On May 22, Ross’s Extended Comments Blog turned TWO! Instead of receiving gifts for this celebration, Ross gave every class that follows his blog a chance to win a stuffie by trying to name the koala and the kangaroo pictured above! We all had until May 29th at 11:59 pm.
This morning, Mrs. Renton made a funny face … smirking like a cat that had swallowed the canary … because she was hiding a great BIG secret! We were ALL asking what the SMIRK was for … and SHE made us GUESS! It DIDN’T take us very long … and when we discovered that Ross had chosen our suggestion for the kangaroo and it’s baby … we were OVER the MOON!
Ross … we KNEW this was going to be a LONG comment … and we REALLY wanted to add some pictures … so … we have STOLEN a page from YOUR book and we are writing an EXTENDED Comment BLOG Post! Tee hee hee!
We were ECSTATIC when we heard that the Grade Fours helped you pick our names for the kangaroo and its baby … BOXER and ROO! We are SO excited that Boxer and Roo are coming to Canada to live with US and the future Grade Threes. We SURE hope that THEY are excited TOO! We hope they don’t have a bumpy ride!
The other classes had GREAT suggestions for names ALSO! We thought Eucy was great because Koalas eat eucalyptus leaves! Didge was also awesome because it is Australian. About 1/3 of our class had heard of the didgeridoo … so we looked it up on Google! A didgeridoo is much LARGER than we thought … and we LOVED the sound of it. Mrs. Renton has a CD called Outback … it has the didgeridoo on it … so we will spend some time listening to it because we really liked the sound.
Three classes contributed! The third class that gave name suggestions didn’t win the koala or the kangaroo. We loved their suggestions and we LOVED how you decided to send Pepper Possum along to live with them. You’re right! He would have been VERY lonely without Boxer, Roo and Eucy!
Ross, we have learned SO much with you this past year! We decided to … ADOPT A BILBY for YOU! We RACKED our BRAINS trying to think of something special that WE could do for YOU because you have been our special teacher on the other side of the world! In one of your video links the zoo keeper said that, instead of giving her family chocolates or other presents, she adopts bilbies for them! All the money from the adoption goes toward saving bilbies. Why is THIS important? Because, through you, we have discovered that bilbies are ENDANGERED in Australia! 🙁
This makes us VERY sad … but … because of you we have discovered a way to HELP … and a way to do something SPECIAL for YOU … our OTHER teacher! 🙂
Unlike Boxer and Roo, the bilby we have adopted for you DOESN’T get to come and LIVE with you!!! But, you WILL get an Animal pack that will contain:
- Membership Certificate
- Animal Fact Sheet
- Personalised Letter
- WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Discount Pass
- Colour Photo
And … our gift to you will ALSO help to protect AND restore the bilby population!
June 24, 2014
An AWESOME package arrived for us yesterday! Ross, we had SO much fun opening our package and discovering all the treasures inside! We want you to know that Boxer, Roo and all the other special treasures arrived safely! We promise to take VERY good care of EVERYTHING! We ADORED the photo of the bilby we adopted for you and have our fingers crossed for ALL bilbies! Thank you SO much for being SUCH an inspiration for us this year – you have truly helped to stretch our learning in SO many ways! Here is a little slideshow of us discovering just what was INSIDE our awesome package:
Thank you for EVERYTHING you have done for us this year, Ross … and for taking GOOD care of the Battalion Bloggers, and their learning, for the past THREE years!