Monday, December 8, 2014

Continuing in "Grand" (Friend) Style!

Our Upper Peninsula!
City of Kentwood near Grand Rapids, MI 

Kindergartners had the privilege of continuing our school's  "Grand Friend's Day" celebration with a special visit by Isaya's Grandfather Bill Hardiman who also happens to be a State Senator and former Major of Kentwood, MI.
Senator Hardiman, dressed in a dapper grey suit and tie, was greeted warmly by the Kindergartners.  After his introduction one Kindergartner, Femi, commented, "I thought you worked there because of the look!"  Mr. Hardiman demonstrated where the city he majored was located on his Michigan "hand" map and also explained the levels of government- The President (the country), Governor (the state), and Mayor (the city.)  He also explained that both of his jobs as a Senator and a Mayor had the responsibility of taking care of the people's needs.   A few of the children made connections with his role as mayor and expressed that Papa Hardiman was like the "Owner of the city" and "President of the city."  The most charming response, however, was the analogy of being "President of his own house" by Grandson Isaya.  (We will ask Grandma about that when she visits us again.)  Senator Hardiman also told us that another one of his roles was to protect the people and to get them things.  Kindergartner Esh replied, "Yeah, like toys."

  I think that Ks impressed Papa with our many comments and our knowledge of our state flower (the apple blossom), state bird (the robin), and even our ability to guess our state reptile (after a few good tries!) 

Isaya interviewed his Grandpa and asked, "What is something that you don't mind sharing with the group?"  Grandpa Hardiman replied,  "One thing I enjoy most is spending time with my family!"   Well, we definitely enjoyed Papa spending time with us and for giving us such an informative talk, fun facts bookmarks, and coloring books about our beloved state!      

Papa's own "state reptile" sighting-a Painted Turtle! 

                                             Three generations of State of Michigan Royalty!

Monday, December 1, 2014

December Revised Dates at a Glance!

December Dates at a Glance

Theme:  "Magical Science"

Monday, December 1st        No School!  Professional Development day
Tuesday, December 2nd      "Joanna Time" with the Kindergartners,  9:30-10:00 A.M.
Thursday, December 4th      Library Story time, 3 p.m. 
                                              "Get Warm, Get Connected" Library outreach begins!
Friday, December 5th           Friday Coffee with Joanna!  8:45 A.M.
Tuesday, December 9th       Yoga with Dom, 2-3 P.M.
Thursday, December 11th    Library Story TIme & Hanukkah Celebration with Rachel, 3 P.M.
Fri.-Sat. Dec.12th-13th        SK School Play, "Alice in Wonderland" Fri. 6 pm, 1& 6  on Sat
Tuesday, December 16th      Hanukkah Begins!  
Friday, December  19th        "PJ Donation Drive" deadline and Lower School Pajama                                                     Party today! Wear your PJs and bring a lovie! 
                                              Last 1/2 day of classes for 2014, dismissal at 11:30 A.M.
Dec. 22nd- Jan. 2nd             WINTER BREAK!
                                     Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! 
Monday January 5th             School Resumes!  

Isn't it Grand? "Grand Friends" and "Charlie Brown" Thanksgiving Feast!

"Grand Friends Day" proved to be just that!  We had several families represented (don't worry the rest of the Grandparents stood in proxy) from as far away as Nigeria and as close as right down the street in Ann Arbor.  We even utilized modern technology and had one set of Grand Parents skype in from Florida!  The day began with songs and a delightful story, A Turkey for Thanksgiving,  read by Edison's Grandfather.  We then had introductions of each Grand Friend followed by Kindergartners asking a question to each, "What is some bit of information that you are willing to share with us?" We found out, to our delight,  that three Grand Friends were also Kindergarten Teachers!  We even located on the classroom's globe the many birth places of Grand Friends that included India, Ghana, as well as Nigeria!   We also learned the interesting origins of our unique terms of endearment such as" Grand Bop" and "Nanny."

Later, some Kindergartners engaged in a rousing game of soccer with "Bop" while others practiced AB patterning to create colorful weaved place mats.  Former K teachers were eagerly at the ready to cut mountains of paper strips like pros-some things you never forget!   After working up quite an appetite, we all sat down together and broke bread.  Well, not just bread-we actually had yummy stuffing, refreshing fruit salad, adorable pumpkin- shaped clementines, peas, jambalaya and even an actual large roasted turkey (thanks to Eli's Dad.)  Unlike our story, however, we decided to eat the turkey versus have it sit at the table with us!  Our "Charlie Brown" Thanksgiving feast would not have been complete, however, without the pretzels, popcorn, and jelly beans that also adorned the table.  We washed our meal down with delicious drink boxes and topped it all off with a scrumptious cherry pie!  And what is a party without gifts?  We also each received our own Charlie Brown buttons from Isaya and his family to commemorate the occasion!  Truly GRAND!  I would like to extend a very special THANK YOU to all of the wonderful Grandparents, Parents, Siblings, and Friends who helped out and/or visited with us today in deed or in thought! We appreciate you!

Our Grand Day ended with a session of Yoga with Dom to work off some of our Thanksgiving meal!