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.
This 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.
We 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!
Centennial Middle School Cafeteria – Holiday Fiesta for all families. Potluck – please bring a yummy dish to share. For directions click here.
We would like to invite everyone to our second Reggae Dance Party at OZO Coffee Company at 10th and Pearl. Once again, we will feature Jus Goodie and Friends, playing live music for our dancing pleasure! Please join us for an evening of music and movement, November 10th, from 4-8.
This is the first year we have had our graduation ceremony at home in our own back yard, and the first year we invited the whole school for our end of the year celebration. The graduates each received a diploma, designed by Hadley Solomon, a beautiful batik shirt with our very own logo, created by Eric Maiorana, and a bilingual book, “Carlos and the Squashplant”. Parents of graduates were also honored with a rose for their participation and commitment to their children’s education. Academic studies consistently show that parent involvement is the number one predictor of a child’s success in school. In that case, our cooperative is on the right track!
Everyone brought fastastic food, and the cakes were spectacular, and not a crumb left. We had a great live band, fronted by our own Justin Goodman ( or JusGoodie to the initiated) on guitar, Ryan Spinharney on keyboards, Ray Stewart on flute, and Amiru Serawaji on drums. The band even played the “Dale, Dale Dale” song, as the children gave their best efforts to breaking the indestructible pinata! It was truly a beautiful sight to see all of our families together, enjoying each other on the last day of the year.
I want to give a very special thanks to a couple of departing families, whose support we relied on every day throughout the year. The family Cerna – Lilia & Rene, and the boys Jonathan, Randy and Andy – have taken care of our chickens (“the girls”), seven days a week, 365 days a year, through snow and cold and stormy weather. They have cleaned and pruned our yard, shoveled the walks when it snowed, and been there daily when we did not have a cooper, or whenever we needed extra help. I also want to honor Ashley Aitkin and Dave Rosenberg, parents of Jack. Ashley, as our membership person, was the first person prospective families talked to. She has been the “voice” of New Horizons, and kept track of everything and everyone! She also was very willing to jump in to fill any gaps that we had. Her husband Dave created this incredible website, out of his love and creativity, and spent months tweaking, changing, and accepting suggestions. He was also our “man with the mojo” when our computer or printer went on the blitz. He could simply wave his hands over it, and make it all work again. Thank you, and thank you, for your extraordinary service. Your love and commitment will be missed!
We are now looking forward to summer school, which will begin this year on June 25th. We have lots of great adventures planned, including trips to the lake, horseback riding, tubing, Flagstaff, and some great days in our own back yard, enjoying sand and water, and lots of creative work making wood sculptures, batik, tie-dye, and more! We do have a few more spots, if you want to attend. Please enjoy your families during the break.
” Dale, dale, dale,
no pierdes el tino;
porque si lo pierdes,
pierdes el camino.
Ya le diste una,
Ya le diste dos;
Ya le diste tres,
y tu tiempo se acabo!”
“Hit it, hit it, hit it (or “go, go, go”)
Don’t lose your aim
Because if you lose it
You will lose the path,
You’ve hit once,
You’ve hit it twice
You’ve hit it three times
And your time is up!”
Our “Cool Moves” World Dance Party for Children was held at the Boulder Public Library on April 14th – we had a great turnout for dancing with Malang Diatta. Both adults and kids joined him on the stage for some big moves! We all enjoyed The Earth Guardians, and their brand of environmentally conscious hiphop lyrics, and some cool moves by the TNT hiphop youth troupe from Streetside. SalsaKo, with our own teacher Eva Hathaway and her partner Lucas Prat, wowed the crowd with their incredibly fast and tricky moves. Inspiring! We finished the celebration with a picnic in the gallery, and the drawing for the raffle. Somebody got a great dinner at Frasca!. Thanks to the Boulder Public Library for hosting “Cool Moves” and to Elizabeth Diamond for getting so many great raffle prizes.