What wonderful, good-spirited parents we have. On Wednesday, 9 of them joined us as we went to Oxbow Park under an almost non-stop downpour. The guides told us to stay out of the river, but we certainly weren’t any drier than we would have been if we had just jumped in! We saw dead salmon up-close along with many other signs of animals. The volunteers at Oxbow do an excellent job guiding children to notice things they would otherwise pass right by. At the writing of this newsletter, the Thursday group has not yet returned, so we can only hope they’re a bit drier than the Wednesday group.
Speaking of dead salmon, at the end of last week (after the newsletter had been written), Mr. Shaw (husband of the famous Mrs. Shaw) came in with a 8.5 pound salmon and a big knife. Children had the option of watching as he went over the anatomy of a salmon, inside and out. About 8 kids chose not to watch at first. During the demonstration, a few others opted for the other activity: a video showing the insides of a salmon.
We did a super-cute art project this week, inspired by one our favorite websites: deepspacesparkle.com. We did a one-day mini unit on owls, which included whimsical paintings of owls against turquoise, magenta or purple skies. Ask your child how their owl turned out.
Did you know your child has a “buddy”? All of the classes have buddy classes: Shaw with Mr. Blanc; Wold with Mrs. Dawkins; and Belesiotis with Mrs. Rousse. We meet once a week for a project or activity where your child works with someone from a different class. They work with the same person throughout the year, so they hopefully get to know them quite well. See if your child can tell you their buddy’s name and one of the projects they’ve done together.
Picture re-take day has been set for Nov. 14th. If you would like an order form, please contact us.