Friday, November 2, 2018

Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, and more!

What a fun, full week this week! The anticipation for Halloween was palpable with increased energy in the classroom, and we were able to direct that towards fun art and food projects on Halloween. This would NOT have been possible without the help of dedicated parent volunteers who came in for two different hour-long time slots to help out. The kids LOVED it, and it was an awesome opportunity for me to stand back and observe from a different perspective than I normally am able to. A HUGE thank you to everyone who volunteered with ideas, crafts, or coming in to lead the stations. And thank you to all of the parents for supporting all of the amazing costumes the kids wore on Halloween for the parade!

The students were also very excited to get back into the normal routine for Pizza Thursday, and our hike up to Shirley Canyon. They really missed it last week! We were treated with a spectacular day of warm fall weather. The kids greatly enjoyed clambering all over a gnarled, lichen-covered juniper tree, which also offered great photographic opportunities. 

We made it back just in time for the Dia de los Muertos celebration, led by the wonderful, dedicated and creative Spanish teacher, Ms. Monica. It truly was an authentic, immersive experience, and one of the students told me "Ms. Maryn, this reminds me of my Nana who died!" This is exactly why Dia de los Muertos is celebrated, so it was neat to see the kids have such strong connections to the presentation put on at Creekside. 
Thank you again for another awesome week; enjoy the pictures!

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