Thursday, October 25: Box Tops due.
Friday, November 2: CLOSED for teachers to prepare for Family Conferences; Toddlers OPEN.
Friday, November 9: Residency celebration with Michael Lippert, 6 p.m. in the Gathering Place.
Monday, November 12: Evening Family Conferences.
Tuesday, November 13: CLOSED for Family Conferences; Toddlers OPEN.
Thursday, November 15: Overfield Family Partnership (OFP) Meeting, 6:30 p.m. in the Gathering Place.
Wednesday, November 21-Friday, November 23: CLOSED for Thanksgiving Break.
A heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended Autumn at Overfield! It was a wonderful day in spite of the wacky weather and loss of power. We want to give special recognition to all who donated time or items; none of what we do would be possible without your help! We can’t wait until next year!
A musical compilation of Overfield favorites featuring Overfield students, alumni, and our beloved musicians Carla Briggs, Beth Beane, and Jim McCutcheon.
Order forms for the CD are coming home with students this week. Additional forms can be found in the Gathering Place parent area. You may fill out the order form and turn in with payment to the office or any communications basket.
CDs will be available for pick up at Autumn at Overfield on Saturday, October 20th.
Join us in welcoming our first Artist in Residence, Michael Lippert!
Michael is a founding member and resident artist with The Human Race Theatre Company in Dayton, Ohio. In 2011, Michael received the Ohio Arts Council’s Governor’s Award for Arts in Education that recognizes life-time achievement in the arts. Michael serves both as Muse Machine’s Director of Elementary Programs and as a Program Artist. He works with teachers and students in early childhood through sixth-grade classrooms.
Michael will be here to work with the children Monday, October 22nd through Thursday, October 25th. We will rehearse while we await Michael’s return on Friday, November 9. That will also be the night of the Celebration of his residency, which will take place in the Gathering Place at 6 p.m. You can read more about Michael on the Muse Machine’s website, and we look forward to welcoming him to Overfield!
The K/1 class has bottled over half of the sweet Overfield Honey harvest; it is now available for sale. The worker bees are still heading out looking for nectar and pollen when the temperatures are warm enough for them to fly. The worker bees left in the hive are flapping their wings to make sure the queen is a toasty 92 degrees. We will be wrapping the beehives very soon with tar paper, and adding insulation at the top. The black tar paper absorbs the heat from the sun, and a few inches of insulation on the top of the hives helps the honeybees survive the winter. We will continue to feed sugar and protein as the bees need it until spring.
I have a feeling we will not experience Indian Summer this year; I miss all the bright colors. We have not seen a groundhog for a while, and I feel they will be putting their “do not disturb” signs out very soon. The skunks have somehow managed to dig under the apiary fence, and I believe there are signs they have been hunting our honeybees. The children and I have been plugging up their back door entries. The deer are munching on the last of their favorite food, and I have observed them nibbling on some of our favorite plants. The chickadee, titmice, and finch are just some of the wild birds seen at our Overfield feeders. The children will enjoy our Cornell Bird ID program this winter.
We will finish preparing the soil in the garlic bed this week, plant the cloves of garlic, and add a blanket of straw. There are a few things that still need harvesting, but for the most part, vegetable gardening is coming to a close for this year. We will start planning for next season during the cold winter months. It could be the colder weather, but I am now looking forward to seeing snowflakes. – Deb
Our fall Box Tops drive will be going on until Thursday, October 25th. There is a bin labeled “Box Tops” in the Gathering Place where these can be dropped off, or you can put them in classroom Office Communications baskets. Money raised from Box Tops helps us buy all kinds of extra items and supplies for classrooms. Thank you for your support of our school!