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 November 20
 Monroe County Historical Museum
                                                    Giving Thanks
 Kindergarteners                                      Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday, a time to pause, come together with family, and with a
                                                   true sense of humility, express gratitude for all there is.
 November 23                                           Here in the United States, we tie the act of giving thanks to a bit of history, which for the
 History Fair Projects Due                         most part, is inaccurate. Thanksgiving did not originate with the Pilgrims. Native American
                                                   groups throughout the Americas, including the Pueblo, Cherokee, Creek and many others,
 November 24                                       organized harvest festivals, ceremonial dances, and other celebrations of thanks for centuries
 History Fair Project Presentations
                                                   before the arrival of Europeans in North America. The Pilgrims were not even the first
 1 - 3:30 p.m. ~ ALL are welcome
                                                   Europeans to “give thanks” on our shores in 1621, but let’s not quibble about dates. This is not a
 November 25                                       history fair project!
 Stone Soup 10 a.m. to Noon                           The bounty in our lives is most fully realized when we take time to acknowledge it and
 HALF DAY ~ Childcare available                    connect to its source. Thanksgiving can reconnect us with the earth. Some of you may be
                                                   lucky enough to eat the squash that ripen in this summer’s sun, the potatoes you harvested in
 November 26 - 29                                  September, or the carrots you dug from the garden on Thanksgiving morning. Some of you may
 Thanksgiving Holiday                              have known the turkey or venison roasting in your oven.
                                                       All of us should take time to thank Mother Earth for the bounties she provides, and at the
 November 27
                                                   same time, pledge to protect and sustain her for the generations that will follow.
 Alumni Reception Hotel Sterling
 6 to 8 p.m.
 FREE! We want to see everyone
                                                   History Isn’t All Fair
                                                       Welcome to the wonderful world of history. Next Monday and Tuesday, 100 young historians will
                                                   share their ideas and insights with one another—and hopefully with you. Parents, grandparents, and
 November 30                                       other significant people are all welcome at MMS on Monday morning to hear the students present their
 Board of Trustees 6 p.m.                          projects in their respective classrooms. The Intermediate and middle school teachers will select a total
                                                   twelve projects, which will be presented to a panel of outside judges on Tuesday afternoon. We hope
 December 7                                        you can join us at that time as well.
 Picture Re-takes                                      History is the cornerstone of our entire elementary and middle school curriculum here at MMS. Your
                                                   child has history “class” four times a week, and touches history every day. All of our academic subjects
 December 17                                       are tied to history in one way or another.
 Holiday Program 7 p.m.                                Because a Montessori education prepares you to give back, students need first to recognize the gifts
 Preschool to High School perform                  they have received from all those who came before. History teaches us this lesson, which is why we cel-
 Monroe High School                                ebrate it with the MMS history fair each year, right before Thanksgiving.
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         Scrip News
           With the holidays approaching, there may be some delays with receiving your scrip
         orders. Please plan ahead. I will put my final order for scrip in at the end of the day on
         December 11.
         DECEMBER 11.
           As always, if you have any questions, please contact Paula Smoot.

         Knit One / Purl Two
            Would you like to learn to knit? Join MMS’s Knitting Club. Ms. Tatiana invites all of you, ages,
         6 and up (which includes adults) to learn to knit each Monday from 3:45 – 4:45. Lessons start
         December 7 and go through February 22. The ten classes will cost $45, and everyone should bring
         his/her own knitting needles and yarn.
            Please sign up with Paula Smoot and be ready to go on December 7.

         EngineerGirl! – Survival Design Challenge
         Do you have a promising young engineer in your household? Click this link (www.engineergirl.
         org/?id=12093) for a chance to involve your daughter (or another young woman you know) in an
         engineering writing contest for girls 3rd grade and up.
