Monday, December 1, 2014

December 2014 Newsletter

Klahanie School
December 2014 Newsletter
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.   
His house is in the village though;   
He will not see me stopping here   
To watch his woods fill up with snow.   

My little horse must think it queer   
To stop without a farmhouse near   
Between the woods and frozen lake   
The darkest evening of the year.   

He gives his harness bells a shake   
To ask if there is some mistake.   
The only other sound’s the sweep   
Of easy wind and downy flake.   

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,   
But I have promises to keep,   
And miles to go before I sleep,   
And miles to go before I sleep.

November 2014 Reflection
 Our classroom has been a buzz from all the special earth projects we have embarked on.  The children helped each other kindly while making their Thanksgiving meal.  And what a treat to have Elder Patsy share her favorite Thanksgiving story!  Our time this month was full of adventure and big projects the children loved.  Thank you families for all your support and the very fun parent conferences this month!

December Curriculum Topics
“In the wilderness is the preservation of the world.”
Henry David Thoreau

·      Orcas: Family Pods migration and life cycle.  Specialist Maria Metler will be in class December 3 to introduce the wonders of the Orca community.
·      Conifer Trees
·      Water Forms: liquid and solid introduction.  What is a snowflake and can we read snowflakes if magnified?  Also the geometric wonders such a small object can hold.
·      Winter Solstice and Festivals of Light holidays

Reminders/Thank You
·      Cold Days!  Please & thank you for remembering to layer your child in warm clothes, our schedule remains the same!  Please pack extra socks (can be mismatched): socks are great mitten substitutes when needed! 
·      Thank you Elizabeth Shaw for the Play-dough!
·      Please help this Holiday Season & consider Donating a New Toy(s) & Books for a local Holiday Toy Drive for children in need
·      Parent Volunteers Needed: Please Help Take & Organize Distribution of Class Picture! 

·      Happy Holiday Break!   No School: December 22-January 1

·      Week of January 6th will be the first week of our new 4-day weekly schedule Tuesdays-Fridays. 

o   Sign-up is first come basis, get your paperwork in as soon as possible, only six spots!

Island Community Developments
This February 2015, Klahanie School will begin housing and support for a weekly Vashon Island Compassionate Listening Teen Girls Talking Circle group, Gender Talks and Island community member specialist trades, farming & arts mentorship introduction for island Teens.  The emphasis of this group (based out of the Teen Talking Circle Project) is to support sharing life truths in a safe, confidential, nurturing space with the goal to feel seen and heard as well as mentorship opportunity using the Compassionate Listening format as the core.  The group is Free to Vashon Island Teens 14-18 yrs.  Guardian permission and contact information is required for teens under 18yrs.  Emily “Emmy” Graham and Maggie Smith will Co-Facilitate. 

Please contact Emmy if you are interested in learning more about this group and how you can support.
o   Emmy is a Trainer and past Facilitator for Teen Talking Circle Project on Bainbridge Island alongside Founder/Director Linda Wolf.

·      Thursdays 8pm KPLU: Jazz Student Special Guest DJs.  These accomplished Seattle Jazz student Teens share jazz favorites!  

Turkey Poster

Whole, 1/2 and 1/3 Introduction constructing, tracing and painting

Dead-heading the lavender for a sandbox mountain

Decorating the sandbox mountain

Parts of the salmon poster art

Leaf Art & Counting

Carving a boat out of a decomposing stump

Parts of Winter Bird Painting Poster

Nomenclature 3 Part Weather Cards 

Earthworm care

Recycle bucket creations: this time it was sea animals

Making our Thanksgiving Applesauce

Collage Storytelling: adult writes as child tells story

Salmon habitat and life cycle storytelling

Salmon Habitat and life cycle story telling

Patsy reads the class her favorite Thanksgiving book

Making our Thanksgiving corn muffins
Thanksgiving meal: applesauce and corn muffins the class made and smoked salmon
Our Thanksgiving Meal.  Thank you to the Teachers of Montessori Country School, Bainbridge Island for introducing me to the magic of this yearly classroom splendor and love.