Fall 2014 In September we welcomed first graders with the Rose Ceremony. They were sent off with a story of strength and adventure to begin their grade school journey. The community gathered to ring in the season of Michaelmas and embrace the courage needed to bring down our dragons.
In some Native American cultures, a rite-of-passage event, called a Vision Quest, was used for an adolescent to seek purpose and meaning in his life. An individual was sent out alone, in nature, with only the bare essentials to survive. His time was spent in prayer and meditati
The 2nd and 3rd grade have been experiencing busy, creative days. We have just wrapped up our shelter block, and the students have created together two class projects, an igluviak house of snow, and an Earth Lodge. Their independent shelter projects are due after returning from Memori
The garlic we planted way back in early autumn broke through the ground a number of weeks ago and the shoots now stand tall and mighty like a husky Norse cousin of the spring onion. Each time I walk past them I am reminded of how quickly time passes. I am also surprised at how much ha
Inviting Da Vinci family and friends to "like" our early childhood teacher Donna Brooks' music Facebook page. By following her, you can find out where and when she is playing next. (Psst, she will be at Bliss Wine in Wauconda this Monday evening, 5:30-8:30!) ...
Growing up in the Andersen family, there was always music in the house. In her twenties and early thirties, Donna sang background vocals in the band The I-Lites, headed by her brother, Dave Andersen. From this she branched off and picked up the guitar to showcase her vocals more in the contemporary folk band Prairie Smoke. Donna Brooks still collaborates with siblings and friends along with taking the stage as a solo performer of music and storytelling.