September 21, 2015 § Leave a comment
After a student was stung by an insect unknown to the class, these four students embarked on a week long investigation to find out what exactly had hurt their friend. They examined the body of the insect under our dissecting microscope, combed through every book in our library about insects, and even consulted Upper School students to attempt to classify the mystery bug, but they were unsuccessful. They were able to deduce the kingdom, phylum, class, and order (Animalia, Arthropoda, Insecta, Hymenoptera – respectively) but couldn’t decipher the family, genus, or species.
The boys took their inquiry further by choosing to contact the UGA Fayette County Extension Office to see if they had an entomologist on staff who could help them. They were invited to bring their specimen to the office so they could help identify the six-legged creature.
The boys arranged their first going out and Mr. and Mrs. Shipman took the boys to the office in downtown Fayetteville. There, the boys used their high resolution computerized microscopes to look at their specimen. They were not able to readily identify the bug so they sent digital images to UGA for further classification.
Stay tuned – we look forward to receiving a full report in a few days and finally solving this mystery. In the event the boys have discovered a new species (yes, they are prepared for this outcome), the boys have decided to name the bug the Brandonberry wasp.
June 18, 2015 § Leave a comment
One of our Upper School students is participating in Morehouse School of Medicine’s Summer Research Program this year. Here’s what she has to say about her experience so far…
“Recently I was accepted into the Morehouse School of Medicine’s Summer Research Program. The program aligns with my interest in bio-medical research. For eight weeks, I will have a mentor to shadow who is an actual bio-medical researcher. I will learn to conduct research in a laboratory and about how clinical trials are conducted. I am extremely excited about my new venture and I’d like to thank my Counterpane family for being so supportive. Throughout my application process, they gave me good advice but more importantly, they gave me good energy.”
Good luck this summer and we can’t wait to hear how your experience goes. What a wonderful way to get some real world experience under your belt even before setting foot into college.
June 8, 2015 § Leave a comment
I’m Laura, the new office manager for the school. I found the school several years ago when my daughter Violet was only a year old; we started attending the Souns Workshops held here. Violet is now in the Primary classroom, my son Henry is attending the workshops, and I’m working in the office! I am happily married to my high school sweetheart, Ian, and have another little one on the way.
I wrote this a few months back and Brenda asked me to share it with you. Enjoy!
“I often reminisce about the first day I brought my daughter to Counterpane. We attended a literacy workshop. Literacy for a one year old? The workshop was free, and I was curious.
As we walked up to the front door, I felt like we had stepped into another place and time. Down the driveway we saw a chicken coop, and we heard a sheep bleating. Beautiful, neat gardens bursting with color surrounded the small brick building. How often had I seen that meme on Facebook about schools needing gardens? Upon entering through the wooden door, the entry was cozy, warm, and inviting, quite unlike the cold doctor’s office feel of the elementary school I had attended.
It was quiet. I remember thinking, are there really 3 year olds here somewhere? We peeked into a classroom and there was a quiet buzz. The teachers weren’t immediately noticeable; they blended into the background. Children’s voices were heard but were soft, in respect of the other students. Aren’t preschoolers supposed to be loud and unruly?
A few high school age students were in the small kitchen and greeted us with eye contact and a smile or a hello as we walked slowly by. I wasn’t sure they were really teenagers. Aren’t teens supposed to be moody and awkward?
We walked into the classroom where the literacy workshop was to be held and I took everything in about the space, a classic Montessori classroom. I remember thinking, this is where I want my children to grow up.
And now they are. I picture my children’s futures, and I can only see them here. Reading and writing and math can be learned anywhere. My babies will spend a third of their day at school, and where they will spend that time matters to me. It’s in the way the children are treated and taught here that makes me catch my breath and touches my heart, and I know they’re in the right place.
The ideals and teaching methods are in line with what kind of parent I strive to be. Just learning about what Montessori is has made me a better parent, more observant, patient, and kind. I wait and give them the space to make their own choices and do things for themselves, even though they’re still just babies in my eyes.
