Dear Families,

Thanks to everyone who brought in eggs for our egg hunt this week. I greatly appreciate your donations. The students had fantastic fun clearing the playground in lightning fast time. They also enjoyed decorating their bags this week they used during the hunt. It is always a reminder that spring is truly here.

Planet facts we learned this week:

  • Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun and is a gas giant
  • Jupiter is visible from Earth with the naked eye and is the fourth brightest object in the solar system (sun, moon, and Venus are brighter)
  • The Great Red Spot on Jupiter is a storm so large that three Earths could fit inside
  • Jupiter’s moon, Ganymede, is the largest moon in the solar system, and is actually larger than Mercury
  • Eight spacecraft have thus far visited Jupiter
  • Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun and the farthest planet that can be seen with the naked eye
  • Saturn is the flattest planet and is also a gas giant
  • Saturn has 150 moons and moonlets, all frozen worlds
  • Saturn’s rings are composed of billions of ice particles ranging in size from minute to miles across
  • Four spacecraft have visited Saturn
  • Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun and the first planet to be discovered by telescope
  • Uranus rotates in a retrograde direction, opposite to the way the Earth turns
  • It takes 84 Earth years for Uranus to orbit the sun
  • Uranus is the coldest planet in our solar system
  • Uranus has two sets of thin rings
  • Neptune is the eighth and most distant planet from our sun
  • It takes almost 165 Earth years for Neptune to orbit the sun
  • Although Neptune is smaller than Uranus it has more mass
  • Neptune was discovered in 1846 and was the first planet located through mathematical predictions
  • Neptune’s blue color is a result of methane in its atmosphere

Have a lovely weekend and Happy Easter to the families celebrating,

Ms. Crystal 

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