New Assignment Visit Ross School
4-17-97 Whew! Another long trip! I've traveled cross country again, and have arrived at Ross School in Marin County, California. The town of Ross is just north of San Francisco across the Golden Gate bridge. I am looking forward to my adventures here...but right now I'm looking forward to a good night's sleep. zzzzzzzzz 4-18-97 Well, I'm well-rested and already having a great time! This morning I met all of the Ross School kindergartners. They gave me a very warm welcome and lots of hugs. So far, I have gone to PE, (did you know that bears are great basketball players?!) and celebrated a birthday with a new friend, Alex. I found out that in kindergarten each person gets to be a "special friend" for a week. I got to listen to a special friend presentation. Coby Newton shared 10 pictures of himself and his family. He likes M&M's and he doesn't like popcorn! When he grows up he wants to be a firefighter. I think that's a good thing to be. Maybe he will meet cousin Smokey! 4-21-97 Guess What?! This week I get to be a special friend! Mrs. Prisco made a poster about me and gave me a special friend badge. She says she'll send it to Ms. McClintic later. There's lots going on here! The kindergartners are studying butterflies too! Their painted ladies have made chrysalis' and should emerge while I'm here! I also have been having Spanish class with Senora Phipps. I learned a poem about a teddy bear! On Tuesday and Wednesday I will visit the Exploratorium, the hands-on science museum that works with Ross School through SLN. I am also going to ride a cable car, shop at Fisherman's Wharf, and drive down Lombard Street. What Fun! 4-24-97 Busy, busy, busy! I went for a drive today to the Marin Headlands. I could see the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and all the buildings in San Francisco. Tonight is open house, so I will get to meet all my K friends' parents. Maybe I'll be a tour guide and tell them about our butterflies, tadpoles, and chicken eggs! Love Frankie Oh yeah...I got to drive a back hoe today! 4-28-97 Well, I'm off across the country again! This time I'm heading to Watertown, MA. I'm hoping to catch a nap while I'm in my box - It's pretty cozy! Good-bye, San Francisco! "I left my heart . . ." Frankie
Questions for Students at Ross: Is it warm there? The weather here is mild and usually in the high 60's to mid 70's. Most mornings we have fog which rolls in from the ocean. When I first arrived in California, it looked like spring was really here, but today it is colder and we are expecting rain. I am hoping for warm weather later in the week so that I can take some outdoor adventures! Do you like butterflies? What is your favorite kind? I love butterflies! I think there is something beautiful about all of them. But after my trip to Mexico, I must admit that the Monarch is my favorite! How many kids are in your class? There are 20 Kindergartners in our class. Ross School has two Kindergarten classes for a total of 41 students. Do they make movies there? San Francisco and the Bay Area are often used as scenery and background in movies. Last fall, Francis Ford Coppola filmed the movie "Jack" here. The house where Jack lived is right next to our school, and the playground you see in the movie is Ross School. It was very exciting to watch the movie being made! We learned so much, and many of us were able to meet Robin Williams and Mr. Coppola. Questions for Frankie:Is it fun there? I am having a wonderful time! The students here have been very kind to me and they love having me in their class. I have gone to P.E., Art, Spanish, and I have been able to celebrate birthdays with three K students. I will also be here for the Ross School Open House, so the parents will be able to hear about my adventures, too! The most exciting thing that has happened to me is that I am the "Special Friend" in Kindergarten this week. In Kindergarten, each person gets to be "Special Friend" for one week. They wear a special badge, make a poster of themselves and the things they like, and they tell the class all about their life!
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