Empowered to SOAR

“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to SOAR.” ~ Helen Keller








Dear Families and Friends,

First graders and fifth graders worked hand-in-hand today turning bird collagraphs into prints. Having heard the tale of The Lion and the Mouse first thing this morning, kids recognized how, regardless of size (or age) we can all help one another. Using a brayer, brush, and ink to make each print involves a lot of juggling. Β In this case four hands were better than two. Susan and Cindy taught children how to roll the ink onto Plexiglass until it makes a certain “snapping” sound. Covering their collagraphs with a beautiful blue, they turned them over onto the paper to print. “It works better when you rub the paper with your hand,” one boy asserted. “You don’t need to use the tool to do it.”

Everyone got their turn to roll the brayer, make a quick check and finally see the big reveal. By the end of the morning, each child’s bird had landed in the environment one young artist had created.

If you dropped into a LEAPS’ classroom you’d notice many things happening simultaneously. There’s a buzz in the air because children are chatting with one another, offering suggestions and giving feedback Their perceptions and exchanges are catalysts for good energy and change.


At the core of our program is a commitment to collaboration.With an age span of 4 years, children are in different developmental places and bring a range of skill sets to the table. Fifth graders assist and listen. First graders have an instant new “sibling” to emulate. The fifth grade “lions” also learned something from the first grade”mice” today. Β “You could put some circles there to fill all the space!” one boy recommended to his buddy. Then he went straight for the bin, so he could follow through on his suggestion!

As we approach our final day please MARK your CALENDARS for our South School Art Opening on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 9:00 in the morning. In the days that follow, the collection of collaborative art will be on display in the stairwell between the first and second floors. We know you’ll want to experience it!

With joy and anticipation, Nancy, Susan, Dee, Laura, and Cindy









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