Winding It All Down...

Superstitious are we? Friday the 13th came in revealing the Pot O' Gold!

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CLICK FOR SUMMER SESSION REGISTRATION FOR 3-8 YEAR OLDS  (TODDLER IS FULL)

CLICK FOR FARM CAMP REGISTRATION FOR 8-12 YEAR OLDS.

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Middle Schoolers Have Had a Busy Spring

Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.” --Maria Montessori

The MP Middle schoolers have been very active this spring, mentally and physically, as we have ventured out into the community almost weekly and celebrated many birthdays. 

We returned from Spring Break on the illustrious Pi Day of 3.14 (which also happens to be Einstein's birthday), so of course we celebrated in mathematical fashion, by measuring the areas and circumferences of, and then eating, various pies: pecan, pizza, and apple.

The following week, we attended Model UN at AppState, representing the countries of Bahamas (Luke and Cole) and Canada (Reagan and Savannah).





In April, we studied botany as the first wildflowers of the season started to peek out with sleepy eyes: trout lily, bluets, Carolina spring beauty, fiddlehead ferns, chickweed, painted trillium, crested dwarf iris. We celebrated the renowned botanist (and Founding Father) Thomas Jefferson's 273rd birthday on April 13 by hiking at Elk Knob and learning from the educational ranger there.

The next week we attended the STEAM expo (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) at the Holmes Convocation Center, where we learned hands-on about mathematical knot theory, saw a realtime 3-D topographical map made of sand, navigated a laser maze, and visited a mini-planetarium.

To honor Luke's birthday at the end of April, we watched Particle Fever, in which "scientists re-create conditions from the big-bang theory to investigate the origin of all matter and unravel the mysteries of the universe."   

We recently finished taking a week of Iowa standardized tests and studied bell curves and standard deviation to more astutely read statistics.

Now, we are knee-deep in science fair projects and planning for our end-of-year Roanoke Island trip next week.

They have been busy building solar ovens and Tesla coils to conduct real scientific experiments, which they will present to our class in a big party on Friday, Cole's birthday, and then to all their biggest fans on Open House day and presentation of Great Works End-of-Year Projects on Tuesday, May 24th.

It has been an incredible year of exploration, discovery, questioning, reading, writing, re-writing, problem-solving, procrastinating, and pondering life's mysteries.

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THE LAST TWO FRIDAYS: FIELD DAY AND GRADUATION (*WITH NORWOOD HOUSE GREAT WORKS WEDGED IN BETWEEN!)


FRIDAY, MAY 20, Field Day Need to Knows:
  • Drop off between 8:30 and 9 am at the first pavilion at Valle Crucis Park (down the dirt road by the Mast Store ANNEX). Pick up (well, you don't have to go home, but you have to take over with your child) is 2:30 to 2:45. No Afterschool.
  • Three and unders must have a parent stay with them. It is also a busy, hard-playing morning, so we encourage nappers to go on home early if they need that nap.
  • Parents of older children can earn VOLUNTEER HOURS if they can stay and help us watch children.
  • Bicycles are encouraged, helmets are required.
  • Bring games, balls, outdoor activities, etc.
  • Weather permitting, we can play in the river, and we ask for parents to help us watch there all day. Bring water shoes!
  • Again, Pick up between 2:30 and 2:45
TUESDAY, MAY 24, Great Works Elementary/Middle School Open House at Norwood, 10 am - Noon, Parents, Family and Friends are welcome to come view all the Norwood students' ... well... "Great" Works, during this time....

FRIDAY, MAY 27, Last Day of School, Graduation: 10am, Corporation meeting and Ice Cream Social at 11 am, Early Dismissal for everyone at 11:30.  Everyone invited to arrive at 10. At least one person per family is asked to attend the Corporation meeting at 11 while the children, and other adults go start the Ice Cream line on the playground. The Corporation meeting is where we elect Board Members for the coming year. Let us know if you would like to be part of the Board for 2016-18 (they are two year terms), four spots are available.

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Butterflies and Rainbows in the 2-4

The 2-4 class has been welcoming the spring by studying flowers, butterflies and clouds. We have taken a few nature walks to explore the woods by the creek and identify flowers growing around our campus.
We have also been discussing what it means to be a person of peaceful character and the important values of respect, caring, fairness, responsibility, trustworthiness and citizenship. The children are learning to be more mindful of how their actions can help build a more peaceful world.









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Lower Elementary is Riding High

The 6 to 9 has been busy wrapping up yet another fabulous year. The third years finished up their “Out and About” projects with a trip to High Country Horse Helpers. We toured the facility, watched a huge horse get its shoes, oh and got to lead some really cute and cool miniature horses around as well. “Thanks Charli and thanks to High Country Horse Helpers forgiving us such a cool experience.
As a class we are working on our Great Works projects which we will present to the community on the 24th of May. So if you want to learn a bunch of “Great” stuff come on out on the 24th from 10AM-!2PM. We are also having our end of the year potluck/campfire on the 26th. New 6 to 9 families are welcome to join in on our celebration.
And thanks to the PTO for making us all feel appreciated
  




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Primary West is Wrapping Up


As we approach the end of the school year, I thought this article was very relevant. It is a bittersweet time every year. The oldest children in our class are ready to move on. It seems harder for me to let them go than it is for them to go….


Whatever is next for your child, we are so glad that we were a part of the lives of these twenty-four amazing children this year!

Ellen, Dianne, and Carson 






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Pre-Primary Toddlers Getting Ready to Move On Up

 
Kindergarten Wall by John McCutcheon

"Of all you learn here remember this the best:
Don't hurt each other and clean up your mess
Take a nap everyday, wash before you eat
Hold hands, stick together, look before you cross the street
And remember the seed in the little paper cup:
First the root goes down and then the plant grows up!"

Throughout the year we have been growing our roots deep. Learning to grow in friendships with kind words and hands. Learning to stand up for selves and expressing our feeling. Learning how to care for our bodies, how to care for our environment and help make the world peaceful and beautiful. Creating a firm foundation to prepare us when a storm comes in our life. It all starts right here, in the pre-primary year. It has been such a blast to help these seedlings create roots.

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THE UPPER ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL WILL BE ON THEIR END-OF-YEAR FIELD TRIPS NEXT WEEK FROM MONDAY TO THURSDAY... EVERYONE IS GOING ISLAND HOPPING, WITH THE 9-12ERS GOING TO THE GOLDEN ISLES OF GEORGIA AND THE 12-14 GOING TO ROANOKE ISLAND AND THE OUTER BANKS.... BON VOYAGE!!

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 Thanks to our friends at Joy Bistro and everyone who joined us for the second annual wine dinner on May 2... We raised over $3,000 to put toward the Well and Water System that we are required by the state to install as soon as school is out... ONLY $40,000 LEFT TO GO!! Let us know if you can help.... Thank you and have a great Spring and Summer!