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Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
More from our travelers in Basque Country, led by teacher Jami Whitmer:
Well, today was a very busy day!
Santi, our guide, met us at the hotel at 9am and we were off in a private mini-bus to the town of Gernika. The weather was gloomy and cool, yet kind of fitting for the conversations we had about the bombing of the area and its effect on the inhabitants. We walked through an old market that has been in operation for hundreds of years, and a couple of us tried some stinky goat cheese. Yum!
We then saw a tile rendition of Picasso’s Guernica, and Santi shared with us that the Basque region has been trying for years to get the original from the Reina Sofia in Madrid. No such luck, however.
We then drove to the areas of Mundaka and Bermeo. In Mundaka, we watched surfers for a bit. The surfing here is some of the best in the world, and competitions are held here regularly. They make it look easy (but cold!).
We stopped along the way for photo ops along the coast, and walked around the town of Bermeo.
We drove back to Bilbao around 5pm. Now we are in for the night, and off to see the ‘Hanging bridge’ and a picturesque town tomorrow.
Hope all are well, more tomorrow!
Monday, June 24th, 2013
Today was the first day of Camp Invention at Riverstone International School!
**Here’s a quick snapshot of what we did today…
In the Cache Dash™ module, we were recruited to be expedition trainees. We used outdoor treasure hunting and navigation techniques to complete a challenge course and received a clue to the location of a cache. We figured out the clue and found the cache, which contained invention challenges from youth in France, Singapore and Honduras. The cache was also filled with special technology materials to include in our solution designs!
In Ecoverse™, we embarked on our quest to explore the realms of the Earth. Today, we reached for the sky as we explored constellations and built a stellar navigation tool! We used our device to locate our Petrosphere Journals, where we will reflect, explore, and sketch their ideas and descriptions of the Earth all week long. Our achievements earned us the sky glyph! The constellation Pisces is the clue for the location of tomorrow’s quest.
The hottest place on Earth is where our Amazing Atlas Games™ module started. To find it, we had to locate the Sahara Desert using latitude and longitude markings on a world map. While exploring the desert, we built an insulated cover to protect our equipment from overheating. We each need to bring in one fist-sized or smaller clean rock for tomorrow’s adventures.
In the I Can Invent: Launchitude™ module, we received our week’s mission: to help a flock of international rubber ducks get home! Today, some of us began disassembling appliances to locate gadgets and gears that can be incorporated into our duck launching inventions, while others began designing. We will work together this week to build the ultimate Duck Chucking Device!
**Information from the parent flier from Camp Invention.
Tomorrow is Zany Hat Day!
Friday, June 21st, 2013
Another update from our travelers in Madrid and their leader, Jami Whitmer:
Greetings from Madrid!
We started the day by taking the metro to the Prado museum. Our friendly guide, Gemma, took us on a wonderful tour of the major pieces, explaining meaning and composition of various works. Highlights were the dark paintings of Goya and the very famous “Las Meninas” by Velasquez. After the museum tour, we did a bit of window shopping, and the boys bought a soccer ball in the ‘soccer mania’ store. We then stopped at a lovely restaurant for a leisurely lunch complete with various desserts.
To burn the desserts off, we walked to the impressive Parque de Retiro, a park established in the 18th century by royalty. We looked for a place to play soccer, but instead walked around the grounds, enjoying the beautiful architecture.
After a short siesta, we ate dinner at a casual place called doner kebap (Turkish sandwiches) and have almost called it a night.
We didn’t make it to the second museum today, so we hope to go there tomorrow evening. On the agenda for tomorrow is a walking tour and finding a place to play a little soccer. The weather has been cooler and cloudier than expected, so thankfully all brought layers. The kids have amazing energy and have had a great day, I imagine the same will go for tomorrow!
Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
Spanish teacher, Jami Whitmer, is one of the two chaperones for the group traveling to Basque Country. She wrote the following note to parents at the end of day one:
We traveled from Boise to Phoenix to Charlotte to Madrid. We left Charlotte almost an hour late due to rain, but the flight was uneventful (besides a student getting a bit stuck in the plane lavatory). We were met upon arrival in Madrid by a tour guide who took us on a bus tour of the city. We stopped at a couple of sights to take pictures and admire the beautiful views. Later, we checked in to the hotel, had a bite to eat, and headed out on foot.
