Artist in Residence - Marty Kelley
Ellis Island Day, the final exam! ~ After much preparation to gain an understanding of why and how people come to our great country, Ellis Island Day finally arrived. It was wonderful to see students dressed in period attire and demonstrating a thorough knowledge of immigration to the United States. None of this could have been accomplished without your support of your child's education. As well, a special thank you goes out to the parent volunteers who gave up their Thursday morning to join us. You were great!
Immigration with Mr. Bonaccorsi ~ As part of our study of immigration, we were lucky enough to hear about Mr. Bonaccorsi's family who came from Italy. His mother was the first of her family to be born in the United States of America. We enjoyed family photos of multiple generations and some taken during a visit to Italy made by Mr. Bonaccorsi when he was a young child. All students seemed to enjoy learning from him and asked some great questions.
Secret Santa Gift Giving ~ Wow, these kids know how to keep a secret! Our holiday gift exchange was a great success. Many students were stumped as to whom exactly their Santa was. As well, it was wonderful to see that everyone seemed to enjoy giving a gift as much as receiving one.
Friendly Letter Writing ~ We had a so much fun writing letters. Students wrote to grandparents, aunt, uncles and cousins. Among others, letters were sent to Tennessee, Illinois, Virginia, Florida, Michigan, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and even Canada and India. It was so exciting to receive and share the responses. I hope many students will continue correspondence with their newly found pen pals.
Pumpkin Math ~ It was a lot of fun to make and confirm or, in many cases, correct the weight and # of seeds with pumpkins.
Autumn Adventure Day ~ We enjoyed a great hike, gathering the ingredients for a yummy trail mix along the way.