Is Your Child In 4th Grade? Get A Free National Parks Membership For Your Family.
Thanks to the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, fourth grade students and their families can get into national parks for free. Why fourth graders? Those behind the program say research shows children ages nine to 11 are beginning to learn about the world around them. They’re not only open to new ideas, but they are likely to connect to nature and America’s history.
The pass is offered to fourth graders every year, so eventually, every child will get a free pass to explore our national parks, with a goal of letting them all discover wildlife, resources and history — for free.
The current pass is for fourth graders (or homeschool equivalent students) for the 2017-18 school year, and expires Aug, 31. Then, the cycle starts over for the next group of fourth graders! The pass includes not only free entrance for your fourth grader, but also all children under 16 years of age and up to three adults. If you visit a park that charges admission per vehicle, the pass admits all children and adults in one passenger vehicle.
All you have to do is click here to get your pass, then begin planning your trip!
Don’t have a child in fourth grade right now? You can still get into the national parks for free on select days this year including April 21, Sept. 22 and Nov. 11.
The fourth graders have been hard at work during this play block getting things just right for tonight’s performance of Thor’s Aventure – TONIGHT, March 16th. Full Details here! We hope to see you all there!
Just a reminder that our fourth graders are leading a food drive for the Wauconda/Island Lake food pantry throughout the school year. They visit on the first Friday of each month to take our school donations and to volunteer their time. Food contributions welcome at any time. There is an area in the foyer of the school to place your donations. Thank you for supporting our fourth graders’ service learning and for helping those in need in our local area.
The children in fourth grade have been enjoying the powerful images from the Norse Mythology. The story of the mighty Yggdrasil tree became an open road to the nine worlds, as it shared its wondrous beauty with us. We followed Loki to Jotunheim, met the guardian of the sacred well, watched the Norns spin the threads of destiny and laughed at Thor’s quick temper.
Fourth graders have worked hard during their Local Geography block on their penmanship and writing skills. They found delight in map making and hearing stories about Native Americans.
Engaging imagination in clay work and painting!
On Friday, September 8th, the students and teachers of Da Vinci’s grade school enjoyed Beach and Nature Exploration Day! They ventured to Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park in Zion for a day filled with exploration and fun.
We are extremely grateful for the transportation by bus, which was made possible by a $1,000 biodiversity grant received from Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Independence Tube Corporation, the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation, the D. F. and M. T. Grohne Family Foundation and the Illinois Conservation Foundation.
Students took time to explore the local terrain and learn about the land and wildlife of northern Illinois. They enjoyed a hike through forests and along the beach, observing their surroundings as they went. There was a scavenger hunt and a group lunch. The very cool weather prevented the planned swimming treat, but students were able to wade and splash in the water and had a great time in the natural surroundings.
Many thanks to our teachers for enabling such a special outing for our students, and thanks to Mrs. Kristine Fiskum for the excellent snapshots of the day!
In the Classroom
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