Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Posted: Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Mrs. Tobin's class will visit the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and Pratt Museum in Homer and the beaches and tidepools of Seldovia in May. Later in the month, the class will visit Solid Rock for the annual fourth-grade Outdoor Education Camp.

A group of fifth-graders will experience the Leave No Trace program hosted by the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The students and teachers will spend a night in tents and cook their own food to practice LNT skills.

Mrs. Furlong's class visited the Alaska Island and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer and studied the effects of marine debris and seabird adaptation. On Monday, the class had veterans in class, Herb Settler and Dan Furlong Sr.

The fifth-grade classes had their DARE graduation Tuesday. The class will visit the Kenai Courthouse today.

The third-grade classes are studying the Pacific salmon life cycle and the dependence and interdependence of plants, animals and environment in the tidal zone. The students will attend the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Salmon Celebration at Johnson Lake and will visit to Homer's Oceans and Islands Marine Refuge and Halibut Cove.

The talent show is coming soon.

A PTA meeting will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the library.

The school newspaper, The Caribou Gazette, in conjunction with the Reflections program, will hold an indoor garage sale from 9 to 4 p.m. May 15 in the gymnasium. Vendors, donations or interested community members may rent a table of their own. All proceeds will go to support the programs. For more information, call Nan Misner after 6 p.m. at 262-6813.

The first grade started its folktale unit and students made plans for writing their own stories. In centers Friday, the students did "The Jolly Postman" math, played an Anansi game (Candyland) and decorated a gingerbread man. Parents are reminded to look for a family fairy tale activity to come home today. In math, the students learned about the oddball math facts, used comparison symbols, divided sets of objects and learned about quarts, liters and gallons. Eight chicks hatched. The students "candled" the eggs and found out that one was not fertilized. They talked about how this was a science experiment and experiments don't always turn out the way people think they will. The chicks went to the farm Friday.

The staff thanks everyone who helped to make the school carnival a success.

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