Dear Sierra Nevada Families:
We had a lovely, calm week in our classroom! When I returned from my mother’s memorial service on Tuesday, we had a “presentation afternoon” with many children giving presentations on research that they had finished up while I was gone. We learned about swordfish, dolphins and whales, megalodons, muscles, big cats, wolves, and seahorses! A timeline the size of the megalodon showed us that the megalodon would have just fit into both of our classrooms put together! We also had a lovely doll presentation by Nina and her family of Japanese dolls. Some of the dolls were over 50 years old! It was beautiful to see the exquisite detail of each doll and it was a fun way to celebrate Nina’s birthday!
This past summer I found LOTS of recorders in the back shed. Although I have never played the recorder, I thought it might be fun to see if the children and I could learn it together! This week we learned how to hold the recorder and how to play b and a. A “blind vote” after our first session showed 100% interest in continuing this pursuit. While I can guarantee no outcome other than fun, I am secretly hoping that we can learn to play something for the graduation program on the last day of school!
I look forward to seeing everyone this coming week for Conferences. Just a little “heads up” that I will be having everyone sign a waiver for the 24th Street Theater where we will be presenting our musical. It is a participant waiver that is a standard risk waiver saying that you are voluntarily agreeing to participate at an event at the theater. We need to turn this waiver in the day of our production, so I would really like to have it done before that date to save us time.
Speaking of the musical, we’ve been unable to make any progress since my last letter to you as we have had many children out for various reasons (illness, family vacations, etc.). I’m hoping that after this week, all of the family vacations will be over with and we can start to make good progress. The children are still very enthusiastic to learn their lines and parts and can’t wait for you to see what they are working on!
Because of the musical and graduation being the last two days of school, I couldn’t find a time to fit in our (up until now) annual Cabana Club pool party. Because many parents were disappointed that this was the case, one brave soul asked if she could coordinate the pool party on the Saturday after the last day of school. I immediately said yes and Adrienne’s mom, Mylang Liu, has taken the reins to coordinate this event. So, mark your calendars for Saturday, June 1st, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. She will be contacting you all soon regarding this event. I’m very excited that this event is happening and it will be a fun beginning to all of our summer vacations!
I found this blog post today and thought that it was GREAT! Fun weekend reading. Here is the link: https://qz.com/527652/parents-let-your-kids-fail-youll-be-doing-them-a-favor/?fbclid=IwAR3-uTWcVLTMau554KMVkRQ-CwpxaoBlRn6QudT4tNYZkYLb1Xf5spt29s8
I hope you all have a great weekend and I’ll see each of you next week!