A MYSTERY Package Arrives!
On Tuesday morning, when we came in and gathered on the carpet, we spotted an unusual package sitting on the counter! Right away we could tell, by looking at it, that it had had a ROUGH journey! We could see water stains all over the surprise package. There was LOTS of duct tape and all of its corners were crumpled in! It was SO beat up … it was EVEN missing its PACKING labels! We wondered if, when it went through customs, they had to open it … because sometimes they DO … and then seal it back up!
WHERE did it COME from? What kind of JOURNEY had it been on? Some of us guessed that it had come from PERU! A few of us thought it might have come from Australia! Guess what? Guess who it was FROM? Drum roll … please … Mr. ROSS Mannell!
Boy, were WE excited! First, as we passed the mysterious package around … and shook it … assessing its MASS with our hands … we took some guesses:
- an echidna puppet
- chocolate bilbies
- a koala kleenex box cover
- adult animal cards to go with the baby animal cards Ross sent earlier this year
- finger puppets of the animals we researched from the cards Ross sent earlier
- mini stuffed animals of each baby animal we researched from the cards
“What a great surprise. Thank you SO much, Ross, for the gift! We wonder where you GOT the chocolate bilbies … online or in a shop? If in a shop, what shop? The chocolate bilbies are SO cute. We love their little pink noses and ears! But … we love EVERYTHING about them! Where do bilbies live? It ALMOST looks like a BUNNY! When we FIRST saw the ears, peeking out of the box, we were like, “What IS it? What IS it? WHAT IS IT?” Our first guesses were dvds, echidna puppets, chocolate bilbies, a koala kleenex box cover, adult animal cards, finger puppets of the animals we researched, and … finally … mini stuffed animals of each animal we researched! When we first opened the package, we saw LOTS of STYROFOAM. Ross, that was AWESOME packing! You can see the little feet at the bottom of the chocolates and they are SO cute! Thanks, Ross, for ALWAYS extending our learning!” ~Jenna, Catherine and Hilary 🙂
“Thank you for sending us an awesome package. Ross, you are very thoughtful and very smart! We shook to hear INSIDE the package because we HAD to find out what it WAS! You GUESSED it … it was CHOCOLATE bilbies! We might send you a package soon! We cut the box open because we were BURSTING with excitement! Ross YOU spoiled us!” ~Lane
“Thank you Ross. You are very thoughtful. It had a rough journey. The package had chocolate bilbies. When I saw the chocolate bilbies they were so cute.” ~Sam
“Thank you SO much Ross! The chocolate bilbies are SO cute. Some of us want to EAT them! The package looked like it had a hard time getting here. We had NO idea it was chocolate bilbies! We think we should send YOU some chocolate BUNNIES! It was SO thoughtful of you!” ~Melvin & Kale
“Hi Blog readers! We got a surprise package in the mail from ROSS! When we opened the box it looked like it was a box of STYROFOAM! When we pulled the first layer of styrofoam out we saw SIX ears! After we took the second layer of styrofoam out, we pulled the ears and … guess what POPPED out? Drum roll, please! CHOCOLATE BILBIES! The chocolate bilbies are blue and inside their ears and their noses is the colour PINK! Once again, Ross, thank you SOOO much!” ~Noam & Claire
“Thank you SO much, Ross. They look so cute and tasty at the SAME time! It’s SO cool that you sent us chocolate bilbies … and took time our of your week to do it! We were mind blown! But, we’re TOO soft-hearted to eat them! Our class might donate some money to the bilby fund! They look like they are GREAT eating! Bye, Ross! Thanks again!” ~Alex, Amy & Ethan
“Hi Ross. Thank you for sending us that mystical package! It was VERY thoughtful of you to send us that surprise! We enjoyed opening the package! First, we saw styrofoam and then some tinfoil sticking up! When Mrs. Renton took the foil things out … GUESS WHAT/ It was BILBIES! Everyone BURST into surprise! I hope we can send something to YOU!” ~Martin, Cohen, & Zyne
“Wow! Thank you for the chocolate bilbies! They are SOO cute! Some of us really want to eat them but some of us don’t want to eat them because they are really cute! When we saw the box waiting for us we were SO excited. We took some guesses and one of the students guessed chocolate bilbies! He was RIGHT! When we opened it, we saw two ears sticking out of the box. I really wanted to eat them!!! If it wasn’t for YOU we would NOT have chocolate bilbies!” ~Hannah
“What a SURPRISE! Ross sent us not one but THREE chocolate bilbies! Hmmm. I wonder what we are going to do with themse adorable little chocolate munchkins! What do they look like, you ask? They really look like a rabbit, chocolate or not, but their tails are longer and they live in Australia! They are also really cute. Thank you, Ross, for sending those really adorable bilbies! Somehow the box looked like it had a rough journey! Ross, you are SO thoughtful. I LOVE the part when we got to hold the package … somehow we didn’t hear anything when we shook it!” ~Kelly & Kennedy
We have been learning about the Save the Bilby Fund because we did NOT know that they were critically endangered. When our chocolate bilbies arrived in our classroom, we read the special TAGS that were on each of them. We LOVE that the Pink Lady Chocolate Factory is donating 30 cents from each chocolate sale to the Save the Bilby Fund! Our class thinks it is sad that the Lesser Bilby might ALREADY be extinct and that the Greater Bilby is so close to extinction.
Before we were doing our research we thought bilbies were so TINY … but … as we READ more, we discovered that a full grown Greater Bilby can be up to 55 cm long (including their tail, which is around 29 cm). STILL … 26 cm is pretty BIG compared to what we thought! We USED to think that bilbies were TINY like MICE!
Ross, we LOVED our special surprise package. Our three adorable chocolate bilbies are sitting in a safe spot on a shelf … and they watch over our learning EACH and EVERY day! We STILL haven’t decided WHAT to do with them. SOME of us think we should:
- take a PICTURE and then … EAT them ALL up 😉
- save ONE but EAT two 😉
- making them the class PETS … they’d be REALLY easy to take CARE of 😉
- invent a “chilled” glass cabinet so that we can preserve them FOREVER 😉
- sell raffle tickets to WIN a chocolate bilby … to raise money for the Save the Bilby Fund 🙂
- sell raffle tickets to WIN a chocolate bilby … to raise money for more books for the Battalion Library Project in Q’enqo Peru 🙂
We would ALL hate to see them go … so this is certainly going to be a HARD decision to make! We PROMISE to let you know what we decide to do with our special classroom guests! Thank you, Ross … you ROCK!