Friday, May 14, 2021: Overfield Night Hike for Toddlers, South Side, and North Side; Kindergarten/1st and 2nd/3rd Campout. Night Hike will take place from 6:30-8 pm.
Monday, May 17-Friday, May 21, 2021: Week long residency with Visiting Artist, the Guitar Man, Jim McCutcheon.
Thursday, May 20, 2021: Overfield Family Partnership carry in picnic, 5:30 pm on the main playground. Concert with Visiting Artist, Jim McCutcheon, 6:30 pm on the main playground.
Thursday, May 27, 2021: 2nd/3rd Grade Celebration, 6:30 pm on the main playground.
Friday, May 28, 2021: Last day of school for students for the 2020-2021 school year.
We are thrilled to be welcoming the Guitar Man, Jim McCutcheon, as a visiting artist the week of May 17th! Many thanks to the Ohio Arts council for helping to provide this opportunity, where the children will get to learn all about the guitar, as well as about stringed instruments from all over the world. There will be an outdoor concert with Jim at 6:30 pm on the main playground on Thursday, May 20th. We hope to see you all there!
In our first few days of May the rosy redbud blossoms are slowly waning, and the eye-catching white blooms of the dogwood trees are taking front stage. The cone shaped flower clusters on the “Ohio State” buckeye trees are swaying in the breeze, awaiting Orioles, hummingbirds, and other pollinators to take notice of their hidden gifts.
Tiny tree frogs, dressed in their best camouflage, can be heard trilling from the trees, hoping for a date with that special someone. The robin family nesting in the trellis over the K/1 entrance have been diligently feeding their two hatchlings. They are much pluckier than the chickadee family who decided the K/1 playground had too much action and moved to a quieter neighborhood to start a family. A lone doe was spotted strolling not far from The Overfield School gardens this past week–a sign that it may not be too long before young fawns, escorted by their doting moms, will be observed by their human counterparts.
Hopefully, the threat of frost will soon be a thing of the past as Mother’s Day, the official date for safe planting, approaches. The sprouting vegetable garden has managed to survive our frigid nights and frosty mornings. We look forward to filling the garden with tasty treats and fresh flowers.
Cicadas! These are still the hot topic in our part of the world. When and where are the big questions. Entomologists have their theory; Mother Nature holds the answer. Thank you to the Miami County Park District for the loan of a Trail Book based on the life of a seventeen-year cicada.
“Nature is pleased with simplicity, and nature is no dummy.”
Deb – Overfield Naturalist