Our circles keep everyone in the loop.
Activities related to Care of Others provide a great sense of joy, accomplishment, and contribution. It feels wonderful to help others, and as children grow they develop skills that allow them to make more and different contributions to their family and community.
The building that now houses the Harwood Art Center and Sr. Elementary is 96 years old, and had a story to tell, filled with interesting facts. When we came to see the building and roof for the first time, we did some investigative work and began to learn more.
Part of Escuela del Sol’s and Harwood Art Center’s 2016 Master Plan included an outline for making the campus a more sustainable entity in our urban oasis in downtown Albuquerque, which included installing a solar array on the top of our historic Harwood building. After the damaging hail storms of 2019, it became clear that before the solar panels could be installed, a new roof was going to be needed (thank goodness for insurance!). After much planning and pandemic backlog, both projects were finally able to happen this summer!
Throughout all Planes of Development, activities related to Care of Self help children gain independence. This important work also supports neurological development that lays a foundation for coordination, concentration, abstract thinking, and executive function. And children really love this work! It builds the knowledge that caring for yourself throughout your life is valuable and important.
We have an amazing group of students entering Jr. Elementary this school year, one of many exciting milestones. Below are some nuggets we compiled to help you support your children in their upcoming transition into Elementary.
Many students and their parents feel a very healthy and normal sense of sadness at separation. Difficult separations are often rooted in fear of the unknown when it comes to a new situation, but difficulties with separation is a phase, it is perfectly natural, and it will pass.
There are going to be a few changes in the lunches coming from the Harwood Cafe this year. While many of the delicious favorites will remain, this year I’m going to begin introducing new flavors, new cultures, and new ingredients to our menu.
Due to the curious nature of young children, they are very interested in what others are eating. When we cook together, we are all eating the same thing, which helps children focus more on eating .
What’s Next for Outgoing Executive Director Friedje vanGils? Read about it in the Downtown Albuquerque News!
Downtown Albuquerque News recently interviewed Executive Director and Head of School, Friedje vanGils about her retirement, what comes next, and what’s in store for the future of Escuela del Sol and Harwood Arts Center.
We are pleased to introduce the newest member of our teaching team, Ms. Nicole Duran, who will be working in the Primary Yellow Room with Ms. Shardae LeDouix.