End of the year activities at CMS

May 12, 2015

It is finally spring! The snow mountains have disappeared and the flowers have emerged. There is so much to celebrate and as we inch closer to the end of the year there are many events, celebrations and CMS traditions that will be here before you know it. Here is a look at upcoming events to mark on your calendar.

CMS is very excited to welcome Azure Antoinette on Wednesday, May 20 at 6:15pm. Called "the Maya Angelou of the Millennial generation,” Azure Antoinette is a commissioned poet, entrepreneur, and millennial and arts education advocate. Azure is the founder and CEO of The Aalchemik Collective, a creative talent incubator which houses Aalchemik: An Apparel Company, a free-trade clothing line centered around positive messaging and the human ability to be both passionate and indecisive; Aalchemik Press, an independent publishing house for poetry and narrative literary work; and EGAMI Collective, a visual art incubator curated to support urban photography, graffiti, muralist and street art. Azure was included in Forbes's “100 Most Powerful Women in the World” issue in 2012 and was featured in a special section titled "Women Helping Women." Her upbeat and exciting presentation is not to be missed!

Celebration of the Arts is not to be missed on Thursday, May 21 at 6pm! Our Elementary and Middle School buildings will be transformed into an art gallery with our students’ finest work on display. Come and browse the work chosen by our student artists before they become celebrated professional artists! At 7:15pm, the art show will culminate with musical performances in the Elementary Gym.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day is a long standing CMS tradition. Students are invited to welcome grandparents and special friends to their classroom to meet their friends and teachers and see the amazing work they do each day. Grandparents and Special Friends Day will be held on Friday, May 22. Invitations have been emailed to parents to share with grandparents and special friends. If you have any questions, please contact Christine.

Moving Up and Moving On is our end of the year celebration. This year, it will be held on the last day of school, Thursday, June 11th at 10:30am under the tent on the St. Peter’s Field (next to the Toddler/Primary Building). We celebrate the students who are “moving up” from Toddlers to Primary, from Primary to Lower Elementary, from Lower Elementary to Upper Elementary and from Upper Elementary to Middle School. We also celebrate our 8th grade graduates who are “moving on.” Dismissal on the last day of school will be at noon from your child’s classroom following this event.

Upper Elementary Play: The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill, Thursday, May 14, 6:30pm.  The play demonstrates how understanding the problem between the pushcart peddlers and the truckers can lead us all to more peaceful resolutions in our own neighborhoods. Traffic in New York City has become intolerable. Leaders of the three biggest trucking companies hold a secret meeting where they plan to take over the streets for themselves by eliminating other traffic, starting with the pushcarts. Faced with truck-related "accidents", damaged carts, and injured fellows, the pushcart peddlers respond with the Pea-Shooter Campaign. Initially, the outlook is bad for the peddlers because the trucking companies control the newspapers and the corrupt mayor, Emmett P. Cudd, but the citizens of New York and the members of the press eventually move to the side of the street vendors after the peddlers' Peace March. In the end, a truce is passed and new laws are enacted keeping the streets open to all.

On Sunday, May 17 at 2pm the Primary Program will present their Spring Music Performance and Art Show. The day will include a visual arts show in combination with the Spring Musical Performance at the International School of Boston. All are invited!

Upper Elementary will be participating in Kroka Expeditions again this year from June 1-5. Kroka “is committed to awakening in young people a connection to nature and the spirit within, and a capacity for conscious living and compassionate service. We strive to achieve this through wilderness adventure, community living, farming, and the practice of traditional and indigenous skills.” Students spend the week camping, hiking and enjoying the outdoors in Marlow, NH.

By taking part in Farms and Cities, our Middle School students have an opportunity to work the land in an agricultural setting. This ties in specifically with Maria Montessori's limited writing about adolescence called "Erdkinder," or children of the land. The students will be working at Waltham Fields Community Farm in Waltham, MA on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 1-4. On Friday, June 5th, the students will do a city scavenger hunt throughout the city of Boston. On Monday through Wednesday nights students will be camping at the Girl Scout camp across the street from the farm. On Thursday night, students will sleep in the Infrared Room.

Our Toddlers are going on a field trip to Drumlin Farm on Friday, June 5. Drumlin Farm is a working farm and wildlife sanctuary. It’s a big trip for our youngest students and sure to be a fun day!

Please join our CMS group to support Boston Pride at this year’s 45th anniversary Pride Parade on Saturday, June 13. We will be assigned a meeting place and time in the coming weeks. If you are interested please contact Christine or Nikki.

If you have any questions about any of these events or celebrations, please be sure to check in with Program Directors Munir (Toddler/Primary) or Doug (Elementary/Middle School).

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