This week began with Mrs. Eustace’s Dystopian elective in on Monday for a Noodle Tools refresher before researching apocalyptic topics like disease, mutually assured destruction, mind control, and nuclear war. On Tuesday Mrs. Eustace was back, this time with her 8th grade English class. Students presented on topics relating to Of Mice and Men, such as the Great Depression, farm workers, Dorothea Lange, and the Dust Bowl. On Wednesday, the Dystopian elective returned for more ominous researching. During lunch, Bella presented for the Leadership Lunch series. She spoke about advocating for decriminalizing sex work, why it’s important, and how she became interested in the subject. On Wednesday and Thursday Ms. Monahan talked to the 8th graders about their Digital Portfolios. Also on Thursday, Mrs. Jacobsen held a pizza-fueled study session in preparation for next week’s finals.
Our friend Luigi popped in for a visit on Thursday to show off how big he’s getting!
We started off this week with one of our popular (and relaxing) activities – Cookies, Coloring, and Conversation. Students spent lunch coloring in a variety of coloring books from Lisa Frank to Amazing Cities to Sherlock Holmes while enjoying cookies and talking with their friends.
On Wednesday we had our monthly Leadership Lunch, with Esme and Yanele presenting. They spoke about Breakthrough, giving background for those unfamiliar with the program, explaining its importance, and how it’s a rewarding experience for those who volunteer.
On Friday the Candy Fairy delivered candy to the classes who sent in selfies during the All School Read last week. Check out our selfie gallery below!
This week started off with our annual Polyglot Cat in the Hat reading. Students (including 2nd graders this year) and faculty read the classic Dr. Seuss tale, The Cat in the Hat, in over 40 languages, including Arabic, Kinyarwanda, Sanskrit, and Ascii code.
On Wednesday we had our annual leadership lunch. This month featured Sandor talking about the three months he spent in Spain playing soccer. In addition to playing soccer, Sandor also spoke about being immersed in Spanish culture and witnessing history first hand in the Catalan riots for independence.
On Friday we hosted a farewell party for Sailendra, maintenance man extraordinaire. Sal is leaving us after 17 and a half years to start his own business and we wish him all the best.
This week was spirit week and our resident life skills counselor, Pat, got in on the fun!
This week the library saw a mix of work and play as we rolled out Wintercraft for middle school advisories and played host to various classes working on projects. On Monday we had our monthly leadership lunch, which featured Emily talking about her experience of becoming an Emergency Medical Responder and performing a trauma exam demonstration.
Tuesday featured The Glass Knife holiday and gift bake sale, which helps fund The Glass Knife retreat in January. Tuesday also saw a double dose of Mr. Crabb, with his History classes in to continue working on their Middle East Cultural Fair projects and then his advisory for Wintercraft where they made magnetic bookmarks.
Wednesday and Thursday saw two more advisories in for Wintercraft, Mrs. Eustace’s and Mrs. Monahan’s. We also had Dr. Fisher’s History class in to work on their notecards and prepare for their interviews by contacting possible interviewees for their Sophomore Project.
Rounding out the week was Dr. Whited’s Biology class to work on their genetically modified foods projects and Mr. Hagmann’s English class to work on an extra credit assignment.
On Monday we had a Leadership Lunch featuring Amalie talking about her experience over the summer as part of Team USA’s swim team. In her presentation, Amalie highlighted her team and the importance of supporting each other. On Tuesday our favorite Saint Bernard, Quaffle, bestowed us with her happy, fluffy presence. On Wednesday Dr. Fisher was in with his 10th graders to cover proper interviewing techniques so the kiddos are prepared to conduct interviews for their Sophomore Projects. The week ended on a thankful note as the high schoolers and their advisors feasted on turkey sandwiches, sparkling cider, and apple pie in the high school quad.
While we technically had a shortened week thanks to Labor Day, the library felt as busy as ever this week.
