Have you asked your first grader about Degas or Cezanne or perhaps Matisse? If you do, I think you will be surprised by how much they know about these artists. Each week in February, our first graders are learning about these artists by examining one or more of their pieces. Today, I was fortunate to see Mrs. Debbi McCormick, a parent volunteer in our Meet the Artist program, lead the session on Matisse. The children were examining “Icarus” and learning about the myth as well as the painting. Last week, they did Cezanne, the week before Degas, and Georgia O’Keefe is coming up. Here’s Mrs. McCormick standing by “Icarus” by Matisse.
Yesterday we had a special treat, a wonderful Young Audiences performance,
which fused dance, story and drama to teach about African dance and culture. It
involved three very talented artist-educators who performed individually and as
a group. Their energy was contagious and the children loved it. Moreover, the
children got to perform as well, some even got to go on stage. Ask your children to tell you about it. Thank you PTA!
Friday Night was Family Bingo Night. It was lots of fun. Children, teachers, and parents played the game enthusiastically, eager to yell, “Bingo!” and win some of the prizes on display. Every child walked away with a prize. It was a great family affair and evidence of the family atmosphere in this district.