Poems, Kites, and a Duck (?) - Mid-Pacific Institute

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Poems, Kites, and a Duck (?)

Posted on April 29, 2017

by Ms. Montes on April 29, 2017

This week, we had two very special events to look forward to -- Poem- in-Your- Pocket Day and Kite Day.

April is national poetry month. On Thursday, we celebrated Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day. On this day, our class and many in our elementary community came to school with a beloved poem in our pocket to share with others. If we didn't have a pocket, we made one, often with the assistance of a friend.

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We have spent much of our writing time this month learning about some of the literary elements that are often found in poetry: simile, metaphor, repetition, alliteration, and onomatopoeia. As we learned about these elements, we wrote poems about topics that are near and dear to our hearts.

As a celebration of our work as poets, we chose poems that touch our hearts and inspire us, to share with the Mid-Pacific community. Along with Ms. Byrne and Mrs. Farwell's classes, we spread out around the campus to share our love of poetry with students, faculty, and staff.

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Many of the children commented on how good they felt sharing their poems. They brought smiles to many people's faces. One student shared that a recipient told him that the poem was the highlight of his day.

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The children and I all agree that next year on Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day, we will be walking around the campus sharing poetry with the community again!

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Mid-Pacific has many traditions. One of the most beloved is Kite Day. As many of you know, it is a tradition that has been celebrated from the early days of Mid-Pacific. Although the winds were light, it was a beautiful day to fly a kite.

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Each of the elementary and preschool classes was paired with a middle school homeroom. Our 8th Grade friends assisted the students with getting their kites in the air. Many of the middle school students participated in Kite Day when they were younger. It is gratifying to see the older students sharing their memories and experiences with our students.

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After running up and down the field, a cool and refreshing snack was in order. Ice Pops!

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We had a feathered visitor observing our celebration. One of the students demonstrated her duck walk under the watchful eye of an expert.

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Reminders for the upcoming week:

May Day is Friday, May 5th.

  • Please have your child bring a pair of slipper to leave in their cubby for practice on Thursday and Friday and the performance on Friday.
  • Girls should wear their hair in a smoothed, middle ponytail or bun on Friday. Please send in a hairbrush with her name on it.
  • Our room parents have sent out a request for assistance with dressing the students. If you are availble, please sign up.

I will be sending out the last book order of the year on Monday, May 1st. It will be due Friday, May 5th. There are some great summer reading selections in the flyers.

Our last library visit is May 11th. Please help your child to remember to bring their library books in by that day.

Finally, Student-Parent-Teacher conferences are coming up on May 18th and 19th. If you haven't yet, please sign-up on SignUp Genius.