On Friday, all first and second grade students were welcomed into the gym to find a HUGE mountian of cardboard, duct tape in every color and variety, a fully stocked painting station, and three hours to build.
Inspired by the short film Cain's Arcade, schools across the country have been hosting Cardboard Challenges, which encourage kids to imagine, plan, and create anything they can imagine with cardboard and other recycled materials. Our goals at OMS were to encourage creativity, learn about testing and redesigning plans, work in cooperative groups, and to have a little bit of fun before the long weekend. Misson accomplished!
The projects the students created included:
A fortune telling booth
A "foozball" table
A mini fridge
Suits of "armor"
And MANY more!
Thank you to Mr. Davis for planning, organizing, and executing the day, the first and second grade teachers and students, Mrs. Thiel our art teacher, Principal D. & Mrs. Tran for letting us take over the multi-purpose room and get it a little messy, and all the parent volunteers who showed up to cut cardboard, pour paint, and hot glue numerous pieces together.
The time for Field Day is here again! The PE Department's end of year celebration is when students can try their hand at a number of physical activities, and we need parent volunteers to help make it happen. From long to jump to hockey, jump rope to the dance station, we need parents to help run stations.
Please consider signing up for this event HERE.
This week, May 2-6, will be Old Mill School's Coin Drive for Kids. Students are encouraged to bring in change to help raise money for the SF/Marin Food Bank's Healthy Children Pantries.
"Our Healthy Children Pantries provide low-income parents with fresh fruits and vegetables, protein-rich foods such as meat or eggs, and staples like rice and pasta that they can use to prepare nutritious meals for their families at home. These farmers' market-style pantries are conveniently located in public schools, giving parents easy access to nutritious food as they drop off or pick up their children. More than 5,600 families are served by our network of 57 Healthy Children Pantries each week." (From the SF-Marin Food Bank Website)
Last year, Old Mill raised $1824.40 in one week. This year, we would like each grade to work to beat last year's total and give even more to this important program. Each grade has their own specific goal to beat:
K- No total from last year- Set the bar!
Today we had the pleasure of welcoming Ivy & Bean author, Annie Barrows to our school. She let us in on some of her secrets on how to be an author and write books. She suggested students use things that happen to them in their every day lives, and to write about things that they wish would happen to them. She was an engaging and entertaining speaker, and even had time to answer a few questions from the audience. Thank you to the PTA for bringing Ms. Barrows to our school! Families can check out her website to see the complete list of her books, and learn a little bit more about this local author.
(above, Principals Donnelly, Donnelly, and Donnelly, winners of the "Principal for the Day", welcome Annie Barrows to Old Mill)
This Saturday, April 30th marks another Spruce It Up! event at OMS. Join families and staff with your best cleaning gear to refresh and rejuvinate our school with a little spring cleaning. This event is a great chance for all members of the family to take ownership over keeping our classrooms looking their best. Please contact your class's room parent, sign up on the Sign Up Genius or the event's organizer Maura Tokarski with any questions.
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