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Spring 2016 Newsletter
Get Ready for Learning in Place 2016 at Samuel Morey Elementary School AND Lake Morey Inn!  
A winter mural graces the wall of Samuel Morey Elementary in Fairlee where this year's Learning in Place Conference will open with snack and tours of their outdoor learning spaces.  From there we will head over to Lake Morey Inn for the keynote and workshops. 
Mrs. Keiling took us around in February to see the campus that will be in full spring when we arrive on May 13.

Our hosts for the conference this year, Samuel Morey and Westshire Schools are part of Rivendell District, an instrastate district that crosses the Connecticut River and includes the towns of Fairlee,VT West Fairlee, VT and Orford, NH.  

This year we celebrate our 16th Annual Learning in Place Conference!  Come and s hare the enthusiasm of rural students telling community stories like Eden Central's "History Through Story."  Learn about raising fish with Doty's Aquaponics Project and Hyde Park's "Something is Fishy."  Explore agricultural connections to community with Concord and Twinfield's School Gardens teams.  Ride the wave of outdoor learning environments that are getting students outside at Barnet with an adventure course, and Fayston with new tech on their nature trail.  Listen for student made outdoor musical instruments built by Walden students.  Find out how Samuel Morey, Westshire, and Washington Village are enhancing their outdoor learning environments with new structures. 

Youth/adult teams will be divided into two groups, Loons and Ospreys, for this year's marketplace.  There will be four sessions so that each team will present twice and attend two presentations. Workshops cover a range of VRP work in these areas:

Telling Our Stories, Teaching Our Stories
1. Eden's History Through Stories  (Loons)
2. Tiny Free Libraries at Newark St. School (Ospreys)
3.  Bingo with Roxbury Elders (Loons)
Learning in Place:  Lessons in Water
4.   Aquaponics at Doty (Ospreys)
5.    Something is Fishy at Hyde Park (Loons)
Farm and Community Partnerships
6.  Farm-to-School and Better Gardens at Twinfield Union (Ospreys)
7.    Concord's School Gardens (Loons)
8.    Understanding Cabot's Agricultural Landscape (Ospreys)
Student Design for Outdoor Learning Environments
9.    Samuel Morey and Westshire Outdoor Classrooms (Loons)
10.   Washington Village School and Community in the Outdoor      Classroom (Ospreys)
11.   Mapping Fayston's Historic Nature Trail (Loons)
12.   Barnet School Adventure-Based Learning (Ospreys)
13.   Walden's Outdoor Musical Instruments (Ospreys)

Rivendell Academy will provide live music and the day will end with a launch of student made model boats on Lake Morey.  See you there!

Walden Students are Building Outdoor Musical Instruments

Walden students met with Nene Riley, VRP Program Coordinator recently to pitch their grant to build outdoor musical instruments for their nature trail.  They have researched materials, community helpers and whole school involvement as part of the project so far.  Let the loud rumpus start!J

Concord Students Get Ready for the Garden
Sky lays out a garden plot for the preschool outdoor classroom on the floor of the science lab.  

Last week was snowy but there was a lot to do to get ready for the new garden project at Concord School.  The leadership team is meeting to plan community participation and next steps. Students are researching plant propagation and flowers that attract hummingbirds, among other things.  They are working with classroom teachers on garden design and a survey that tracks student vegetable, fruit and flower preferences. 

A Great Resource for Community Work
Check out The Classroom Bookshelf's blogpost on this wonderful book.  The post also includes great resources and activities to support kids working in their communities.  

Quote for the Season
Children must be kept as safe as needed, not as safe as possible.  We can't eliminate risk and challenge essential for learning!  

Calendar of Events

Spring Learning in Place Conference
May 13, 2016 Samuel Morey School and Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, Vermont
Hosted by Samuel Morey and Westshire Schools

The 16th Annual Learning in Place Conference will showcase the work of school teams and engage students as leaders to celebrate place based learning in our schools.

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