“Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No one can do more.”
Loris Malaguzzi, founder of the Reggio Emilia approach
This Saturday a group of our teachers will attend the Ohio Voices for Learning (OVL) fall conference. This day will be focused on the topic of inquiry. Also, our pedagogical mentor and community liaison Beth Poronsky will present a breakout session there. This promises to be an enriching day of professional development. OVL is the study group consortium which includes 17 study groups across the state focused on the Reggio philosophy and best practices for early childhood education. More information about OVL can be found at their website, http://ohiovoices.org/about-ohio-voices/
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.
News from our Naturalist…
The buzz is still about bees and our local pollinators. Groups of children have been visiting our apiary, learning about honeybees and other pollinators. They have tried on protective bee suits, handled tools and observed the bees up close as they busily fly in and out of the hive. A group of kindergarteners watched as I took the beehive boxes off one by one, down to the bottom box, checking for brood pests and the bee’s supply of food for winter. I showed the group bee eggs, larva, pupa, pollen, capped and uncapped honey.
I will attend the Ohio Farm Science Review on Tuesday September 20th. I will assist with the West Central Ohio Beekeepers presentation along with other beekeepers and entomology students from Ohio State University. An observation beehive will be on display during the program, which is something on my wish list for the Overfield School.
Regarding our future Overfield pollinator gardens, Allen Jones will be returning this week to re-till our ground. It is a herculean task preparing for the native plant plugs arriving next spring, and this will be made even harder when the invasive plants reappear….but the hard work will be well worth it when our pollinator garden begins to flourish!
Deb DeCurtins – Overfield Naturalis
Our first Overfield Family Partnership (OFP) meeting of the year was a success! The evening included discussion about the vision of the OFP and the myriad ways to be involved at Overfield, and featured a presentation about the Reggio Emilia philosophy. We hope to see even more of you at our next meeting! In the meantime, if you have questions or want to know more about the Family Partnership or volunteering at Overfield, don’t hesitate to reach out to OFP co-leads Allen Jones or Sheena Finney, your class ambassador, your child’s teacher, or our school’s parent liaison Beth Poronsky.
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. The first order will be placed this Friday, 9/23. Items will arrive in about a week, and will be distributed to children’s lockers upon arrival.
If you are interested in extended day services (before care, lunch bunch, or after care), please call or email the office in advance. We have very limited capacity and can’t accommodate all requests. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!