Wowsa! That was one full month!
The lemonade stand in September was quite a success! The girls (and you!) helped to raise hundreds of dollars that were donated in early October to the Children’s Shelter, Austin Diaper Bank, and Austin Pets Alive in a relief effort for those who suffered through Hurricane Harvey. They delivered the toys and donations with the tremendous satisfaction that comes from true and real service. Thanks again to all of you who came and supported this effort (and enjoyed those homemade snickerdoodles!).
We loved seeing so many of you at Silent Journey, which is typically one of my favorite events of the year. It was a delight to share the lessons in area, checkerboard, and fractions, which resulted in gasps of delight and discovery from parents! So fun and inspiring! Please do come again next year to this always-rich event.
The Full-Cycle Campout in the Clearing was also a success, even if it was a bit cold once the front moved through! [Thank heavens it wasn’t the next night, though, when it plummeted to freezing temperatures!] We had the largest group to date for our Clearing campout, and it went so, so smoothly--not one squabble!! Many of the nearly 2 dozen students were camping for the first time, and being on familiar land was helpful and fun. Students built a fire in the evening and again in the morning, and we enjoyed cooking over it and gathering around it for warmth. Some students saw an owl, and of course all of us heard the nearby roosters, too. Students were *wiped out* the next day from all the fun the night before--it was so funny to see them sprawled across their belongings the next day while waiting during pick up. ;)
We also enjoyed the great outdoors as a whole class when we went hiking together at McKinney Roughs. A highlight to me was when we hiked one section in total silence, using signals to help others notice what we were observing. Students noticed so many things--their wonder is so moving.
We continued our trajectory along fun events by preparing for November’s Fall Fandango. We had several lessons and stories about the artist Henri Matisse, particularly regarding his later life when he began what he called “drawing with scissors.” The students then created organic, abstract shapes that will be assembled into our art auction piece for the Fandango. Mark your calendars!
And of course, what is October without Halloween?? Two full-cycle students initiated, organized, and executed a celebration for students that day, including a hilarious rendition of “Pin the Stem on the Pumpkin,” a scavenger hunt on the playground, and, of course, Silly Hair Day. It was a fun, lighthearted day for the community.
Reminders and Sign-Ups
Conferences are coming up! I look forward to seeing you on November 3rd or 6th!
FALL FANDANGO! DON’T MISS IT!
Our Fall Fandango is our fall fundraiser for the school. It’s a blast! We eat pizza and garlic knots, kids run through the field or dance on the dancefloor to Two Hoots and a Holler, parents relax and laugh under the twinkling lights in the barn. Get your tickets and join us at Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza!
We’ll be seeing Act I of Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker” downtown at the Long Center. Each year we see an act of the ballet, and the kids always return to Cedars full of stories about the costumes, the music, the dance, and the scenery. In addition to the cultural and musical benefits of experiencing a ballet, students also learn the story of the Nutcracker and receive grace and courtesy lessons about attending a live performance.
We’ll be sending you permission forms and more detailed information in the coming weeks.
Thank you for being such a supportive, rich community!
Fig Tree Cottage