Dear ANCS Elementary Families,
I hope you have had a wonderful week and are looking forward to a restful and fun weekend.
We have had an eventful week here at the Elementary Campus. We kicked off Black History Month in morning meeting on Tuesday with Ms. Lobban sharing the history of how this month came to be and we showed a quick video that highlighted many Black Americans who have made contributions to our lives. We also welcomed author and oral storyteller, Ada Ari, to our school on Tuesday. She engaged students in a very interactive lesson about African culture and shared artifacts, instruments and stories. It was an exciting morning full of learning. Then on Thursday in morning meeting, Ms. Lupo shared the brilliance of George Washington Carver and Ms. Holmes engaged the students in Black History trivia, which we will have each day during morning meeting through the month of February. Finally, today we had so much fun learning double dutch in a whole-school performance. Don’t be surprised if your child comes home asking for jump ropes!
Classes across the school are working on decorating their doors for Black History Month. This year’s theme is African Americans and the Arts and doors will be centered (mostly) around this theme. This is a tradition here at the EC and it really is a beautiful thing. Classes choose who or what they want to learn more about and then make their classroom door a learning tool for others. Doors will be completed by February 16th, and then classes will take tours to learn from each other. All doors in the building will be decorated, not just classroom doors. It is a unifying event.
Next Friday we will be celebrating the Lunar New Year, which begins on Saturday, February 10th. Third, fourth and fifth graders will enjoy a Lunar New Year performance in the morning and then our whole school will participate in a Dragon Parade through the building. We are asking everyone to wear red next Friday in honor of the New Year.
As always, I am happy to answer any questions you may have.
I am wishing you well,