Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 14, right on schedule, 3rd Grade, Room 202, is off to Sauganash for their first winter outing. Today I taught them three songs they needed to know for this trip:
"Winter in Sauganash," a lullaby written by former Waters' music teacher Nadine Zelle and one of our MA classrooms more than ten years ago;
also "Listen the Snow is Falling" slightly adapted Yoko Ono lullaby about how snow calms things down, levels differences, quiets things. Beautiful;
and the Potowatomi song "Ti bi wenda bahno gwen, ayabay!" (From whence cometh the deer?") It's a kind of homage, almost a prayer to the precipitation of these beautiful animals out of the mist, their black eyes endless wells that holds our stare.
The kids are excited about cutting brush, inspecting scat, tracking the dance of wild animals, and testing the ice in the slough. Join us tomorrow at 9:00 by the fish tank. We leave at 9:30 and should be back by 12:30.
On Thursday, February 15, 4th grade Room 204 will do its re-scheduled trip from last week. Same drill. Join us!
On Friday, February 16, we are scheduled to do the Chicago River system tour with Room 309. It is a long involved and lovely bus tour, with multiple stops and aspects. We plan to leave at 9:15 and return at 2:30.
Hope it all works out. If not, we'll re-schedule!