Please see personal note below.

29        NRC Run to the River! Fundraiser for Neighborhood Resource Center

6          Middle school & infant and toddler parents sign up for December conferences
13        Last day to secure Winter Package for Winter Break (contact office to secure)
15          Sign up for middle school and infant/toddler conferences
17        Autumn Market Day (Upper El/Middle School sell/buy and PIII may buy) 2-3:30
18        Outdoor Classroom Event 1-3
20-22   GrandDays! (RSVP required)
·              Primary 9-10 or 10-11
·              Elementary 2-3 or 3-4
·             Infant and toddler and middle school 4:00-4:30 or 4:30-5:00
23-24   Autumn Break:  School is closed

Calendar Updates: (Please check Central’s website for a downloadable 2017-2018 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 watch for a google document notification.  We ask that both parents attend.  

Venessa’s Primary
A young student helps replant a thriving aloe plant into a new pot.  Three students weigh three different pumpkins: a small pumpkin, a medium pumpkin, and a large pumpkin--which pumpkin is heaviest?  Students make predictions.  Let’s weigh them and see!  A first year student is building the tower of cubes, while another is polishing a glass shaped pumpkin.  Two younger students watch in amazement while an older friend finishes the 45 layout.   “I did it!”     

A toddler rushes across the playground, clearly on a very important mission.   "BUS!" the child shouts and points over the fence.  Sure enough, within a few seconds, a bus can be heard approaching the stoplight on the other side of the fence.   The child runs closer and waits there for the next few moments, identifying every sound they hear.  A friend peeks through a peep-hole in the fence and decides to join the game, identifying all the vehicles by sight.

Older friends work to put back together a tree puzzle, naming each piece as they return it to the frame--”trunk, branch, roots…”   Two students work together to find equal weights to balance out two sides of a scale, while other students use a screwdriver to tighten and loosen nails.  Falling leaves outside and happiness inside...

Middle School
The students went to see Marshall, the new film about the United States’ first African American Supreme Court justice.  Prior to this, they had spent the day journaling and discussing Thurgood Marshall’s era, and the important cases read when he sat on the Supreme Court.  In the afternoon, all of the students visited CodeVA and received a lesson on weaving.  They also visited several interactive websites designed by web artist Rafael Rozendaal.  A busy and fulfilling day all around!

Amanda’s Primary
A first year student works on the knobbed cylinders with a blindfold on- what a challenge!  A second year student is excited to have mastered the zipper work.  “Now I can help my friends with their outerwear!” he exclaims.  An older friend completes color box three.  All the colors are organized in gradients.  Other friends gather to see how beautiful it is.  “Like a rainbow!”

Students use watercolor paints to make large, poster-like representations of land and water forms.  “This is a canyon, but I’d like to write my title in Spanish, cañyón,” states a student as they begin their sketch.  A group of students play a describing game using cards of land and water forms.  Nearby, two students make a large scale map of their own “imaginary island,” called, “Moutainasia.”

Photos of an apple, a leaf, and an orange square have been placed at infant-eye-level on the fridge. The children are expanding their ASL vocabulary with some autumnal words.   An infant toddles over and chooses the orange square.  A tiny hand is balled into a fist and then squeezed twice.  "Orange," a guide smiles and confirms.   The child practices saying "orange" and then points to the floor cushion, realizing for the first time that it's also orange!  

Two students are researching endangered animals and the various reasons as to why they have become endangered.  “Environmental damage might be the reason.” Another group admires the finished product of a two-day project: homemade paper!  “It’s funny because the paper itself is very soft but the texture it creates is rough.”  Students select a “paper fact” and write one fact on each of the homemade paper pages.  A few friends create their own planets; inspired by last week’s visit to the planetarium.  They use colorful adjectives and scientific vocabulary to describe their celestial environments.

On a Personal Note:  Our PAC members and volunteer parents spent close to 100 hours considering every detail of this year’s Chili Cook Off. The thoughtfulness and effort showed in the happiness seen in the faces of our children and parents.  Music by Josh Small, musical pumpkins, cake walk, lanterns, hay bales, and 18 pots of chili!  Abby’s winning T-Shirt design...  Thank you for supporting this valuable event.  Watch for additional information from PAC.  

What wasn’t so lovely, is the shuffle I develop when I am a bit tired or after lifting anything with any weight at all. It looks disturbing but is a very small and not unusual side effect of a very effective, life-saving chemotherapy treatment I completed several years ago. I gladly deal with a (Not-In-Texas Two Step) shuffle, from time to time, in exchange for the joy of participating in many more chili cook-offs to come. I thank you for your inquiries and the concern you showed during this event.  I should have put out this bit of information much sooner than I did.  



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