Virtual Red Folder
March 12, 2021
Gillian Makes the Front Page!
PMFS’ own Gillian Pokalo recently made the front page of The Times Herald! In the article, “One Artist’s Pandemic Journey,” Gillian discusses how the pandemic has shaped her artwork over the course of the last year. Reflecting on the past 12 months, Gillian finds her work “feels more significant in its scarcity…It’s been a year of learning and trying new things because I have the time to do so,” she says. “I’ve learned more digital media platforms than I know the passwords for, how to teach online…and experienced a myriad of online art festivals, virtual tours, online music festivals, workshops and more. I’m amazed at how the creative community transitions into virtual reality. It’s gritty, low-fi and beautifully human despite being distanced.”
You can read the article in its entirety here.
Exploring Mars in Pod 1/2
Last Friday, First and Second graders had a very special guest speaker as the culmination to their Mars Exploration Project with Varley. For two weeks, students studied the Mars Perseverance Rover, the planet Mars, and Mars exploration (including future robot and human habitation, which may happen in these students’ lifetime!). They began the unit by watching the actual Perseverance Rover landing. And they finished the unit by Zooming with James “Uncle Bo” Borders. An engineer who worked on earlier Mars Rovers, Bo presented information on NASA, the space program, rocket speeds (compared to transportation students have used), take-off and landing mechanisms, and so much more. It’s not every day we get to talk to an expert on what we’re studying and rarely does it happen in such a timely manner. Bo’s slideshow was a great extension of the students’ knowledge, and students eagerly lined up to ask him questions. As a final question, Varley asked students what they might want to explore more. Their answers ranged from rocks and geology, the red dust, building an underground base, and radiation on Mars, to the solar system, Jupiter, Venus, Pluto, and the sun.
After Bo’s talk, one student said, “I never thought I would be able to talk to a real engineer.” Thank you so much to our student Evan, to his mom Ashley, and to Uncle Bo for making our Mars studies come alive!
Experimenting with Snow
Our Kindergarteners took advantage of the snow still lingering on campus by doing some science and nature experiments. They experimented by mixing colors and observing how their colors blend together as the snow melts. They learned that snow turns to water when it melts and also that the volume of melted snow is much less than that of solid snow.
Parent Resources: Having Meaningful Conversations
Jen Cort, an education consultant in areas of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ), joined us for last week’s Parent Happy Hour to offer a presentation on having meaningful and uncomfortable conversations with young children. Jen spoke to us about the importance of shared language between school and home; creating a plan for listening and responding to our children; naming feelings and zeroing in on their locations in our bodies. “Where is the physical location of feelings?” We talked about helping children to realize that they hold feelings in their bodies; and they can determine how big a concern or upset is, in order to manage those feelings. “Is this a pebble, a rock, or a boulder?” When communicating with our children, we need clarity; be concise, check-in for their understanding and conclude before using too many words. Jen offers a number of resources for PMFS parents, to help when tackling small and big issues with our children:
Jen Cort welcomes your questions. Contact her at email@example.com
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