Catching Our Breath

We all are catching our breath (and seeing our breath outside) after our busy week last week. We enjoyed our trip to the Milwaukee Public Museum and learned a lot about different biomes around the world. Our docent led tour of the Rainforest was especially interesting, and the students also enjoyed our time in the butterfly atrium. There is so much to see at that museum – and there was quite a bit we didn’t get to – so I encourage you to make a family visit if you are able! A big thank you to Mrs. Chaney for accompanying us on this trip. Attached our some pictures from the butterfly exhibit.
I’ve also attached some pictures from our Veteran’s Day ceremony and our walk for Veterans. Although it was chilly outside, it was a nice tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces. A profound thank you to all for their service! Prairie Crossing is collecting money for the Lake County Honor Flight #12. Any donations brought in this week will be sent to the office. It costs $825 to send one Veteran to Washington, D.C., and we’ve already collected $111.74!
Continuing the spirit of giving, we will also be making holiday cards for a boy named Jacob from Maine who is battling cancer. Our newly formed PCCS Make a Difference Committee has learned that Jacob’s last wish is to receive as many cards as possible this holiday season. Please consider sending in any cards, stickers, or holiday papers you may have at home to be re-cycled and re-purposed for this worthy cause. We are planning to create these cards on Wednesday.
In ELA this week we will wrap up our Esperanza Rising unit with our five paragraph essay and begin reading excerpts from John Muir: My Life with Nature. Next week we will be taking a “Muir Trek” with both Ms. Naomi and Mrs. Flaig. A “Muir Trek” is a student led nature walk during which we follow a trail that most interests the group. Nature guides our learning as we keep our eyes and ears open to freely experience the world around us. In science we will present our Conservation City projects and continue our exploration of the flora, fauna, and climate of a variety of biomes. ISNs will be collected and graded on Monday.
Thank you to everyone who has signed up for a conference slot for 11/20 and 11/21. I look forward to checking in with you and your students on their first trimester progress.