We'll look back a bit:
October 18th - The K5 through 2nd graders and many parents drove to the public library for our first field trip. Ms. Mary read stories, shared songs, and helped us find some great books. On the way back to school we saw BEACHED WHALE! It was dead and smelly and the size of a bus! Good thing we weren't in school, or we would have missed the excitement.
October 19th - Glenn Martinez from Olomana Gardens in Hawaii visited our school along with Sea Grant staff from Hawaii and ASCC. In one day they constructed an aquaponics system to grow plants and fish in recirculating water. Mr. Martinez spent time with each class explaining various aspects of the project including fish and plant health, physics, and economics of growing your own food. Now we're looking forward to getting some fish! The project was made possible in part by Starkist's Charlie's Kids Program.
October 20th - The older kids grades 3-8 got their turn to go to the library. This time we boarded an Aiga bus, and on the way the kids had jolly (loud) song fest. Ms. Mary graciously advised the students with their research and literature. Our awesome parent volunteers took teams of students around the non-fiction section to look for resources for their science projects. Thanks to Cheryl, Mary, Lily, Teuila and all the staff at Feleti Barstow Public Library for your patience with a mob of 30 students!
October 21st - Our principal Ms. Semo and two of our staff members Ms. Navy and Ms. Elina attended a Department of Health and Human Services conference about early childhood education where another one of our teachers Ms. Tania was presenting her techniques for circle time.
October 26th - We found out the our school was selected as one of the 6 finalists for the ACE Helpful Hands Essay Contest. Representatives from ACE came on Thursday to assess our project needs. Only three schools will be selected to win $10,000 each. Keep your fingers crossed for us!
October 28th - SCIENCE FAIR Ms. Kelley worked endlessly with the 3rd - 8th graders to finalize their projects for Friday morning. The posters and models were set and ready to go by 8:00 am when our three judges assembled. Mr. Mike Jackson, a NOAA fisheries observer; Ms. Emily Ilaoa, a Land Grant horticulturalist; and Ms. Sarah Sautner, a generous parent spent a few hours interviewing each student and reviewing each project. In the afternoon we had an awards ceremony celebrating the top three projects in each class. We're looking forward to welcoming Mr. Jackson back to teach us about marine animals.
October 31st - Halloween parties! We had a fashion show for the morning assembly. The little Superstars class came around trick-or-treating at each class. The Kindergartners ordered pizza for their party. And 1-8 grade classes combined for music, movies, food, and games in the last hour of school. Wouldn't it be fun to come to school in costumes everyday!?
As you can tell it's been a busy and wonderful month, and that's not even all of it! I didn't mention the soccer practice, the Shakespeare play, or the new baby. Stay tuned to keep learning "why it's a good day at Ta'iala."
One final random note for next time: Can anyone tell me which of our students already has their Christmas tree up?