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Happy Whale Day!

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Our Kindergartners enjoyed a wonderful field trip this week right here in Palos Verdes! Tim and Cathilee Sharretts, grandparents of Kindergartener Hudson Power, helped plan this outing along with Kindergarten Teacher Christy Burden. Parent volunteers and Associate Teacher Carol Woo also accompanied the children to the Point Vicente Interpretive Center overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Miss Natalie, a Docent at the Center, explained the different types of whales and their four stomachs, and the Kindergarteners gazed at the skeleton of one of these massive marine mammals. Outside, the children joined the volunteer adult whale counters at their posts and viewed the ocean’s waves through stationary binoculars. Dolphins – and perhaps a whale! – were located by our keen-eyed students. A delicious al fresco lunch was enjoyed by all, compliments of the Sharretts, and complete with a decorated cake exclaiming, “Happy Whale Day!” This outdoor experience was augmented by the hardworking goats from Fire Grazers, Inc. munching the nearby grasses and brush as they helped the City of Rancho Palos Verdes clear and reduce fire hazards!

Our Marine Animal Friends

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Our Kindergartners experienced a wonderful two-part field trip last week that brought to life their current science studies of caring for our animal friends.
At Torrance Beach, the children picked up trash that had not been properly discarded in the available containers. With the help of volunteer parent drivers, Science Teacher Ms. Nguyen, and Mrs. Burden and Mrs. Woo, the group’s next stop was the Marine Mammal Care Center at San Pedro’s Fort MacArthur. Volunteers staff this non-profit and nurse back to health sick and injured pinnipeds (fin-footed mammals).
The children learned by role-playing the typical feeding of an injured seal (actually a stuffed animal), using a feeding tube filled with “fish smoothie.” When asked if he would enjoy eating the seal’s food, one Kindergartner replied, “Oh, no! I’m a vegetarian.” They also listened for vital signs and recorded them in patients’ files.
The Center’s docents thanked the children for collecting the beach trash and explained how these items can gravely injure the marine mammals. For instance, plastic bags in the ocean are often mistaken by animals for jelly fish, a common source of food. However, the animals cannot digest the plastic and soon become sick.
These injured and abandoned mammals are brought to the Center, are treated and nurtured there for two to three months, and are then released back into the ocean.
In gratitude for the wonderful tour and demonstrations, and for all the good work that is accomplished there, Peninsula Heritage School made a small donation to this local Marine Mammal Care Center.

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