Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Professor Carol and New Land Academy hosted by Art Club and Spanish I Class

New Land Academy hosted by Art Club Holiday Stockings Project

11:30  New LAND Academy students picked-up by Casady bus at 1021 NW 37th Crown Heights Methodist Church. Bus driver Jay Gallegly (cell 405-255-0136).  Contact person at New Land Academy:  Misty: 405-471-1082

11:45  New LAND Academy meets Mrs. Clay Spanish (cell: 405-520-1325) I class at Harper Wing.  
Learn about each other, Posadas and Holiday songs in Spanish

12:16: Walk to lunch at Calvert.  Tables for New Land Academy reserved at Calvert (22 students, 3 teachers)

Thank you e-mail from Mrs. Clay

Dear New Land Academy students and faculty,

Thank you for spending time with my Spanish I class. 

We had a few minutes to share what they learned and I wanted to let you know that my students thanked me profusely for the opportunity to share time with your students.  

Spanish I Cyclones loved the New Land Academy students interest in their daily routine.  They were also amazed about the English skills displayed by the majority of the New Land Academy students, even the ones who recently arrived in the USA.  

My students spoke about the similarities in sports, musical instruments, types of songs and some dreams like becoming engineers or acrobats - they mentioned the sport, but I cannot recall the name.

They were also amazed about the number of languages some of the students speak.  I heard that there is a possible Arabic language instructor in New Land Academy.

I am attaching a picture of my students taken during Halloween.   I am also attaching the PP we are working with​ this month.  Slides 39-45 might be of interest.

I will share my Mind Body and Spirit tile with my students tomorrow.  Please visit http://casadycommunityservice-learning.blogspot.com/2015/12/professor-carol-and-new-land-academy.html for memories of our time together.

Happy Holidays! 

12:55 -1:41  New LAND Academy students with Art Club @ Records, Mrs. Pardue's classroom

1:50  New LAND Academy students board Casady bus from Chapel parking lot to return to 1021 NW 37th Crown Heights Methodist Church
Learn about Students Rebuild Healing Classrooms: Pinwheels for Syrian Refugees

Spanish I Welcomed  New Land Academy
Shared Las Posadas and Villancicos
Learned about each other's schools, preferences, dreams for the future 
STUCO and Coach T. provided Walk-A-Thon 2015 T-shirts for students and their teachers.  YAC provided the experience of Paneton with hot chocolate for their last day of school in 2015, which will be tomorrow- the first day of Las Posadas in Mexico.

Sage Dinning provided lunch for New Land Academy.  Some Spanish I students helped teach about our family style.  Some New Land Academy students experienced being Number 1 and Number 2 waiters.  They learned about our Family style dinning exponentially. 

After lunch, Art Club played "Pictionary" and gave Xmas stockings, which they had made  and decorated for every member of the school.  The stockings were filled with favorite Cyclone candies and writing utensils.

After playing Pictionary, the students from New Land gave thank you tiles, MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT in all the languages represented in their school

 To end in a holiday spirit, the art club taught how to make snowflakes and Service-Learning demonstrated how to make Pinwheels for Peace

From New Land Academy

 We had such a wonderful time getting to know your students and learning more about Casady.  You have a true gift for hospitality and for showing love to others.

Thank you for the power point.  WE will enjoy going through it.

Also, we appreciate the connection with Kevin and we are super excited about our new NLA/CASADY connection.

Hoping you have a Merry Christmas!

