Monday, January 18, 2021: CLOSED for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021: Information meeting for parents who are interested in sending their child to Overfield Kindergarten/1st/2nd/3rd Grade in 2021-2022, 6:30 pm on Zoom.
Thursday, January 21, 2021: Overfield Family Partnership (OFP) Meeting, 6:30 pm on Zoom.
Monday, January 25, 2021: Class Offerings and Price List for 2021-2022 school year published.
We have completed the first week of 2021 at the “O”. It was great to be back in familiar surroundings, where children can explore nature, run and play like free range chickens, and create like Picasso. Woohoo!
I have found that fledgling naturalists often pose interesting questions. Examples: Why do bees sting? Can I eat this? What do worms eat, and do they poop? All great queries, which deserve thoughtful answers and provide a potential for meaningful dialogue.
I spent time with the Toddler groups last week, exploring the grounds, leaving food for the animals that visit at the Bird Hide, hiking along Hobart Lane, and visiting the climbing rocks. One day we were fortunate to observe seven of our resident deer family resting just inside McCarthy Woods. It was obvious that during our brief encounter, both the young children and deer shared an awareness and curiosity with one another. The deer managed to blink first, stood up and moved on to find a less animated audience. Deer encounters are like seeing a shooting star – they never cease to enchant me.
I had two students from the 2nd and 3rd grade class helping with winter work in the vegetable garden on Thursday afternoon. We dismantled the last of our garden stakes and put them up for the winter. The whole class plans to join me in the garden on Monday. Annual seed catalogues are arriving, and I have been salivating over the many new seeds available and look forward to sharing my enthusiasm with the children.
The beehives in the apiary are wearing new winter togs: robotic silver colored insulation, meant to protect them from the wind and frigid temperatures. I hope it helps support our worker bees in their quest to keep the queen bee at a toasty 80 to 94 degrees. If the queen should not survive, the whole hive will parish in the spring.
The news has been abuzz with the threat of a polar vortex; I have saved the mention of this weather phenomenon until the end. The weather forecast for the coming week does not seem to have anything near what has been predicted (snowmageddon). Guess we shall have to wait and see what Mother Nature has in store for us. Let it snow! Deb – Overfield Naturalist
Join us for a fun and innovative Overfield Family Partnership Meeting for the whole family on January 21st at 6:30 pm on Zoom!
Put your trivia hats on for an evening of fun with fellow Overfield families! Our Overfield Family Partnership (OFP) will be hosting an online Zoom meeting which will feature fun questions about the history of Overfield in celebration of our 60th year. Bring the whole family around the computer to answer questions the children are sure to know such as, “What are Julia Hobart’s dogs names?” and “What special gate at Overfield do we stop at to make wishes?”
Zoom meeting information and other details will be emailed this week. Mark your calendars for a uniquely Overfield family game night!