Friday, December 30, 2011
He also shared artifacts from ancient Greece with fifth graders.
One of the wonderful surprises was a series of slides showing these changing images as well as how Scott himself had incorporated mythological stories in paintings done on Devon's bedroom walls.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Monday, January 9, 7:30pm
"Join the Conversation"
Space: the Final Frontier with Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts
Briar Bush is inviting you to a new discussion series called Join the Conversation. Special guest speakers will guide a topic while attendees increase their knowledge and awareness of timely and important issues. We have suggested books to pique your interest, but reading is not required.
Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Director of the Franklin Institute, leads a lively discussion on the marvels outside our atmosphere. For some background on the controversies and conspiracies within the normally sedate world of astronomy, check out How I Killed Pluto by Mark Brown, A More Perfect Heaven by Dava Sobel, or Bad Astronomy by Philip Plait.
(Advance registration recommended, limited seating)
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Abington Friends Lower School Winter Program
Friday, December 9, 2011
1:30 p.m ~ Muller Auditorium
All lower school students should dress in white tops and black pants. Students are welcome to bring their performance clothing to school on Thursday and change at school Friday morning prior to the performance.
Please note that all students will be involved in movement activities on stage and should wear pants.
We look forward to seeing you and celebrating our accomplishments with you this Friday at 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
What an amazing day we had today! This morning was the kick-off of the National Association of Independent Schools’ People of Color and Student Diversity Leadership Conference, hosted at the Convention Center in Philadelphia. The day started off with tremendous inspiration from the AFS Choir who used their voices to bring about hope and aspiration for the 4,000 educators, parents, and students in attendance. Click on the videos below to hear their beautiful voices led by Jason and Stephen. (Had a glitch in the editing, so they start the same, but are different. Check out the size of the crowd, by the way!)
This conference is momentous for several reasons, particularly for us here at Abington Friends School. First of all, the conference comes at a particularly salient time in our work, with a critical number of faculty and students engaging in the work of learning about, experiencing, and understanding diversity and inclusion in our community for the past 4-5 years. As a result of that work, we had more than fifteen faculty and student presenters at the conference sharing the lessons that we have been learning and facilitating discussions about race, ethnicity, gender and other core components of our individual identities.
Secondly, our own Crissy Caceres, one of four co-chairs for the POCC/SDLC, has worked tirelessly for the past two years to bring leadership, vision, and direction to this conference. Her efforts to develop the theme, programs, structure, and workshops of the conference allowed everyone to immerse themselves in this important work.
I still remember the Lower School faculty at this exact time a year ago, collaborating with Crissy together in the lobby for hours after school to create the theme of the conference: We the People: Painting a New Mural of Community, Updating Our Status – A Declaration of Interdependence.
Finally (for now), the conference highlights the impact of the work that students are and have been engaged in during the past few years. Led by Toni, Cyndi, and other faculty, Upper School students are taking part in this important work to challenge themselves, develop new perspectives and become the new leaders for our world. Listen to noted author and keynote speaker Wes Moore’s invocation of the meaning of education and what we can do to make a difference in our world.
His writings in The Other Wes Moore serve as a catalyst for reflecting on how our thoughts and actions can impact and change lives. Lower and Middle school students are deeply entrenched in this work as they spoke for two hours about the lessons they have been learning about race and identity in a workshop presented by Jane and Dave late this afternoon.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel Music Arts Committee
proudly presents the
DePue Brothers Band
performing this Sunday, November 13 at 5:00 p.m.
This concert is appropriate for all ages!
For tickets and more information please call 215-887-8700
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel
8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Sunday, November 6, 2011
While reading the Odyssey in their classroom, students were each assigned a Greek character from the story. Connecting with their Greek studies in art, we decided to make their character into theatrical masks, similar to the comedy and tragedy masks.
We have been having a wonderful time working on this project; I have especially enjoyed the students heated discussion on the different relationships between their Greek characters.
We began this lesson by first building the mask in clay, and with the help of Karolye the students made great progress on the first day. Next, we covered the mask with plastic wrap and applied papier-mâché over the top of the clay. After many layers of newspaper and days of drying, we popped the papier-mâché mask off the clay and started painting them. They are slowly evolving into exquisite works of art, but we still have a long way to go.
Writing on top of the bridge
the alligator's mouth
A view from below the bridge
We'll post poems soon.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
After hearing the story, students worked with partners to answer the question, “what would a dialogue between Polyphemus and his eye doctor sound like?” The pairs got right to work, choosing to answer this question with an interesting blend of script-like writing, speech-bubbled cartoons, and illustrations, which we hope to finish, revise, and share with each other in future library classes. Some of our work in progress: