In the art room, as early as kindergarten, we talk about the importance of sustainability, being a supporter of green initiatives, and of being respectful of nature and the world around us. We recycle paper, have an on-going scrap box for extra pieces of color paper and we find new ways to use old materials that might have otherwise been discarded.
• Each spring, kindergarten artists plant sunflower seeds in flowerbeds around the school. The sunflowers are harvested in late summer and then used in first grade for observation and making sunflower paintings.
The Wood Thrush
We fly at night,
To get away from hawks,
By day we rest and eat until we are full,
When the moon rises, we start again,
We fly across the Gulf on Mexico
We land in Costa Rica in search of berries and worms,
This place becomes our new wintering home,
March springs and we fly again
Journey north to Belt Woods, our native land in Maryland.
Written By: Ocean Seo, Brian Machovec, Eric Bussman
Beware Wood Thrush, Beware!
The wood thrush makes its nest,
Then lays its turquoise eggs,
Beware! The cowbird is coming!
Beware! The trees are being cut down and humans are to blame.
Beware! Hawks are ready to have a feast,
For they think they are delicious.
When its time for a cold frosty winter
Costa Rica is their wintering place.
Written By: Christy Wombacher, Justin Thompson, Matt Albert