The Pyramid www.msnh.org PTO Newsletter Montessori School of North Hoffman 1200 Freeman Rd. Hoffman Estates, IL 847– 705-1234 Lotus Montessori 3805 Huntington Blvd. Hoffman Estates, IL 847-705-5678 May 2006 A Letter from our Principal As many of you know the AMS Conference was held in Houston this year. Professional development has always been of high priority at our school. In order to ensure that we are providing the best, we must stay abreast of what current educational trends and practices are. Our school was able to send eleven staff members this year. In attempt to gain all possible information our teachers coordinated seminars with one another to ensure that all arenas were covered. The staff then shared the information they learned with the entire staff. These conferences are a great way to refresh the knowledge of our staff and renew their enthusiasm for teaching. An added bonus for the classrooms was the vast array of new materials purchased for each classroom. The contributions made by parents at the Gala were utilized in the purchasing of new materials. A special thank you to all of you who generously contributed in this regard. The school was also able to not only match the contributions of the parents, but also purchase even more materials than were expected. Both the students and the teachers were very excited to receive so many new materials. I would like to personally thank all the parents for turning in the re-enrollment forms in such a timely manner. We are able to pre-plan for the fall much easier when we have our class lists completed prior to the end of the current academic year. The purchase of books, materials and other necessary items are purchased before the next school year begins and allows us to concentrate on the children and not the “housekeeping” items related to starting the new year. Our school is also ready for our re-accreditation visit. The accreditation process is a lengthy one by which participating schools complete an extensive self-study as well as have a team of consultants observe and take inventory of the environments to ensure that Montessori pedagogy is being fully implemented within all classrooms. The consultants will be arriving in May. We were the 42nd accredited school in 1999. Upon this accreditation in 1999 the consultants commended us on not only the quality of our staff, but the deep reflection and constant efforts for betterment. The accreditation process is an ongoing one that occurs every seven years. There are currently 93 accredited schools in the country. Along with the AMS accreditation we are also completing the accreditation process with the North Central Association. I can’t believe that another academic year will be coming to a close soon. We have had many successes over the last 9 months. The success of various functions throughout the year has been wonderful. I would like to invite you to Elementary Presentation Nights, The Elementary Musical, and the Family Picnic/Field Day. We look forward to seeing many of you during our explorative and fun summer program. Best regards. Molood Naghibzadeh, PhD If you are interested in receiving the school’s newsletter via email, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org THE PYRAMID Page 2 Message from the PTO Things are really hopping as we come down to the end of the school year! Spring is in the air and so are the field trips. The Upper Elementary had their trip to Washington D.C. and Williamsburg. The Lower Elementary had their trip to Springfield as well as their trip to Nature’s Classroom. Don’t forget that on the last day of the school year we’ll have our year-end picnic. It will start around 5:00 and it’s a lot of fun. Everybody brings a picnic lunch and we gather at the park next to the school (on the other side of Pat’s Pantry). This will be the second year that we’ll hold Field Day at the picnic. This is where the kids will engage in all sorts of fun athletic contests. It was a big hit last year. Watch for signs at both buildings. ALSO…don’t forget that you can still buy SCRIP when school is out. See Sandy Schultz for further details or go to www.msnh.org One more item as we finish up the year; thanks to everyone who volunteered their time to help out the PTO. The PTO couldn’t exist without the support of the many dedicated parents we have here at the school. And it’s all of your efforts that helps put the community into our school. THANK YOU! That’s it for now, Dave Malek 847-682-3118 Thursday May 4th Thursday May 18th Tuesday, May 23rd Monday, May 29th Tuesday, May 30th-June 2nd Thursday, June1st Friday, June 2nd Summer Camp Dates: Session I Session II SCHOOL CLOSED Session III Mother’s Night (2-6 yrs.) Volunteer Appreciation Elementary School Musical Memorial Day Holiday (School Closed_ Lower Elementary Nature’s Classroom Graduation Academic Year Ends & School Picnic June 12th – June 30th July 3rd – July 21st July 24th – July 28th July 