Our wonderful students come up with more astonishing recess ideas than you can imagine! From “Fitness Trainer” and tetherball tournaments to snow sculptures and snow hide and seek, our recesses are full of smiles. This snow sculpture made a brief visit to our classroom this week.
There is no other place quite like this place! We praise God every day for the many special MVCS delights, and today we would like to showcase our dear Mr. Ralph, who models joy in serving every single day no matter how many messes we make.
Folks may not realize that one of the reasons MVCS can make do with such a thrifty budget is Mr. Ralph. He hides behind the scenes, quietly going about his business, but he fixes EVERYTHING! No endless requisition forms and maintenance checklists here. He tucks a sticky note in his pocket and often fixes things that very same day. I have seen a lot of schools, and I’ve never seen one that can make a table or a desk last longer than ours while still looking sharp. Talk about persistence! This week he made my fifteen-year-old bookcase better than new even after it drooped over to the side like a wilted flower. My stubborn stool that just wouldn’t fix is now sturdy and unmovable.
He also models creativity, ingenuity, and problem solving to all of us. We had a new set of privacy shields that kept tipping over in their tiny storage spot behind the door. Mr. Ralph used a Promethean board box and some duct tape to engineer a perfect storage container to hold our boards.
Cheers to Mr. Ralph, one of MVCS’s hearty heroes!
So the final musher has passed beneath the Burled Arch, earning the Red Lantern for not giving up on the long, exhausting trail. We are wrapping up our unit, already missing ending our Iditarod days dancing to “I Did, I Did, I Did the Iditarod Trail.”
One Iditareader reached Nome by reading over 1,049 pages during the race. Here he travels beneath our own burled arch.
We used our word choice skills to brainstorm specific Iditarod words that would capture our feelings about the race in some way. We wrote “I poems” and painted a work of art to match the feelings we expressed. Be sure to catch the students’ poems on their blogs!
by Miss Blessing
I zap your energy.
I sneak through your parka,
Nipping your fingers and biting your skin.
I might just be the winner of this race if you don’t watch out!
Bootie up those dogs because I have razor sharp edges.
I make the snow squinch and scrunch with my mighty arm.
I am the bullying, frostbite-your-nose, below zero cold of the Iditarod!
We topped off our two weeks of Iditarod madness with a marvelous visit from a local musher, Gail Guertin from North Sutton, NH. We learned so much and enjoyed meeting four of her dogs. More to come, but we thought you’d like a sneak peek!
1 day, 20 hours, and 29 minutes until the Iditarod!
We are . . . .
using the internet safely
thinking of strong keywords for searches
skimming articles for the information we want
locating answers to the questions we have
discovering more about Alaska
conquering the winter doldrums with an exciting mental trip to the tundra!
John 13:35 “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”