November 13th Newsletter

Ana and Mary’s Newsletter – November 13th, 2015

Classroom Celebrations

On Tuesday, we got to meet Heidi Snyder and Dorothy DePaulo, authors/illustrators of the beautiful book “Wild in the City”. One of the many things we learned from these two artists/writers is that it requires a lot of patience, practice, and close observation to be able to draw nature in such detail. Our class now owns this stunning book that is chockfull of information about our local fauna and flora. Want to know about Gadwall Couple, Black-headed Grosbeaks, or Fox Squirrels? Come and take a peek at our new book! Since our focus this semester has been on Colorado nature, we appreciate this additional resource greatly.

The introduction to “Wild in the City” starts with these words: “It all began with a walk in the park.” On Friday, we got to follow in the footsteps of these authors and go out into nature once again to observe for ourselves. Our first nature trip had taken us west to the mountains. This time we headed east – out to the plains. Having studied owls and especially prairie dogs we were hoping to see lots of those Colorado animals – and bison as well – of course!

And what a beautiful day we had! The prairie dogs peeked out of their burrows and we could even hear their “chirking”! We discovered oriole nests in giant cottonwood trees and were stunned by the panorama of the snow-covered mountains. The buses took us through the bison refuge and we spotted several of these giants – some even on the road.  Thank you to all the parent volunteers who accompanied our trip and to Molly for organizing it. It was a fabulous experience.

Looking Ahead

  • Thurs., Nov. 19 – ELC Community Circle hosted by Molly and Jim’s Class, 8:45 am
  • Fri., Nov. 20 – Durbin Day and “Food for All” Food Drive
  • Nov. 23-27 – Thanksgiving Break
  • Thurs., Dec. 3 – ELC performance, 6pm

Durbin Day and Food Drive: Nov. 20 we will celebrate “Durbin Day” – a day named in honor of JCOS volunteers extraordinaire. During the morning we will connect with our older student buddies to take our food collection to the Action Center. The school bus will then take us to the local Crown Hill park for a hike with our buddies. Afterwards we will gather at school to enjoy a Thanksgivings feast together.Please send in a can of food (or more) for our “Food for All”  food drive. For our Durbin Day feast we are asking that our students bring a side or veggie dish to share and a mess kit in a bag. Since we will be also walking a lot that day, please make sure that your child wears good walking shoes and clothing appropriate to the weather.

Peace,  Mary and Ana

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