Tuesday, September 30, 2008

October Events

Wednesday, October 1
Nature Walk in County Farm Park

We will look for signs of Fall during an hour-long walk with Faye Stoner, a naturalist and good friend. There is no cost for this program. Closed-toed shoes and weather-appropriate attire are suggested.

Thursday, October 2
James Mark visits
Amelia's father is coming to tell us about his career

Thursday, October 9
Material Recovery Facility (MRF) for Recycling Field Trip

During the tour of the City of Ann Arbor’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) students will learn first-hand what happens to materials that are separated at home and school for recycling, composting and trash. Tours are partially outside and weather-appropriate attire is suggested. Closed-toed shoes are required to be worn.

Friday, October 10
School Closed for Staff Development

Wednesday, October 15
Leslie Science Center for all-school trip to explore the Black Pond

We will investigate the habitats of native plants and animals on a hike through the woods at the Leslie Science Center. While walking on the floating boardwalk, we will discover who is living in the pond with nets and containers. We may see many pond animals from salamanders to fairy shrimp, viewing the smallest on a video microscope. Activities may include identifying habitat components, simulating food chains, and playing an animal classification game. We will need parent volunteers to drive. Please let your child’s teacher know if you can drive several children (we will have room for 27 kids, so we need space for about 6 others).

Thursday, October 16 – Friday, October 17
Howell Nature Center
Over night Field Trip

Friday, October 31
In lieu of the typical Halloween celebration, we have an Eco-fair. Children (and staff) are asked to make a costume out of recycled materials. The costumes do not have to be elaborate or time consuming to make. The point is to have fun. In the next few weeks, look around your house and/or at places like the Scrap Box, in Ann Arbor, with your child to formulate and idea. Then enjoy designing and making a “recycled costume” to wear at the fair.

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