Monday, February 6, 2012

Family Social Night

Welcome back to all of our families.  Greenwood Tree will be hosting a Family Social Night next Thursday night, February 9 from 6 to 8pm.  We will be gathering together for a potluck dinner to commune with all of our families.  We hope that you are all able to join us for an opportunity to become more familiar with all of the faces in our community and strengthen those relationships that have already begun. 

Following dinner we will gather around and share songs that are commonly heard in your home and some that are being currently being used in the classroom as well.  We hope to use this opportunity to share with one another and to go home with a few more songs that we can use with our children throughout our week. 

Please join us next Thursday and share your evening with us.  Bring a potluck dish, picnic supplies (plates, silverware, etc.) and songs to share. 

The GWT Board, Resource Council and Teacher

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Gong Hey Fat Choy!

Happy New Year! in Chinese (Cantonese).

Last week, the children of The Greenwood Tree ushered in the Lunar New Year. Welcome, Year of the Dragon. Seedlings 1 and 2 celebrated by painting a massive dragon in red and gold. The Saplings created a massive feast which included hand stuffed dumplings. Root children decorated a dragon mask, slipped under a piece of red fabric with noisy tambourines to parade the dragon through the halls of the school.

Teacher Maria offered the Root children and accompanying parents special insight into Chinese New Year celebrations and culture. Maria spent two years living and teaching English in China in the 1990s. As Root children teacher, she brings a wealth of early education experience, ease, and fluidity to the weekly Root children class rhythms. Did I mention her gorgeous singing voice?