We explored a bit of the city, walking around a large cathedral, the Plaza Mayor, and the Palacio Real. We continued on to a beautiful park; at this point the kids were clearly fading so we decided to make our way back to the hotel. We are all pretty tired, having been up for 30 hours or so. Everyone is currently resting for a bit. We will wake them up to have some sweets in honor of Jenny’s birthday in a couple of hours, and then let them rest up some more.
Tomorrow is museum day – we will go to the Prado in the morning and hopefully the Reina Sofia in the afternoon/evening.
Stay tuned for more adventures!
Monday, June 17th, 2013
Riverstone high school students departed for their Europe 2013 trip to Basque Country this morning. The students and their chaperones will be flying into Madrid and then traveling north to the Basque city of Bilbao, which will serve as the base for some of their exploration of the Basque region. A visit to the Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Gehry, will expose students to a wide range of art forms. The cities of San Sebastian, Gernika, and Lekeitio are also on the itinerary. On the 29th of June, students will join in the Festival of San Pedro, one of the most important celebrations of Basque culture. Surfing lessons on the beaches of San Sebastian are also in the plans.
Our students will have the chance to practice their Spanish or French speaking and experience cultural ties bewteen Boise and the Basque Country. We will keep you posted on their adventures.
Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
Grade 4 had a hoedown today to celebrate the end of the year and their final unit about migrations. Each class learned five dances that have migrated from Europe into the American West. The Simple Square, Redwing, Virginia Reel, Korobuska, and the Troika are the dances that they worked on. It was a lot of fun, and takes a lot of energy to dance like that! Staff were standing around watching with big smiles on their faces, matching the looks on the students’ faces.
Mrs. DeLaney, their Music teacher, sends her congratulations to her students for giving her such a joyful end of year.
More pictures are posted on the school facebook page.
Monday, June 3rd, 2013
Last week, our Preschool class had an open house for parents in which they shared what they had learned in their last Unit of Inquiry of the school year: How the World Works. During this Unit of Inquiry, the students learned that people use gardens for many reasons. They started with the basics of what defines a garden, what purposes gardens can serve, and then learned about four types of gardens including flower, container, vegetable, and sculpture. Their favorite part, however, was when they got their hands dirty by planting marigolds and watching them grow. They each had a journal in which they could draw their plants and how it was changing it week. The students were incredibly proud to share their journals and all that they had learned during the unit!
Thanks to teachers Kathie Stilinovich and Jennie Moyett for guiding our youngest students this year and sharing pictures from their open house!
Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
During the past week, Ms. Pierie’s Kindergarten class has been watching the incubator with chicken eggs in their classroom with a great deal of patience, awaiting the chicks eventual appearance. The first one hatched on Monday, four more on Tuesday, and another four on Wednesday! According to Ms. Pierie, when asked what the chicks needed when they hatched, “the children quickly figured out that baby chicks need food, water, warmth, sleep, space, and loving.” As you can see by the pictures, the kindergarteners are doing a great job of taking care of the baby chicks!
The baby chicks are part of their Unit of Inquiry, Sharing the Planet, in which they are learning about being good stewards of the Earth, including all of its creatures.
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
Kindergarten students, their parents, and teachers all had a wonderful time on their Spring Trip last week. Montour Campground is the perfect spot for an overnight campout!
We began the day by setting up tents, and then began working in our “outside centers” including investigating earthworms, dissecting owl pellets, tie-dying t-shirts, and building a sand house. These activities were all related to our school-year units in one way or another.
Our potluck dinner was yummy, and of course, we finished off the evening with s’mores and awards!
The next morning we hiked the wildlife refuge in the hopes of seeing evidence of wildlife. We spied a few birds and dead fish carcasses, but unfortunately did not find any killdeer eggs this year.
All in all, it was a great Spring Trip!
Monday, May 20th, 2013
Although the size of the choir was a little smaller than usual because of the weekend schedule, the Riverstone combined Elementary and Middle/High School choirs performed beautifully at Rediscovered Bookshop a week ago on Saturday! An impromptu collaboration with the marimba player nearby made for a wonderful, crowd-pleasing ending to their performance.
Choir teacher, Laura DeLaney, treated the kids to Jamba Juice to celebrate the end of a wonderful inaugural year for Riverstone choirs. Thanks Laura!