Archives for May 2016

FDNSC Spring Performance: All About Me

Wednesday May 11 we had our Spring Performance. The K-5 students put on a performance in collaboration with their directors Giles and Susan of Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater. The title of this piece is “All About Me.” The students told stories through dance. K-2’s stories covered the ranges of emotions. They told of times they felt frightened, excited, joyful, relieved, angry and even vengeful.  The students created all original dances that were named after each of them.  Their dances told the stories as well as conveying their emotions. The stories illustrate how experiences help the students learn and figure out who they are; “All About Me.” 

The 3-5th graders told different components of “All About Me.”  Their stories included some poetic dialogue that describes where they come from like “I’m from words pouring off a book,” or “I’m from up to down.” They also spoke of their ancestry. Some students told of their families military exploits while others spoke of distant relatives like kings and Vice Presidents to conquistadors and the first successful black dentist. Their dances were very fun and exciting, and the venue of the NC Arboretum made it that much more special.  

The “Family Tree” they designed was colorful and beautiful. The K-2 students designed the leaves and birds of WNC that were added to the tree at the end of the show. The 3rd and 5th graders added planes, trains, automobiles, boats, and flags. The 4th graders designed creative hats to represent what you see of them on the outside of who they are is to be matched only by what is in their minds and hearts.  We are very blessed to live in such a beautiful place and very lucky to have had the opportunity to  have our performance at the NC Arboretum. Thank you to the Arboretum folks who take care of such a wonderful place. Thank you to all the teachers, teacher’s assistants, and FDNSC community members for your support of FD students. And an especially HUGE thank you to Susan and Giles for continually creating wonderful stories and dances with FDNSC students.


Spring Performance Rehearsal: All About Me


Our students put on a Spring Performance every year with Susan and Giles of Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater. These are some photos of our rehearsal.  This year’s performance is at the North Carolina Arboretum.  The students created the dance moves as well as the Art for the show. In these images Susan and Giles work out some of the problems before the official show later that evening. 

Movement/Health with Miri

In Movement and Health with Miri students learn to work with each other using manipulatives like pillow cases and large swaths of cloth.  They do 3-legged traveling around the room by putting their legs into a pillow case. They had to walk forward and backward. Doing this forces them to collaborate. Then the students used the cloth in very creative ways. Some students ran with the cloth like a cape making sure to be aware of their surroundings for safety. Other students pulled their friends around the room as they sat on the cloth. They also used the cloth like a parachute and sat under them as two friends lifted and lowered them letting the air slowly drop the cloth onto them. At the end of class Miri has her students return to a peaceful state by lying down on the floor on a piece of cloth. She takes a sounding bowl and places it on their belly or back telling them to be aware of their bodies and feel the vibrations of the bowl as it rings. Our students love this class. They get to work out their wiggles and learn to be very aware of their bodies.

Health/PE Specialist


In Health/PE with Mrs. Marty students did circuit training. The were put into groups. In their groups they designed their own exercises and taught each other those exercises. They then did the circuit training workout using each other’s created exercises. They had a lot of fun.

Session 3 Electives: STEAM, Aca-Awesome, and Greenworks.

In STEAM students worked on designing boats using tape, hot glue, straws, cardboard and foil just to name a few of the materials at their disposal. Ms. Ashley discussed the materials and their different strengths and weaknesses. The expectation was for students to design a boat to hold as many golf balls as possible before it would sink. One students boat was able to hold 16. 

Mr. Sean and students warm their voices in preparation for Aca-Awesome Elective’s demo at our Electives Fair. The students share all their newly gained skills and knowledge from Electives at the Electives Fair.


In Greenworks Environmental Ms. Christine discusses the effects of pollution. One way the effects can be seen is through  insects. The effects of pollution causes insect populations to rise and fall in ways that create imbalance in insect lifecycles. For example the imbalance causes over breeding of mosquitos, but slows breeding of their predators.