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Pine Quill

Spring 2013

Pine Quill FRONT COVER Anya Lord, Grade 6

Erica Crawford, Grade 5

Paige Doboe, Grade 3 EDITING Carol Roper Robin Rice

BACK COVER, Grade 6 (clockwise from left) Sam Dorfman Nicolas Hall Indy Gill Chris Ringer Aeden Connelly, Grade 5

LAYOUT Carol Roper Rosemary Robertson PUBLISHING AND GRAPHIC EDITING Rosemary Robertson PRINTING Kim Rick

Emma Bean, Grade 5

THE DELICATE FLOWER A Poem About Rose at the Chestnut House The name of a flower, delicate and innocent, so beautiful but remains in solitude for the thorns of bitter age have grown out over time creating a shell of hatred pricking whoever tries to unmask the beauty of this precious flower More time passes, and the petals begin to wilt, the thorns soften. “It is okay to touch the flower now,” the mother’s gentle voice echoed in the young child’s ears. the flower fell gently into the child’s hand, memories of peaceful spring days are clasped in the youthful hands. The flower’s beauty is long gone, But its essence is not.

Isabella Casillas, Grade 1

Andrew Rosenberg, Grade 8 Cindy Holland, Grade 2 Maggie Dowling, Grade 7

The spotted ladybug was eating an aphid. Every time he fell in a blackberry bush he got more spots! The spotted ladybug met a ladybug with no spots. Katie Anbari, Kindergarten

HOW TO MAKE A BRAID If you have never made a braid, follow this simple and easy process. First, get a chair and make someone with hair to her shoulders or longer sit in it. Second, brush her hair until it’s soft and untangled. Next, separate the hair into three equal sections. Give each section a name such as a, b, and c or 1, 2, and 3. For example, the left section of hair would be #1, the middle section of hair would be #2 and the right section would be #3. Now cross section #1 over section #2, and then cross section #3 over section #1, and then cross section #2 over section #3. Keep doing this process until there is a little hair left. Use your rubber band to tie the last bit of hair so that it won’t come loose. You have just made a braid! You can also braid thread, wire, dolls’ hair, etc., but you must keep practicing. Panchali Choudhary, Grade 4 Casey Hurtgen, Grade 2

Alex Bowdler, Grade 7 ICE CORES Ice cores So useful and Filled with information From 800,000 years ago, helping us Find out the CO2 and greenhouse gasses at the time But what was also in the air, such as Smoke from a volcano, Dust and rock particles Ice cores Charlie Parsons, Grade 7

Lucas Mancini, Grade 2

MY DRAGONFLY Once there was a dragonfly. It caught a moth. He ate the moth. Then he was attacked by a bird. He tried to fly away. Finally he escaped. He flew back to his family. Henry King, Grade 1 John Paul Wronowski, Grade 5

ELIZABETH’S STORY: AT THE CARRIAGE HOUSE Her hair was white, And I can’t lie, She gave me quite a fright, She told me about children, Beaches and palm trees, The summer of ’69, And a good ole ocean breeze, Then the mood changed Stories just for me, Tears began, In her eyes I see, The clock struck twelve, I got up, It was time for me to leave.

Jillian Iredale, Grade 3

Nick Timken, Grade 8 Johnna Anderson, Grade 7

Joe Reiser, Grade 7

THE MAZE OF LIFE Lost in the maze of life? Life is an obstacle. You take one step forward, And two backward. Life is like a huge maze. You might lose yourself But someone might find you. That is the shortcut of love. It does not last long, so enjoy it. If you hold on too long, you will Find yourself Lost.

Erica Liston, Grade 5

Tyree Brooks, Grade 5 HAWAII While on the plane, I had time to think about my expectations and my reality of Hawaii. I was expecting Hawaii to be a tropical rainforest, with resorts scattered everywhere. I realized that there were few resorts around where we were. Also, I noticed that there was not as much tropical rainforest as I expected; there was almost desert-like terrain around where we were... I noticed that when we were driving to the airport, that the swell of Kona was overhead and barreling. I have ridden barrels before, but they were messy. These waves astonished me because they were so glassy, and they broke offshore, so the surfers had longer waves. Lastly, I noticed that the waves were barreling on each side, which is amazing because you only dream about swells like that. Overall, Hawaii has lived up to my expectations and also fallen short, which is why I would like to return and continue to explore the amazing island of Hawaii. Harrison Hall, Grade 9

