Last, Seniors sang Y el Pasto Verde Crecía Alrededor, a song about a tree in a city. More videos of the Spanish performances, as well as some great poetry from Primary Two, to come later this week.
On Earth Day, we were delighted to watch a performance of Anansi Tales by Stuart and Genevieve’s Junior classes.
On Friday, the students and many of the staff and parents ran the March Mile. We’ve been doing this for several years now – it’s a fun, non-competitive way to exercise. The younger students stood and cheered in a receiving line as the students ran past. The middle school students ran on Avon Road with Katrien, Oscar and Jennifer. When they returned, they helped cheer on the Primaries. We ran in the afternoon for the first time, and it was a beautiful day. Below is a slide show of the Primaries, Juniors and Seniors running.
Here is the middle school run. Click on any of the pictures for a larger view. Thanks to Ron Enders and Bonnie for taking some of the action shots!
Friday’s assembly focused on Valentine’s Day and this month’s weather. The chorus sang a beautiful round (after having practiced only once!) and the Juniors recited “February,” by John Updike. The Big Room is looking very colorful, with all of the drawings and posters from Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. On Monday, students will start to bring in their Valentine’s Boxes – it’s quite a treat seeing the colorful, creative, and funny boxes that NBS students create.
Click the link to see one of our North Branch Juniors performing at a concert in Charlottesville. Congratulations, Sage!
On Friday, we all enjoyed the first clear day in a week – even though many of us felt that we were somehow missing a snow day. The students were delighted to be outside for games – Spanish games and a lively game of Red Rover were in progress when I showed up at 2:30. During assembly, the audience turned around several times to take in all of the projects in the Big Room. The Seniors had carefully created ziggurats for display. Materials used ranged from sugar cubes to Lego. Ziggurats “were built by the Sumerians, Babylonians, Elamites, Akkadians, and Assyrians for local religions. Each ziggurat was part of a temple complex which included other buildings.” This was part of their unit on the study of ancient civilizations.
The Juniors shared their amazing European posters – each student had researched a different country. The posters were full of detail and great art. We also heard an old spiritual called “All Night, All Day” from the middle school. At the end of assembly, students spent time preparing for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. North Branch is always in session on this day to celebrate the life and works of Dr. King. The students paired up and traced their footprints – this year’s theme is placing your foot on the path of kindness.
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The Juniors recite “November,” by John Updike, at last week’s assembly.
Friday, October 19th was our fourth annual Grandparent’s Day. It was a smashing success with over 60 families attending. Grandparents spent part of the day observing classes, being read to by grandchildren, taking tours of the school and grounds, and hearing presentations. We ended with a special Grandparent’s assembly. The Juniors sing the song that opens the video. (I’m sorry not to include the video of them, but I was perched in a loft, which made for very shaky filming). Thanks to Bonnie, Stuart and Lyna for their great photos of the day.
Thanks to Bonnie for taking these videos of today’s assembly. In the slideshow are some great photos of forts in the NBS woods, and of the middle school students dissecting frogs with Jebb.
In this video, Genevieve’s Junior class recites the poem “October.”
The Junior Two class performs Crow & Weasel: