It’s good to be back starting, unbelievably the 43rd year of the school and I am working on trying to feel wise and experienced rather than old! We had a great back to school picnic last Saturday and it was good to spend time with new families, catch up with old families as well as well as having recent graduates join us to share experiences from their first day or two of high school.
The school inside and out looks great thanks to the efforts of the workshop crew on Labor Day weekend and a generous donation by one of our long-time families of a carpet cleaning service and general cleaning service just before school started. What a big difference it made!
I have enjoyed visiting in all three classes this week and love seeing the new mix of students in each group and their enthusiasm for beginning the year. Most of my time has been spent with the younger class but I have plans to work on a regular basis with middle and older classers as the year progresses. The younger class are a delightful group full of energy and personality.
Boat Day will soon be here and our boat groups will be made and start working together next week. Each boat group is comprised of some students from all three classes and we have activities planned this week to help children get to know those in the other classes. Today each class did some experiments with one of our parents on flotation to show how boats float and how much weight different types of bottles and cartons can support. Thank you to all of you who have already contributed materials for boat day but as always WE NEED MORE milk and juice cartons, water bottles of all sizes, gallon containers, etc., etc.-whatever floats! Besides personal collections, you can also ask at local coffee shops, delis, etc. for them to save their empty milk containers for you. If you have any questions, please check with us. More details about the actual boat day will be in next week’s bulletin.
Last year the younger class started collecting money (usually change from pizza) in a world money box I brought back from England. We decided to buy mosquito nets at $12 each to help prevent children’s malaria in Africa. When school ended I opened the box and there was $38.47 in it. We have subsequently purchased 3 nets through NetsforLife and wanted last year’s little classers to know this.
Finally, communication is very important at TNS because we are different from many other schools and misunderstandings can occur if people get worried, anxious, puzzled or frustrated and don’t share it. Feel free to talk to me and/or the teachers if this occurs and we will address your concerns.