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We have created a unique opportunity for your children! In combination with the Upper School Environmental Club, the 5th Grade Lower School Science class will take part in the launching of a NOAA-funded drifter into the Cape Cod Bay. A drifter is a solar powered floating device that can be tracked via GPS. Over the coming weeks the drifter will provide valuable information about the currents in the Bay. This data may also help us better understand turtle strandings on the Cape (which is a unit of the 5th grade science curriculum.)
Jessica MacManus, Grade 5’s science teacher, has secured a grant for the Albatross, a 40-passenger fishing vessel out of Sesuit Harbor in Dennis. The Albatross will take us out onto the bay to launch the drifter. Two other schools will join us and launch similar devices. This will be a very exciting and educational day! We will set out at 10am on Saturday, October 29th and return to the dock by noon.
Unfortunately, room is limited on the boat but we want to include as many students as possible. We have reserved 16 spots for our 5th graders. There is no room for parents at this time. Katherine Atwater, Jessica MacManus and Joe Remillard will supervise the 5th grade students.
Please RSVP by Sunday evening, October 23 firstname.lastname@example.org if your child would like to attend. Transportation is not provided by the school. Students must be at the Sesuit Harbor public dock in Dennis by 9:45am and be picked up at noon.
We know Saturday mornings are busy times for families but we hope many of our 5th graders can attend and are able to represent our school!
If you have questions or concerns, please contact one of us.