On Thursday, Feb. 17 we are hosting a special night of events at The Grove School of Cary. The first event is the “Man in My Life” activity for students of the school and a significant man in their lives, like a dad, a granddad, or someone else special. This special time starts at 5pm and ends at 6pm. The children will be doing a special activity with their invited guest.
The next activity on the same night is an OPEN HOUSE that will go from 6pm to 7pm. This time of the evening is for families who are looking for a preschool for either now or the summer or fall.
The OPEN HOUSE is for everyone. We will provide tours of our green and eco-friendly facility, provide curriculum demonstrations and have an opportunity to meet our world-class staff.
Please feel free to invite friends and families that you know.
As you know, NOW is the time to reserve your spots for summer and fall. Don’t delay!
During the school day, students in each of our classes have the opportunity to participate in one of our five strands classes. The strands that we provide for them are music, art, drama, Healthy-Me (physical fitness) and Eco Friends (science-based). They rotate through the strands each week.
Each class participates in the strands for 30 minutes each day. Ms. Tanya is the strands teachers and she utilizes her creativity and imagination to integrate the strands one with another. For instance, while studying about the life cycle of a plant in their Eco-Friends strand class, they used theatrical play to reenact a seed sprouting. (See above left photo.)
The photos included here show students working in each of the five strands. Please click on the photos to see them larger and to read a description.
Today I stopped into Ms. Sue’s Art Appreciation class, one of our after school enrichment classes, and a snapped a few photos of a preschool class engaged in crayon and paint art. I thought I would share a few of the photos here with you.
I had the pleasure of observing Ms. Tanya’s music class this week. While I was in there, she was teaching a group of Early Preschool students music. They are in the middle of their Carnival unit. So during the class, they marched in a parade, played a game of ball toss, and “rode” on a merry-go-round.
We are so fortunate to have such a strong strands program for our students. In addition to music, Ms. Tanya also teaches them art, fine arts, dramatic play, eco-friends (a science curriculum) and healthy fit (health and physical fitness). Our students attend these strands everyday as part of the school day.
Enjoy the video below.
Students in Ms. Sue’s Pre-K class were studying still life art and using a piece of work by Paul Cezanne as an example. Ms. Sue brought in a bowl of fruit and asked the students to hold and carefully look at a piece. She them had them study the Cezanne painting and challenged them to “paint what you see” when looking at the fruit. She also asked them about their feelings as they were looking and painting. She recorded their responses on the table cover for later use.
The photos and video below show a little more about today’s lesson.
Students at The Grove School of Cary worked with a professional carpenter to learn some of the essentials of house building. The carpenter showed the students the entire process of developing a blueprint, to measuring and buying materials, to assembling the house and then the final steps of furnishing the house.
The photos below show some of the steps the students took in their learning about building a house and also shows the finished product of their model house. (Scroll over photo for short description.)
November is always a busy month as it begins the “holiday season.” Well, it’s no different for us here at The Grove School. The following highlights some key dates in the weeks to come.
Nov. 18 – We are holding our Family Feast of Thanks (4:30 – 6pm). We will be assembling care packages for the staff at the Ronald McDonald house and then we will enjoy a nice pot luck dinner here at the school.
Nov. 29-30 – Student Conferences
Nov. 24 – School Closed for professional development
Nov. 25 – School Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov. 26 – School Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec. 16 – We are having a Family Night of Giving (details TBA)
Dec. 24-31 – School Closed for Holidays
Be sure to mark these on your calendars!
We are adopting staff at the Ronald McDonald House in Durham, NC. The RMH provides a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. The houses are built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest. The house in Durham has 14 staff members who diligently work to provide for the needs of families who have young children at Duke Hospital.
We will be providing a small care package for each staff member. So, we are asking each class to work on a project to go into the care packages. We are making a soup in jar, cookies in a jar, hot cocoa in a jar, and ceramic mugs with candles. You will be hearing from your teacher(s) soon about this project.
On Nov 18 at 4:30, children and families will be invited to assemble the gift boxes and will put one of each item in a box. At 5:00 that night we will be having a potluck “feast.” Families will be bringing covered dishes. Also a representative from the House will be presented with a certificate of thanks. That next day, we will deliver the gift boxes to the House.
I sure hope to have great family participation in both the making of the care packages and in the feast afterward.
On Friday, October 29, we are hosting a book fair and activity at the Cary Barnes and Noble from 5-7P. We receive 20% of the identified proceeds from sales that night. The way to make sure we get credit is to use the following ID # – 10301810.
We are going to use the proceeds to develop a children’s library in our school.
Here are several key bits of information:
- ANYONE can use the ID number. So PLEASE share with friends and family.
- The ID number can also be used for online purchases form anywhere in the world. So again, please share with all your relatives. They can use this as a great opportunity to purchase Christmas and other gifts.
- The online code can be used 10/30 through 11/3. Visit www.bn.com.
I am not a big fan of schools doing fundraisers, but I am a big fan of having a children’s library in our school. I hope we give that effort a large boost through a successful book fair.
All of the staff and students at The Grove School of Cary thank you for your support!
One of our parents forwarded me a link to a blog entry titled, “What a 4 Year Old Should Know?” by Alicia Bayer. (Click on title to read the blog.)
My favorite line is the following: “That the single biggest predictor of high academic achievement and high ACT scores is reading to children. “
Years ago I started a small campaign in a small community geared toward reading to children. It was in 1999 and I called it R2K (yes, a knock-off to the Y2K bug hype). The R2K stood for Read to Kids. I tried to shared statistics about the cons of television versus the pros of reading to children. Since you probably have never heard of it, you can infer how successful my initiative was!
I hope you enjoy the blog as much as I and the parent who sent it to me did.
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