April 16, 2017 Update

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

This will be short and sweet…today is my son’s 21st birthday.

Earth Week begins tomorrow and we will have tons and tons of outside time!  I usually give a day-by-day schedule for parents.  Remember that your child needs to be ready for the weather each day.  Garden gloves would be helpful to have handy too.

Monday:  We will have our opening ceremony at 8:15 in the gym followed by a quick review of the history of Earth Day.  Students will then welcome our Waukegan book buddies and work on engineering bridges using recyclable materials.  In the afternoon we have some gardening (inside and outside) and Spanish.  Please have your child wear his or her new yellow Earth Week shirt, old Earth Week shirts, or spirit wear.

Tuesday:  Today we will begin our day with an Earth Day book and students will be introduced to a project called Earth Day Report Card.  Students will be moving around the school and  “rating” the “green-ness” of the school. They will also take a check list home to rate your home!  Return it on Thursday for the reflection piece of the project.  We are off for a Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt before lunch.  After lunch we are going to sort through our trash and graph what we find.  Students will create posters with their data and suggestions to continue to reduce trash.  Then we head out for PE.

Wednesday:  This morning we begin our day with Suzanne Slade’s book about Anna B. Comstock.  Make sure that you order your copy (order form emailed home last week) since she will be visiting the school on April 26.  Our class’ time is 1:40 in the barn if you are interested in joining us.  We will continue our Earth Day Report card by rating the classroom and completing the reflection on classroom.  After snack we head our for some birdwatching along the path to the Homestead.  We will be using prompts from Anna B. Comstock’s book, Handbook of Nature Study, to guide our observations of Red Winged blackbirds. After lunch we are headed to Oak Openings for a Muir Trek with a stop at Prairie Smoke Pond for another lesson from Comstock’s book on the Willow tree.  The day is wrapped up with Art.   EARTHKEEPERS S KEY DUE TODAY

Thursday:  We will begin our day with one last Earth Day book and begin the Trail Tale activity designed by the Green Team.  We will be back by 10:00 ish for snack and then work to clean up the Medicine Wheel Garden and the Wigwam Garden.  After lunch we plan to work on the Bee Friendly Service Learning Project.  Students are working in committees on many different aspects of this project.  We hope to have the bee house hung by the end of the week, but there are many other small parts of the project to complete.  Please save the date:  May 23, 2017 for a parent information night.  Our day will conclude with Music class.

Friday:  This is our big field trip day to Moraine Hill State Park.  We have visited this park several times and it is a great place to spend the day.  We will be running four nature stations which will integrate local habitat and Native American legends.  After lunch we will take a hike.  We will leave the school at 8:15 and return by 3:00.  We are asking that students refrain from bringing nuts.  They will need to carry their backpacks with their lunch and nature bags too.   They must bring a waterbottle!  Please check the weather and dress your child appropriately.

Two other items:  I am taking a vacation day to go “up north” on April 24.  Then on April 27, Chris has his wisdom teeth out and I will need to help him, so I will miss that day too.  I hate to miss two days in one week, but the oral surgeon was running out of convenient dates.

Dates to Remember:

4/25:  Board Meeting, 7 pm

4/26:  Author Visit, 1:40 pm

4/26:  Family Math Night, 6:00  (RSVP sent to your email on Saturday)

5/1- 5/5:  Native American Immersion Week

5/3:  Early Release

5/11:  Old World Wisconsin field trip

5/12:  Green Team Family Campfire (Information to come)

Lots going on!  Have a great week and remember that every day is Earth Day!