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Room 12 - John Lyman School - April 5, 2016 - Vol. 17, No. 5

Our Residency with Miss Kim: Dancing Poets

On March 29, we started our five day residency with Resident Artist Kim Thibodeau. We learned many different dance terms for our work with Miss Kim. Students know how to get into "dancer's pose," whether they are standing or sitting. We talked about how dancers need to be Relaxed, Alert, Waiting or "RAW." We practiced locomotor and non-locomotor dancing with different parts of our bodies anchored or not moving. Students also learned about dancing in various directions (forward/backward/sideways), using different speeds (fast/slow motion), and moving in different planes (upper/middle/ lower). We also tested out finding negative (not touching anything) and positive (touching something or someone) spaces around us to make tableaus. We will continue to practice all of these dance techniques as we work with Miss Kim this week and next week. We are writing poems and began to dance some poems last Wednesday. On Tuesday, April 12, our last day with Miss Kim, we have scheduled an informance at 2:30 p.m. to share some of the concepts we learned during this residency. Please join us if you can.
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Field Trip to Mica Ledges in Durham - Tuesday, May 3, 12:00-3:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, May 3, we will be going on a half-day field trip to Mica Ledges in Durham. Students will eat lunch early at school before we board the buses. Chaperones are welcome to join us for this local hike to learn about vernal pool creatures and some local land features. This trip is funded by a grant from the Middlesex Land Trust so there is no cost to students. The hike will be led by Lorrie Martin, RSD13 Outdoor Educator, and two volunteers who coordinated the grant. More details will follow as we get closer.