The Conservation Caper comes to Rainbow!

The Conservation Caper comes to Rainbow!

Rainbow community, won’t you join us for this fun 25-minute educational play designed to inspire green living and energy saving?!

Arrive at the auditorium in the Rainbow Community Center on Wednesday, January 25th, at 60 State Street, at 10am to grab a seat and enjoy the play starting at 10:15am.

Access educational materials and play fun games with your children either before the play or afterwards to help them integrate all they’ve learned. https://www.myenergykit.org/education/

You’ll also have a chance to order an energy kit filled with energy efficient materials for your home such as energy efficient light bulbs and a water conservation showerhead. As a community, how effective can we be in creating investment among our children to be more concsious of their energy use?

Play Synopsis:
Energy is being wasted everywhere you look, but Nikki Neutron and The Energized Guyz are here to help! The Conservation Caper is a theatrical program designed to engage elementary students in green living and saving energy. In this 25-minute educational play, Nikki takes on Dr. Maybe, a villain bent on wasting water and energy, and shows our students how we all can do our part to save energy.

In fact, The Conservation Caper has a goal to save 10 million kilowatt hours of energy during the 2016-17 school year. Will you join this mission?

The Bee’s Knees Gatsby Gala

The Bee’s Knees Gatsby Gala

Ring the doorbell and stroll into the glorious venue of The Bee’s Knees Gatsby Gala on Friday, February 17th! The Pollinators Fundraising Committee is so excited to host you and your loved ones at the beautiful home of Jen Tracy and Howard Stafford for a night unlike any other. Many of you will recall last year’s parents night out, referred to as “The Best Event of The Year!” and we plan to raise the bar with this inaugural event.

Tickets are $100 each and includes:
-Opening band Up Next, music performed by Rainbow alumni Eva Peterson and Haley Fell
-Featured band The Business, music performed by Rainbow parent and recording artist Jim Arrendell, with a trio.
-Scrumptious food catered by Corner Kitchen
-Two drink vouchers for Lexington Avenue Brewery beer, wine, Bee’s Knees cocktail
-A party that is sure to be remembered as “The Best New Event of The Year!”

For childcare check out Asheville Community Movement.
Proceeds to benefit Rainbow Community School’s Financial Aid Program.
1920’s attire encouraged.
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For more information and to purchase your tickets today go to our Eventbrite site. Please consider donating extra toward the Rainbow Staff Fund. A portion of your ticket purchase price is tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Watch the video below to get a sense of The Business’s vibrant energy and colorful sound.

 

Rainbow Community For Standing Rock

Rainbow Community For Standing Rock

We are the Rainbow Community School Warriors.

We are compassionate leaders, building a socially just, spiritually connected, and environmentally sustainable world.

We are the Rainbow Standing Rock Delegation; Wendy Sause, Elijah White, Bronwyn White, Cara Hanna, Bob Hannah, and Danielle Hanna, traveling to Standing Rock to provide much needed supplies with the money you donate to this Rainbow Delegation Fund.

We are students, parents, alumni, and teachers at Rainbow Community School in Asheville, North Carolina whose hearts are heavy as we watch our water sources destabilized, the indigenous people of this land dishonored, native sacred sites destroyed, and our children’s futures dismissed as we fail to act on climate change.

Even more importantly, we are a community of whole-hearted learners committed to a transformational journey through compassionate service. Each morning when we turn to face our students we feel it in our bodies as we are undeniably initiated into a sacred contract of leadership. We are not only our students’ advocates and teachers, but their elders and role models. We are not only their parents and counselors, but their mentors and advisors. Our dedication to holistic education, to nurturing our students’ spiritual insight as well as their political power, moves us to take action now at this critical moment in American history.

After months of sustained effort by an indigenous lead coalition to redirect, or preferably shut down, the Dakota Access Pipeline away from traditional Sioux land, Rainbow is now joining this movement.

Click here to read the full story.

