Wednesday, November 6: Evening Parent-Teacher Conference Appointments.
Thursday, November 7: CLOSED for Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Saturday, November 9: Ohio Voices for Learning Conference at the University of Cincinnati.
Tuesday, November 19: Informational meeting for parents interested in sending their child(ren) to Kindergarten/1st/2nd/3rd grade at Overfield in 2020-21.
I do believe we hit peak fall colors this past week. Sunday afternoon and today have both been great days to be outside. The children at Overfield have been seeking and collecting leaves in a myriad of shapes and colors. Some will be models for drawings, paintings, or pressed, some will be turned into crowns, leaf men, leaf women, or leaf creatures; whatever the children can imagine, and create. Also, on the collectible list are acorns, walnuts, buckeyes, and whatever foodstuffs the native wildlife have left unattended.
The “O” vegetable garden is slowly winding down; the wild and woolly okra is still standing tall, if we don’t count the twine and fence supporting it. Erin Barsotti and Christine Meyer moved the strawberry plants to a larger bed next to the rhubarb. They now have room to spread out and give us more berries in the spring. With any luck, time and weather permitting, we will plant our 2020 garlic crop this week. It is fun for the children, and I enjoy knowing we have garlic, my favorite Allium, working it’s magic, underground all winter, sheltered by a thick layer of straw. Maybe it is a favorite because there is no weeding required!
We have been enjoying the renaissance of birds after the mass removal of honeysuckle around the bird hide. The new trees in the bird hide have their protective armor on; let’s hope the deer got the message. New boxwood have been planted, giving us color for winter in the front circle.
The beehives continue to be a focal point for children. Our worker bees are busy collecting the last nectar and pollen of the season, organizing their food supplies in the hive, and working to keep the queen warm. There should be very few drones, if any, left in hives. They will reappear in late winter. We Beekeepers still have work, preparing our hives for cold weather. I am personally looking forward to the Ohio State Beekeepers Association Conference this weekend.
Get your sweaters out! – Deb | Overfield Naturalist
Now that the weather is turning colder, please remember to change your child’s extra clothes to match the weather. Make sure to send in jackets, gloves, and hats on days when the temperature is chilly, since we will be going outside daily as long as temperatures remain above 20 degrees.
Thank you all for coming out and supporting our school at our Chipotle Dine to Donate. With your help, we made $273.88 for our school!