Miquon Matters, 9.18.17

By Kristin Sanderson


  1. Help your child remember to turn in an optional chicken nugget/hot dog order by Thursday!
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  2. Review the Calendar! Save the date for Back to School Night on Sept 28 and the Community Campfire on October 15.
  3. School is closed Oct 6 and 9. Register for Vacation Care if you need it.
  4. Note that childcare is now full for Back to School Night. Please make your own arrangements.



We Need Your Emergency Contact Information!

The new online Parent Portal collects student and household information for our database. This is where we house your contact info emergencies and school closings (e.g., snow days).

Please return to the Parent Portal, click “Student Forms Online,” and make sure you have completed all of your forms — INCLUDING the “Automated Emergency Announcements” form shown here. Thank you.

Contact Andrea Myers if you need assistance.

Thanks to all who completed 2017-2018 forms already.

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Each fall the specialist teachers write welcome letters to share a bit more about themselves and the program they have planned for the coming school year. Take a moment to check out these brief notes from each specialist teacher! Also keep tabs on specialist areas throughout the year by following teachers’ blogs and Instagram accounts.

Art Welcome
Art on Instagram
Supplies Needed: Please send in your garden, home, and cooking magazines for the art room.
Library Welcome
Library Blog
Volunteers Needed: The library is adopting a new system called METIS. Librarian Amy Vaccarella needs volunteers to help finish the project on Monday afternoons from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Contact Amy to volunteer.
Music Welcome
Music Blog
New this year! Instrumental and choral music for fifth and sixth graders!
PE Welcome
PE on Instagram
Science Welcome
Science Blog


As is the case at any school or camp, a Miquon child or two may be afflicted with head lice from time to time. Call school immediately if you have found nits or lice on your child; likewise school will contact you when we find evidence of lice.  Parents are asked to initiate treatment immediately and take steps at home to prevent re-infestation.


Back to School Night | Thurs, Sept 28, 6:00 pm | Your Child’s Classroom

Gather with other parents, meet teachers, and learn what’s planned for your child’s classroom this year.  The evening begins with a wine and cheese reception in the Moore Building at 6:00 pm.

FYI, Back to School Night childcare is now full.

Community Campfire | Sun, Oct 15, 3:00 pm | Miquon Campus

Join all Miquon families for some warmth by the fire, singing, and s’mores! We’ll greet some prospective families who may attend the campfire, held immediately following our Admissions Open House that day.

If you want to volunteer to help organize the Community Campfire, get in touch with Charlotte Boulay.

If you want to volunteer with Admissions this year, get in touch with Andrea Myers.


Thanks to all those who came out to the All-School Work party this past Saturday. We were able to accomplish so many projects with your help — we especially appreciate the leadership of Jeff Lorenz  (Refugia) as well as our own Facilities Director Mike Batchelor! We would also like to give a shout out to Reid Bramblett who stayed late to build the new Nursery climbing structure.



Destination Imagination | Mondays, starting Sept 18 | Grades 3-6

Destination Imagination (DI) is a creative problem solving team sport. Children work as a team to design, create, imagine and build solutions to artistic, scientific, structural, dramatic, technical and social action-oriented challenges. The DI season concludes with the state tournament in March.

First Lego League (FLL) | Mondays, starting Sept 18 | Grades 4-6

First Lego League (FLL) is a robotics program that sets teams up to research a real-world problem and to work together to design, build, and program a robot using Lego Mindstorms® technology. The FLL season concludes with a tournament in December.

The cost for either program will be $50 for the season. Please do not let the cost be a barrier to your child’s participation; contact Susannah  to make other arrangements if necessary.

Register in advance
Interested kids should attend After Care on Mon, Sept 18 to learn more. Contact Tia Mathisen by Sept 22 to register.


Vacation Care

School is closed Fri, Oct 6 and Mon, Oct 9. Children can attend Vacation Care from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.

View full 2017-18 Vacation Care dates and rates.

Please register in advance by contacting D.J. Giordano.



After Care is offering a baseball class for all ages Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 pm, Sept 26-Oct 24. We will play games to build hitting, pitching, and fielding skills.

Please email DJ Giordano if you have any questions or comments.


Valley Talk- Climate Justice: A Critical Frontier in the Movement to Advance Human and Civil Rights | Tues, Sept 19,  6:00 pm | Valley Green Inn, Forbidden Dr, Phila

Join Jacqueline Patterson, director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, as she discusses how to help these communities build local self-reliance, cooperation, and interdependence, while uplifting human rights for all. Since 2007 she has served as coordinator/cofounder of Women of Color United. She has worked for ActionAid, IMA World Health, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Johns Hopkins University. She currently serves on the boards of numerous organizations, including GRID Alternatives, the Institute of the Black World, and the US Climate Action Network.

Event Details

Indigo Nature Arts

Moon and Thunder | Program for girls age 10-12
Stillness, Listening, Grounding, Strength and Community are integrated each week. The program is developed to offer opportunities for attaining self-care, mindfulness and well-being practices. Yoga postures, breath-work, journaling, nutritional awareness, balancing technology, and medicinal herb exploration meets the growing female and her individual needs. 60-minute class, 8 weeks, $175 + $10 materials fee. – Workshop facilitated by Kim Soles, owner of Indigo Nature Arts.

Bodhi and Brush | Program for kids age 4-6
The meaning of Bodhi is “awakening”. Young children are eager to awaken to breath. They are curious and enthusiastic to learn yoga poses. Given the young child’s attention span and the necessity to move and express, Bodhi and Brush incorporates wellness principals with painting. This 8-week workshop creates a welcoming routine and rhythm along with a weekly pose. Storytelling, verses and imagery influence watercolor painting. 60-minute class, 6 weeks, $130 + $10 materials fee.

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