Agenda | Next 7 Days

December 16, 2019
  • Toddler Lunch - Pasta with marinara

    December 16, 2019

    Mini farfalle pasta with organic homemade marinara sauce, parmesan cheese, and steamed mixed broccoli and cauliflower. Served with fresh organic seasonal fruit.

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December 17, 2019
  • Toddler Lunch - Grilled cheese and tomato soup

    December 17, 2019

    Organic grilled cheese sandwich on texas toast and homemade organic tomato soup with mini shell pasta. Served with seasonal fruit.

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December 18, 2019
  • Toddler Lunch - Couscous with veggies

    December 18, 2019

    Couscous with fresh organic zucchini, red peppers, yellow peppers, orange peppers, and asparagus. Served with fresh organic seasonal fruit.

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  • Pizza Lunch - PRI/ELEM/MS

    December 18, 2019

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  • Fitness - LE, UE, MS (1:00/2:30 groups in Vitality)

    December 18, 2019

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December 19, 2019
  • Winter Concert

    December 19, 2019 @ 8:45 am - 10:00 am
    R Crescendo [Built In speakers, DVD player, Microphone, Projector, Pull down screen]

    Selected piano students will perform

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  • UE / MS Cookie Exchange

    December 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    R Summit

    bring in 2 dozen cookies, and bring home two dozen!

    After Winter Concert:
    Cookie exchange immediately following concert in Summit Room.

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  • Toddler Lunch - Brunch - French toast with veggie sausage

    December 19, 2019

    Breakfast for lunch- whole wheat organic french toast with vegetarian sausage and sweet potato tots. Served with fresh organic seasonal fruit.

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December 20, 2019
  • Toddler Lunch - Naan pizza

    December 20, 2019

    Naan bread pizza with homemade organic tomato sauce, fresh basil, organic mozzarella cheese, and celery sticks, cucumber coins with ranch dressing. Served with fresh organic seasonal fruit.

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The Barnes Foundation

Middle School students take a field trip as an extension of their art studies

The Middle School students took a field trip to the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia as an extension of their art studies. They went to view an important exhibit, 30 Americans, as part of our “Art in America” theme for the year.

The Foundation hosts the collection of Philadelphia art collector Albert C. Barnes (1872–1951) who chartered the Barnes Foundation in 1922 to teach people from all walks of life how to look at art. Over three decades, he collected some of the world’s most important impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern paintings, including works by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso. He displayed them alongside African masks, native American jewelry, Greek antiquities, and decorative metalwork. Dr. Barnes believed passionately that art—like people—should not be segregated. Known as the Barnes Method – he emphasized close looking, critical thinking, and prolonged engagement with original works of art.

The students had the opportunity to view the visiting exhibition, 30 Americans, a collection of art by some of the most important contemporary African-American artists, most of them still working today.  This exhibit connects to the students’ current International Baccalaureate art unit on Contemporary African-American Artists, in which the students are pondering the question, “Can art effectively address the issues faced by the African-American community today?”.

While at the Foundation, the students worked with docent Jihan Thomas to practice the Barnes Method of “close looking” at art.  They shared their observations and explored the messages the artists were trying to convey through the subject, lines, color choices, composition, and other aspects of the art they created.  In the 30 Americans exhibition they focused in on work by three artists -Kehinde Wiley, Nick Cave, and Jean-Michel Basquiat – whom they are studying in their art unit now.

A wonderful day of art immersion was capped off with a treat–a trip to Panera Bread for lunch.  The students enjoyed being able to eat out at a restaurant together and it was also an opportunity for using the practical life skill of budgeting and handling money.

 

 

 

 

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