6th Annual Upper Elementary Birdathon Success!
Six Rivers Montessori Upper Elementary held its 6th annual Upper Elementary BIRDATHON on Thursday, May 7th, 2020. This year was a little different as we are all in “Shelter in Place,” but over the course of the day students recorded 94 species!
6th Annual Bird-a-thon is Happening!
Six Rivers Montessori Upper Elementary is excited to announce that this year’s 6th annual Upper Elementary BIRDATHON will be held on Thursday, May 7th, 2020. This year will be a little different as we are all in “Shelter in Place.” The class will be doing a backyard bird count, and the total number of species seen by students will be turned in by 3pm to google classroom. Ornithologist parent John Hunter will be leading the group on our BIG DAY with a Zoom introduction in the morning and being available by facetime to help students identify birds at home. Since the Birdathon’s inception, we’ve raised $3,000 each year, with students identifying close to 100 species of birds. Last year the class identified around 75 birds and raised $2000 and was able to use the money to go to Wolf Creek and get some classroom supplies with the money. This year our goal is to raise $5000 to get new Orff instruments for Teresa’s amazing music program to grow.
We are seeking sponsorship donations for this event to help achieve our goal. Here is how you can donate. One way is to donate a set amount for the event through paypal here on our website. Another way is to pledge an amount for each bird species the class sees on the day. If you choose the second way to sponsor, check our website for the count of the 6th annual Birdathon after the event on May 7th and donate the appropriate amount. The third way is to mail a check to Six Rivers Montessori School, 1222 Hallen Drive, Arcata, California 95521 and put “Birdathon donation” in the memo.
We thank you in advance for your support ! Your sponsorship donation is greatly appreciated and will be used to fund the music program this year, which is an important part of the SRM program. With your help, we’re one step closer to our goal.
Food For People Letter Carrier Food Drive
Saturday, May 11th was the Food For People Letter Carrier Food Drive. Students, parents and teachers volunteered to help pack up the goods. The students loved getting to go into a mail truck and helping to empty the trucks. This food drive helps provide Food for People almost half the food they give out during the year. Thank you Six River Montessori volunteers for a giving back to the community.
5th Annual Bird-a-thon!
The Upper Elementary 5th Annual Birdathon was a great success, with 75 species of birds sited. A big thank you to our lead parent John Hunter for guiding the students, as well as the parent drivers Mica Welch, Bernie Sanchez, and Cheri Sanville. Also thanks to Julie for continuing the tradition of studying local birds with the students over the last few months. It was incredible to see their skills in action. Andrea was also there with her son Leo, along with two alumni, Tabitha Born and Lila Rose, with their mothers and an exchange student from Malaysia.
Montessori Model United Nations
Welcome back to the students who represented our school at MMUN in New York! Many thanks to Michele, Mica, and Denise, who put in an incredible effort to make this happen, as well as to the many others who made large contributions to support our trip to MMUN this year. Thank you for your assistance in sustaining this incredible program at our school!
Getting Ready for Montessori Model UN
Chelsea and Kim worked with Upper El students to make gorgeous garlic braids with materials from our garden. The students are excited about selling these later as part of an MMUN fundraiser the be held during dismissals early next week.
Barn Dance Fun
Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the lively music, joyful dancing, and delicious baked goods at this year’s Barn Dance. The Fundraising Committee worked really hard to make the event a success and about $1,000 was made for the school. If you see Sunny, Alicia, Natalia, Amy, Elizabeth or anyone else on our Committee, please be sure to give them a big thank you!
Food For People Volunteering
A big thank you to everyone who came out last Saturday to help out at Food For People! We packed SIX pallets of food that will be distributed to needy members of our community over the next year. What an awesome way to show up in our community and represent our school.
'Tis the Season
The Upper El (and a couple of siblings!) got to carol in front of Plaza on Friday night. Thanks so much to our music teacher, Teresa, for organizing this sweet event as well as all our parent volunteers who baked, sold coffee, and poured wine inside of Plaza for Arts Arcata!
The Cross Country season wrapped up this week.
We had several students compete this year including Emma, Bella, Ben, Lootah, and Olive, who placed 2nd in the county for 1st grade girls at the Championships! Thanks to all the students who came out to run in these super fun school events. The track season will start at the end of March.
Wolf Creek Science Camp
Our school garden is not only beautiful right now, but it’s also overflowing with nutritious food. This week the Upper El made salad and juice (which included these giant beets!), while the Lower El made salad and pizza. After sowing the seeds in the spring the students have the opportunity to practice food preparation, not to mention the satisfaction and joy of harvesting their own food.
Many thanks to Teresa, our generous landlord and music teacher, for the inviting new bench to accompany our Little Free Library.
What are you bringing?
The Montessori Method is founded on the notion that children exercising free will within a developmentally appropriate, prepared environment will actualize their own unique human potential. Over the summer Michele and Bridget have been busy preparing the classroom environments for this great work, but the last and most important components cannot be bought or sold….
On the first day of school the sidewalks approaching the front door of Six Rivers Montessori will be inscribed with the values that make our school great. Respect. Hope. Kindness. Discipline. Imagination. Cooperation. Joy. Each and every one of us, parents, students, teachers, and Board members, are tasked with building the culture of our school by what we bring through the front door. Together we are creating a school culture of tremendous possibility and potential.
SRM Competes in First Track Meet
We had four students compete in the K-4 county track meet at HSU on Tuesday. Students ran in the 50 and 100 meters races, and tried the long jump and baseball throw. (The baseball throw replaces the javelin for this age group… less pointy.) They were all smiles and showed great sportsmanship throughout the two hour event even though they were soaked from the heavy mist by the end.
Pi Day is a celebration of mathematics (it’s not just about eating pie!). The Pi Day website gives us this definition:
“Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.
Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.”
Of course, when you get to eat the pie after you’ve calculated pi, it makes it even more fun!
Ocean Day… Fun and a Great Cause
This week our third-sixth years participated in Ocean Day. They spent the morning pulling invasive beach grass and picking up garbage at the Mike Thompson Wildlife Area on the South Spit. Then they sat for the super cool aerial design above. Our students are in the crab’s top right leg, just below the big claw… in case you want to try to find them.
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