Cricket Foley, Preschool Riley Mack, Preschool

THE PLAYFUL LADYBUG One night a playful ladybug was eating aphids. He met a pig. “Do you want to play?” “I do not want to play.” Then he met a dog. “Do you want to play?” “I do not want to play.” Then he met a fish. “Do you want to play?” “I do not want to play.” Then he met a cat. “Do you want to play?” “I do want to play!” “OK!” Kabir Patel, Kindergarten

William Maynard, Grade 3

Elijah Butler, Grade 3

RAIN Raindrops pitter patter above my head. A stream of water runs down the windshield like a waterfall. I feel cozy inside Mommy and Daddy’s car. Nature waters my garden. Toby Newbery, Grade 1

Tova Toriello, Grade 2

IMAGINE Imagine life without science. Here is what it might be like‌We would not have any knowledge of history like the dinosaurs or like the Pequots. We would not have electricity, which gives us light and keeps us warm. We also would not have a reason for math. We would not know the species of animals‌Imagine. Joe Horgan, Grade 2

Jason Harris, Grade 5 Leilei Gill, Grade 1 HAWAII After our tour of the temple was completed, we drove to the Pololu Valley Lookout. On our way there, I saw, for the first time in my life, a whale blow air out of his blowhole. Seeing a huge animal that lives in the ocean breathe was amazing, and now I can hardly wait to go on the whale watch. When we arrived at the lookout point, the view was spectacular! There were palm trees and a rainbow in front of us and great rolling hills in the distance all surrounded by a bright blue sky. There were waves that made a dramatic sound as they crashed on the beach below us. We were able to hike all the way down to the beach, and within about five minutes of being there, it started to rain. Eliza Griffin, Grade 9

Sam Young, Grade 7

Fehme Braish, Grade 7

Towards the top of the hill there is a house, Overlooking the winding and changing town, And witnessing many things unfold. Knit into the flowing cloak of forgotten people Ill Boo Radley sits in his living room Looking at the townsfolk Listening through the thin windows on his porch A shadow to the rest of the town But a shining light of mystery to the chillun Mornings come and mornings go Older by the day Boo becomes forgotten to Jem and Scout Clashing heads in town collide in the courthouse Kind Tom Robinson would never hurt a fly Ignorant racists accusing Tom of things he did not do No jury ever picks a colored man over a white man Unfortunately, gnarly Bob Ewell wins. Blinded with rage and unsatisfied with winning, Mr. Ewell goes after the children Injuries occur and people die Rare Boo Radley saves the day Darkness returns to Boo’s face in a delightful way.

Hope Williams, Grade 2

Amaya Butler, Grade 2

Dean Markham, Grade 8


Hampton Carr, Grade 3

Once upon a time my mother laid me. A few weeks went by, and then I hatched. I was a nymph. A few weeks went by and I grew quickly. I was 16 weeks when I caught my first moth. The world was more dangerous than I thought. Ava Belli, Grade 1

NEITH Neith was a jack-of-all-trades kind of goddess. She was a normal goddess at first. The practice of putting weapons around a sarcophagus/coffin is because she is said to protect the dead on their path to the Underworld. The linen wrappings that are used in mummification are also said to be gifts from her, she being the goddess of weaving. She was also said to lead the charge in battle. That was in the Old Kingdom, though. Nico Brown, Grade 6

Cameron Gouveia, Grade 3

Mia Griffiths, Grade 5 Alex Schwindt, Grade 7 ICE CORES Ice cores are proxies used to find information about past climates Coral is also a proxy Eight ice ages have occurred on Earth Can another Ice Age occur? Of course, scientists expect another one in 15,000 years Reading old logs or journals is one way to find out about past climates Even ice from 800,000 years ago has been found Scientists who study climate are called Paleoclimatologists. Miles Schuman, Grade 7

Michaela Dunn, Grade 3 JOY TOWNE Her red lipstick pops against her pale withering skin The blue eye shadow makes her small eyes look brighter Although her life is withering away, The spirit of her younger days, Will never leave. The odds are against her, But Nature has never stopped her before She will live on, If only in me, And the hearts of her loved ones. Julia Little, Grade 8

Oonagh Zimbelmann, Grade 3

Harvey DeMovick, Grade 2 SNOW LAND Wind blowing. Leaves falling. Land wrapped in a blanket of snow with a cold, nice touch of winter.

