Animal Adventures

Hello families,

This past week has been all about the animals! On Thursday, Ron Weaver came to teach us about our new honeybees and the observation hive. The students learned about the needs of honey bees, what plants we should plant for them, how the bees collect pollen and make honey, and even how to treat a honeybee sting. The observational hive will be set up next week while we are all out of the building and then we will be able observe and learn about them first hand!

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Mr. Weaver showing off his gear

Mr. Weaver showing off his gear

A honey cell

A honey cell

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One bee went rogue and Mr. Weaver caught it bare handed!

One bee went rogue and Mr. Weaver caught it bare handed!

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trying to spot the Queen

Trying to spot the Queen

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Discussing flight patterns

Discussing flight patterns

An up close of the bees!

An up close of the bees!

Wanting a closer look!

Wanting a closer look!

On Friday, our painted lady butterflies emerged from their cocoons! Ms. Jo and the students got them all set up sugar water for nourishment. We won’t keep these young butterflies for long before releasing them into the wild. However, our brassica moths just entered their cocoons and will emerge in the next week or so. I will be keeping tabs on them over Spring Break.

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Drying our new wings!

Drying our new wings!

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Brassica cocoons

Brassica cocoons

Here we are!

Here we are!

You may have heard from your child that our beloved bearded dragon, Flora, had his own emergency this week. There was an infected spot on his right back foot. I took him to the vet and it turns out Flora had broken a toe! After breaking the toe, it became infected and the vet had to amputate the toe. With some antibiotics and TLC, Flora is recuperating well at my house! I will bring Flora back to school some time later this week.

Lot's of water for a quick recovery!

Plenty of water for a quick recovery!

Happy to be feeling better!

Happy to be feeling better!

Just a quick reminder that the 6th years are headed to Hobcaw Barony to learn about our local estuary. We are leaving around 8:30 a.m. and all students need a pack lunch. We will be back in time for dismissal. Please have your child wear their tie-dye shirt and jeans.

Also,we have no school this coming Friday and all next week for Spring Break! I hope you all enjoy your time off and have a great rest of the week!

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