Weekly Update: December 3rd-7th, 2018

School News
Most students will be finishing Joseph Bruchac’s Winter People by the end of next biweekly. In humanities class we finished Chapter 1 of The Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick. In science students are continuing to study Eloise’s land form/watershed model and should still be working on their moon journals at home at night (we know, it’s been so cloudy!).
Health Class with Brian
In health last week students finished discussing gender stereotypes and biases with Whole Children‘s wonderful teacher, Brian Melanson. Tomorrow we start everyone’s favorite topic: Puberty! 
Upcoming Dates
Winter “field trip” days
Due to possible cancellations or poor driving conditions, it becomes difficult to schedule our field trips every other Friday in the winter. Therefore for the winter months we watch videos relating to our curriculum on the first Friday of every biweekly. Some movies we’re going to watch this winter include “American Experience” – We Shall Remain: After The Mayflower and a few episodes of Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s CosmosOur regular Friday field trips will resume in the spring!
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Weekly Update: November 26th – November 30th, 2018

School News
In humanities class we finally started reading The Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick.  In science students started experimenting with the model watershed and should still be working on their moon journals at home at night.
In health last week students discussed gender stereotypes and biases with Whole Children‘s wonderful teacher, Brian Melanson. We only have three classes left with him this whole school year! We continued the conversation on Tuesday in skills workshop last week we had a really good conversation about gender identity. On Friday the kids did a great job on our volunteer trip in which we helped clean up the Literacy Project in Greenfield! We feel lucky to have such a great group of kids who can have really mature conversations and do good in the community.
 
Upcoming Dates
Winter “field trip” days
Due to possible cancellations or poor driving conditions, it becomes difficult to schedule our field trips every other Friday in the winter. Therefore for the winter months we watch videos relating to our curriculum on the first Friday of every biweekly. Some movies we’re going to watch this winter include “American Experience” – We Shall Remain: After The Mayflower and a few episodes of Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s CosmosOur regular Friday field trips will resume in the spring!
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Upcoming Week!

This Week Upcoming
There is no news this week since we didn’t have school, but here’s a glance at what’s coming up next: Monday we resume health classes with Whole Children‘s Brian Melanson. We will also hopefully finish up the work from biweekly 5, which we didn’t get to finish before the snow day and break. Tuesday and Thursday will be humanities class, in which we are finally starting the meat and potatoes of this year’s curriculum, The Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick. Wednesday will be science class and then on Friday we will take an afternoon trip to volunteer at the Literacy Project. See below for more upcoming dates, including our two week long December break.
Upcoming Dates
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Weekly Update: November 12th-16th 2018

Happy Vacation Four Windsors!
Open House
Thank you so much to everyone for coming to the open house! We had a great time.  Mark your calendars for the next one on Wednesday, February 13th from 6 to 7:30 pm.
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Upcoming Dates
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Weekly Update: November 5th – 9th 2018

School News
We had the pleasure of having parent Emily Ailing come to school for our ‘field trip’ this Friday! She worked with the kids on some cool things about Latin and the development of Indo-European languages. Thanks Emily! We love having parents, grandparents, and community members come in to work with the kids. These experiences not only enrich our curriculum but also strengthen the bonds of our wonderful community. If you’re interested in doing any educational activities with our students, let us know!
Emily teaches the kids linguistics!
Speaking of visitors, we had another great health class with Whole Children‘s Brian Melanson on Monday, further exploring the nuance of boundaries and consent. We won’t be seeing Brian for a little while due to Veteran’s Day and November break, but we can’t wait to resume health classes with him later this month! 
 
Health class with Brian
For science class, students should still be completing their moon journals at home. They’ve been working on their morning and afternoon air and water temperature graph as well as their sunrise and sunset graph at school. In humanities we’re about to wrap up 1500s Americas and start Nathaniel Philbrick’s abridged-for-kids version of his New York Times Best Seller, The MayflowerDuring academic work time, most students have finished their essays on Weetamoo: Heart of the Pocassets by Patricia Clark Smith and have started reading Witch Child by Celia Rees. 
Upcoming Dates
  • No School (Veteran’s Day Observed)Monday, November 12th. See you Tuesday!
  • Open House: This Tuesday (11/13) from 6 to 7:30pm
See our Facebook event for more details.
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Weekly Update: October 29th-November 2nd h 2018

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We had a great Halloweek this year. Check out this photo album on Facebook to see pictures of some of the great costumes that appeared at school this week. Unfortunately the kids mostly didn’t want to be photographed in their onesies, so that particular style is sadly underrepresented in the album. 🙂
Our first health class last week with Whole Children‘s Brian Melanson was great. I think the kids all felt really comfortable with him and we’re all looking forward to tomorrow’s class.
Health Class with Brian
In Humanities we last week we did a little Weetamoo and timeline review and then carved pumpkins. This coming biweekly we’ll be digging into the Americas during the 1500s and what led to the events of Nathaniel Philbrick’s The Mayflower, which we’ll start reading after November break. Students have finished reading Weetamoo and are about to start Witch Child by Celia Reese.
In science this week students started working on flip books showing the movement of tectonic plates from Pangaea to the present, and will continue to work on them next week. In addition to tracking the rock we now know as Gill, Ma through the ages, students have also been diligently recording air and water temperatures, the time of sunrise and sunset, and (hopefully) the moon!
Looking Ahead 
  • Friday, November 9th: Emily Ailing will be treating us to “an afternoon of Latin/linguistics fun!”
  • Monday, November 12th: No School – Veteran’s Day Observed
  • Tuesday, November 13th: Open House 6pm-7:30pm 
  • Monday, November 19th-Friday, November 23rd: November Break
  • Friday, November 30th: Afternoon field trip to the Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College
Open House
Open Houses are an opportunity for current students to hang out after school hours, for parents to mingle with each other and check-in with us, a chance for alumni to come back to visit, and time for prospective students visit and learn about the school. Check out (and RSVP to!) our event on Facebook and please help spread the word! Thank you!
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Weekly Update: October 22nd-26th 2018

