Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Friday, November 18th
5th Grade Colonial Day
What is Colonial Day?
Colonial Day is an all-day event sponsored by the PTA for all 5th grade students. Students are asked to wear period costumes and spend the day learning hands-on how to make things such as butter, candles, dolls, and silhouettes. They will learn about the food colonists ate, discover how they treated illness, and hear about military life from a colonial soldier. There are many wonderful things to experience for everyone involved!
Your 5th grader will need to bring a colonial lunch on this day. Remember . . . Colonists did not have items such as bags of chips, plastic wear, juice boxes, Ziplock bags, or insulated lunch bags or even paper bags. In fact, paper was very valuable and would not have been wasted wrapping up a lunch. Involve your child and think simply. Bring a lunch in a basket or tin, or simply wrap it in a cloth napkin. Items like fried chicken, boiled eggs, bread, cheese, and fruit would be great. Lemonade in tin cups will be provided. We will be enjoying lunch outside on quilts, weather permitting. If you would like to join your child for lunch, please note that lunch will take place from 12:15-12:55.
On Thursday, November 19th, each girl will make a mop hat, and each boy will make a pouch like those colonial men would have used. We encourage them to wear their hats and pouches as part of their costumes the following day. Colonial girls wore long dresses or plain skirts and blouses with aprons and stockings. Girls’ hair was worn in braids, pony tails, or pig tails. Boys wore white collared shirts, vests, and dark knickers, which can be easily made by tucking long pants in white knee socks. Be creative! The outfit does not need to be elaborate or even store bought. Thrift stores or second hand stores are a great source for items like these.
Volunteers – we need your help!
Parents won’t want to miss out on this wonderful BHE tradition! Each activity station requires volunteers! Here’s how you can help:
– we still need volunteers for morning and afternoon shifts – please check our SignUp Genius on the PTA website. We also will need help with the boys’ and girls’ sewing projects that will take place on Thursday afternoon, November 17th.
We encourage all volunteers to also dress in colonial attire! Any amount of help you can give is greatly appreciated. Please make sure you are registered to volunteer for our campus through the SBISD website.
Thank you in advance for your help – we are looking forward to a fun-filled and educational day!