31st – August 18th THE PYRAMID Page 3 May through August 2006 SCRIP Calendar Drop your order form at the schools office by: May 2006 Friday, May 5 Friday, May 19 June 2006 Friday, June 2 Friday, June 16 **Thursday, June 30 July 2006 Friday, July 14 August 2006 Friday, August 4 Friday, August 18 September 2006 Friday, September 1 Friday, September 15 Friday, September 29 Friday, September 8 Friday, September 22 Friday, October 6 Friday, August 11 Friday, August 25 Friday, July 21 Friday, June 9 Friday, June 23 Friday, July 7 Friday, May 12 Friday, May 26 Your order will be ready for pick up by: The upper elementary students were specially invited to perform the Bhangra dance at an annual Punjabi Cultural Festival Event at the Gateway Theater in Chicago. The students were very excited about this opportunity to perform for a large audience of almost 1500 people! Congratulations to all the students and parents who made this happen! Our students were confident, happy, and elegant at the performance. It was truly a cultural experience for our students who were extremely well-mannered at the performance. The large audience that consisted mainly of Punjabis (from North India) were amazed and cheered on as our students performed the Bhangra dance with style and perfection. There were many other dances being performed by some 250 performers. We are so proud of our students! Dr. Naghibzadeh was also present and was very pleased with how well our students interacted with people from another culture. THE PYRAMID Page 4 Kindargarteners: The Kindergarteners attended the concert performed by “the Dupage Symphony Orchestra.” The concert was a masterpiece featuring Modest Mussorgsky’s famous “Pictures at an Exhibition.” The 45 minute long concert had the kids engrossed from the very beginning. They listened attentively to Barbara Schubert the music director and conductor. The children were exposed to a variety of musical instruments such as the tuba, French horn, trumpet, flute, violin, oboes and many others. As each piece was performed the music director isolated the sound of some of the instruments so the children could identify them during the performance and recognize the sound the instrument made. “The Gnome” with the loud resounding music had the children’s complete attention. It even startled a few from the audience. In contrast, the piece on the “Ballet of Un-hatched Chicks” had light, frisky notes. The concert ended with the music director introducing the members of the orchestra. They belonged to all different walks of life. Some were lawyers, bankers, scientists, and teachers. They gave an important message to our children to play music and love music and be what you want to be!! Elementary: On April 17th, the Elementary students attended a concert at the Bryan Middle School in Elmhurst. The students listened to the modest Mussorgsky's 'Pictures at an Exhibition' orchestrated by Ravel. The children had an opportunity to experience a live symphony orchestra, up close, performing one of the greatest masterpieces of the literature. The pieces were presented with commentary and musical examples. Some of the titles like the Gnome, The old Castle, the Ballet of the unhatched chicks, The Gate. Through the music many different moods, emotions were portrayed. Pictures at an exhibition is a suite of ten music sketches. They are joined together by a reoccurring promenade that suggested the composer himself strolling through the exhibition. This great work was thoroughly enjoyed by the students who came back inspired made their own artwork pictures) based on the various movements. A great musical experience through which children could create visual and auditory pictures. THE PYRAMID Page 5 Ms. Sher’s AM class was delighted to welcome back Mahnoor Haider. Noor spent her primary years in this classroom and now as an Upper Elementary student, shared her love and knowledge of the artist Claude Monet. Gathering the children around her, she spoke of his life and explained examples of his art through the use of the wonderful book, Linneas’s Garden. Noor had also designed an art project based on the famous water lily theme and the older children spent time with her recreating their own. It was such a delight to watch a former student demonstrating initiative and joy in sharing knowledge, which are the core components of a Montessori philosophy of education. Spring time is here and so is planting season. Mrs. Sher’s class started planting the flowers brought by the children for the school. Samuel Nathan Basa, Jenna Spaulding and Teddy Zaremba Mrs. Mitra, Amrit Gakhal and Maria Salouras THE PYRAMID For the past three weeks my primary class has been studying embryology. The class attained 24 chicken eggs, of which 15 hatched. In observing these eggs, the children learned a great deal about the life cycle of a chicken, the step involved in hatching chicks, the difference between a brooder and