Emily & Alyson's Weekly Update 5-1-12

posted May 1, 2012, 9:11 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Goodbye Chocolate Chip
Sadly, our beloved pet Chocolate Chip passed away last weekend. He had been a classroom pet with us for four years, and may have lived more than ten years. After a year of health problems, he seems to have passed away in his sleep.

Clearly, this was a painful loss to our community. We gathered together by a hillside behind the school to bury Chocolate Chip and celebrate the many gifts that he gave us. Children read the stories and poems that they wrote about him, and we wished him a final farewell with one of our classroom's peace blessings. Although this was a very sad occasion, it was beautiful to see the children reaching out to each other with a reassuring touch or kind words.

Chocolate Chip's final gift to us was the chance for us to celebrate and grieve all together. How wonderful that we have created a community where children are safe to express their feelings, learning and growing in every way. 

Sharing: A Wild Animal
In honor of Chocolate Chip, a student suggested that next week's sharing topic be A Wild Animal. This could be an artifact, photograph or just a family story related to the theme. 

Rivers and Salmon
Our next curricular focus takes us a little closer to home. We are studying the water cycle, rivers, and fish - especially salmon. In the works: a field trip to see Leaburg Dam's fish passage equipment and learn about hydropower. 

For those of you who would like to learn more about Egypt, check out King Tut this summer! Seattle's Pacific Science Center is hosting an exhibition this May through January 2013.