Dear Kazoo School friends,
I hope you all have enjoyed the lovely weekend. I don’t know about you, but the weather definitely got me thinking about summer! With just eight weeks left before our last day, the year will be over before we even know it. And, as always, the spring is a very busy time. In the coming weeks, we will continue to live our core Kazoo School values in meaningful ways.
As a reminder, our core values are:
- Respecting and honoring the voices of children
- Diversity of backgrounds, identities, and perspectives
- Academic, social, emotional, physical, and creative development
- Collaborative, project-based learning
- Partnership between school, family, and community
- Environmental stewardship
Tomorrow morning, students in PK-3rd will see a performance of “The Moon’s a Balloon” by Patch Theater Company. This is our final work of art for this year’s Aesthetic Education program. Students worked with visiting teaching artist Sandy to explore light, movement, and – of course – balloons in preparation for seeing the performance. Aesthetic Education is an important piece of our commitment to educating the whole child. The creative opportunities that are part of the AE process open our students to a lifetime of wonder and discovery.
This Friday, the whole school will observe Earth Day. As in previous years, we will spend the morning outdoors, in the field and in the Kleinstuck preserve, participating in stewardship projects, crafts, and other Earth-themed work. Our annual Science Fair will be held the following Wednesday, April 26, from 6-8pm. Each class will share individual or collaborative projects that they have been working on for several weeks. Project-based learning requires asking big questions, seeking unique answers, and sharing knowledge in authentic ways. Earth Day and Science Fair invite students to learn deeply about the world around them and about their role in caring for the earth.
We will celebrate Día del Niño on April 28, including sharing a special lunch as a community. Every year for this day, we spend time learning about and discussing the Rights of the Child. Kazoo School is committed to honoring the voices of young people – caring for them and taking them seriously. As we observe Día del Niño, we remember that children all over the world have to fight for many of the rights that we might take for granted. Fittingly, this will also be the day when I step aside as Head of School and invite first-grade friend Jami to serve as Head of School for the day. Jami and I have begun meeting to discuss how she will use her voice to make decisions that are fair – but also fun – for all students.
The spring is a wonderful time for field trips, and Kazoo kids take full advantage of learning opportunities near and far. For example, on May 12, the middle school will travel to Detroit to visit the Detroit Institute of Arts and enjoy lunch at a Mexican restaurant. This trip will culminate an ongoing project that unites Humanities, Spanish, and Art. Additionally, Rose’s class is planning a trip to Grand Rapids, and Sonita’s class is going all the way up north to Sleeping Bear Dunes. Progressive education should never be confined to the walls of the school.
There are also many opportunities for physical development – from daily mileage club, to the middle school track meet, to the all-school Field Day on May 30. We are also fortunate this year to host a Girls on the Run team at Kazoo – let’s all cheer on our girls as they run a 5K race on May 25!
Finally, our oldest students – our 8th-graders – will mark several important milestones in their final year at Kazoo School. This year’s 8th-grade trip will be to Minneapolis/St. Paul, where students will explore the twin cities and solidify lifelong bonds of friendship. The 8th-graders will also present the work they did in their their internships on May 18. This year’s students worked with a graphic designer, a veterinarian, a computer programer, an artist, and more. All of this will lead to Step Up Day, June 6, when each graduate will stand in front of the assembled crowd and share a reflection on their time at Kazoo School.
Spring is a wonderful time at Kazoo. With so much happening every day, we must remember to pause from time to time and enjoy the moment.
All my best,