Fifth-grade teacher and “Living Wedge” director Mr. Spence has adopted a 40-year-old tortoise to keep Matoaka’s resident tortoise company. The new arrival, “Sully,” will winter over in the wedge with Shelby, the Matoaka tortoise, while looking forward to spending time outside in the spring in a larger yard that will provide both tortoises plenty of room for exploration and fresh air.
The PTA held Family Fun Days throughout the fall at Fox Wire Farm in Toano–an Alpaca farm–where students and families enjoyed fascinating farm tours.
The Buddy Bench is a safe, welcoming place for students to go on the playground when they need a friend to play with or help finding something fun to do. All students are watchers and invite friends who are sitting on the bench to either play or walk and talk. Students are taught that the answer is always “Yes!” when a friend asks to play. The Buddy Bench is the result of a collaboration between Matoaka’s occupational therapist, speech therapist, physical education teacher, school counselor, and volunteers from the King of Glory church who constructed and painted the bench.
Educators from Jamestown visited Matoaka to provide hands-on learning experiences for 2nd graders. Students learned about the daily lives of the Powhatan during the colonial era.
Chef Chris Long from Williamsburg’s Second Street Restaurant reprised his role as Matoaka’s favorite visiting chef, once again providing students with a demonstration of a healthy and delicious recipe that families can easily prepare at home. For this year’s Chef Demo, Chef Long showed students how to prepare a squash-based pasta sauce using produce from KelRae Farm in Toano. Students and staff sampled the pasta dish and it was declared a winner!
Chef Long shared the recipe so everyone can try it at home: Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce.
Matoaka students participated in their own democratic process by nominating and electing members of the 2016-2017 Student Council Association. The SCA sponsors projects to improve our school and to contribute to our community. Congratulations to our new Council officers and classroom representatives!