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Grandparents day is one of our first events in the school year. Coming together as a community to celebrate our grandparents love, dedication, wisdom and endless support is our way of saying ” We Love You and Thank You!”.
We created a provocation in the Piazza area with pieces of trunks that were cut from one of our school trees. We added paper of different sizes with markers. We asked the parents to write a word or a story of what they learned. Writing our reflections as a community helps us digest the enormity of nature and what happened. It reminds us of how important our values are; such as, relationships, love, hope, faith, family, patience, and togetherness. We are a school family!
Our school was saved with minimal damage to our playground. Our beautiful trees did not survive but we see this as an opportunity for the children to research with our teachers the effects of strong winds, and rain. We will look at the importance of nature and how it affects everyone in our City of Miami.
Our parents were instrumental in helping us to prepare for Hurricane Irma. We appreciate the fact that they took time off their own preparations to offer their help. Coming together as a community in times of not knowing what would happen to us was a testament to the value our parents have for our school. We want to thank Guy, Pablo, Lester, Yanel and many other parents that offered their support.
Alise Shafer, Director of Evergreen Community School has been an essential mentor for Bottega’s professional development. Sylvia De Armas, Claudia Carmona and Widad Akle traveled to Evergreen Community School to learn from Alise and her faculty. They have translated the Reggio Emilia Approach using the Social Constructivist Framework in an American Context.
In a blink of an eye the magic moment became a reality after 12 years of dreaming, working, planning, and remodeling, it was time to open Bottega’s doors! Bottega is eternally grateful to the Engineers and General Contractors of the project, Enrique Fernandez, Cristina Moreno, and Paul Camacho (not in picture). Their guidance, and hard work made the school so beautiful!
At the end of our first year Bottega culminated the year with their First Gallery Night…they unveiled their Master Pieces…The Students! The parents were impressed with the documentation panels the teachers created featuring each child. The teachers were able to capture special moments during the year showing each child’s developmental progress.
As Bottega grew so did the involvement of our family community. Projects began to emerge that needed the expertise of our parents. Moments like these are priceless, demonstrating how important the partnerships Bottega forms with the families.