Jaxon Alpert, Grade 3

Jeffrey Hayward, Grade 4


THE LOVABLE LADYBUG One night the lovable ladybug went to the middle of the meadow. She met a vicious stag beetle. The ladybug said, “Do you want to play?” “Yes,” said Stag Beetle, very surprised. Then they went off to play hide-and-seek in the tall grass in the meadow. Francisco Benbow THE SCARED LADYBUG

The scared ladybug went to Mexico. He was walking around and walked under a bus. He just missed the wheel! He flew on top of the bus and that’s how he got home. Owen Brown

THE ADVENTUROUS LADYBUG Once there was a ladybug that wanted to be adventurous. She had an idea for an adventure so off she went. First she met a horse. They began to play hide-and-go-seek. The ladybug hid in a dark, scary cave. When the horse found her she said, “Do you want to explore the cave?” “Yes!” said the horse. They saw five bats and ran quickly out of the cave. They were frightened. They loved their adventure. Hannah Satran

THE NICE LADYBUG The nice ladybug was flying around. She saw a snake. She went to play with the snake. Jackson Hayward

Kindergarten THE LUCKY LADYBUG Lola the Ladybug was running away from a praying mantis. The praying mantis got outsmarted. Then he went to Mexico. He caught 100 flies. He ate two for breakfast, lunch and dinner until he ran out. He set off again to look for more food. Zavier Reynolds THE GENEROUS LADYBUG One night there was a generous ladybug. She saw a leaf and a worm. “Be my friend,” Ladybug said. “Where should we go?” asked Worm. “Let’s go to Squirrel’s house,” said Ladybug. They started on their way and saw a spider. Then Generous Ladybug let the spider decide where to go. Yash Naik

THE BUSY LADYBUG The busy ladybug hammers wood to make a bench. He also saws wood to build a table. Then he took a break and rested. Nolan Nanson

THE SMART LADYBUG The smart ladybug went home. He picked a book. He read about Martin Luther King, Jr. Then he practiced addition. Then he wrote a story about a little boy. Joseph Saunders

FRUICHI (MODERN DEITY) Fruichi is the goddess of all gummy candy, and she was put in charge of flavoring all candies with fruit flavors. Fruichi can also flavor lives. If you pray to her while eating gummy candy and singing, “I am a Gummy Bear,” she will grant you a sweet day full of good luck and happiness. If you anger her, such as if you say you hate gummy candies, she will sprinkle sour sugar on your life. By angering this goddess, you can be sure your day will be full of bad luck and low energy. Dasha Klein, Grade 6 Lucy Federici, Preschool

Colin Kronholm, Grade 7 MY DRAGONFLY Once upon a time there was an egg sac named Throk. One day Throk hatched as a nymph. He was hungry so he ate a big, juicy tadpole. After two years the egg sac turned into a dragonfly. The dragonfly’s wings were very wet so Throk rested. Then he was hungry, so he decided to catch a fly. After Throk ate the fly, he got caught by a frog. He was lucky he escaped from the frog. Then he went to sleep. When he woke up, he mated with another dragonfly and they died. After about four weeks, the egg hatched. The egg sac was named Throk the father. Bryce Bennhoff, Grade 1 Ayanna Burrell, Grade 6

Paige Goebel, Grade 1 Ella Gill, Grade 3 HOW TO SHOOT A LACROSSE BALL Here are some fun, easy steps to shoot a lacrosse ball. You will need a lacrosse ball, lacrosse stick, and a lacrosse goal. First, plant your feet shoulder length apart with one foot in front of the other, holding your lacrosse ball in the pocket of your lacrosse stick. Next, put your lacrosse stick vertically behind your shoulder with your hands so that your dominant hand is in the middle of the stick and your non-dominant hand is at the bottom of the stick. Think of where you want to shoot the ball in the goal, depending on where the goalie is standing. You should probably shoot from about ten feet away from the goalie and shoot in the right or left corner at the bottom of the goal. After that, lunge your stick towards where you want to shoot in the goal with your dominant hand following through and watch to see if the ball goes in the goal. Finally, if you score, celebrate. These are some fun, easy steps to shoot a lacrosse ball. Mac Childs, Grade 4

