Archive for April, 2010

Don’t Panic!

Dear Friends,

We're writing to let you know about some exciting news: a part of the Katuah Crew is moving to Belize (!!!) and starting a school there, which will be open to local kids this Fall. We'll begin accepting applications for our Semesters Abroad program in June of 2011 for our first semester beginning Januray 15th, 2012. The school is located on the ocean and will have access to a diving facility, as well as a holistic retreat center. Please email Kristin Harling for more information kristinharling@ gmail.com.

For all of you staying in the states, a new endeavor is opening June 1st, called Free Range Katuah, which keeps the basic premise of the Sudbury model, with kids being free to choose their own experiences, and all decisions being made democratically. Some of the ways in which this is different from Sudbury schools is that it doesn't wait for kids to ask to offer learning experiences and so there will be a full roster of local learning experiences available to the students. There will also be a school currency that will allow more flexibilty for families and is a way to value the full range of resources, not just the financial ones. There will be shared meals and clean up. For more information on this new endeavor, please email Mary Ellen at maryellenphillips@ yahoo.com.

Please join us for a Transitional Celebration on Saturday, May 8th at 3pm. The Monkey Town River Face Children's Band will be performing their Psychic Rat Cabaret. There will be face painting and swimming for the kids. Please bring a dish or drink to share. You'll have an opportunity to say good bye to the Belize Crew and to meet up the new Free Range Katuah Crew and learn lots more about it and sign up for summer or fall session. Call 828-505-4080 for directions.

So long and thanks for all the fish,

The Katuah Crew

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Don’t Panic!

Dear Friends,

We're writing to let you know about some exciting news: a part of the Katuah Crew is moving to Belize (!!!) and starting a school there, which will be open to local kids this Fall. We'll begin accepting applications for our Semesters Abroad program in June of 2011 for our first semester beginning Januray 15th, 2012. The school is located on the ocean and will have access to a diving facility, as well as a holistic retreat center. Please email Kristin Harling for more information kristinharling@ gmail.com.

For all of you staying in the states, a new endeavor is opening June 1st, called Free Range Katuah, which keeps the basic premise of the Sudbury model, with kids being free to choose their own experiences, and all decisions being made democratically. Some of the ways in which this is different from Sudbury schools is that it doesn't wait for kids to ask to offer learning experiences and so there will be a full roster of local learning experiences available to the students. There will also be a school currency that will allow more flexibilty for families and is a way to value the full range of resources, not just the financial ones. There will be shared meals and clean up. For more information on this new endeavor, please email Mary Ellen at maryellenphillips@ yahoo.com.

Please join us for a Transitional Celebration on Saturday, May 8th at 3pm. The Monkey Town River Face Children's Band will be performing their Psychic Rat Cabaret. There will be face painting and swimming for the kids. Please bring a dish or drink to share. You'll have an opportunity to say good bye to the Belize Crew and to meet up the new Free Range Katuah Crew and learn lots more about it and sign up for summer or fall session. Call 828-505-4080 for directions.

So long and thanks for all the fish,

The Katuah Crew

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Don’t Panic!

Dear Friends,

We're writing to let you know about some exciting news: a part of the Katuah Crew is moving to Belize (!!!) and starting a school there, which will be open to local kids this Fall. We'll begin accepting applications for our Semesters Abroad program in June of 2011 for our first semester beginning Januray 15th, 2012. The school is located on the ocean and will have access to a diving facility, as well as a holistic retreat center. Please email Kristin Harling for more information kristinharling@ gmail.com.

For all of you staying in the states, a new endeavor is opening June 1st, called Free Range Katuah, which keeps the basic premise of the Sudbury model, with kids being free to choose their own experiences, and all decisions being made democratically. Some of the ways in which this is different from Sudbury schools is that it doesn't wait for kids to ask to offer learning experiences and so there will be a full roster of local learning experiences available to the students. There will also be a school currency that will allow more flexibilty for families and is a way to value the full range of resources, not just the financial ones. There will be shared meals and clean up. For more information on this new endeavor, please email Mary Ellen at maryellenphillips@ yahoo.com.

Please join us for a Transitional Celebration on Saturday, May 8th at 3pm. The Monkey Town River Face Children's Band will be performing their Psychic Rat Cabaret. There will be face painting and swimming for the kids. Please bring a dish or drink to share. You'll have an opportunity to say good bye to the Belize Crew and to meet up the new Free Range Katuah Crew and learn lots more about it and sign up for summer or fall session. Call 828-505-4080 for directions.

So long and thanks for all the fish,

The Katuah Crew

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Don’t Panic!

Dear Friends,

We're writing to let you know about some exciting news: a part of the Katuah Crew is moving to Belize (!!!) and starting a school there, which will be open to local kids this Fall. We'll begin accepting applications for our Semesters Abroad program in June of 2011 for our first semester beginning Januray 15th, 2012. The school is located on the ocean and will have access to a diving facility, as well as a holistic retreat center. Please email Kristin Harling for more information kristinharling@ gmail.com.