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Children’s House East                                                                                         Children’s House North
    It was a pleasure to meet with you and speak about your children and how they are developing their            We have a new student in our class. We
concentration skills. We need to remember (as teachers and parents) that one of the most important            welcome Quinn and his family to our school
things we can offer our children is time to concentration. We need to protect focuses moments from            community.
interruption so that our children will be able to focus for longer periods of time, complete a task, and         Thanks to everyone for taking the time to
feel good about what they can do.                                                                             meet with me at conferences. If you ever have
      The Kindergarten children have been happily signing and acting their parts for “Stone Soup A Rock       any questions, please feel free to contact me at
Opera.” They will be performing their opera at 10:00 am, Wednesday in the Music Room. They will     
need to be at school at least a half an hour earlier to get ready. The boys should wear dark pants with           I would also like to thank all of you for
the legs tucked into long tube socks to the knee with a pair of boots or shoes. No tennis shoes please,       continuing to send in healthy snacks for the
we want to make it as authentic as possible. They should also wear a plain long-sleeved shirts. The           children.
girls need to wear a long sleeved plain shirt as well and a pair of tights with boots or shoes. The rest of      Well, the cold weather is here! Please make sure
their costumes will be provided.                                                                              your child has the appropriate clothing for outside
    There is limited space, so please come early,                                                             weather. We go outside everyday, and hats and
especially if you need to sit, as the room fills quickly.                                                     gloves/ mittens are essential on the playground
The opera last about fifteen minutes, afterwards you                                                          to ensure your child will enjoy their outdoor
are welcomed to attend any of the other classrooms                                                            experience..
presentations. Stone soup will also be served in                                                                  Stone Soup Day, November 25th, is coming
both buildings.                                                                                               up quickly and the kindergarten class has been
    But before we can have stone soup, the children                                                           hard at work learning their songs and parts for the
must prepare it. Please have your child bring in                                                              annual performance of Stone Soup, a Rock Opera.
one vegetable on Tuesday so that he/she can add                                                               This will begin at 10:00 in the music room of the
it for the soup. There are many different kinds                                                               elementary building.
of vegetables that you can bring; carrots, turnips,                                                              Our school likes to make our own version
potatoes, broccoli, parsnips, rutabaga, onion and                                                             of Stone Soup. If everyone could bring in ONE
garlic. The children do a great job of peeling and                                                            vegetable on Monday Nov. 23rd we can start to
cutting, and we are looking forward to another tasty                                                          clean, cut and prepare for the soup. The moral of
batch of stone soup.                                                                                          the stone soup story is that by working together,
    Remember that Wednesday is just a half day of                                                             with everyone contributing what they can, a
school, but child care is available. School will be                                                           greater good is achieved.
closed Thursday and Friday. Have a great time                                                                      You are invited to join us for stone soup on
preparing your own dinner together with your                                                                  Wednesday, November 25th. This is a half day
family.                                                                                                       of school that starts our long weekend holiday.
                             ~ Ms. Lisa and Ms. Lorna                                                         I hope you enjoy Stone soup and your holiday
                                                                                                              weekend with your families.
                                                                                                                                      ~ Ms. Dawn and Ms. Denise

                                                                    Rehearsing for Stone Soup.
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Children's House West
   I really enjoyed meeting with all of you for conferences. It is nice to sit down and discuss your children and the progress they are making. I
value your insight and thank all of you for all of your support. Thanks again, for allowing us to be an important part of your child’s life.
   We have been studying North America, Native Americans, and the first settlers in our country. We have discussed, read, and examined many
things that are the same as well as different.
