“The rain came down/
the rain came down/
It rained all over the town, town, town/
It rained all over the town!”
What a wet October!
To me, rain calls to mind the themes of restoration and transformation, and we definitely had both in Fig Tree during this rainy month. What gifts!
First, we want to warmly welcome Jean Bolling! Most of you know her from her years of dedication in the Primary office, and we’re excited to have her back on campus. The students adjusted smoothly to the change in our classroom, and Jean dove in with both feet, so we’re off and running. Thanks, Jean!
After about one more week of continuing to calibrate to these changes, our classroom will be open for observations. Typically observations open mid-October, so I appreciate your patience as we make sure we’re nice and steady before bringing in another new element (visiting parents!). In November, you may contact the office to schedule your observation.
Fig Tree also started working with Kizzy Hannibal, a fellow Cedars parent who has years of experience in fostering community through her work with children. She assists our class once a week with exercises and lessons in communication, personal growth, leadership development, community building, kindness, and compassion. Students really enjoy her interactive, hands-on approach to practicing such valuable life skills. Welcome, Kizzy!
I want to thank all of you who came out for Silent Journey. My hope is that your evening was full of useful information and transformative experiences as you entered your child’s world for a night. Join us on this journey again next year--it gets richer every time!
And thank you for such a strong turnout to the Positive Discipline workshop series. As you could probably tell, I love, love, love sharing this information with parents as a way of “paying it forward” for all the help I’ve received over the years. I’m convinced that it can change a family’s legacy, so I’m happy to support you in any way I can with this important work of fostering even healthier relationships with your children. Please consider me as one of your resources if you have any more questions about Positive Discipline.
And ohhh boy, even though some Full Cycle children sang, “Rain, rain, go away…” so that we could go camping, alas, it didn’t work! Yet the Full Cycle children were very resilient--and very excited!--when our camping trip became a day trip to Enchanted Rock. We had a blast! Those kids hauled up that 425’ rock in 30 minutes (!!), we had a windy lunch on top, we hiked back down, we played some fun team-building games, and then everyone returned safe and sound! :)
...And we are going to ROCK that spring camping trip!! Let’s get these kids swimming in a river, knitting around a campfire, and then sleeping in some TENTS!
Finally, be sure to join us for Fall Fandango in a few days….not only is it a blast for parents and for kids, but our art auction piece is coming along, and well...no spoilers, but….it’s gonna be awesome. ;D
Don’t miss it!
Thanks for signing up for Parent Conferences. I look forward to our time together.
Please be prompt so we can get all of your allotted time into it.
At the conference, you will see examples of your child's work and receive a packet of their work-to-date to take home. See you then!
Our Fall Fandango is coming up! This is a family friendly event at Stanely's Farmhouse Pizza on Thursday, November 8 from 5:30pm - 9:00pm. Dust off your dancing shoes (or flip-flops--it IS Austin, after all!) to join your kids on the dance floor with music by Two Hoots & a Holler.
In addition to supporting our school, your ticket includes Stanley's artisan pizzas, garlic knots, salad, and cookies, along with craft beer or wine, root beer, and lemonade. Please pre-order gluten-free meals.
See you there!
When practicing telling time on analog clocks with younger children, use the accurate terms “hour hand” and “minute hand” [not ‘short’ and ‘long’] to reinforce the mental process required to read time.
Also, if your child needs the support, help them count by 5s whenever it feels fun and natural...on car rides, in the store, etc. Once they master that, move onto 2s and 10s.
Then 4s, 6s, 8s….!
Then do the same for math facts. Make it fun, keep it light, and do it often!
Thank you for sharing your children with me. It’s an honor to work with them.
Fig Tree Cottage