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The Cobb Tales May 31, 2013

The Week Ahead... Saturday, June 1 Alumni Family Picnic 12-2 Thursday, June 6 LAST DAY OF CLASSES Friday, June 7 Recognition Ceremony at EWS line up 9:30am; ceremony 10am

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“Preparing for Summer” by Mary Lou In the mad dash toward summer, we often forget to plan for the long and lazy days ahead. We become so knotted in what needs to be done before the school year ends that we oftentimes fail to prepare our environments and ourselves for those wonderful, albeit challenging, summer days with our children. I hope this week’s Cobb Tales encourages you to carve out time over the next week to imagine what this summer might be. The change in routine, the much welcomed and needed time to spend with one another, and the hours of unstructured exploration should make for a memorable, valuable, and glorious season. This summer I encourage you to discover ways you can heighten your children’s senses. Summer nights are an especially good time to help your children tune into the world around them. Listen to tree frogs, smell the dampness after a storm, look at the stars, and breathe in the night air. During the school year, we usually have our children on a schedule that lands them in bed before the night creatures come out. Summer is a time to wait the creatures out. Take advantage of a looser schedule. Stirring the senses requires slowing down. In these chaotic times, we must work deliberately to stop the spinning. I hope you will be able to turn your attention to your children and all they need to see, hear, smell, taste, and touch to live rich lives. I hope you will be able to give them the gift of you and walk (or skip!) through your summer with a long list of ways to sharpen their senses. Lastly, I hope you will enjoy the last week of our truly peaceful and productive school year and find time to ready your schedules, your homes, and yourselves for the magical days to come. Here’s to summer! Make it a great one!

The Year in Review, 2012-2013 It has been a tremendous year. It’s impossible to capture all we’ve experienced and accomplished. We hope this video provides just a taste of life in 2012-2013. Our “Year in Review” is dedicated to Gerry Leonard and Joan Gwillim. Special thanks also go to Mark Hilsdon and Duffy Westhead for their contributions to Cobb this year. Bets of luck to our teachers who are off to their next adventures! Thank you for all Click acorn to you do and are! view slideshow.

Summertime at Cobb

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June 10-14 “Around the World” g Are you thinkin June 17-21“Things that Crawl” p but about signing u June 24-28 “Camelot at Cobb” ted? July 8-12 “Starry Days” haven’t commit llie July 15-19 “Once Upon a Time” Please let Mo nsiderJuly 22-26 “Camping at Cobb” know you’re co so July 29-Aug 2 “Garden to Table” g certain weeks in Aug 5-9 “Garden Grow” . n better prepare ca e sh Aug 12-16 “Wing Week”

Recognition June 7 10am Our annual Recognition Ceremony is a school-wide celebration of those children who have completed a Montessori cycle. The entire Cobb community is invited to this special event, and all our Elementary students and graduating Extended Day students help shine a light on their classmates who are moving up.

...Betsy van Gemeren for leading last week’s celebration and balloon release in Willem’s honor and joing us at our annual Willem and Niels’ Picnic. ...all of our families who joined us for the YCC and Primary luncheons this week. Thank you for pitching in and making these potlucks the yummiest ever. ...all the fathers who came out to play on Tuesday. Your children LOVED having you at school, and we did too. Thanks for bringing your lighthearted spirits and senses of humor to our field day events.

Gerry’s Summer To Do List ____ Climb a hill or a mountain. ____ Hike a section of one of Connecticut’s trails. ____ Walk, bike or skate along The Farmington Valley Greenway. ____ Canoe or raft on a local river. ____ Spend some extended time walking in our woodlands. ____ Climb a tree.

Elementary and graduating Extended Day students will begin lining up in the Ethel Walker Library at 9:30am. The ceremony will be held in the Ethel Walker Chapel at 10am, followed by a reception in the Ethel Walker living room. Cobb staff will be on hand to direct the children and their families to the correct places. Cobb School Charms are available for purchase at Sarah Byrnes Goldsmith at 924 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury. Sarah Byrnes has partnered with the school to create Cobb School charms that match our acorn and leaf logo. This is a wonderful keepsake gift and perfect for Recognition. Because there are so many options (sterling silver, gold and an array of finishes and uses), the jeweler has asked that orders come directly from parents to the store, instead of through the school. Their telephone number is (860) 658-4438.

