Daily Schedule

Friday, May 19, 2017

Feeling Appreciated!

Thank you for Teacher Appreciate Morning! The breakfast was delicious, and my children had a fun morning too! Thanks to all who made it happen.

Such a sweet bunting - thank you!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

This Week in Review - May 15 - 19

This information will also be found in Walter's weekly email:

This week was another busy one, and we are trying to get lots of projects wrapped up before the end of the year. In math, we have switched from one-die to two-dice probability explorations, and are reading a lot of fun probability stories (many coming from a chapter book with the rather unfortunate ungrammatical title Do You Wanna Bet?).

We are finishing our writing projects, both creative endeavors as well as our year-long journals. We are also starting a series of shorter chapter book read-alouds, with a loose theme of "summer adventures". Poetry anthologies, spelling challenges, handwriting books, and special reader weekly events - all will be continued until the last week of school.

This week our big special project happened on Wednesday morning. Our months-long sustainability project of seed saving culminated with an all-school seed sale in which we raised $150.00. This money will go toward the rain garden that we helped design, and that we will help plant and maintain.

On Thursday afternoon, we went on a Spring nature walk with our naturalist Kelsey. This was the third and final one of the school year, to learn about the changing seasons of our beautiful County Farm Park. We pulled a lot of garlic mustard, an invasive species prevalent this time of year.

In Science, we continue to learn about fossils. Next week, we head off to the fossil park in Ohio to go on a real excavation. More information about this soon!

Spring Nature Walk with Kelsey - Garlic Mustard Pull at County Farm Park

Our naturalists at County Farm Park (first Faye, and now Kelsey) have been so lovely about about tying in our themes and studies whenever possible when we go on our hikes. Since we've recently been doing a lot of important work with the broad theme of sustainability, we thought it would be a great opportunity for our young naturalists-in-training to help the park become healthier and happier by getting rid of some invasive species - garlic mustard.

This is what it looks likes - it's everywhere this time of year!

After Kelsey showed us what to look for, we got right to work. It is very satisfying - garlic mustard comes up very easily. We made short work of a large area, and the wind seemed to be saying thaaaaaaank yoooooooou as we walked back to school.

Many thanks to Lindsey for coming along and helping, and also for these great pictures!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Seed Sale a Big Success!

The culmination of weeks and weeks of hard work was a success. This morning, the children demonstrated their knowledge as they told customers about the seeds they had saved from a variety of vegetables. Students from Elaine's class and our class did different seeds, so we had a nice selection - everything from Moon Flowers to Heirloom Tomatoes. The artwork on the packages was lovely. We also had bean seedlings we had started from Ann Arbor Seed Company seeds to sell, courtesy of our new friend and colleague, Eric.

It started off pretty slowly, as these sales do, and between 7:30 and 8:00a.m., there were few customers. But then things picked up! By 9:00a.m. the sale was over, and we had only a handful of seed packages left. We counted our proceeds (or, as class comedian Andrew wrote on the board, "proseeds"), and got a grand total of $150.00. This money will go a long way to pay for our new rain garden, which we will help put in very soon, and will help maintain for years to come. This science/service project was a very special one, and the children will have left their footprint on their beloved school in a real and meaningful way. Thank you for letting it happen.

Making posters earlier in the week

Our first two workers

Hey, this worker is a tiny bit too young!

More workers show up!

Now we are hopping!