This Week’s News

Next Friday, April 29th, is the day when all students’ luggage for camp must be dropped off after school at La Tercera between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. All of the camp information, including what to pack, is available on the district’s Camp Navarro website.

Please remember that students should be dropped off at La Tercera on Sunday, May 1st, by noon. Students should wear their camp t-shirts and their tree cookies on  Sunday, the day they leave for camp.

All students must be picked up from La Tercera on Saturday, May 7th, when they will return home around 1:00 p.m. Your children will be hungry, tired, and ready for a hot shower or bath (although not necessarily in that order) when you pick them up on Saturday.

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Below are some reminders about upcoming events:

Friday, April 29, sixth graders will experience another Ancient Artifacts presentation to enhance their knowledge of ancient Greece. The presentation will take place after lunch. This is also the day students must have all of their camp luggage dropped off at La Tercera Elementary between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 1, students should wear their Camp Navarro t-shirts and arrive to La Tercera by noon. The buses will be loaded and will leave by 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 7, students return from camp. The buses will arrive to La Tercera between noon and 1:00 p.m. Students will be ready for these three things in no particular order: 1) a large meal, 2) a warm shower or bath, and 3) sleep.

Monday, May 9 – Friday, May 13, has been designated as the sixth grade testing window for SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) testing. The testing will begin first thing in the morning and continue till lunchtime each of those days.  It is possible that testing may extend to the following week.

Friday, May 13, is a minimum day for staff appreciation. Students will be dismissed at 11:50 a.m.

Tuesday, May 17, is Eastside Relays from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The students will ride a bus to Casa Grande, but students must either be picked up at Casa or given written permission to walk home from there.

Friday, May 2o, is a minimum day for volunteer appreciation. Students will be dismissed at 11:50 a.m.

Thursday, May 26, is Old Adobe’s Open House and pasta dinner. The pasta dinner will run from 5:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., and classrooms will be open from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 30, is a holiday in celebration of Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 31, is the district-wide pool party from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Petaluma Swim Center.  Each student should bring a lunch.  A morning snack and bus transportation will be provided.

Wednesday, June 1, is promotion. The ceremony will be from 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. with a short reception following the ceremony.

Friday, June 3, is field day. It is also the last day of school for the year, and the student dismissal time is 11:50 a.m.

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Last week, we began our study of Greece and Greek mythology.  During our study of ancient Greece, students will explore a portion of the British Museum’s website, which is an interactive site that explains life in ancient Greece, and this is another educational and entertaining site, Adventures in Ancient Greece, that allows students to interact and take part in games while learning about the way of life in ancient Greece.

Thanks to all of the students and parents who attended the School Board meeting last night in celebration of the garden.  Below is the poem that sixth graders wrote to share at the meeting.

The Spark, the Dream, the Garden

We remember the beginning,
It started with an idea,
A spark in the darkness,
That turned into a flame in the night.

The piles of mulch
That we shoveled and got in our shoes.
The sweat, the work, the payoff.

We started,
First graders.
Beginning our lives at school,
Beginning the garden.
An idea.
Small, but strong
Started the experience
From cracked adobe,
Sparse grass,
And a map up in the office of the garden we imagined.

It slowly turned from a piece of land
Covered in dirt,
To a paradise.
A masterpiece.
A garden.

One step further, second grade.
Mulch, cardboard,
And a whole lot of hauling to begin
The garden and our lives here at school.

Third grade.
Planter boxes come in,
About one third of the amount we have now,
A vast amount of strawberries, lettuce, kale, tomatoes, and various seeds.
This was the first season,
The beginning,
Where we watered with
Rudimentary drip lines
Instead of an irrigation system.

Fourth grade.
Bigger playground,
Bigger kids,
Bigger garden.
The second planting season began
With a new drip system
Made from a hose with holes.
Fruit trees were planted.
Fig, olive, apple,
To provide a boundary and windscreen
For smaller plants.
More things were planted
As the garden grew
With us and our spirits.

Fifth grade, we built more.
A compost area was developed,
And blackberries were eradicated along with tumbleweeds.
Weekend garden days became a regular activity
To enhance the garden.

Sixth grade, the present year,
Our last.
Weeding was done,
And more maintenance
With spreading mulch and soil.
Willow arches were added,
Complimenting our garden.
The trees were planted,
The sheds were built,
And our hands will never be clean
From a garden that will never be done.

No,
A garden will never be done.
Plant,
Water,
Harvest,
Repeat.

We remember the beginning.
The map,
The dream,
The spark,
The reality.

But we will never remember the end,
Because there will never be an end.
There will always be more growth in the garden,
In the plants,
In our hearts.

First grade,
Sixth grade,
All grades.
The garden has grown,
And us with it
As we learn about ecology,
And the changes within it.
As we learn about ourselves.
Humans aren’t immortal,
But gardens last forever,
As long as we continuously nurture
The edible garden.
Our garden.

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