On Tuesday, the second graders went on a fun fieldtrip to Joan's Farm and Pumpkin Patch. Joan herself gave the class a tour of the museum farm which housed old farming tools, plows, and even an umbrella sized heating lamp that was used for keeping chickens warm. Then she taught the children about the life cycle of a pumpkin and how bees play an important role in our everyday lives. Did you know that honey found in the Egyptian pyramids is as tasty today as it was when it was the pharohs were burried? Then after lunch, free play time, and getting lost in what used to be the "corn" maze, the students brought their specially chosen pumpkins home.
As October is the month of the Rosary, the Stars met with their 6th grade buddies to make a simple and colorful rosary with beads and pipe cleaner. Afterwards, they practiced reciting one decade of the rosary together.
Then on Friday morning, the second graders joined the kindergarteners and firsties for a learning mass with Father Chad. He spoke about the important images found in the church: the many statues, stations of the cross, the stained glass windows, and the framed paintings. He reminded the students that these images are not things that we worship. He said that they are things that help us remember God and our love for the Holy Family, just as the photographs that hang in our homes remind us of our own families and fond memories; just as statues you might find in museums remind us of important people.
To top our week off, each student finished their part of our auction item for the Dine by Design event with the help of Mrs. Getaz, Mrs. McDonald and Mrs. Foisy.
In Science, we discussed why we have day and night, as well as how shadows are formed. I pulled out our globe and flashlight to demonstrate how it all works and for many, it clicked! Below is a music clip of a show that my son, Kent loves and coincidentally, it was on just the topic we learned about! If you have On Demand, you can watch the entire episode. Search for "Earth to Luna" and watch the episode called, "Nighty night, sun!"
I'm looking forward to meeting with all of you during Parent-Teacher conferences! Be sure to complete the pre-conference form and turn it in on TUESDAY, October 27th.