Friday, September 23, 2016

6th grader's Web of Life

                                                                                                           September 23, 2016
Dear 6th Graders and Families,
            From Sept. 26th - 29th (Mon. -Thurs), the 6th graders in the Windsor Central Supervisory Union will be participating in a unique program at Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historic Park. The program, “Web of Life” has been developed by the district’s 6th grade teachers with the goal of exploring different ecosystems and both the positive and negative impact humans have on ecosystems.
            Each morning at 8:30, Mr. T and I will walk the WES 6th graders to the park. After a brief orientation meeting, students will divide into 4 intermixed groups consisting of 6th graders from the five elementary schools. Students will stay within these groups for all four days. On each of the four days, the group will participate in one of the following activities:
·      Pond/wetlands ecosystems
·      Forest/field ecosystems
·      Photography
·      Flow of energy across ecosystems
We will be returning to WES between 2:00 and 2:15 each afternoon.
            Each 6th grade student will be given a field journal in class. Students will be using these journals to record information, ideas, and pictures, as well as to respond to a daily journaling prompt. Responding to this prompt should be completed in class or as homework each day. No doubt, these journals will be a wonderful reminder of this park experience.
Each day your child will need the following:
                        A lunch and drink                                                                        Water bottle
                        Sturdy closed shoes (no sandals) with socks        Backpack
                        Layered clothing (it’s cooler in the woods)
                        Long pants (unless otherwise stated)
                        Bug repellent (as needed)                                            Raingear (as needed)

***Picture Day is on Thursday, Sept. 29th. The 6th graders will have their pictures taken beginning before 8:05. Clothes for the picture should be worn to school and clothes for the park brought to school. There will then be time to quickly change clothes.               
In the event that your child has an appointment during school hours next week, please let me know so that I can make appropriate arrangements.
            Please also contact me if you have questions or concerns about this program.
                                                                                                            Jill Kurash