Wednesday, May 14, 2014

February 2014

Our February prayer service focused on ice sculptures and representations of molecules made with ice.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

January 2014

Our prayer services are a way to reflect upon our Dominican values and to spend some
time appreciating our wonderful campus.  

Do you remember the prayer service in September that was led by the fifth graders?  On that warm autumn day we met outside and walked silently around the school.  It was a time to have a quiet reflection of the outdoors and to pick a place that is special to you on our campus..  Later, in October, the 7th graders led a prayer service that focused on World Food Day.  We talked about how Lake Wingra was an important area for Native Americans as they harvested the wild rice.  We also collected different grains that were donated for a food pantry.  Another prayer service was led by the 1st and 4th graders..  They taught us a bit about the history and the importance of the Indian mounds that we have right here on our campus. It was a cold day and we could hear the Canada geese that were honking as they headed South for the warmer climate.  

And here we are today on an especially cold morning, gathered at our windows, gazing at the playground.  Today we reflected on the seasonal changes and  preparing for new beginnings and rejuvenation.  

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

October Prayer Service

On a cool morning in October, the students and staff of Edgewood Campus school continued to develop an appreciation for the special place that we call "school".   Standing under the same trees that were here when people came to gather wild rice, we participated in reflection and celebration.

Our song and prayers focused on harvest, and the many blessings we have because of abundant harvests. Not only do we harvest the food that we eat, but we also harvest knowledge and friendship, and while building a sense of community.  Many years ago the native people gathered here to collect wild rice.  As one student said, "they had to learn how to harvest rice, just like we have to learn math, science and social studies."

Seventh grad students led small group discussions about teamwork, partnership, sharing, tolerance, strength, community, trust, friendship, courage, helping, respect, patience and limitations. Students then shared their ideas with the entire school body.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Teachers have been meeting, training, and planning for the past year about how to help our children develop a sense of the beautiful, rich environment that they inhabit for so many hours of their day and years of their lives. We are so blessed to have such a diverse and fascinating environment all around us. Our new Sense of Place initiative will help us all to better understand and appreciate this vital member of our community. We are very excited about this new opportunity which is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB).

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Problem....

We recognize the importance of appreciating and caring for our environment.  We also recognize that we are very fortunate to have our school located in such a special place.  We have it all...Lake Wingra, a woods, Native American Mounds, rain gardens, a high school and college, a chapel.

We need to teach our students how lucky they are to be able to attend school here.  The Play Again film sums it up.