Town Columns

Chilmark

By Jacqueline Sexton - December 14, 2006

While parents are rushing to prepare for festivities, their children are busy finishing up the year at school. Principal Diane Gandy reports on their accomplishments in the current issue of the Bell Tower, the school newsletter.

The K-1 class has been studying the stars and will give a winter solstice celebration for family and friends next Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the school at 5:30 pm.

Second and third graders continue their visit to Windemere and will visit the Science Museum in Boston. At the same time, they are embarked on virtual trips to their pen pals in Tiburon, Calif., thanks to the marvels of present-day telecommunications. Meanwhile, they're tending their compost and worm farm and pursuing their energy-saving projects.

Congratulations to the fourth and fifth graders, and families and friends, for a successful UNICEF party; they raised $612.79. They are involved in research projects, including one with imaginary organisms that can survive in the North American biosphere.

Senora Hewitt has completed an after-school multi-cultural arts program, with the help of Katie Smith. Children made masks and kites, among other things. Later, they flew the kites. Eighteen students participated.

The December PTO meeting was cancelled. The group will meet next on Jan. 2, 2007.

Lillian Kellman helped make the Turkey Trot festivities a gala affair with her story about Stone Soup.

Pre-school principal Chris Abrams and her students had a good time visiting the 4/5 classroom, and had a guided tour of what there was to see. They had received special "beautifully written" invitations.

Anyone who didn't have a chance to look through the selection of sale books and videos at the library's open house yesterday has another chance: the sale will continue today and Saturday for late shoppers.