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Kwanzaa Celebration

Dee leads the fourth year students in our Kwanzaa celebration.

Kwanzaa is the Swahili word for "first", and it signifies the first fruits of the harvest. Based on age-old African harvest celebrations, Kwanzaa begins December 26 and ends January 1. This holiday celebrates the harvest and the collective efforts of communities. Dancing traditionally plays a major role in such celebrations.

Former River Class students share about the principles of Kwanzaa.

River students enjoy a shared snack of fruit and nuts with the rest of the Lower School community.

Traditionally, teachers serve the students a snack provided by Lower School families - thank you!

Holiday Interest Groups

Our holiday Interest Groups were a great success! Children enjoyed a variety of activities such as Legos (pictured above).

Bedtime Buddies was a lot of fun. Children made colorful stuffies to keep them company. 

Stuffy Hats and Vests was also a fun option. 


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Art with Jamie

Jamie, our Middle School art teacher, has been visiting River Class for the past few Mondays to share his artistic gifts with all of the River children. Students have an art lesson in small groups. Children decide what they'd like to be able to draw or improve on. They are grouped according to their preferences. 

The last three weeks children have been drawing dogs, cats, and horses. Jamie demonstrates on the board and also uses technology as a resource in the event that a student wants to try to draw something else. Children have an opportunity to practice their drawing skills during center time on Mondays and sometimes Fridays. We have a variety of drawing books in the classroom to help support students' varying interests. Upcoming groups will include fantasy, people, clothes, birds, vehicles, more animals, and birds. River students have been very excited to work with Jamie! 

A student is practicing drawing horses.

A student is proud o…

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Design and Engineering

Students are working in pairs to design, build, and test a hand pollinator for a model of a specific flower utilizing the results of tests they conducted to determine which materials were best at picking up and dropping off pollen.
Children are using their knowledge of pollination, materials and their properties, and the Engineering Design Process to design and improve their hand pollinator for their model flower.
Students are engaging in activities where they: brainstormed ideas for their hand pollinator designs were asked to consider the design constraints imposed by different model flowers created and tested their hand pollinator designsanalyzed their hand pollinators for strengths and weaknesses based on observations made during testing imagined ways to improve their designs and implemented some of their improvementsStudents are learning that: engineers use a series of steps to find solutions to design problemsa human-made design (techn…