incubator, the parts of the egg and chicken, the difference between fertilized eggs and non-fertilized eggs and much more. The level of excitement in the classroom has been off the charts!! Each child observed these eggs with amazement as one by one chicks emerged from them. It has been wonderful for the children to share their knowledge of this process with visitors from the toddler classes and the Freeman campus. To conclude this project, I will crack open the eggs that didn’t hatch so that the children can use their newly acquired knowledge about embryonic development to guess how far along these embryos developed before their cessation. At the seminar prior to acquiring the eggs I was told that having a 50% turnout of hatchlings is considered good, our children were happy to know that we exceeded the average experiences of hatching eggs. The chicks will be taken to a farm on the 24th of May. All in all, this will be a project that I will experience year after year with my students. From Miss Motlagh Page 6 On May 4th, it was a special night for mothers at MSNH and Lotus campus. Children from the toddler and primary classrooms show their favorite work to their mothers. A special mother’s day craft made by the children were given as mother’s day presents also. In April, Ms. Sher’s AM class had a special visit from a dental representative from Dr. Cordell’s office (Oscar Cordell’s mom in Mrs. Henderson’s Toddler class) where she showed the children the proper way to brush their teeth. Smile! THE PYRAMID Page 7 Our Elementary students are busily practicing and giving presentations on their favorite topics. We see students happily carrying their presentation boards going from one classroom to another, giving presentations to their younger and older friends on their favorite topics. Presentation night is the culmination of a processing which students learn many skills such as pursuing a topic of their interest, gathering information about it researching and finding interesting body of facts, recording their notes on index cards, for upper elementary students preparing reports about their topics, memorizing facts, practicing with their classmates and teachers, visiting other classrooms and finally the final presentation in front of an audience of parents, students and teachers. The students also try to answer questions to the best of their abilities. Each child is given a rubric evaluation based on their work performance, research content, board display, eye contact with audience and memorization skills. These evaluations are good feedback for the students on the areas to improve upon. They also encourage them to strive for more next year. Presentations are excellent for building confidence, self worth and public speaking skills which are necessary for every individual to learn from early childhood. Keeping with the Montessori philosophy, through presentations the students get an opportunity to explore their interests and strike their own imaginations and creativity. In the words of Maria Montessori, "Seeds of interest have first to be sown in the child's mind-easily transplanted if first in the teacher's and all must be ready for the full answering of his questions when he seeks further knowledge." ( To educate the human potential) Daniel Ethan Basa—1st grade (Mrs. Haider’s class) Zaib Haider —2nd grade (Mrs. Marzullo’s class) Cole Fischer –2nd grade (Mrs. Haider’s class) Amanda Jensen —4th grade (Mrs. D’Souza’s class) Timothy Marzullo —5th grade (Mrs. D’Souza’s class) THE PYRAMID Page 8 Lower Elementary leaving for Springfield It was 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, 26th of April and students and parents of the lower elementary collected in the M.S.N.H. parking lot to board their luxury motor coachaccompanied by their teachers, Mrs. Haider, Mrs. Marzullo, and Mrs.Chalisa. Full of excitement and energy, the group reached Springfield around 12:30 and waited eagerly for their pizza lunch at the Ramada Hotel, their home for the next two nights. The tour began with their visit to the Lincoln Depot- that historic train station from where Lincoln began his journey to the White House. From there we went to see Lincoln’s Home. When we entered his home, the clock turned back into time. We could hear Lincoln’s voice and imagine the life he shared with his wife and children. Walking through the streets and looking at his neighborhood took us back to the century. That day ended with a sumptuous buffet at the International House of Buffet- everyone was tired but happy. The next morning after a continental breakfast at the hotel, we once again set out to learn more about the capital of our state. Our visit to the state capital was very impressive, especially our tour of the Senate. The students learned how the senators conducted the business of the state. A game of football outside Ramada Hotel Lincoln’s Depot Illinois State Capitol Inside’s Lincoln Depot Illinois