Stephen Maynard, Preschool River Hambleton, Preschool

HAWAII Today we started early. After a talk with my mom on the phone, we headed to a whale watch. I thought it was going to be on a ferry or something. We arrived at Anaeho’omalu Bay, which was a part of a Marriott resort. We took our shoes off and went into the shallow waters and up the stairs to the glassbottom boat. This boat took us to a catamaran with a motor on it. We went out about 75 yards into the sea and we saw a humpback whale. At first we just saw the whales spouting water out of their blowholes, but then we saw them breaching. It was amazing to see how far they got out of the water. We saw at least 20 or 30. We saw many calves; I loved to see all of them. The water was a beautiful, crystal-blue ocean. I’ve never seen water like that in real life. After the whale watch, we went home, had lunch, and then drove up the hill with Ms. Purell. There we took a small hike to a place where we cut down a plant that is an invasive species, which was very hard to do. We used pickaxes to loosen the soil. Then we had to pull out the bush. I found it to be very difficult. Also, because the soil is so loose, dust and dirt flew in my eyes. Although it was hard, I felt good that I did it. Mallory McArdle, Grade 9

Eli Borbon, Grade 3 Aliya Khan, Grade 3 MY DRAGONFLY Once upon a time there was a dragonfly named Buzzer. Buzzer saw a mosquito. Buzzer started to chase the mosquito. He finally caught the mosquito. Buzzer used his big jaw to eat the mosquito. It tasted very good! Theo McGee, Grade 1

Lauren Goebel, Grade 3 Dillon Griscom, Grade 3

Claire Griffin, Grade 5

MY DRAGONFLY Once upon a time a dragonfly landed on some ice. She laid eggs. The eggs drifted away. She only saw four of the nine eggs. She got chased by a robin. The bird bumped into a log and hit the rock and ate the eggs, but then she escaped. Her name was Jem. Her friends came and their names were Crystal, Love, Heart, Sparkle, and Diamond. They played and slept. Joaquin DelPrado, Grade 1

IMAGINE Imagine life without candy. Here is what it might be like‌It would be horrible! I would be begging and wishing for candy. How could I stay up late without candy? It would be dramatic. Life without candy would be no fun at all. If there were no candy, there would be no sweet things. There would be no dessert. After dinner, no lollipops at all‌ Imagine. Leila Brooks, Grade 2

Julian Gay, Grade 2

Nayan Sapers, Grade 3

Robbie Darling, Grade 3 RE (RA) Each day Re was believed to have been born to travel in his solar barque through the sky, beginning in the morning. At night Re journeyed through the Underworld in his barque. Each night the monster Apep tried to prevent the sun god from emerging again—making the eternal battle between light and darkness. Gods Seth and Methn accompanied Re and were often depicted defending Re’s barque. Some believed that Re could be found at night in the Underworld, consoling and giving support to the dead. Peter Lena, Grade 6

AT THE SOUP KITCHEN When I saw her eyes It made me really sad I could see she had cried By getting angry or mad. It was time to go but she was still there I can tell she is really scared, Scared of being alone, all by herself All she wants to do is stay warm in her house. After a few weeks, I came back I could still see her being scared. Ana Carla Diaz, Grade 8

Brendyn Sang, Grade 6

A huge smile from someone I didn’t know had a reason to smile, Made my whole day This smile spread from ear to ear, Showing many gaps in his mouth where teeth had just fallen like soldiers in a battle, I knew this was a real smile, The young boy laughed at himself as his mother and sister rushed him along. He was one of the few there, Who took that moment to sweep a grin across his face, But this youthful smile was worth so much more than the others there, And I am glad he took this time Because he knows he is safe And he knows he is happy here, Something everyone there should be able to figure out. Beth Fleming, Grade 8

Angela Royle, Grade 2

Lance Jastremski, Preschool

Emily Rundlett, Grade 7

HOW TO DO A BACK HANDSPRING A back handspring is a really fun thing, and you can do one following these steps. First, put your arms up over your head and squeeze your arms to your ears. Second, swing your arms down all the way past your hips and bend your legs by sitting back like you’re in a chair. Now swing your arms back up and jump backwards onto your hands. Next, jump upside down and support yourself with your arms. DO NOT BEND YOUR ARMS OR YOU WILL FALL ON YOUR HEAD! Finally, block off your hands and snap your legs down. You have just done a back handspring, which is a very hard thing to do! Caitlin Reardon, Grade 4

