Students and families celebrated Saint Sophia’s Name Day by attending the Liturgy at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church followed by the children saying “Welcome” in English and in Greek. Students made placemats for the tables depicting Saint Sophia and her three daughters, Love, Hope and Faith. (Note: your child’s artwork placemat will be sent home next week….I promise!) If you did not attend the celebration, you will still want to see the student’s placemat drawings/paintings. Teresa’s class took theirs home; Shelly’s class placemats are displayed in the entry hall. Another note: Mother and daughters do not have gold hair, they have halos, in case you were wondering!
Thanks to everyone for coming, staying until the rolls finally cooked, and for your continued support of the children and the school.
** Thanks to Martha, Alethia and Angie for saving my sanity and skewering fruit, getting the food out, delivering coffee, cleaning up and just being all around fabulous. Thanks, Ladies!!
Thanks to all of you who came to the Pot Luck BBQ. We had a great turnout, wonderful food (I have to say the salads were absolutely fantastic!!), nice weather, little “prizes” for the kids and lots of casual conversations among all the parents, the staff and guests. The children ate, ran, jumped, chased each other, played on the playground; and from my vantage point had a fun, laughter-filled evening.
Your input on our Saint Sophia School family social event is welcomed. Would you like more family events during the year? Any ideas you’d like to share?
Thanks to Arge for volunteering to help us set set up and do anything we asked! Thanks too, to Ms. Shelly for staying to help clean up.
*A special shout out and thanks to Jon, our intern, who (with his lovely wife), not only came early and helped Brain, Anna (our other intern) and me set up for the BBQ, but also cooked all the hamburgers, cleaned the grill, and stayed until the end to help us clean up. Jon, you are the best and we thank you for all your help and support of Saint Sophia! *
Thanks again for being part of the Saint Sophia School Team! Leave a comment!
Kathy Bringhurst, Education Director
Coming up in September:
Wednesday, September 17 is the Feast of Saint Sophia.
Children will need to wear their uniforms to attend church in honor of Saint Sophia. (Children will be attending the liturgy from about 10:10 – 10:30) You are invited to join us for the liturgy and also for brunch in the small gym area following the service. We hope to see you there!
Thursday, September 25 Parenting Session – “How to Help Your Child(ren) at Home” 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the Meeting Room – Reserve your spot! Sign up in the office. There will be take home materials available.
This session, led by *Trish Saccomano, will address what you can do at home to help your child in school. Every parent knows that reading to your child is essential to build a love of reading and modeling what a good reader does. There are many other activities you can incorporate at home to help your child in literacy, math, writing, social studies, science and art. Not tedious worksheets, but engaging activities to do with your child. Come to this session; take away ideas and activities to strengthen the home-school connection. Do it for yourself, do it for your child. (This is an adults only session) *Trish is an expert in early childhood education, taught young children for many years and currently teaches education classes at the U. of U. She is also co-owner of KT Educational Enterprises which publishes books and creates materials for early childhood teachers.
Friday, September 26 is our first Parent Get Together 9:00 – 10:00 am in the Library (note the date change due to a field trip on the originally scheduled date)
We will meet in the Library to chat about issues that interest you, as parents. This first meeting will include a needs assessment of what topics, issues, concerns, problems, questions you would like discussed at our Get Togethers as well as evening classes we might offer. Please join me for coffee, conversation and comments. Kathy
To say the children had fun would be an understatement! Everyone got into the act of creating a Pollock inspired large art piece. The Artist of the Month is Jackson Pollock. The children learned about him and his paintings as they listened to the book “Action Jackson” before they began throwing paint around onto the large canvas. They used paint brushes to fling paint, fly swatters to swat the paint, sponge dishwashing things which gave a different splatter effect, and they threw paint straight from the bottle, too, producing long lines and drops. Truly an example of ART IN ACTION. Ask your child to tell you about Pollock and his art. *One little fact they might remember: If a fly landed in the paint on the canvas, Pollock just left it there to be part of the piece.
Here are a few of the children as they helped create the large art piece. The full impact, as with any art masterpiece, is seeing it in person. So, stop by when you’re at Saint Sophia School and take a look. The process was fun, the product fabulous! Everyone in PK 3 and 4 had a hand in the creation of this marvelous artwork. Thanks to Ms. Shelly for supervising and getting splattered with paint in the process.
Kathy Bringhurst, Education Director and art lover!
Toddler Tuesdays is for our 18 month to two and a half year old children and their parent(s). Beginning with an interactive read aloud, moving on to centers based on the theme for the week, a Greek lesson, snack time and finally outdoor play, moms and kids are very busy. A Take-Home activity is included each week for parents to use at home with their child. I’m not sure if the parents (all moms this week) or their children had more fun! Today’s Toddler Tuesday theme was The Art of Eric Carle.
Take a peek inside the Toddler Tuesday class …..
All the best,
Kathy Bringhurst, Education Director