September 2017
25        Fall Farm Share Daily Soup payment drive:  Keep an eye out for a large orange “carrot”!
29         Lower el parent Meet/Greet 6:30 and PIN 7-8 (childcare-$10 per hr.)

6           Infant & toddler Meet/Greet 6:30 and PIN 7- 8 (Childcare $10 per hr.)
10-11   School Picture Day (Children must arrive before 9:00 to prepare for photos)
13        Upper and Middle School Science Fair:  Share all of that good STEM stuff you have going on at home!              All students are asked to participate.  Start now and have a blast!
14        Outdoor Classroom Event 9:30-12:00 Help us beautify our educational gardens.
16        Upper el and middle school parents sign up for November parent/teacher conferences.
17-18  Upper el and middle school to James River Eco Camp-Out!  Volunteers/chaperones  needed.  

Calendar Updates: (Please check Central’s website for a downloadable 2016-2017 calendar)

*Special Note/Conferences:  Central does not close school to hold parent/teacher conferences.  Different levels rotate out every three months.  It can be very hard to reschedule!  Please watch for specific information/times and places.  Please sign up in the front office or email front desk to inquire about an available time.  We ask that both parents attend.  

Venessa’s Primary
The first student of the day decides to begin their work cycle with a North American map for Continent Day.  They are excited to complete Canada because it is so large!  As more friends trickle in, a second year student walks carefully around their friend’s work-rug towards the math shelf for banking.  A first year student, who has never worked on a puzzle before, completes it with ease.  Two students prepare for the International Day of Peace by singing the Peace Song to each other.

Three toddlers on the playground spy our older elementary and middle school friends "Running in Circles" at Jefferson Park in the cool morning air.   Deciding that this looks like a nice way to start the day, one child begins to run laps around the playground.   In short order, the other two friends join in and the whole gang is jogging and laughing together.   When their jog is over, the children enjoy a nice cool down by sitting to drink a cup of water.

Feats of strength!  Two students take turns carrying a large pumpkin across the room and carefully place it in a square on the ground, how precise!  Meanwhile, a student chooses a cutting work from the art shelf.  She carefully uses the scissors to cut strips of vibrantly colored paper.  Another student focuses on sorting like-colored objects into different piles.  The student then correctly identifies the red, blue, and yellow objects to a teacher.

Middle School
One brave student volunteers to be our first news anchor for Current Events, delivering updates about the recent global natural disasters to the rest of the class.  Then, each student drafts a letter to a recent guest lecturer from American University, thanking the professor for the generous lesson on fractals from last week.  Later in the day, the students expand their understanding of syntax by diagramming sentences with combined effort.

Amanda’s Primary
There are leftover potatoes in the daily soup basket.  A teacher cuts one in half, and from the two halves she carves a peace sign and a heart.  With red and blue paints, the potatoes become stamps to create the universal symbols for peace and love.  As the students make beautiful peace-themed art work, some of the paints blend togeher and a first year student exclaims, “red and blue can make purple!”  With color and tranquility filling the room, the students are ready and excited for this Sunday’s Three Park Walk for Peace!

Lower El students join their peers around a candle to sing “Light a Candle for Peace” to celebrate the International Day of Peace. Some students smile, a few hold hands, and one wraps their arms around their younger sibling.  As the other classes disperse, the Lower El class returns to their morning work cycle as well.  Everyday needs a pause for peace.

Ice cream in the morning?  At Central?!  Okay, not really.   An infant sits on the playground with a small, blue ice cream scoop, serving up bowls of "mulch cream" to friends.   The child puts one scoop in a bowl, then another, then one more.   Once the bowl is full, the child looks around, smiling, to offer this "tasty treat" to a nearby friend.  The friend dumps their bowl on the playground and hands the empty bowl back to the "mulch cream" scooper.

Students slice and chop fresh vegetables into small pieces, while other friends measure the amounts and keep track of what has been added.  Roasted corn, tomatoes, green peppers, onion, and fresh herbs comes together to make a deliciously aromatic pico de gallo salsa for Daily Soup.  Upper El joins Middle School on an excursion to Patrick Henry Park.  Bouncy balls are dispersed and partners line up in a peaceful and cooperative exercise of bouncing the ball back and forth.  Can your partner catch the ball after just one bounce?



09/29/2017 10:25am

My niece is currently attending in your school. I'm really excited for her and the events that you've prepared for the children. I'm sure that they will enjoy through all of these events. It's a good thing that my sister enrolled her daughter in your school. I'll be sure to visit her during the science fair and hope that she will be very participative.

10/15/2017 9:53am

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10/26/2017 11:58am

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