Hope everyone is rested and revved up.
Our field ecology program is approaching and I, for one, am hoping for freezing temperatures and lots of snow.
I also have some special traditions to uphold:
Kindergarden Spiderplants ~I am going to have all the Kinder kids grow and care for some spider plant babies. Spider plants are those tropical plants that toss out these pretty white flowers that in turn become miniatures of the adult plant. Often a mature plant will have 30-40 of these little ones. They can be clipped off and put into water to develop roots. That's what we will do with the kinderkids. So, I have about 40 small plants, and I need about 40 more. Does anyone have any to spare? Also, I have about 20 baby food jars and I will need another 60. Anybody feeding babies out there.? If so, please pass the jars on to me. We have a song that goes with the project:
Spider took a walk
And saw a lovely palm tree,
The Palm tree said to Spider
"Do you want to crawl on me?"
Soon they were married
And had alot of children.
The children all were spider plants,
One, two, and three.
First Grade, Snake and Turtle
We will be performing the Snake and Turtle play with and for 1st grade. They will also perform for the Kindergarden and 8th grade. This play was originally created to enlist the younger students to help to protect (and not destroy) the Snake and Turtle effigy mounds that lie in the garden to the east of the playground. It is bittersweet that that entire site will apparently be destroyed by the construction of a new addition. I am hoping to relocate the mounds to an area south of the sports field, behind the net. I am also hoping that the contractors will dig up the 25 hazelnut trees that are planted there.
Snake and Turtle also have their own song.
8th grade Tea , bread and jam.
Our 8th graders will be processing the mint plants that they harvested in Fall. The bundles are hanging in the shed drying out. They will strip the leaves and sift them through a colander. Then they will pack them into tea bags, label and staple. While doing this, their classmates will prepare and serve mint tea, crispy bread with Waters School fruit jam. Very nice smells.