We would like to once again offer Ski Club this year for Grades 4-12. In order to do this, we are looking for a few parent volunteers to supervise and chaperone the students on the bus to and from Brandywine Ski Resort in Peninsula, Ohio. Ski Club season begins in January. Please contact Club Moderator Jeanne Tippen at (440) 473-8000 x1401 with any questions regarding volunteering.
Discovering the World Around the Us
This week the children made homemade lanterns to put light into the world, as the clocks fall back and it becomes dark. We brought our lanterns when we took a walk in the woods with Mr. Haag to explore nature. We encourage you to go on a walk with your child and their lantern at dusk and ask your child to embrace nature and use their senses to discover the sounds, sights and smells of the night.
There are light festivals all around the world, from the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrated in China and Vietnam to Germany's St. Martin's Day Festival and Diwali (Hindu Festival of Lights). Nearly every faith tradition has a winter holiday that involves light—from the Hanukkah menorah to Christmas tree lights to the Mishumaa Saba (The Seven Candles) of Kwanzaa.
We want to embrace all holidays and expose the children to differences in people throughout the world. If your family celebrates any special day, please let us know so we can create a lesson or material to reflect that day.
Heart and Mind Wellness Focus: October 21 - October 25
As part of Gilmour’s Wellness Initiative, the Lower School students begin each day with a focus on Heart and Mind Wellness. Below is a description of the activities for this week.
Financial: Pay Day! Students were paid with “money” from jobs they did
around the classroom and will be able to spend this money at a spirit store coming soon!
Academic: Students worked on finding ways to manage stress when frustrated (ex. mindful coloring).
Physical: All enjoyed performing Warrior 1, 2 and 3 yoga poses to enhance muscular strength and flexibility.
Social Emotional: As a group, we demonstrated the ability to prevent, manage and resolve interpersonal conflicts in a constructive way.
Spiritual: Students discovered the power of reflective, mindfulness exercises to create self-awareness and an opportunity to observe their own thoughts.
The fifth grade reviewed the concepts of greatest common factor and least common multiple, while honing their critical thinking skills, with a challenging Sudoku puzzle. Students calculated LCM, GCF and answered questions about prime and composite numbers to start our puzzle.