April 14, 2017

“I made a shield out of wood and nails.”

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“We went to Thome’s bear den.”

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“We went to Thome’s bear den.”

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“This is needle felting. Say cheese.”

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“We are walking around our property.”

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WHITTLING AWAY…

We have recently introduced whittling as a choice during Outside Time. 5/6s who are interested in learning how to whittle are allowed to bring in one pocket knife/multi-tool/etc. Because this is not an activity for which I will be providing the tools, I would like to make sure that we follow some protocol to ensure that proper respect for materials is observed. Make sure that I am aware if your child is bringing in a knife no later than DROP-OFF — a.k.a. before the school day begins. 5/6s whose families do not communicate with me about this will not be allowed to whittle at school.

There are a number of safety measures in place. These include, but are not be limited to:

  • Whittling is exclusively a supervised activity
  • ALL knives must be brought to Alley in the morning at drop-off to be kept in a single safe and controlled place until a teacher is ready, able, and willing to supervise
  • Students must first pass a multi-point supervised safety test before they are allowed to whittle
  • Whittlers must create and maintain a safety circle around their body and work area
  • If a safety measure is breached, whittlers must retake the entire multi-point supervised safety test.
  • If a trust measure is breached, such as bringing all knives to Alley in the morning for safe storage, that student will not be allowed to whittle

As you well know, I am as deeply committed to the safe and proper use of tools as I am to the use of real tools. However, if you DO NOT want your child to be involved in this particular activity, please simply communicate this directly to me AND to your 5/6 so that we are all on the same page.

REMEMBER — a dull knife is often more dangerous than a sharp knife. Let’s set these kids up for success by supplying them with proper tools. Thanks!

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