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October 31, 2013

Movie: Thriller

Thriller is, unbelievably, thirty years old, but Manor School is keeping it alive with an annual Halloween tradition of an all-school reenactment. Not content with a daylight version the kids reprised it in our haunted garage under UV light on Halloween night itself. A thrill indeed.

And the Manor original:

Posted by atshuldiner at 7:02 AM

October 30, 2013

Nature After School, 30 Oct 2013

I love these emails from Felix's "nature after school" program so much.

For our halloween edition of nature after school we ventured to a spooky tunnel in the Loma Alta Open Space. On the way there we heard a story of kids who spent their halloween outdoors, a story that at first seemed spooky but turned out to be more nature and magic then that. We had snack on a grassy spot while listening to the story and then hiked out towards the tunnel paying attention to tracks and trees along the way. Being careful to avoid poison oak we climbed down and enjoyed the strange acoustics and special rocks. We played a running game to get back as fast as possible since we were running low on time. I was amazed that the kids still had energy to play a game back at school with all the Halloween specialness that had gone on all day.

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:11 AM

October 18, 2013

Movie: Gideon and Felix recite

That Gideon has memorized Felix's poem is no surprise: he'd heard it plenty at home in the days leading up to this recital at school. That Felix invited Gideon up and was so very sweet to him, well, that shouldn't be a surprise--Felix is a sweet, sweet boy--but somehow it still is. Good job both!

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:52 AM

October 17, 2013

How Felix learns

Hi there,
well we have been so lucky with the weather this fall. It's been so gorgeous every Wednesday. Yesterday was no exception and we took advantage of the clear skies to go to yet another amazing spot with a view. I took the kids up to cascade open space preserve in the Laurel Drive neighborhood of Fairfax. On the way up we got to hear a story about how deer defeated the dragon from Ashwer who was filling in for Spencer. Once at the open space we noticed soil color differences and looked for madrone berries. We ate snack under a madrone tree, reviewed some hazards and then headed up a steep trail on top of which we found a amazing view of downtown Fairfax. We tried to find our houses and school and such, we definitely found good earth, it was easy to spot. Afterwards we were challenged to practice our scout skills by walking down the fireroad as a blindfolded group with just one person being the eyes for everyone. For some it was a highlight for others an edge, a worthwhile game in any case. As a last treat we took a steep secret trail down to a great tire swing. After closing circle we headed back and got to hear the story of the cedar woman from Asher.

more tails an trails next week.

With smiles,

Want to know a lot more about Felix's school environment? Read this.

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:28 AM

October 14, 2013

Movie: Another improbable conversation with Gideon

Ask a series of stupid questions...

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:49 AM

October 9, 2013

Movie: Bike to School Day

Having participated in this year's event I can't believe this even happens. Really? A 40,000 lb. truck and a couple of hundred small children on wheels? Does that seem like a good idea to you?

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:55 AM

October 3, 2013

Movie: Good handling, Gid

I saw Felix in the spiderweb every day for...uh...years come to think of it, and so saw his progression in tiny increments. Gideon's progress, on the other hand, has (literally) gone by leaps and bounds, at least as witnessed by me.

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:57 AM