We are hosting Paint Nite fundraiser Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 7pm. As a new program we need to raise money to offset the cost of uniforms, gym time and equipment. Please show your support by indulging your creative side. Tickets to this event can be purchased on https://paintnite.com/events/936109.html
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Another Snowy Owl sighting, this submitted by Kim Bertolino in East Gloucester. Thanks so much to Kim for sharing her beautiful photo!
We were talking about Snowy Owls and lemmings in Sunday’s podcast when questions about where lemmings live and what do they look like came up. Lemmings are a small rodent that comprise the bulk of the Snowy Owl’s diet in their northern breeding grounds, the Arctic tundra. They are about 3 to 6 inches long with silky fur and short tales, and are closely related to voles and muskrats. The Snowy eats between three to five lemmings per day in the tundra! Read more about lemmings here.
Although we can’t offer the Snowies a diet of lemmings, we do have lots of mice and rats readily available to hunt during the winter months. Cape Ann’s open shoreline, of beaches, dunes, and rocky outcroppings, are a somewhat similar terrain to that of the tree-less tundra. Snowies are diurnal; they have evolved to hunt during the day and night because in the tundra during their breeding season the hours of daylight are continuous. A Snowy couldn’t survive in the Arctic if it could only hunt during night time like most other species of owls.
Let’s face it, being a kid can be tough these days. Let’s give our kids the tools they need to manage their bodies and minds!
Yoga benefits children in so many ways and really helps them connect their bodies and minds, while building confidence and love for themselves inside and out. Not only does it improve strength, balance and flexibility, it really helps children to concentrate, focus, relax, be creative and imaginative, and channel their energy more effectively.
Some of the MANY benefits of for yoga for children are:
Increases strength and flexibility
Promotes self-esteem, self-respect and inner-strength
Increases focus and concentration
Teaches respect, compassion, gratitude and sharing
Increases coordination and balance
Teaches breath awareness, meditation and relaxation techniques
New 6 week session of KIDS yoga start January 5/6th
My students decided that it would be better to give than receive. They opted to skip the annual gingerbread house making for themselves and instead baked like crazy in class and at home. We then made a list of recipients and delivered holiday treats from Beverly to Ipswich to people whom our school is thankful for. We wish we could have made 100 more stops.
So, the other day, Finn finished his job. In addition to delivering cookies as a class on a school day, each child also brought a box of cookies home to deliver to someone special. Finn chose to deliver his to the Gloucester Coast Guard Station at Harbor Loop. You may remember that my boys have both loved and respected members of the Coast Guard for quite some time.
Here’s another post in case you want to read up on that….
Heard people were looking for the snowy owl in East Gloucester. Located him on top of the F/V Endeavor today and grabbed a couple of shots. Would have loved to climb aboard the ship for a better shot, but the hubby said No! Had to stay on the dock! Janelle Favaloro
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