Master storyteller visits Lovett School

On Thursday, April 10, and Friday, April 11, The Lovett School hosted Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald, whom the School Library Journal has called “the grand dame of storytelling.”

MacDonald, a former children’s librarian, is known throughout the world for her collecting and retelling of folktales. The author of more than 45 books and audios on storytelling and forklore topics, MacDonald resides in Kirkland, Wa. Some of her books include: “Twenty Tellable Tales;” “The Storyteller’s Start-Up Book;” “A Parent’s Guide to Storytelling;” “The Old Woman who lived in a Vinegar Bottle;” and “Mabela The Clever.”

At Lovett, she told stories to students in all three divisions, as well as taught some of Lovett’s Upper School students to tell stories themselves.

She has a Ph.D. in folklore and travels the world telling tales – and teaching others to do the same.

Atlanta school board tentatively approves 2009 budget

Atlanta school board members tentatively approved the 2009 general fund budget on April 14.

The proposed general fund would increase to about $662 million for the fiscal year, which begins July 1. The increase is about $41 million or 6.7 percent.

More public hearings are planed for the budget and the board is set to give final approval to the budget in May.

First Montessori adds programs, media center, classes

The First Montessori School of Atlanta (FMSA) is adding two new programs for the 2008-09 school year. Beginning this fall, FMSA will offer a Toddler Program for children ages 1 ½ to 2 ½. Additionally an All-Day Primary Program will be offered as well.

While the new programs are starting, FMSA students will be able to enjoy some new amenities at the school at the same time. Construction is scheduled for completion this summer on a new media center/library and a new classroom building featuring six additional elementary classrooms.

Trinity School students excel at state math competition

Seventeen Trinity students recently competed in the State Destination Imagination Mathematics Competition.

Fourth-graders Trevor Adams, Clare Draper, Patrick Lopez, Draper Newton, Dylan Reichert and Alex Walker took first place in the structure challenge.

Placing second behind the fourth-graders was Trinity’s first-grade structure team. The first grade team created a 22-gram structure that held 185 pounds. First-graders Anders Feinour, Tate Foster, Peter Huff, Marcus Lewinstein and Trey Parikh also won the “Spirit of DI” Award for excellent teamwork.

Fourth-graders Chase Williams, Blake and Tyler Gillikin and Karan Soni, along with first-graders Josh Patrick and Cole Walker took first place in the vehicle challenge, outscoring a high school team. All three teams have been invited to the Global Finals in May.