This week and next I am focusing on books about science and scientists (because next week is Pennekamp's Science Week); and on books about baseball, which is starting up right now and which provides an interesting window on American culture and history. 5th-grade has completed their Catalog Search Hall of Fame endeavor, which has dominated library time for the past few weeks, so this week we will without fail finish Queen of the Falls, by Chris Van Allsburg.
This is an exciting time of year to be a Pennekamp Dragon. Having just done the talent show, our students (and teachers and parents) are preparing for the Richstone Feast on the evening of Thursday, March 22. This is a fundraiser for the Richstone Family Center, which "is dedicated to preventing and treating child abuse, strengthening families, and preventing violence in families, schools, and communities" (from the organization's website). This is a fun event that gives 5th-grade students a chance to do some hands-on community service by organizing and serving dinner for dozens of guests. Tickets for both early and late seatings are still available from the school office.
Then, next week, Thursday, March 29, is Family Science Night--the high point of Pennekamp's Science Week. Hugely popular last year, Family Science Night this year will offer many educational displays and workshops on a great variety of science topics. Featured events are a show by Mad Science, visiting robots from Beach Cities Robotics, and the chance to meet a real astronaut. Also that night students who chose to do a science fair experiment will be displaying their projects in the cafeteria. Family Science Night starts at 6:00 p.m. and is free of charge.
As busy as everyone is, school events such as these enrich our everyday lives and will one day be treasured family memories. Please consider taking an hour or two out of the weekly routine to attend both of these great events.