Can you believe we will break into February this week? For me it feels like a time-wind tunnel. Overlain with the delights of being part of the Waters School community:
Yet another gorgeous art gallery/show;
Chinese New Year, bang the drum, the year of the Rooster!;
the trips with kids to the forest and Lake,
singing together, We Shall Overcome,
Happy Birthday Ms. Crespo, you should be proud!,
so, too, the daily torrent of news events has me holding on to the trunks of our old oak trees to be reminded how to live life on this world of ours.
I don't want to use this space for political messages,
though politics certainly impacts our kids, and school and neighborhood.
So, I wanted to let you know that I will be posting most political commentary at
www.BeyondToday.org, a local site developed and moderated by Julie Peterson, teacher, mom, neighbor, activist. This first posting is about our decision as a family to divest from Chase bank. Please join the discussion, and join the movement for a more beautiful, just and peaceful future.
Monday, I will be teaching trees to the 1st grade. And prepping 2nd grade for their river trip (We're All Water!).
But first, I will be working in my office (lunchroom, staff room, classroom, and conference room) taping together trip maps for the 6th grade journey to the Wilmette locks. This tedious business can produce a zen-like state of peace and tranquility for participants, which can be moderated by repeated doses of strong coffee. Please join me after drop off, if you can.
On Wednesday, February 1, 4th grade, Room 207 is off to Sauganash to cut brush and track the wild beings that live there. Hallelujah the ground should be frozen, and maybe the slough, too! Join me at the fish tank at 9:00 for a briefing. We'll be back at school around 12:30
On Thursday, February 2nd, Room 209, 4th grade does a repeat of the above. Please join us.
On Friday, there is no school, and Deb and I are going to Michigan, by train, to do our taxes, and to look across the Lake, at Chicago, and wonder what it all means,