After studying fairy tales, and reading a number of Hans Christian Andersen’s tales, the kindergarten and first grades were able to attend the world premiere musical based on his story, “The Flea and the Professor” at the Arden Theatre on May 10. The children were quite surprised at the ending of the musical, which was much different from that of the story, but they thoroughly enjoyed the tale of unusual friendships and rousing adventure, and each has chosen a favorite character.
Our Scottish dancers, under the tutelage of Mrs Susan Null, have been traveling far and wide to compete in various Scottish games and dance competitions. In late April, in a difficult novice competition in southern Maryland, Jaqcueline Hofstetter scored 5th and 6th places in 4 dances. In the beginner competition, Magdelena Harnish and Nathania Hofstetter both scored second and third places, moving them one step closer to novice level.Brava ladies!
We have received the results from our National Greek and Latin exams. We are very proud of our students, and give the glory to God for their accomplishments. Congratulations to Samuel Anthony, for his certificate of merit in the intermediate Attic Greek. The results for the National Latin Exam are: Introduction to Latin: David Matej, Magna Cum Laude (certificate of merit); Jim Mearnes, Magna Cum Laude (certificate of merit); Molly Wells, Magna Cum Laude (certificate of merit). Latin I: Molly Harnish, Maxima Cum Laude (silver medal); Nathania Hofstetter, Cum Laude; Harry Robinson, Magna Cum Laude; Josiah Wells, Summa Cum Laude (gold medal). Latin II: David Null, Magna Cum Laude. Latin V-VI: Sam Anthony, Cum Laude.
On Thursday, May 12, the classroom was literally brought inside from the outdoors when a large and beautifully marked moth decided to pay a visit, much to the delight of our students. The moth was lovingly kept on a table to warm in the sunshine and our students were able to closely observe the creature and identify him in an encyclopedia of insects as a Polyphemus moth.From Wikipedia:
The Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus) is a North American member of the family Saturniidae, the giant silk moths.It is a tan colored moth, with an average wingspan of 15 cm (6 inches). The most notable feature of the moth is its large, purplish eyespots on its two hindwings. The eye spots are where it gets its name – from the Greek myth of the Cyclops Polyphemus. The caterpillar of the Polyphemus Moth can eat 86,000 times its weight at emergence in a little less than two months. It is widespread throughout much of North America, from southern Canada to parts of Mexico.
You see another reason why knowledge of the classics and mythology comes in handy and enhances our understanding and enjoyment of the world!