Weekly Notes: October 30, 2020
Kindergarten Learns about Composting
At school we have a large outdoor compost pile, a worm bin in a warm basement, some food and newspaper scraps, and lots of fallen leaves that students will be raking and adding to the compost pile!

Kindergartners were excited to come to Science and Shop on the Library porch to learn about composting and investigate living creatures such as the mealworm beetle larvae. They observed what "mealworms" do with wet leaves and egg carton pieces, and which end has a mouth and which end "poops".
Tr. Kate's 1st and 2nd Graders Present at Gathering
Tr. Kate's 1st and 2nd Graders have been studying the metamorphosis of monarchs. They drew the changes from the egg, to the larvae (caterpillar), then the pupa (chrysalis), and the adult butterfly. They also painted monarchs. Students drew and painted self portraits for displaying on the classroom walls.
Tr. Jill's 2nd Grade Math
Class
Under the big tent, Tr. Jill's 2nd grade students program their calculators to count by 4.
Pre-K Has a Special Spanish Teacher
LFS is fortunate too have multi-lingual teachers who can fill in if Tr. Amanda is busy. Tr. Neal worked with the Pre-K students on colors, singing about rojo, verde, azul and amarillo.
Tr. Zac's 4th Graders Work in Math Groups
Tr. Zac took a few pics of kids working in math groups through Zoom. Some are playing top it and others are checking work together. We finally got our Zoom peer conferencing to work so we can keep distance AND hear each other. Fabulous! Thanks, Tr. Zac! 
Tr. Dee's 3rd Graders Do Math, Hear a Story
3rd grade students during math workshop solving number stories. 


Enjoying a read aloud in third grade. 
Thanks, Tr. Dee !
ZOOM PIANO LESSONS

Hi to all: My name is Emily Nicholson and I’ve been teaching piano at Lansdowne Friends School for many years. I also attended Lansdowne Friends years ago. It has been a very topsy turvy year to say the least, and I regret not being able to come in person to teach in the Meetinghouse but completely understand and support the “why”. 

This is what I have decided: I can teach children who have had some experience already with a few piano lessons, but unfortunately it is not my desire to start a child out as a total beginner with virtual lessons. I have two or three slots open in my afternoon schedules on Tuesday and Wednesday and am already teaching some LFS students virtually on those afternoons who have been studying with me for a few years now. Guess what? Zoom piano lessons actually work and are not that difficult to set up, as long as you have a laptop situated next to a piano keyboard.  

If you would like to have your child develop his or her musical interest with piano instruction, please contact me at 610 316 2783 (facetime is OK!) or email me at emilynicholson@comcast.net. We can discuss whether virtual lessons will work for them.  My openings on Tuesday are at 3:45 – 4:15, and then at 5:00 – 5:30.  On Wednesday I have a 5:15 – 5:45 available. 

My pricing is the same as before: $28.00 per ½ hour lesson. I have been receiving payments via Venmo, and I send an email invoice in advance of a monthly pay period.

Looking Forward,

Emily Nicholson ‘65
Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance
From the Borough
The Mayor and Lansdowne Borough Council will be hosting a trick or treat bag give away at the Lansdowne Landing on Saturday,
October 31 from 11am - 1pm (or until we run out of bags). During this time children can come with their families and pick up a pre-packed trick or treat bag. Families are then encouraged to stroll through the Farmer's Market for additional opportunities to trick or treat. Costumes are welcome but not required. All children should be accompanied by their parents and of course mask up!
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