February 2018: Nutrition Classes with Marcy Rebar

Next year the fifth-graders will be off to middle school and greater independence in many ways, including food choices, so we invited dietician Marcy Rebar to share her expertise. The kids learned everything from the benefits of consuming a variety of foods from the various food groups to which foods offer good fat vs. bad fat, from what role vitamins play to how to read and understand labels, and from how food companies target young audiences to the overwhelming use of sugar in many food products. We hope our fifth-graders make wise choices with their growing independence.

February 14, 2018: Happy Valentine’s Day!

Tilden parents went all out for this year’s Valentine’s Day parties—typical. Love was in the air, love for our Tilden kiddos, that is. Decorations, games, crafts, and loads of treats were enjoyed by all! Our students and faculty felt the “love” and deeply appreciate the time, creativity, and effort made by our generous parents. xoxo

 

February 6, 2018: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch

Tilden students gathered to watch and celebrate the test launch of SpaceX‘s Falcon Heavy rocket.

We watched with bated breath as the engine ignited, joined the countdown, cheered at liftoff, watched the two side boosters’ balletic landing with awe–and giggled at Starman.

We hope the 5th graders’ rockets launch so successfully!

January 24, 2018: An Intro to Classics

Lucky fifth-graders! Today they enjoyed a very special lesson with Tilden alum Nils Enevoldsen, visiting on break from his graduate program in economics at MIT. Having already read the Iliad and being part way through the Odyssey, the 5s were introduced to the ancient Greek alphabet. They learned to transliterate phonetically-spelled English into Greek, listened to the sing-songy recitation of the first part of the Iliad in ancient Greek, and were introduced to some roots and vocabulary of the Iliad. It was so cool! Thank you, ΝΙΛΣ!

October 30, 2017: Pirates Invade Tilden!

Yo-ho-yo-ho, what a merry time we all had at this year’s Halloween Carnival! All hands were on deck as pirates (parents) sailed into Tilden, the Jolly Roger waving high in the wind. With loads of good cheer, adventure that would excite even the most seasoned seafarer, and plenty of loot for the wee ones, the carnival’s cap’ns (Wendy Jenkins Hanna, Mark Thomas, and Lisa Hewson) and crew (parent volunteers) declared victory…then likely swaggered below deck for a long nap. Thank you, pirates, for this incredible adventure!

October 24, 2017: The U.S.A. Just Got Better!

Yesterday, October 23rd, fifth-grader Thuc and his parents successfully completed their Naturalization Oath Ceremony to become U.S. citizens! So today the fifth grade class celebrated in red, white, and blue attire with cheers, treats, congratulatory notes, and even a perusal of the civics questions for the naturalization test. All agreed this was an important event and a huge accomplishment, and we all feel very fortunate to welcome Thuc’s family as fellow citizens. Yay!

September 6, 2017: Welcome Back Picnic

Gathering at Lincoln Park, returning staff and families welcomed new staff and families for a celebratory start to the school year. There were lots of introductions, handshakes, hugs, conversation, laughter, and of course, delicious food and time to play. Over too quickly, but it was a school night, after all.

June 9, 2017: Field Day

A huge THANK-YOU to our hardworking Tilden parents for such a fun and spirited Field Day! At the start, the day was filled with adventure, from firefighter training to exploring our solar system, from Frisbee golf to launching frogs, and from Cheetos to quinoa-spinach salad, we didn’t want it to end. Tilden parents rock!

June 7, 2017: 3, 2, 1, Liftoff!

Launching rockets at Hiawatha Park was the culmination of the fifth-graders’ flight and rocketry studies. Every student’s rocket successfully launched—commendable, as each student built her/his own rocket, launch pad, and circuitry. Congratulations to all our fifth-grade aerospace engineers, and their fearless leader and science teacher, Virgil!

June 7, 2017: Twelfth Night

A love triangle in the tropics sounds like an entertaining tale, and, indeed, the fifth-graders delivered! Duke Orsino wooed Countess Olivia, who wooed Cesario the page, who was really Viola, who fell hard for Duke Orsino. Such is the humor of Shakespeare, yet clearly it’s just as humorous today as it was in the Elizabethan Age, for the performers and the audience had rollicking fun! Special thanks to Claudia for stepping in as our outstanding director when a medical emergency struck, and congratulations to our fifth-grade thespians for a show to remember!