A Very Tessa February
February is the shortest month of the year, but not the least eventful! Here is what we have been up to recently.
Black History Month
Throughout the month of February, our classes emphasized the achievements of African-American figures, and African- American culture in their activities. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. To observe Black History Month, our students have been reading or listening to books such as Dream Big or Black is a Rainbow Color, they have been doing craft activities related to African-American culture, learning about its History.
Love was is the air around February 14! We invited parents to come into the classrooms to organize activities, children and teachers dressed in pink, white and red, love letter boxes filled up. Our parent organization also held two dances. It was a big success, and a lot of fun. It is so important to teach children to spread love around them!💗
During the February Break, the school stayed open for Vacation Care. Vacation Care is offered to Tessa parents when school is not in session for breaks such as Winter Break or Spring Break and more. Vacation Care is in English and runs from 8.30AM to 6PM. The day involves structured play, arts and crafts, story-time, outside play, free-play, lunch, and is designed to be fun for our students!
At the end of the February break there are days built into the academic calendar for teachers and staff members to have the opportunity to grow professionally by learning new things. Teachers explore emerging trends, best practices, and strategies to improve student outcomes. On the last day, we had a very interesting presentation by one of our nursery teachers on how to explore the topic of cultural origin in early childhood education. Our teachers are talented and dedicated individuals with various passions, centers of interest and talents. We all have a lot to learn from each other!
Composting with Tessa’s Lomi
In the hallways of Tessa, you can see a strange-looking machine. This is our new Lomi!
A Lomi is an appliance turning waste into dirt in a faster and cleaner way. We strongly believe change starts with children, and by teaching them good habits that can last a lifetime.
So starting on a voluntary basis, our classrooms are collecting food scraps from their lunches, and proceeding to compost them. Composting is an excellent hands-on science activity for kids. By composting, they will learn about the three environmental Rs (reduce, recycle, and reuse), what items are biodegradable, the importance of worms & insects, and much more.
We hope you liked this glimpse of the life at Tessa. And there is so much more happening! If you would like to know our school better, we invite you to come visit us!