News and Notes from Principal Goetz

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Principal Tammy Goetz

December 13, 2014

Dear Seward Families:

One of the many exceptional qualities Seward Montessori has is its diversity. In the last month we have celebrated Native American Family Involvement Day and the Hmong New Year. Our celebrations have been developed and led by our students! It’s a pleasure and privilege to hear and see them stand with pride before their peers and perform.

Native American Family Involvement Day: Dion and Dionna, E-2 students, did research on Ojibwe Birch Bark Scrolls and Lakota Winter Counts and then collaborated with Donna, our art teacher, to make a scroll. Jenika, Malina, Viviana and Leticia wore jingle dresses and danced for us. We learned that the jingle dress represents the healing process. Leticia also taught us about the symbolism of the feather in the Native community.

Hmong New Year: Our Hmong students Nancy, Bao, Cheng, Annie, Amy, Napoleon, Jeffrey, A, Xu and Jack dressed in Hmong clothing and shared some of their history and culture. They also performed traditional dances and sang. It’s fun to see our student audience try to mimic the moves in the dances after seeing the performance.

My words cannot do justice to how our students respond to these events. There is something about seeing friends and classmates representing their culture that is very uplifting to our entire student body. The feedback from our students is overwhelmingly positive. Diversity benefits all of us.

Sincerely,

Tammy Goetz
Seward Principal