Friday, November 19

FRIDAY FOLDER mable campus november 19

An Ocean of Fun for 3rd Grade
On Thursday, November  4, the Mable Street 3rd graders headed off to the Long Beach Aquarium for their first field trip of the year.  It was one of the hottest days on record and being inside the air conditioned aquarium was a perfect way to spend the day.

We departed from school at 8:45 AM with all three classes on one bus. Each class took two parent chaperones who were as excited to go as we were!  The ride was about 45 minutes and upon exiting the bus at the aquarium, we were led to an auditorium where we learned how to identify fish by their shape, size, and depth at which they swim in the ocean. 
After having fun in that class, we headed into the amazing aquarium to explore every ocean habitat and observe very closely hundreds of unique sea creatures!  Some of our favorites were the cute and frisky sea otters swimming all about as they were fed in front of our eyes!  We loved the feathered seahorses that looked as if they had leafy plant-like wings growing on them, but were actually an adaptation for camouflaging in the sea.  Of course, everyone was amazed at seeing several types of sharks swimming right next to the glass in front of our eyes!  We all loved touching the smooth Manta rays in the outdoor touch tanks as they glided under our two-finger gentle touches.
We all ate our yummy sack lunches together on the grass as pigeons tried to dive bomb us for any crumbs we might leave them!  We had great fun in the gift shop picking out little reminders of our wonderful day at the aquarium before we climbed back on  the  bus to go back to school in the 95 degree heat!  It was a great day for everyone!

Article contributor: Mrs. LeAnn Eernisse, 3rd grade teacher

Eighth Graders Visit Our Nation's Capital
Mable 8th graders spent last week exploring Washington, D.C., where they were introduced to U.S. history and government and immersed in the culture and heritage of our country. Our trip began on the coast of the James River where students walked through a Powhatan Indian village, went below deck aboard the Susan Constant, and learned how to fire a musket in colonial Jamestown. Following the settlers, students then explored Williamsburg where they participated in a reenactment of government, toured colonial shops, and marveled at the weapons display in the Governor's Palace. Later that night, students and chaperones were enlisted into the militia and drilled around the grounds of the magazine in preparation for battle.

After exploring historic Yorktown, Monticello, and Mount Vernon, we moved onto new history in our nation's capital. Students walked the hallways of the Capitol and visited the top of the Washington Monument to see a bird's eye view of the city. On Veteran's Day, students paid their respects at Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknowns and enjoyed walking through the city at night to see the lighted monuments and memorials.
 Students marveled at the exhibits in the Smithsonian museums of Air and Space, American History and Natural History and enjoyed the interactive fun of the Newseum. The emotional displays of the Holocaust Museum captivated everyone but the hilarious performance of Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center left everyone in good spirits by night's end.

Article contributor: Ms. Rebecca Madsen, Literature/English teacher


Tuesday, November 23rd
Thanksgiving Feast
11:00 am
Mable Cafeteria

Wednesday, November 24th - Friday, November 26th
NO SCHOOL - Teacher In-Service and Thanksgiving Holiday

Monday, November 29nd
CHOC Toy Drive begins

Wednesday, December 1st
Parent Association Used Uniform Sale
8:15 - 9:00 am
In front of the Junior High building

Friday, December 3rd
MINIMUM DAY - 12:00 noon dismissal

Contributed by Karen, Mable Campus

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