Bonjour to the friends and families of ILA,
Enjoy the whimsical results of the recycling ILA families brought in at the entrance of the school! Children created animals, robots, monsters, musical instruments and cars with imagination, glue, and lots of paint.
We are looking forward to a fun-filled month of May! Caterpillars now cocoons, soon to become butterflies are carrying us from April to May, and soon we will be hatching chicks. Children are observing the life cycles of different animals, how long their processes take, and the cuteness factor sure grabs their attention! ILA teachers have integrated the caterpillars into math, reading, writing science and art lessons, now decorating the school. Anyone want to start a chicken coop in your yard? Let us know!
April had us cooking from our very own backyard with nettle soup. Then we made handmade organic lollipops. The children really enjoy the step-by-step active process of cooking together.
Speaking of food, May 7th is National Teacher Appreciation Day. The ILA family community would like to come together to honor our extraordinarily talented, dedicated, patient, and super hard-working teachers and assistants with lunch on the 7th, in addition to other acts of appreciation yet to be brainstormed. Please feel free to email Lisa Grimm with your ideas and availability for bringing in/ serving lunch.
All call for a parent club! Moms and dads are interested in forming a parent group with the purpose of getting our wonderful families together more often in social settings outside of school. Simple monthly potlucks, picnics, park playtime, and outings are on our minds, as a casual way to gather our community together. This group will also be leading Teacher appreciation on May 7th. Contact Lisa Grimm with your ideas for a parent club and your availability for joining if we were to have a monthly meeting.
May 16 is Family Engineering Night & Science Fair at ILA from 6:00 to 7:30 with everything under the sun! Parents, this is a MUST for your family at ILA, and invite your friends. You will explore home projects and class investigations such as alka seltzer: does it dissolve faster in warm or cold water? Come to participate in hands-on Engineering Design Challenges, which will give you a taste of how this kind of active learning can open up your child’s world to be successful in our changing world. Thanks to super mom Celeste, for sharing her science teaching expertise with our learning community.
OMSI camp is coming up! On Wednesday, May 22, ILA children will head to OMSI for an all-day science camp. Preschool and kindergarten classes will be there for one day, and 1st through 5th grade will be there for overnight camp from Wednesday through Friday. They will focus on field studies, team challenges —-while there. Vive les sciences!
Please enjoy this wonderful slideshow of the Camp Namanu facilities.
One more date to put on your calendar: June 7th. ILA will perform our end of the year show with an environmental theme. Adorable photo and video opportunities await with the children’s book series character, Tacky the Penguin, in skits, an Earth day rap, and lots of singing!
Until next month, and don’t forget to check out ILA’s summer camps.
This post is also available in: French