    On Monday, November 23rd each child may bring a vegetable so that we each may give a little to add to our soup that we make here at
MMS. Stone Soup Rock Opera will be held Wednesday, November 25th @ 10:00 in the elementary building. The kindergarten students have
been practicing everyday for the last 20 minutes of class. The story of stone soup is about three hungry soldiers coming back from war. In past
times when soldiers would visit villages the people of the village would tell the soldiers they had no food or bed. However, these three soldiers
decided they are going to make stone soup in the center of the village. The villagers begin to grow curious and come to see what the soldiers
are making. The soldiers announce, “stone soup” and then suggest that more vegetables, meat, and bread would make the soup taste much
better. Each villager brings something to share and to everyone’s surprise it made a wonderful soup for everyone to share. After the stone soup
opera, everyone is invited to stay and share a bowl of soup with one another. It will be a great performance as well as a delicious bowl of “stone
                                                                                                         Wednesday is a half a day of school, but
                                                                                                      child care is available. School will be closed
                                                                                                      Thursday and Friday.
                                                                                                         Since the weather is getting colder, please
                                                                                                      make sure that your child has weather
                                                                                                      appropriate clothing to go outside as well
                                                                                                      as the extra clothes in their cubbies. Also,
                                                                                                      labeling your child’s clothing will ensure the
                                                                                                      right clothes go home with the right child.
                                                                                                         We have had several toys coming to school.
                                                                                                      As stated in the parent handbook, “Toys
                                                                                                      are a distraction from your child’s work.
                                                                                                      Toys should be left at home or in the car.
                                                                                                      Any toy brought to school will be put away
                                                                                                      until a parent comes to claim them. Children
                                                                                                      are invited to bring items that are of an
                                                                                                      educational nature. If an item is questionable,
                                                                                                      please call or write a note before bringing it
                                                                                                      to school.”
                                                                                                                          ~ Ms. Holly and Ms. Renae

                                                            Practicing for Stone Soup, the rock opera
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Junior East                                                                  Toddler
    We are into the second week of the second quarter and the hum of            We have started our second quarter, and it seems like the cold
activity in the room has been nonstop. The second years finished up          weather has decided to stay. We are asking that you provide boots
their research on a fish and we were able to dissect a fish in class! The    and hats for your child since we plan to spend time in the fresh air
class was very interested in the internal anatomy of the fish. The third     outdoors for as long as we can. As always, please label your child’s
years are wrapping up their studies on types of rocks and the rock cycle.    items with their name or initials. Even with items well-labeled,
I believe we have a few budding geologists amongst the bunch! The            however, it has been a challenge for us to keep track of mittens,
first year group has been steadily working on their reading skills and       so to avoid losing good mittens or gloves, I am asking that each
classification of animals.                                                   family bring in two pairs of inexpensive, small stretch mittens to put
    History is an important component in the Junior                                                              into our community bin for the
Curriculum. We begin the school year immediately                                                                 children to wear outside. That
with our God With No Hands lesson, a look into the                                                               way there will be no missing
beginning of the universe. It is here is where we give                                                           good mittens from home.
a vision of the whole and then, throughout the school                                                                There are a number of new
year, begin to break it down into details. History                                                               activities on our shelves that
gives the children answers to those how’s and why’s                                                              the children are enjoying. They
they’re questioning. Cosmic education and history                                                                have especially enjoyed pumpkin
help the children realize and appreciate that human                                                              pounding, hand washing at
beings can achieve great things. The children see                                                                a special hand washing table,
that they can do something in the world; they do not                                                             baby washing, and pumpkin
have to accept things the way they are. History is the                                                           scrubbing. It has been a joy for
story of human beings, and we can learn from the                                                                 us to see them concentrating and
things that have happened before us. This is why we                                                              focusing their attention for longer
complete History Fair projects.                                                                                  and longer periods of time.
