Happy 5th Birthday, HBMH!

Today marks the 5th anniversary of HBMH! Our friends gathered in the library for a special Celebration of Life to help commemorate the past 5 years. From breaking ground in 2009, to opening our first classroom in 2010, we have grown so much since! We’ve been through the hardships, such as the “big flood” of 2012, and seen first-hand a community come together to help one another when in need. Most recently, our community raised funds to create our beautiful outdoor classroom extension (side porch), in the hopes to finish even more projects for our backyard renovations and improvements. Through the support and commitment of our wonderful HBMH families and staff, we will continue to grow and improve as a school community!

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A special celebration of life held for the school’s 5th birthday.

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5 candles lit for each year the school has been open.

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One of our primary friends was chosen to walk the earth around the sun 5 times. This friend has been with us since 2010!

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Ms. Tami shows us a photo album of pictures from over the years. It was fun to guess who was in the photos as a young infant in our Blueberry and Cherry rooms several years ago!

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“I remember being in the Blueberry Room when I was 1 year old!”

Happy 5th Birthday, HBMH!

Diwali Celebration

Our primary community celebrated Diwali today, India’s “Festival of Lights”. Diwali is celebrated in many different ways, depending on where one lives. This festival marks the last harvest of the year before winter, and also represents the victory of good over evil.

In our community, we celebrate the Festival of Lights. There is no religious affiliation to the celebration, however we do embrace the culture and historical importance of the holiday itself. Many of our families celebrate this holiday in their homes, in their own personal way. The children read books and look at pictures of the Festival of Lights, light candles, and often times make a symbolic Rangoli, which is a type of folk art from India made of sand, flower petals, etc., and is produced on the floor.

"Diwali works" were added to our art shelf to help celebrate the occasion.

“Diwali works” were added to our art shelf to help celebrate the occasion.

One of our friends brought hand-made candles with a special note to share with all our friends - thank you!

One of our friends brought hand-made candles with a special note to share with all our friends – thank you!

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Ms. Geetha shows everyone how to make their own Rangoli.

Ms. Geetha shows everyone how to make their own Rangoli.

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"Lamp Tracing" was available at the light box. Children could trace and color or paint their new art.

“Lamp Tracing” was available at the light box. Children could trace and color or paint their new art.

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We lit candles around the rangoli to commemorate the "Festival of Lights".

We lit candles around the rangoli to commemorate the “Festival of Lights”.

For a brief look into the history of Diwali, I would invite you to explore the links provided below: