Head's Letter

Down on the farm

Head’s Letter 5/26/2017

Dear NNS Families,

I missed saying “good morning” to all of you earlier this week, but wouldn’t have traded my trip with the sixth grade to Heifer Farm for anything.  We had a great time and learned a ton!  Heifer Farm has 270 acres filled with gardens, woods and livestock including: cows, pigs, goats, llamas, alpaca, yaks, chickens….the lists goes on.  The farm runs “interactive programs and activities promoting sustainable solutions to global hunger, poverty and environmental degradation” that was an eye opening experiences for all of us.  Each day our students did farm chores caring for the animals (the baby goats were the favorite), had classroom time learning about different cultures and poverty, and cooked over an open fire.   On the last day the class was divided into three groups and were assigned to a home in the “global village” with no electricity or water.  Alicia’s group spent the night in “Appalachia” in a trailer, Rachael’s group were on a Tibetan mountain top with yaks, and my boys spent the night under mosquito netting in Ghana.  It has been a few years since we took a group to Heifer Farm, but I expect that this trip will be the signature field trip for the sixth grade from here on out.  Thanks Rachael and Alicia!

While the sixth grade and I were off on the farm, the kindergarten brought the farm to the classroom.  For the first time since Megan and Aly have been studying the life cycle of chickens with the kindergarten, we were able to hatch chicks!  Three in fact.  Ewan can hardly wait to take them home.

The end of the year is fast approaching and the second and fourth grades Skyped with Matt Spies to wrap-up the year of CoCoRaHS.  Did you know that, across the globe, 500,000 weather balloons are released into the air every day?!

Speaking of fast approaching – don’t forget to make your reservations for our Breakfast at the Beach event on Sunday, June 4th.  Proceeds from the event go to support NNS and you can stay and enjoy a great day on the beach after brunch.

This is also the time of year when I make phone calls to those of you who have yet to participate in the Annual Fund.  We are about $15,000 short of our $80,000 goal so make you gift today and I’ll leave you alone!  http://nantucketnewschool.org/product/donate-to-nantucket-new-school/

Happy Memorial Day,

Jon

 

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