Sunday, May 31, 2009
Most of my blog posts are about things for kids or families, but this just seems too lovely for the FSP parent crowd, especially since we'll be deep into summer by June 27th... June 27th, Spa in the Garden, 10am–2pm Come experience the luxury of spa treatments in the verdant setting of McLaughlin Garden. Linda Adler and her staff from Ambiance Day Spa will offer 3 different spa treatments: a soothing scalp massage, calming foot soak and your choice of either a chair or Lomilomi massage. Choose any combination for any amount of time you wish. All treatments are $10 for 10 minutes and you can tailor your experience to your wishes. Reservations required. I wonder if we could pull of a fundraiser like this?
Posted by Kimberly Simmons at 2:21 PM
We will once again be offering Stories by the Garden Wednesdays @ 11:00 am during camp weeks (and maybe beyond?) We will have surprise author visits and would love ideas suggestions for local children's authors or illustrators... If you are able to be a parent rep. (to meet and greet), would be interested in reading a story or facilitating a craft (we can have supplies and directions prepared, but need more adult hands to help, or have suggestions of local author/illustrators that we should invite, please let us know! (e-mail Katie or post a comment!)
Posted by Kimberly Simmons at 2:15 PM
When I was in 4th grade, a trip to Norlands was a part of the "Study of Maine." (Norlands is a living history museum, but much smaller than Sturbridge Village). Sadly, I missed my class trip, and despite having lived here almost all my life I've never been. Last year, a fire destroyed much of the facility and they spent most of the year rebuilding. They are open for tours this summer, and it would be a great field trip for our class -- and others! Living History Tours This summer Washburn Norlands Living History Center is offering living history tours done by interpreters in period clothing portraying people of the neighborhood. In the school house you will learn first hand about rural education in 1853, the three R's. You can try using a quill pen or test your skills in mental arithemetic or spelling. In the mansion house you can chat with the youngest Washburn, daughter Caroline as she shows you through the family home. She enjoys telling about her famous family and sharing family stories. The Washburn kitchen is always a busy place. There might be cooking, ironing, playing games, an artifacts game, story telling, spinning, other neighbors dropping by or most anything else. This is a guided tour in the buildings and self guided on the grounds. Go at your own pace, stay and visit where you wish. Bring a picnic lunch, we will provide the lawn, the picnic table and the beautiful setting. Tour Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 30 through September 3 Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Posted by Kimberly Simmons at 2:11 PM
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Saturday, May 30th 11:00am - 1:00pm $5 We are having an Arts & Crafts event for all ages! Activities will include: Cartooning lessons by Ed King, painting slates from our roof, making beaded jewelry, making magnets and collages, and more! All materials included (but bring your own if you'd like!) Kids should wear clothes they can get messy. St. Lawrence Arts Center 76 Congress St. Portland, Me. 775-5568
Posted by Kimberly Simmons at 6:39 AM
Thursday, May 21, 2009
So many of us are transitioning from jobs, looking for work, visioning about our futures, etc. I wonder how we can help support each other? I wonder how we can bring Quaker values to our personal work? Does it make sense to have a morning coffee and networking moment before school ends? Do folks want to use google groups to share resumes and resources? Any other creative ideas for supporting each other and our school community? Use the comments to post your suggestions!!!! (ICL opportunity below)
Posted by Kimberly Simmons at 4:43 PM
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Posted by Kimberly Simmons at 4:39 PM
I have posted a recap and some links that came out of Susan Linn's vist on my personal blog if anyone is interested... If you are interested in participating, have ideas for future speakers, sessions, resources, etc. please email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the comments section!
Posted by Kimberly Simmons at 12:33 PM
The most recent Maine State Book Award List is ready : It is a reading program for grades 4-8. This year's annotated list, with suggested grade levels, can be found on the Windham Library Page. Every book on the list was read and recommended by at least 4 professional children librarians or teachers from Maine. Many of the books are available at public libraries.
Posted by Kimberly Simmons at 12:23 PM
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Raising Healthy Kids Strategies for the Whole Community With Dr. Dennis Embry FREE Parent Night Thursday, May 21 7:00-8:30 pm South Portland High School Auditorium Presenter Dr. Dennis Embry will outline how many of our current policies and practices can be harmful to youth, and how we can use just four simple, scientifically proven strategies to better the futures of all children. Dr. Embry is a nationally acclaimed child psychologist whose work has taken him from Sesame Street to the Secretary of Defense with stops in between. He is a National Research Advisory Council Senior Fellow and a scientist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Prevention and Intervention and the National Center on Early Adolescence, an author of evidence-based prevention programs, and an advocate raising healthy kids using community-wide support. Introductory remarks by Maine's former Attorney General Steve Rowe. Earlier in the day, Dr. Embry will present the keynote address at the annual Boys to Men conference at USM. For more info, check out the e-mail from Real Life Real Talk
Posted by Kimberly Simmons at 8:08 PM
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
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Monday, May 11, 2009
The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood Reclaiming Childhood from Corporate Marketers CCFC's Director, psychologist Susan Linn, will be giving a special lecture at the Friends School of Portland this Tuesday, May 12 at 7:00 PM. Children's creative play is crucial to their growth and development. Play is the foundation of learning, and creativity and is essential to self-reflection and the capacity to make life meaningful. Play comes naturally to children, yet in the 21st century United States its very existence is threatened by an unprecedented convergence of sophisticated screen technology and rampant commercialism. Psychologist Susan Linn discusses the inseparable links between play, creativity and health, identifies the modern threats to make believe, and lays out strategies for nurturing play in a culture that dictates against it. This event is open to the public. When: Tuesday, May 12, 7:00PM Where: Friends School of Portland, 1 Mackworth Island, Falmouth, ME For more information please click here or contact information@... The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood A Program of the Judge Baker Children's Center 53 Parker Hill Ave Boston, MA 02120 www.commercialfreechildhood.org
Posted by Kimberly Simmons at 6:46 AM
Friday, May 8, 2009
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Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Jen M. let me know that the 10am show is actually sold out -- Let's go for the 1pm show, and folks should buy their own tickets ASAP since they are also almost sold out... It would be great to meet for a pre-show picnic! K
Posted by Kimberly Simmons at 7:30 AM
I am going to get tickets for Kate and Grace and I to see Frog & Toad The Musical at the Maine State Theater in Brunswick on June 8th at 10:00 am. We'd love to have friends join us, and I'd be happy to coordinate group tickets. Please get back to me by May 15th if you'd like me to get tickets for you and yours... They are $11.00 per person.
(and a note for older kids -- later that week they are doing The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - we might also go to that, but aren't quite sure yet)
Posted by Kimberly Simmons at 6:24 AM
This week's NYT magazine featured an article by Peggy Orenstein about the importance of free play for young children. [http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/03/magazine/03wwln-lede-t.html?_r=1&emc=eta1] We are so pleased to offer an opportunity for child care providers and parents and teachers and community members to discuss this idea, with a national expert.
Susan Linn is the director of the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood and recently wrote : The Case for Make Believe which uses developmental psychology and current research on media to help adults think about the role that pretend play has in the lives of young children, the role of adults to engage in that play (or leave it alone), and the role of social forces in scripting, limiting or encouraging make-believe.
Although Susan, a ventriloquist, takes this work very seriously, she brings with her an audacious friend "Audrey" who adds a much needed dose of humor to the conversation.
The talk is FREE
Begins at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30)
at the Friends School of Portland ~ Mackworth Island
ASL interpreting will be provided
Please come and please share this with friends!
(p.s. I'm sorry to send repetitive reminders, but please do pass them on!)
Posted by Kimberly Simmons at 6:09 AM