May 13: Field trip to the North Carolina Museum of Art
Students will leave campus shortly after 9 a.m. and return sometime after lunch. Students should plan on wearing their school T-shirts and bringing a bagged lunch. We will be unable to refrigerate or microwave lunches on that day. We are still looking for parent drivers and chaperones for the trip. Please contact either Summer or myself if you are able to join us.
May 17: Pinewoods Annual Auction and Fundraiser
Our annual auction will be at the Churton Grove Club House on May 17 starting at 3:30 p.m. Students have been busy working on class project and we hope families will be impressed with our efforts. Please plan on joining us a fun afternoon with the whole community. This year's theme is a beach party. Child care will be provided.
May-June STEM Fair
End of year STEM Fair. The original date of the STEM Fair, May 31, presents a conflict in the class and will need to be changed. I am now considering Friday evening, May 30 or June 6,7, or 8. Any thoughts?
Week in Review
Last week we were busy working in the elementary learning environment. We cleaned up a significant amount of debris and began some planting in our garden beds. There remains quite a bit of work to do and when the weather permits small groups of students will have a chance to work outside for brief periods. Students should bring in a large shirt or apron to put over their clothes for days when we work outside.
The older students began presenting their animal research projects. Each student chose an animal and researched its unique characteristics, habitats, diet, reproduction cycle, and completed a visual aid to complete their assignment. Finally, they presented their projects to the entire class. Great job, everybody!
There is a wonderful atmosphere of positive peer pressure taking root in the classroom. Soon after the older students presented their projects, everyone joined in on the fun. First and second year students are also busy working on geology projects and experimenting with rocks and the rock cycle.
Earth Day has also inspired a new interest in ecology and conservation. We reviewed layers of the atmosphere, including the ozone layer and global warming. We started to work on the spectrum of visible light and UV rays. This week we will experiment with UV beads and the importance of sunscreen.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the weekend yard sale. We were able to raise almost $700 to support programs at our school.
Thank you to Aurora Toennisson, Crissy Foy, and Michelle Manzon for the plants, pots, and garden tools for the outdoor learning environment.
Thank you to:
Stephanie Foster for the plates and utensils for our lunch area.
All families for sharing their children with us.
Jo Ann and Summer