Yesterday afternoon I escaped into the hills East of town to remind myself just how important the Field Studies program is. I know I am repeating myself here, but I just can't help it.
Field Studies are, by far, the very best thing we do here.
In three hours yesterday I saw: 6th graders catch and release a tiny lamprey, build a mock-up ecosystem to model the impact of deforestation, run through a salmon life cycle, engage delightedly with high school counselors, and -- yes -- get a bit homesick in a sweet and tired sort of way; and 7th graders eating peas porridge medieval gruel, making chain mail armor, building siege machines, launching arrows at targets, and play their hearts ot in a sunny meadow. This stuff is good for the soul! (The ticker and brain too;) The children at the ESD-run programs are cared for so incredibly well; it is really a remarkable thing to behold.
New Yellow Paint and Orange Vests
A huge shout out is due the parent volunteers who are making our drop off time safer and saner! Please help us out by noting the following changes.
During the remainder of this school year, parent volunteers will aid as trafﬁc directors at
the parking lot entrance to guide and resolve left turn congestion during peak pick up
time, approximately 3:20-3:40 pm. An additional volunteer will be stationed at the
crosswalk in front of the main entrance of the school.
• Please keep crosswalks and sidewalks clear of vehicles at all times.
• No Parking zones have been added on either side of the crosswalk (grade school side of
• If traveling North on Breyman Ave., continue past the school and use the triangle area
to safely and legally turn around and proceed south on Breyman. Engage in the line
of trafﬁc already waiting.
• **Please note that it is illegal to block the ﬂow of trafﬁc when attempting a left hand
turn on a double yellow. A left hand turn on a double yellow is only legal when the
turn can be made without stopping trafﬁc.
Parent Safety Volunteers will monitor that left hand turns are not permitted, will assist sidewalk safety,
ﬂow of trafﬁc, and children using the crosswalk.
We need 2-3 safety volunteers daily for 20-25 minutes.
Please sign up at http://www.volunteerspot.com/
Before beginning shift, come to the Riverdale Grade School ofﬁce to get safety vests.
Thanks for your support in maintaining a safe environment for the children.
Speaker Series Continues