Welcome to 1st Happy New Year 2015!
A look back at the highlights of December (2014)
December was a time to learn about the many celebrations of light around the world at this time of the year. We learned more about our Quaker "inner light", too.
The students enjoyed exploring some of the ancient (and modern) customs that surround the cultures and religions of the world. This month we also discussed the different holiday celebrations and traditions of our class. Through many exciting experiences, the students become more aware of both the differences and similarities of those around them.
In December we also emphasized the joy of homemade gifts and giving to others. The class made gifts for their families and brought in donations for the "Goshen Giving" community service event. We also rehearsed special songs and our speaking parts for the Winter Holiday concert!
Our "Book Buddy" reading program continues, thank you for all the joyful reading time you spend with your children and for your support and enthusiasm!
"Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations wherever you come; that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone; whereby in them you may be a blessing, and make the witness ofGod in them to bless you." -George Fox
About Quaker Values:
Our school was founded on the fundamental Quaker belief that there is an "inner light" in every child. The values that Friends embrace (Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, Service and Stewardship) infuse the curriculum throughout the school. We incorporate the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship into our entire year. Children are nurtured in body, mind and spirit by experiences that speak to their physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and creative development.
Friends endeavor to exercise moderation where material possessions and use of the Earth's resources are concerned. We keep celebrations simple and look for the little "joys" in daily life. We reuse materials and recycle items like paper scraps in our candle crafts!
We work to model, teach and use non-violent conflict resolutions in our daily interactions.
Friends are expected to be truthful in all things.
Respect for every individual compels Friends to foster open, mutually caring and enriching relationships, and come together to give aid and service to others. The students will experience several different levels of community throughout the school, beginning with the community of their own class, the Lower School (Morning Assembly, meeting with different classes at recess, and during LS events), and as a member of the larger school community (All-School Gatherings, Extended Care experiences, various school events)
Friends believe that all people are created equal, regardless of race, gender, faith, age or class. We model and teach fairness and taking turns, and use an anti-bias inspired approach.
A special focus on Service
Quakers practice their faith through active engagement to affect positive change in the world. First grade will participate in several school-wide themes and community service projects throughout the year. During the holiday season we create cards and decorate envelopes for the "Goshen Giving" hat/mitten drive. January is our Martin Luther King Jr. "Day of Service".
GFS students are being prepared for a lifetime of joyful learning and service to others.
A Look Ahead…
In January we will be exploring stories about snowy weather, learning about nutrition and how to stay healthy, and the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Reminders: Please keep in mind that we go outside daily, so your child will need to wear a warm jacket to school. Boots are needed for deeper snow and snow pants (and/or a change of pants) are needed for snow play. Rain gear will be needed again eventually! It is very helpful to write your child's name or initials on any pieces of clothing.
Upcoming Dates to Remember: No School Dec. 22nd-Jan. 2nd (Winter Holiday break) Community Cares Jan. 5th All-School Gathering Jan. 15th Martin Luther King Jr. "Day of Service" Jan. 19th (No School) LS Visiting Days Jan. 21st-22nd
Happy winter days! In Friendship, Tr. Michele
"As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." (Nelson Mandela)
We foster a welcoming environment of diversity, where all are valued and respected as unique individuals.