||Sunday, December 08, 2013
Be safe and be happy...
Wakiko Collins, Children's House Room 5 Teacher
Above all things, I want children to be safe and to be happy. This is something that I have always told my children, particularly when they left home for college. This is also my number one priority with the children in my class. Safety is fundamental for life: without being safe, one can never be happy or enjoy learning. The first thing a child needs in order to be successful is a feeling of safety. Safety doesn't include just safety from harm and danger, but also not having to worry about food, a place to sleep, having clothes and those basic necessities. Fortunately, most of the children in our community have these basic necessities.
I met Pumi at an orphanage in South Africa. When Pumi was 3 years old, she came to the orphanage; she couldn’t talk and didn’t want to do anything. We assumed that she was mentally retarded. A year after she arrived, she finally started speaking and became much livelier. She began spending time with a foster family on the weekends and this changed her life. With each passing day, Pumi smiled more, talked more, and lived more. When she started school, she was in a much happier and healthier mental state, and she eventually became one of the brightest students in her class. She is now 16 years old and is doing well at school.
We don’t know what the first three years of Pumi’s life were like, only that she had had a teenage mother who could not take care of her. At the orphanage, Pumi had a comfortable and safe place to live with regular meals. Her foster family cared for her and gave her love. Finally, she felt safe.
Only once children have these basic necessities, can they be happy and able to learn from a stimulating environment. We always need to make sure that we create a safe environment at school. The children will be more comfortable and happy in their environment. They will be more positive and enjoy their school experiences. We are very fortunate that most children in our community have more than these basic needs, and therefore it is even more important for us to make children more aware of children in our community and in the world who, for whatever reason, are not as fortunate.
Musketaquid Earth Day Parade
For the second year in a row, LMS will have a contingent marching in the Musketaquid Earth Day Parade in Concord on Saturday, April 27th. This is a family event. LMS has a 3-person bird puppet, a bunch of 2-kid caribou puppets and a (giant) Maria Montessori puppet. Please contact LMS Art teacher, Sue G
if you plan to march, so that she knows how many puppets to bring. Sue would love some strong adults to help carry Maria!
The LMS group will meet on Lowell Street in Concord, near the bridge, at 10:30am to line up for the parade. The route is 8/10 of a mile long, and there is an Environmental Expo with hands-on activities for kids and live music at the end (Emerson Umbrella in Concord center). If it is pouring rain, LMS will not march.
Check it Out
Mark your Calendars - Senior Projects 2013 are coming!
Please join us for presentations on a wide variety of topics (horses, Parkour, being a medical examiner, Batman, Fibonacci sequence and more!) by the 6th grade class - April 25th and 29th at 7:00pm in the Upper Elementary classroom.
LMS 5K Run/Walk & Kids' Fun Run: Register
for either (or both!) events by April 26th
and enter into a drawing for one of the following prizes:
- A week of Summer Camp at the Waltham Boston Sports Club
- A Birthday Party at Barefoot Books in Concord
- One of three different facial/skin care treatments from Beautiful Moi! Skin care Clinic in Lexington Center
will also receive a New Balance technical t-shirt and a reusable bag (while supplies last). See LMS 5K
for more information.
SoundScience Fun, Sidewalk Astronomy, Space & Rockets Day, Making Science Toys, Party for the Planet...and many more child, teen and family oriented actiivites at the
Cambridge Science Festival, April 12th through 21st!
Locations in and around the Cambridge area.
Check out the Festival online,
or pick up a brochure in the LMS Main Office.
Lights, camera, action - thank you!
to see a special video for LMS parents
featuring LMS faculty, staff and children.