Pre-Kindergarten, Mrs. VanDommelen
An owl sat alone on a branch of a tree (or in her rocking chair with her knitting needles clicking).
And she was as quiet as quiet can be (well, unless she has to do a little mediation…).
It was night and her eyes were round, like this (unless Heathcliff has gotten her glasses again and is trying them out!).
They looked all about, not a thing did they miss (Katya’s tender lullaby to the babies, Sylvie’s twirls, Arthur’s cheek offered for a kiss).
Some brownies came creeping into the tree (four of the cutest brownies, ever, to be exact!),
And they were as quiet as quiet can be (especially with their little lavender pillows at rest time).
The wise owl called, “Too Whoo! Too Whoo!” (or “Let’s form a ring!”)
Then, up jumped the brownies and away they flew (to dance and play and sing).
An owl sat alone on a branch of a tree (click-click, click-click)
And she was as quiet as quiet can be (Pre-K is a lovely place to be!).
Sunflower Kindergarten, Mrs. Barnes and Mr. Craig
These are the brown leaves tumbling down
Here is the tall tree all bare and brown
This is the squirrel with eyes so bright
Hunting for nuts with all her might
Here is the hole where day after day
Nut after nut she hides away
When winter comes with it’s cold and storm
She’ll sleep all curled up, cozy and warm.
Cheeks are rosy and sounds of laughter fill the air, a trip to the Bog is beyond compare! Thank you to all our parent volunteers for joining us on our weekly trip to the Bog. We are settling down to a nice rhythm in our class, it is nice to see the sweet friendships form. We are working on our Lanterns for Martinmas in class. We will practice our songs at morning circle. Thank you to all our WalDads (and Moms) that have worked so hard to care-take and beautify our campus! Our auction basket is wonderful, thank you Mark McArthur for leading the way. The children did some beautiful painting on fabric that I batiked with their symbols, the nimble fingers of the crafting guild will be making them into a prayer flag for out Fall Gala, I hope you all have your ticket! See you soon at Parent Teacher conferences!
All is well in Sunflower Kindergarten!
Starflower Kindergarten, Ms.Driscall and Mr. Dolphin
Starflower kindergarten enjoyed collecting hundreds of cranberries this week. They will fill our ice lanterns for the upcoming November festival. Beautiful!
First Grade, Mr. Jensen
Our classroom is always bustling with activity so I will only focus on a few of our accomplishments. Our wonderful paintings have spilled up our walls onto the ceiling and made our classroom a very colorful place. This week we began a math block and have been exploring, for the first time, all the wonderful properties of numbers. Finally, the class was recently knighted and we became the Knights of the Longhouse and are working on living into that responsibility.
Second & Third Grade, Ms. Hettinger
In the Sun Raven (2/3) classroom this autumn, students have continued to build reading and writing skills, and are mastering their skip counts and times tables. Most recently, through lively fables of arctic animals, the class has learned some new habits of letters. Weekly trips to the bog now include a writing element along with observation: students have chosen a special spot in the woods to which they return each week to sit silently for ten minutes while taking notes in their field journals. These “noticings” are then shared with the class. Did you notice our school’s new raspberry orchard, behind the Elm cottage? Our Sun Ravens have been gardening with class parent and Master Gardener, Dohnn Wood, and this delightful orchard is just one of the fruits of their labor. Lastly, we are grateful to grandma Beth Cole, who has begun monthly cooking lessons with the class.
I wrote this little ditty thinking I might share it on grandparents day at Waldorf as a way of showing how grandparents can be involved in our wonderful school. Bobbing along…
Fourth Grade, Mrs. Smith
About half of Alaska’s residents live in traditional Dena’ina territory but most have little general knowledge about the indigenous people who have called Southcentral Alaska home for more than 1,000 years. The Fourth Grade, in our Alaska Geography History block, had the pleasure of spending a day at the Anchorage Museum visiting the Dena’ina Way of Living gallery. We also explored the Alaska History gallery and the Smithsonian Arctic gallery. We discovered the caribou antler war clubs, the waterproof bear gut parka and the Dall sheep horn bowl among many other treasures. Our class also went gold panning at Crow Creek Mine in Girdwood and had a wonderful day panning gold.
