April Spanish Lime Newsletter

Dear Spanish Lime Families,

March was an exciting month getting out and exploring our community and the people that serve it. The Spanish Limes visited the hospital to hear from our very own parent, Sean Hickey, to gain knowledge about his daily operations working as a medical helicopter nurse. Luckily for us we got to watch a helicopter land and tour the vessel. Before spring break Ms. Nancy, accordionist extraordinaire, has been visiting us weekly to share Eastern European song and dance! We came back from spring break eager for our field trip to Grimal Grove; to taste tropical plants, learn about the founder Adolf Grimal and his vision of the farm. There was also a blacksmith on duty that showed us how to forage metal, using tools to hammer, and bend. The blacksmith enjoyed using horse shoes as his medium and demonstrated how to craft it into other uses; knives, nails, hammer, home décor (bottle holder, picture frame). Did you know long ago when homes were built with iron nails they would commonly burn their houses when they would move so they could recover the nails to be used on the next house!?  Long ago you could find most blacksmiths carried nails in their pocket because nails were equivalent to currency. They could trade nails for mostly anything they desired.

For those that came to ‘Follow the Child’ I hope you enjoyed observing and asking questions about the lessons your child was sharing. It was spectacular to see the student’s interactions with the lessons when it was their turn to present. Some appeared nervous while others gleefully moved about the classroom sharing their experiences.  If you missed ‘Follow the Child,’ then mark your calendars for our second annual Student Led Conference Monday, April 17th at 2pm located in the Spanish Lime Classroom. Parent-Teacher Conference is Wednesday, April 19th and Friday, April 21st from 1-5:30. Sign up is located on attendance binder outside front office.

May is just around the corner and that means my favorite school fundraiser of all time, Cultural Immersion Day/Art Show. Friday, May 12th  from 5-7. It can be compared to a miniature version of Walk on White with student art hanging throughout the front lawn of our campus. Bring a picnic basket/ blanket and tour all primary and elementary classrooms. Each classroom will have studied a particular continent, and have designed a visual of their animal research. This year our classroom will be studying Australia. Each child will conduct elaborate research on an animal of their choosing. Australia’s eco system is an unusual one because of its remote locations. As a result, there are many animal species that occur here and nowhere else in the world. We will be doing this research in the classroom and will need your help to collect shoe boxes, unusual cardboard or crafting items that we could add to our project. In order to enhance our cultural study if any families have a piece of Australian culture that they want to share; artifacts, photos, stories, books, etc. we would love to borrow them temporarily. Thank you all for your help and support.

Many Thanks,

Ms. Sally