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Butterfield Students Host Mother's Day Tea Party

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  • A Butterfield mom proudly displays a hat made by her fifth-grader. District 70

    A Butterfield mom proudly displays a hat made by her fifth-grader. District 70

Robin Smith Kollman

In honor of Mother's Day, Butterfield School fifth-graders held special teas with their mothers on May 9.

For the past month, the fifth graders had been writing, creating, decorating and using technology in order to present their mothers with several "treasures" to remember the day. Students have written two poems- one cinquain as an interactive activity for their moms to use with the classroom Promethean board, as well as a poem based on a specific color, inspired by a favorite picture book titled, "I Love You the Purplest" by Barbara Joose.

Each student has constructed and decorated a hat made from wrapping paper, liquid starch, silk flowers, ribbons, stickers, and a variety of other materials. Hand painted clay pots adorned with student-made flower pens are used as centerpieces at the tea. The students also created a digital movie with messages of thanks and gratitude to their moms, and each mother will leave with a personal copy of this movie, with a computer-generated cover.

In addition to making projects, the students have been practicing to be 'hosts' for the Tea. Each student has a particular job for which they applied. These jobs include narrators of the books we read, greeters, to Promethean board operators. In recent years teachers have stepped away from being the hosts, and have handed the responsibilities over to the students.