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Early Childhood Thanksgiving Feast

The PreSchool, Pre Kindergarten, and Kindergarten came together as the Wampanoag Tribe and the Pilgrims for their annual feast.  Each class prepared and shared delicious food for the feast, including Corn Bread, Indian Pudding, and Apple Crisp.  Students sat together making new friends from the other classrooms.

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I am not a Turkey!

Second graders had their turkeys “undercover” for the holiday with a detailed artwork and a description to match.  Students created a persona for their “non-turkey” character, using adjectives, verbs, and imagination.  Elvis, a Rockstar, a Flamingo and a Christmas Tree were all presented before the school assembly and remember “I am not a turkey!”

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Buddies!

Each month the 8th grade and Kindergarten buddies come together to do a collaborative lesson, led by the Middle School students.  This month, the 8th grade finished reading Lord of the Flies by William Golding and created a project for their buddies centered around what they would pack in their suitcase if they were on a deserted island.

From basketballs to blankets, the kindergartners drew pictures of what they would bring and the 8th graders presented before the school with their buddies close by.

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Thanksgiving Assembly

The whole school gathered to celebrate Thanksgiving and share projects they’re working on.  Students stood before the entire school and shared with their friends and peers.
Our Kindergarten performed a poem called “Thanksgiving Dinner” and shared an art project.  More Photos <<

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Thanksgiving Poem

The 3rd grade collaborated on a Thanksgiving poem in class. Students worked together on each line, making sure there was a rhyming component and that each sentence worked with the theme.  They read the poem aloud at the assembly and did a wonderful job!

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Fourth Grade Gives Thanks

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Music, it sooths my soul.
The winter because I snowboard.
My family and the endless support they give me.
For pets to keep me company.
My house because it keeps me warm and safe.
Snuggling with my car on a sunny day.
Peace, Love, and Happiness.
Family because they love me in every way.
Education because it makes me smart.
My feet because they let me move and discover new things.
My family because they cheer me up when I’m sad.
My family because they love and support me.
Soccer because it keeps me active.
Family and friends because they make me laugh.
Books because they expand my imagination.
A great family, the food and water, and my beautiful house.
A roof over my head to protect me during bad weather.
My supportive family because they encourage my to do things I’ve never tried.
My family becsause I love them and I need them for support.

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Holiday Performance

Rehearsals are underway for students in the St. Michael’s Country Day School Acting Workshop. They will present “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” on Friday, December 9 at 7pm and Saturday, December 10 at 2pm.

Based on the book by Dr. Seuss, the play is directed by Christina Johnston, with scenic design by Ellyn Eaves-Hileman.

This holiday classic will be brought to life by a cast of sixth through eighth grade students. The performances will take place in the Hill House Arts and Athletics Center on the school’s campus. Admission is free and open to the public, donations to benefit the St. Michael’s theatre program are welcome.

For more information please call 401-849-5970 ext. 330.

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STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math)

In Plant Ecology & Art, 5th and 6th graders picked 2-3 plants from the St. Michael’s community garden and brought them back to inspect under the microscope.  We used the patterns, colors, and textures we saw as inspiration for abstract watercolor/crayon resist paintings.

The 5th grade has been learning about memoirs.  They wrote their own and hand bound their work into a book.
Each student then drew a self-portrait for the book’s cover in a media of their choice.

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Community

Former Middle School Head Bob Tavares made a surprise appearance at this week’s Monday morning meeting! He read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and spoke with students about the importance of giving back.

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November is Courage Month at St. Michael’s

Far too many people define courage as a once in lifetime occurrence – that singular moment in which someone selflessly puts aside great fear, or anxiety, or danger to save a life, to stand up to the bully, or to right the egregious wrong.   The decision to act in the face of extreme adversity is surely a circumstance worthy of heroic admiration.

But the notion that courage is a once in a lifetime opportunity misses the point.  Courage, in fact, is a muscle that needs to be practiced.  Our children need to view it as a daily endeavor, a responsibility to search for those circumstances in school and in the world, in which we demonstrate our human capacity to do the right thing.  We need to let our children know that they each have this heroic capacity inside of them.  How better else to encourage our children to demand a world of respect and kindness than to ask them to view their own responsibilities in heroic terms?

Suppose you woke your child up in the morning and told her that today was “Courage Day” and that there were a dozen moments during this day when you expected her to act courageously.  And suppose that as an adult, you took the same challenge with you to your office, your morning routine, your social network, your daily conversations.  What would your dinner conversation sound like?

When we define success for our children at St. Michael’s, we make it clear that success can’t be achieved in a vacuum.  As humans, we are social animals, and the greatest riches in the world will not satisfy our need to be recognized and appreciated amongst our family, our friends, and our colleagues.   

I encourage you to speak to your children today about courage and consider ways to make it a daily conversation.