Music, Arts, History, and Western Culture
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Advent Day 17: Holly & Ivy

By Professor Carol on Dec 15, 2015 04:00 am
Bombarded by the vivid colors of our modern society (starting with images on computer screens), we easily lose our sense of nature’s colors. Advent gives us a chance to appreciate the beauty of the winterscape and to enjoy one of winter’s most enticing colors: the evergreen.
Holly Berries, Colin Smith (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Holly Berries, Colin Smith (CC BY-SA 2.0)
In particular, let’s consider two evergreens linked with Christmas: holly and ivy. We link them because of the song “The Holly and the Ivy.” But their relationship goes back even further.
Holly is in a category of evergreens that includes live oak and gymnosperms. These types are differentiated from conifers (hemlocks, cedars) and angiosperms, like eucalyptus.
Holly is perhaps the most famous evergreen associated with Christmas, but legends and myths about its powers stretch back thousands of years, especially in Celtic culture where holly was linked to druid worship. Because of those associations, the early church fathers were reluctant to accept holly into the church as a decoration (a fate that also affected the Christmas tree).
Holly (Ilex) is a genus of more than 400 flowering plants in the family aquifoliaceae. And while we know it mostly through sprigs woven into wreaths and placed around candles, it can grow into quite a large tree. Holly adapts to most soils and is a favorite of landscapers because it trims nicely into hedges. And that’s usually where most children encounter its prickly leaves! I know I did as a child in the Virginia mountains: it looked so pretty until, ouch, those thorns met my hands.
In Medieval and Renaissance times, holly was used as winter forage for livestock. Holly berries soften after winter freezes and become an important source of winter food for birds. Due to its thick foliage, holly provides a good refuge for birds. Certain types of holly can be brewed for tea.
The wood of holly is dense and can be sanded to a smooth finish. Holly was a preferred wood for the spinning rod of the spinning wheel, as the threads would not catch. So, we have a plant for all purposes. And that partly explains the affection people have for it.
What about holly within Christian tradition? First, the holly’s evergreen leaves have come to symbolize life eternal, while the berries stand for Christ’s blood. Those prickly leaves recall the Crown of Thorns. Plus, there are legends that Christ’s cross was made of wood from holly. Another legend tells how holly sprang up miraculously to hide the Holy Family as it fled King Herod.
Now, let’s think about ivy. Ivy is more straight-forward. It’s classified as a woody vine. Without question, English Ivy (hedera helix) is the most popular and among the sturdiest variants. It is an impressive climber, scaling up walls to towering heights. As desirable as it is in some landscaping situations, it’s considered an “invasive plant,” able to grow out of control and engulf areas, killing plants beneath it.
In Classical mythology, ivy was a sacred symbol to Bacchus, so you can see why, as with the Christmas tree, the early Church Fathers resisted its inclusion into patterns of Christian worship.
Children are bound to ask if “Christmas” ivy is related to poison ivy. Poison ivy is deciduous, and loses its leaves in winter. The ivy of Christmastime is an evergreen. So, phew, it’s not like that poison ivy we strive to avoid!
Let’s return to the popular song “The Holly and the Ivy.” The text was collected by English ethnographer Cecil Sharpe (1857-1924). He spent decades collecting and publishing folklore that stretched back to Medieval times. The jaunty, four-part arrangement we often hear sung was created by Sir Henry Walford Davies (1869-1941).
We commonly perceive “The Holly and the Ivy” as a sweet Christmas text, especially with lines like these:
The holly bears a blossom as white as lily flower,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ to be our sweet Savior.
But, in fact, the relationship – indeed, the rivalry – of holly and ivy reaches beyond that. Holly and ivy vied to “rule the forest” in ancient European folklore. Medieval games and ceremonies pitted holly, viewed as masculine, in contests with ivy, seen as feminine. And so, holly-and-ivy songs and poems frequently concern the male/female dynamic.
Depending on the text, holly would usually win the competition, but not always. In an old text called “Ivy, Chief of Trees She Is,” ivy comes out quite well:
Ivy is soft, and meek of speech,
Against all woe she bringeth bliss;
Happy is he that may her reach:
Veni coronaberis*
Prickly, thorny, invasive, engulfing, and filled with layers of meaning – all of this plant business is sounding a bit ominous. And, yet, over time, holly and ivy have become standard symbols of Christmas. We may scratch our heads at our ancestors’ curious beliefs, but what would they say if they walked into a hobby store and saw rows upon rows of plastic holly and ivy? They’d definitely scratch their heads at that!
* “Come, I will crown.”

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