School News

Last week at school we had two visitors during humanities class: a visited on Wednesday to discuss her new documentary on the work that the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota is doing, and another visited on Thursday to discuss her time living near the US/Mexico boarder and her work with local immigrant families. We love when parents come in to teach about what they are passionate about, particularly when the topics are so relevant to what we are studying in class!

Upcoming Events

Next week, students will start to read Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis as a continuation of our 1800s unit. We are about to wrap up our unit on the Industrial Revolution and begin studying slavery.
Skills Workshop Visitor, Tuesday, December 10th: For skills workshop this week, percussionist, educator, and world traveler Tony Vacca will be coming in to do a workshop with the kids! We’ll be working with Tony next year on his ongoing Senegal-America Project, and this be a great way for he and the kids to start getting to know each other. We’re very excited for the skills workshop on Tuesday and our future collaborations!
“Field trip Friday,” December 13th: This Friday we’ll be watching the Lyddie movie at school in lieu of a field trip or visitor. We’re looking forward to a relaxed afternoon!
Student-organized holiday party, Thursday, December 19th: The students organized their 2nd annual “secret snowflake” gift exchange (maximum $10 on gifts, arts and crafts encouraged) to take place on Thursday, December 19th during lunch time (12:30-1:30).


Calendars: Thanks so much to everybody who bought calendars from (or just donated to) our #GivingTuesday fundraiser! We still have some calendars left for sale, so please let us know if you want to buy any before the holidays or new year. We would also appreciate if you could spread the word about them, as they’ll become increasingly harder to sell once we get into 2020 (plus, the photos and haikus are so great, they deserve to be shared and spread throughout our larger community)!
Amazon Smile: Speaking of holiday shopping, if you haven’t yet, please register Four Winds School as your non-profit on, it’s easy! After signing up and selecting Four Winds, Amazon donates small percentage of every purchase you make to Four Winds School. The quarterly disbursement that we get from them really helps out, and it’s no extra charge to the customer. Please sign up and spread the word for an easy and free way to help support the school. Thanks!
Merch: Don’t forget that you can always buy merchandise (long sleeved shirts, hoodies, tote bags, water bottles, travel mugs, and t-shirts!) with card, cash, or check when you drop off or pick up your Four Winds student. These, too, can make great holiday gifts!
Rewards programs: We’re working on singing up Four Winds for Staples Classroom Rewards, Stop and Shop A+ Rewards, and Box Tops for Education. Stay tuned for more info from the Parents’ Organization on how to participate!

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