Cascades Academy Independent School PK-12
Love is in the Air
Love is in the Air

Then came February which somehow always feels like the longest yet shortest month of the year! Reports cards have gone home, we've celebrated Valentine's Day, managed two awesome ski days on Mt. Bachelor, survived a mellower version of snowpocolypse, embarked on the 21-Day Happiness Challenge, and are all looking forward to our upcoming lower school music performance on February 28th in celebration of Motown and Black History Month.

Schools are busy places. So, what ties it all together? Quite simply, love. Love for each other. Love for our teachers. Love for our administration. Love for our students. Love for our families. Love for our friends and for our neighbors. And love for ourselves. As we are slowly coming out of the long, dark nights of winter remember to treat each other gently - both in your words and in your actions. And more importantly, treat yourselves gently. After all, it's all love.


Nature's Playground - Learning That "Sticks"
Nature's Playground - Learning That "Sticks"

There is nothing better than watching kids delight in nature. Their curious minds go into overdrive as they manipulate their environment and seek ways to play among the sagebrush, juniper and lava rocks. Communication is cooperative and caring. Ideas are shared. Plans are executed. Problems are solved critically and amicably. And suddenly a pile of sticks becomes a fort.

This is exactly what happened when the second and third graders gathered for what we have dubbed "2 + 3 = fun!" last week. It was a balmy 65 degrees out, too warm to stay inside and so, we came up with a plan for our friends: Let's go outside to the natural area adjacent to the playground and build forts. Our purpose whenever we gather together is for the two classes to form bonds and make connections. This is especially important since we will do many things as a whole group over throughout the year, like learning poetry, diving into a Storyline or traveling to Camp Collins. Building friendships and creating shared memories can last a lifetime. Furthermore, these experiences, like getting outside and building a fort, remind us that childhood is precious.

As I write this blog, the snow is falling outside. Our forts are under a thick white blanket being kept safe until the next warm day. But then I think, perhaps it is time to go outside for igloo building.

- Ms. Fiore, 2nd Grade Teacher


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