|An Inspirational Day of Dance |
|Posted on: 4/3/2014 1:04:00 PM|
|Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company comes to Far Brook|
On Wednesday, March 26, Far Brook students communicated without words, tuned their "instruments" (bodies), and stretched their imaginations with the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company (CDDC). Alumni parent, internationally celebrated choreographer, and master artist/teacher Carolyn Dorfman and her company of eleven contemporary dancers provided a day of inspired movement and fun for all Far Brook students. The day began with a Morning Meeting performance by the Company, where Carolyn suggested that instead of sitting back and relaxing, the children "sit forward and engage," which they did with enthusiasm. When Carolyn asked the students to give a one-word reaction to the dances, hands shot up eagerly to offer their responses, including "story," "coordinated," and "silence." The choreography included excerpts from Mayne Mentshn (My People), created by Carolyn as a tribute to her family’s rich Jewish heritage.
After Morning Meeting, each grade separately had a chance to experience Carolyn's creative process and understand for themselves why she has always been so drawn to “the joy and power of movement and dance and to share the human story.”
This day of rich artistic experience was made possible by the Fredda Leff Special Project Endowment Fund.
The Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company will be performing The Legacy Project
at South Orange Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.SOPACnow.org
, or by calling 973.313.ARTS (2787).
|Playground Re-opens |
|Posted on: 3/27/2014 10:40:00 AM|
|Jumping for joy on the new playground surface|
On Thursday, March 27, the playground reopened after being briefly closed for installation of a new, 100% recycled rubber safety surface by Playguard.
Both the new playground surface and the Imagination Playground equipment system were made possible in part by proceeds from a parent-sponsored fundraiser last spring. From the reaction of the first group of students to check it out, it looks like the playground renovation is a hit!
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|GLI Special Movie - Dancing In Jaffa - April 4 |
|Posted on: 3/18/2014 5:08:00 PM|
|Tickets $10 advance, $12 at the door|
Join Far Brook's Girls Learn International (GLI) chapter for a pre-release screening of a very special film featuring 11-year-old children learning to get along with their enemies through dancing, confronting issues of identity, segregation, and racial prejudice. Your ticket price goes to support our sister school in Pakistan.
The event will be held in Moore Hall Friday, April 4, 2014, at 7:00 pm.
View the movie trailer. Purchase tickets now.
|Third Grade Goes Maple Sugaring |
|Posted on: 3/18/2014 8:06:00 AM|
|Where does maple syrup come from?|
On Thursday March 6th, the Third Grade class visited the Somerset County’s Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge, NJ, for their annual Maple Sugaring trip. The children, teachers, and parent chaperones were treated to a delightful and educational morning of “sweet” enlightenment, keeping the theme of the Native American curriculum in focus.
The students learned how maple sugar is made and where it comes from. The guides explained and demonstrated the history of its accidental discovery by an Iroquois Indian chief and the evolution of the process of tapping Maple trees. As they sampled some delicious syrup and headed back to the bus, Third Graders left with a completely new perspective on the gooey goodness we pour on flapjacks.
|Nursery's Morning of Music |
|Posted on: 3/5/2014 10:24:00 AM|
|Big treat for little ears|
On February 27, Far Brook’s Nursery traveled to the Grace Episcopal Church in Madison for a Tiny Tots Concert. These concerts have been organized and hosted by the Madison Cooperative Nursery School for over 30 years and introduce preschoolers and kindergartners to the instruments of the symphony orchestra. On this trip, our Nursery students learned about a family of instruments called the "string family" and got to hear, see, and learn about violins, violas, and cellos. They will hear the lowest voice of the string family next week, when Claire's son brings in his double bass.
Seeing and hearing the instruments was great, and now Nursery is busy with doing: they're making their own violins that they can play at home.
Nursery is eager to meet the woodwinds on their next trip!
|Lower School Mitten Project |
|Posted on: 2/4/2014 1:42:00 PM|
With the area in a deep freeze, students in Far Brook's Lower School could easily imagine how they might feel if they couldn’t find their gloves or mittens, or if they had no way to get some. The Lower School faculty explained that there are children in our area who, for different reasons, are in this situation right now when it is so very cold. With this in mind, the Lower School launched the “Mitten Project.”
Pairing older students with younger to help with writing and drawing, the Lower School had each student bring in a pair of gloves or mittens, write and decorate a card, and assemble a package that included the mittens, a card, and a packet of cocoa.
The completed packages—116 in all—were sent on to either Isaiah House in East Orange or to the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) in Montclair to distribute.
|Too Cold? Brrrr...ainstorming! |
|Posted on: 1/31/2014 4:55:00 PM|
|Cold Weather Inspires Fun and Learning|
Despite low temperatures from a recent snowy cold snap, Far Brook students are still enjoying the outdoors with snowmen and sledding.
