This week a group of WSB’s younger students created a piece of abstract art that would have made Wassily Kandinsky proud. They have humbly entitled the piece “Fort.”
“Fort” is constructed of discarded wood, rain water, earth, clay, melted ice, dirt, and sandbox sand. It is currently available for sale at the low starting bid of $1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 x 10 (to the infinity power). All proceeds will benefit the Waldorf School of Baltimore. The lucky high bidder will have “Fort” recreated in their personal living room by a team of WSB students. Please contact their agent, Ms. Edna Emmet, for further details.
Ever dream of starting your own small farm? Future Harvest – The Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture will be hosting a workshop series on small-scale and urban farming. Nine workshops for only $50 (the three urban farming workshops are $30)…and it starts next week! Check out more info here: http://bit.ly/1CjNkrD.
In other news, today WSB’s 5th grade worked on labeling the honey jars. Each student designed a label, so you will have a variety of artwork to choose from. We still have a bit more to get done before our honey will hit the market. We’ll be selling 1.5 oz and 3.75 oz jars to raise fund to our honeybees. Pricing and selling will be the next topic of our honey business discussion.
Today WSB’s 5th grade class jarred the honey we extracted from our bees’ honeycomb in the autumn. They also made labels and performed a rigorous inspection and quality control taste testing. (Please Note: All testing was done after the jars were filled.) WSB will soon be offering the honey for sale to raise funds to advance our bee stewardship practice.
Below are the details for a great opportunity to have you WSB middle school student (or alumni) head out on a grand adventure! The application deadlines for the two programs are February 6th! If you are interested in having your student participate please contact Cate Mulvihill, WSB Director of Student Life, or Michel Anderson, WSB Ecoliteracy & Sustainability Coordinator. Either would be happy to help your student with the application. Additionally, Cate has participated in the Potomac River Educators’ Expedition this past August.
Every year, Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School gives 20 Maryland students, and a dozen educators, a once in a lifetime opportunity to push themselves to become tomorrow’s leaders. This exclusive cohort is selected to participate in an exciting and uniquely challenging wilderness expedition. It is sure to be an epic adventure which will build character and skills that today’s world demands.
Get Out And Lead (GOAL)
10-day backpacking and rock climbing expedition on the Appalachian Trail
For 12 students entering grades 7-9 (~age 12-14)
Youth Leadership Corps (YLC)
14-day backpacking and canoeing expedition in West Virginia
For 8 students entering grades 10-12 (~age 15-17)
Below is a message authored (on a paper bag ;-) ) on Thursday Dec 18th by the members WSB’s Student Council while traveling to and from Paul’s Place in downtown Baltimore:
We are now on the bus with Mr. Anderson heading towards Paul’s Place to drop off all of the food and toys our community has collected over the last few weeks. Thank you so much for your donations, they will help many families have a happy holiday season.
We just dropped of the food and had a tour of the facilities. We saw their many community resources… a kitchen, a computer lab, a clothing “store,” and met dedicated volunteers and social workers. We want to continue to support this unique and beneficial organization. When we return from our holiday break, we will have further conversations with Jayna Powell from Paul’s Place about how we can continue to help them with their mission to give the poverty-stricken people of Baltimore respect and dignity.
The Student Council
Below are photos of our trip:
Last week, Ms. Jerram’s 4th grade visited The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Highlights were the giraffe and monkey houses (and of course the giant tree slide), but the feature presentation was the phenomenal new penguin exhibit. Students spent a great deal of time studying and drawing the penguins. The trip was exceptionally exciting due to the surprise snow flurrying. Please enjoy these photos:
On Monday, Dec 1st WSB had the pleasure of hosting Jayna Powell from Paul’s Place. She came to speak to our middle school students about poverty in Baltimore City as well as the steps Paul’s Place is taking to combat it. She brought a series of photographs entitled “Faces of Hope” which tell the individual stories of Paul’s Place guests. Check them out — they are currently on display in the lobby and middle school classrooms. WSB is working with Paul’s Place this holiday season to help unsure our city’s residents in need have a wonderful and dignified holiday. Please consider donating to our Food & Toy Drive. It will be running until Dec 11th. Check out this list of the desired food and toys: Holiday2014 Food and Gift Shop
WSB will be explore a yearlong partnership with Paul’s Place. More info on that will be forthcoming.
And if you’d like to know more about Paul’s Place you can check out this 8 minute film below: