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October 2017
Volume V, Issue #2
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Korey's Corner

Happy Autumn Everyone,

     It has been a difficult month in the world and it all makes me appreciate even more our life and our homes and especially each other. Our hearts go out to all the families in Northern California and, of course, those affected by the Las Vegas shooting and the hurricanes.

     Many thanks to Cinnamon Redd and all the other parents who put together our costume sale. What a great idea to share each other’s clothing! This might just become a wonderful tradition. The costumes that were not sold along with many additional donations are on their way to Santa Rosa to be given to children who have lost everything they own in the fire. We are all so proud of Shannon McGee, Liam’s mom, who started the Santa Rosa Costume Drive and joined forces with Operation Superhero Sonoma County and is busy helping to make this inspiring project happen for so many families.

     Another opportunity to give will be available here at Children’s House on Tuesday, November 21st from 8:30-12:30. The SLO County Blood Bank Mobile will be parked right here in our parking lot and you can make an appointment to give blood after dropping your children off at school. More information on the Blood Drive will follow shortly.

     Our Jog-A-Thon is an opportunity for the children, themselves, to learn about the joy and honor of giving and that cannot come at a better time as well. Our Jog-A-Thon will be Friday, November 17, 2017, 10:30-11:30am. All proceeds will go to must charities! Watch for details and sponsor sheet in your parent cubby next week.

This season of Thanksgiving is a time of giving thanks and giving to others. As I look around at your beautiful children and all that you do each day to support our school and others, I am so very thankful and grateful for all of you.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

This year, as always, we will celebrate Thanksgiving with a family gathering. We will all meet in Steve’s Barn. The upper elementary children look forward to performing a play, The Velveteen Rabbit and all children will be singing songs. Please arrive promptly at 9:15 for this event.

Following the performance, we will gather for a lovely Thanksgiving brunch. Please bring any type of brunch item, such as quiche, French toast, eggs, breads, muffins, fruits, etc. NO NUTS! Children’s House will provide the drinks. Bring your food directly to the back patio tables before the performance and continue on to the barn and find a seat. Don’t forget to pick up your plates, platters, bowls and utensils when you leave.
•There will be NO morning care.
Toddler children MUST be accompanied by a parent
or other adult for the entire event (9:15 to 12:00pm).
For all other classrooms, if you cannot attend with your child,
please make arrangements to
have your child picked up by 12:00 pm.
School will close at 12:00 pm, immediately following our potluck.
•If your child will not attend, please let us know ahead of time.
We look forward to spending this special holiday together!
Bill, Christina, Dana, Deborah, Jamie, Jennifer,
Korey, Melissa, Nancy, Nicole, Roz, Tori, and Whitney

The John’s Tree Chlorophyll Challenge Is Back
    This year’s buddy teams will once again try to successfully predict the date that our closely observed John’s Tree, on Monterey Road, will lose its last leaves of green. Feel free to stop by the calendar outside the Lower El door and see what day your child and school buddy have picked. On the first day of a chlorophyll-free John’s Tree, the older buddies will mentor their younger friends in using chalk pastels to capture John’s Tree in all its glory. Because our toddler friends are too tiny to make the journey, their Upper El buddies will help them draw the sycamore tree, just outside the Toddler yard. We look forward to seeing the front hallway decorated (end of November) with our ‘plein aire’ autumn drawings.

     Our children in the Toddler Class seem to be growing in leaps and bounds as fall approaches, and it is amazing to watch. There is an incredible amount of big growth happening right now for each of our friends in our classroom and out in the world beyond our environment. Big independence, big work, big language, so much big development happening each day and Whitney and I are thrilled to be a part of it!

After a recent visit to my grandparent’s house, where they have a huge pomegranate tree, I was able to bring some back to the classroom and the children had so much fun picking the seeds out of the pomegranates out on the patio! We submerged the pomegranates in water and it made the whole process pretty easy. The children were able to try the seeds during snack time, and Tommy said, “they are good! I love sour things!”.

Straight from the mouths of some of our Kindergarten students...

"I like doing planet research. It's fun that I get to draw pictures. I like learning how many moons a planet has."


"I sorted the chip bones on my paper and then put Xs. When I was done I ate the chips! I had 4 skulls, 4 leg bones, 1 hand and 1 rib cage!"

"I did my first blue reading! I used the moveable alphabet to make the sounds on the table. I made a book with all of the objects!"


"I love skull research because it's fun to guess the animal!."

from the Lower Elementary Computer Class...

An acrostic is a poem (or other form of writing) in which the first letter (or syllable, or word) of each line (or paragraph, or other recurring feature in the text) spells out a word, message or the alphabet. ~Wikipedia

     The students wrote their acrostic poems in class and then brought them to life using simple word processing skills. I couldn't choose favorites, so all 24 Lower Elementary students are represented below.

     There is something exciting about learning to change the fonts and the colors of the words we type. I think we all remember doing this for the first time! I hope you will let them practice their new skills at home. ~Dana

from the Upper Elementary:

Happy Autumn! The upper elementary has been busy preparing for their historical person speeches, which they will be presenting on Halloween. Also, if you have not already done so, please check out the bulletin board for reflections on and pictures of our amazing trip to Catalina. Since we’ve been back, we have visited Rancho El Chorro, for an experiential overview of California history.  The students are also learning about native plants, trees and flowers: collecting, pressing, researching, and creating their own unique field guides.
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