    I hope everyone has started his or her History Fair project and are          Thanksgiving Break is quickly approaching. The dates are
only working on the fine details. It is very important your child practice   November 26 and 27, and the school will be closed. Wednesday,
presenting his or her project at home before presenting at school. This      November 25, is our annual Stone Soup Day. The Stone Soup Rock
will give him/her confidence with talking in front of groups of people.      Opera will be held in the music room at 10:00 a.m. and we’ll serve
All projects are brought to school on Monday, November 23rd and              our community soup immediately afterwards. Although we will
picked up by Wednesday, November 25th.                                       not be participating in the rock opera, our toddlers are planning
      Wednesday also marks Stone Soup! Keeping with tradition, the           on participating in the preparation of the soup by cutting up soft
kindergarten class will present Stone Soup, A Rock Opera. Afterwards,        vegetables such as mushrooms, eggplants, tomatoes, etc. Please
you may enjoy our version of stone soup with your child. Wednesday,          bring in one of these soft vegetables for this school-wide group
the 25th, is also a half-day of school.                                      effort. You are welcome to join your child for any of the Stone Soup
    Please make sure your child has the necessary gear to go outside.        activities. Our soup will be served at 11:00 a.m.
The weather has been unseasonable warm and it’s starting to cool down            Thank you again for the delicious, healthy snacks that you have
again. Your child will not be able to go out without hats and gloves.        been providing for our children. Happy Thanksgiving!!
                                            ~ Ms. Rebecca and Ms. Tatiana                                ~ Ms. Charise and the Toddler House Staff
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Intermediate East                                    Junior West
    Next week is traditionally the week in              Thank you for taking time to come in for your child’s conference. It was so helpful to touch
my life when I know I am going to learn              base with each of you and discuss your child’s progress. After meeting with many of you, it
something new – History Fair Week! I always          was clear to me that I needed to shed light on the use of the assignment book. The purpose of
find out something I never knew before. We           this book is threefold:
have a wide array of topics and I cannot wait           • organization • responsibility         • discipline
to learn more. On Monday, of course, all the            As an organizational tool, the assignment book helps your child become more independent.
students will present their projects to the class.   By looking at what is written down, s/he knows what to do next.
Everyone listens, takes notes for the History            We begin each day by writing down a list of daily goals. These goals can be pre-written the
Fair Test, and asks lots of questions.               night before, and then we add more detail at our morning meeting. There are of course some
    On Tuesday afternoon the elementary              things that never change, such as language, math, lunch, PE, foreign language, art and music
students all go into the Middle School and           and these can easily be written down in the daily plan. As we go through the day, we often
listen, along with judges from outside the           refer to the list of goals to help remind us what to do next. It is the responsibility of the child to
school community, to about a dozen of the            keep track of goals and while there is much guidance in the beginning, eventually the child can
best projects. If your son or daughter is            accept responsibility for his/her progress.
presenting to the judges, please know that you            The assignment book also encourages discipline because the child must remember to
are invited to come and listen. Our other big        look at the book each night (and have parents initial) and identify whether work needs to be
task on Tuesday is to create Stone Soup (from        completed at home, or what to plan ahead for the next day (i.e. bring in an instrument or a
many, one) to share with you and the entire          permission slip, etc).
school community. We will also do a little                With History Fair right around the corner, I want to acknowledge all of the reports that
baking on Tuesday morning so we have some            came in early for corrections. I hope this means that Sunday night will be filled with moments
muffins and goodies to share with family and         of pride as your child gives a practice presentation or two, rather than rushing to complete
friends on Stone Soup Day.                           the project. We set aside time in our day to allow for individual presentations so that the full
    On Wednesday morning, the Intermediates          experience of completing a project is felt. Giving a presentation is no stranger in the Junior
who are lucky enough to have a sibling in            class, we do it all the time and we love it! Project work is a big part of our curriculum so that
the Stone Soup Rock Opera get to go and              we can learn the important steps to completing something big, but it also helps tie in history
watch the performance, then the entire               to reading and writing. We have many opportunities to work on rewriting reports and
Intermediate Class will stand up and recite          writing a bibliography so that it becomes second nature as we grow. If this project was not a
some solar system poetry they have been              pleasant and satisfying experience for you and your child, let’s meet and talk about what to do
memorizing, along with some paintings they           differently next time.
did to illustrate the poetry. School ends at             A couple of dates to remember… Stone Soup day is Wednesday, November 25. We will
noon that day and we wish you all a Happy            attend the Rock Opera here at school and then parents and children are invited to enjoy some
Thanksgiving!                                        delicious stone soup. What is in the soup? Well, that is up to you! We ask that each child bring
        ~ Ms. Michele, Ms. Sarah, and Ms. Meg        in one vegetable, which we will prepare and cut up ourselves on Tuesday, November 24. Ms.
