This week, I had the privilege of several guest bloggers to share some of the great work going on here at BES. My first guest is Laurel Holmes, a Tahanto student and Girl Scout who approached me over the summer with a project I know all of our kids will enjoy for years to come. Here it is in her own words:
"I'm Laurel Holmes, I'm a senior at Tahanto and a long time ago I was a student at BES. Currently, I am an Ambassador in Girl Scout which is the highest rand in Girl Scouting. I'm working on my Gold Star Award project, the equivalent to an Eagle Award in Boy Scouts, and it's the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve.
One day while picking up trash at BES, I saw that the playground map was deteriorated. I remembered the fun things that I did while at the school, including the 4th-grade state project where we ended the day by standing on our state and singing the "Fifty Nifty" song. While I was looking at the map, I noticed other areas the needed TLC including the basketball court, hopscotch, and wall ball court. Because of what I saw, I decided to restore these playground activity areas. Initially, I weeded and filled in the cracks with asphalt filler before I tackled the painting and thankfully, we finished before winter set in! Before the project is complete, I hope to add a wheeled box to hold equipment like hula-hoops and jump ropes and to provide the school staff with a binder filled with alternate activities for the different areas.
k my team of volunteers, the BES PTO, Nal' Paint Center (paint donations), the BES custodians, and especially Mr. Thompson for allowing me to do this meaningful project. Also, to my troop leader Sue Vogt, who has been extremely supportive throughout this process, I would not have finished without her help. Stay tuned for further updates, in the meantime come on out and join your kids in play."
Thank you, Laurel, for picking BES for your project and all your hard work! It looks great out there!
My next guests come to us from our 5th grade and are sharing their genius hour work that brought them to Tahanto's science lab and science teacher Mrs. Sequeira!
"This week Molly Abdella, Iris Pinto, and Sophia Raposa were invited to go to Tahanto Regional High School to do an experiment with Mrs. Sequeira. We were invited to extract. D.N.A. When we got there Mrs. Sequeira showed us a recipe to extract D.N.A from a pea. We had to break open the cell membrane and the cell walls to get to the nucleus. We used a blender to do this. We mixed peas, a pinch of salt and a half cup of cold water and blended. Then we strained out the chunky stuff and mixed in dish soap to get rid of the fats and oils in the cell. We put the purified liquid in test tubes and mixed in very cold isopropyl alcohol with a pipette or eye dropper. It looked like when you mixed oil and water. The alcohol floated on top with the DNA and the other parts of the cells sank to the bottom. We were able to put the DNA in tiny test tubes and take some home. A special thank you to Mrs. Sequeira."
Apologies! There was a problem with the link I shared last week. Please, please, please give us another chance and tell us how we're doing through this survey. We all appreciate the feedback!
Speaking of problem links....some parents reported that the link on the Tahanto babysitting flyer was not working. The folks at Tahanto apologize for any difficulties and would encourage folks who want to take advantage of babysitting next Friday (especially if they're going to the BEF event) to try this link. If you still have any difficulty you can also reach the advisors Ms. Rinker or Ms. Trainor to sign up. Please include your child's name, age, emergency contact information, and any important information or concerns they should know about your children, such as allergies or medications.
BES has Talent! Information should have come home regarding this year's talent show to be hosted right after the Winter break. A friendly reminder that sign ups need to be in by the 18th! I can't wait to see what all the kids come up with. I've been working on my act since September :)
The Week Ahead:
- Tuesday (12/11)
- School Committee Meeting
- Friday (12/14)
- Report Cards Home
- And of course it's a Patriots day...they're playing the Steelers!