Friday, December 30, 2011
Please also consider supporting the OC by getting Clynk bags/tags from Nicole and returning them (full) to any Hannaford near you...
Finally, check out the Winter Kids page for outside fun on a grander scale -- there are printable passes for younger children and you can order the winter kids passport for grades 5 - 7 for huge deals and access to organized winter sports.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
If you're so moved, contact your legislators NOW or consider making a donation to Maine Equal Justice Project who takes leadership on advocacy for low-income Mainers, to the Maine People's Alliance who does community organizing work or to the Maine Hunger Initiative as a direct response to childhood and elderly hunger.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The FunPass gives kids in preschool through 4th grade the chance to try snowshoeing and cross country skiing (for free!) at 20 winter recreation areas all over Maine.
Fast and Female Kicks Off 2012 with Third Annual XC Ski Event in Maine on January 7
Bethel, Maine / Calgary, Alberta (December 8, 2011) - The countdown is on and in less than a month, 125 young female athletes between the ages of 9 to 19 years old will spend an afternoon of inspiration with cross-country skiing Olympian Holly Brooks and National Team member Jessie Diggins at Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine.
Brooks and Diggins, who will already be in the area to compete in the 2012 National XC Ski Championships, have generously volunteered to lead the Fast and Female XC Ski Event on Saturday January 7. The highly unique event aimed at specifically motivating girls to stick to cross-country skiing will feature team building activities, a healthy snack, an inspirational presentation, dancing as well as an autograph signing session. The registration fee for the event is only $7 and includes a Fast and Female Buff, a snack, and access to the activities. Participants can secure a spot by visiting: http://ffjan7bethel.eventbrite.com The deadline to register online is January 5, 2012.
For more information concerning the event, please contact the local event coordinator: Abby Weissman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 944-4720.
ABOUT FAST AND FEMALE
Fast and Female is a not-for-profit society started in 2005 by Chandra Crawford - 2006 Olympic gold medalist in cross-country skiing. The organization's mission is to support, motivate, inspire, and empower girls to stick to sports and the healthy lifestyle. Fast and Female fulfills its mission of "Empowerment Through Sport" by hosting fun-filled, non-competitive initiatives all across North-America aimed at exposing young female athletes to inspiring female Olympians and elite level athletes. The young girls who attend Fast and Female events today will lead it in the future, may it be as athletes, coaches, volunteers, parents, and community leaders. For more information about Fast and Female, visit /
Friday, December 9, 2011
Social Software, blasting the current generation of this software for
forcing people to behave autistically:
Consider, for a moment, the recent surge of interest in articulated social
networks such as Friendster, Tribe, LinkedIn, Orkut and the like. These
technologies attempt to formalize how people should construct and manage
their relationships. They assume that you can rate your friends. In some
cases, they procedurally direct how people can engage with new people by
giving you an absolute process through which you can contact others.
While this approach certainly has its merits because it is computationally
possible, I'm terrified when people think that this models social life.
It's so simplistic that people are forced to engage as though they have
autism, as though they must interact procedurally. This approach certainly
aids people who need that kind of systematization, but it is not a model
that universally makes sense. Furthermore, what are the implications of
having technology prescribe mechanistic engagement? Do we really want a
social life that encourages autistic interactions?
Autistic Social Software, Danah Boyd
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
For some alternative holiday ideas, consistent with FSP values, check out these links (and the Consuming Kids DVD which is on the parents book shelf and a great conversation starter this time of year -should be a forum event next year!)
Center for New American Dream : http://www.newdream.org/ -- the simplify the holidays booklet has some useful strategies for resisting too much shopping.
Story of Electronics - somehow, we need a way to keep a little Annie Leonard in our head as we make sugar plums dance in the heads of our older kids : http://www.storyofstuff.org/movies-all/story-of-electronics/ -- the old Story of Stuff might be worth watching as a whole family, just to talk a little about reducing consumption even at x-mas.
For those buying for younger kids, the TRUCE guide is now available : http://www.truceteachers.org/ and the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood released their "toadies" of worst toys : http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/actions/toady2011winner.html
Finally, the Maine Association of NonProfits has their gifts that give twice program featuring places to make donations and get a little something -- I'd love other people's ideas for good donations in honor of grandparents, etc!
Finally, Dan contributed his list of 5 best toys ever
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Tonight there is a celebration for the Environmental Health Strategy Center, the organization working to make policy change around toxins in our food and personal care prodcuts and other stuff..
This Thursday we are so glad you will be joining us as a host for our 9th Anniversary Organic Wine and Chocolate Party!