BAST Bast was a big help to her father when it came to fighting a snake. When Ra traveled across the sky each night, the Egyptians believed a snake, Apep, tried to stop him. Ra usually won, but on stormy days, Egyptians thought Apep won. Bast helped her father fight the snake Apep every night. Therefore, Bast must be a good fighter as well as a friendly goddess. Annabelle Iredale, Grade 6

Alex Kelsey, Grade 2

Marissa Slocumb, Grade 3 Santiago Benbow, Grade 2 Impurities are found in Ice Cores. Collected from all parts of Earth. Earth’s temperature affects Ice Cores. Chemical elements, isotopes help tell what the temperature of the water was long ago. Over time, ice cores change and provide knowledge of the past. Reading journals, logs, and diaries helps to find out old temperatures. Earth’s next ice age is in 15,000 years. Scientists study ice cores to learn about the past climates. Charlotte White, Grade 7

NIGHTTIME SNOW Quiet tears of snow. Night falls out from the sky. Thomas Zimbelmann, Grade 4 Hannah Betts, Grade 3

SNOW COMES EARLY In the cold air, heavy snow comes early.

Erin Ritter, Grade 7

Jack Brown, Grade 4 Elle Thompson, Grade 2

Faith Williams, Grade 7 HAWAI’I This morning was a sad morning because all that I thought about was how we are leaving Hawai’i and how our class trip is coming to a close. My hands almost froze as I ate a cream cheese-covered cinnamon raisin bagel. The vans were already packed with everyone’s luggage, so we hopped in and began the drive to Kona. We went to Subway for a very, very early lunch (at 10:30 AM), and I ate my usual veggie flatbread. Then, we all drove to the Hula Daddy Kona Coffee Plantation one last time so that the last-minute shoppers could buy presents for their loved ones. The energy in the van was very low as we headed to Kona Airport, and I felt a bittersweet feeling since I was happy that I would be able to see my family again, but I was sad to leave the beautiful island and the places where I made unforgettable memories with my closest friends. Mia Perry, Grade 9

Rashan Lugaresi, Grade 3 Anna Gillespie, Grade 3

Emma LaRose, Grade 7

During my last visit to the New London Meal Center, I was in the back doing the dishes. There was a small window where the people drop their plates off to be washed after the meal. When I looked out, I was speechless for a second, before I was snapped back into reality by an order in my ear. There was a man sitting at a table, eating his dinner. I realized that he brought a picture of his wife and kids and flowers. This stunned me for a second. The rest of my time at the soup kitchen was spent in deep thought. I could not stop thinking about how or why this man was not with his family. It was saddening to think about it. This may have changed me more than anything during my assessment project. Oliver Parsons, Grade 8 THE SCARED LADYBUG The scared ladybug met a funny ladybug on a leaf. He said to the other ladybug. “What are you doing?” “I am getting chased by a cat!” “Let’s dig!” And he dug underground. Maclan Griscom, Kindergarten

HAWAII Today we left the cramped quarters of Tuman house at HPA and left for Kilauea and Volcanoes National Park… In the van, we talked of celebrating lives and grandparental hilarity until we finally reached the cabins. I now write from the bottom bunk instead of the top. After about an hour for unpacking, we took a long walk to dinner. On the way back, we looked at the stars, and we let our eyes adjust to the night. That walk back made me remember all of the memories I had of being a little kid and going to Don Treworgy’s planetarium shows at the seaport. I slowly remembered how to find certain stars and constellations, and I simply enjoyed the barren beauty of the night sky on this island. Over the course of this trip, I think that everyone is getting to know each other a little better. My previous conceptions of the class have been shattered, and people who I thought were nearly silent have been shown to be quite boisterous. I now see that everyone is able to coexist and be nice to each other, and that everyone has a good side. Chris Wilbur, Grade 9

Gianni Rosen, Grade 3

Thandiwe Taylor, Preschool

Halsey Hollenbeck, Preschool

SOBEK (artwork on the back cover) Sobek was said to have risen from the Nun or “Dark Water.” He later created the world by laying eggs on the shore of the Nun. He also created the Nile from his sweat. He probably started as a dark god, but proved himself invaluable to the defense of Egypt and the pharaoh. Sobek also rescued the four sons of Horus from the Nun. Sam Dorfman, Grade 6

Pine Point School Stonington, Connecticut

PIne Quill Spring 2013  

student artwork, writing, poetry

PIne Quill Spring 2013  

student artwork, writing, poetry