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THE VOICE || March 2015
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UPCOMING EVENTS


April 6 - Parent Association Meeting {Please attend}
April 20-24 - Earth Week
April 24 - Board Meeting • 3:15pm {Open to the public}
May 1 - Alice in Wonderland Dinner Theater • 6pm {Tickets now on sale!}
May 2 - Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea • 2pm {Tickets now on sale!}
May 5 - Mary Hope Reading Day
May 8 - Mother's Day Tea (Half day of school}
May 11-29 - Interim Break

VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF SCHOOL EVENTS.  
SPRING IS IN THE AIR

After a wonderful Spring Break this February, our teachers and students came back eager to engage in the fun of learning during spring time. The streams and meadows have started to blossom with patches of brilliant yellow skunk cabbage, daffodils are popping up all over the property, and insects and bugs are finding their way into the hands of little explorers. It is truly magical to watch the wonder of little hands discovering nature. 

We are at the half way point of the 2014-2015 school year and we have so much more in store for our students and supporters. With the guidance of our Gardens and Grounds teacher, Katie, we are finalizing our 4th Field Guide project; providing us with first hand knowledge of the insects and animals that share the land with us. Our students and teachers are busy practicing for our Spring Play, and our Parent Association is in the thick of planning for our 3rd Annual Golf Tournament. We are also looking forward to our first summer in school and are busy preparing for Summer Day Camps in July. With so much coming up, we encourage you to mark your calendars so you can join us for these great events. 

Warm regards,
Kelly Ellis, Executive Administrator
ADVENTURERS
     
The Adventurers are busy with hands-on research, getting to know insects for the annual NVS Field Guide.  We are watching caterpillars spin their chrysalises and counting water skippers as we collect them in our bug catchers.  This quarter we are exploring letters Q thru Z and enjoying all the wonderful stories by Eric Carle.  We created a rainbow in our classroom, with a little help from the sun and a prism.  And we designed oceanside dioramas with sand, driftwood, shells and sea glass.

 
The highlight so far was making Robbie the Recycling Robot . . . although this week Robbie was reinvented as a sports car, suv, and a space ship in honor of letter S.  We are writing stories to go with the dories we painted with Kim during Art Literacy.  And we planted peas and sunflowers with Katie!  We wish to extend sincere "Thank You’s" to Marty and Zalex for collecting the driftwood and sea glass, and for the big box of goldfish; and to Shannon and James for the classroom set of bug catchers!  

~ Sandy, Adventurers Teacher  
 

EXPLORERS

We have had an exciting, eventful month in the Explorers class! We have begun our Native
American unit, in which our students so far have had the opportunity to create their own powwow and take part in their own Buffalo Dance. They really enjoyed the Buffalo dance, in which they included music, dancing, and chanting.

Our students also had the chance this month to go on a field trip to the Sitka Center, where they were able to practice paper folding with an artist from Japan. All of the students had a blast! Earlier this month our students had their Art Literacy lesson, in which they were able to paint images of ships using watercolors.

~ Solitaire, Explorers Teacher

VOYAGERS

Welcome back!  Before our Spring Break, students worked hard to complete their research paper on an Oregon landform for this year's Biography Ball.  Students took the information they learned and provided clues to the audience in an attempt to guess their chosen landform.  Students dressed as the landform they were representing and opened the performance singing the "Oregon State Song".  Finally, students brought a snack that also related to their landform.  What a fun way to study Oregon history!  I am very proud of the hard work that the class put into their performance!
 
Since being back from break, the class had the chance to dissect an owl pellet and match up the bones they found to a chart to discover what animal the bones belonged to.  We are continuing to study Animals for Science since we took a break to focus on Oregon history for the Bio Ball.  The class has chosen an animal that they would like to research and create their own guide for.  In addition, they are continuing to focus on animals and plants during Gardens & Grounds each week.

Mentioning animals, the Voyagers just finished two weeks of horseback riding.  The students caught on quickly and looked forward to going to practice every day. It was exciting to watch them learn to steer around the poles and barrels and trot.  They quickly grew a bond with their horses and learned how to groom and saddle them.  The two weeks went fast and will be an experience they will always remember!

For Art, students had the opportunity to go to Sitka last week to become familiar with the work of artist Ryozo Morshita.  Ryozo is a Japanese artist who taught the students about shapes and colors and how we perceive them.  Students then had the opportunity to do an origami project with the artist.  In addition, the class has been practicing lines and helping to create props for the upcoming Spring Play.  I look forward to the upcoming weeks and watching the students become polished with their lines and acting.  Chad has been helping the students every week with theater and gave them the homework assignment of sharing their character's back story.  The students were so creative with their stories that we decided that they needed to write them out into books to share with their buddies during Buddy Reading or a Gather Round.  They are currently in the process of editing their rough drafts before writing the final story and creating their illustrations for their books. 
 
~ Tiffany, Voyagers Teacher
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We are actively looking for volunteers to help clean out the art space in time for our Spring Play in May. Please let Kelly know if you are strong and available to help.

Many hands make light work and we need lots of hands to pass out flyers for our Spring Play and our Golf Tournament. We need to cover the coast with advertisements to draw in a crowd. Stop by the school to pick up flyers.
Do you have fond memories of NVS? Do you think there should be more schools like NVS out there? Then spread the word and tell your friends, neighbors, butcher and banker that we are now enrolling students for the 2015-2016 school year.  Registration forms are available online or at the school.
SUMMER CAMP JOB OPENINGS
If you love kids and are looking for a way to get involved with an amazing program, we have just the thing for you.  Our summer day camps are going to be AMAZING and we have open spots for instructors and assistants. For more information contact Kelly at 503.392.3124 or kelly@neskowinvalleyschool.com.  Also, if you know someone who would be interested, please pass along this information.

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION
Summer Camp registration will be open soon. Visit our website for more information on our class schedule. We are gearing up for an amazing summer of FUN!
Of special thanks...
We would like to thank Chad Muller for generously donating his time to help our students practice their lines for the upcoming Spring Play. We also thank Tracey Cherney for donating her time and energy to help create props and costumes.  And finally, we would like to extend a huge thank you to our teacher, Tiffany, who has taken on the task of overseeing the entire play; for tirelessly creating costumes, props, and finalizing even the smallest of details. Tiffany, you are a gift to Neskowin Valley School!

A moment of reflection...
We would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Sara Sifford, who passed away recently.  Sara was a beloved Neskowin community member and made an impact on all who knew her. Neskowin Valley School would like to thank Sara's friends and family for generously donating to our school in her memory.Your donations are truly appreciated by NVS and Sara Sifford's family.
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