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Eagle’s Nest Symbol

We will be designing a T-Shirt with the help of the people at ELPIS:

“Elpis Enterprises (Elpis is Greek for Hope) is a Saint Paul-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides job training, work experience and job placement for homeless or precariously-housed young people ages 16-23.”


Who are we? What does the Eagle mean to you? What other symbols do you hold dear?

Peace ? Truth ? Hard Work?


What values do you stand for as a member of Eagle’s Nest? Should we have a motto such as “veritas” (Truth) or “e Pluribus Unum” (Out of Many One) ?


Pluribus is related to the English word: “plural.”
Unum is related to the English word: “unit.”

E Pluribus Unum describes an action: Many uniting into one. An accurate translation of the motto is “From Many, One” or Out of Many, One” – a phrase that captures the symbolism on the shield.


These are all questions we will explore during the last 6 weeks of school as we design a classroom symbol, flag, and , ultimately, a classroom T-Shirt.

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Historical facts:

  1. “Eagles figure prominently in the mythology of nearly every Native American tribe. In most Native cultures, eagles are considered medicine birds with impressive magical powers, and play a major role in the religious ceremonies of many tribes. “
  2. “E pluribus unum is the motto suggested by the committee Congress appointed on July 4, 1776 to design “a seal for the United States of America.” The below sketch of their design accompanied a detailed description of their idea for the new nation’s official emblem.”



USA history of the Eagle:


World History of the Eagle:


Libraries Are Some of My Best Friends

Here’s why:



When I was in high school , someone gave me a copy of the Autobiography of Malcolm X. It changed my life on many ways… Most of all, I admire Malcolm’s voracious quest for the truth and his unending pursuit of self change and transformation.

‘Nuff Said.


This ABC BOOK is more than an easy reader. I love alpha beta books because they are often powerful compendiums of arcane knowledge hiding in disguise.


Many libraries such as Pierre Botineau and Nokomis and Roosevelt ( above ) have science ( X rays) and other hands on activities for children to explore.


Sarah Kay says, ” I write poem to figure thing out.”


Kay Sarah Sera

“I am young enough to know about Magic Cats” and Fairies. Are you?

Poet, Sarah Kay, reading one of her poems:

Here’s another of her poems, that actually became a short picture book called


“If I should have a daughter…”

(Teachers, Check out “Ten Things I Know to Be True”

at 10:00)

Why do you think she decided to call it that? Do you think she would say the same things to her son? Why or why not?
What verse will you add to the cosmic story ?

What will be YOUR gift to this wide wise world?

Enemy Pie

Our Social Justice Curriculum for Jan/Feb:

This month we are focusing on learning to understand our moods and on building friendships–even with those we don’t feel we know very well. You never know, that person you may think of as “weird” or “different” or an “enemy” could turn into your best friend:

See also:

Nugget and Fang

Mouse and the Lion:


Eagles, Finches, and other birds

Basic info here:

Search for info about a specific species of bird here:



Tropical Rainforests

Tropical Rainforests are essential to every living thing on our planet. South America happens to have a rather large one. Have you heard of the Amazon Rainforest?

Here are resources for you to explore:


2. Kids Do Ecology

3.Kids Mongabay

4.Rainforest Alliannce:

And here are coloring sheets:

5. Science Kids

6. Kids geology