                                                     Barb will add some finishing touches and voila-Stone Soup! Please come and share this lovely
                                                     treat with us. This is a half-day, and children are free to leave after the Rock Opera and soup
                                                     eating. School will be closed to observe the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday and Friday.
                                                                                                                                          ~Anya & Teresa
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 Intermediate West
   History Fair is upon us and we are anxiously awaiting oral presentations on Monday. Please make sure you leave time to practice this crucial last step
in the project. One of the things we are most proud of at our school is the fact that our young students are comfortable with public speaking. Even if it is
something your child does not relish, we can assure you that the ease of speaking before a group will come in time because we build it into our classrooms.
Nothing will serve this goal more efficiently than practicing.
   Many of us get caught up in the trials and tribulations of completing history fair projects and I want to acknowledge that, too. I have heard from more
than one of you that the project is a big undertaking and does not always lead to the most beautiful family interaction. I feel the pain! At the same time, I
always come back to the goals of project work. We take on “big” work because it is important for children to see themselves as informed experts on a topic
and able to break research down into smaller steps. They (optimally) learn the skills of organizing thoughts onto notecards, into an outline, and ultimately
into a final paper. The work of capitalizing, spelling, word processing, and representing the work beautifully all come into play. In sum, the children learn
how to learn. Please take time on Thanksgiving weekend to reflect on the positive and help your child take great pride in this considerable endeavor before
putting History Fair to bed.
                                                                                                                  Our students not only get good at presenting
                                                                                                               themselves, they also become members of
                                                                                                               an audience and learn from one another.
                                                                                                               On Tuesday afternoon, the finalists from
                                                                                                               Intermediate level and Senior will present before
                                                                                                               outside judges from 12:30 to 3:00. Please join us if
                                                                                                               you can. It is always impressive!
                                                                                                                  On another note, we look forward to sharing
                                                                                                               Stone Soup and poetry with you next Wednesday.
                                                                                                               Please come in at 10:30 (if you are able) to hear
                                                                                                               Intermediates entertain you. Poetry recitations
                                                                                                               seem to have become a tradition in Intermediate
                                                                                                               West and we look forward to seeing you in the
                                                                                                               Music Room. After the poetry, please enjoy a cup
                                                                                                               of soup, muffin, and fellowship in the ETC room.
                                                                                                               Then, you are welcome to go home (or stay in
                                                                                                               ETC) and enjoy your break!
                                                                                                                                             Happy Thanksgiving,
                                                                                                                              ~Ms. Darcy, Ms. Michele, Ms. Sarah

Working hard on her History Fair project.
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Middle School
    Special thanks to Larry Abrams for recently
helping to support our archery efforts in the     Some Food Facts:
Middle School. We’ve set up a range at the
Farm and are looking forward to practicing        Did you know that nearly 88% of Americans say they will eat turkey
our markspersonship. Of course, Brian             at Thanksgiving. The average weight of turkeys purchased for
Preston also deserves a hearty and heartfelt
                                                  Thanksgiving is 15 pounds, which means some 690 million pounds of
thanks, too—without his brainstorming and
leg work, the school would not have been able     turkey were consumed in the U.S. during Thanksgiving in 2007.
to match the funds that the DNR contributed
to our own Archery in the Schools program.        The cranberry is one of only three fruits—the others are the blueberry
In the future, we hope to field a team for        and the Concord grape—that are entirely native to North American soil,
competition to round out our growing sports       according to the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association.
