Dear 5-14 families,
I hope you were able to stop by the Festival of Art on Thursday evening and take a walk through our school gallery! If you missed it, be sure to visit the photo gallery to see a picture of your child's beautiful mixed media art work and writing! The pieces will be on display in the classroom for awhile, but I'll make sure to send them home for memory-keeping later on.
Just to give you all some background into our project, all semester long we have been learning about environmental problems Hawai'i is facing today. These learning activities, guest speakers, and field trips centered on invasive species takeovers of our local streams, native bird population decline, and the spread of Rapid 'Ohi'a Death that is killing off our 'Ohi'a forests and harming many living things who depend on the trees for food and habitat. For Festival of Art, each student was tasked with researching an endangered or threatened native/endemic species (plant, animal, or insect - and yes, some were not so glamorous!) and writing an informational paragraph and poem that gave the public insight into their organism's importance and the threats it faces today. Our goal was to educate everyone, practice our research skills, and of course express our creativity! The only confines for the art work were to 1. Make it colorful and 2. Use as many types of artistic media as possible. I think the results are fabulous and well worth all the weeks of hard work!
When we return from winter break, we'll be continuing with this theme by learning about Little Fire Ants, invasive algae, and the impact of marine debris on our coasts in second semester! I hope you all enjoy your weekend!