Several safety tips were shared such as how to properly check or “sweep” one’s bedroom door to see if it is hot; how to ‘Stay Low and Go!’ – a technique for staying below the smoke when exiting a building; and reminders on why and how to call 911 in the event of an emergency.
|Mary prepares to model the extensive protective gear worn by firefighters.|
“This assembly is presented each year to students in grades preschool 3 through grade 5, by a fire official from the Englewood Fire Department. It is so reassuring to see how much children remember from year to year about things like how to plan your escape, ‘Stay Low and Go!’ and ‘Stop! Drop! and Roll’.”
Parents and caregivers are encouraged to engage children in a dialogue about some of the safety tips reviewed at the assembly. Please remember to check home smoke alarms and to devise a plan for the family to get out of the home as quickly and safely as possible in the event of a fire emergency.
|Mary in full gear!|
Hudson River-Clearwater Sloop Trip –
October 6, 2014
The photo at the top shows the students hoisting the sail on the Clearwater Sloop.
Reflections by Lower School Science Teacher Beth Lemire
|Sam ’22, Ben ’23 and Ben ’22|
This year, the fourth-grade students and the Planeteers, an after-school science enrichment program, are teaming up for a study of the Hudson River.
This study was developed as the result of a conversation in science class about the river. Although the children were aware that the river is polluted, they did not know much else about this important waterway. I truly feel that to create effective stewards of the planet, children must have a deep connection with the earth.
The Hudson River has such a rich heritage. The contributions and impact that it has on people living in this area are immense. I thought it very important to have our students delve deeper into the history of the river and to introduce them to the gifts of this important natural resource.
|Ben ’22 and Jonathan ’22 give a ‘thumbs up’ of approval!|
After conducting some research and reading about the Hudson River in class, the students went aboard the Clearwater Sloop for a hands-on experience. The vessel is a replica of the sloops that sailed in the 18th and 19th centuries on the Hudson.
Through many well-organized learning stations aboard the sloop, the students examined a live eel from the river, heard a brief history of the Hudson River, studied the water quality, learned about the Hudson River School artists, and helped raise the sails – complete with sea shanties!
Having the opportunity to be totally immersed this way was a memorable experience. The weather cooperated nicely and provided us with a smooth ride.
|Sunaya ’22 helping to hoist the sails!|
“I really enjoyed spending the day on the water learning so much about the Hudson River and all of its treasures!” George ‘ 22
“My favorite part of the trip was learning about the eel!” Kelly ’23
“Being on the Clearwater Sloop was really fun, but the best part was when I got to see an eel and then touch it…not an electric eel, of course!” Sam ’22