House of Representative Inside Governor Rod Blagojevich’s office Lincoln’s Home Touring Lincoln’s Neighborhood Journal writing Firefighter Memorial on the grounds of the State Capitol THE PYRAMID Page 9 The Illinois State Museum, newly renovated, was our next stop. The interactive exhibits, the collection of Illinois finds and most of all the Gift Shop was of great interest. Next we headed towards Lincoln’s Tomb- our tour would not be complete without paying homage to this great, unforgettable hero of the United States. With a feeling of awe and respect we walked by Lincoln’s grave and that of his family. Illinois State Museum Lincoln’s tomb Lower Elementary at Lincoln’s Tomb Our next stop was the recently opened Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. What a wonderful treat this turned out to be- instead of it being a building full of books on Lincoln as we thought it would be, it was a hands on experience of Lincolns journey-from the exact replica of the log cabin where Lincoln was born, to the white house as the President of the United States of America. Now Illinois residents can proudly say we have a theme park Inside Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum too, of quality comparable to Disneyworld. On the 28th, before our departure for school, we stopped for a tour of new Salem- a park constructed to depict the village Lincoln spent his youth in. We returned to M.S.N.H. at 4:00 pm- tired but happy- satisfied of having gained so much knowledge about this great land of Lincoln. Lincoln’s New Salem Village Going home... Our sincere thanks to all the parents who accompanied us on this trip- without their support this tour would not have been so successful. Our thanks also go to Ramada hotel for extending such a warm welcome to us. The Lower Elementary Teachers (Mrs. Haider, Mrs. Chalisa, Mrs. Marzullo) Welcome back! THE PYRAMID Page 10 The upper elementary students took a field trip to Washington D.C on May 3. We visited important monuments and memorials as well as the Capitol building, the White House, and the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum. We also spent two days at Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown where the students had a wonderful learning experience as colonial history came alive. Here is what our students had to say: Jared Niec: Thomas Jefferson Memorial This monument to the memory of President Thomas Jefferson stands on the Tidal Basin in the national capital, with the Washington Monument and the Lincoln memorial. The splendid colonnaded structure was designed by John Russell Pope in the classic Greco- Roman style that Jefferson admired. Its exterior material is shining marble. The building was completed in 1942. When I went to the memorial it felt that I was standing in the presents of Thomas Jefferson himself. The statue of Thomas Jefferson in the memorial was built out of copper. Evan Wojciechowski: Abraham Lincoln Memorial The Lincoln Memorial honors Lincoln at the end of the National Mall. There are 36 columns for all the states in the Union when he died. At the left side of the memorial we were trying to find the mistake in the Gettysburg address. Lincoln said, “We will remember the people who died, but not the words”. However, Lincoln was wrong. We still remember his words at Gettysburg. At the right side of the memorial was Lincoln’s inaugural speech. Tim Marzullo: To Go A Pirating In Colonial Williamsburg, we went to a building which was the House of Burgess. We saw a case of piracy. Two witnesses were called to charge the two accused pirates. After the witnesses told their stories, the accused pirates told their stories. One was a lady and one was a man. They pleaded not guilty. After they told their stories, they got taken out of the house. The person who called the witnesses called for a vote. Both accused pirates were voted guilty. But in history they were innocent. I felt so excited like I was in colonial times. Alex Shozda: Arlington National Cemetery The Arlington National Cemetery is one of the largest and most famous national cemeteries in the U.S. It is about 612 acres in Arlington across the Potomac river in Washington D.C. The cemetery surrounds Arlington House and the Robert E. Lee Memorial. The U.S. government made Arlington a national cemetery in 1864. THE PYRAMID Christian Dorman: World War II Memorial. Page 11 The World War II Memorial honors the men and women who fought for this country against Germany and Japan. The memorial is divided into 2 parts, The Pacific and Atlantic sides. It doesn’t just commemorate the soldiers who lost their lives in the war but commemorates the men and women who served in the war. My grandfather was a sniper in the war and my Uncle Gary was a navy worker. This is my favorite Memorial because I have family in every war. And my favorite war happens to be World War II. The fall of Hitler may be one of the proudest moments in