 

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Food for Thought:

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~ Winston Churchill

“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” ~ Maya Angelou

“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”  ~ Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.”  ~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter

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Bulb Planting with Buddies

Fourth grade and Pre Kindergarten buddies came together to plant daffodil bulbs around St. Michael’s. The older students showed their younger buddies how to dig, place the bulb, and cover them for the winter. We are excited to see the new plantings come up in the spring and add color to our campus!

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Courage in Grade 4

Our 4th graders read the book Courage by Bernard Waber.  “There are many kinds of courage.  Awesome kinds.  And everyday kinds. Still, courage is courage – whatever kind.”  Each student took a different page of the book, drew a picture of that example of Courage and presented before the whole school during the Veteran’s Day Assembly.
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Not only did the students learn about varying levels of Courage, from being the first to make up after an argument to tasting a vegetable without making a face.  But they also learned the courageous skill of public speaking, before their teachers and peers.

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Courage in Grade 1

Mr. Zurn visits the first grade each month to read a book related to our Trait of Success. This month he read the book One by Kathryn Otoshi.  Through this tale about different colors who are not always nice to each other the children learned that it just takes one to have the courage to stand up to a bully.

Inspired by this story, the children talked more about courage and shared times when they challenged themselves and stood up for what was right. At this week’s Morning Meeting, courage was modeled by the first graders when stood up in front of all the Lower School children to share their own stories of courage which are also  posted on the bulletin board outside their classroom.

  • Courage is telling someone to stop bothering you. Ask a friend who was getting bullied to play. -Camryn
  • Courage is learning to read and write in another language.  -Geffen
  • I showed courage when I went to the dentist. -Einya
  • Courage is when you get hurt and don’t cry. I challenge myself. -Penelope
  • Courage is when you do something you don’t want to do. Then you feel good about yourself. I was courageous when I went through surgery. -Blake
  • Courage is when you have faith in someone. I was courageous when I had stitches. -Gillian
  • If you have to stand up to a bully and you don’t want to, that’s courage. -Charlie
  • People that fight in wars have courage. I had surgery and stitches and I was courageous. -Elizabeth
  • Stand up for someone when they are bullied. I played through pain in hockey. –Mason

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Thinking of Others

6th Grader, Ali V, recently donated her hair to Locks of Love! We are so proud of Ali for this very thoughtful gesture!
Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada suffering from long-term medical hair loss. They use donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics, which helps to restore self-esteem and confidence.”

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Tuesday, November 22
7:45 – 8: 30 am | 2:45 – 3:30 pm

Each fall, the Parents Association has sponsored a school bake sale prior to Thanksgiving to help raise funds for a good cause.  This year, our 8th grade class has asked for support to raise funds for their trip to Quebec in February.  While we are expecting strong support from our 8th grade families, we hope that others will consider supporting our students by donating a favorite family or special store purchased treat.  Treats will be available at each recess, students will need to bring a $1.00 or $2.00 to purchase items.

All items must be received wrapped; bakers are welcome to wrap items like cookies and brownies in smaller quantities. If you would like to bake please call Jane McPherson (401-849-5970 ext 300) or Send Email.  Please drop off baked goods on Monday, November 21st to the main office.


Pre-order a Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie from the Bake Sale!  Pies are $25 each and  your order will support the 8th grade trip to Quebec.  Quantities are limited, orders must be received by 9:00 a.m.on Monday (11/21).

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Students in Movie Making club had a short quarter one, but made the most of it!  Club meetings are led by Technology Teacher Bridgette O’Boyle who brings experience in the film world to St. Michael’s Country Day School. Students take part in the whole movie-making process including pre-production, production, and post production.

Pre-Production: Students first pitch their movie ideas to the class, & then vote on which films they’d like to work on.

Production: Crews work on writing their scripts, gathering costumes, and location scouting around the school.

Post Production: Students work in iMovie to edit the final product to show their classmates.

The camera equipment, green screen & editing software did not intimidate this crew of students one bit, and we wouldn’t be surprised to find we may have some future filmmakers on our hands!

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Locked In School — directed by Lily P. & filmed by Hunter L. was awarded “best film” by their classmates.

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Check out the other videos from Movie Making Club!

 

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Students filmed their own version of the comedic youtube series ASDF.

 

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Students in 5th and 6th grade used the green screen to re-enact different scenes from the film Return of the Jedi

 

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Based on the comedic youtube trend “lyrics in real life” these students incorporate pop songs in dialogue around the school.

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Captain Robert Sanders, from the US Naval War College, spoke at our Veteran’s Day Assembly.  In recognition of Courage month, he shared the story of Jocko Graves, an unsung, twelve year old hero from the American Revolutionary War.

During the War, Jocko Graves was too young to join the battle but he was determined to support General Washington. As Washington prepared to cross the Delaware River for the Battle of Trenton he realized he could not transport his horses.  Jocko volunteered to hold the horses at the river’s edge, making sure they were secure when the troops returned.  Sadly, Jocko froze to death awaiting the soldiers, but never let go of the reins.  Legend has it that his sacrifice spurred the troops on to victory and Washington was so touched by Jocko’s Courage that he erected a statue in his honor at Mount Vernon.  This statue, the story goes, was the precursor to the lawn jockey.

