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December 2021

Mon
06

Hudson Winter Sings!

Class A: 9:20a Class D: 10:35a Class B: 11:15a Class E: 2:00p

Mon-Fri
06-10

City Harvest Food Drive

Tue
07

Hudson Winter Sings!

Class C: 9:55a

Wed
08

Hudson Winter Sings!

Hudson Winter Sings! Class GH: 9:50a Class F: 10:30a

Thu
09

1:15-2:15p: Mug & Muffin

Fri
10

9:15-10:15a: Mug & Muffin

Mon-Fri
20-31

WINTER RECESS — School Closed

Mon
03

WMS Reopens for Children and Staff

Thu
06

7:30-8:30p: Values-Based Parenting (with Dr. Simran Singh)

Mon
17

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY — School Closed

Mon
21

PRESIDENTS’ DAY — School Closed

Tue
22

Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day — School Closed

Wed
23

Staff Development Day — School Closed for Children

Mon-Fri
14-25

SPRING BREAK — School Closed

Mon
28

WMS Reopens for Children and Staff

Fri
15

Passover & Good Friday — School Closed

Thu-Fri
28-29

Parent/Teacher Conferences — School Closed for Children

Mon
30

MEMORIAL DAY — School Closed

Tue
14

Last Day of School for Children

Fri
17

Last Day of School for Staff

Mon
27

First Day of Summer Program

Mon
04

INDEPENDENCE DAY — Summer Camp Closed

Fri
05

Last Day of Summer Program

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From the Classroom

The Analog and Digital in Dialogue

“Is that color real?”
— Rebecca, Room 3

Dear Families,

It’s been an exciting month in the Duane Art Studio. Washington Market School was able to purchase a few digital projectors from parent support and donations a few years ago. This year I wanted to try to install one from the ceiling of the studio to project images and light onto the table top. The overhead projector (a la 1980’s math classes) has long been a favorite school wide tool to explore light, shadow and color with children. But now if you walk into the Duane studio we can experience both sources of light in dialogue with hand drawing.

We began the exploration with just the white light and our shadows. Next, we were able to play with drawing on the Ipad connected to the projector. While the interaction of color and line is something I would like to further explore, I wanted to ground and connect the children’s experience of digital light to something more familiar. For the past three weeks the children have been interacting with images taken in Washington Market Park – “That’s my park!” – is a familiar remark from the children. With the digital projector we are able to look more closely and communally at a photograph, to notice the leaves changing colors on the trees AND on the children’s skin as they reach into the light. Children had fun drawing monsters and ghosts in the park last week, no doubt inspired by the fun Halloween decorations they saw in person there! One child said, “That’s my dad’s office!” as she pointed to one of the buildings that surround the park. And a team of young builders used our entire collection of birch tree blocks to recreate the Freedom Tower inside the park!

The children continue to be enthusiastic and curious about this way of working in the dark and light so we plan to continue this exploration and carefully reflect on the child’s experience. It’s truly been an inspiring month in the studio that I’m delighted to share with you here.

All my best,
Kate Mangold

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