    History Fair presentations begin next
week. We are excited to hear and see what         According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest pumpkin
our research experts have dug up from the         pie ever baked weighed 2,020 pounds and measured just over 12 feet
past. We will suspend our academic courses        long. It was baked on October 8, 2005 by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin
on Monday to make way for day of sharing          Growers in Ohio, and included 900 pounds of pumpkin, 62 gallons of
what’s been learned. Upon arriving at             evaporated milk, 155 dozen eggs, 300 pounds of sugar, 3.5 pounds of salt,
school we’ll start the day by immediately
                                                  7 pounds of cinnamon, 2 pounds of pumpkin spice and 250 pounds of
transforming the room into a lecture hall so as
to leave adequate time to hear each historian     crust.
give his/her presentation. The topics this
year cover a broad range of history and we’re
eagerly anticipating a good run of it.
    The boards will remain up until
Wednesday’s Stone Soup celebration. We hope
                                                  4-H News
you can join us for some of the delicious brew.
                                                     Meadow Montessori 4-H collected a grand total of $333.33 for Pennies
It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn a thing
or two about history while getting a tour of      for Turkeys! Thank you to our generous community.
the classroom from your favorite Senior. We
invite you and your family to stop by and         We would also like to remind you to attend the Spaghetti Supper this
share in the fellowship of our Education for a    Saturday at the 4-H Activity Center and/or donate cookies or baked
Better World!                                     goods for the dessert portion of the dinner.
                        ~ Mr. Kevin and Ms. Pat
                                                  Next meeting, December 1.
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                                               High School
                                                  Conferences went very well a couple of weeks ago, with all of our
                                               students presenting their high school experience through PowerPoint
                                               presentations. The students shared specifics about their courses--what they
                                               are learning and their grade is. They also talked about any extracurricular
                                               activities in which they are participating. The students included leadership
                                               roles they have had for our fundraising for the Belize trip. Most of the
                                               students have been involved with spearheading a particular event. Now
                                               with grades in, the students now are concentrating on keeping their
                                               momentum, finishing the semester will flying colors.
                                                  Senior Emily Gladieux is working on her Start-Something-New (SSN)
                                               project. SSN projects are new contributions each senior comes up that will
                                               be sustained over the years. Emily’s plan is to create a 25-year Time Capsule,
                                               to correspond with this year’s 25th anniversary. Emily hopes to dedicate
                                               and bury it in the spring. It will be opened up on the school’s 50th in 25
                                               years. For Emily to push ahead with this, she needs to raise money for the
                                               time capsule and she will solicit for artifacts to encapsulate. Emily is now
                                               planning on a banquet dinner in December to help with funding this project.
                                               Keep an eye on further developments in this regard. Over the next few
                                               newsletters we be talking about what the other two seniors will be doing for
                                               their SSN projects.
                                                  Even the high school doesn’t participate in the History Fair; everyone
                                               of our students is taking a history course. The 9th and 10th graders are
                                               either taking African or Asian History. The 11th and 12th graders are taking
                                               Advanced Placement US History.
                                                                                                      ~Josh Scully and Cat Hart

         A high school student hard at work.
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French                                                              In the past two weeks, the students have continued to direct all of their
    Mais oui, History Fair is next week, already. How
                                                                 attention on the different aspects of line. For the Seniors, this meant advancing
about a piece of French History then? Here is a list of          in their understanding of perspective. With one-point perspective fresh in their
top French national heroes, with a zoom on Dr. Louis             minds, they next moved onto two-point, and have seen how this new perspective
Pasteur, in honor of the germy season.                           has changed the way the world is seen. Now, instead of just focusing on one
    • Clovis (466-511), first King of France, also first to      street, the seniors have taken on the adventure of creating a whole city of their
introduce Christianity.                                                               own.
    • Charlemagne (742-814), also a German national
hero, regarded as the founding father of both French and            Art               The Intermediates also explored with perspective in its most
                                                                                      basic form using one-point perspective. They created a city

German monarchies and as the father of Europe.                                        street filled with buildings, lights, signs, and landscape.
