Thursday, April 10, 2008

A turtle, a grave, a raccoon and a great big weight

I was working in my office this afternoon when the office manager came in saying "Come! Bring your camera!" I grabbed my camera and went to see what the stir was about: a turtle, a slider turtle, I think. Some kids found it out in the ball field and brought it to our science teacher.

We let it go in one of the gardens. Usually we have several coming out of the swamp across the playground to the gardens around the building to lay their eggs. several weeks later, dozens of tiny turtles scramble their way back to the swamp. Kind of cool!

While I was watching the turtle crawl away, I noticed something strange under some bushes: a little graveyard for a bird the 4-6th graders found dead on the ground. I thought it was kind of sweet the way they buried it, complete with flowers and grave markers...

The other cause for excitement came when two boys came running in from the dumpster to say that a raccoon was sleeping in it! I went to check it out, and sure enough, a coon was curled up at the back of the dumpster. No amount of banging on the side would wake him (or her) up. Our theory is that he gorged himself on garbage and then was too full and sleep to move. "We put a board inside to give him a way out. An hour later he was gone.

Aside from these native visitors, it was fairly quiet today as our visiting team left last night around 7 p.m. after delivering the exit report and giving us the recommended accreditation term: the second highest possible--6 years with an interim visit at 3 years! I am so relieved! I didn't realize the weight of the stress of this evaluation until it was over and a two-ton weight dropped from my shoulders!

5 comments:

Heidi said...

How did the students even find the raccoon?

Ruth said...

Children are so full of discovery and enthusiasm. And they need to share that with adults who care about the little things that they see. Sounds like your school is a caring place.

Rondi said...

The boys were taking some trash out to the dumpster and saw the raccoon there. They were a little scared, but since it didn't move they became curious...

Yes, our school is a very caring place. It's a real joy to be part of it.

Inland Empire Girl said...

What a week! I had a chipmunk in my classroom and another school close by had a baby moose on their playground so the kids had to stay inside all day. We didn't catch the chipmunk... I think he escaped when the kids went to P.E.

mon@rch said...

I love your flowers and how great seeing the turtles like this!