August 2022 Volume31 Number 2
We have seen the first snow on the mountains, and the aspens are changing everyday. The children are growing and getting settled in as well. The school is growing, and it is delightful to watch children engaging in the democratic process by sharing power though our activities and weekly meetings.
Our first Open House will be Thursday, October 20th from 2pm to 6:30pm. It is open to past, current, and future students and their families. There will be falafel to eat and alumni to meet. This will be a wonderful way to meet the other parents of our students. Let’s get together and share a meal. If you would like to contribute, please bring seltzer, salads, or sides
Vacation Schedule: The All School Council is considering taking off the week of November 21st for Thanksgiving. Also, the last 2 weeks of December and the first week of January for winter vacation. We are still deciding about Halloween, but we will have school on almost all of the one day holidays that the public schools take off.
Halloween: Possible day off
Thanksgiving Break: November 21st to November 24th
Winter Break: December 19th to January 5th
In the past four weeks we have gone on three field trips, spending Thursday afternoons hiking around in nature, looking for unique rocks and watching the changing of the aspen leaves. These field trips put us on the same path, as it were, and gives us the opportunity to get to know each other better.
The apartment in the back of the school recently had an outdoor faucet installed, and the children have been helping Rose create new garden spaces. Together, we have grown nasturtiums from seed, constructed raised beds, planted an apple tree, lettuce, spinach, kohlrabi, thyme and much more, plus daffodils and hyacinths for the spring. I hope this is the start of doing many more outside projects.
A knitting machine has arrived at the school. Machine knitting is how much of the clothing we wear every day is made, but it is much more complicated than programming a pattern. (Though that is a part of it, there is a manual punchcard reader) Some have already managed to make fabric swatches, but there is still much to learn.