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Dear Families,
 
Today our third grade students began a unit of study their Muddy Brook teachers are developing in collaboration with the Norman Rockwell Museum staff and author Jerry Pinkney. Themes for the unit are developing a meaningful life, taking inspiration from art, persevering, and sharing our stories. March 11th all Muddy Brook families are invited to the Norman Rockwell Museum free of charge to see student projects and to experience the Rockwell collection and grounds.

Students began their work today with a close study and reflection about Norman Rockwell’s Painting, The Golden Rule.

http://www.nrm.org/MT/text/GoldenRule.html

A mosaic of this image is on permanent display at the United Nations in New York City. 

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=47089

Students took a few minutes to observe the painting and share what they noticed.  They discussed what they were seeing and the thoughts and feelings the image inspired. Ms. Warner and parent volunteer Rebecca Honig recorded student’s words, and then students organized their thinking to create a poem. We hope you are as inspired reading it as we were in the making! Here it is!

The March of History
By Ms. Warner’s Third Grade Class, Team 307, in Response to Norman Rockwell’s painting, The Golden Rule.

A crowd of people
Everyone looks different
White skin, black skin, brown.
Red hair, black hair, brown hair, blond hair, white hair.
Boys and girls
Babies.
Men and women
Children.
A very old man.
Someone is holding a cross.
Someone is holding a gold bowl.
Someone is holding a sword.
Someone is holding a baby.
Many people are holding their hands together.
I think they are praying.
They are praying for us to follow the golden rule:
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
We are treated unfairly because we are girls.
We are treated unfairly because of our skin,
Because we are boys, because of our beliefs,
Because of our age.
Because our grade.
Because of who we love.
We are treated unfairly because we are small.
These people come together.
They feel big and powerful when they come together.
They stare at us.
They tell us something.
They tell us, “You should follow the golden rule.”
It makes us feel nervous.
It makes us feel awkward.
It makes us feel weird and nerve-wracking
It makes us feel like hiding.
But we peek out and read the words:
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
We will do it!
We will all do it!
It will be hard.
We will march.
We will march through all the grades.
We will march across the earth.
We will march through the hardness.
Our hearts will pound with love.
While we march we will say The Golden Rule.
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

 
Wishing you a warm and cozy weekend,

Mary Berle, Principal
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
 

MONDAY, December 19

8:00-9:00 a.m.        Community Based Clinical Team
8:00-8:30 a.m.        Chess Club

TUESDAY, December 20

8:00-8:30 a.m.        Parent/Child Morning Recess
9:00-10:30 a.m.      Gr. 3/4 Concert Rehearsal
2:30-3:00 p.m.        Shelter in Place
6:00-8:00 p.m.        Cub Scouts

WEDNESDAY, December 21

8:00-8:30 a.m.        NO CHESS CLUB TODAY
9:00-10:30 a.m.      Gr. 3/4 Dress Rehearsal

THURSDAY, December 22

8:00-8:30 a.m.        Parent/Child Morning Recess
8:00-8:30 a.m.        Ukulele Club
1:00-2:30 p.m.        Grades 3 & 4 Concert

FRIDAY, December 23

1/2 day of school - p.m. schedule
Spirit Day - Muddy Brook Blue
Report Cards go home
8:00-8:30 a.m.        Unicycling

UPCOMING EVENTS

Dec. 26 - Jan 2 - Holiday Break
Jan. 3 - Classes Resume


PHYSICAL EDUCATION REMINDER

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD WEARS OR BRINGS SNEAKERS FOR ALL PE CLASSES.  THANK YOU!


The Muddy Brook Lost & Found area in the cafeteria is once again overflowing with sweatshirts, coats, hats, mittens, etc.  Please come check the area prior to vacation to claim items that belong to your child.  Thank you!
BHRSD does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, gender, gender identity,
religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or homelessness.

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