Gratitude Edition | December 4, 2020
In this issue...
- Upcoming events
- Grateful for
- Thank you, donors!
- Remote learning problems
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Upcoming Events
SCHOOL CLOSED THROUGH FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11
December 7 - Virtual Annual Meeting (7:00pm)
December 23 through January 8 - SCHOOL CLOSED (Extended Winter Break)
Quips & quotes:
What are Circle Schoolers grateful for?
 
"For nature and the weather and animals."

"For my family, for my friends at this school, and that I go to this school."

"For drawing utensils and ramen."

"Having all these amazing friends and a lovely school."

"For the computer room."

"For the world."

"For friends, family, and my dogs."

"A strong community making its way together through a challenging time – smartly, bravely, respectfully, safely."


"The people around me and opportunities I have in life. I feel lucky overall." 

"For my parents who take care of me."

"I am grateful that I continue to be curious about so many things and notice beauty all around me."


"For the woods at school, for coloring at school, for the playroom, and the whole school."

"My cat, Venice."

"My friends and family."

"My mom."

"I'm grateful we have this big, beautiful outdoor space so we can have lots of fun and still be socially distant."

"I'm grateful you don't have to do classes unless you want to."

"Thankful for my freedom to express myself."

"Being able to come to school this year."

"Things not being as bad as they could be."

"My family and my life."

"For a large friend group so we can have crazy games."

"Finding friends here."

"I am grateful for all the people that love me and give me food and shelter and many forms of entertainment."

"My grandparents."

"Unicorns."

"My parents and my pets."

"For stuffed animals and video games."

"The health and wellbeing of my family and friends, and hopefully the continued health and wellbeing of my family and friends."


"For the school, my pets, and my dance school."
 
"The staff at school and that you can play with your friends when you want."

"For friends and family, online and in person."

"That most of my friends are still at school, and getting this game recently that I've been waiting for a month to get."

"I’m able to explore and learn what I want."

"Chocolate."
  
The Meadow Campus: Five Years Later
Thank you, donors!
The Circle School's Meadow Campus, with its acres of outdoor space and expansive, open interior design is now more important than anyone could have imagined, enabling The Circle School to be open for as many in-person school days as possible throughout the COVID crisis.
The Meadow Campus Report honors the more than 175 alumni, parents, donors, and other supporters who made the school's dream of a new campus a reality, and who continue to make it possible through their monthly donations.
Click here to download the 10-page PDF of the Meadow Campus Report, containing dozens of pictures and a few words of gratitude from students, alumni, parents, and staff.

Thank you, donors, and a special thank you to alumna Catherine Bodnyk, for her graphic design skills assistance with this report!
From The Atlantic:
Remote Learning Isn't the Only Problem with School
This year, The Circle School is trying to stay open in-person for as much of the school year is safe. While school is closed, we'll spend time on Zoom and Discord together. We'll play lots of Among Us, have Netflix parties, and stay connected as best we can, but there are no substitutes for the spontaneity, togetherness, and magic that happens on campus every day.

In this article from The Atlantic, early-childhood educator Erika Christakis suggests that the nationwide shift to remote learning brought on by the pandemic has highlighted some flaws of traditional elementary education.

Christakis writes, "Early learning is fundamentally a social process, during which the architecture of the developing brain is constructed from emotional connections with trusted caregivers and friends. ... What should we be demanding? A good start would be to include a broader and deeper curriculum with more chances for children to explore, play, and build relationships with peers and teachers. ... [T]he most obvious demand should be for more time outside... even without a public-health emergency." Click here to read more.
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