The 1/2 Grade has been studying Pablo Neruda. Inspired by his odes, they composed their own ode to pajamas this week:
Once upon a time you were
a fluffy cotton ball
swaying in the wind of a sunny field.
Harvested, spun into thread, woven,
dyed, cut, and sewn you became my
cozy, cute, colorful,
warm, and safe pajamas.
you snuggle with me by the fire,
you drink hot chocolate and eat cookies
you watch a movie and eat popcorn with me.
You keep me warm.
At night you go to sleep and dream with me
of dragons, and fairies, and faraway places.
In the morning you eat breakfast with me:
cereal, eggs-in-a-hole, oatmeal,
pancakes and maple syrup,
French Toast, quesadillas, and berries.
Then I toss you on the floor or on the bed,
stuff you in a dresser drawer,
put you on a hanger,
or throw you in the laundry hamper
where you spend your day lonely or
in the company of my stuffies.
Pajamas, I am grateful for you.
Without you, I would need to sleep
covered by a scratchy buffalo blanket,
in my dress or pants,
or in bare skin.
Pajamas, I love you.
Pablo Neruda’s name as a child was Neftali. Writing the stories from his life gives the children a chance to practice their writing and illustration, including forming more complex sentences. Neruda’s Ode to Thanks inspired the student’s work with nouns.
In Spanish class, Sr. DeGiorgis shared Oda a la Cebolla (Ode to the Onion), which informed the class’ work with adjectives.
While the playgrounds have been idyllic during these gorgeous months of Autumn, as it grows chillier some updates are needed to keep all our students and faculty healthy and comfortable through the colder months. Please consider making a donation to our Campus Winterization Campaign to aid us in this effort! Winterization purchases are being made with care and an eye to the future – improving and caring for our campus is a longterm project with importance beyond the immediate need – so your contributions will benefit CWS for years to come!