Hello again! It’s hard to believe that this week is almost over. I really missed the sunshine today.
Day 13 of required instruction. Governor Roy Cooper announced today that the stay-at-home order has been extended until May 8. He plans to make an announcement on school operations tomorrow. We will communicate how the Governor’s decisions will impact education, businesses and the citizens of Ashe County. In the meantime, keep on keeping on. I will continue to stress the importance of students participating in remote learning—it will help you to prepare a strong base for the next school year. Don’t stop and don’t give up.
Day 22 for CN—1805 breakfast and 1805 lunch meals were prepared and delivered today. Thank you to everyone who makes this happen on a daily basis.
Are you ready for the answer to yesterday’s riddle? (You answer me but I never ask questions. What am I?) Did anyone say telephone? Then—your right!
Today’s riddle. What goes up and down but never moves? Tune in tomorrow!
Now—more fun facts about polar bears. Although they spend a lot of time on land, polar bears are perfectly suited for life in the ocean. Because their snout, head and body are longer and streamlined, they are efficient swimmers. Their large wide paws act as paddles to propel them through the water at an average speed of 6 mph and their hind paws act as rudders helping them steer—just like a boat! One study reported that a tagged bear swam a total of 426 miles in one 9-day stretch while another swam for 12 days with some short breaks. When the summer begins and the sea ice retreats, polar bears head towards land to live out the ice-free season. They can fast, which means go without eating, up to 8 months, surviving mostly off the fat accumulated from eating seal blubber during the winter months. The female bear enters their den to give birth and emerges in the spring. Cubs, normally there are 2, are about the size of a guinea pig at birth and stay with their mother for about 2 years. Interesting facts—we’ll finish our study of polar bears tomorrow.
Students—we miss you and think about you every day. Take care of yourselves—if you need us, please reach out to your teacher or your school principal. Sleep well tonight.