Priscilla Johnson McMillan was furious when her friend told her President John F. Kennedy had been shot. Standing in the parking lot of the Brattle Inn, she simply did not want to believe that “Jack,” her once close, but sometimes elusive, friend was gone.
The world is changing for the children at the Sacramento Street Preschool: they are learning the letters of the alphabet. They have mashed Play-Dough into letters, they have cut letters from magazines and pieced them into collages, and they have gripped stamps with determined fingers and pressed letters onto paper—firmly, to capture the dot on the “i” and the tail of the “y.” They have sung songs about letters, including that classic that begins with “A” and ends with “me.” They took a “letter walk” through the neighborhood, and every time someone spotted a letter, a teacher snapped a photo. According to teacher Molly Julin, when everyone returned to the classroom, the children were “really, really excited” to print the photos and cover the classroom walls with these souvenirs from their adventure.
“Everyone has something they’re great at,” says Juhlin. “It’s fun to discover what that is.” To that end, teachers create curriculum accessible to multiple learning styles, and children have many opportunities to explore new activities and new ideas.
According to teacher Emily Lapean, “We don’t prepare kids for kindergarten in the traditional way.” Instead, teachers focus on providing children with a sense of structure and empowering them to feel confident in their abilities. But most of all, children are encouraged to play. In pleasant weather, they can romp around the shaded backyard, climb Fort Agassiz, or dig in the sandbox. Once a week, they visit Maud Morgan Arts next door for an arts and crafts session. The goal of every activity at Sacramento Street Preschool, says Juhlin, is “to make each child’s first school experience a positive one.”
The Sacramento Street Preschool serves children between the ages of two years nine months old and five years old. Online registration is now open for new and returning families. Kim Baldasaro conducts tours on Tuesdays at 10 am, or you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 349-6287 x14 to schedule a different time.
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Last night, Frank Addivinola, a Republican candidate to fill the seat vacated by now Sen. Ed Markey, appeared on Fox 25 News to debate... an empty chair.
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Though employees sometimes decorate their office walls with children’s artwork, they are not often encouraged to share the results of their own artistic endeavors with their co-workers, and they are rarely asked to contribute their original art to a workplace gallery exhibit. However, the Agassiz Baldwin Community is no ordinary workplace. The organization comprises multiple programs including the Agassiz Neighborhood Council, preschool, afterschool and summer programs for children, a network for community residents over 55, Maud Morgan Arts—a center offering arts classes for all ages—and the Chandler Gallery. This December, the agency is asking its staff and faculty to bring their art to work for “Drawn From Within: A Creative Community Presents,” an exhibit that celebrates the diverse talents of its employees.
The range of styles, subjects and media is sure to reflect the range of individuals at Agassiz Baldwin Community. The staff includes people who teach children about science, dance and cooking, someone who solves computer problems for seniors, someone who facilitates community meetings, and someone who designs and illustrates brochures, as well as numerous professional artists who teach at Maud Morgan Arts. This show embodies the mission of Maud Morgan Arts to foster artistic exploration for beginners and professionals alike. It also demonstrates the sense of community among the staff members and gives them a chance to appreciate their co-workers’ creativity. As a whole, the exhibit will be a fascinating study of the personalities and visions behind an urban cultural non-profit organization.
“Drawn From Within: A Creative Community Presents” opens at the Chandler Gallery on Thursday, December 5, 2013, and the exhibit will run through January 3, 2014.
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A lawyer for an Irish nanny charged in the death of a baby girl asked a Massachusetts judge Tuesday to order prosecutors to provide more information on how the child died. Aisling Brady McCarthy of Quincy is charged with murder in the January death of Rehma Sabir.
Somerville police are seeking information after a woman was assaulted in the Porter Square area Nov. 18.
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The astronaut crew of the first rescue mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope, mission STS-61, gathered at MIT’s Bartos Theater on Wednesday, Nov. 13, to discuss the mission’s challenges, and its importance to space history and the future of space exploration.
The Hall of Human Life, which opened Saturday, is the largest, most ambitious permanent exhibit in two decades at the Museum of Science. Developed over 10 years at a cost of $20.4 million, it reflects the expertise of 150 experts from the region’s universities, hospitals, public health organizations and biotechnology industries. It is managed by Liz Kong of Quincy “This is our most technologically advanced exhibit, and it’s approaching science in a new way. If we weren’t pioneers, it would have been much easier to put together,” she says.
After coming in 13 votes shy of a seat on the Cambridge City Council, Councilor Minka vanBeuzekom said she’s filed a recount petition.
The Massachusetts Nurses Association, the state’s largest professional health care organization, endorsed Democratic nominee Katherine Clark in her campaign for Congress.