Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pumpkins Everywhere!

Come one, come all. Everyone is invited, in costume or not (preferably in), to join the school wide Halloween parade on Friday, Oct. 29. All Broncos, from Pre-K to 8th grade, will be garbed in spooky and funny outfits, and our parade should be a hilarious spookfest! Remember, this will be a regular school day for Utopia. The parade will begin at 1:05.

Last week’s lessons on birds have provided us with memorable teachable moments. We have now left the skies and turned out attention to the seas. Our focus this coming week will be on tide pools and the creatures that inhabit them. The children will learn about these bodies of water that are quite common in the numerous beaches of the Bay Area. If you have the opportunity, please visit our beautiful beaches and observe the tide pools with your children. Collect seashells and seaweeds, and have your kids bring them to class.

The trip to the pumpkin patch was a success. We went on a hayride and took the train around Postorino. We had a lot of fun with our decorative pumpkins in school---we rolled them on the floor, built a ramp and rolled them down the ramp, threw them like a ball, traced them on paper, arranged them according to size, arranged them according to beauty…It was a great experience on listening, talking, convincing, and even building ramps using blocks.

The STM Carnival is today! Please come and join us in this community event. Entrance is free, and food is plentiful. Some of the older students plan on coming in their Halloween costumes. In preparation for Friday’s parade, you can have your kids dress up as well. We don’t have a booth but we contributed to the event by having the children’s pumpkin artwork be put on display in Carrol Hall.

Individual parent conferences are coming up. Please return the conference forms. We look forward to discussing our fun-filled first quarter with all of you.

Have a great weekend. Stay dry, and go Giants!