The month of December always seem to be a whirlwind as the days grow shorter, temperatures drop, and activities are at an all time high! The Sea Lions haven’t let any of this slow them down and they’ve taken on each day with the same enthusiasm and curiosity as they started with.

We began this busy month with our annual visit from Mr. Glickman, a former Calvary parent, who reads to us the story of Hanukkah. Along with his daughter, he helps us understand the battle of the Maccabees and the miraculous lamp oil that lasted eight whole nights. The children seemed to really enjoy the beautifully illustrated pages of the book and quietly took in the stillness of lighting the menorah. Back in class, we continued the celebration by making our very own menorah and cooking latkes with applesauce!

The celebration continued with Bedtime Stories Night, a party where the children come to school at night (!) in pajamas (!) and eat pizza (!!!) This night is always jam packed with excitement, the Sea Lions could hardly contain themselves. We first gathered around the piano for a few Christmas stories before we headed up to the roof with our flashlights to go on a jewel hunt! It’s a famous Calvary legend that fairies come to visit once a year and hide these special gems for the upper school to find, but no one has ever quite caught a glimpse of them yet :) Once everyone has gathered their jewels, we head downstairs for pizza and a pajama fashion show. Each student gets to strut their stuff on the cat walk before coming together again for some Christmas songs and a final goodbye from Mrs. Anaya.

Amidst all of the fun, we even found time to learn about our artist of the month, Alexander Calder. We began by reading a fantastic pop-up book by Patricia Geis, that taught us about the life and works of the artist. We discussed his use of shapes and learned about the difference between geometric (symmetrical) and organic (free-form) shapes. Bonus points if you ask your Sea Lion to tell YOU the difference :) We then made our own Calder inspired mini sculptures where students cut out their own unique shapes and balanced them on wires. These sculptures created a similar effect to Calder’s famous mobiles, as they can move, bend, and bow as you like, never to be viewed the same way twice. A few of his mobiles and large scale sculptures are currently on display at the SFMOMA if you’re looking for a great family outing over the break, I was extremely impressed how captivated many of the students were by Calder’s work, it just might surprise you too!