I was doing a prep for one of the 6th grade classes river trip.
We had read an article about the legacy of toxic pollution in the bottom muds of the Chicago (and other) rivers. We had the kids talk in groups to come up with ideas about how we could remediate.
One group spokes person said:
"We should have Donald Trump build a wall, tip the wall over to cover up the bottom muds, and have the fishes pay for it!"
Tomorrow, Monday, May 23, all three 1st grade classes will have a garden outing to do three activities:
1) My Life in Annual Ring – the kids will fill in the growth rings of a section of tree with important events from their lives, going backwards in time. When this paper comes home, sit with you child and help them fill in other important dates.
2) Tree planting – students get to plant seeds from three different trees that they can bring home.
3) Tree medallions – students will select, sand, drill, oil and string lovely tree cross-section medallions that they can bring home.
The medallion station is very involved and benefits greatly from lots of adult help. Hope you can come and assist.
Room 205 at 11:30.
Room 111 at 12:15
Room 211 at 1:15
Meet in the garden by the shed a few minutes early.
Tuesday, May 24, 3rd Grade Room 201 Mighty Acorns are off to explore, to see the rare Spring ephemeral flowers at Sauganash, and pull invasive weeds. We leave at 9:30 a.m., have a picnic lunch at 12:15 p.m., and are back to school by 1:00 p.m. Join us at 9:00 a.m. for coffee and a briefing.
Wednesday, May 25, 3rd Grade Room 202 Mighty Acorns are off to explore, to see the rare Spring ephemeral flowers at Sauganash, and pull invasive weeds. We leave at 9:30 a.m., have a picnic lunch at 12:15 p.m., and are back to school by 1:00 p.m. Join us at 9:00 a.m. for coffee and a briefing.
Wednesday night, starting at 5:00 p.m. is Garden Night. Join us for important work and comraderie.
Thursday, May 26, Room 305, 6th grade, returns to Sauganash to don waders and enter the water to discover the bugs inhabiting the bottom. They will also conduct water quality tests, and return to the forest to pull weeds. Picnic lunch and back to school by 1:00 p.m. or so. Meet by the fishtank at 9:00 a.m. for a briefing.
Friday, May 27, Room 309 6th Grade repeats the trip above. All welcomed to assist.
On Saturday, May 28, Riverbank Neighbors hosts a workday on the river. Pulling weeds, trimming and harvesting native plants, fence building and possible wood chipping. 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Meet at Berteau Street.
Hope to see you,