Marching into Spring!
Sprouts are popping up in our garden and flowers are getting tall in the Fig Tree garden! Doors and windows are open to this glorious weather as your children concentrate and create together; it is truly lovely.
Fig Tree headed into Spring Break with a Spring Party, planned by some Beginning and Mid-cycle students. Kids had a blast, enjoying special treats that the planners had made that morning, a rockin’ pizza party for lunch, and a longer afternoon playtime.
Many students learned about the Spring Equinox in a series of lessons that explore Earth’s relationship to the Sun. Many students know the basics of the days, seasons, and years from Primary, but in Elementary we get much more in depth, examining why and how these things happen. Students learn that the Sun-Earth relationship leads to hot and cold areas on earth, days and nights (and how their length changes throughout the year, and why), latitude and longitude, time zones, climate zones, seasons, solstices, and equinoxes. Students were excited to know that the equinox on March 20 meant that some of these things were happening “right this very minute!” “Ms. Paige, the equinox was on Sunday!!”
Several students continue to enjoy Goings Out for research, science materials, and cooking ingredients. Thank you to all the parent volunteers who drive them to the library, battery store, and HEB, among other places. They couldn’t do it without you!
Boy, cursive continues to be popular! It’s fascinating to see things germinate, germinate, germinate, and then suddenly *bloom* into enthusiastic work. For months the Beginning Cycles have been participating in Writing Workshops, and the momentum reached its turning point...like a spark that caught, cursive is happening everywhere! Please encourage your child at home, regardless of age, to write in cursive at any opportunity (when it feels natural to nudge him/her that direction). In addition to being a state standard, cursive is important because it is a remarkable tool in brain development; a multitude of studies (which you can read about online) prove the connection between the hand’s work and the development of the brain. It is such a powerful, meaningful work!
Did you know that the “banner” (the white spot) on bluebonnets turns red or magenta when pollinators should no longer visit that floret?? Students learned this fun fact and more when we dissected bluebonnets one day (after reassuring concerned students that it is not illegal to pick one bluebonnet from our own garden, I promise!). There was quite a crowd at this lesson, so it was repeated to several groups, some of whom continued to dissect snapdragons and other flowering plants collected from our campus and gardens. They explored the flowers’ communication to pollinators, and they experienced firsthand the parts of the flower, the parts of the stamen, and the parts of the pistil. (Did you know flowers have eggs??)
And ahhh, the weather was perfect for our annual West Riley McClendon Library celebration. Two tables were filled with donations to our library--thank you!! Students from Fig Tree performed poetry readings and recitations, shared original works, and told stories to the entire student body and our visitors (see photos below!). We heard Primary students share how reading makes them feel, we watched Upper Elementary students perform a skit based on a favorite book’s prologue, and we heard book recommendations from Mountain Laurel. The love of books was evident, and we appreciate your support in fostering that love.
Finally, preparations are complete for our community art project, so students will start the month of April by creating an art piece together. The Fig Tree masterpiece will be auctioned off at this year’s Spring Festival, so don’t forget to join us on April 9 and bid on it! ;)
Reminders and Sign-Ups
We need some laundry volunteers for the last 5 weeks of school. If your schedule permits supporting us in this way, please take a moment to sign up. Thank you!
We also would like a few more flower donations to finish out the year. Students use them to beautify the space, to practice art lessons and renderings, and to dissect, classify, and study botany lessons.
A reminder that each child needs clothing that suits the weather. This includes boots and jackets on each rainy or muddy day (which are plentiful now).
**Please make sure your child’s boots still fit--ask him/her, or visit our porch to check. Several students have enjoyed some growth spurts that rendered their boots officially null and void!**
Also, each child should have a change of pants (long or short) that stay at school. Each muddy day so far created at least one muddy kiddo who needed a clean change of clothes. Please make sure your child’s name is written clearly inside. Thank you.
Finally, remember to sign up if you would like a Spring Conference. We have several spots left on Friday, May 6th.
Upcoming in April
...April is a full month as we head into the home stretch!
On April 8th, we will have a field trip to Pure Luck Farms to see their goats and to learn more about the process of making goat cheese. Not to mention the joys of just being on a farm. ;)
Our annual camping trip for Full Cycle students will be on April 28th (Beginning- and Mid-Cycles enjoy regular class days). Every Friday in April the Full Cycles will participate in “Camping Classes,” during which we will cover the importance of staying hydrated, as well as the techniques and logistics for hiking safely, cooking and cleaning outdoors, and setting up a tent. Bring your questions to Tuesday’s Parent Q&A with Paige, Michelle, & Sarah!
And of course, join us for a fun day filled with games, activities, auctions, food, and fun at our annual Spring Festival on Saturday, April 9 from 11-3. The whole school comes out for carnival-style fun!
Thank you for all the ways you contribute to our community--by driving, donating, visiting, learning, and parenting the way you do. You are truly appreciated.