Thursday, March 31, 2011


Alright blogger friends, you have an AMAZING opportunity here! We are offering you the first chance to take part in our super duper fundraising project! We have designed, carved (the print blocks) , and printed these b-e-a-utiful tote bags to use as fundraiser to raise money for our field trips AND kickball t-shirts we create in the spring!

We are taking ONLINE orders (how savvy are we?) for these tote bags and we will send you your order via MAIL! So you don't even have to take a car, bus, train, and/or boat to get your hands on these amazing puppies!

We are asking a donation of $10.00 per bag which includes shipping and handling!
AND for every bag we sell we are donating $1.00 towards the relief efforts happening in Japan!

If you are interested in placing an order please email us at with the following information:

- Your name and mailing address
- The number of bags you would like
- What designs you would like printed on your bag(s) (see design styles below!)
- If you have any color preference but if you are open to any color or multi-colors that would make it easier for us! (we can print in orange, blue, red, green, and black)

Design #1: Quinn's Tree in Green

Design #1: Quinn's Tree in Blue

Design #2: Quinn's Paw in Orange/Blue

Design #3: Quinn's Orca in orange

Design #4: Dalton's "Scout"

Design 5: Dalton's "Jonny" in orange

Design #5: Dalton's "Jonny" in orange/blue

Design #6: Dalton's "Stanley" in Blue

Design #7: Dalton's "Abstract Faces" in red

Design #8: Donna's "Chickens" in green with color details

Design #9: Jessie's "Island Sun"

Design #9: Jessie's "Island Sun" in green with color details

Design #10: Jessie's "Happy Buddha"

Design #11: Jessie's "Peace" in green

Design #11: Jessie's "Peace" in blue/orange


So, send your orders to and we will get you in touch with you about billing information and about when we will be sending out your order! As always, we appreciate you support!!!! We are VERY excited about these bags!

Weather Photos

We have been taking a lot of photos for our WEATHER BLOG! But I thought I would share some with you if you haven't seen our weather blog for a while...

Sneaky peaky Allen's Island!

Gorgeous clouds.

It looks like fluff.

Sun through the trees.

Flags flying high.

Cotton balls.

We have been so happy with all the blue skies lately... but I think snow is in the forecast for tomorrow! BOO.

Science Plant Experiments!

We have been learning about asexual reproduction in science class and have been talking a lot about how plants asexually reproduce. There is a lot we now know about asexual reproduction in plants but there is also a lot we don't know... so we thought we would find out...

We began with using the information we know about asexual reproduction to brainstorm a list of questions we would like to research through the scientific process...
We came up with a lot of great questions.

Next the kids (and I) picked questions we wanted to try and find the answer to through experimentation! We defined our question and then created a hypothesis of what we thought the answer to our question(s) might be!

Next we met with the students on Islesford who is ALSO studying asexual reproduction and is ALSO going to be researching some questions through experimentation! We first began our meeting by sharing our Mitosis claymation video!

The boys shared their questions and hypotheses with Islesford and they shared with us!

Quinn's question was: "Out of the follow plants that should reproduce asexually: potatoes, bamboo shoots, and apple trees, which will reproduce the quickest and which will reproduce the most?! His hypothesis was that the bamboo would reproduce the quickest AND the most!

My question was the above... we also ended up collection some willow plants AND a jade plant to test!

Here is Dalton's question and hypothesis!

After we determined our questions and hypothesis we gathered our materials which meant going plant hunting!

Millie looooooves hunting for plants!

We found some snowdrops! The first flowers of spring!

We had to be very careful to get the roots with the flower. Q was very gentle.

But he was not as gentle towards the apple tree he needed to clip from.

"What are you guys doing?!"

Pussy willows! I LOVE pussy willows! They always make me think of my Nana :)


Back at the science lab... aka the classroom!

Clipping our plants and putting them in water.

Quinn's plant are all plotted.

During our plotting adventures the boys grandmother called us and said she had some more plants we may be interested in using for our experiments. So we headed to her house to collect more specimens!

Kathie gave us some scented geraniums, two different kinds of willow plants, a piece of a jade plant, AND an amaryllis bulb! She is like the magical plant lady!

Look at all the magical plants Kathie has growing on her porch!

Look a wild pug followed us!

Clipping some willows for us!

All of our plants are "potted" and ready to reproduce (we hope!)

I really hope our amaryllis plant blossoms this year!

Rose hips and geraniums!

Lilac clippings and forsythia (two of my favorites)!

So now we have all of our plants ready for our experiments! We will be recording our observations everyday and see if our hypotheses were correct! Happy Spring!
Yay reproduction!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Moment of the Day...

Time to bring back the "Moment of the Day."

Today's is brought to you by Mr. Dalton Lee:

Jessie: The DaVinci Code came out when I was in high school.

Dalton: Really? They use cell phones in the book?

This was the first time in this teacher's life when she was treated like she was really old.
I have to say I didn't like it. :(

Monday, March 28, 2011

STORMS project with Matinicus

We are continuously working on our final STORMS weather project with Matinicus school. Dalton met with the 7th grader on Matinicus to check in on both of their school's progress last week.

The seventh graders are the "directors" of the movie we are creating between our two schools. They developed a format for our videos and have been assigning the rest of their classmates roles for the movies.

We used the Tanberg to show the video clips we have filmed so far for the movie.

It is amazing to me that we can plug our computer into this unit and then kids on other islands can see what is happening on our computers! Just soooo cool!

So we think our final project is going to be AWESOME! Here is a sneak peak of Quinn playing himself as a crazy weather man. What a hoot!