A big thank you to all you supported our Year End Raffle, we raised close to $8000! This will help us get our new classrooms set up and pay for supplies for the upcoming year.
And here are our winners.....Congratulations to all of you!
2 tickets with West Jet - Yvon Sevigny
Banff Centre diner for two at Three Ravens Restaurant plus
2 tickets for the classical gala concert at the Banff Centre - Jennifer Debus
Four tickets for the Sunshine Meadows Alpine Shuttle donated by White
Mountain Adventures - Lynne Doornekamp
A 90 min Massage Therapy treatment donated by Diane Petrinac - Jorg Wilz
Two pieces of Jewellery donated by Keri Woo - Martin Struna
A dog behaviour consult of 90 min donated by "on the Trail" - Stephanie Ermel
Four Lux Cinema Passes plus a $25.00 Athena pizza certificate - Joanne Woo
It's hard to believe that our first official school year is just about complete. What an exciting year it has been!
One of the ways that we are celebrating is with an 'End of School Raffle Draw'. There are only 800 to be sold. The top prize is 2 free tickets anywhere WestJet flies!
We will be selling tickets at Nutters this Tuesday! Come & get one or two, and good luck!
The tickets will be drawn at 5:00pm at our Year-End Gathering at Quarry Lake.
Hey Diddle Diddle, Hey Diddle Diddle, Come Join Us, Come Join Us...
We had our second Springfest today. Wonderful to be together, singing & skipping around the maypole, making tissue paper flowers & paper baskets, chatting & playing. With the beautiful weather that we had, we can really say that 'Spring is Here!'. To see more pictures, check out our FB page.
We are wowed by the response to the Experience Kindergarten and the Grades for June 1st. Please note that we have added a second Experience the Grades session.
Experience the Grades- June 1st
1:00-2:30pm- First Session
3:00-4:30pm- Second Session
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by May 30th to register.
Join us at our Alpenglow classroom Saturday June 1st to experience Kindergarten and the Grades.
For 2013-14 Kindergarten children & their parents- 9:30-11:30am
For 2013-14 Grade 1-4 students & their parents- 1:00-3:00pm
To pre-register as space is limited, email email@example.com by May 30th.
Families will begin together inside the classroom with a welcome and story circle, and then children will be outside for their handwork and nature experience. During that time, parents will remain in the classroom to do handwork, learn more about Waldorf-inspired outdoor education and ask questions.
If you are wondering if this program is a good fit for your child, please join us. All inquiring and registered families welcome!
Check out Jian Ghomeshi's interview with David Suzuki. David Suzuki emphasizes the importance of reconnecting children with nature, and slowing down our children's schedule. He shared statistics that on average Canadian children spend 6 minutes a day outside and 6 hours a day in front or exposed to screens. His organization has a challenge- the 30x30 Nature Challenge- spend 30 minutes outdoors a day for 30 days. Let's do it!
On Wednesday, the CRPS School Board voted unanimously to accept the Alpenglow Alternative Program under their School Board and move forward with the planning for September 2013!!!
This is wonderful news for our community. We are overwhelmed by the support of the CRPS Board and Administration and look forward to working closely together in the upcoming months.
Eating muffins is a favourite activity in our Alpenglow classroom. They are an essential with our shared snacks, and the children immediately notice if they are not on the table. :)
To the families who have asked for the recipe, here it is: Alpenglow Community School Banana Muffins. Berries, fruits, and/or nuts can also be added to the recipe for a 'new taste'. Enjoy baking together.
While kneading playdough and creating designs with some our Evergreen children, one of our parents asked about our playdough recipe as the playdough stays soft and workable for so long. Here it is:
2 cups flour
2 cups water
1 cup salt
2 tbsp. salad oil
4 tsp. cream of tartar
food colouring (optional)
Combine all dry ingredients in a heavy pot. Combine water, salad oil and food colouring (optional) in a bowl. Add wet ingredients to dry ones and cook over medium heat until it is a very thick, doughy consistency. Turn dough onto waxed paper. Shape into a ball. Store in fridge overnight in an airtight container after cooling.
- It takes quite a while for the mixture to thicken, and remains as a porridge-like consistency for quite some time. Keep mixing and don't give up. :) It will thicken.
- Options for food colouring: unsweetened cool-aid, tea (eg. peppermint,
- Can be stored at room temperature in a Ziploc bag
Have fun playing with playdough!
Storytime is one of the children's favourite moments during our time together. We sit together in a circle, and the children watch and listen as a nature story, seasonal folk tale or fairy tale is shared. The puppets and props are simple and treasures from nature are used as much as possible to create the scene. It's often a magical time, and not only for the children, but the teacher and parents too. Storytelling is highly valued and used in Waldorf-inspired education. Stories communicate values and principals, and support imagination and creativity. The children often take the story into their play thereafter re-enacting the story, building on from the story's end or creating their own story to share with their friends.
One of the discussion questions that came up during last week's Crocus playgroup was what are some age-appropriate stories. Here is a list- with thanks and appreciation to 'The Parenting Passageway' blog- to consider:
Three and Four Year Olds:
- Sweet Porridge (Grimm 103)
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears
- Little Louse and Little Flea (Spindrift, Let Us Form A Ring)
- The Giant Turnip (Russian)
- The Mitten (Russian)
- The Gingerbread Man
- The Johnny Cake (English)
- The Hungry Cat (Plays for Puppets)
- The Old Woman and Her Pig (English)
- The Cat and the Mouse (English)
- Little Red Hen
- The City Mouse and The Country Mouse
Four and Five Year Olds:
- The Three Billy Goats Gruff
- The Three Little Pigs
- The Pancake Mill (Let Us Form A Ring)
- Mashenka and the Bear (Russian, Spindrift)
- The Elves (Grimm 39)
Five and Six Year Olds:
- The Frog Prince (Grimm 1)
- Mother Holle (Grimm 24)
- Little Red Cap (Grimm 25)
- The Bremen Town Musicians (Grimm 27)
- The Spindle, Shuttle and the Needle (Grimm 188)
- The Hut in the Forest (Grimm 169)
- The Queen Bee (Grimm 62)
- The Seven Ravens (Grimm 25)
- Snow White and Rose Red (Grimm 161)
- The Princess in the Flaming Castle (Let Us Form A Ring)
- Twiggy (Let Us Form A Ring)
- The Donkey (Grimm 144)
- Lazy Jack (English)
- Tom-Tit-Tot (English)
- Puss in Boots, sometimes also called The Master Cat
In addition, for a wonderful collection of beautiful and simple stories, visit Suzanne Down's website http://junipertreepuppets.com/. Suzanne Down is a favourite storyteller of ours, and we share her stories regularly in our programs. She adds her seasonal stories regularly to her blog, and she often provides suggestions and prop making ideas with her stories. Take a look and enjoy!