HomeSchool: March 18 - 22


We had a wonderful morning at Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground. It started off cold but warmed up quickly. There was lots of sunshine and so many daffodils! We hiked the trails and climbed on the mulch pile and rolled down the hill at the great lawn and explored the lily ponds and enjoyed the many sculptures throughout the gardens. Our favorite place to sit was definitely the swimming pool with its many waterfalls and flower beds. Thanks to all the parents who helped. It was delightful to have all the little brothers and sisters join us too!

This Tuesday we will learn about the bp oil spill that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010. We will try an activity that involves cleaning oil from feathers. We will do the monthly water quality monitoring on Little Noonday Creek.

Garden Girls Girl Scouts will meet Tuesday at 3:30pm in the neighborhood behind the school for our storm drain marking community service project. To get there, turn right out of our driveway onto Canton Road heading north. Turn right onto Ebenezer Road. Turn right onto Hadley Farm Drive. Turn right into the first culdysac, Croy Court. We will divide into three small groups led by Ellie, Elsu, and Nola. I'll work with one group. Kenny will work with a group. And we need one more parent to help with the third group. You will need to install a locator app on your smart phone before we begin (you can remove it afterward). Parents need to bring their Girl Scout to this neighborhood and stay until we are finished or arrange for a ride with another Girl Scout parent. I'll send out a Girl Scout email with more details.

On Thursday, HomeSchool students will mark the storm drains in the next neighborhood. We will meet at 9:00am. To get to this neighborhood, turn right out of the school/church driveway onto Canton Road. Turn right onto Ebenezer Road. Cross over the railroad tracks and turn right onto Bellair Drive. Turn left into the first culdysac, Debonair Drive and park there. You will need to drive your child there or arrange with another HomeSchool parent to transport your child. I will be able to take Elsu, Bear, and Mike in my car because it is such a short distance. Caitlyn: Debbie can transport Lucan if you will install his car seat in her car before you leave. You'll need to meet her at the school at 8:40am. I will need two HomeSchool parents to help me by installing the locator app on their smart phones and walking around a loop within the neighborhood with a group of 3 students, recording the storm drains. I will train the whole group before we begin! We'll return to the school in time for lunch and Creekcess.

On Saturday, March 30th, people around the world will participate in the annual Earth Hour. It takes place from 8:30 to 9:30pm local time. During that hour, we ask that you turn off all lights in your home (including porch lights and other exterior lights if you can control them). You may use candlelight or flashlights. Also turn off or refrain from using as many other electrical appliances (stove, television, dryer, etc.) as possible during Earth Hour. The drop in energy use is significant, and you can see the earth darkening from space as Earth Hour moves around the globe.

Quote from a child: "I didn't know there was such a thing as a waterfall and now it is my favorite thing in nature."

Quote from Wilfred Peterson: "Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world a better place than you found it."

See you soon,

Ki Sonya