Thursday December 1st 5:30-7:30pm
Rose Contemporary Gallery, Portland
We will be recognizing former executive director of the Maine Women's Policy Center Sarah Standiford with the Second Annual Frank Hatch Environmental Health Leadership Award. As well as honoring one of our founding board members Lael Stegall, and four grassroots leaders who helped win the campaign to phase out the toxic chemical BPA from reusable food and beverage containers in Maine, Jessica Graham, Dana Hernandez, Mary Beth Luce, and Megan Rice.
The event will include a silent auction with a wide variety of fun items, from restaurant gift cards to children's books, that can be great holiday gifts.
Please contact Rachelle with any questions, email@example.com, 699-5789.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
It seems like a cliche to say we should be "cultivating gratitude" -- an overly Oprah-esque prescription for complicated times. Often, I think my children should be more grateful when I'm perceiving them as selfish, which makes gratitude a virtue rather than a practice. Also, telling someone to be more grateful rarely yields that particular result. I am also sometimes embarrassed by gratitude; as a political thinker, there is so much to be worried about and something in my ethic makes it easy for me to emphasize "that which should be different" over "that which is already just fine." Grace recently pointed out, "Mom, you're mad about too much" -- that isn't how I want her to think about my activism! I have no problem waxing enthusiastic about FSP, though -- truly, I am so grateful for the school, the teachers, the community - all of us together working to create a space where children can engage in "joyful learning"and adults, too, can use our gifts to benefit the whole. I am grateful that my kids have recess, twice a day, even my 7th grader. I am grateful that they have male teachers who model nurturing, interesting, authentic masculinities - with a commitment to nonviolence. I am grateful that they have teachers who love the outdoors and share that love freely. I am grateful for all the singing. Mostly, I am grateful that both of my children (and all of our children) are held in community and as individuals and in the light. Thank you FSP!
Friday, November 18, 2011
Where: Enter Webinar from your personal computer
When: Monday November 21, 2011 from 3:00 to 4:30PM
Working with Boys: Resistance, Relationships and Getting Real
Presented by: Mark Tappan, Professor of Education and Human Development, Colby College
Date: Monday, November 21, 2011, 3:00-4:30PM
Recent research suggests that boys who resist conventional masculine stereotypes have closer relationships with mothers and friends, better mental health, and are more engaged in school than boys who conform to those stereotypes. This presentation offers insight and information about how to help boys resist the narrow and artificial version of boyhood that is packaged and sold to them by media marketers, and how to build positive relationships with boys in schools and beyond.
Please call Katherine Doughty of Boys to Men at 774-9994 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Funding for these webinars generously provided by the
Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation
Families ages 4 and up with parent or guardian (adults are welcome at no charge).
Bring your family during Thanksgiving week to a program based on early Native American’s celebration of the land.
Register by calling Maine Audubon, 781-2330, ext. 209
Tuesday, November 22, 3:30 – 5:00 pm $12 Member, $20 Nonmember
Eyes on Owls
Join naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson for Maine Audubon’s annual Eyes on Owls event. Includes a hooting lesson, slideshow for older audiences, and a close hand look at up to seven fascinating (and awake!) live owls.
Register online at www.maineaudubon.org
Saturday, December 10, 2011 Members: $5 Child/$10 Adult, Nonmember $10 Child/$15 Adult
10:30-11:15 am (shorter program for families with young children) 1:00 - 2:15 pm; 3:00 - 4:15 pm
Environmental Educator and Family Programs Coordinator
20 Gilsland Farm Road
Falmouth, Maine 04105
Phone: (207) 781-6180 x223
Fax: (207) 781-0974
If you’re new to this program – or if you’ve forgotten how it works – here’s the scoop:
Get 50% off Horny Toad & 40% off Nau from 11/14 - 12/15.
To access the Horny Toad deal, simply go to:
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The top three folks that generate the most amount of business get to direct $750, $500 and $250 respectively to the charity or non-profit organization of their choice. Kim's charity is BOYS TO MEN.(www.maineboystomen.org)
Thursday, November 10, 2011
We are experiencing a serious drought of both board members and volunteers to carry on the work of PAM. We cannot continue unless we can recruit more board members to guide PAM and volunteers to fill our fund-raising and program development committees. The demise of PAM would mean the end of our annual dinner, which has seen inspiring speakers like Noam Chomsky and Medea Benjamin, and an end to our peace soup booth at The Common Grounds Fair. It’s up to you to help us continue!
To join our working board or to volunteer for a committee, contact: Jacqui 772-1071
The scent of revolution is in the air. At Peace Action Maine we are using some of Gene Sharps theories to direct the change we wish to see. We are currently working on a full campaign which volunteers can get involved in on many different levels. The main place we need them in this is to use their bodies and voice. A direct action is being planned and will need a chorus of support to make it successful, we are targeting war-profiteers, which is a pillar of support for war. If you wish to help plan or get involved please send an email to Dorr0515@gmail.com.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I would LOVE a study group / soiree / night at the bar to really talk through what this means for us as a community, our kids, ourselves... Download it or see the executive summary on the AAUW site.
