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  • Mr. Broberg


Updated: Dec 8, 2020

My favorite philosopher, former baseball great Yogi Berra, coined the perfect phrase to describe the past week.

“It’s like deja vu all over again.”

After returning to campus for six weeks, all of our K-3 students have resumed distance learning amid surging COVID-19 transmission rates.

That means we’re back where we started the school year – with all of our K-8 students in distance learning mode and only our pre-kindergarten students on campus.

But leave it to the indomitable Ladybugs -- as our pre-k kids are affectionately known – to find something to celebrate even during a challenging week. In this case it was Diwali.

Diwali is India's biggest holiday. The festival gets its name from the row of clay lamps that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. This five-day festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians, according to National Geographic Kids.

The Ladybugs watched a short online presentation about Diwali and were introduced to fun traditions from the country of India, including colorful art and decorations, music, the flag and the national bird.

“While exploring Diwali, we focused on Rangoli, a traditional art that is typically created outside and near the entrance to a home or business,” said teacher Katy Moon. “We used geometric shapes, starting with circles. The children used different mediums, including sidewalk chalk, to decorate our school entrances. We delighted in the colors, shapes, textures, music and, of course, the light.”

The dark winter months are the perfect time to celebrate light. In the coming weeks, the Ladybugs will continue to explore festivals of light from different cultures around the world.

In the meantime, Happy Diwali!

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