___________________________________________________________________________________ This Week: Tuesday, December 10: Panda Express Fundraiser for 8th Grade Service Trip (see below) Tuesday, December 10, 5:30-7 PM: Committee Night (see below) Thursday, December 12: Deadline for Zeke's Coffee orders (see below) Friday, December 13, 2:40, Auditorium: All-School (see below) Mark Your Calendars: Thursday, December 19: Zeke's Coffee orders distributed Friday, December 20: Report Cards Mailed Friday, December 20: 1 PM DISMISSAL, Beginning of Winter Break Monday, December 23 through Wednesday, January 1: SCHOOL CLOSED for Winter Break Thursday, January 2: School resumes ___________________________________________________________________________________ Flu Clinic Coming to CNH: UPDATE! We reached our 25 person minimum, which means [...]
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It’s All About Perspective This past weekend, City Neighbors staff had their first days off of school since the start of the school year. So far this year, every day that students didn’t have school, staff had progress report conferences or meetings. Some folks might complain that a four-day weekend was too short or went by too quickly… and some folks might say that four days without an alarm clock or schedule was glorious. It’s all about how you look at it. We have 15 days of school between today and Winter Break. How might we use that time? How can [...]
Celebrating Learning There is a photo of me at about four years old -- taps shoes on, a blue tutu and plaid bodysuit that could only exist in the 1970s, standing in the middle of a line of other four-year-olds on a stage. One leg is extended and my head is turned to my right, checking my moves against the child next to me. No matter how many times we practiced our heel-toe-shuffle steps, it was all forgotten once we stepped onto that stage. For the adults, it was adorable, and no one expected to be watching the Rockettes or [...]
Known. Loved. Inspired Kindness -- the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. We embody kindness through smiles, handshakes, considering other people’s needs, stepping aside when someone needs space, and paying attention to one another. In the mornings, when shaking hands, I try to get each student to pause for a moment, make eye contact, shake my hand or wave, and say good morning or hello. I want them to know that, even in the midst of trying to get somewhere, there is always time to stop and acknowledge another person. I want every student to REALLY know they are Known [...]
50 Golden Days This Wednesday marks the 50th day of the school year. 50 times shaking hands at the door in the morning. 50 days of Math instruction and Literacy Centers. 50 recesses. 50 lunches. 50 evenings preparing for school the next day. In marriage, the 50th anniversary is the Golden Anniversary. I like to think of this time of year as the golden period. We are deep into instruction, well developed with relationships, out in the world doing fieldwork -- everything is moving along smoothly. Next week, our Family Arts Night marks the culmination of our golden work so far [...]
A 25-Hour Day What did you do with your extra hour this weekend? Did you sleep a little longer, snuggle with a loved one, get extra work done, finally clean your house, or something else equally titillating? I wonder if we chose one hour per normal day and treated it like it was a special extra hour, how it might feel? How might we make special out of the ordinary and tune our focus a little differently? I challenge you, in this 10th week of the year, to find a little extra special in one hour each day. Enjoy! Happy Week [...]
Gratitude I sat in a Math class recently, observing students be successful, collaborative, and positive with one another. They were diving into Math concepts that stretched their thinking and supported each other in the work. I was overcome with a sense of gratitude for the ways in which teachers at this school spend countless extra hours planning multiple lessons for the same hour of instruction. Using the workshop model, teachers group students by their strengths and needs, and have them rotate through centers to work on different skills in each center. This means that teachers plan often three to four different [...]
Networks of Support I used to believe that trees fought one another to reach the sun, get nutrients, and simply to thrive. The smallest tree in a forest was doomed from the start. A few years ago, I learned about a secret communication that exists between trees that tells quite the opposite story. The gigantic trees that we admire above ground are connected through a network of teeny tiny fungi that communicate between trees of all species. If one tree is aware of drought or of an insect manifestation, it sends messages to other trees in the area through these fungi. [...]
This weekend, I was with my siblings looking through old photo albums. We were laughing at our funny outfits in the 70s, our colorful hairstyles in the 80s, and our funny glasses in the 90s. We looked at our pictures in Kindergarten and then compared our Senior portraits with photos of our parents at similar ages. My dad, at 18, was in college in India. My mom, at 18, was in nurse’s training in Missouri. It’s amazing, no matter the culture, how school photos are such wonderful markers of time passing. As we begin this week that leads to School Pictures, [...]