____ Learn how to use a compass and map to find your way. ____ Learn how to pitch a tent, make a fire and cook breakfast. ____ Make sandcastles on the beach. ____ Make mud pies. ____ Search for invertebrates in seaside rock pools. ____ Build a fort or lean-to in the woods. ____ Spend some hours making dams and bridges on little streams. ____ Try catching frogs. ____ Try catching fireflies in a jar. ____ Learn how to identify a few constellations. ____ Learn where north, south, east, west are in relation to your home. ____ Watch the Perseid meteor shower in August. ____ Build a birdhouse. ____ Ask your parent or grandparent to teach you how to whittle. ____ Be able to name the local birds in your neighborhood.). ____ Learn the names of the trees on your property or in your area. ____ Keep a Nature Journal. ____ Dig for worms. ____ Care for your own tomato plant.



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____ Pick fresh berries and bake a pie.

Staff Picks for the Summer We asked the staff of The Cobb School to give our parents some sound advice for summer. Please read their excellent tips below. We hope you’ll take their advice and use their suggestions as springboards to new ideas and adventures. Have magnificent days of good fun and purposeful work all summer long.

Miss Margaret says... Wake up at 4:30am (every day!) and take your coffee to your porch or patio to watch the sunrise. Inhale the colors of the morning and let them dictate how you will spend your day.

Amy Brown says... Spend time with your family, relax by the pool, register your children for camps, and enjoy!

Colleen Casey Nelson says... Sing and dance every day with your children. Take your family to listen to all kinds of music, even music that’s not your or your children's favorite. See local musicals, summer theater, town bands, and outdoor concerts. Visit your library and take out a different CD of music every week.

Mary Anne Creto says... Find outdoor concerts and preview the programs so you know what music will be played. Introduce your child to the composers and the music they will hear. Play it at home before the concert. Then enjoy the performance with your family. Johnnie Denton says... Visit museums like the Wadsworth Atheneum and the New Britain Museum of American Art. If you’re able, go to New York and visit the Museum of Modern Art or to Massachusetts to the Norman Rockwell Museum or the New Bedford Whaling Museum. You might bring a sketchbook into the museums if it’s allowed. Study and enjoy New England history.

Devon Eamiello says... All you need is a hose! Enjoy hours of water play! Get outside, explore the beach, and hike. Also, play trivia games with your children. They’ll love it. Card and board games are fun too.

Carol Ebersol says... Give your children the gift of good manners and gratitude. Savor every moment because time is fleeting.

Barbara Friedland says... Go on a nature hike and find interesting animals and plants to study. Observe, research, and record your discoveries.

Marisa Gallagher says... In a casual and playful way, keep the skills your child has been working on ALIVE all summer. For example, play counting and sound games with your child. Sound out words and practice reading together.



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Staff Picks for the Summer Joan Gwillim says... Enjoy the beach with a friend, a rainy day with a good book, and an ice cream cone on a summer evening.

Linda Salamacha says... Plant and prune an organic garden. Use what you’ve grown to cook and prepare meals with your children. Read to your children, read beside your children, and have your children read to you.

Mark Hilsdon says... Make a list right now of the adventures and experiences you want to enjoy with your children this summer. Help your children build “background knowledge” by exposing them to a variety of subjects. I can tell when a child has broad background knowledge and it makes a difference in their education.

Kimberly Huot says... Pack an extra set of clothes in your car so you’re ready to play in rivers, puddles, streams, etc. Visit science centers, natures centers, and all types of museums. Living museums like Old Sturbridge Village and Colonial Williamsburg are great fun. Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont is a favorite of mine.

Lauren Hyne says... Enjoy the one-on-one time that a vacation away from home allows. Use the change in scenery and environment to better understand your children and what they like to do. Take your children to restaurants to explore food and practice manners.

Mark Iwanicki says... Get on a bike and ride around. Help your children learn how to read a map and how to find their way about. Learn about the history of a path. Visit state or national parks.