    • Jeanne d’Arc (1412-1431) who saved the French                                   They had fun deciding exactly what their city streets would
from the English; considered as a Catholic Saint.
                                                                                      include, and were excited to see how one point perspective
    • King Henri IV (1553-1610) because he re-
established peace after the “War of Religion” and he
                                                                          made objects appear as if they were going back in space. In the coming
cared for the people.                                            weeks, we will change our focus to the technique of pointillism.
    • Louis XIV (1638-1715) (the Sun King) because of               After spending two weeks focusing on line, the Junior students explored
his “grandeur”, his reign lasted seventy-two years, the          exactly what happens when a line is in its smallest form, creating a dot. This idea
longest documented reign of any European monarch.                led into learning about the style of pointillism. Pointillism is a technique made
    • Napoleon (1769-1821), because of glory and                 famous in the 1880s, where small dots of color are used throughout an entire
because he organized the country with structures which           piece to create a picture. A number of different colors are used, and by putting
still exist (le Code Civil, the educational system, the          colors close together, on top of each other or far away, the artist is able to create
prefects, etc..).                                                the illusion of colors mixing together. The students practiced this technique,
    • Victor Hugo (1802-1885), poet and writer read              which not only brought back what they learned about colors, but also taught
worldwide, political opponent to Napoleon 3rd.
                                                                 them how line plays a role in the art of pointillism. In the upcoming weeks, the
    • Louis Pasteur* (1822-1895), the image of the
good scientist. Pasteur was a French chemist and
                                                                 Juniors will be drawing their attention to the element of shape.
microbiologist. He is best known for his remarkable                                                                       -Miss Gabby and Miss Sarah
breakthroughs in the causes and preventions of diseases.

His discoveries reduced mortality from puerperal
fever, and he created the first vaccine for rabies. His
experiments supported the germ theory of disease. He
was best known to the general public for inventing a             Juniors have two Thanksgiving songs to sing for you. Please ask them to share. The more
method to stop milk and wine from causing sickness,           who children sing at home, the more confident they will be with others. If you know the song,
a process that came to be called “pasteurization”.            sing along with them. That would really encourage them
He is regarded as one of the three main founders of              Middle school students should be practicing their solo and duet music at home so they have
microbiology, together with Ferdinand Cohn and Robert         plenty of time to ask one of us for clarification or help on challenging sections. This is the time
Koch. Pasteur also made many discoveries in the field         to work these out. After the holidays is almost too late.
of chemistry, most notably the molecular basis for the           Beginning strings now have a “Take Home String Book” which is just what it says: take it
asymmetry of certain crystals. His body lies beneath the      home. Leave it at home.......practice it at home. This is a repeat of the book they use at school so
Institute Pasteur in Paris.                                   that everything can be worked on outside of class also.
                                                ~ Ms Noémie                                                   ~ Alline Holoway, Emilie LaRoux, & Sandy Lentner
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        Join us for yoga after school every
         Thursday from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m.
   Students 9 years and older are invited to try
  yoga, as well as any adults who want to come.
             Meet in the music room.
               Donations accepted.

                                                   Boot Camp: Wednesdays 4pm - 5pm
                                                   Starting December 2
                                                      Only $5 per class ($20 for 4 weeks), first class is always free.
                                                   Meet in the music room, Boot Camp gives you a fun, fat blasting,
                                                   whole body firming workout in 1 hour! The class provides
                                                   strength training using exercise bands, body weight, medicine
                                                   balls, and a variety of other surprising items. In addition to
                                                   strengthening the muscles, Boot Camp gives you an awesome
                                                   blast of heart healthy cardio to keep your body in fat burning
                                                   mode. Every class is different and exciting! All fitness levels are
                                                   welcome and encouraged to join. The instructor will be Sarah
                                                   Coffin (ACSM Certified Personal Trainer). Check out her website
                                                      Questions or concerns? Email Sarah at:

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