But they are also learning a few new things, like the term, “polar vortex,” the weather pattern responsible for bringing frigid arctic weather systems into our area. Some students took this unique opportunity to conduct experiments that can be done only in the extreme cold.
On one frosty morning, the Second Grade--immersed in a math and science unit on taking measurements and making estimates--wanted to find a suitable “subject” to practice on. They looked outside their windows, and then they looked...up...
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|Third Grade's Original Stories |
|Posted on: 1/31/2014 4:07:00 PM|
|Shared With Kindergarten|
In Morning Meeting, Far Brook Librarian Kate Hewitt shared a book with the School called The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsberg. The book is a collection of black and white illustrations each with a provocative caption that serves as the start of a story.
His heart was pounding.
He was sure he had seen the doorknob turn.
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|Far Brook Student's Chorus Sings at Superbowl |
|Posted on: 1/31/2014 4:02:00 PM|
|Tune In to Pre-Game Activities Sunday, February 2|
Congratulations to Far Brook Seventh Grader Sophia Fanelle and her 70+ fellow choristers who will sing with Queen Latifah in part of the televised Super Bowl pre-game activities Sunday. These students are part of the Advanced Choir of the New Jersey Youth Chorus (NJYC). The Chorus is scheduled to perform America the Beautiful as a tribute to members of the military and their families at 6:14 p.m. Sunday.
Three other Far Brook students, Ben Lee (Young Men's Ensemble), Georgia Post-Lipnick (Apprentice Choir), and Lilly Fanelle (Apprentice Choir), also sing with the NJYC, which has five choirs for students in grades one through twelve.
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|Fourth Grade Visits Newark Museum |
|Posted on: 1/15/2014 10:15:00 AM|
|Classical Antiquities, Africa, Generation Fit|
|On Thursday, December 12th, the Fourth Grade spent the day at the Newark Museum. The visit began in the hall of Classical Antiquities, where Egypt’s ancient artifacts surrounded them. Students’ classroom learning was obvious as they were able to enthusiastically identify everyday objects and rites of Egyptian life. After an interactive and animated lecture, the students were able to get their hands dirty by each sculpting a scarab beetle, a sacred symbol of rebirth for the Egyptians, from a lump of clay. The students next gathered in the African gallery, where a knowledgeable docent introduced the vast and varied continent through a discussion of textiles, musical instruments, ornaments, furniture, modern history, and contemporary artwork. After lunch, the children broke into small groups to explore Generation Fit, a health and wellness exhibit, and galleries of interest. Click here for the photo album.|
|Helping Others |
|Posted on: 1/9/2014 8:38:00 AM|
|Thank you for supporting the Family Assistance Resource Center|
Thank you to the Far Brook community and to Roger Hinton, current parent and Director of the Family Assistance Resource Center, for helping to meet the immediate needs of families in our surrounding communities. In recent weeks, the Resource Center has picked up multiple vanloads of clothing, toys, and household items from Far Brook and delivered the items directly to people in difficult circumstances.
Roger founded the Family Assistance Resource Center several years ago when a fire in Orange left over 90 families without homes and basic necessities during cold weather. Since that first effort, Far Brook’s supportive and caring community has generously contributed to the success of the program.
For more information about the Family Assistance Resource Center and how to help, please go to their website:
|December Celebrations at Far Brook - Photo Albums |
|Posted on: 1/7/2014 12:40:00 PM|
|High Tea, Holiday Windows, Harmonia, Las Posadas|
The days preceeding the December break were joyful and busy ones here at Far Brook. Click any picture to open its album.
The Third Grade brought Dylan Thomas's A Child's Christmas in Wales
to Far Brook. Dressed in their finest and displaying their best party behavior, the students spent the day entertaining each other and enjoying the traditional biscuits, sweets, and tea of the Third Grade High Tea.
During that week, students painted their annual holiday windows all around the campus, some with seasonal themes, some curriculum-inspired.
The painted windows were glowing beautifully the night the Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade students presented Harmonia, A Winter Celebration of the Arts
in Moore Hall which was transformed by twinkling lights and starry, celestial artwork created by the entire school. The audience greatly enjoyed the students' skillful weaving together of story, poetry, dance, and music in this festive presentation.
On the last day before the break, all classrooms played a part in a Far Brook version of the Mexican holiday tradition called "Las Posadas." The First Grade, with Erasmia leading the way and accompanying them on the accordion, sang their way around the campus, asking at each class for shelter. At each door they were turned away, until at last they arrived at the Fifth Grade, which welcomed them in and shared treats and songs. (Thank you Fifth Grade!)
As always, many thanks to the photographers!