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82 of Peregrine Family Take on Redwoods By Lorie Hammond

Camping trip to Richardson Grove enhances outdoor learning.

Imagine a group of children and their families
–walking on top of a fallen tree ten feet high and a block long, experiencing how tall a redwood tree can be
— learning from a park docent that redwoods are the tallest trees on earth, that they existed all over the earth in the days of dinosaurs, and that now they exist only in the coastal fog belt of California
–exploring the forest through a scavenger hunt, led by Teacher Pa, to find plants, rocks, animals, tracks and seeds typical of a redwood grove
–discussing a Walt Whitman poem, with Teacher Chris, about  feeling the soul of a redwood tree which faces a woodcutter’s ax, then writing your own poem
— tasting edible plants in the forest with the help of a docent, and learning how a dead tree is not really dead, but is rather a home for many decomposers
— watching bats hunt on the river at night, then hearing about nocturnal animals in the redwood forest from a young docent
Now combine all this immersion learning in the redwood forest with three days of community building, in which Peregrine families and staff cooked over fires and ate together, hiked and swam together, and got to know each other better in beautiful Richardson Grove State Park.  Imagine french toast and bacon over a fire, children and dogs eagerly lined up for bacon, and spaghetti and s’mores in the evening.  Imagine children running up and down the night mountain with headlamps on steep paths while parents visited by the fire, and a determined group of mostly boys burned sticks incessantly, reveling in making as much smoke as possible, while  counseled endlessly by parents and staff about campfire safety.
Imagine these scenes and you will begin to get a sense of what a Peregrine family study tour is like, and why we like to create one for elementary families in the fall, so that people can get to know each other better and experience cross-generational immersion learning.

Fall 2017 After School Class Registration NOW OPEN!

Be sure to secure your spot before September 8th!

Click here to find out more: Peregrine After School Programs – Fall 2017

Register Now via check or Peregrine account or PayPal for one of Peregrine Elementary School’s unique after school classes, offered to students in grades pre-K to 6! Classes begin the week of September 11th, 2017. Class registration is also open to non-Peregrine School students. See below for class descriptions and information on how to register!

Direct all questions to Camille Brown: camille@peregrineschool.org

The Importance of Grandparents and Special Friends

The importance of grandparents and special friends

By Lorie Hammond

Next week, April 5-7, is grandparents’ week in all of our classrooms!

I know that all of us appreciate the role that grandparents play in our children’s lives.  We see grandparents dropping off and picking up happy children every day, and know that families are lucky who have grandparents in town who can participate in the daily life of their grandchildren.  But I think we could go further in integrating grandparents and other special friends, including senior citizens in our neighborhoods, in the life of our school.

This week is a time to begin the process.  

Our children could benefit soooo much from grandparents reading stories, helping with projects, or just being an extra adult in their lives, who listens to what they have to say.  I know that grandparents are busy these days, but I think we might reach out more than we have to invite our grandparents or neighbors to be a part of our school life on an everyday or weekly basis.  Think about whether a grandparent or special friend in your family would like such an invitation, and if so let our teachers know.  Our children can also use another special friend!

Please look for notes from your child’s teacher about specific events in your child’s classroom.  Each teacher is organizing his/her own version of this event.  But the days for each of our programs are as follows:

Wednesday, April 5- Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day at Peregrine ECC West—Participation in classrooms from 10:30-11:30 AM, with tea with Director Lorie for those who would like to learn more about the school at 11:30 in Room P-2.  

Thursday, April 6- Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day at Peregrine ECC South– Specific teachers will give you information about when to come.


Friday, April 6- Grandparents and special friends’ day at Peregrine Elementary- Teachers will send information about details.  

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.
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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.
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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.