4 Winds, Born Performers and Sink or Float?

Hello Families,

Happy February!

I hope you are enjoying this spring-like weather – and I am sorry for all of the muddy snow pants, mittens, etc, coming home lately. Unfortunately, there really isn’t any way to prevent it from happening! I wonder if winter will ever come to stay so we can have some really good snow? Speaking of which, our whole school has been invited to the Runcie’s house (they live further down Parsonage Road and Chris is in charge of our 4 Winds program at school) for a day of playing out in the snow on Friday March 4th from 12:30-2:40. You are more than welcome to join us on the trip. Everyone is required to do some sort of snow dance from now until then to inspire some winter weather!

As you probably saw on the Shutterfly site, we had our 4 Winds session on how and what familiar animals eat. We had a blast exploring a variety of animals skulls, creating our own teeth to eat plants, animals or both and we even took those jaws on parade!

We were made for the stage!

We shared our puppets with the whole school at MARS on Wednesday – thanks so much to many of you who were able to join us for the event. The children did a wonderful job of warming up the audience in advance of the Geo Bee Competition. We stood up and share our puppet’s name in the microphone. I was so proud of the children – they were super brave! The puppets will be on display on our bulletin board until Friday. It has been fun to see the older children in school walk by our board and comment on how neat the puppets turned out! Great job, Kindergartners!

Sink or Float?

We had a really fun time testing to see which objects sunk and which floated in our experiment on Friday! There are no pictures as I as elbow deep in a huge bin of water but it was so much fun to see us delight in the mystery of the property of different materials. This study will help us to decide what materials and structure will be best as we create our own contraption to help get the Gingerbread Man across the “river” so he doesn’t have to rely on the fox. I will be sure to take lots of pictures as we make these creations on Friday!

A few upcoming dates of note:

Valentine’s Day Party – Thursday 2/11 – 1:30-2:30 – See email for class list

Feb 10 – VSO Ah Capella performance at school 1:30-2:15 – all are welcome

February Vacation – Week of February 15; Mon 2/22 – school resumes

2/29 – 4 Winds session with Kir & Val – 10-11:15 or so – all are welcome

Finally, I found an article about passing on a love of reading to your children and it was an interesting read. I am sure that many of you already do these things naturally but for me it was a good reminder of how to inspire the love of reading! Enjoy!

http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/03/17/how-do-you-foster-a-love-of-reading-in-young-children/

Have a super week and I am always available via email klake@anesu.org or at 453-2949!

 

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The jaws we made go on parade!
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