Connected (I suspect) is more analysis about how much violence, sexualization and gender stereotyping occurs in mass media - A documentary out of the Women's Media Center titled Miss Representation is being screened tonight at USM (7pm, Wishcamper Center, $10) - I hope maybe we could have an FSP forum or evening screening after the holidays? (Let me know if there is interest)
Miss Representation 8 min. Trailer 8/23/11 from Miss Representation on Vimeo.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
They opened by showing The Story of Cosmetics by Annie Leonard.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the Environmental Working Group both provide some resources for consumers, help deciding what the safest choices are... In the end, though, we need more protection so that we can feel safe buying everyday products without hours of research. The Safe Chemicals Act is one piece of federal legislation to support.
I'd love to see us get our middle schoolers informed & mad, insisting on their right to safe products - anyone up for a cosmetics safety party - it includes recipes for homemade personal care products?
When it comes to diversity, all books are not created equal. Before you add a new book to your library, here are five things to look out for:
1.General Accuracy: Books should contain current, correct information. How old are the photos and pictures? If the book is about a past event, does it include backmatter about how things ultimately played out?
2. Stereotypes: Beware of reinforcing stereotypes. Books should reflect individual people's lives, rather than assigning general personality traits or behaviors to an entire group.
3. Language: Be careful of books that separate characters into two groups: those who speak standard English and those who don't. This division can reinforce stereotypes that all people in a group speak in a particular way. No matter the dialect, language should sound natural and the intent should be clear.
4. Illustrations: Illustrations should convey the reality that members of any ethnic group look different from one another.
5. Author's Perspective: Does the author come from the culture that he or she is writing about? If not, what kind of research did he or she do to insure cultural authenticity?
Read the full article here.
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Tuesday, November 15, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Free
Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium
This dynamic conversation between dancers Pandit Chitresh Das and Jason Samuels Smith explores how the unique collaboration of these exceptional artists transcends continents, generations, cultures, and communities. Together they create a new and distinct kind of dance. Individually in their home communities of India and the United States, each dancer works to preserve their individual dance traditions. Alicia Anstead, editor-in-chief of the national magazine Inside Arts will moderate the discussion.
This program is presented by the Portland Museum of Art in collaboration with Portland Ovations.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
"Masked Marvels & Wondertales"
Saturday, November 19, 2011 11 am
South Portland Auditorium at SPHS, South Portland, Maine
Creating a world where dogs wear hats, wild stallions are tamed, giant noses sneeze and fish bait candy to catch children in a pond, sculptor and virtuoso mime Michael Cooper charms audiences with thrilling adventure, silly antics and outlandish possibilities. A protégé of Celebration Barn’s Tony Montanaro and native of the Maine woods, Cooper’s one-man show Masked Marvels & Wondertales combines his breathtaking handcrafted masks and graceful physicality to spin original tales enlivened by an unusual and colorful cast of characters. A show for all ages, Masked Marvels & Wondertales captures hearts and stimulates imaginations.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Puberty Happens! Webinar
Tuesday, March 6th
2:30 -- 3:30 pm
Puberty Happens! Workshop
Tuesday, March 20th
8:30 -- 3:30
Puberty Happens! Workshop
Thursday, March 22nd
8:30 -- 3:30
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Monday, October 31, 2011
Middle School : This American Life
Wednesday November 2nd, 7:00 - 8:30PM, Cumberland Land Trust, Cumberland Congregational Church - dessert served - FMI Call 699-2989
Monday, November 7, 2011 7:00 – 8:30 pm Breakwater School, 856 Brighton Avenue, Portland, ME - Presented by Breakwater School in collaboration with Portland Trails and The Nason’s Corner Community Park Project.To attend this FREE event, please email Molly Thompson or call 772-8689, ext. 230. (On 11/7 Producer Meg Merrill and Outreach Coordinator Greg LeMieux will be here to facilitate a discussion and answer questions following the 50-minute film.)
Note: This film is not recommended for children under 12.
What they do not value, they will not protect. And what they do not protect, they will lose. ~ Charles Jordan, PLAY AGAIN
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
All said more eloquently and concretely on Annie's post : http://coloringbetween.blogspot.com/
Monday, October 24, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
What Will You Be, Sara Mee?
