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Weekly Letter 5.4.16
We present two stories from the week before vacation, which speak to the complexities of life and how that affects our carefully planned curriculum:
On Monday, April 18th, Sarah’s kindergarten class came to school to find that the catfish and one of their crabs were dead. In a subsequent discussion the children hypothesized about the cause of death and about what to do with the deceased animals. Kalliope Muerx said, "We could burn them in a small fire and then keep their ashes in a special place in the room, like I did when my dog died." Leo Foley suggested, “We could draw a picture of them and take it home so we have a memory." Hayden Letts said, "We could dig a hole, put them in, then dig them up when we want them back." The clincher was Leon Saint’s comment, " Maybe we should take them to the garden, bury them in the ground, cover them up. Then we could put toy people near the grave holding small umbrellas.” When Sarah asked why, Leon explained, "Just like when real people die and go to the cemetery. "
From early childhood to the upper grades:
On Thursday, April 21, second to fifth grade children went to a town meeting, in which BNS graduate, Toby Panonne, talked about the Kids Walk for Kids with Cancer. As is always the case, Toby (a cancer survivor) did a riveting presentation and successfully answered the many questions. We learned quickly that our children know and wonder about the human body and health. On Saturday April 30th, some of us joined Toby and his middle school friends for the walk in Central Park. Here’s hoping that Toby will continue to visit annually to inspire another generation of young people to care for others.
All for now,
Do not drop off your child in the big yard after the back doors have closed. If you are late, check to make sure an adult is still in the yard before leaving your child.