It is hard to believe that our first 2 field trips are already behind us. We were lucky with the weather for 4 out of 6 field trips, but even with a couple chilly days, the kids had a ball. I hope your children shared what they learned and experienced hands-on during the 2 trips. Did your son or daughter tell you about the Pumpkin Smash? What child wouldn't like to be told to smash a pumpkin? It was great! Oh, but that was only one small part of the learning. Students weighed a pumpkin on a scale; however, before it could be weighed they learned to read an analog scale. Next, with a measuring tape the kids determined the circumference of their pumpkins and completed a data sheet, just like a scientist. Students worked in pairs with new friends from other schools. On Day 2, Miss Dianne took the kids on a hike. The budding young environmental scientists discovered rocks made smooth by years of erosion from the melting of glaciers leftover from the ice age. Did your children tell you that Ms. Dianne brought them to the secret steps? I look forward to seeing the children again in the spring. I have already scheduled class visits. Mrs. Amber and I go into each of the six classrooms and give each class a preview of what they will learn during the spring visit. I will give a hint, "Worms." Enjoy the photos!