The Legend of Hong Kil Dong $16.95 / 8.95
And my personal favorite baby gift : Welcoming Babies $7.95
For the book list of recommended titles, see Annie's blog
PLAY AGAIN - Award Winning Documentary:
First Screening in Maine will be shown at 7pm, Nov. 2nd at the Congregational Church of Cumberland - 282 Main Street, Cumberland, ME. Hosted by CCLT. Dessert and refreshments will be served. The event is FREE and Open to the Public.
Click on the link below to read the latest about this Award Winning Documentary: "Screen time" vs. "Green time."
FMI: Call 699-2989
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
This study, out of Harvard, measures rapid responses from individuals attempting to capture our unconscious preferences, attitudes, and biases. This is important for two reasons. One is that many people know in their conscious mind that discrimination is unfair (and illegal) and would never intentionally practice bias but might be unwittingly making snap decisions and judgements that go unexamined because of an assumption that "I'm not prejudiced." If we recognize that we might, in fact, carry unconscious bias and that it is not our fault (initially) we might take more responsibility for examining our histories, our stories and our prejudices without guilt and shame but with ummph for aligning our intention and our action.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Reflecting on our Parenting for Peace series helps me better understand my parenting stance today. Susan Linn introduced is to the importance of pretend play (free from corporate influence); Sandra Steingraber pushed us to become activists in the environmental health movement; David Sobel reminded us of the important of "Wild Play" for our kids (and ourselves); and Alfie Kohn encouraged us to practice democracy and compassion within our families and schools. (Use the comments to suggest speakers for next year!). Although I do not do all these things well, I've tried to incorporate much of the overall theme (more open space, less corporate influence) into my families lives.
I think that our time with Anne Sibley O'Brien and Krista Aronson might feel different from these earlier lectures. Although we are likely to still leave inspired, thinking a little bit differently, and more connected to our community (goals of the overall program), our whole selves enter the conversation about race and racism in a way that we haven't had to before. That is, the focus is not simply on what we can do for our children, but also on what we might learn about ourselves. We all have unique experiences and racial identities and yet we also all swim in shared waters now. Here at FSP we have a commitment to fairness, equality, acknowledging the light in everyone and doing what we can to have individual gifts shine. Learning how to talk about race with our kids, and ultimately how to help dismantle racism, is part of that overall project of building inclusive communities. I welcome this prompt and hope that we have ongoing opportunities to learn from each other about personal identity and patterns of inclusion/exclusion for a long time.
We have had a great response to this program - unless causeway traffic is too frustrating we expect we might have a full house - come early, shop the book sale, and enjoy the company!
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Eva J. Szillery PhD praises Singapore Math, the curriculum used at FSP. She is the Maine State Director of the Mathematical Association of America and shared her views as part of a larger set of letters surrounding Portland Schools process for choosing a math program.
Eva also recently sent out information about opportunities to participate in a National Math Competition:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- PRESS RELEASE Free To Students -- American Mathematics Competitions coming to USM Portland, Husson University and Umaine at Presque Isle NOVEMBER 15, 2011
The American Mathematics Competitions ( AMC ) is the oldest and most prestigious nationwide mathematics competition in the United States. It started in 1950 and it is and has been the exclusive pathway for a student to advance to the USA Mathematical Olympiad. Activities like the American Mathematics competitions organized by the Mathematical Association of America allow and encourage students to excel in an academic sphere. The contest is a rewarding experience where mathematical curiosity and skill are stimulated. AMC is designed to inspire an interest in mathematics that will lead to academic success, scholarship and a rewarding career. Competence in mathematics and mathematical understanding lead to success and an enriched life. For Maine students, The Advanced Structures and Composites Center and DeepCwind Consortium offers a paid internship for the two top scoring high school students of the AMC 10 or AMC 12 Competition. Interns at the UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Center gain hands on work experience on cutting edge engineering and science programs. Each paid internship is valued at approximately $20,000 for four years.
The competition year starts on November 15th with AMC 8, the competition for grades 4-8. Students may participate at their school, if your school is registered for the competition.If your school is not registered,you may participate at the following locations: Students of age 8 through 14.5 may take AMC 8 at University of Southern Maine in Portland –Payson Smith Hall, Room 303 starting at 1:15 pm. The parents and children may first come to Payson Smith Hall, Room 301A if they arrive before 1:15 pm. Room 301A will be used for a reception/waiting area from 12:45 - 2:30 pm. Parents may wait there for their children to complete the exam. These rooms are adjacent to each other. AMC 8 at these locations is free of charge (the registration has been paid by USM.
Space is limited. If you have a student who’d benefit from participating, please call or e-mail Eva Szillery at email@example.com
Friday, October 14, 2011
She is so smart - I can't wait to hear her whole talk -- and Krista Aronson has a brilliant reputation too!
We are worried that we might reach capacity - please preregister if you plan to come
Thursday, October 13, 2011
By Robin Brooks, Special to the BDN
Posted Oct. 10, 2011, at 6:13 p.m.
