Dear Families, 

We had an awesome time last week in Rhode Island at Nature’s Classroom! Despite some intense overnight rain and winds and two days with no power, our kids were enthusiastic and inspired. They participated in many nature-centered activities, from shark and squid dissection, to natural tie-dyeing, creating their own field guides, making shelters, learning about camouflage, cracking open geodes, and more. 

The class also got to participate in many team-building activities. These collective tasks challenged our students to think about creative solutions and to work collectively. It was fun to watch them come together and share triumphs when they succeeded in figuring out a pattern or completed a “mission.”

They also participated in a Night Hike, a chance to explore the outdoors with absolutely no light to guide them, which culminated with, what else?  A campfire and s’mores : )

*I’d like to mention that we really missed Clay, who was off having his own adventures in Scotland. We’re glad to have everyone back and rolling along into fall in fifth grade.

In housekeeping news, a reminder that our first Passport to Reading (PTR) assignment is due next Wednesday, October 30th. Please note the date change. I have checked in with each student to be sure they have a plan and have begun their projects. Most of the tasks have multiple components, so it’s important that they give themselves enough time to do their best work.  

I’m looking forward to checking in with parents next week for conferences. In the meantime, feel free to contact me with any triumphs, challenges, or concerns. Enjoy the slideshow!

Nature’s Classroom Photos


Ms. Grippo