Jogging for must! charities

UPDATE: We raised over $6500.00 for must! charities, Real Food for Real Children!
Great job!

Top runners from each class, along with Korey, present a check to Becky Gray and Scott Hawley form must! charities.
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Another successful Jog-A-Thon at Children’s House!
Students ran a total of 3,597 laps or 359.7 miles, to raise money for must! charities- Real Food for Real Children.
Parents, if you have not already done so, please help your child collect their donations from sponsors. If you need thank you receipts, you can download them here.
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student with sandie the sandwich
students after jogging
students after jogging

joggers posing in front of play structure after the run

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Drepung Gomang Tibetan Monks

We had a visit from the Drepung Gomang Monks. They are Tibetan monks touring the United States to spread the richness of their culture.
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They spent a few hours with us last Wednesday, Oct. 2. They started the program out on our patio, where they talked with the children.
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They explained about where they are from and what they do.
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They chanted.
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They talked to some of the children as they stood in line to wash their hands.
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The monks split into two groups. One group went into the Lower Elementary class and showed them how to make rock paintings or “mani stones” as they are called.

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monk showing children sand painting technique
The other group of monks went into the Upper Elementary classroom and showed them the process they use for making the beautiful sand mandalas.
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Sand Mandala
monks playing instrumentsyak dance
They ended their visit back on the patio with The Yak Dance.


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International Peace Day and Buddy Announcement!

Friday, September 20, we celebrated International Peace Day at Children's House! Each child painted a small banner and wrote what peace meant to them. We then strung them from the beams of our patio... so beautiful! IMG_8402
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At 11:00 all the children in the school met outside on the patio steps. We lit a candle and sang, "Light a Candle for Peace", a song written a few years ago by Shelley Murley, a Montessori teacher whom I met at a conference in New Orleans. It has become a Children’s House. favorite. We also sang "What a Wonderful World".

The next part of our ceremony was the most anticipated... the announcement of the 2013/14 Buddies!!  As each pair of Buddies was announced, they took each other's hand and found a place in the playground to go sit together and get to know each other. I went around taking the most adorable Buddy pictures ever!

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After about 20 minutes, the buddies went on a "trust walk", the younger buddy guiding their older buddy with their eyes closed. We met in a circle at the back of the lawn. Now we were ready for our first Buddy Team Challenge....to take our bodies and form a giant peace sign on the lawn! From there we formed a giant line and formed a tight spiral. The finale was to uncoil ourselves from the spiral and form a circle again....not an easy feat but we did it!!

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We ended by holding hands in our circle singing "Peace is the World Smiling". What a wonderful celebration and an inspiring group of children!
~Korey
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Auction Project: Nature on Canvas & "All Together Now"

We are working on many fun projects for the auction. One project is a collage on canvas with portraits of every student and staff member in the entire school. The idea came from here: http://www.artprojectsforkids.org/2011/05/kinder-self-portraits-on-canvas.html

We wanted to see how it worked, before we embarked on such a huge project, so staff members made a little sample...

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Our theme was “nature”. We each designed a 3” square, using Sharpies, and then collaged them onto the canvas. We don’t plan on putting this piece in the auction, but if you want to see it ask Dana.
We will post the finished piece, made by the children, when it is completed, so check back soon.

UPDATE: Here is the finished project, as promised. This item was purchased by the Pilg family who paid $1400 at our March auction. They generously donated it back to the school! You can see the real thing in our foyer!

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Buddies

I’m sorry I have not posted for so long! Those quiet summer days have been replaced by laughing, singing, dancing children...so much more fun then the boredom of August! As we come to the end of four weeks in session, I’m sure you have all seen how crazy busy it has been at Children’s House.

We have had a few new and exciting things happening around here; in honor of International Peace Day on September 21, Korey came up with the idea of “buddies” and assigned all the elementary children a younger child or two, to be special friends.

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First, we had a little peace ceremony on the playground. We lit a candle and all the children (sans toddler) sang “Light a Candle for Peace”. After singing, Korey read out all the names for each pair/trio of buddies and the children found each other and spent a little time getting to know one another. At the risk of sounding corny, it really was kind of magical.

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If you have not had a chance to see the buddy photos, drawings and acrostic poems on the bulletin board, please take a moment to check them out. We think they’re pretty special. ~Dana

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