The debate about education is heating up again, with editorials from the Bangor Daily News (Sept. 13) and others suggesting ways to improve our public schools.
Some of the measures being discussed, including merit pay and more stringent teacher evaluation tools, already are being implemented thanks to financial incentives from the Obama administration. The expressed intent of these reforms is to make teachers “more effective” (Read: improve test scores).
The Augusta school board already has implemented a merit pay system with a maximum $4,000 bonus going to principals, administrators and the superintendent for increasing scores on high-stakes tests and making annual yearly progress toward the proficiency goals of No Child Left Behind, our federal education law.
Advocates of merit pay claim that if only our public schools were run more like businesses, with pay bonuses going to highly effective employees, then our schools somehow would produce children capable of grappling with the demands of our complex 21st century world.
But the research on such measures is inconclusive at best. In the 2010-2011 school year, my elementary school had a 30 percent turnover in our student body from September to June. What this suggests to me is an extreme level of instability in families who are struggling just to maintain basic human needs such as food and shelter. It is no wonder our school did not achieve annual yearly progress in 2011 because of attendance, never mind our students’ test scores.
Blatantly missing from the national debate on education is the passionate voices of teachers and parents, not to mention the children who have been suffering for too long under the oppressive testing regime that dominates today’s classrooms.
Ask the teachers and they will tell you that it is the culture of high-stakes testing that is the real problem. Ask the parents and they will tell you that their children are increasingly discouraged by the onerous pacing schedules and narrowed instructional focus of their children’s classrooms. But no one is asking us.
All children are born with the inborn capacity, indeed drive, to explore their environment, to make connections and to learn with joy. This is a biological fact, notwithstanding the myriad of birth defects, learning disabilities and health problems such as neglect and malnutrition that plague our children.
The arts are one of the few areas that have maintained the spirit of playful exploration and discovery in the classroom that is the innate, biological basis for authentic human learning. Sadly, many of our nation’s schools already have eliminated or greatly reduced the arts and physical education, another basic human need, in favor of “skill and drill” and test prep. Our children deserve better.
We need our children to establish habits of inquiry, to develop their capacities as creative and critical thinkers and to work collaboratively with their peers to solve problems. Some higher education officials are speaking out to say that our children are ill prepared for the rigors of college for want of these skills.
Children must be allowed to connect mind and heart as they follow their educational journey. It is past time for President Barack Obama, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Congress to relegate No Child Left Behind to the dustbin of history. If we are truly committed to improving education for all children across our nation, we need to renew our respect for teachers and join in nascent efforts to remove the yoke of high-stakes testing from the backs and necks of our children.
Please visit saveourschoolsmarch.org and unitedoptout.com and consider joining the grass-roots effort to save our schools.
Robin Brooks is an artist and art teacher who lives in Topsham with her husband, who also is a teacher, and their son. Her work can be seen at www.robinbrooksart.com.
Farms & Fables
written by Cory Tamler
directed by Jennie Hahn
Thursday, October 27, 7 pm
Friday, October 28, 7 pm
Saturday, October 29, 2 pm
Saturday, October 29, 7 pm
Sunday, October 30, 2 pm
336 Black Point Road
Scarborouth, Maine 04074
Tickets and Reservations:
Tickets are $15 or Pay-What-You-Can
For Reservations, please visit: brownpapertickets.com
For Information, please call: (207) 200-6982
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
And, as a teaser, check out the prejudice reduction program Roots of Empathy coming out of Canada. This program brings babies into classrooms:
At the heart of the program are a neighbourhood infant and parent who visit the classroom every three weeks over the school year. A trained Roots of Empathy Instructor coaches students to observe the baby's development and to label the baby's feelings. In this experiential learning, the baby is the "Teacher" and a lever, which the instructor uses to help children identify and reflect on their own feelings and the feelings of others. This "emotional literacy" taught in the program lays the foundation for more safe and caring classrooms, where children are the "Changers". They are more competent in understanding their own feelings and the feelings of others (empathy) and are therefore less likely to physically, psychologically and emotionally hurt each other through bullying and other cruelties. In the Roots of Empathy program children learn how to challenge cruelty and injustice. Messages of social inclusion and activities that are consensus building contribute to a culture of caring that changes the tone of the classroom. The Instructor also visits before and after each family visit to prepare and reinforce teachings using a specialized lesson plan for each visit. Research results from national and international evaluations of Roots of Empathy indicate significant reductions in aggression and increases in pro-social behaviour.Read more about the program and watch founder Mary Gordon's TedxTalk at Greater Good
Marjorie Burns Knight & Anne Sibley O'Brien's book Welcoming Babies is a great bridge book for kids, drawing on this innate response to babies (Tilbury House shares a teachers note). Book sale / program attendees will have the opportunity to buy their own signed copy - an awesome baby gift and a book that even big kids love to read.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Outing Club hike at Bradbury Mountain this afternoon - yeah for dry weather!
