The May Center for Learning

Week of September 16

Week of September 16, 2019

TEA WITH TEACHER

Join us for Tea with the Teacher this Wednesday, September 18th at 6:00. All families will meet in the Fellowship Hall for all school announcements prior to visiting classrooms. 

This parent only event allows you to connect with your child’s teacher and learn more about the details of their day.  Intermediate teachers will be able to walk through their child’s schedule and meet each of the teachers. Light snacks and beverages will be served.



EARLY CHILDHOOD AND ELEMENTARY MOVIE NIGHT

We invite all early childhood and elementary students to our movie night this Friday, September 20 from 6-8.  We will be watching Monsters, Inc. Students are invited to come in their pajamas and will enjoy popcorn and movie with their friends. Parents, please drop your children off at the Intermediate wing (next to the large playground). For questions regarding this event contact Bret Luboyeski, bret@maycenter.org.



VISITING EDUCATORS

As a leader in education, May School is proud to invite visiting educators to our school to share best practices. This coming week, we will welcome a group of educators from Las Cruces. This group is part of a larger cohort of teachers who participated in May Center teacher training this summer. These brief observations allow educators to see the pedagogical principles of May Center in action, and provide a springboard for discussion about how these practices might look in their own classrooms. Observers act as "flies on the wall" in the classrooms, and do not disrupt the regular flow of the school day.


DYSLEXIA JUSTICE LEAGUE Student/parent conference

On Saturday, October 19th the Southwest Branch of the International Dyslexia Association is hosting a student and parent conference in Albuquerque. Students ages 8-18 will be able to connect with peers from around the state, get to know adult mentors. learn about how they learn best and participate in a Maker’s Challenge. Parents will be able to connect with other parents, participate in a dyslexia simulation, learn about the latest brain research on dyslexia and much more. Register today!


Thanks to Ms. Kathy, our Intermediate students took a full day field trip to tour the watershed on Wednesday as an introduction to forest management practices, river ecology and an overview of water quality. What came of the day was far more rich than expected.  Students engaged in debates about forest management practices and gained appreciation for medicinal herbs.

I also have to share the reflections of the Watershed Watch guides.  One guide shared that our students were “extremely intelligent, attentive and engaged.”  Another one stated that the field trip “may be one of the best field trips I've had in years.  Since I've been leading lots of field experiences for 22 years, that's saying something.” I’m so proud of our students!

Check out this video of the field trip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvBZEMTi_Os&feature=youtu.be


watershed Watch


makerspace

Makerspace challenges have begun!  Every other week students are given a challenge that is to be complete in a given amount of time.  Past challenges include projects like making a quilt square, create a mosaic and build a boat that will float holding a weighted figure. These challenges require students to plan, execute, adapt and work cooperatively--all necessary skills that support executive function development. 

We have one more week to roll out the first challenge so I dare not spoil the fun for students who will attend Makerspace this week. If your child is in Caitlin, Ellen, Jamie or Megan’s class be sure to ask them about their challenge. 

Makerspace is currently accepting the following donations: 

Buttons  Plastic cups Varieties of tape Toothpicks Pipe cleaners Ribbon felt Bottle caps

Small boxes (jewelry box size) Craft sticks Tin foil Playdough Paper plates Twist ties

Rubber bands Wax paper Cardboard sheets (12x12) newspaper

Donations may be dropped off at Patty’s desk. 



camping

 
 

7th and 8th grade students had a great introduction to yurt camping Thursday night.  Students cooked over the campfire, enjoyed making smores and played several exciting rounds of Ghost in the Graveyard (a tag game).  

5th and 6th grade students leave on Thursday, September 26th after school and return by 3pm on Friday, September 27th. If you have questions regarding the camping trips, please contact Bret Luboyeski, bret@maycenter.org.

7th and 8th graders counting down for Ghost in the Graveyard. 7th and 8th graders enjoying a fireside dinner.