What a GREAT year we had! Here is some end of school year fun! 🙂
This week was enriched by having Miss Andrea, a local Ceramics Teacher, come and show the children how to work with clay. We also had a special ballerina visitor from the Cache Valley Civic Ballet come and introduce the children to the world of dance! The children learned a lot about many different types of art in the world!
We are incredibly thrilled to announce that the amazing, Leslie Black will be joining us every Friday at 11:00 and 1:00 for an interactive story session involving: music, puppets, and most importantly character development!
Leslie Black was a kindergarten teacher at Bay Vista Fundamental Elementary School in St. Petersburg, Florida. In her 38 years of teaching she has had a broad range of experiences, from full year Head Start teacher, Migrant Education Program classroom teacher, then Oral Language specialist and consultant, Creative Arts teacher for a university early childhood program (focusing on integrating the arts and language skills), taught sixth grade, first grade and Montessori preschool, then, finally Kindergarten for over 20 years. For 8 years she served on a resource team of teachers in Pinellas County Schools, FL. researching, developing and presenting training in the field of character education.
Leslie was selected Alabama State Elementary Teacher of the Year in 1992, and in 1993 she was one of 5 teachers nationally to be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. She was a state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching (sponsored by the National Science Foundation) and received several civic awards in her community. She is a 1967 elementary education graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and received her masters degree from Utah State University in 1984 with a focus in emergent literacy and creativity.
She has also produced a CD of songs for young children titled, Connecting Hearts and Minds, words and music by Leslie Black. This CD of music intends to help young children think about important issues encompassing character development and various literacy skills. The first 12 songs are for character building, (connecting the heart). The other 8 songs are for curricular learning in the areas of reading, writing, math science and geography, (connecting the mind). The songs are full of energy, and deliver a spirited message the children delight in singing and using in their play. The simplicity of the melodies and text makes the songs easy to learn and remember.
We are so grateful to have Leslie be a part of Morningside School!
We are so excited to welcome two wonderful Teachers to our Morningside Family! Teacher Jessica will be our new Full-Time Head Preschool Teacher and Teacher Morgan will be our new Assistant Preschool Teacher in our AM classes. We are so grateful to have them with us and know that they will do great things for our school!
Teacher Jessica Tenny graduated with a degree in Human Development from BYU, where she truly enjoyed learning about how to help children reach their full emotional, social, and mental potential. She was a stay at home mom for 12 years, where she spent many happy hours teaching her children their ABC’s, writing, reading, and just generally learning about the amazing world around us! She has an incredible love for reading, and she reads daily with her children believes reading is the “key” to learning. She also worked as a Preschool Movement Instructor, where they taught children how to skip, hop on one foot, dance, learn rhythm, and enjoy moving their bodies. She has also spent many hours volunteering in her children’s classes in elementary school. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys hiking with her husband and four boys, running, reading, journaling and creating photo books, and she loves to unwind with her family with a good movie and some popcorn.
Teacher Morgan will be graduating from Utah State University in the Spring of 2016 with a degree in Family, Consumer and Human Development. Morgan has worked as an After School Club Teacher and a Nanny and loves helping children learn. She only has two younger siblings, but her husband, Ben, has four siblings and thirteen nieces and nephews! Morgan loves playing games and sledding with all the nieces and nephews when they come to visit. When she and her husband have breaks in school, they love to go dancing and watch movies together. Morgan loves to be with children and cannot wait to start this new year at Morningside!
For 20 years Morningside School was blessed to have Teacher Marie Merrell Morgan with us. Many children and staff came and went in those 20 years, and they are all better having been influenced by Marie. She was the ultimate example of fun, joy, music, service, and most of all love. Her students knew that she cared about them and they adored her for it. We are so grateful for the love she had for the children and staff of Morningside and for the spark of energy she had with them for all of those years.
She has been courageously battling cancer since 2012. Although our hearts are so heavy that she has passed, we are at peace that she is no longer in pain. Our hearts ache for her family and all those who love her. Marie, your memory and songs will live on as long as there are children to sing at Morningside.Thank you for all that you taught us and shared with us! We miss you and WE LOVE YOU!
To apply for the Teacher Marie Merrell Morgan Kindergarten scholarship email the director at email@example.com
Our last week of school, May 18th-22nd, we will be honoring our teachers at Morningside School! They have worked tirelessly to ensure a great year for the students in their classrooms and are all around fabulous teachers! Please take the time to jot a quick thank you note — that would mean the world to our teachers! Our Preschool Teachers are: Amber, Mady, Rachel, and Ashley. Our Kindergarten Teachers are Gigi and Carol.
We will also be celebrating the end of the school year by having a Morningside School Spirit Week! Your child is encouraged to come to school each day wearing the designated special attire!
Monday is PJ Day!
Tuesday is Crazy Hair Day!
Wednesday is Crazy Sock Day!
Thursday is Crazy Hat Day!
Friday is Swim Suit Day! (water play outside — please bring extra clothes, and a towel)
On Wednesday, May 20th at 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM the Kindergarten classes will Graduate in Morningside School style! Kindergarten parents please mark your calendars and plan to attend! This is an important milestone for each child who has worked and played hard this year! Refreshments will be served after the ceremony!