Showing posts from November, 2018

Lower School News - Emotional Intelligence

Can we teach emotional intelligence to our students?
Yes, we can. In fact, you as a parent are teaching your child emotional intelligence from birth. The moment you hold your baby and soothe him when he cries, you are teaching him to calm down after being upset. You teach emotional intelligence in everything you do with your child, and you are the first teacher. 

Emotional intelligence is a skill that can be learned and practiced. It is the ability to understand what we feel and how other people feel. It is the realization that emotions matter and attaining the ability to manage them. Emotional intelligence is as essential for success in life as academic skills are.

We teach emotional intelligence to our students in four steps: Self-awareness: We teach the child to identify what she is feeling and understand that what she is feeling impacts her responses, e.g.; “I noticed you are getting upset about....” Every emotion has its place. Every emotion is an important message. The trouble begin…

Reflections from Board President Irma Paz-Bernstein

Gathering at the farm for Fall Farm Fest last week inspired such gratitude. I saw the children grounded, parents connecting, guides, staff, our community.
As an Abintra parent for a decade now, I get to see that what happens in the classroom, outdoors, the lessons, the work — it all steeps beyond the land, beyond the school day, it’s engraved into our children’s minds and hearts.
As Board President, I often get messages of gratitude for the work I do for the school. 
Last week as we enjoyed the farm, I had several parents thank me. I explained to them that most of the time it’s really about letting others do their work.
A little over a year ago, Sherry, our Executive Director, approached the board with the idea of a farm. She explained why this would serve the children; she passionately advocated for them.
A few months later, the farm was born. Sherry, her team, and the kids made it happen. We the board just moved out of the way and honored what was for them to accomplish.
I hold such…

Lower School News - Artist Study on Jackson Pollock

In the LS1 and LS2 classrooms, art, music, and learning a second language are as important as learning math and the English language. 

As a part of our first continent study of North America, the students in both classes are receiving lessons about Jackson Pollock's art and technique. They are learning that Jackson Pollock was an American painter, famous for his style of "action painting." This style involved Pollock dripping and splashing paint on a large canvas, making movements and gestures with the brush-strokes. His paintings look careless and unplanned, but they were not. Pollock took great care over where the paint would fall and which colors he used. The students are learning that Pollock's painting are abstract, which means that they don't represent anything that we can see, but his paintings tell us a bit about the artist's energy and emotions. 

The students have been creating their own pieces inspired by Pollock's style of art using a marble dipp…

Upper School News - November

The Upper School Newsletter is a collaboration between students and guides. Alia M, Olive S, and Lily S. are our student writers, and Jonell is the faculty advisor. We will strive to produce a newsletter every two weeks.
The Memory Project by Lily S.
The Memory Project is an art project that several Upper School students are doing with John. We have received pictures of children who live in orphanages in the Philippines, and we are drawing and painting portraits of them. If you think about it, our parents have been taking photos and videos of us since we were born, and many of us have pictures on Facebook and Instagram for the world to see. However, these children are from families that are not fortunate enough to have the resources to catalog their lives by taking videos or pictures of them. We hope they will be happy to have portraits of themselves to look at and see that people care enough to make paintings of them.

A Day in the Classroom with an Upper School Student by Alia M. and …

The Civil Rights Montgomery Trip - Student Reflection


The Importance of the Farm - By Sherry and Molly