Newsletter 10/24/13

Dear SRM Families,

We were blessed today with the return of Kendra and her magic harp. She softened, mesmerized and inspired us with her sweet tunes. Thank you Kendra, and thanks to Michael Fratkin for organizing her visit.

A special thank you to Kendall, Chama’s father, who has been visiting with us the past couple weeks from the Virgin Islands. The children have greatly enjoyed the energy and games that Kendall has brought to playtime.


Lots of Halloween announcements/reminders in this week’s newsletter among other things. See you tonight!

1. NPA HALLOWEEN HOUSE – OCTOBER 31ST
2. HALLOWEEN HISTORICAL COSTUMES
3. HALLOWEEN PARTY
4. PRESSED FALL LEAVES REQUESTED
5. DAY OF THE DEAD
6. MARIGOLDS WANTED
7. FIELDER’S INFORMATION
8. ONGOING ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. NPA HALLOWEEN HOUSE – OCTOBER 31ST

On Halloween Day we will once again visit the NPA Halloween House at the Bazemore residence in Trinidad. The Halloween House is a fun, interactive, multi-dimensional experience for kids hosted by NPA high school students each year. This event is invite-only, and we are thankful to NPA for having us for a second year.

We do need drivers/chaperones for this trip. We will depart from SRM at 11:30AM and return to school by pick-up time at 3:00 (if not earlier). Please let me know if you can drive and help chaperone at the event.

The Halloween House has various themed rooms and outdoor areas that the children rotate through. One of the rooms is a “Scary Room”. We are not allowing our 1st and 2nd year students to go through the Scary Room. If you have concerns about your 3rd, 4th or 5th year child going through this room please let us know beforehand.

2. HALLOWEEN DAY – HISTORICAL COSTUMES

Just like last year, for Halloween at school students are not allowed to wear costumes unless the costume is that of a historical figure. Students dressed in the costume of a historical figure will have an opportunity to present something from their character in the first person. Costumes need to be brought to school in a paper bag.

3. HALLOWEEN PARTY

A few SRM families are involved with planning a Halloween party at Warren Creek Farms Pumpkin Patch 5-8pm on Halloween night. The purpose of the event is to build community, have fun, and provide our children with corn syrup and dye free treats. If you’d like to be involved in the planning or want more information please email Nicole. Happy Halloween!

4. PRESSED FALL LEAVES REQUESTED

Pressed, bright Fall leaves are requested for a school art project. Please drop them off at school!

5. DAY OF THE DEAD

We will be celebrating Day of the Dead next week.

We encourage children to bring photos of ancestors (not pets) that they want to honor on our Day of the Dead altar. Please include a small placard or note with the person’s name on it. Children will be given the opportunity to tell a short story about the ancestor they are honoring.

6. MARIGOLDS WANTED

Next Tuesday, October 29th, all the students will have the opportunity to string marigolds. If you have marigolds to share, please bring them to school before 1:00pm Tuesday. Thank you!

7. FIELDER’S INFORMATION

As most of you know a new family joined our school several weeks ago. We are very happy to have Kayla Fielder as a student and her parents Jesse and Missy as members of our community.

8. ONGOING ANNOUNCEMENTS

School Site, Community Wide Meeting – November 5th

The SRM Board of Directors in its October 10th meeting approved recommendations from the Site Committee regarding the school site and its future.

To explain this decision and have a discussion regarding the site and the future of the school we are holding a Community Meeting on Tuesday, November 5th from 6:00 – 7:00PM at the school. We are keeping the meeting concise and brief, but Board members, Site Committee members and staff will be available after the meeting to answer your questions and discuss things further. Please mark your calendars. More details on the meeting and potential childcare option to come in upcoming newsletters.

Education Quote of the week:
“Whoever ceases to be a student has never been a student” -George Iles