As we are approaching the end of the school year (wait, already?!) we are reflecting on our time in the Brown Room and the people in the school who supported us and St. John's so tireless throughout the year. Two of those people are Victor and his mother Lucilla. Lucilla has been an important part of the St. John's community for many years and unfortunately we have not yet had the chance to meet her. But the children in the Brown Room have developed a wonderful connection with Victor, who is the school's handyman, problem-solver, engineer, and so much more. Whenever the children noticed something in the school that would require Victor's attention and skills, we wrote a message or note about it to him.
They fix things when they are broken. - Finlay
When the water from the sink was too cold. - Hugh
And he even he fixed the potty! - Remy
As a way of showing our appreciation for Victor and Lucilla we are creating a plate made out of clay for each of them. As you might have seen on the blog before, lately the children are showing great interest in baking and creating food for one another in the outdoor classroom. We want to expand on their interest and would like to bake a little something together at school for Victor and Lucilla, once their plates are ready.
We then used the plate as a mold for the clay to be shaped on to to create a rim on the plates.
Our next step in the process will be to decorate the plates further by using underglazes once the plates are leather hard to bone dry. But what colors should we use? What are Victor's and Lucilla's favorite colors? Since Victor comes to school in the late afternoon, after we have all gone home, we decided to write, or better, paint a message for him.
We can put colors on here (the message) so they can choose their color. - Hugh
To create colors for our message, we used a special kind of paper, called Paper Palette, which is a poly-coated paper that can be primarily used to mix paints together. Since one side is coated, the paint won't dry and is not absorbed as quickly, in comparison to regular copy paper.
The back feels like normal paper. - Remy
What colors can we mix using only the primary colors, RED, BLUE, and YELLOW and white ?
Finally, the weather is now warm enough for our seedlings to move outside! After watering them, using a spray bottle, Luke and Remy also sang songs to our growing plants. We are sure that it will help them grow big and strong!
Speaking of being outside, over the weekend, things changed in our outdoor classroom ...
We want to send out a huge THANK YOU to the incredible St. John's community for improving our beautiful outdoor classroom. We appreciate your endless support, love and dedication for St. John's!