October concluded with the opportunity to celebrate Halloween, highlighted by a small K-2 costume parade at the end of the school day. While some schools have moved away from dressing up for Halloween, we were excited to return to this tradition, believing that this is a small but meaningful rite of passage during childhood. Of course, future opportunities to celebrate are dependent upon our willingness to work together, mindful that such festivities should not come at the expense of a healthy and safe learning environment. We thank our parents for respecting the parameters that were established, and as a result, we expect to continue to enjoy the holiday in future years.
Indeed, November is a busy month, and there are a number of initiatives and forthcoming programs that will begin to gain momentum in the coming days. First, we are pleased to share that our 8th grade students will begin a mentoring program with selected high school students. Utilizing the Second Step curriculum, 8th graders will meet in small groups of ten with a triad of assigned high school mentors to discuss empathy, bullying prevention, emotion management and goal setting. These mentoring groups will occur every other Friday and afford our 8th grade students with the opportunity to reflect on their decision-making, consider healthy choices, and build positive relationships with their high school mentors as they eventually transition to high school.
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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:
Monday, November 24, 2014