Art & Dance Collaborate
Mead School Curriculum Directors Adam Ellyson (Art) and Alessandra Larson (Movement) collaborated on a lesson for the 1st and 2nd Grade students this week. First, Adam taught the students about the color wheel and had them paint large sheets of paper with colors of their liking. Once the paint had dried the students folded the sheets into fans, stapling one edge and wrapping it with tape to create a handle.
Later in the week, Alessandra talked with the students about the Spanish art of Flamenco Dancing. Alessandra noted that fans are frequently used in the dances and challenged the class to involve their fans as they moved to Flamenco music. Later in the lesson, Alessandra worked with the students on a choreographed dance that they participated in together.
Watch Our Garden Grow!
This week our Bridges group harvested a watermelon that had been growing in our school garden for the past 7 months! Preschool Home Center Director Chris Mutolo helped the children pick the watermelon and then cut it up for snack. The recent cold snap meant that the fruit had to be harvested a bit early but it was still very delicious and enjoyed by all!
Even more exciting is that Chris has recently been approved to expand the size of the garden for next year. This means that students will be able to grow and enjoy even more fruits, vegetables, and plants. Chris will be joined by committed parents on our Garden Committee in this endeavor.
It All Started With A Challenge
Last week, a few Mead School Alumni returned to visit and spread a bit of philanthropic spirit throughout our community. Jessica Santagata '08, Eric Biddulph-West '12 and William Costello '13 accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and passed the challenge on to 5th/6th Grade Math Curriculum Director Rob Marchionni! Rob accepted and completed the cold task during orientation on Tuesday. He, in turn, challenged 3rd/4th Grade Curriculum Director Jenet Dibble and, after accepting and dousing herself with the icy water, she challenged the entire 8th grade. Watch all the videos on our Facebook page to see who gets called out next!