March 14

Dear Parents,

We have landed in on the Emerald Isle as the first stop of our European adventure and new Irish and St. Patrick’s Day works abound on our shelves. The children are having great fun measuring and weighing themselves and having their photos taken as they create European passports (one friend said, “I think I can use this to get into Florida!”). We are creating the flag of Ireland and making rainbows to try and trick the leprechauns into leaving us their gold and have been reading numerous folk tales and poems written by Irish authors such as James Joyce (the children said of All Day I Hear The Noise Of Waters: “That sounds lonely”…”This is a sad poem”…”It feels cold”). We will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day next Thursday, March 17th. Make sure to wear green and hopefully we’ll catch some of the luck o’ the Irish 

Our food prep this week was Rats! We sliced pears in half and gave them yummy honey tails. We unfortunately didn’t get a chance to do a rqinbow experiment as we were waiting for the sun to come out on Friday to give us light for refraction..no luck, but we will try again next week! Other new works on our shelves include cornstarch clay and wet-on-wet watercolor, which we will be using to illustrate our Lois Ehlert-inspired books!

We will also begin working on our class Gala project next week. Every year each class creates a special project for the live auction portion of the WHMS Gala. This year we are decorating a cubby bench using watercolor decoupage shapes and forms. Pictures will be posted on the website soon. We hope you’ll consider bidding on our special project!

We will be sending our class book for publishing this coming Friday, March 18th. If you have not already done so, please send back your order form (even if not purchasing a copy) on Monday.

As always, feel free to call us at school or email: vang@woodlandhill.org or lwalsh@woodlandhill.org with any questions or concerns. We look forward to meeting with you for conferences next Friday, March 18th and Monday, March 21st.

Have a great weekend!

Smiles ,

Valerie & Leah