|Third Grade Feast|
The Third Grade and their families celebrated the harvest in a traditional Feast held in Moore Hall on Friday, November 22. Prior to the Feast, the Third Graders learned about the first harvest festival that Native Americans celebrated with the English colonists, which had changed over time to become the popular myth of the First Thanksgiving. In order to help the students understand and appreciate what the first harvest festival was actually like, the Third Grade families were asked to prepare dishes that are as authentic as possible: roasted turkey, succotash, wild rice, baked beans, root vegetables, cornmeal stuffing, preserved fruit, and fruit cobbler.
The Third Grade students, their families, and teachers enjoyed the delicious and bountiful feast. Then, with Erasmia leading the way and setting the rhythm, the Third Grade musicians played recorders and sang their way through the Hall to the stage where they presented a collection of Native American songs.
|The Ides of March|
On November 7, the Sixth Grade presented James Glossman's adaptation of Thornton Wilder's The Ides of March. Having clearly mastered an intricate plot that weaves together the actions of Julius Caesar and the many scheming characters who surrounded him, the students vividly recreated the final days of one of history's most magnetic personalities.
|Diwali Celebration |
|Posted on: 11/11/2013 11:13:00 AM|
|Wednesday, November 6|
In Morning Meeting on November 6 several families shared their Diwali celebration traditions with the entire school. Some students and faculty wore formal Indian attire, and all were led in a singing of the Gayatri Mantra
(click link for a YouTube clip). The families then continued the celebration of this 13th day of the lunar cycle, with visits to the classrooms and with a delicious and authentic feast of Indian food for the entire staff.
|Huck Finn and the Family War|
| ||On Friday, November 1, the Eighth Grade presented the story of "Huck and the Family War" from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. The students did a wonderful job of capturing the flavor and intonations of two Southern families with opposing views caught up in their own (pre-) Civil War.|
|Service Day for Seventh Grade|
| ||On Tuesday, November 5, the campus was unusually quiet as Grades K-6 were away for their conference day, so the Junior High and Nursery were able to share an intimate and touching Morning Meeting. Then as the Eighth Grade prepared to take the SSATs, the Seventh Grade watched two short YouTube videos about hunger in America. They had a discussion about hunger and poverty and the local populations they were to serve that day in St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen in Newark and Valley Settlement House in West Orange.
The group of Seventh Graders who went to Valley Settlement House taught the students Far Brook songs including “Ladybug,” “Chipmunk,” and “I Wonder Who Invented the Ice Cream Cone.” No doubt in a few more hours they would have had them singing in canon.
The group at St. Ann’s prepared the meal and served coffee and Danish to the patrons. The Newark schools were closed that day, so this group worked in the Literacy Center with children as well. Gina Ricciardi, Far Brook alumni parent who runs the soup kitchen, reported that the Eighth Grade worked very hard and quickly to serve all 229 adults and children.
Nicely done, Seventh Grade!
|Fifth Grade Class Visits the MMA in NYC|
| ||As part of their year-long study of Ancient Greece, the Fifth Grade visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA). Students viewed Greek and Roman art, pottery, and metal work, and spoke to Far Brook parent Dr. Sean Hemingway, who is Curator of the Greek and Roman galleries at MMA, and an archaeologist. Many thanks to parent chaperones and Dr. Hemingway for making the trip possible!|
|Kindergarten Class Trip to the Somerset County Environmental Center|
Kindergarten had a great time at the Somerset County Environmental Center on Tuesday. After viewing critters up close and personal in the Center's outdoor classroom, naturalists led us on a nature walk, where the kindergarteners used sweep nets to collect a variety of critters. We found crickets, ladybugs, a caterpillar, and even a praying mantis!
Our photos are below, including one of a "death-feigning beetle" who likes to play dead when it is scared (it is not indigenous to our area) and a female praying mantis spotted by one of our kindergarteners while we were walking through the trails!
Photo credit: Emi Ithen
Imaginations Soar on the Playground
The Far Brook playground is alive with new forts, ships, castles, mazes and spaceships as students bring their creative ideas to life using their new Imagination Playground blocks. Our supportive parents raised funds for improvements to the playground through the Parent Social last March, making it possible to add this mobile, block-based play system to our campus. Blocks have always been a fundamental tool at Far Brook. Now they are flexible, oversized, soft and outdoor-friendly! These new creative building toys are also being used at children's museums and other educational institutions such as the Liberty Science Center to help kids unleash their creative potential. Michele Obama's Let's Move!
initiative has partnered with Imagination Playground and Kaboom! to make the blocks available to playgrounds around the country. (For more information, read the Imagination Playground's blog post
The blocks have contributed to forming new friendships and encouraging children to be more active and physical. Teachers have reported that they are enthralled with the quality of the play and the magic involved when children create their own settings. Skills being developed include math, engineering, storytelling, design, resourcefulness and of course, imagination.
(Photos credit: Emi Ithen)