Family Meet-Up @ Pineland (meet at Smokehouse @ 10am) tomorrow (in-service day) - a great chance to connect with other families and to learn about the animals! The Y is having a share-a-visit pass -- if anyone wants to go swimming or bowling afterward, try to find a Ymember to give you a pass! Families with older children might still enjoy exploring the trails and cheese samples and meeting others for lunch.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The day is nearly upon us ... cancel any plans, round up the kids, grab a coffee and treat at Foley's Bakery and then come meet one of the masters of children's books, Chris Van Dusen. Chris will read from his newest book, the hilarious King Hugo's Huge Ego and will be signing copies for all his fans! Plus, we'll have juice and cookies for all! If you have kids, like kids or just kind of want to pretend to be a kid again for a little while, join the fun Saturday, October 8th at 1:00 back in the kids room at Longfellow Books.
Contra Dance: Would you prefer to strap on your dancing shoes rather than your tool belt? You're in luck! The Women Build Kick Off event will continue into the evening! From 6pm-9pm on Oct. 29th, the Women Build Steering Committee will be hosting a family-friendly Contra Dance at the Freeport Community Center. Packed with music, desserts, dancing and prizes this is sure to be fun for the whole family. Every ticket sale will contribute to the construction of the Women Build house on South St. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, 12 and under and can be purchased at the door. Costumes are welcome and encouraged!Last year the 1-2 and 3-4 classrooms did a year long service learning project with Habitat for Humanity and both Kate and I were impressed and moved by the work being done. Check out more at habitatportlandme.org/
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
( ** It would be so interesting to have a follow conversation about ways that FSP allows boys friendships to develop or ways that cultural constraints still make it difficult for boys in their preteen years- Maya, maybe a sexism and stereotypes forum sometime?)
The Maine Boys Network (educational group affiliated with Boys to Men) is co-hosting an exciting event here in Portland. Come join author and NYU professor of Applied Psychology, Niobe Way, most recently featured in the New York Times, to learn about ground breaking findings that will challenge long-held stereotypes about boys and men.
Thursday, October 20th, 7-9pm ~ Portland Public Library
The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period with author Niobe Way.
Please RSVP by October 14 as space is limited
Admission is free with donations accepted at the door
Hosted by Boys to Men, Colby College, Great Schools Partnership, Maine Boys Network
and the Portland Public Library
New Yorker Excerpt here
New York Times Learning Network Section
Friday, September 30, 2011
Cool Sounding Book : The Third Teacher: 79 Ways You Can use Design to Transform Teaching and Learning
The Third Teacher: 79 Ways You Can use Design to Transform Teaching and Learning, by OWP/P Inc., VS Furniture, and Bruce Mau Design
Since the ‘40s when Malaguzzi named the environment as the Third teacher, third to adults and peers, there have been debates about which spaces, tools and furniture are most conducive to learning. Over decades, minimalists, OCD therapists, religious educators and luminaries such as Howard Gardner have had their say. In this visually vibrant volume, the educators and those who collaborated to assemble it display actual examples of their efforts and speak to their experiences with real children and real places. Color, sound, terrain, textures, external spaces and building interiors are considered as part of the learning team. From Sir Ken Robinson to Chef Ann Cooper, from Canada to Germany, from the Caymans to South Africa, eight chapters illustrate the concerns and actions of people dedicated to the examining the role of environment in the education of all children. This book is unorthodox in appearance, never dull, and full of creative and exciting ideas.
Margaret Bleyberg, Hillel Academy, Kingston, Jamaica
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Because there is an urgent issue for which the board wishes parent input, we have decided to use the first Community Forum to facilitate their access to our opinions. The first Parent Forum, an opportunity to discuss as a community the future location of the Friends School, will be held Tuesday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m. For more information on the issue at stake, please refer to James’ letter of September 26.
Please note that childcare will not be offered for the October 4th Forum. The parent steering committee is in the process of organizing childcare opportunities for future evening events at the school. (For those who cannot attend the evening meeting, Rob Levin and James will be available on Wednesday, October 5 for a meeting at 8:30 a.m. and another meeting at 2:00 p.m. We hope this schedule serves the needs of all parents who wish to participate in the discussion.)