Sallie Ann Jacobs says... Go berry picking. Play in the sprinkler. Have your children take pictures and make a photo-journal. Take your children to restaurants with food from different countries and cultures.

Windy Jansen says... A dirty child signals a day well spent! Let your children play outdoors all day and let them get dirty.

Ruth Josephson says... Slow down, relax, and read, read, read. Also, don’t let your children’s skills get rusty. Review those math facts!

Dana Kelly says... Make homemade popsicles, run through the sprinkler, fill up water balloons, and play in the rivers, brooks, and ponds near your home. Ask your child to wash the car -- this is both good fun and good work for children.

Gerry Leonard says... Lie on blankets under the stars in August and watch the Perseid Meteor Shower together.

Staff Picks for the Summer Chris Lyles says... Ask your children to record their summer in pictures, not words. Each child can keep a sketchbook and fill it with summer experiences using different mediums. One day s/he draws a picture in pencil, the next day watercolors, the next day pastels. This is a great way to keep a journal without using a single word.

Sheryl MacInnis says... Summer is the season for toilet training. Potty boot camp! Keep your child in underwear all summer and bring the potty into the room s/he is playing in. Being naked helps too. Use the warm weather and relaxed schedule to help your child use the toilet.

Marisa Maldonado says... Expose your children to a foreign language through music and books. Visit the foreign language section of your library and take out books, CDs, and DVDs. Change the language tract of your children’s favorite movie so they watch it in Spanish or an entirely new language.

Gerry Marciano says... Water, water, water! Go kayaking with your family. Swim, fish, and play on the beach. And try to go on vacation, preferably somewhere near water.

Lhamo Pemba says... Have a wonderful, stress-free summer. Remember, if you are stressed, your children will be stressed, and things don’t work when there is stress. Get to know your children and maintain the level of independence and confidence they have achieved.

Laura Radmore says... Take a roadtrip to Canada! Listen to books on tapes, visit family, and watch the birds.

Lauren Redekas says… Hula hoop this summer! Bake with your children and find all sorts of ways for them to play with water.

Jane Romanos says... Spend your summer daydreaming. Watch the clouds and watch the critters.

Beth Rumsey says... Observe your children. Just watch them. Don’t interfere. And take time to dream.

Maureen Scudder says… Find just a few daily activities that really matter to you and be sure your children meet those expectations. (For me that means reading, practicing instruments, and creating any kind of art.) The rest of the time? Let them be free, free, free.

Staff Picks for the Summer Suneetha Seneviratne says... Go tubing, birdwatching, picnicking, and beach-combing. Bake cookies, decorate cupcakes, and make doll clothes. Enjoy your time!

Mollie Smith says... Be consistent, be firm, and spend time together. No screen-time. (Okay, I loved Saturday morning cartoons, but no screens Monday through Friday!) Eat out of your garden and camp in your backyard.

Duffy Westhead says... Swim, swim, swim and eat ice cream. Learn about the constellations. Use instruments to study the stars.

Bonnie Wilson says… Take your children on river walks. Wade through the water looking for creatures. Bring friends along on your adventure.

Rosemary Zito says… Have lots of art supplies ready for your children. Prepare their art area and stock it with paints, pastels, different textured papers, and more.

Beth Bornstein says… Check every night for ticks. Be safe and be healthy.

Mary Lou Cobb says… Take your children into the forest. Teach them about what’s safe to touch and eat and what’s not. Slow down and find ways to stir your children’s senses.

“The foot is noble. To walk is noble. Thanks to the feet, the child who already walks can expect of the outdoors certain answers to his secret questions.” Dr. Maria Montessori from Childhood to Adolescence References for Parents: ____ How Nature Works: 100 Ways Parents and Kids Can Share the Secrets of Nature ____ Clare Walker Leslie: Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You ____ Eugene Keyarts: Sixty Selected Short Nature Walks in Connecticut ____ Smith and Laubach: Nature Walks in Connecticut (Appalachian Mountain Club) ____ Constellations of the Northern Sky (National Audubon Society Pocket Guide).

“There is no description, no image in any book that is capable of replacing the sight of real trees, and all the life to be found around them, in a real forest.” Maria Montessori from Childhood to Adolescence

The Cobb Tales May 31, 2013  

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