Monica's been the "class coordinator" for the 5th grade and this Wednesday was Beach Day. She sent her account out to the parents:
"We had a great day at the beach. We started off with some heavy drizzle but the kids all put on bathing suits and most went running into the water, some voluntarily, others not quite so. None the less, there was no whining or crying and everyone seemed up for a good time. A couple here and there would sit apart and discuss life topics. An interesting segregation of gender took place until a few bold ones broke the barrier. We were served a hot lunch of hot dogs and burgers (and veggie burgers too) which was welcome in the chill after swimming. As we ate lunch, the sun struggled to come through and the dampness lessened and temperatures rose. All were eager to enjoy the ice cream sundae fixings with only a few experiments on new toppings(promptly stopped in order to stop world hunger and waste of course!) After lunch, gender segregation was no longer an issue and great games of tag and some sort of capture the flag took place. Balls, frisbees and a kite where played with. Parents and teachers were well entertained by our attractive lifeguard (We made sure not to distract from his duties of course!) After that, sand in all its glory became the focus. Interesting digging, burying and building projects started to spring up everywhere with all sorts of collaboration taking place. Dry clothes soon became wet. Then it was time to go. I am sure all will sleep well tonight . . . It was a little frightening watching the hints of teenagerness but they are wonderful."