I see the qualities in the children here that I want to have for my own as they grow into their own person. Able to be reserved and in control yet confident, friendly and outgoing, a positive energy about them. Assertive, curious, interesting, respectful, independent. Yes, all of this from the preschoolers. And yes, even the teenagers, too.
More than just literacy, this school also nurtures their heart, their passions, and encourages children to be their best selves. I am thankful we found Counterpane, the perfect fit for our family.”
April 24, 2014 § Leave a comment
“Made my morning!” – Says a Counterpane parent.
Today we celebrate Counterpane families. Being a parent is hard; being a parent at Counterpane can sometimes seem impossible. Maintaining a holistic, child-centered, learning environment demands whole family involvement (commitment). We know how much we ask of you and we appreciate your never letting us down.
We see you. We see your hard work. Your dedication to your child and this school is evident in every “covenant hour” and beyond. Donations of your time, talent, treasures, and food J (we cannot forget the food), elevates us from individual classrooms to a community of learners; from a school to a home.
We appreciate YOU.
We thank YOU.
YOU made our morning, too!
“When parents are involved in their children’s education at home, they do better in school. And when parents are involved in school, children go farther in school and the schools they go to are better.”
-A New Generation of Evidence: The Family is Critical to Student Achievement. (Henderson & Berla, 1994)
April 10, 2013 § Leave a comment
Dear Tomer [teacher at Counterpane],
You are receiving this letter because your former student, Andrew Todd, achieved exemplary success at the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, earning accolades for your school and significantly contributing to Georgia’s culture of academic and creative accomplishment. I wish to extend a heartfelt thank you for all you have done to champion the arts and encourage artistic aspirations at a critical, formative stage. Your contributions have helped to advance a new generation of writers, artists, designers, innovators, and creative leaders in Georgia and beyond.
I sincerely hope that you will continue to point your students toward SCAD. In recent years, the university has grown by leaps and bounds, encompassing more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students at four distinctive campuses across three continents, and providing a sublimely unique experience in nonprofit higher education. As fellow educators, you and I recognize that our students are our legacy. May your students carry your wisdom and inspiration with them, wherever they go.
Paula S. Wallace, President
Andrew, pictured above, will be attending SCAD in the fall. Congratulations!
February 7, 2013 § Leave a comment
This a an email that makes my heart swell past the limits of my body! Please enjoy this acknowledgment of who we are and what we stand for! Go Counterpane!…one little school doing a very good job – inside our walls and outside our walls!
What a wonderful new family joining our Counterpane environment.
January 17, 2013 § Leave a comment
Counterpane’s early literacy workshops are underway.
We have a wonderful group of young families and children for our “inaugural” group. Twelve families make up a class. At the moment we have ten, so if you have a friend, now is the time to invite their participation. The target age for the children is 0-36 months. The program is free but it does require the purchase of learning materials the parents take home for their children.
What the hand experiences, the mind remembers. These children had fun making Souns soup, a bit more helpful than alphabet soup for the developing brain trying to learn to read. The families arrived at 9:30 and the first half hour was instructional, then the scheduled activities evolved into child centered and directed activities. Parents visited, making new friends for themselves and their children. It was a successful first event, ending about 11. Each family went home with the initial Souns materials and a delightful book Born to Move by Dianne Warren and published by Oasis. For additional ideas from Dianne Warren, visit www.fitness4kidz.com. Born to Move is so unique! While one side is written in English, the reverse side is written in Spanish. We will gift another of her books at the next meeting.
The instructional component of the next meeting will include a section of a video and a discussion on how the home environment can be responsive to the needs of the young child. We will keep it short and helpful, protecting time to hear parents share their thoughts on the Souns guide booklet, offering questions and experiences from their first two weeks with the program.
Our community matters, and this is a wonderful way to engage and enrich. If you are interested in helping, participating, or beginning your own community outreach for literacy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our next workshop is Friday, January 25th at 9:30 A.M.
Every child wants to read!