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A Note from José and Friends

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. ~Sydney J. Harris

What is that sound? It’s the sweet sound of kids’ laugher and the melodic sound of birds in our new playground and garden. A million thank yous to ALL of you for helping us create this wonderful place. So many people helped in so many ways, from shoveling dirt, painting, serving lunch, cooking, donating, gathering materials, planning, cleaning, getting permissions, hammering, and creating so many things that would fill up this entire newsletter. There are so many people that deserve a big hug for going beyond volunteering on this playground project. On the first draft of this article I wrote so many names of people I wanted to thank. However, once I began thinking about what was around me [writing from one of the benches in our garden], I began to think how it was created and the list kept growing. Instead, I decided that if you want to personally thank them or give them a hug, I should just tell you where you can still find many of them – tirelessly still working on our playground. Even as I write this article they are planting, painting, building, feeding birds and trying to think of creative ways to make it even more beautiful than it already is.

In this month’s New City World Kitchen, we have a rare treat. Galina Laslo, our favorite Russian gourmand, has provided us with a recipe for a perennial favorite here at the New City School. This beet salad flies off the table at any NCS event and leaves people scraping the bottom of the bowl. It’s guaranteed to be a big hit at any of this summer’s potluck dinners Thank You, Galina! (Next let’s convince Madeline Holler to give up that Carrot Salad recipe)

Besides our new playground, this has been a very exciting year for us all here at Pine - a year of movement, learning, construction, and growth in so many aspects of the word. Through all this growth, you and our students, as well as the entire staff have been so supportive. With that in mind, it seems like next school year is going to be a great year, and a year of familiar faces in our staff. The one addition we will have in our teaching staff, Cindy, is also a familiar face to many of you. You might remember Cindy from a few years back when she used to teach our El Mar kids here at Pine, and others might know her from our Long Beach Blvd. campus, where she has been teaching these past few years. Next year Cindy will teach in El Mar in the afternoons. We are all looking forward to our next school year and all the great things it will bring. I am really thrilled about seeing how much our kids will grow during the summer, and welcoming our new students and their families to our school in August. I hope you have a wonderful Student Led Conference and an exciting summer.

Vinegrette Beet salad INGREDIENTS: • 2 large beets and1 large potato, cooked, peeled and cubed, • 4 large carrots, • ¼ cup of dry beans, • 1 celery stalk, • 1 med. bell pepper (optional) • 1 medium onion, • 2 fresh pickling cucumbers, • ½ cup sauerkraut or 4 pickles, naturally fermented (no vinegar) • 1 large garlic clove • 1/3 cup chopped dill, • ¼ cup chopped Italian parsley, • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, • 3 Table spoons balsamic vinegar, (Trader Joe’s is decent)

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Salt, ¼ teaspoon Black pepper, ¼ tea spoon Paprika (optional) Ground cumin (optional)

DIRECTIONS: 1. Cook beets, potatoes, carrots and beans. They have to be firm or in the salad will turn to mush. 2. Peel and cube about the same size as a bean. 3. Chop celery, onion, bell pepper. with Smash garlic with a knife and chop to paste. 4. Mix it all in a 4 quart bowl (except for fresh pickling cucumbers). 5. Adjust the seasoning to your taste. 6. Let sit overnight in the refrigerator, or at least an hour. 7. Before serving add cubed fresh

June 2009 - English  

NCS World Kitchen 6 June 2009 Volume 2, Issue 8 What NCS Means to Me 3 Thank You Volunteers 8 Individual Highlights: Our Mission By Lisa Mil...

June 2009 - English  

NCS World Kitchen 6 June 2009 Volume 2, Issue 8 What NCS Means to Me 3 Thank You Volunteers 8 Individual Highlights: Our Mission By Lisa Mil...