The Friends School Community Forum will meet the first Tuesday of each month during the school year. Fall topics will be:
November 1 - The role and desirability of performing and visual arts in the curriculum
December 6 - Technology and social media in the school environment
Winter and spring topics will be decided later this fall based on input from parents, teachers, and the school administration. A couple of ideas floating around are to bring in a specialist on sociocognitive thinking to talk with us about the importance of fostering executive and social skills development at school and at home; and talking to kids about sex and healthy choices: what is appropriate at what developmental stage, how to talk about it, and everything else you ever wanted to know.
We welcome your ideas. We want to talk about the things that are important to our families!
Hope to see you Tuesday evening!
Maya & Aja
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
At the same time, Leisa sent me the link to a podacast about teen brains -
It's an age-old question: why do teenagers behave as they do? Whyshe highly recommends it, even for those of us with younger kids and then today a National Geographic showed up with "The Teenage Brain" on the cover.
the angst, anger and risk-taking? Some researchers say science and
evolution provide some answers. And in some cases, the very
behaviors that drive parents crazy may be the traits that prove the
keys to success as an adult. - More at http://www.npr.org/2011/09/20/140637115/understanding-the-mysterious-teenage-brain?ft=1&f=5&sc=17
I'm both suspicious and fascinated by brain science - others? Would this be a good future P4P topic or community forum?
Friday, September 23, 2011
Perhaps we could watch the full video, Rivers and Tides, together sometime (read a review @ Literary Mama or NYT
Thursday, September 22, 2011
New revelations about worker abuse at warehouse facilities - and this follow up specifically about Amazon - is a reminder that online retail keeps humans invisible from us - we don't see the people behind the scenes and they fall away in our consciousness. The Mother Jones article is disturbing but worth reading - perhaps even sharing with some older kids who might be interested in shopping online themselves. American Rights At Work has launched an online petition - I suspect there will be interesting reading, activism and coalition work around this issue for a long time to come.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Celebrate International Day of Peace today - Learn more about Peace One Day and make a small donation to the organization via the 7th/8th grade collection jar (in lobby); Join with FSP, the Governor Baxter School and the Real School in a celebration of Pinwheels for Peace (or bring pinwheels for peace to your own location); make peace in your community - check out ideas from KindnessGirl (for small daily acts) or join with Peace Action Maine
There are some great picture books that help children explore peacemaking - check out Jane Addams Book Award winners or Cynthia Leitch Smith's list of "War and Peace in Children's Literature"
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Also - some new social justice & literature resources:
- The Pirate Tree : Social Justice and Children's Literature Blog
- Reading In Color (link is titled BlackTeensRead2)
And check the side bar for more!
Monday, September 19, 2011
This NYT piece "What if the Secret to Success is Failure" is longish but provocative (although in a way that seems somewhat repetitive in our culture - these are clearly questions we're chewing on over time), esp since it provides some research base.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
How does this work? Easy peasy! Just go to PortTIX.com, click on Save Me a Seat on the left sidebar, then select the series and whether the seating preference is Ground (orchestra/terrace) or Balcony (Grand Tier not available). More details are here: http://www.portlandsymphony.org/content/tickets/deals/new-save-me-a-seat/. If anyone has questions just call PortTIX at 842-0800.
World’s largest Fairy Houses event! Saturday & Sunday September 17 & 18 12 Noon till 4pm
Children (3-12) advance$4 day of tour $5
Adults advance $10day of tour $15
Seniors (62+) advance $8 day of tour $10
Family advance $20 day of tour Not Available
more info at http://www.fairyhouses.com
Ticket includes entrance to Strawbery Banke and the Wentworth-Gardner house. See many Fairy Houses inspired by children's literature and other fairy fantasies. Excerpts from Fairy Houses - The Ballet! An original work based on Fairy Flight, a book by Tracy Kane. Adapted and performed by The Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet.
Meet Tracy Kane, author/illustrator of the multi- award winning Fairy Houses Series® of books and video.
Build your own fairy house on Peirce Island and help create a Fairy Houses Village!
All within walking distance
Enjoy the Amazing Bubble Machine!
FREE Parking available at Peirce Island
These events provide a great opportunity for students and families to learn together about seasonal changes and life cycles while enjoying exercise within the fresh air and beauty of Maine's Parks and Lands.
Ten Fall Foliage events are being offered during October.
View the complete list - full descriptions and downloadable flyers with photos provided at:
The Fall Foliage events are co-sponsored by the: Androscoggin Land Trust, Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance, Sunrise Trail Coalition, Maine Forest Service and the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Any ideas for how FSP might participate in Moving Planet Day?
WHAT:Moving Planet is a worldwide rally to demand solutions to the climate crisis. Come on bike, on skates, on a board, or just on foot.
WHEN:September 24, 2011
You can download it here and encourage out of town friends and families to peruse and then place an order through you! Friends School will receive a full 35% of the money and the business is owned by FSP parent Masey Kaplan - a win, win, win for FSP! Out-of-Towners can also download an order form, but orders must be placed through FSP (checks made out to Friends School of Portland).
