It is wonderful to see the wind turbine turning and producing energy for Dancing Moose. The open fields adjacent to the school provide the perfect setting to keep the breeze moving and producing energy that goes to the energy grid.
Inside the school, our large boiler produces radiant-heated floors throughout the school. This is an important feature to help us keep children comfortable and warm, and it is another one of our commitments to maintaining a green school.
We have recently partnered with a recycling company that recycles our paper goods into insulation. They send a check for our recycled products to the Utah Food Bank each month. The bin is located next to the Dancing Moose garbage bins. If you have paper, cardboard, or magazines to recycle, we would welcome contributions to our recycling bin.
As a community, we want to do our best to contribute to a clean and healthy environment. We also want to teach our children the importance of making efforts to be green, so we incorporate all of these efforts into our curriculum. Teaching children to be responsible community members is one way to ensure a healthy future for them.
Christmas is a time of year where many celebrations take place, and Dancing Moose is no exception. Children are busy learning new songs of celebration, memorizing lines for performing a play, drawing and painting backdrops, and learning all the relevant moves to make their performances come alive. All the planning and practice takes time and patience from everyone, including all the children, but the preparation for a performance profoundly demonstrates the learning potential of integrated curricular goals. It teaches children the importance of practicing for a real and foreseeable end point, where they can experience the sheer joy of performing for their family, friends, and teachers. The many details of memorizing songs, actions, and lines, creating artwork, and moving with practiced precision are details that come together to teach children that they are important members of a production.
The Christmas program for 2011 will take place on December 8th, and all of us at Dancing Moose look forward to seeing the beautiful work of our Dancing Moose children as they celebrate this festive time of year.
The school year is fully underway with the first slate of Moose Boost performances accomplished. Moose Boost is an after-school enhancement program that parents may sign their children up for. The last round included cheer leading, hip hop, Lego creations, cooking sensations, soccer, jewelry, ballet, fabric craft, art, and animal club. These specialized topics are designed to enhance children’s talents and to give them an opportunity to socialize with peers and teachers in new settings with inventive topics. Children demonstrate their accomplishments at the end of the program, which is typically six weeks long.
Moose Boost helps parents to feel confident that their children are making the most of those after school hours, fulfilling children’s desires for enhancement classes before they are picked up from school. Learning in a new setting with a new make up of friends supports children’s social-emotional development, and children’s successful accomplishments helps boost their self esteem.