PreK-2 January 31, 2021
Sh’mirat Ha’adamah

We are so thankful for the beautiful weather we have this time of the year and the ability to explore comfortably outdoors.  This week we celebrated Tu B’Shvat, commonly referred to as the ‘Birthday of the Trees’ and while we wish we could celebrate together under the tree cover at Circle C this week—we are excited to share information with all of our families at home and encourage you to explore together and discuss the importance of trees in our world.

Protecting the Earth is not new, enjoy this story about Katherine Olivia Sessions, a scientist who changed the landscape of San Diego with her love of trees.

We are thankful to have examples like Kate.  Someone who both pushed for what she loves and impacted her community for the better, consider the following questions as a family:

  • What do you think is special about Kate in our story?
  • What do you think Kate loves about herself?
  • How does Kate ask people in her community for help to do something she loves?
  • Does the work Kate and her community have done end with them?
  • How does the work they did to change their community continue to make an impact today?

Now that we have learned a little bit more about one way we help protect our earth, we thought we would celebrate trees AND use some recycled materials to help our trees bloom from winter to spring.

Your family has been mailed a tree branch outline, you can use that printout or open up this PDF for more tree outlines.  Gather some art supplies: crayons, markers, recycled paper and beyond to make a beautiful blooming tree.

We have also shared two examples of activities you can do as a family to continue the exploration of our Earth.  Your family has been sent a sheet of wildflower seed paper.  Consider drawing a picture or writing a list of “ways you and your family can appreciate nature and take care of our planet…”

When you are done with your list, you can plant your paper.  If you keep it sunny and watered you will see wildflowers growing soon!

Additionally, if you are looking for a fun afternoon STEM exploration, you can use the piece of window screen we mailed and a few recycled items from around the house to make your very own paper.


We also want to encourage your families to get out and explore the nature all around us.  If you have never tried to find a geocache you are in for an adventure.  You can download the app from today and get started right around your own home, using GPS coordinates to find hidden treasures.  We are also hiding 4 geocaches in area parks/nature trails and they will show up in the Geocaching app as soon as their submissions are approved by the admin!  There may even be a surprise souvenir hidden for you if you find one of our hidden Geocaches.

How to Geocache

Parks we are hiding CSZ Geocaches:

New Tampa Nature park
(17001 Dona Michelle Dr Tampa, FL 33647)

Weedon Island Preserve
(1800 Weedon Dr NE St. Petersburg, FL 33702)

Lettuce Lake Regional Park
(6920 E Fletcher Ave. Tampa, FL 33637)

Rocky Creek Trails Nature Preserve
(7415 Manhattan Drive Tampa, FL 33625)