September 2017 Newsletter

 Yellow the bracken,
Golden the sheaves,
Rosy the apple,
Crimson the leaves,
Mist on the hillside,
Clouds grey and white,
Autumn good morning,
Summer good night!

 

Dear Parents ~
We have so enjoyed the children during the first weeks of school!  They really are a sweet bunch.  We’re all working on getting accustomed to the rhythms of the days.  It seems to be serving us well to start our days outside – it’s very pleasant out there in the mornings and the physical activity helps to channel our energies.  On occasion, if it is very rainy in the morning, we may start the day inside instead.  We look forward to watching them grow as a class.
We started off with a picnicking circle time this year with some songs to help us fill our picnic baskets ~ “Ringle, Rangle, Rowdy, Cock-a-doodle-do, Walking in the garden picking berries blue, One for me, one for you, And the grump must get one too.”  “The baker is baking sweet biscuits so small, his oven can hold seven hundred in all, Bake some for me, Bake some for you, And the grump must get some too.”  Wish the tunes could be included here.
More recently our circle time has included the creatures who live in the meadow.  We dig like turtles, we swim like fishes, we hoot like owls, etc.  We have heard the story of The Three Bears and The Hungry Cat.  Some of the children have done a dramatic reenactment of the hungry cat story which was great fun and a little raucous.  Our beeswax stories have included The House On the Hill and The Three Apples.
The children have been enjoying our breadmaking and painting and coloring days.  As Autumn is here, we will begin to incorporate themes related to the time of Michaelmas, which technically falls on September 29.  Michaelmas is a little-known festival.  Michael (pronounced Mī-kī-el), battles the dragon.  This archetype has appeared in the mythology of many cultures.  The Michaelic archetype is one who overcomes or transforms darkness through intelligence, courage, and strength.  Michael displays the activity that is the essence of the human being — self development.  We, as human beings, have the possibility of personal transformation. We all have our own dragons, our own lower, less noble aspects.  Michaelmas falls midway between the northern hemisphere’s summer and winter solstices, during the harvest season.  The iron-filled fruits of nature ripen as the days grow shorter and the plant world seems to die.  We celebrate this festival as the sunlight begins to decrease and we look for ways to keep our inner light alive as the darker time of year comes closer.  Early childhood teachers often plant bulbs with the children at this time of year.  The activity of planting bulbs is a gesture of hope for a more beautiful tomorrow.  The children will also bring a bulb home to plant.  It is lovely to plant something for the future with the young child ~ dig a 2 inch round by 6-8 inch deep hole, look for worms and bugs, get dirty, notice how the bulb has a lovely night gown to keep itself warm in Mother Earth, put all the blankets (the dirt) on your lovely bulb snugged up in Mother Earth’s embrace and sing a sweet lullabye.
We are planning a field trip to the Littleton Historical Museum on October 10.  There are some nice animals to visit as well as some historical buildings to see.  And there is room to run around also.  We rely on parent drivers for such outings.  More details and a sign-up sheet for drivers will be available soon.
It was great to see so many of you at the parent evening.  We considered such subjects as – the rhythm of the day, keeping our home lives simple, and practical details of school life.  I know it’s not always easy to get out for a parent evening.  If you weren’t able to be there please ask any questions you may be wondering about.  As mentioned that evening, it is very easy to communicate with me via email at mack.donna7@gmail.com or by phone or text at 720-261-0623.
The birthday book is now on the sign-in table.  Your child’s proposed school birthday celebration is penciled in there.  If your child has a summer birthday, their half birthday celebration will be penciled in instead.  Parents attend the school birthday and arrive on that day at 11:45 for the birthday circle.  They then stay to have lunch with their child.  We provide cake.  The whole thing takes about an hour.  Please check the birthday book and if the date indicated suits you please OK it.  If the date doesn’t work for you, let me know and we will find a different date.
UPCOMING:
October 10 ~ Field trip to Littleton Historical Museum
October 13-16 ~ Autumn Recess – No School
Best wishes,
the Parzival teachers