For all of you staying in the states, a new endeavor is opening June 1st, called Free Range Katuah, which keeps the basic premise of the Sudbury model, with kids being free to choose their own experiences, and all decisions being made democratically. Some of the ways in which this is different from Sudbury schools is that it doesn't wait for kids to ask to offer learning experiences and so there will be a full roster of local learning experiences available to the students. There will also be a school currency that will allow more flexibilty for families and is a way to value the full range of resources, not just the financial ones. There will be shared meals and clean up. For more information on this new endeavor, please email Mary Ellen at maryellenphillips@ yahoo.com.

Please join us for a Transitional Celebration on Saturday, May 8th at 3pm. The Monkey Town River Face Children's Band will be performing their Psychic Rat Cabaret. There will be face painting and swimming for the kids. Please bring a dish or drink to share. You'll have an opportunity to say good bye to the Belize Crew and to meet up the new Free Range Katuah Crew and learn lots more about it and sign up for summer or fall session. Call 828-505-4080 for directions.

So long and thanks for all the fish,

The Katuah Crew

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Procession!

Rising Tide School students and staff dressed as tidal creatures for this year’s Procession of the Species and we had a great time!  Lots of creativity went into the beautiful costumes and we are also enjoying the batiked banners which now decorate the walls of the school.


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We are Closing our Posterous Account

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Great Discussion on Monday and No Diploma, No Problem! on May 20

Monday’s monthly discussion night was a lively gathering from which no one seemed to want to leave. Three former Beach School students (including myself and my sister Frances, who is currently attending the original Sudbury Valley School) shared their experiences with a group who seemed quite interested. Dr Carlo Ricci (our group’s education consultant) was kind [...]

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Cooking Class with Young Students

Robert and Braden, who have spent a lot of time under Mat's tutelage in the Clearwater kitchen, are doing their cooking and eating in Denmark for the next month and a half. (For their ongoing posts, look for the "Denmark" tag.) Meanwhile, cooking at Clearwater continues even in their absence.

Last week, I loved watching Mat work with a group of nine- and ten-year-olds, who wanted to make sushi and teriyaki to eat. These students don't have the expertise some of our older student cooks have, but they are learning more skills almost effortlessly thanks to Mat's ability to work with students at their particular skill level. They prepared ingredients, rolled rice balls, cleaned, and had a great time. Plus, the food they made was delicious.


Peeling carrots and cutting cucumbers


Mat purchased some whole squid and the four students cleaned them: removing heads, innards and skin. They were simultaneously fascinated and mildly repelled by the task. They all know a lot more about squid anatomy than they did before.

Cleaning whole squid


While they were all rolling rice balls, a six-year-old student wandered in to watch and eventually rolled her own rice ball. Watching her watch her older peers so intently reminded me again of the incalculable advantages of a school where all ages share all the spaces throughout the day. The learning and rich interactions that happen daily because everyone has access to each other all the time are sometimes obvious (as in this cooking class) and and other times more difficult to discern.

Rolling rice balls


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Batch of completed rice balls


The younger girl watched the others roll rice balls, stood on a chair to see Mat fry up the squid, then watched him improvise rolled sushi after discovering that the package of nori in the cupboard had disappeared. I later realized she also paid attention when I took photos of a couple of the students' rice-covered hands.

Fashioning sushi rolls without nori



Rice-covered hands


The six-year-old asked to roll a rice ball and found out that before she could begin, she had to wash her hands with soap, which surprised her. Perhaps she didn't intially see the difference between rice-messy and mud-messy hands. She also discovered that rolling a rice ball was not a slam dunk. She found she had to use quite a lot of pressure to fashion a ball that would stick together.

Rice ball with carrot and fried squid


Although the six-year-old girl may have wandered into cooking classes with the teenage students, I don't remember seeing her spend a lot of time watching much older students cook. I suspect what held her interest last week was the fact that the group was only three to four years older than her and what they were doing seemed therefore more accessible and possible.

I can guess but don't really know what of her experience that day seemed important to her, what new thoughts will bubble up, or what will ultimately stick with her. It doesn't matter whether I know. What matters is that she was able to be a part of a complex and rich experience that she chose and had meaning for her.

After she was done making her rice ball she came over to me and asked me to take a picture of her rice-covered hands. In addition to whatever she took away from the experience, as a bonus she got to share the experience of having and showing off messy hands.

Proud of rice-covered hands


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Denmark

The new house we are staying at is great. They have a guitar and a piano, so I have been practicing with both of those. Herbie's mom is a fantastic cook, so its been good eating really good food. On Saturday, it's their cousin's birthday and my birthday, so I'm going to go to their birthday party. I'm excited to be having my birthday in another country.

Sadly, I just got over being sick which was kind of lame, but I kept pushing on and having fun. It's a blast here! I can't wait to come back here when I can.
--Robert

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New Host

Braden and I are staying at a new house for the week. It's a boy, Hebie's house. He is American, so it's cool to be staying at a house where people speak English well.

There is only one problem--I can't send emails out from his house. I dont know why, but I can't. So if I have been emailing you, sorry, it will be a bit before I can email anyone again.
--Robert

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