Hello parents and students!  I am Joanne McFarland, and most of you know me from teaching the upper elementary last year.  This year, Ms. Christina Miller has decided that I will also be teaching Art to the 1st – 8th graders, and I am very excited about that! In addition to being state certified to teach elementary in Florida, I am also certified to teach art from Kindergarten through high school, and it’s where I started my teaching career.  I am thrilled to be teaching it again!

I will be using Ms. Brani’s lessons from last year as a starting point for the classes, and then adding my own lessons.  My long term goal is to develop an art program that builds student knowledge and mastery of theories and skills at age appropriate levels, and to have lessons that enhance the student’s knowledge from the prior year(s).  I have also brought in my own kiln, and I hope to be doing some ceramics projects with all grade levels.  A large undertaking, but I’m looking forward to the challenge!

Ms. Erin Sorel’s and Mr. Richard Aslanian’s classes will have art on Wednesdays at 12:30 and 1:30, respectively.  Ms. Christina Miller’s and Ms. Sherilyn Farris’s classes will have art on Fridays at 12:30 and 1:30 respectively. Art is messy.  There’s no avoiding that! I’ll do y best to teach the students to stay clean, but be sure to have your child dress in clothes that are ok to possibly get stained on the day that she/he has art.

Some of the art lessons I have planned are:

1st/2nd: Leaf prints (Georgia O’Keefe), Dancing Figures (Keith Haring) Mobiles (Alexander Caulder), Squares and Rectangles (Piet Mondrian)

2nd/3rd: Contour drawing (Mary Cassat), Sunflowers (Van Gogh), Poppies Panting (Claude Monet), Underwater Animals (Robert Wyland)

4th/5th: Curly-Q Trees (Gustav Klimt), Splatter Paint (Jackson Pollock), Secret Code (Egyptian Hieroglyphs), A-Haunting We Will Go! (Van Gog)

6th – 8th: Pop art projects (Peter Max, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol), Impressionism (Georges Seurat), Expressionism (Edvard Munch), Portraits (Picasso)

If you have any questions, I am available during school hours (when I am not in class).  The quickest and easiest way to contact me is via email at mcfarland@millhopper.com.

Ms. Joanne McFarlan

Teacher Appreciation Gifts
Teacher Appreciation Gifts

adventure Each year the teachers and faculty of Millhopper Montessori School work incredibly hard to help our children learn and grow in a safe and healthy environment. During Teacher Appreciation Week we like to let them know how much we value their efforts. This year’s theme is designed to honor each individual’s interests and choices. As part of our Teacher Appreciation Week activities, the PTO Appreciation Committee is pleased to once again offer the opportunity to purchase for our teachers and staff a gift certificate to a local merchant of their choice. By many families contributing to the same gift, they are able to select something special. Participation is optional and we hope the program will alleviate some of the stress of this busy time of year. If you would like to participate, please place your order on this webpage or you may review the letter that was mailed to your home and indicate the dollar amount you wish to contribute next to the individual’s name. Please total all your contributions and return the form with cash or check (made out to MMS PTO) in an envelope to Crystal Sorrow by Friday, May 13, 2016. You may leave the envelopes at the front desk or hand them to Crystal directly. Gift certificates will be presented to each recipient during Teacher Appreciation Week with a card from the families who have contributed. Dollar amounts are not included on the card. Since the PTO is now a non-profit 501(c)(3), your donation may be tax deductible. Please speak to your tax advisor regarding tax deductions. If you are interested in assisting with planning Teacher Appreciation Week or if have any questions, please feel free to contact either of us at missyno@bellsouth.net or rimskoon@yahoo.com. Have a wonderful end of the school year! Missy Norman & Sheila Koon PTO Appreciation Committee

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