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Filming of Franny the Pumpkin, the play written and directed entirely by students, is underway at Four Winds School. The project is entirely student run from rehearsals to costumes to filming! Keep an eye out this week for a sneak peak of the trailer on our Facebook page!
Filming “Franny the Pumpkin”
In other news, we had a great time visiting the Pequot Museum yesterday! Check out our video and pictures on Instagram.
Halloweek 
  • Monday, 10/29: Outrageous outfits and/or wordplay costumes (for example, “pumpkin pi”)
  • Tuesday, 10/30Dress up as someone you admire or a character from a story (could be a story from Four Winds or another source).
  • Wednesday, 10/31: Halloween! Wear Halloween costumes to school.
  • Thursday, 11/1: Dress up as an animal or mythical beast.
  • Friday, 11/2: Pajama day!!
Afternoons this week
  • Monday: Health Class with Whole Children‘s wonderful teacher, Brian Melanson. Our main focus areas this year will be 1) consent and boundaries, 2) gender roles, sexism/misogyny, and gender identity, and 3) puberty.
  • TuesdayHumanities Class.
  • WednesdayPumpkin Carving and Painting for Halloween!
  • Thursday: Science Class: Students are doing a long term moon journal project. Please help your students remember to complete their journals at night! Thank you!
  • Friday: End of biweekly as usual.
Youtube Channel
Thanks to the help of some students, we now have a YouTube channel. Some of the kids were asking how to find it, so if you want to direct them to it (or subscribe yourself!) you can find us here.
Looking Ahead 
  • Friday, November 9th: In-house “field trip” with a parent about Latin!
  • Monday, November 12th: No School Veteren’s Day Observed
  • Tuesday, November 13th at 6-7:30pm: Open House. (Facebook event.)
  • Monday, November 19th-Friday, November 23rd: No School November Break
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Weekly Update: October 15th – 19th 2018

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In Humanities students are studying the book Weetamoo: Heart of the PocassetsWe’ve discussed primary sources vs. secondary sources, and are working on distinguishing fact from fiction while reading historical fiction novels. Students are also working on their first research paper and will be learning how to format Works Cited pages tomorrow afternoon.
We had a great time at the UMass Multibands pops concert on Friday. Check Facebook for an album of the trip later this week!
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The students enjoy their new parachute!
Looking Ahead
  • Friday, October 26th: All day field trip to the Pequot Museum in CT. 
  • October 29th – November 2nd: Halloweek!
  • Monday, November 5th: Health classes start. We will be having six health classes this year with Whole Children‘s wonderful health teacher, Brian Melanson.
Open House
  • Tuesday, November 13th from 6 to 7:30 pm will be our Open House of the year. Open Houses are an opportunity for current students to hang out after school hours, for parents to mingle with each other and check-in with us, a chance for alumni to come back to visit , and time for prospective students visit and learn about the school. Check out (and RSVP to!) our event on Facebook and please help spread the word! Thank you!

October 8th-12th 2018

School News

The Columbus Day mock trial went extremely well! On Monday the students worked in small groups to prepare their parts as defendants, witnesses and lawyers, and on Tuesday afternoon we transformed the classroom into a court room for our proceedings. Afterwards, the students switched to the role of jurors for the deliberation process. Who did they decide was to blame for the enslavement and genocide of the Taino people? The students have voted and the results are in: Christopher Columbus himself was held to be 37% responsible, the System of Empire almost exactly tied with King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain at about 23-24% responsibility each, Columbus’s men came in at 15%, and the last one percent of blame belonged to the Spaniards themselves.

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In science students found the exact time of midday at school (12:53pm) by finding the shortest shadow of a stick and used that to calculate our longitude. We finished our short music unit and are ready for next week’s field trip to UMass Multibands. We didn’t have much in the way of project time this week due to our altered schedule, but the students still found time to work on their play, Franny the Pumpkin, during lunch and recess time.

Upcoming Dates
We’ve made it half way through the weirdo biweekly! Next week we have:

Open Houses are our multi-purpose community events. They are an opportunity for:

  • current students to hang out with each other after school hours
  • parents to mingle with each other and check-in with the teachers
  • alumni and their families to come back and visit
  • prospective students and their families to visit the school, meet the teachers, and learn about our program.
For more details or to RSVP, visit our event on Facebook. Share the event with others who may be interested.
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October 1st-5th 2018

School News

In science students are continuing their study of water testing by designing and carrying out their own experiments at the Connecticut River. In humanities students worked in groups to do short presentations about pre-Columbian America, pictures of which will be posted on Facebook next week. Students finished their papers on Morning Girl by Michael Dorris and many of them are feeling very proud of their work!

Group presentations about pre-Columbian America.
Upcoming Dates

Wednesday 10/17 will be a half day, so send your student with snack but no lunch and pick them up at 12:30. The teachers will be doing some professional development right after school (since no one signed up for parent/teacher conferences) so please retrieve your student promptly.

UMass Multibands Field Trip will be next Friday 10/19. It will be very fun but very loud, so some students may wish to bring noise-cancelling headphones.

Looking further ahead, we will have our First Open House on November 13th at 6pm. Check out our Facebook event for more details. This is a great opportunity to check out our school!

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