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Kindergarten Love

Kindergarten Love

“How can one not love kindergartners?” Kindergartners are resilient; they bounce back quickly from hurt feelings, tears, and disagreements with classmates to smiling and playing with friends shortly after the sad emotions. Zoom was no different. As teachers, Zoom was...
D-E’s First Digital Opera

D-E’s First Digital Opera

I still remember sitting under the Sputnik-style chandeliers at the Metropolitan Opera House to see The Magic Flute. Those chandeliers were a gift from Austria to thank America for helping to rebuild their opera house after WWII. The Magic Flute has been a strong...
Message from Nurse Krane

Message from Nurse Krane

As we move toward summer, the question of Annual Health Exams for 2020-2021 has been posed by many. In order to be ready and able to fully participate fully in school, Dwight- Englewood requires an annual exam. Each student has a different date when their exam expires...
Are You Sleeping?

Are You Sleeping?

Many families have noticed changes in their sleep patterns over the past few months, whether it be getting to bed and/or getting up at different hours, shifting sleeping accommodations, or even trying out co-sleeping for the first time.  These changes might be driven...
A Virtual Author Visit

A Virtual Author Visit

As a child, Sayantani DasGupta was an avid reader. No genre was off-limits to her, and she inhaled books like air. Like many children, she imagined herself in those books, longing to be a part of the featured families, wishing for their hair and lives, eager to have...
The Show Must Go On!

The Show Must Go On!

Remote learning may have impacted how we teach, but it has not changed what we teach.  The end of the fourth-grade year is typically marked by the fourth graders’ performance of Shakespeare’s plays. Although the children won’t be performing on the...
Getting Ready for Summer

Getting Ready for Summer

Usually at this time of the year we are looking forward to summer and all that summer means to us. Regardless of whether we are in the actual school building or distance learning, the same precautions prevail each and every year as we head into the hot weather....
Thriving vs. Surviving

Thriving vs. Surviving

We’re all taking things day by day, and moment by moment.  We’re learning to prioritize our needs vs. our wants, what must be accomplished vs. what would be nice to get done.  It’s a pandemic, and we’re all in survival mode. Is it possible that we could not...
Exploring Rhythm and Melody in Early Childhood

Exploring Rhythm and Melody in Early Childhood

In this age of Zoom, it is perhaps the greatest sadness for music teachers to not be able to hear their classes sing as a group.  Technical sound lags and a platform geared towards projecting one voice at a time combine to make sing-alongs frustrating and cacophonous....