“I love to bake bread,” says 5-year-old Adrian Jonker. “I love that it has the beautifullest smell that goes with it.” Jonker, a kindergarten student at Mount Madonna School (MMS), made his comments during a recent classroom baking lesson. Riley Brown, also in kindergarten adds that she loves baking because she then gets to eat for class snack what she baked.
KSCO 1080AM, 10/11/2011, Listen to the podcast of educator Sri Gyan McCaughan’s interview on the Dr. Future program: http://www.drfutureshow.com/drfutureblog/month/october-2011
Santa Cruz Sentinel, 10/10/2011, Coast Lines: “Teacher to discuss ‘war against our children,’ read more: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_19079481
“What does a post-consumer society look like?” asks longtime Mount Madonna School (MMS) teacher Sri Gyan James McCaughan. “As educators, we need to be having this conversation. The current cultural emphasis on endless consumption and competition for limited resources is excluding too…
To raise funds for construction of our new multipurpose gymnasium, Mount Madonna School participated in Drive for Schools! ALL stubs, money, and unsold tickets were due back by Thursday, October 13th. The auto/cash drawing took place on Sunday, October 23rd at 1:00pm at the Capitola Auto Mall (Toyota). You do not need to be present to win. LIST OF WINNERS
THANK YOU to families and students for your support of the Drive for Schools ticket sales. We raised $8,519 for our Capital Campaign.
The 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade classes sold the most tickets and they will celebrate with pizza lunch parties!
Congratulations to our top individual fundraisers who will receive gift certificates as a thank you for their outstanding efforts:
- Alyssa Feskanin (9th gr) – 102 tickets! WOW!!!
- Noah Tervalon (4th gr) – 72 tickets!
- Isabella Cambell (1st gr) – 70 tickets!
- Savannah Cambell (3rd gr) – 61 tickets!
- Benjamin Pearson (2nd gr) – 61 tickets!
Reflections from Summer
by Supriya Mary McDonald
Summertime is space for growth, renewal and adventure in my household. Having been in education now for over 36 years as an adult and 15 years as a student and daughter of a teacher, my internal time clock has always been in rhythm with the cycle of school life. Fall was the time for new beginnings, filled with excitement and curiosity; Winter, a time for study and indoor wonderings and experiments; Spring, the time for applying new knowledge, tracking progress and performance and finally Summer, the time for unscheduled play, learning and adventure. I am often surprised by the amount of growth that happens in our students over the down time of Summer. For me, summer camping, hiking and being in the outdoor environment, contains the nourishment and connection I need to broaden my perspective of the whole.
‘Kelp The Otters’ is more than a clever play on words…it a plea that Mount Madonna School’s 5th grade students have taken to heart – and are encouraging the public to join in. Their goal is to educate people about the plight of the California Sea Otter, which is identified by scientists as a keystone species. Keystone species play a critical role in maintaining the healthy structure of their environment, in this case, the ocean habitat.
India Abroad, 6/24/2011, “Now running for 33 years, the California Ramayan,” by Ritu Jha. Read more: http://www.indiaabroad-digital.com/indiaabroad/20110624?pg=61#pg61
What could be better than a story with a prince and princess in love, gold-spangled costumes, fierce dragon, and a heroic rescue? Now in its 33rd year, Mount Madonna School’s dazzling show is the longest running production of this timeless Indian epic in the western hemisphere, and an event for the whole family!
Congratulations Noah, David and Rowan!
Noah Limbach, David Broz and Rowan Limbach ran the Big Sur Marathon on Sunday, May 1 – with Noah home for less than 24 hours from India!
The boys set a goal of finishing in less than 4 and ½ hours – and they came in 12 seconds under! All three finished with the exact same time, tying for 4th place out of 7 in their age category.