Gr. 5 “Williamsburg Trip” – Summary

Student reporters relay exciting daily updates while they are on this adventure with their peers!  Due to some technical issues, this report is getting posted a little later than we had hoped.

Hi! My name is Samantha, and I am a fifth grader at Park Maitland School.  I am going to give you a short summary of my favorite activities this past week in Williamsburg.  I really liked the “Cry Witch” program because it was an interesting scene and I actually felt like I was in the trial.  I also loved dressing in Colonial costumes and dancing with Steve and Walter (Colonial dancers).  They were the best dancers in the world.  The trade shops in Williamsburg were amazing because I learned so much about their customs and crafts.  My favorite was the silversmith because he made stuff out of money!  I really wish I could go on this trip again!

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Gr. 5 “Williamsburg Trip” – Day #4

Student reporters relay exciting daily updates while they are on this adventure with their peers!  Due to some technical issues, this report is getting posted a little later than we had hoped.

Hi, I’m Ryan Zehnder and I’m reporting about the last day in Williamsburg.  To start the day, the 5th grade traveled to Shirley Plantation, where the eleventh generation of the Carter family still lives.  The plantation still grows corn, wheat, soy beans, and  other crops.  Next, we went to Yorktown where the last major battle of the Revolutionary War was fought.  We saw an army camp, a family farm, and a musket and cannonball firing.  Finally, we drove to the airport and later arrived safely home in Florida.  My favorite experience of the day was when we played Colonial children’s games like jacks and nine-pins a game similar to bowling at Shirley Plantation.  Williamsburg has been so amazingly fun, and I wish I could relive it.

Gr. 5 “Williamsburg Trip” – Day #3

Day 1 of the “Williamsburg Trip” is complete!  Student reporters relay exciting daily updates while they are on this adventure with their peers!

Hi, I am Ainsley Domingue and I am your day three reporter for the 2013 Williamsburg trip. Today the fifth graders went to Colonial Williamsburg which is an outside museum and people dress up and act as if they actually lived in that time period. In Colonial Williamsburg we did a military drill and it was really fun, Secondly, we went to the Governor’s Palace, and after that, we went to the Capital Building. Last, but not least, we went to all sorts of trade shops like the Wig Maker’s Shop, the Apothecary, the Bread Shop, and the Blacksmith Shop.

After all the activities, we had a choice of shopping or running around in a grassy field.  I chose both, but first, I ran around with my group and played.  We never really got the chance to shop since we were having so much fun.  My favorite part was running around in the field because we were walking and sitting all day.  At the end of our exciting day, we went back to the hotel and put on our colonial costumes.  Then we were off for a night of southern food and Colonial dancing with all our friends!  Now I see how hard it was to live back then, and it was really cool to learn it that way instead of sitting in a class room. I am so sad we have to go home tomorrow because Williamsburg has been so much fun!

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Gr. 5 “Williamsburg Trip” – Day #2

Day 1 of the “Williamsburg Trip” is complete!  Student reporters relay exciting daily updates while they are on this adventure with their peers!

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Hi!  I am Noah Perelmuter, and I am your day 2 reporter for the 2013 Williamsburg trip.  Today’s activities included going to the 2nd Convention of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson’s gigantic plantation Monticello, a ride down Monument Avenue, and an amazing African Music Activity.  Sidney Seybold wore a costume and was the Reverend for the convention in St. John’s church.  We took a one and a half hour tour around Monticello and were given commemorative Thomas Jefferson coins (nickels).  After dinner we went to a fun African Music activity, and we danced funny dances and learned that slaves had so much fun with music.  I’m sure everybody is looking forward to tomorrow!

Gr. 5 “Williamsburg Trip” – Day #1

Day 1 of the “Williamsburg Trip” is complete!  Student reporters relay exciting daily updates while they are on this adventure with their peers!

Hi! I am Carter Katz, and I will be your 5th grade student reporter for the first day of the 2013 Williamsburg trip. Today was fantastic! The scene from the airplane was amazing. After passing over the miniature homes and the great and vast rivers, we landed. 

jamestown-settlementOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFirst, we went to a Powhatan village fort and all three ships that carried the Jamestown settlers to their new home in the colony of Virginia. After the interesting tour, we went to the Jamestown Glasshouse to take some notes about the fascinating history of glass making. Unknown-1After that we went to the ruins of Jamestown to explore the adventures of settling as a colonist.  Before heading to the hotel for some much needed rest, we voyaged into the courthouse and voted Grace Sherwood guilty as charged of witchcraft. Wow! Today was a blast from the past with all of the wonders of our colorful colonial history.

Gratitude on Veteran’s Day

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Patriotism is alive and well at Park Maitland School!  Clad in varied assortments of red, white, and blue, Park Maitland students stood proud and strong in recognition of those who have served on Veteran’s Day. 

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This student led tribute was meant to honor and thank the 50 plus men and woman veterans who attended and all veterans!  From a tiny 4 year old belting out the Star-Spangled Banner, flag folding ceremonies, drill teams and color guards, touching student created videos to a solemn moment of Taps, the children showed their thanks, and love of our great country!

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One highlight included a rousing medley of all our armed forces “fight songs” sung by the Singing Eagles, Park Maitland’s glee club. The honorable keynote speaker, Colonial Larry Redmond, a veteran of 24 years of service and honored with the Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars, and the Purple Heart, spoke of the privileges and freedoms granted as a result of the sacrifices made.

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Things as simple as buying toothpastes and choosing a favorite cereal were simple illustrations given to show the young audience how fortunate they are to be an American.  Everyone left with a sense of pride and gratitude for our veterans and their supreme sacrifices!