Fifth & Sixth Grade, Ms. Kendy
We Olympians are exploring beyond our Alaskan roots to the lower 48
with U.S. Geography. State reports began with a field trip
to the library – please give us the opportunity to share all that
we’re uncovering through our research by asking us about the state we
We’re also stupendously grateful to AWS parents, from gifts of a vacuum for the class, to support in Calligraphy and Movement, and every hug and smile in between. The 5th & 6th grade class (especially Ms. Kendy) is drowning in appreciation.
Parents, in this month of darkness your inner light has been beaming with radiance. Really, thank you.
Seventh Grade, Ms. Beikircher
What Is This Thing Called Stomach Acid?
Out of the Renaissance and straight into human physiology – that’s 7th grade’s big adventure! We are going on a journey through our digestive system, while finding out what kinds of food keep us healthy, and what compounds of food our body needs. We look at nutrition and at the choices we have nowadays – with lots of good organic providers, and the option to grow our own food. Next week, we’ll stay inside the human body and look at how the blood runs through it, and what breathing is all about.
Russian, Ms. Svetlana Burton
Russian class has been working on lots of topic with all the grades. Younger grades reviewed the alphabet, introductions and greetings. They learned some opening and closing verses for the class. The class has been learning colors, shapes, the names of the animals, and counting. Children have learned lots of different poems on colors and seasons. Older grades have been working on the description of people, their facial features and body parts. 4th graders learned some facts about Russian Alaska and “visited” (through photos) Sitka or former New Archangel. 7th graders learned the name of planets in the solar system and how to compare them in Russian. And all students “took” imaginary trips to different planets on rockets. Also 7th and 5/6th graders learned the differences in calendars, and reviewed days of the week and months. We learned lots of poems with all grades, played lots of educational games: LOTO, LETTER BINGO, COLOR BINGO, COLOR SNAKES and SHAPES SNAKES that students made themselves. Taking advantage of a warm weather, we have spent some time outside playing Russian games. Younger students enjoy story time. We’ve read some interesting tales and fairy tales as well as poems. The most interesting part for the children is when we use puppets or wooden figurines to stage some of these tales. The most favorite part of the class for 4th, 5/6th and 7th graders are practicing their plays. And they are great at their parts!
Mary Schallert, Orchestra and Strings
Orchestra and Strings News
The students are making great strides in both the orchestra and the strings class.In both classes we discussed a potential method of practice that I call 5 POP. POP=Points Of Practice (a cute name that I made up for some serious business). The following is a simple method for how to think about a practice. Some days are more busy than others, and the student can choose one of the options or two. On a good practice day the student goes through the whole series.5 POP
1. Play something you enjoy2. Exercises and technique: This can include a scale, a warm up, bow holding.
3. Polish the piece you are working on
5. Play something you enjoy
To parents: Practice is homework. Please include encouragement to practice in your daily and weekly rhythms. The orchestra is currently working on the following pieces: The Moons Of Jupiter, Dragon Slayer and Finale by Beethoven. The Strings class is currently playing everything by rote: Hot Cross Buns, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, French Folk Song, Scotland’s Burning.
Leigh Patton, Handwork and Woodwork
Happy Hands are we, starting the school year off. I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the AWS community! The first graders are enchanted by the curious knitting gnomes, Nobin and Nissa Briarbook. They will help us in preparation for making knitting needles and throughout the school year. The 2/3rd graders are being introduced to purling with muti-colored scarfs. The 4th grade is finishing up their weaving projects and will begin their embroidery bags. The 5/6th grade are starting to knit in the round and make fingerless gloves. The 7th grade have starting a series of dyeing processes, including fiber reactive tie- dyes on cotton to batik with natural dyes on silk.
Woodworking class is loud and fun! The 5/6th graders are making spoons with white spruce. The 7th are making beautiful bowls with bass wood.