By Jacqueline Sexton - May 4, 2006

The school celebrated May Day on Monday, May 1, with the fourth- and fifth- graders performing the traditional May pole dance, followed by games, organized by the fifth-graders, for the whole school. The fourth and fifth graders have been learning the intricacies of the dance from guru Lee Fierro for weeks. Students also prepared and delivered May baskets.

Principal Diane Gandy tells us in the May issue of The Bell Tower that the month of May was named for the Greek goddess Maia, who "was identified with the Roman Goddess of fertility, Bona Dea." And that's what the May Day festivals are all about.

Oil paintings by Gloria Burkin are on display at The Bank of Martha's Vineyard in a show she calls "Painting With My Buddy." When her 14-year-old yellow Lab passed away, the artist says she felt drawn to return to the places they had visited together. The paintings are views of Squibnocket, Menemsha, and Lucy Vincent in changing light and changing seasons. The show will be up through May 25.

Rebecca Gilbert, known for her North Road Native Earth Teaching Farm, will share some of her knowledge of "Heirloom Crops for Today's Gardens" at a talk at the library on Wednesday, May 10, at 5:30. The Friends of the Library are sponsoring the talk, and will serve refreshments. There is no admission charge.

The Friends of the Library have announced that new members are welcome, and anyone interested in joining the lively group is invited to attend the meeting from 4 to 5 pm Wednesday, May 10, at the library. It's a congenial group that has a lot of fun presenting programs for the library.

Chris Dreyer has been in charge of sorting and pricing books for the summer book sale for years, and is still carrying on. The library needs someone to manage what comes next, the selling of the books at the community center. Call the library at 508-645-3360 if you are interested in managing or helping.

Students are in the final stages of preparations for Energy Day, next Saturday, May 6. Jack Regan's class is studying the design of windmill blades, and fifth-graders are revving up for the solar car races. Tisbury fifth-graders will participate in the race for the first time. Selectman Warren Doty has been helping in the construction of the cars, and Nan Doty has been helping students complete their energy projects after school.

The school thanks the Chilmark Store for sending over pizzas for the whole school.

Juliana Donovan's oil paintings of trees, poppies, and early morning light are on display in the meeting room at the library this month.

The Martha's Vineyard Commission seeks our help in establishing future goals for Island growth and change and has distributed questionnaires. The questionnaires are available at the library, where you can fill them out and put them in a box for the MVC to pick up later. It's an opportunity to have a say about whether you want more sweeping development or whether you'd like to limit population growth and have more open space.