Northampton Public Schools Superintendent Blog

The Very Busy Bridge St. School

Posted on: October 28, 2010

“Early one morning the wind blew a spider across the field.  A thin, silky thread trailed from her body.  The spider landed on a fence post near a farm yard…and began to spin a web with her silky thread.”

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle, Published by Philomel (August 16, 1995)

One of my favorite books is The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle.  (Happy 25th Birthday to that hard-working spider!)  I recently visited the students at Bridge Street School to read to several of the primary grades.  I was excited to learn that coincidentally, the students had been learning about the author and had read other books written by him.  I was able to visit every class to say hello and see the work that the children were doing.  Unlike the “Very Busy Spider” who ignored everyone to complete her work, the students were full of excitement and bubbling with stories about their day and what they were doing.

As an educator, I was excited to see the Jenny Bender Units of Study and Literacy Professional Development applied in the classroom.  Seroe Michaud’s music class provided me with an enthusiastic percussion demonstration.  I met a young girl who was excited to learn that we shared the same last name.  We had a discussion as to whether or not we may be related considering that we both had brown eyes, black hair and spoke Spanish.  ¡Que bueno!

I want to thank all of the students and staff for the warm welcome I received.  Keep up the good work!

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