Spring Message

Dear families,

We have reached the season of blossoming. We now have apples and plums in full bloom. We also have 45 incredible growing beings, 25 of whom will be graduating and moving into the wide world. I feel a little like mother pig, sending her children out to seek their new lives. I know they are prepared, and I feel so proud of their growth and beauty, and yet I will miss each one of them and their families.

IMG_9048This year we have had such strong support from families. We just had our spring fun(d) raiser, and thanks to our entire community, we raised funds as well as fun. Families made delicious food, which we sold by the plate. We thank the band Alacran for donating their musical services for our dancing pleasure, and Upslope Brewery for hosting the gathering. We are also very grateful to our fundraising committee for their creation of the youcaring.com site, and especially Asa Henderson for his featured video. Really, parents have come through for us, for whatever we have needed. I am very gratified to be a part of such a caring and talented community.

New Horizons Preschool BoulderWe have so much fun and learning still to do! May will be a busy month, with visits to the pool, Lone Hawk Farm, Sawhill Ponds; and we simply never have enough time in our own back yard.

It is with a true letting go spirit that I announce that Eva Hathaway will be teaching next year at the Isabella Bird Innovation School in Denver next year. It is with the deepest appreciation that we send her off, after 6 1/2 years of profound thinking about children’s development, and implementation of some great new ideas. We are wishing Eva the best of everything.

Please know, you are always welcome to visit!

Greetings

Greetings for the New Year,

This has been a year full of accomplishments for us at New Horizons.  We completed our playground, so many years in process.  We survived the flood of 2013 beautifully, relying on the support of our wonderful families.  We underwent our Qualistar review, and once again, with the help of all of our community, were rewarded with a 4-star rating.

We have been so fortunate to have 3 wonderful  classrooms full of eager learners and creative players.  Our teachers this year are talented, full of ideas,  and are compassionate and loving beings!

This week marks the Lunar New Year, 2014 being the Year of the Horse.  We will take the opportunity to study about horses and dragons, delve into fiction and non-fiction, and also explore the dragons’ first cousins, the dinosaurs.  We will be going to CU’s Henderson Museum to see the dinosaur bones, and find other fossils of sea, air and land creatures.  This month, we will also be going to NCAR for a visit, and the newly renovated Fiske Planetarium.  We are so pleased to be able to use the resources in our rich community to enhance our experiences.  Next month, we will be going to the dance studio, exploring a few different genres, and inviting great local dancers, such as Malang Djiatta and Tamil Maldonado, to inspire us with their movements.

This year we will have a big family dance party fundraiser on Sunday, April 27th, at the Elks Club, with a live band and DJ Nelson at the controls.  Please mark your calendars, and stay tuned for details.

We keep in our hearts the ideals and accomplishments of the great Martin Luther King, Jr., and honor his legacy with our continued work in the community.  Thank you, all members of our family, from years past to the present.  We are a unique circle of friends, who together create an awesome learning environment for our children.

Music in the Playground

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Thanks to a grant from the Boulder Arts Council and the work of Foster Brashear, our Playground has a new musical instrument. Below is Foster’s description of the Paddly-Do:

The PADDLY-DOO is a unique musical instrument.  Fun and easy to play, it is designed specifically for the musical education and artistic expression of young children.
It is comprised of twenty-five attractively colored hollow tubes mounted in a piano-like keyboard arrangement.  It is played with rubber paddles, which are often made from flip-flops!  It is immediately fun to play because it makes pleasing sounds, even with no formal instruction or musical intent.  At the same time, it is also entirely suitable for teaching the basic musical principles of rhythm and pitch.  With little effort, children can easily learn to perform many simple familiar tunes.
Although the name and rainbow colors give it a fun, whimsical nature, it is also a serious musical instrument which produces accurate, well-tuned musical notes over two chromatic octaves.  Indeed, larger versions have been used by respected musicians on the performance stage as well as in recorded works.
The particular version at the New Horizons Cooperative Preschool has been appropriately sized for ease of use by young children.  It has been constructed from materials that are completely weatherproof so it can be kept year-round on the outdoors playground.  It also can be readily brought inside for special teaching sessions.

Flooding on Upland Avenue

Monday, Sept. 16, 2013

Dear Friends and Families of New Horizons,

We are so grateful for the sunshine today, for the generous spirits of all who have helped and want to help.  We were miraculously spared the dire fate of our neighbors on Upland.  The first surge of flood waters on Wednesday night flooded the playground, and entered our back door and the back door of the Friends Meeting, and our chicken barn.  But the damage was very minimal.  We had wet carpet and mud, but only in a very contained area near the door. The water mitigation strategies that were implemented this summer helped enormously.  Our new and beautiful playground was not destroyed, but only needs a little clean-up.  The contents of the school were spared, and there was no lasting structural damage, as far as we can now tell.

Upland Avenue has been a rushing river, even this morning.  The water has been flowing across all of the properties on the north side of Upland, and made a river of the street and a lake out of the fields at Crestview.  We are so incredibly fortunate that our damage is manageable, and we have already had many friends brave the floods to come and help.  I give thanks for our good fortune, and for the strength of our community.  Some of our families have not been so fortunate, though all are now safe.  Our hearts go out to all of those who have lost so much.

We will be holding abbreviated classes for the remainder of this week: AM classes will be 9-11:30 and PM classes will be 1-3:30. We will resume our regular schedule on Monday, September 23rd.

Thank you for your good wishes and good works.

New Playground Opening

The New Year

As we begin 2013, we find that all three of our classes are full, andthat we are thoroughly enjoying our vibrant community.  The first week back, parents joined together to clean the school, and make everything beautiful for the coming months.

We have been enjoying a study about the planets and solar system.  We
have been poring over the bilingual books about the planets, making
planets out of balloons and paper mache, and painting the asteroid
belt. We are sorry that this year Fiske Planetarium is being renovated, and our series of afternoon trips to visit “Tito the Mosquito”, the education director at Fiske, will not take place.
Instead we will be visiting Henderson Museum at CU.

Beetles Exhibition at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

Beetles Exhibition – University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

The Family Spanish Literacy Program, this year taught by Consuelo Hernandez,
also took a wonderful trip to NCAR last week, to do some exploration of
climate change.  All of this has led us to an interest in our own planet, this home
we share called Earth.

New Horizons will once again be one of the sponsoring organizations of
this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration at the UMC on CU
campus.  We have been one of the grassroots sponsors of this event
since it began.  We are proud of our collaborative work alongside
other non-profits, the city and the university, to bring the consciousness of
Dr. King to the forefront of our community.  Taking his ideals further,
this February, we will be engaging in a series of evening workshops
Martin Luther King Jr.for parents presented by Intercambio on getting to know people from other cultures more deeply. We will get a chance to examine some of our assumptions, and come to a better understanding about people from different backgrounds.

Also coming up this winter, the long awaited playground renovation will break ground.  We have a beautiful design to enhance our outdoor living and learning environment.
The actual renovation should be fascinating for children, as the diggers come in,
and the climbing structure disappears, and new and challenging forms
begin to appear.

Cool Moves World Dance Party 2010

We are also looking forward to exploring the world of dance with children this winter and spring, making great use of some of our former and current parents who are talented dancers and dance teachers.

Welcome back to our beloved teacher Elena, who has returned on MWF with her new baby Ainara.  The children are smitten by her, and she has been so good natured about all the attention, and sleeps happily tucked into Elena’s sling most of the time.

All in all, we are right in the middle of a rich year.  Please feel
free to contact us if you want to visit and see what we are all about.
Best wishes to all for an engaging new year.