Hello St. Mary’s!
We sure do miss seeing all of you around campus! The 4th graders have been working so hard during distance learning! I continue to be incredibly proud of their ability to move through their daily lessons and join our class zooms! We have had many exciting experiences in our daily zooms, and I would like to share some of them with all of you!
We have gone on several virtual field trips through the PORTS program, which is the Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students! We went to Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park where we learned about the Miwok people and how they used grinding rocks to grind acorns and other seeds, which slowly forms cup-shaped depressions in the stone, which can still be seen today (see photo)!
We visited La Purisima Mission State Historic Park where we toured the mission and got to see and hear the bell (see photo) that they still have on the grounds! The bell was cast in 1817 in Lima, Peru by Manuel Vargas, who was a renowned bell maker. Lima, Peru is known as the ‘City of Bells’ due to the many foundries that they had there.
We also visited Columbia State Historic Park to take part in a ‘Gold Trek’ where students pretended to be miners and had to make purchasing decisions on stops through town. They were awarded points for their decisions and those points determined if they ‘survived’ or not! Luckily, most of us survived, but it wasn’t easy!
I also wanted to share a photo of the 4th graders in our daily morning zoom call last week where Mrs. B, our wonderful art teacher, joined us and taught us how to make paper flowers for our moms for Mother’s Day! I hope all of the moms out there have a wonderful Mother’s Day! You are appreciated and loved!
We’re so grateful that we could visit all of these places that we would not be able to visit even if we were in the classroom due to them being so far away! Thanks for tuning in!
~Ms. Alger & The Fabulous 4th GradersHello St. Mary Star of the Sea Families!