In like a lion. This old adage certainly proved true as March has begun with yet another snowfall. Indeed, we can only hope that the saying remains true, and March will “go out like a lamb.” Although we still find ourselves in the midst of frigid temperatures and additional snow, the days have grown longer and soon we will find ourselves outside without coats and gloves. February, the coldest month on record in the past 50 years, certainly presented challenges to having our students outside for recess. However, despite the numerous disruptions due to the weather, our professional staff has continued to ensure consistency and continuity in our students’ learning.
February concluded with our 2nd annual Community Reads evening that welcomed 31 students, 23 parents and 16 middle school staff. Participants enjoyed an opportunity to engage in rich conversation about the middle school experience as it related to the novel The Misfits by James Howe. Using a Socratic framework, small breakout groups spent 45 minutes discussing the book, utilizing a series of guiding questions to prompt conversation. Each group was led by a skilled facilitator that allowed the conversation to move in different directions while ensuring no one voice dominated the discussion. Perhaps one parent’s comments after the evening best captured the value of the experience. She shared,
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Haldane's Farm to School Initiative inspires young people to eat their veggies and make healthier choices. With our Farmer in the Classroom program, students visit the school garden and learn where their food comes from and how it grows from seed to harvest. Our Chef in the Classroom program brings enthusiastic young chef interns from the Culinary Institute of America into the elementary school classrooms teaching students how to create tasty dishes with a different, locally-sourced vegetable each month. These vegetable dishes are then served in the cafeteria for the whole school to sample at our monthly veggie taste test.
Haldane’s Farm to School Initiative is coordinated by Hudson Valley Farm to School in partnership with Haldane's Wellness Committee and Garden Committee. To get all the recipes from our Chef in the Classroom program, go to Hudson Valley Farm to School's webpage: