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5/20/2013 Newsletter
Monday, May 20, 2013 1:00 PM


Dear Families,

As always, camping with your amazing kids was an amazing, transformational experience.  Over two days, students became independent, took care of themselves and their friends, and truly enjoyed immersion in nature.  I had the rare chance for long conversations with lots of children. I really valued just watching and listening as they figured out how to manage themselves and their time.   Kids who need to be active were finally just as active as they needed to be!

My never-ending thanks to everyone who supported the trip. You did the shopping, the hiking, the cooking, the crafting, the setting up and the tearing down of tents.  You pitched a thousand whiffle balls and admired just as many crafts.  You patrolled the tents until the kids were asleep and then took fancy pictures in the dark.  You flipped pancakes and ran for  water.  You shrugged when kids said they couldn’t find their dishes.  You found time for grown-up conversation and showed your kids how fun it is to be unplugged, with nothing but friends and Mother Nature to keep you busy.  Best of all, you let your kids come.  It’s a leap of faith to send your child to camp.  Thanks also to Patrick, who allowed our camping tradition to continue.

This was the first year with no cries in the night.  First year a dad sat outside a tent and read a story.  First year for ball-tip roasts, portabello mushrooms and spinach-strawberry salad for the grown-ups.  (Thanks Cory Lahm and AJ Sonquist!) It was the second year of kitchen leadership for Kirsten Walstead, and the third year of Doctor of Dishes Duty for Doug Pryce.  I think someone else should take a turn next year.  A shout-out goes to Jennifer Montillino who drove our big old truck.  So many people did so many things, I could never think of all of them. So just-thanks.  

This Week

We will write our camp newspaper and study things that fly.  It is also time for us to put our portfolios together and look back on all we have learned this year.   

Spelling Shout Out!

Thanks to Lisa Gordon, who has been our faithful corrector for all these weeks! Just a couple spelling tests to go!