Close Buy is also featuring year round gift boxes this year - although the $ back to schools is just 5% it provides an easy gift option that supports Maine, Maine Business and FSP.
Orders are due October 3 ~ Goods will be delivered the first week in December
Monday, September 12, 2011
In an effort to support and bring awareness to International Peace Day, Friends School of Portland, a preschool- 8th grade Quaker School, and Clark Insurance are sponsoring “Portland Walks for Peace” around Back Cove in Portland on Sunday, September 18th at 2:00 pm.
Four eighth grade students at Friends School, Madeline Curtis, Tristram Howard, Mel McClure-Chute, and Annie Gott, devised the idea for Portland Walks for Peace.
“When we watched a video on the history of International Peace Day, we realized as a group that nothing to bring the whole community together for this great cause was happening. We wanted to change that,” says Gott.
The students hope to raise money through donations for Peace One Day, an organization that uses Peace Day as a platform to help provide relief to poor and war-torn countries. These places would otherwise be unreachable and dangerous to approach without the cease-fire that controlling rebel groups agree to on that one day.
“There is nowhere else I would rather have this walk. Portland is made up of such a proactive group of caring people that I think will really support our cause. We hope that once people attend our walk they will be inspired to create their own acts of peace on the actual day [the 21st of September],” Gott says.
The walk will begin at the Preble Street parking lot across from Hannaford on Sunday, September 18TH at 2:00 pm. There is no fee to participate, but donations to Peace One Day are welcome.
Friends School of Portland is an independent preschool through 8th grade school that embraces the Quaker belief in the unique worth of each individual. Small, multi-age class structure nurtures inquiry, reflection and action. The school offers place-based curriculum with cooperative, hands-on learning in a close community where simplicity, service, stewardship, and peaceful resolution of conflict are practiced every day.
For more information on Friends School of Portland, please call the school at 781-6321 or visit www.friendsschoolofportland.org.
SonicMemorial.org is an open archive and an online audio installation of the history of The World Trade Center. We are continuing to collect stories, ambient sounds, voicemails, and archival recordings to tell the rich history of the twin towers, the neighborhood and the events of 9/11.
Led by NPR's Lost & Found Sound, The Sonic Memorial Project is a cross-media collaboration of more than 50 independent radio and new media producers, artists, historians, and people from around the world who have contributed personal and archival recordings. To date, we have gathered more than 1,000 contributions, many of which have been woven into feature stories by Lost & Found Sound and broadcast on NPR.
Please help us build this historical archive by calling the Sonic Memorial Phone Line (646-926-1357) or by uploading your sounds. SonicMemorial.org will remain open to the public for years to come thanks to the generous support of the September 11 Digital Archive.
The Future of Marriage: An Interactive Dialogue
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Hannaford Hall in the Abromson Center of the University of Southern Maine's Portland Campus (88 Bedford Street, Portland)
This event will provide thought provoking presentations and community discussion on the place of marriage in our lives and in our ever-evolving society. Join us for an intruiguing, timely exploration.
Dessert, informal conversation, and book signings to follow!
Reverend Marvin M. Ellison, Ph.D.
The BTS Willard S. Bass Professor of Christian Ethics
Athor of Same Sex Marriage? A Christian Ethical Analysis; and Sexuality and the Sacred: Resources for the Theological Reflection.
Reverend Kate Braestrup
Author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Here if You Need Me, Marriage and Other Acts of Charity, and Beginner's Grace: Bringing Prayer to Life.
Open to the Public
Friday, September 9, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Save yourself a seat and preregister now - sponsors a teacher or community member to attend the afternoon workshop - introduce a friend or relation to FSP by bringing them to this event!
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
There is also an Ancient Egypt virtual exhibit - maybe I'll get Grace to explore and review
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Here are a few ideas I solicited from Jen and Audra - anyone else have favorite uses, especially freezable ones (I'm afraid to can)... think the 1st potluck will be a feast of tomatoes?
- Scalloped Tomatoes w/croutons from Smitten Kitchen
- 101Kitchens - Golden Tomato Sauce - I'm also going to try Orangette's sauce
- I'm partial to Goat Cheese & Tomato Strata (I can't remember where I got my actual recipie - this looks similar - any thoughts on if it could freeze well)?
- I have been faithfully making and putting away slow roasted tomatoes (too many variations to link) and here's Veggie Ventures list of what to do when pulling them out of freezer in January
Anyone really good at sauce-making might consider setting aside a bit for the 7-8 Lasagna festival - maybe next year we can pool our tomatoes and get them to make the sauce as a fundraiser!