the United States. At night at the Lincoln Memorial you can see the Washington Monument and the reflection of the monument, and to the right of the Washington Monument you can see the World War II Memorial. At the Memorial there is a wall with 40,000 gold stars to represent the 40,000 Soldiers who died in the war. There are also 32 columns with wreaths on each of them. The wreaths represent hope for the victory. Cody Walker: The Old Capitol in Williamsburg We went to the old capitol building in Williamsburg where they were reenacting a trial that took place during the colonial times. In the old capital building they had two people on trial for pirating. John Vidal and Martha Farley were being accused of piracy in 1727. The people in the court were the jury. Mount Vernon, By Erin Heylin When we went to Mount Vernon we walked to the end of the line to see George Washington’s house. The security at the front said it would be a 2- hour wait but it ended up being a 45 minute wait. At the time we thought it would be a 2 hour wait Mrs. D’Souza divided us in groups and assigned some parents to take us on a walk around the property and others stayed back to keep our place in line. We saw George Washington’s old and new tomb. We also saw a mule that we got to pet. George Washington was the first person in America to popularize the mule. He felt that mules were stronger on the farm as compared to a horse. He introduced mules to Mount Vernon in the 1780s. We were about to go into a treading barn when Mrs. Voetsch informed us that we were almost near the entrance of the house. So, we rushed back to our line. The house was huge with a large dining room, a large living room, family room and eight bedrooms. We saw the key of the famous prison in Paris called The Bastille. George Washington was presented that key by Lafayette in 1790 who called him the “Father of Liberty.” THE PYRAMID Colonial Williamsburg: by Katie Malek Page 12 Colonial Williamsburg is a very big town with taverns, doctors, houses, and stores. Many men were farmers working out on the farms and in the barns. The young boys would also help their fathers in the fields. The young girls and women would work in the garden and sew the clothes. Women would also help the slaves in the kitchen and other housework. It was rare for girls to go to school but boys attended school often. Many people got sick back then but did not go to the doctor, instead they would cure themselves. If you needed a surgery, the doctor would come to your house and charge by the mile. When you did get the surgery, you would still be conscious and also be standing up unless it was a leg surgery. Times were very hard back then, when George Washington lived… The Hotel: Rebecca Herigodt The first hotel we stayed at was the Comfort Inn. It did not have an indoor pool but it had an outdoor pool which was closed. The rooms weren’t all that good but we weren’t in the hotel a lot. Then the third day we went to a different hotel, The Fairfield Inn. The hotel was really big and it had a swimming pool We only got to swim twice but it was fun. The Fairfield Inn was a much better hotel. The rooms were green, my favorite color. The Air and Space Museum by Jacob Niec The Air and Space Museum was a little boring but there was one thing that you were able to use- the same controls on an old plane. The Air And Space Museum had a lot of information. There was a picture of the Wright Brothers flying a plane. The Wright Brothers invented the first plane. And it showed a space person in a space shuttle eating food. We also saw a shower and a chair that is used in a space shuttle. Capitol Hill: by Connor Loughlin When we went to the Capitol we went straight to the middle and saw a picture of George Washington on the ceiling of the rotunda sitting in a chair with a pink blanket across his lap with a sword in his hand. The Capitol ranks among Washington’s most magnificent buildings. The Capitol has 540 rooms. Many of them consist beautiful paintings, sculptures, and wall carvings that portray events and persons important in American history. In the Capitol the members of congress meet to discuss and vote on proposed legislation. The Great Rotunda forms the center of the Capitol. It consists of the circular area. Under the dome funeral ceremonies for a number of renowned American citizens have taken place in this Great Rotunda. Citizens honored in this way include Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. We also saw the floor of the House of Representatives. The Representatives were debating about some issue regarding the Ethics Committee. THE PYRAMID Vietnam Memorial : By Alexa Schmidt Page 13 When we went to the Vietnam memorial there were a lot of walls made out of black granite and names representing American Soldiers who died in the in the Vietnam war. If you see a cross by a soldier’s name that means their body was not found and if you see a diamond by a