Plant and They Will Come!
The proof is in the caterpillars!
2nd Instar Black Swallowtail Caterpillar ~ Willa Brosnihan Photo
Monday I had the great joy of being given the grand tour of the O’Maley Innovation School Butterfly Garden recently installed by Mrs. McGrath’s sixth grade class. We first had a screening of my film Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly and then went out to the garden to see the very same caterpillars!
The garden hits all the right notes with caterpillar food plants and colorful nectar-rich, butterfly attracting flowers. With the bed dug entirely by the students (you can see by the surrounding beds that the soil must have been incredibly compacted), prepped, and all planting done by the kids it is truly a fabulous accomplishment. You’ll see amazingly adorned handmade and beautifully painted informational signs and butterfly baths.
The garden was made possible though an award winning project created by students Emma Duckworth, Willa Brosnihan, and Kelsey Lowthers. For more information see the Awesome Gloucester Foundation O’Maley Butterfly Garden project page here .
Emma Duckworth Photo
Project creators Emma, Willa, and Kelsey
Hand painted water dish for butterflies and birds.
Willa photographing caterpillars
See More Photos Here
Martin DelVecchio submits-
The O’Maley Acadamy Drama Club is putting on another fabulous show. This year it’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.
Four shows remain:
Sunday, March 22nd at 1:00p (Cast X)
Friday, March 27th at 7:00p (Cast Y)
Saturday, March 28th at 1:00p (Cast X)
Sunday, March 29th at 1:00p (Cast Y)
Here are some more photos:
Cast X: https://www.flickr.com/photos/martindelvecchio/sets/72157651412124176/
Cast Y: https://www.flickr.com/photos/martindelvecchio/sets/72157651418013386/
Not that it feels that way ;(
Thanks to Paul Morrison you may have already heard about this…but it is totally worth repeating!
Paul did a post about it just yesterday!
We have always loved the school plays at O’Maley and I’m confident that this will be no exception!
Sugar Shack Saturdays @ Appleton Farms
Spring is coming and the sap is running! Experience the time-honored tradition of maple sugaring with Sugar Shack Saturdays at Appleton Farms. Spend the morning or afternoon with us and see how we turn sap into sweet syrup. Start by getting creative with some maple themed crafts in the Appleton Old House. Then get outside and explore our very own sugar shack! Learn how we tap our trees every spring, see the evaporator in action, and even taste some of our syrup! We will end back inside with some delicious snacks, including Appleton Farms cheese and a maple treat, while we read a sugaring story!
Morning Session: 10:30AM-12PM
Afternoon Session: 1:30-3PM
Recommended for ages 8 and under but everyone is welcome! Space is limited. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 978.356.5728 x18 for registration.
This is a little less traditional, but I’ve been meaning to let you know about it for quite some time.
A fantastic on-line computer coding site for kids brought to you by MIT
Check out SCRATCH here!
Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.
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See this is the kinda thing that brings a school together like nothing else. Whichever school administrator greenlighted this deserves like a thousand percent raise and I’m not even joking. You can’t put a pricetag on how much this type of thing will do for school and community spirit.,
The O’Maley Innovation Middle School community recently came together to create a lipdub video of our SAILS theme song “Brave!”
Food Drive for Open Door Food Pantry
O’Maley Innovation Middle School students participated in an all-school food drive for the Open Door Food Pantry for two weeks prior to Thanksgiving. Over 1400 pounds of items were gathered to help families in need. The O’Maley SAILS program (Service, Integrity, Acceptance, Leadership, Success) emphasizes Service in our community and this year’s annual food drive was a wonderful opportunity for students to put the school community’s values into practice. It was a great success!
O’Maley Innovative Middle School SAILS on with Pledge!
Oct. 1, the entire O’Maley community gathered in the auditorium for our first SAILS assembly of the school year. Rick Doucette, YMCA Executive Director and SAILS Community member volunteer, acted as Master of Ceremonies. Rick had the honor of revealing to all gathered the O’Maley pledge and led us all in the Pledges’ first public reading. Principal Deb Lucey was the first to sign and Rick followed as our first community member. After the assembly students returned to homerooms where each classroom has a poster of the pledge. Students were then asked to sign on!
The O’Maley community is now engaged with sharing the pledge with others and inviting them to sign on in support. On Oct. 9, while visiting our school Dr. Safier enthusiastically added his signature to our pledge while a group of 6th graders looked on with pride.
Last Spring, as part of the O’Maley School’s SAILS initiative, the whole school participated in an all school writing prompt. The prompt asked students to take a look at examples of pledges and then discuss what it means to make a pledge and commit yourself to it. Next the students were asked to make a list of what they think should be included in an O’Maley pledge.
The responses from the writing prompt were then given to a group of student editors, made up from volunteers from each grade, who then took on the task of narrowing down the broad categories and reworking these down to a manageable number reflecting values expressed by students that they would like to see in a pledge.
The final Pledge draft was presented and accepted. The beauty of the Pledge as written by the student editors needed no further work. The pledge speaks to all and ask of each what is theirs to give.