Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Note to Parents:

There are a couple of opportunities coming up for parents to participate in our cluster's activities.

Great Greek Day will be Friday, May 7th. As you know, students have been working on researching and gathering information about a character from Greek history or mythology. On Greek Day, the students will dress up as their Greek character and interact with each other, sharing their research and showing off their costumes.

Traditionally, Greek Day has included a Great Greek Feast with food for the kids to enjoy along the lines of an ancient symposium. The food is provided through the generosity of parents. All we ask is for a little bit from each student, to make a big feast when all together.

We try to eat healthy foods along the lines of grapes, watermelon, orange slices, salads of all kinds, water, grape juice, milk, lemonade, pita bread, feta cheese, olives, hummus, and other finger foods.

Some folks choose to make more elaborate Greek foods like meat or cooked foods. These are appreciated, but certainly not expected. I just ask that homemade foods include full ingredient lists to allow kids with food allergies to make informed decisions. Still others choose to send in paper goods like cups and napkins.

Lastly, all parents are welcome to come into school and join us to help set up and break down the feast itself, as well as interacting with all of the ancient "Greeks." The feast would be happening from 8:45 - 9:30 A.M. in our cluster classrooms. Please let Mr. Guerriero know if you wish to come in on that day by filling out the pink form the students brought home.

Cluster 2 will be going to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Because of MFA regulations, we have to go in two trips.

On Wednesday, May 26th, Social Studies Blocks 1 and 2 will be going, and on Wednesday, June 2nd, Blocks 3 and 4 will go. The buses leave High Rock around 8:45 A.M. and return around 11:30 A.M. 

I will be needing a number of chaperones to accompany the student groups. Chaperones are welcome to take the bus or meet us in the Fenway. We will be having guided tours of the Egyptian collection, and chaperones will lead students through the Greek and Roman rooms.

If you are interested in coming to the MFA as a chaperone, please email Mr. Guerriero and I'll try to include as many parents as I'm able.

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