December open houses: A chance to experience arts specialty classes and activity times with your children

img_4155by Lorie Hammond, Director, Peregrine School

This holiday season we are eager to share what we do in our performing arts classes with parents in our preschools and primary chorus programs.
These events are not "performances" but rather participatory classes, in which parents are free to observe or to participate themselves.  Their purpose is to show parents how our creative teachers work with their children in the performing arts, as well as to give parents some informal time doing classroom activities with their children.  ECC teachers will be sharing dance classes led by Teacher Denise Fladager and drama classes led by Hope Raymond.  In addition, k-2 classes (Owls and Eagles) will share songs they have learned in chorus classes led by our new teacher, Nicole Chin.
When Peregrine School first opened, we held a holiday show.  Students got dressed up to sing and dance for an audience of parents, and many left the stage crying.  We realized that for young children, it would be much more positive to participate in a regular class that can also illustrate to parents how we teach the arts.  Then, in the spring, ECC students put on an informal play which shows the results of their work all year.  By then, they are ready for performance, and the weather enables us to hold a show outside.
We hope that parents will attend the holiday open houses, although we know this can be difficult during the school day.  It is a great opportunity to share a special day with your child, and to get an insider's view of how we teach performing arts at Peregrine School.

Peregrine School: A private school in the public interest

Schools define a community’s values and its faith in the future.

Peregrine School provides a model of childhood and of 21st century education which is inspiring and instructive to its participants and to others in our community and region.

At Peregrine School, we value children as actors in their world, creating  real solutions and thinking critically about their world.  We respect children as profound thinkers and high-level participants, regardless of their age.  We provide opportunities for children to express their thoughts, to be real actors in their classroom world and eventually, the larger world.  When a toddler draws and tells us about it, we record what is said as a serious message, and keep it as a measure of that child’s thoughts.  When upper school students write poetry, we provide opportunities for it to be performed as a public poetry reading in an art gallery.  When we study science, we act as scientists; when doing art, we act as artists.

In the 21stCentury, we know that most of the jobs which our children will hold do not exist today.  We live in a time of rapid change, when huge problems and huge possibilities will emerge.  The skills which students need to enter this world go beyond the 3 R’s and “doing what you are told”.  Tomorrow’s adults will need to be creative problem solvers, peacemakers between groups, environmentalists who understand the natural world, and pragmatists who can recognize  and take advantage of opportunities.  They will need to know and care about science and history, so that the can become caring and competent citizens and husbanders of an increasingly complex world.

Peregrine School has several purposes: 1) to provide a broad, excellent education to our children, so that they can reach their highest potential both for themselves and as citizens, 2) to educate the entire community and region, including parents and teachers, about possibilities for childhood and for 21st Century education, 3) to reach out internationally through community service learning and study tours, and through multicultural, multilingual programs at our school, and 4) to celebrate education and childhood as joyful experiences.