion. Ramon Hache from the Development Committee, who has two children currently enrolled in The Village School, also spoke. Ramon promoted the importance of every family’s participation in this year’s Annual Fund “Every Gift Matters”. The Development Committee is aiming for 100% participation this year so please stop by the office or click on the link below to make your donation https://www.thevillageschool.net/supporting-the-school/supporting-the-school/.
Penny Wight, a former Village School primary teacher and parent of a sixth grader and Village School graduate spoke on the gift of a Montessori education. Her full speech, which many parents found moving and insightful, can be read here. After the presentation in the auditorium, parents made their way to the classrooms to discover what it’s like to walk a day in their children’s industrious shoes (or slippers)!
Middle School – Washing Cars and Painting Walls
The Middle School held its annual car wash on Saturday, October 5th. A constant stream of cars lined up to be scrubbed, rinsed and dried by our 7th and 8th graders. A total of $1,139 was collected in donations to support field trips the students will be taking this school year. Thank you to all who came and supported them!
If you have walked through the west wing of the building this year, you probably noticed the unfinished barrier covering the hole in the building created by the construction work. That plain white wall is soon to become a little brighter as Middle School students are working with Bob in their art classes to decorate the barriers with some of their artwork. This week, students began by tracing projections of their art onto the wall, with plans to fill them in with paint in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for pictures of their finished work!
Mexican Tin Art
On the East side of the building, you may have noticed some very colorful artwork created by our Lower Elementary students. This is a form of Mexican Tin art that the students have done in conjunction with their studies of North and South America. Because this type of art traditionally portrays celestial imagery, students were able to incorporate what they are learning about the solar system in their science lessons as well.
How Does Your Garden Grow?
The Orange Class began a planting project this fall. With the help of school nurse, Karen Fischer, the children planted seeds in raised beds constructed on the primary playground. They hope to have some lettuce to harvest for this year’s Thanksgiving feast!
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