Thursday, May 17: Overfield Family Partnership Meeting, 6:30 p.m. in the Gathering Place.
Wednesday, May 23: K/1 Celebration, 6 p.m. in the Gathering Place.
Thursday, May 24: Last day of school for children.
Saturday, June 9: Summer Celebration, 6 p.m. on the Playground. Join us for a potluck dinner, games on the lawn, and an outdoor movie. A fun way to kick of summer with your Overfield friends! Current families, alumni, and summer camp families welcome.
Monday, June 11: Summer Camp begins.
Please check the Lost and Found for any items you may be missing. Anything left over at the end of the school year will be put into the Overfield extra clothes bin, or donated. Thank you!
Please join us in congratulating North Side teacher Melissa Reineke on running in the Boston Marathon! In spite of the cold and wet weather Melissa recorded a time of 3:30:44, a personal record for her. We are proud of her hard work and the wonderful example she sets for our kids, encouraging them to be healthy and work hard to achieve their goals. Nice job, Melissa!
Thank you to everyone who came to our Spring Night Hike! Our K/1 children did an amazing job teaching the Toddler, South Side and North Side families about the various topics they have been researching. And, we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful night for a hike! We hope everyone enjoyed the evening!
Even though the 2017-2018 school year is winding down at the Overfield, Mother Nature is just cranking up. The birds are nesting everywhere and in some pretty unusual places. Spring’s procrastination set our vegetable garden projects back a few weeks. The honeybees on the other hand were not deterred by the weather and seemed to be thriving.
They have done so well, that for whatever reason, they chose to swarm on Friday afternoon just hours before the K/1 Night Hike. I was approaching the fire pit area when I heard an unusual humming coming from the oak tree in front of the apiary. A large swarm of honeybees including the queen and half of the bees from the hive were dangling from a limb about 12 ft. from the ground. I called some bee friends for help and asked our Overfield custodian, Casey Warner, if he could put on a bee Jacket and help me brush the swarm, including the queen, into a box for transport. One large extension ladder, two step ladders, two bee brushes, a plastic tub, two hive boxes and five attempts were made to capture the bees. In the end we managed to corral the queen and her entourage. An apiarist friend arrived in the nick of time, and he helped locate the queen and transport the cache of honeybees to a new location and hive. Thankfully, all signs of the errant honeybees were gone by the time the Night Hike guests arrived.
At the Night Hike, the K/1 students gave diverse presentations at different locations around the campus. Their choices of subject matter this year were: Birds, Deer, the Titanic, Spiders Endangered Species and Nocturnal Animals. The children gave insightful presentations to their families, fellow students and Overfield friends. After their programs, the K/1 class and their families took a night hike through The Hobart Preserve. It is amazing the diversity of nocturnal wildlife we have in our back yard.
I am designing a summer schedule for the Overfield Vegetable garden, and I hope to have it ready this week. Any family interested in helping tend our garden this summer will be able to sign up.
We are looking for families to care for our two resident guinea pigs, Stella and Whiskers, during summer vacation. Please contact Stephany in the office if your family would like to share the summer with one of them.
Get Outside – Deb DeCurtins – The Overfield School Naturalist – Phone: 937-701-4673
Summer Camp Registration is Now Open!
Camps are filling quickly, so please visit our website for more information or to sign up. You may also sign up in person in the Office Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Camp will take place the weeks of 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/9, and 7/16. Registration remains open until all spots are filled. We hope to see you for some summer fun!
Join us and the Guitar Man, Jim McCutcheon, at the May 17th OFP meeting!
We have a special guest coming to our final OFP Meeting for the year. Jim McCutcheon will be with us to talk about making music with children and ways parents can enrich and guide their children in choosing an instrument, developing practice habits, and generally enjoying music together. This is a meeting you don’t want to miss! This evening is geared toward adults, and we have child care available for those interested. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your child care spot.