Tuesday, November 19: Informational meeting for parents interested in sending their child(ren) to Kindergarten/1st/2nd/3rd grade at Overfield in 2020-21.
Friday, November 22: Overfield Family Partnership Centerpieces and Spirits Social Event, 6:30 p.m. in the Gathering Place.
Wednesday, November 27-Friday, November 29: School CLOSED for Thanksgiving Break. School will resume on Monday, December 2nd.
Tuesday, December 3: Giving Tuesday. Please remember Overfield in your charitable giving!
Tuesday, December 10: Night Tree for Alumni, 6-7:30 p.m. in the Gathering Place.
Wednesday, December 11: Night Tree for Toddlers, 5:30 p.m. in the Gathering Place. Night Tree for K/1/2, 6:30 p.m. in the Gathering Place.
Thursday, December 12: Night Tree for South Side, 6 p.m. in the Gathering Place. Night Tree for North Side, 7 p.m. in the Gathering Place.
Well, looks like fall is not going to flirt with us this year. It is abruptly leaving us in the company of winter. I am one of those who love the arrival of winter; the crisp early morning air that fills your lungs; the special skies at sunrise and sunset; the extra sparkle in the stars; the quiet of falling snow. The best! I just like being somewhat prepared for it, and I find myself just not quite ready this year, but I will be.
The children helped in the vegetable garden this week, working and playing at various fall clean up projects. Garlic cloves from this year’s crop were planted by a group of K-2 students. Two energetic kindergarten boys returned with me, and enthusiastically spread a blanket of straw over our future crop of fragrant “stinking roses”.
I recently purchased a digital microscope for honeybee observation and research. The K-2 classes have been using it to examine countless artifacts, from dragonfly wings to fractals. The magnified images are amazing and the children have considered incorporating the designs and patterns into their art work. A generous Overfield parent has offered to purchase two digital microscopes for the school. They can be connected to a larger screen, perfect for young naturalists who are still learning to focus a standard microscope.
We are having a lot of conversations about what our wild animal friends do in the winter. Whether they migrate–like bats and some birds; hibernate–like reptiles, amphibians, and ground hogs; or tough it out like squirrels, deer, and most humans under retirement age. I always know when the bats head south for their winter homes, because fresh bat guano abruptly stops appearing in my barn and on my lawn tractor. The South Siders have taken up an interest in the little furry flying mammals; I look forward to spending time with a group of young chiroptologists this week, and talking echolocation.
The Bird Hide restoration is moving forward, weather permitting. I am excited!
Looking forward to playing in the snow! Deb – Overfield Naturalist
Winter Weather Procedures
With the arrival of colder temperatures it is evident that although the calendar says fall, winter weather is here! Please be advised that the children will play outside as long as temperatures are 20 degrees or above. In order to enjoy the outdoors they need to come equipped with heavy coats, hats and gloves, as well as snow boots/pants in snowy weather. Also, please make sure that your child’s extra clothes are appropriate for cold weather.
As winter weather is already in the forecast, we wanted to remind everyone to please use caution when driving on the hill to or from school. This is pre-treated when winter weather is anticipated, and plowed and salted as soon as possible. Even when treated the hill can be slippery, so please be aware and take the proper precautions when driving in snow or ice.
Overfield families will be notified via One Call Now by 6:30 a.m. if classes are cancelled due to inclement weather. Information may also be found by watching or logging on to the local news, WHIO Channel 7. We do have a delay policy in place this year. If we delay, it will be a 2 hour delay. In this case, Toddlers and Before Care will be closed. School would open at 10:30am. and morning classes would still dismiss at noon, as usual.
We encourage you to use your own discretion when needed. Your safety is always first priority. Bundle up and stay warm, everyone!
Overfield Family Partnership invites you to participate in this fun, family fundraiser! Buy a pack of pizzas to make at home with your family during these cold months. What a great way to spend time together as a family, and give back to OFP! Orders are due by November 26th. Please note that vouchers for pizza can only be redeemed at the Troy Cassano’s. Thanks for your support!
Continuous professional development is a hallmark of our work at Overfield. This weekend, ten Overfield faculty members attended the Ohio Voices for Learning (OVL) Inspired Teachers Institute (ITI) fall conference.
Ohio Voices for Learning is a non-profit organization comprised of groups around the state which focus on the study the Reggio philosophy. Our Program Lead, Beth Poronsky, is the Chair of the Board of OVL. All of our teachers participate in monthly study group meetings at Overfield, as well as attending professional development initiatives like this conference.
The fall ITI was held at the University of Cincinnati, featuring keynote speaker Karyn Callaghan, President of the Ontario Reggio Association and board member of the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA). The conference included breakout sessions as well as school tours of the Arlitt Child Development Center, which is a Reggio inspired child care facility on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.
The teachers all came back with ideas for the classrooms here at Overfield, as well as new collegial relationships with educators across the state, strengthening the network of educators who strive to advocate for meaningful education for young children.