January 20th Newsletter

Ana and Mary’s News – January 20th, 2017

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.           Jacques Yves Cousteau

From the Classroom

It is unbelievably exciting to “dive” into our ocean studies. We mapped the major oceans (while learning that it is actually one giant body of water that wraps around our world), we found out that they were formed by millions of years of pouring rain plus giant comets hitting the earth, and we began to explore the different zones of the ocean from the sunlit top down to the abyssal zone. And did you know that half of the oxygen we breathe is produced by the phytoplankton in the ocean? A good reason (amongst many others) to keep our oceans clean! The Zoo exhibit about ocean trash has us concerned however! So….we would love if you could explore, together with your child, ways to reduce trash, especially around school lunch and snacks. When we had lunch at the zoo, we noticed how one of our students had packed his lunch entirely in re-usable containers. He was the only one with zero trash afterwards.  Maybe you could find some simple containers that can be re-used or re-purposed for your child’s lunch….every little bit counts!

Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans. Jacques Yves Cousteau

Poetry Anthologies 

Thank you so much for everyone who was interested in our “The Voice of Lady Liberty” collection of our students’ poems. So far we have raised $30 in donations to go to the Action Center. Plus, we have 5 more copies for which we would love to find a good home….swing by if you would like to pick one up.

HELP – Please – HELP  (many of you have already given us your release permission – thank you so very much!!!)

Ana and Mary have written some articles which Heinemann Press would like to publish.  Heinemann is a well respected publisher of books and articles for educators.  However, in the year 2017 we don’t just write articles we publish “varticles.”  As such Heinemann has asked us to video some of the parts of our day that pertain to the articles we have written.  These varticles are available only to educators who subscribe to their on-line library, so the audience is limited.  We would like to include video footage of our students running morning meeting and engaged with problem solving.  If you would agree to have your children in short (30 second) video clips from our classroom for the benefit of other educators, please sign and return the release.

Upcoming Dates

Fri., Feb. 3 – Jump Rope and Hoops for Hearts

Fri., Feb. 17 – Early Release

Mon., Feb. 20 – President’s Day – No School

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