News from MAS
The Native American program at Emerald Elementary has been presenting the “Seven Grandfathers” teachings each week with the first grade classes. The Seven Grandfathers teachings are about wisdom, love, respect, bravery, truth, honesty, and humility. According to Janet Krueger, program director, they talk about what each word means. She then reads a short Native American story about the teaching. The students each get a leaf, and they write the word and their names on it. The leaves are then put on the Seven Grandfather Tree located in the cafeteria. Each student also gets a little bag, and each week a rock with the name of the Grandfather teaching. They will be able to take the bag home when all the teachings are done.
In Mr. Lindstrom’s fourth grade class, the “Medicine Wheel Teachings” are being done. This is a circle which teaches the four directions, and what each one represents in the Native American culture. When all presentations are done, the plan is to bring in the drum and do a presentation with some students as dancers.
On Oct. 24, Keith Knecht presented a Native American living history program. As part of his presentation, he set up a naasaa oogaan, a squatted tipi structure made with birch panels and cattail mats. Students in grades 3 and 4 participated.
Second and third grade students recently heard a Fire Safety presentation from Fire Pup and friends of the Manistique City Fire department.
Successful bean growers in Mrs. Sherbinow’s second grade class recently showed their bean plants from the “plants unit” in science class.
Scholarship opportunities: Dec. 6: Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship.
Jan. 17: Native American students – Truman D. Pickard Scholarship for Native American students pursuing a college degree in Natural Resources. Feb. 28: Michigan Education Association scholarships. Last year MEA awarded 38 scholarships totaling $43,500. See Mr. Rochon in the Guidance Office for details.
Last chance to order coffee and fruit from the MAS band students. Their orders are due this today (Thursday). If you still want to order, contact Mr. Connin (341-4300 ext. 342) or see any band student.
Nov. 14 is World Diabetes Awareness Day! Statistics indicate that 25.8 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Chances are that you, a friend or family member will be touched by this disease. To show support for those affected by this disease, HOSA students are asking everyone to wear blue shirts on Nov. 14. All MAS participating students will have a photo taken on that date to be shared with Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital to be used on their website. Join in and show your support!
Nov. 15: Deer Day/no school
Nov. 18: Monthly school board meeting at 6:30 p.m./Community Room
Nov. 27-28-29: Thanksgiving Break/no school
Dec. 6-7: MHS Drama Production: “Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at 7 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m. Saturday/Auditorium
Dec. 11: MAS Christmas Band Concert at 7 p.m./Auditorium
Dec. 17: Emerald Christmas Program at 6:30 p.m./Auditorium