On Tuesday, July 16th, Primary SQ students will go to Terhune Orchards in support of our "In the Garden" theme. Students will participate in the Read-and-Pick program, where they will learn about blueberries and then pick their own 1/2 pint to take home. Students will also have time to feed the animals and enjoy apple cider and an apple from the farm!
On this day, the students will depart from school at 9:10 a.m. and travel to Terhune Orchards in Princeton, NJ. They will enjoy their activities and snack and return to school at 11:00 am. After they return, they will eat regular lunch at school.
What to bring/wear: - Wear weather-appropriate clothing - Apply and bring sunscreen - Lunch upon return to school. Bring regular lunch (or order SmartLunch as usual).
On Friday, July 19th, Elementary SummerQuest students will visit the Princeton University Art Museum to complement their summer theme of Cultures of the World. They will explore African and French art, and participate in related activities. Each child will receive a passport sticker depicting the visit.
On this day, the students will depart from school at 10:00 a.m. and travel to the Art Museum on the Princeton campus. After their visit, they will return to school at 12:00 p.m., and will eat lunch at school.
What to bring/wear: - Wear weather-appropriate clothing - Lunch upon return to school. Bring regular lunch (or order SmartLunch as usual).
Tuesday, February 5th, marked the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year, China’s biggest holiday, which is celebrated throughout the world.
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According to Chinese astrology, each year is associated with an animal as well as one of five elements, including gold (metal), wood, water, fire or Earth. The element, combined with the zodiac animal, sets the astrology for the year.
Many of the classrooms hosted parent visitors who gave wonderful presentations on Chinese New Year. They read stories, talked about Chinese customs and ways of celebrating the New Year, and the importance of the color red. They made crafts, and cooked Chinese dumplings with the children. Many of the children dressed in traditional clothing. It was a wonderful way to experience this holiday and culture.
Many of our Chinese visitors gave wonderful presentations to the students in their programs. They included how they celebrate the New Year, information about the Forbidden City and the Gate Gods, Chinese characters and calligraphy, Chinese knot tying, mortise and tenon joints in ancient Chinese timber structures, and Chinese opera.
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