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Oct 21 2010

Glorious Fall Break

Sittin’ at home in my apartment right now, basking in the FREEDOM and the beauty of fall. We wrapped up 1st Quarter at Stanley Hupfeld Academy on Tuesday night with parent/teacher conferences, so everyone is enjoying the break I’m sure! Teachers & students need it every now and then- to come back refreshed, with new ideas, and a new perspective. I love when I have time to reflect, and boy do I need it! I found a prayer yesterday from a Sojourner’s email that speaks of the posture our lives should take during such a time as this:

“Heavenly keeper, we rejoice in the shades of yellow, brown, and orange that you use to paint your autumn canvas. We stand in awe of the beauty and nostalgia of this season. May we make time to be still this fall and be amazed at the elegant grandeur of your creation. Amen.”

I am so thankful that I get a Fall Break (seeing as DC didn’t provide this type of schedule…), and plan on reflecting and rejoicing and resting amongst the planning, creating, and engagement pictures that will also take place! ;) Brandon and I leave for Tulsa on Friday to spend time with family & friends. I will try on my altered wedding dress, and we will take pictures at Woodward Park on Sunday! I am so excited, as we will be using Kevin Paul- an AWESOME photographer!

My theme for 2nd quarter is “Community.” The artist we will be studying is Jacob Lawrence. Here is just a list of projects and/or themes that will be taking place, some incorporating the grade level themes used by homeroom teachers, some not:

K- “Nutrition” Still- Life (with “fall” foods)/ Thanksgiving projects/ Winter projects…

1st- “Career Uniforms” in our Community (they create their own career uniform, to express the idea of how we all work together in a community by serving one another)

2nd/3rd gr- Some type of Community “quilt”

4th gr: Wreaths (one is Jacob Lawrence/Black History theme, the other is Van Gogh)

5th gr: European Exploration & The Migration Series (how these impact & form communities)

Hopefully they learn a lot, and have a lot of fun doing it! I’ll letcha know how it goes ;)

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