We had our first Leadership Lunch on Wednesday featuring Gabi and Esme speaking about their enriching summer experience at the Chicano/Latino Youth Leadership Project. Their experience inspired them to promote the idea of bringing a Chican@/Ethnic Studies class to Country Day. They also talked about what DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is and the impact it will have when it’s repealed.
Also on Wednesday we witnessed a silent protest take place outside the library on the gym wall. This was in response to the mural on the gym walls being painted over, which you can read about here.
On Friday Dr. Fisher’s 10th graders were in to learn how to narrow down their topics for the Sophomore Project and turn their subject into a research question. Friday was also the first meeting of the year for The Glass Knife, the High School’s literary magazine. New and returning students were encouraged to “sign over [their] souls to the Glass Knife” by Heloise while discussing jobs and potential theme ideas for this year’s book.
Here are five out of eight of our Summer Reading raffle winners! Good job and congratulations to Mia, Hailey, Kaitlyn, Nick, and Chance! Check out their Summer Reading activities here. Simone, Annabel, and Aidan – don’t forget to come to the library and claim your prize!
We’ve been moving right along this week as we head into the last month or so of school!
On Monday Brandy presented during our Leadership Lunch series. She talked about why she loves her church and the many roles she plays in it.
The 6th graders returned at the beginning of the week to continue their research for their passion projects. Check out some of the topics they’re researching!
On Tuesday we had a Speakeasy en Espanol, with students from Doctora Portillo’s class reading poems in Spanish.
Also visiting this week were Ms. Lyon’s and Mr. Kuipers’ 7th graders, who began looking at sources for their China and Japan cultural projects.
And to cap off National Poetry Month, Thursday was Poem in Your Pocket Day. Students with poems in their pockets (or their head or their phone) were rewarded with a piece of candy.
March is Music in Our Schools Month and we were delighted with performances by the High School choir, band, and orchestra on Tuesday.
On Wednesday we had our monthly Leadership Lunch featuring Atsuo, who talked about his experience playing piano at Carnegie Hall and the rigorous practice it took to get there. Here are two of the pieces Atsuo shared: Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53 (Chopin) and Prelude in G minor, Op. 23, No. 5 (Rachmaninoff)
On Thursday Ms. Bauman put on a panel about summer internships, which featured seniors talking about their experiences at the internships.
Love overtook the Matthews Library this week!
On Monday the Glass Knife held the annual Love/Hate Valentine’s Bake Sale, selling yummy treats benefitting their retreat.
Tuesday was the inaugural meeting of the Harry Potter Club. Students were greeted with treats and Harry Potter themed Valentine’s cards then got to business on making chocolate frogs.
The library also had special visitors on Tuesday: singing Valentines for Ms. Melinson!
On Thursday Ms. LaMay’s book elective class visited to check out our Blind Date with a Book display. There were many dates and hopefully some successful matches!
On Friday Alexa and Gabi presented during the Leadership Lunch and talked about the LatinX club, explaining who they are, what they do, and encouraging all students to join.
Bonus: Friday was the 100th day of school! The kindergarteners marched around campus and through the library in celebration of the 100th day of school.
It’s Homecoming which means it’s also Spirit Week! On Monday, students wore their pajamas. Tuesday was Jersey Day with students wearing their favorite sports jerseys and athletic wear. Wednesday was all about wacky attire and boy, were there some wacky outfits! Thursday was TBT (throw back Thursday. And Friday was red and black, just in time for the pep rally.
Becca looking extra sparkly.
Bryce and his awesome suit for Wacky Wednesday.
On Monday we had our high school raffle winner’s lunch. Lindsay and three friends dined on mac and cheese with tomatoes, mozzarella salad with roasted peppers and tomatoes, and lemon bars for dessert. Lindsay read a variety of books for the raffle and said Killer Pizza by Greg Taylor is her favorite.
On Wednesday, Kaeleigh presented for our monthly Leadership Lunch and spoke about Breakthrough, what it is and why it’s so important.
This week is also National Letter Writing Week. A letter writing station was set up in the library so students could come in and write letters to their favorite authors, friends and family.