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Veteran’s Day Assembly

St. Michael’s students gathered together on Thursday, November 10 to honor and recognize those in our community who have served in the military.  The discussion at the assembly was around our trait for November: Courage.

What does Courage mean and how can we display it in our every day lives?  In honor of Veteran’s Day and in recognition of the military families at St. Michaels, we created a “Wall of Heroes” filled with the names of St. Michael’s family members in the Armed Services and those who have served.

I am willing to stand up for what is right.  I challenge myself.

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Courage in Grade 4

Our 4th graders read the book Courage by Bernard Waber.  “There are many kinds of courage.  Awesome kinds.  And everyday kinds. Still, courage is courage – whatever kind.”  Each student took a different page of the book, drew a picture of that example of Courage and presented before the whole school during the Veteran’s Day Assembly.

Not only did the students learn about varying levels of Courage, from being the first to make up after an argument to tasting a vegetable without making a face.  But they also learned the courageous skill of public speaking, before their teachers and peers. (click through the photos on the left)

 

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Midsummer-Poster-678x1024-2Theatre at St. Michael’s is proud to present the final performance of the summer, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Friday, August 12th and Saturday, August 13th at 7:00. This performance will feature actors ages 9 – 15, who have spent the past two weeks studying and bringing to life William Shakespeare’s delightful comedy, supported behind the scenes by tech campers who have built the set and will run technical aspects of the show. In this production’s interpretation, the fairies of Shakespeare’s magical land are sparks in the dark of the digital world that underlies reality, playing with the perceptions of the hapless humans wandering through their everyday lives. Christina Johnston is directing the show, assisted by Jessica Reeg, choreography is by Nicole Chagnon, and technical direction is by Patrick Grimes.

The performance is in Hill House Arts and Athletic Center at St. Michael’s School, and is free and open to the public, with donations welcome at the door. For more information, please contact Christina Johnston at (401) 849-5970 x411 or email at cjohnston@smcds.org.

 

Happily-Together-postTheatre at St. Michael’s is proud to present an original musical entitled “Happily Together After” on Friday, July 29th and Saturday, July 30th at 7:00. This performance will feature actors ages 9 – 15, who have spent the past three weeks writing and rehearsing a show of their own creation, supported behind the scenes by tech campers who have built the set and will run technical aspects of the show. The group worked with writing coach Andrew Katzman to conceive a fairy tale world filled with familiar characters who find themselves in unfamiliar situations, where no one is confined to their traditionally set path, and everyone has to overcome new obstacles to get to their happily-ever-after. Campers are largely responsible for writing the original songs in the show, and also helping to design and build the versatile and clever storybook set. Chelsea Boergesson is directing the show, Kristine Langello is musical director, choreography is by Jessica Reeg, and technical direction is by Patrick Grimes.

The performance is in Hill House Arts and Athletic Center at St. Michael’s School, and is free and open to the public, with donations welcome at the door. For more information, please contact Christina Johnston at (401) 849-5970 x411 or email at cjohnston@smcds.org.

Additional performances this summer will include Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on August 12th and 13th.

Othello-postTheatre at St. Michael’s is proud to present William Shakespeare’s timely and thought-provoking tragedy, “Othello” on Friday, July 15th and Saturday, July 16th at 7:00. This performance will feature actors ages 14 – 18, who have been intensively studying the play in a two-week program under the direction of Christina Johnston. Assistant direction is by Chelsea Boergesson, fight choreography is by Jason Robert LeClair, and design is by Patrick Grimes.

Actors include Nadia Leinhos as the noble but fraught Othello, Lynne Sipprelle as a tragically lovely Desdemona, and Scott Powell as the evilly manipulative Iago. The cast is rounded out by Kate Fairgrieve, John Thornton, Eliza Staples, Samantha DiMedia, Olivia Gravier, Lana Gaige, Cecelia Brower, Lily Trodson, William Harkins, Kamran Bina, Roan Iribarren, Alyx Cartin-Erickson, Allyson Grant, and Bridget Vanderveer. Emma Daigneault and Kaitlyn Burgess are working with the camp staff to design and build the show.

The performance is free and open to the public, but deals with themes that may unsuitable for young children. Parental discretion advised. Donations are welcome at the door. For more information, please contact TASM camp director Christina Johnston at (401) 849-5970 x411.

Additional TASM performances this summer will include an original musical to be performed on July 29th and 30th, as well as Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on August 12th and 13th.

 

St. Michael’s Country Day School provides transportation to school each morning from the Park and Ride on the corner of route 138 and exit 1A in Saunderstown.

For more information on fees, pick-up locations and times, please contact Ted Ferry at tferry@smcds.org or at 401-849-5970 ext.304.