Wednesday, November 4: Evening appointments for Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Thursday, November 5: CLOSED for Parent-Teacher Conferences.
I was extremely lucky to grow up with a creek meandering through my back yard, it flowed but a few feet from my childhood fantasy; a long-standing oak tree with sprawling limbs, and a platform built just big enough for a million adventures hidden in its branches. Erin Blue Heron’s 2nd and 3rd grade classes have been deep in make-believe, designing, and constructing models of their own fantasy tree houses. The projects are created from scavenged supplies, and natural materials around the school. I have enjoyed assisting the young avant-garde designers, and watching each child bring their vision to fruition. I recommend the classic adventure novel “The Swiss Family Robinson” by Johann Wyss for everyone who loves tree houses.
Beth Bean’s hard-working Kindergarten class recently finished their landscape project along the north and east ends of the K-1 building. The new plantings are an asset to the building, and the children’s outdoor classroom.
I was on egg watch this weekend for Shandar, our South Side teacher and chicken guru. My job was to keep an eye on one special egg inside the classroom’s incubator (Shandar informed me it had been moving). On Saturday afternoon I made a scheduled check of the tiny hatchery, and inside (with a half a dozen future siblings) stood one tiny yellow peep, bobbing around on her spindly new legs. Shandar arrived soon after in order to place her under the warmth of a heat lamp, and snuggling next to a soft surrogate baby chick. Talk about a fall surprise!
Saturday was my turn to spend the evening with families and friends visiting this year’s “Autumn at Overfield Pumpkin Glow”. It was great fun observing the carved and illuminated pumpkins by our creative families, placed along a path through the school yard and meadow, ending at the warmth of the fire pit.
Tuesday morning’s fog was eerily lingering over the back meadow when I arrived at school. There were deer moving almost ghostlike in the distance along the tree line, stopping long enough to peruse our intriguing orange pumpkin patch. This is why I love fall!
Deb – Overfield Naturalist
Thank you to everyone who came to Autumn at Overfield this weekend! We had lovely weather and lots of wonderfully illuminated pumpkins to light our way, from the jolly to the scary to the intricately carved. We appreciate your participation!
Thank you to everyone who made the Gala for Growth a huge success! With your help, we raised an additional $5400! This will support the growth of Overfield for both children and teachers. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all who contributed to the success of this event–sponsors, volunteers, and donors.