The Ashley Bryan School

The Ashley Bryan School
Serving Children in Grades K-8 from the Cranberry Isles

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Not Your Grandma's School

Not Your Grandma’s School--

or Even Your Mother’s--

or Even Your Big Sister’s for that matter....

We have not blogged for a long time!  Some of us have been a little busy....

And we’re delighted to welcome Baby Luciana!

Ms. Lauren agreed to step in and be our long-term sub while Ms. Eysnogle is on maternity leave. Yay!

So now we're ready to get back to our blog!

There is no such thing as a typical day at the Ashley Bryan School.

So here are some “snapshots” of what our school looked like today:

This morning, the first graders met with students from Cliff Island, Monhegan and Matinicus.  They  learned about Lewis and Clark and drew pictures of Sacajawea and her baby, Pomp. They enjoyed sharing their drawings on the Polycom/Tanbergs. 

Our fifth graders met with their book buddies from Frenchboro and Matinicus.  Ms. Ashley, the teacher on Frenchboro, is teaching them how to write a newspaper article.  They will be reporting on the events of the first five chapters of their book, “Mr. Tucket,” which takes place in the 1850s on the Oregon Trail.

The third graders are reading "Pioneer Cat".  But they skipped book groups this morning, because Ms. Ursula, our Guidance Counselor was visiting, and we hadn't seen her in awhile.  This group was making collages about, guess what....? THEMSELVES!--Their hobbies, their passions and their feelings.  We don't get to see Ms. Ursula too often, so her visits are very special!

Our fourth grader was meeting with her book group.  She gets to work with students from Cliff, Frenchboro and Isle au Haut.  They are reading "Sarah Plain and Tall".

Then this afternoon, something really special happened! 

We had a visit from Hawk Henries, Native American flute maker and musician, who awed us with the beauty of his instruments.  Some of the instruments sounded just like birds, and others sounded mysterious and eerie!  Hawk told us beautiful stories, too.

Then, just when it seemed like things couldn’t get any more exciting, Hawk Henries let us play his instruments!

Some of us were brave enough to try some really strange instruments like this flute that is blown with your nose!

Some of us enjoyed the sound of our own music making more than others.

We had another great day at the Ashley Bryan School, and it wasn’t even over at 3:00. 

After school, Ms. Eysnogle paid us a visit with Luciana while we were having fun at Lego Robotics with Ms. Amy and Ms. Melissa.

We can't wait for tomorrow, when Hawk Henries will be back to make flutes with us. But this blog post is already long enough!

Stay tuned...


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    Taos, New Mexico

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