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Kicking off Our Spirituality Program with Mitakuye Oyasin: We are all related.
One of the things that impressed me most when I was considering the possibility of coming to serve at All Saints in 2004 was the school’s unofficial tagline, Mitakuye Oyasin – a Lakota expression that roughly translates “we are all related.”
As we kicked off this year’s Spirituality Gathering on this same theme, I was touched to learn that Ms. Beesley had a similar experience when she was interviewing with our school. Ms. Beesley has given me permission to share the story she told in our gathering this week. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
My intention this week is Mitakuye Oyasin: We are all related. As I was thinking about what I was going say today the first thing that came to my mind is the song “We are the World.” Maybe you have heard it? It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie and performed by USA for Africa which was basically a group of something like 40 different musicians.
The crisp fall air served as a fitting context for our joyful return to school. After a lovely, relaxing summer, it was wonderful to see so many happy faces return, and to welcome our new families. The revival of our Back-to-School BBQ was a big hit and earned rave reviews from students and families alike.
One of the things I enjoy most about working in schools is the feeling of a clean slate in September – a sort of empty canvas on which the year’s “masterpiece” can unfold. And this year’s Arts Initiative, funded with proceeds raised at last year’s Spring Auction, is sure to yield quite a canvas! Ms. Therres and others have done a wonderful job setting the stage for a rich year of learning and exploration. Our Summer Teacher Retreat got the creative juices flowing, and teachers are eager to experiment with ways in which the arts can enhance and enrich classroom learning.
The Seventh Grade class visited Fort Lee Historic Park and was taken back in time to “serve” in George Washington’s Continental Army. This living history program allowed the students to experience what life was like for an eighteenth century solider. Throughout the day, Seventh Graders carried all their supplies, maintained a camp, cooked their food, cleaned their mess kits, made musket balls, and even fired a cannon and a musket. This day helped bring their studies of the American Revolution to life.
Fourth Graders Create Tile Mosaics
A visiting artist, Lisa McClellan of Mosaic Glassworks, introduced Fourth Grade students to tile mosaics. The class created a collaborative mosaic of the physiographic regions of New Jersey: Piedmont, Highlands, Ridge and Valley, and Atlantic Coastal Plain. The students also created their own smaller mosaics of animals found in water, in honor of both their study of water and the schoolwide arts celebration theme of water. The visiting artist and mosaic project are part of the expanded arts initiative that was funded through last year’s Spring Auction. Throughout the year, students will be exposed to several new arts disciplines, including visual arts, dance, music, and more.
Family Picnic for Nursery & Pre-K
Nursery and Pre-K students enjoyed an early morning picnic at school with their families and special friends. They shared snacks, played games, and read books on the beautiful, sunny morning. Pre-K students showed off their school spirit by wearing All Saints red and Nursery students presented their guests with artwork they created in class. The students enjoyed introducing their families to their new friends. A fun time was had by all!