Wednesday Highlights/Homework (3/21) + Tues (3/20) Science & Extras

I am beyond grateful you share your precious kiddos with us each week. Please don’t hesitate to contact me anytime. Although I have been off campus more recently planning for next year and additional locations, I am always happy to hear from you and to address your questions or concerns.

Please be sure to copy (cc) me on any correspondence that goes directly to teachers so that we maintain the most clear lines of communication. Additionally, teachers are not able to meet or supervise children before 8:45 AM nor after 2:45 PM without first making special
arrangements. Before 8:45 or after 2.45 please make sure your child/children remain only in your supervision. Thank you for your understanding.

Soon the plans to build a 4 bed community garden at our Tuesday campus will take off. Families from all campuses will have opportunities as soon as the first week of April to participate in everything from the building to the harvesting. Our ‘Garden Project” will consist of the initial building of the beds, collection of additional materials and tools, planting and signing up for our Master Gardener and Senior ‘Grow’ Program. Within this program your family will be able to choose a section of the garden to care for once a week for a selected length of time and/or partner in gardening with an elderly person in our community. Imagine spending as little as one hour a week serving an elderly person whose day would brighten beyond measure if he/she could simply toil in the soil or care for a tender plant like when younger; or imagine the wise gardening tips and neat sorties of which you might learn. So whether you’re just interested in learning how to build your own garden, or whether you’d like to partner with a senior citizen in need of a little gardening assistance or help organize the project, please email me to indicate your interest.

Finally, additional details are coming your way soon, but we will have a middle school campus (advanced 6-8) and another option for Pre-K (ages 3-5) on Thursdays next year. (technically located in NW Austin but still in the heart of CP). I hope to open registration close to the end of this month and details will be posted by then.

Below are highlights from the last week in addition to some information clarifying Science from this past Tuesday. Thanks so much and have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings, Angela Turner, Director

Today in 3/4 & 5/6 began to listen to our persuasive speeches. If your student has not yet written their persuasive speech, they should do so for this next week. For tips on writing persuasive speeches, scroll down (or do a keyword search) in a previous homework blog I have given detailed instructions and a couple helpful links. This is in preparation of debates that we will be starting soon, so understanding the power of persuasion is important!

In K/1 & 1/2 we used picture cards to create “pro” or “con” arguments. For example, if a student got received a picture of teeth, they had to explain the picture, formulate an opinion, and come up with three supporting reasons. All the kids showed great thinking!

SPANISH with Mrs. Rodriguez: Hola!
Kinder: This week we sang songs, continued our review in la familia and matched up family member pictures to their Spanish translation. We also met Meagan’s familia during her presentation (todo sobre mi). Learned about her comida favorita pizza, pasatiempo ( nadar) and when she grows up quiere ser una doctora. Great job Meagan!

1/2: This week we traveled to Colombia with Zeke. Met a jaguar and spider money. Saw the popular dish ( arepa) learned that the name Colombia is derived from famous explorer Christopher Columbus. Colombia is the leading source of emeralds and has the highest amount of species by area in the world! We also read Maria’s llama. Great job Zeke!

3/4: The kids took turns in role playing this week in front of the class. We used February and March vocabulary words, properly greeting our familia depending on the time of day. We also completed a familia word search.

5/6: We took a trip to Cuba and Mexico this week! On our first stop we met Desi Arnaz ( native Cuban ) from the show I Love Lucy! Noticed that from the air Cubaresembles an alligator. Cuba also produces the most Olympic boxing champions and sugar from sugar cane is the main crop followed by tobacco. On our return we stopped by Mexico with Vincent, met his tito and tita short for grandmother and grandfather. They were natives from Mexico born in Durango y Chihuahua! Saw the beautiful national flower, Dahlia Pinnata which leaves are used in salads! Enjoyed traditional foods from Mexico, tamales, arroz con frijoles and finished off with Mexicos favorite desert, Churros! Yummy!! Many thanks to Vincents mama!! Gracias!

Happy fin de semana!
Maria Rodriguez

SCIENCE (Wednesday)
We explored how water molecules have cohesion. That molecules are moving even when they appear to be still. We made water “walk” from glass to glass and across a maze.

We learned through a process called selection, most fruits and vegetables and even other plants, have been altered from how they grew in nature—making plants sweeter, bigger, brighter, fuller, crisper, etc. We discovered how many fruits and vegetables look much differently than then they did a few hundred years ago. By looking at the plants leaves, flowers and insides, we discovered many fruits and vegetables are not really different kinds, but different varieties instead. Example: squash and zucchini are types of pumpkins.

This week I invited all of our students to join me in my exciting adventure at MeowWolf museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

I put together a slideshow of my visit to this amazing collaborative art exhibit over spring break.

My daughters and I had the time of our life and I was very excited to share my experience with our eager little artists.

PE with Shihan Yochum: Basketball skills



Matt 19:15 “Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Blessings, Angela Turner, Director

Matt 19:15 “Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”