Welcome to Overfield everyone! It has been a busy start to these first couple weeks of school. The children have all been settling in to new routines, learning new spaces, and making new friends. We hope everything is going well with the adjustment to this school year.
The children have spent time exploring the newest addition to our outdoor environment, the apiary located west of the vegetable garden. This is proving to be a wonderful location to learn about bees and their important role in nature and in our lives.
Join us for a unique FUNdraising event as we spend a relaxing evening painting a vase of shasta daisies. No experience is necessary! Lisa Bauer of the Mayflower Arts Center will guide us as we learn to confidently mix and apply acrylics to create a beautiful masterpiece on a 16×20 canvas. This amazing opportunity is just $35 per person (cash or check only) and includes all materials. Join us at 5:30pm for an informal mixer with complimentary wine and refreshments. Proceeds benefit the Family Partnership Fund at The Overfield School. Ages 21+.
Childcare will be available during the event, spots are limited. Call the office at 339-5111 to reserve.
Deadline for registration is Monday, September 26 at 5:00pm.
We hope to see you at the first monthly Overfield Family Partnership (OFP) meeting on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Gathering Place. Parent participation and collaboration is integral to our school, and we are looking forward to spending time getting to know one another and discussing all the ways parents can be active in the Overfield community. We will have refreshments and a brief presentation by our Pedagogical Mentor and Community Liaison Beth Poronsky about parents and the Reggio philosophy. Limited spots are available for child care. Call the office at 339-5111 to reserve your spot. We hope to see you there!
News from our Naturalist…
It is good to be back for another year of exploration and adventures at The Overfield. I love making new friends and spending time with my old friends.
I recently attended the first annual Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative in Columbus. The program is aimed at improving pollinator conservation awareness for all Ohioans and to assist in the creation and improvement of pollinator habitat across the state. This Symposium was great news for us at the Overfield because we have been working with Donnie Knight of the U.S. Forest & Wildlife Service for the last year planning and developing a pollinator garden. The ground next to the organic garden is the best location for our new pollinator garden; it is close to the apiary and visible to all who visit. We will start planting wildflower plugs from the U.S.F.W.S. in the spring. I am sure the Monarch Butterflies, our honeybees and all pollinators will benefit from this endeavor.
I am so Excited!
Other good news… Stella and Whiskers, Overfield’s resident guinea pigs, are back after their summer break and ready for visitors. Whiskers resides in the Toddler building and Stella in the Nature Room located at the east end of the Kindergarten building.
For those who do not know, the Nature room is a special place where we can investigate and discuss the latest flora and fauna finds from the children, as well as past finds from our diverse collection of rocks, fossils, bones, feathers, shells, etc. We have maps, posters of native animals, and insects to investigate, along with artwork from the children on display. Have a great week!
Deb DeCurtins – Overfield Naturalist
Show your school spirit! Overfield spirit wear is available for purchase. Follow the link on our website to print an order form: CLICK HERE. These can be turned in to the office or any office communication basket.