Dear Parents and Families,

Thank you all so much for coming to our Create-A-State final presentations last week. I thought the students presented with much poise and confidence and I was glad you were there to see that. And of course, the Spring Concert always reminds us how many different and spectacular talents some of us are gifted with and work hard to develop.

The photos in the attached slide show reflect the wide variety of activities the 4th graders have participated in these past spring weeks. The temperatures finally got us into the BCD garden where we weeded then planted, tomatoes, zucchini, herbs, onions and leeks, all with an eye to next years Thanksgiving Soup. Our trip to Chocolate Springs was not only delicious but the class realized how much they already knew about the amazing and complex process of making chocolate.

Thank you to the Newman/Lazar family for our final and, oh so delicious lunch bunch and to Natacha for sneaking in a make your own sundae celebration for Sadie’s birthday before the All School Assembly last Friday.

We have managed to do some classwork as well and there are some shots of the class working on different parts of our final unit on Geometry. The smiles are of the class enjoying seeing the video of our trip to the Boston Museum of Science for the first time. And, of course, almost everyone celebrated Twins Day in their own unique fashion.

We will be working on final Portfolios this week. It’s a meaningful exercise for them to recognize and reflect on their academic growth, which has been considerable for each and every student this year. It helps them think about what works and doesn’t work for them, and why. (Should I re-read this page?, should I write a short summary of what I just read?, does this answer make sense?, I’ll go back to this question later in the quiz, etc.) This is an important year for them to take some responsibility for their own learning. The days of, “My Mom forgot to put my homework in my backpack,” are over.

We are headed to Mission Restaurant in Pittsfield this Thursday for a  cooking class and delicious lunch, which seems like a fitting way to finish up our Service Learning unit on the Food Supply Cycle and Food Citizenship. Thank you Jill Duffy, Jen Glockner and all the parents who made this possible.

If possible, please send in some strong canvas bags so we can start sending home things before Friday. Hope to see you all at the closing Assembly (11:00) and family picnic at 12:00 on Friday.

Best, Katharine