Thursday, May 24, 2018

A (State) Capitol Idea!

Kindergartners  ventured to Lansing Michigan to visit Michigan’s exquisite and historic Capitol building!

Our knowledgeable tour guide, Mr. Benson greeted us warmly then gave us advice for Capitol Building tour etiquette.  Walking in a straight line and on the right side of the hall was a bit of a foreign affair for us SKers.

We were told that one goal the original architects and construction workers had for designing the Capitol building was for it to be "beautiful", and it is!  The floor tiles were embedded with fossils as evidenced by the prehistoric discoveries made by the children as they rested upon them.

We received the presidential treatment and were introduced on the Senate floor by Evan's Dad. Evan and Mom also received an official greeting by the Senate earlier in the morning. We toured the finely renovated corridors, marveled at the ornately painted ceilings, and peered at the portraits of former governors that are located in the Capitol rotunda. Ks even visited the office of our very own Assistant Secretary of the Senate, Adam Reames, A.K.A. Evan’s Dad!  For some reason, being able to use the bathrooms in his office were a big hit for some Ks! Some had a gorgeous view of the lawn while tucked into beautiful and cozy window seats in his office too.

(Above) Photograph of the "Michigan Senate." Evan's Dad is on the top right!

The Capitol Rotunda is a very busy, multipurpose space -sort of like our Atrium.

The Senate Chamber was all abuzz with activity!

Our class was able to stand on the actual Senate floor and vote “yea” or “nay” after a rap of the official gavel by Evan. We also admired the glass ceiling panels that depict each of the 50 states.  Michigan's seal stood  proudly front and center!

Another highlight of our trip included meeting former Detroit Lions Running Back and Heisman Trophy winner, Billy Sims.  He stopped and chatted with us and taught us all the famous “Heisman Trophy Pose.”  (I wonder if Evan's Dad ever played football?  He has that stance down pat!) I was thrilled to also bump into my friends' son, Samuel (below, center) who also works at the Capitol Building!

We're Number 1 ! ! !

Further on into our tour, we admired the doors of the Governor's office that include detailed embellishments on its brass door hinges.  Images of a deer  (reflective of Michigan wildlife) were also seen throughout the whole building's interior i.e. on chandeliers,  sort of like hidden Mickeys!
(Below, details of the Governor's beautiful office)

Later, we observed the Senate floor from a bird's eye view.

The (Supreme Court) room where it happens!  

Our trip to Lansing culminated with a visit to Impression 5 Science Center.  After eating our yummy sack lunches, we segued from walking in "straight lines to the right" to the free form exploring of many scientific activity stations.

Some stations included being able to create and fly models of paper airplanes, flinging balls toward instruments using a trebuchet, observing specimen of Michigan wildlife in a resource room, and engulfing ourselves in giant bubble wands.  Some Ks even chose to just sit and serenade us with lovely music while the rest of us frolicked.

Even the rest rooms with cascading trough sinks made a lasting impression!

And what did we do on the very long bus ride to and from Lansing?  Finger knit, of course!

During our Capitol tour, we were told by our docent that at one point in time (and even now), there were not enough offices for all of the 110 State Representatives who arrived in town to work. Thursday’s Math class included problem solving  in two groups. We used our counting, sorting, division, and  logical thinking skills to house them all into the Capitol’s limited rooms.

A very special thank you to Evan's Dad for arranging such an informative trip, and thanks to Evan's Mom and Teacher Donna for taking such beautiful pictures!  I would also like to thank all of our parent chaperones who managed to (amazingly) dodge most of the pictures!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Updated May/June dates at a Glance!

Sunset on the Huron River. Gallup Park. Ann Arbor, MI. 05.17.18

Wednesday, May 2nd   Trip to the Capitol in Lansing, MI with Evan's Dad
Thursday, May 10th      3rd/Last session of EBs begins! 10:10-11 A.M. (also 5/17 & 5/24)
Monday, May 14th       Trip to AASO w/ Shan at Ypsilanti Library 9:30 A.M.
Monday, May 14th       3rd/Last session of EBs, 12:30-1:20 P.M. (also 5/21)
Tuesday, May 15th       Ks "Reflections" Music  performance, 1:25-2:15 P.M.
Wednesday, May 16th  Ks encore "Reflections" Music performance, 2:40-3:30 P.M.
Friday, May 18th          Trip to Normal Park for Community Gardening, 2-3:10
Monday, May 21st        Korean Tales w/Lily and Dad, 9:00 A.M.
Wednesday, May 23rd  Trip to Maya Lin's "Wave Field", U of M 9 A.M.
Wednesday, May 23rd  Music Class "Reflections" evening performance, 6-7 P.M.
Thursday, May 24th     Ann Arbor District Library presentation at SK. 9:30 A.M.
Thursday, May 24th     Last day for EBs 10:10-11:00 A.M.
Friday, May 25             No School. Professional Development Day!
Monday, May 28          No School.  Memorial Day Observance!
Thursday, May 31st      Normal Park Garden Community Service trip, 8:45 A.M.

Friday, June 1st            Trip to the Toledo Zoo! Departure at 8:45 until 3:30 P.M.
Friday, June 8th           Ks cheer on the SK 5K Run at County Farm Park, 2 P.M.
Monday, June 11th        Gardening at Normal Park, 2 P.M.
Tuesday, June 12th       Kindergarten Lemonade Stand, SK Entrance 3:30-3:45 P.M.
Wednesday, June 13th  SK Field Day, 1-3:30 P.M.
Thursday, June 14th      8th Grade Graduation! 10:00 A.M.
                                  Last  Day of School for 2017-18! Dismissal at 11:30.
                                 No After Care.
Saturday, June 16th      SK at the A2 Art Festival KidZone Tent!
Sunday, June 17th        Happy Father's Day to all of our Wonderful Dads!!