Last Friday, MICDS Lower School was buzzing with activity for the annual Beasley Community Day. Junior Kindergarteners through fourth-grade students rotated through a variety of activities that fostered joy, compassion, thoughtfulness, knowledge, and friendship. It’s not every day you get to plant a garden, paint a mural, learn coding, give to a food pantry, and glide through obstacle courses. Oh, what fun our youngest Rams had!
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Art Murals and Kindness Rocks Brighten Beasley
A popular, favorite activity in the Lower School is creating kindness rocks which was, of course, part of Beasley Community Day. Students painted various rocks with positive, loving, and kind messages so that others will feel joy when they see the rocks. At a later date, the kindness rocks will be “planted” or laid along the ground for all to smile upon seeing.
In addition to the kindness rocks, Lower School artists painted two bright murals which will soon adorn the Beasley halls. “One mural has a reading theme with two children reading books in a tree surrounded by letters falling out of the books,” said Lower School Visual Arts Teacher Sarah Garner. “The other mural is very whimsical and filled with imagination. Two friends are sailing a boat into the clouds where you find an octopus and a whale swimming in the clouds and rainbows. The mural continues on with another friend in a hot air balloon over a colorful city.” Be sure to check out these masterpieces the next time you’re in the Beasley hallways!
Creating a Monarch Waystation in the Beasley Garden
Lower Schoolers got their hands dirty and planted in the Beasley Garden. “Ornamental grasses were removed in a 12×14 foot section to create our very first Beasley Monarch Waystation,” said Laura Pupillo, Lower School Science Teacher. What is a monarch waystation? According to monarchwatch.org, it’s a “place that provides resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration.” The resources needed are milkweed and nectar from flowers. Pupillo shared that the area was full of common milkweed but lacked good pollinator plants.
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Scratch Computer Games
Earlier in the school year, students made two Scratch games. Scratch is a computer programming environment that uses block coding. On Community Day, students formed teams to brainstorm and design an original program to ultimately build as a cooperative group. In one group, Lower School Coordinator of Instructional Technology Greg Stevens listened as each person in the group shared an idea for a game that emphasized the importance of food. After each person shared their idea, Project Manager Ashna J. ’30 said “All our ideas can fit together.”