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PRE-K VISITS THE DMA

Last week, Pre-k took a field trip to the DMA to take part in a program regarding the five senses. During their visit, the students learned how to use their senses to evaluate and appreciate various forms of art. They also viewed and discussed the different design elements used to create African masks. As part of the exercise, they watched a video where masks were used during a tribal dance and afterwards they created their own masks. 

EXPLORING COMMUNISM

Fifth grade English students are having an extraordinary experience with their current reading unit featuring the short novel, Breaking Stalin’s Nose, by Eugene Yelchin. Students recently arrived for class to find Mr. Herrin’s room had been transformed into a stark classroom setting from the book, complete with a door covered in red paper with a sign ‘Enter only if you are a good Communist.” You can imagine students’ eager anticipation of the day! Using costumes, music, and role-playing, the lesson quickly became one that enhanced deeper understanding of the suspicious world in which people lived in post-World War II Russia and the powerful need for deception to protect oneself. Students were encouraged to consider the idea of reality versus perception and the importance of discernment; the differences in freedom and authoritarianism; and the question “What happens when your responsibilities are contradictory/in conflict with the situation in which you find yourself?”

ANNOUNCING THE RETIREMENT OF A DEAR COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND

Please take a moment to read a letter from our Head of School, Meshea Matthews and join her in sharing gratitude for a member of our faculty and staff who has reached a career milestone.

2019-2020 Weekly Newsletter

St. John's Newsletters are sent out on the last day of the school week after 4:30 p.m.

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