soldier’s name that means their body was found. The Vietnam Memorial starts at the Washington Memorial and it ends at the Lincoln Memorial. They arranged the names in the order that they died. When you stand in front of a wall you can see your mirror image because it’s like a reflection of a soldier. And, there are flags, pictures and more stuff on the ledge under the wall. JAMESTOWN By: A.J. Fischer Jamestown was the first permanent English colony in the New World. It was established in 1607 by King James of England. They hoped to find gold and treasures. The captain of the voyage was John Smith. In their new land was Pocahontas. John Rolfe married Pocahontas. During the third winter John Smith left for England because of an injury. That winter 90% of the population starved to death because the Indians refused to trade because their friend was gone. English mistakes at Jamestown 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Half of the population were gentlemen that refused to work. They sent goldsmiths, jewelers and glassblowers. They were focused on making money. They didn’t send ships with food at the end of the fall. They didn’t form another relationship with the Native Americans once John Smith left. They didn’t send stuff to trade for food. They didn’t send farmers! It was fun to see all the stuff like ships, huts, and the fort. It was an interesting experience. Jamestown: by Christine Day J Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in America. On May 6th, 1607, three ships stopped at Cape Henry after more then three months at sea. The fleet was made up of the ships: Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery. The colonists consisted of about 100 men. These men came to America to search for treasure, to spread the Christian faith, and raid farm products that English could not grow at home. The three ships sailed up the James River from Cape Henry for about 60 miles. They named both the river and their settlement in honor of King James I. The Jamestown Settlement had one dreadful disaster after another. Captain John Smith held the colony together from mid 1608 to mid 1609. He forced settlers to work and bought corn from Indians. But an accident forced him to return to England to attend to his wounds. Fire, drought, Indian attacks, disease, starvation, and lack of a strong leader brought the colony to its lowest ebb in the winter of 1609. The colonists later called that winter ‘the starving time.” About 18,000 Indians lived in Virginia during the early 1600s. The agricultural and industrial activities of the colony got off to a slow start. The colonists made unsuccessful attempts to produce silk, grapes, and other items that were unsuited for the Virginia climate. Early industries included: glass blowing, iron smelting, the making of potash, and ship building. The first farm products to be raised successfully were hogs and Indian corn. In 1612, John Rolfe introduced a new type of tobacco to the colony by bringing seed from Trinidad. THE PYRAMID Page 14 Ford’s Theatre by Noor Haider and Valentina Carrero On the evening of April 14, 1865, Lincoln attended a performance of ‘Our American Cousin’ at Ford’s Theatre in Washington. A few minutes after 10 o’clock, a shot rang through the crowded house. John Wilkes Booth, one of the best-known actors of the day, had shot the president in the head and the bullet came out through his right eyeball. Booth’s leaping to the stage caught his spur in a flag draped in front of the president’s box. He fell and broke his leg. But he limped across the stage brandishing a dagger and crying:”Sic semper tyrannis” (Thus always to tyrants). When Abraham Lincoln was shot they thought it wasn’t proper for Lincoln to die in a theatre and they thought it was too far to take him to the White House. No one was home on the block except for a little house in the corner which was the Peterson’s house so they brought Lincoln there and he died after 9 hours in the guest room. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier: by Jena Teragawachi The Tombs of the Unknowns are there to honor the members of the United States’ Armed Forces who have given their lives in the war. The three unidentified Americans lie buried there. A sentry guards this famous Memorial day and night. The Unknown Soldier of United States was one of the four that died and was taken from American cemeteries in France. An American soldier, Sergeant Edward Younger, selected the soldier from these four. The remains were brought to the United States Capitol to lie in state. On Armistice Day (Nov.15) 1921, they were buried in the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, across Potomac River from Washington D.C. The tomb was completed 10 years later. In the marble it is inscribed, “Here rest in honored glory an American soldier known but only to God.’’ Colonial Williamsburg : By Amanda Jensen When we went to Williamsburg we learned that back then if you didn’t know any social graces such as playing musical instruments or ballroom dances you will most likely not get a husband or wife. When there is a dance a woman would look at a man’s calves. If it was lean and his stomach was round he could afford the woman. Hucklebucklebeanstalk: This is a game where some one hides a thimble while everyone closes their eyes and claps their hands. When the person is ready everyone looks for it. When someone finds the thimble they shout, “Hucklebucklebeanstalk.” The last person to find it has to sing a silly song. Sarah Voetsch: JFK Gravesite: We went to John F. Kennedy’s gravesite and right beside his grave on the right was his wife’s and beside his wife’s was his son’s and by John F. Kennedy was his daughter’s gravestone. His older son was above 18 so he could not be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. John F. Kennedy’s wife went to Paris and saw the Tomb of the Unknown solider and the eternal flame. So, she wanted an eternal flame by her husband’s gravesite too. The eternal flame never gets put out. When John F. Kennedy became President he said, “ And so my fellow Americans ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what Americans will do for you but what together we can do for the freedom of man.” THE PYRAMID Our Tour Guide, Richard’s stories: by Farah Chalisa Page 15 We had a great tour guide named Richard. He was a funny person, and had a lot of knowledge, but the best thing about him were his stories. He told us a story about President McKinley’s (almost) assassination. Someone tried to shoot him when he was alone but his gun wouldn’t work so he tried to with another gun and that one wouldn’t work either! That’s a chance of 1 in 1250! He also told us about Lincoln’s assassination, right before we went to Ford’s Theater. He told us about John Wilkes Booth, and the hole he carved on the door to Lincoln’s box at the theater to shoot Lincoln, and how the only reason he died was because they couldn’t find the bullet that was actually located by his right eye. These are just a few of his awesome stories and we will always remember him and his tales. Ghosts in the Graveyard: by Farah Chalisa One of my favorite parts of the trip was the ghosts in the graveyard tour. We set out at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening and met at the marketplace. There we divided into two groups, and set out into the night. We were led by a tour guide dressed in colonial clothing, and her name was Erin. She took us to a bench in the marketplace and told us about a guy who was hung there for murdering a girl who walked out on him, and said the famous words “I’ll be back!” Then we walked down the streets of old Alexandria. It was a chilly dark night, and the only light came from the shining moon. There were whispers and remnants of screams floating in the air. We heard a story about Rosebud who betrayed her husband Clem and he killed her, then killed himself, but Rosebud turned out to be alive, so he got mad in his afterlife, and is till roaming the streets looking for her. We also heard a story about headless Jack who was run over, and is still looking for his head. We also heard about the term “pink lemonade” and “used ice”. Then she took us to a dark and spooky graveyard. It had gotten dark and eerily quiet. The last story she told us was about a guy who bought a house and turned it into an apartment, despite the fact that everyone told him it was haunted. Soon a man came and rented it, and that night he had a horrible dream that all his items were being engulfed in flames. The flames reached his bed and soon reached him and just as he was about to die…he woke up! He had that dream every night until he couldn’t take it anymore and left. After a few months a girl came. She dreamt she heard a crack and when she turned there was a guy with blood shot red eyes staring at her with a dagger in his eye. She was about to kill him when he smiled at her. Then she woke up. She wouldn’t stay another night and left as well. So then he decided to stay there for himself. He dreamt he was falling into an everlasting pit of fire. The next day he went to the public library to research but he couldn’t find anything. So he went back and dug up the floor to find an ice welt. He looked inside with his flashlight to find jewels but dropped his light. He reached down to get it but instead felt a dagger leading to the head of the man in the dreams. He had found a man buried alive… At the end of the tour Erin abandoned us in the graveyard. It was late at night, and dark. We found our way back to the bus, and that was the end of a great night… THE PYRAMID Page 16 End-of-Year Picnic & Field Day Event (On Freeman Road just west of the MSNH Campus) Friday, June 2nd from 5:00 to Dusk at South Ridge Park •Bring your own blanket and picnic dinner •Join the Field Day fun and games •Celebrate the beginning of summer!