 

High School Info Night

High School Info Night

Come to Omega Middle School at 60 State Street in West Asheville on Thursday, November 10th from 6:15 to 8pm for presentations from EIGHT different local high schools! Choosing where to go to high school is a big decision. We’ve made things a little easier by bringing all the high schools together for one night and one night only! Each high school will briefly introduce their program before opening up the floor for questions and more in depth conversations. All are welcome to attend!
 
High School Presentations from:
Asheville High
Asheville School
Carolina Day School
Buncombe County Early College
Franklin School of Innovation
Nesbit Discovery Academy
Odyssey Community School
School of Inquiry & Life Sciences
The Learning Village High School Initiative
 
FMI: sheila.mraz@omegamiddleschool.org
5th Grader Kafira Adams Wins WNC4Peace Poetry Award

5th Grader Kafira Adams Wins WNC4Peace Poetry Award

After a lengthy process of writing, editing, and submitting her stunning poem, The Bloom of Peace, to the WNC4Peace Poetry contest, Kafira Adams was presented with the Issac Colemen Poetry Peace Award last Saturday at the Center for Art and Spirit. Kafira is a current 5th grader at Rainbow Community School. She turns to poetry under every life circumstance. When asked why she writes, Kafira responded, “I write when I’m happy, sad, mad, bored. I write poetry all the time, really, whenever I’m feeling anything at all” Her fourth grade teacher, Susie Robidoux, who supported Kafira in writing and submitting her poem last spring, affirms Kafira’s passion for poetry, “She really knows who she is as a writer. When I suggested a small edit here or there, Kafira advocated strongly for her choice.”

 

At the awards ceremony,  Kafira and Susie were joined by the two remarkable Peace Makers of the Year recipients, Holly Roach and Delores Williams. These inspiring women were being honored for their social justice work within Asheville’s chapters of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and Black Lives Matter respectively. At the heart of WNC4Peace, lies a drive to attain peace through justice. Kafira’s Poetry award is named in honor of Issac Coleman, himself an activist as a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960’s, and later in life the founder of Read to Succeed.

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Kafira demonstrated her understanding of the connection between justice and peace in her Author’s Notes. She writes, “As a seed, it is hard and difficult to take the risk to grow. This is similar to the challenges that people face in life that encourage them to act with peace” The path to peace is full of challenges and tests. Kafira’s poem begs the question, how can we encounter these challenges and these injustices with the same resiliency and grace with which a seed is urged to grow into a sprout? We are very proud of Kafira’s beautiful writing and her commitment to peace. As a school we are honored to teach children like Kafira who know they have something valuable to share with the world. In expressing her creativity and giving voice to nature’s inherent intelligence, Kafira has herself become the very thing she writes about: “a symbol of peace… a reminder for the world”.

The Bloom of Peace

by Kafira Adams

The seed is planted peacefully not knowing what is ahead.
Not knowing what it will become.
The seed sleeps quietly dreaming about peace.
It is awakened abruptly as it hears the cracking of its outer pod.
Scared and unsure what to do next,
It hides.

Thinking about mother earth, the seed trusts the future.
Pushing through the soil, it emerges gracefully.
Suddenly joy and happiness burst through the sprout
As it feels pride in its accomplishment.
Thinking back
It falls into sleep.

Days pass as nature protects and helps the spout grow into a bud.
Thinking that time should not be wasted the bud tries to burst
But is not ready yet.
It waits patiently in the sun knowing the right moment will come.
Knowing that it will be soon.
It sits.

The time has come.
The bud bursts into bloom
A beautiful bright rainbow
For all to appreciate.
Done with its journey the flower sits and smiles at the sun.
A symbol of peace…A reminder to the world.

Author’s Note:
This poem was inspired by the idea that nature is a great symbol of a human’s journey of walking a peaceful path. As a seed, it is hard and difficult to take the risk to grow. This is similar to the challenges that people face in life that encourage them to act with peace. However, if we act together, (much like how a flower depends on the soil, water and sun) our struggle is more manageable. Even though the journey is hard, it is worth it to get to peace. In the end, the beauty is seen and felt by all, like a flower’s bloom.