OWL Newsletter #53

OWL boletín numero 53

Austin Bat Cave strives to serve the greater Austin, Del Valle and Manor communities by providing creative writing activities and ideas during this time of social distancing while we care for ourselves and our families. While you and your kiddos may be staying safe at home, here are some writing prompts, activities and lessons from the OWL page to keep their creativity going! 

Be sure to sign up here for the OWL newsletter to get weekly writing activities, lessons and ideas for fun at home!

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Austin Bat Cave nos esforzamos servir a las comunidades de Austin, Del Valle y Manor por proveer actividades y recursos de escritura creativa durante este tiempo del distanciamiento social mientras cuidamos a nuestras familias. Mientras usted y sus hijos/as están en casa, Austin Bat Cave ofrece actividades de escritura de la página OWL para que los estudiantes sigan practicando y desarrollando su creatividad.

¡Asegúrese de suscribirse aquí para recibir el boletín informativo de OWL para obtener actividades de escritura, lecciones e ideas semanales para divertirse en casa!

Si quiere más información sobre los programas de Austin Bat Cave, favor de visitar nuestro sitio web.

Community Resources

  1. If you are a senior graduating this year and preparing for your first year of college, here are some websites and apps to help with research.

  2. Click here to watch Schoolhouse Rock, an educational and fun blast from the past. 

  3. Zilker Botanical Garden's free day is coming up! Click here to reserve your spot!

Recursos de la Comunidad

  1. Si eres un estudiante de último año que se graduará este año y te estás preparando para tu primer año de universidad, aquí tienes algunos sitios web y aplicaciones que te ayudarán con la investigación.

  2. Haga clic aquí para ver Schoolhouse Rock, una explosión educativa y divertida del pasado.

  3. ¡Se acerca el día libre del Jardín Botánico de Zilker! ¡Haga clic aquí para reservar su lugar!

What’s new at the OWL?

¿Qué hay de nuevo en el OWL?

Spring Writing Contest Winners!

Austin Bat Cave is pleased to announce the winners of the Spring Writing Contest.

We would like to thank our guest judges Natalia Sylvester and Nick Solis for choosing our winners, and our community partners Black Pearl Books for supplying gift cards for our winners, and Austin Family Magazine for publishing our students! Below are excerpts of the two winning pieces as the students reflected on and interpreted the theme of “Create Your Own Adventure.” You can follow the links below to read the full pieces.

“Music” by Jojo Li (follow this link to read the full poem)

An excerpt from a poem by Spring Writing Contest 2021 winner Jojo Li that reads, "Music makes you jump up and down Music’s that tune that’s stuck in your head Music allows you to be yourself Music plants a smile on your face There is always a song for you Just have to find your genre Music is beautiful."
An excerpt from a poem, Music, by student poet and winner of the Spring Writing Contest 2021 Jojo Li that reads, “Music makes you jump up and down, Music’s that tune that’s stuck in your head, Music allows you to be yourself, Music plants a smile on your face, There is always a song for you, Just have to find your genre, Music is beautiful.” This excerpt is written in black text on a white background with a bright yellow border and the black Austin Bat Cave logo at the bottom.

“The Adventure of Life” by Athena Metzger (follow this link to read the full piece)

An excerpt from a piece, The Adventure of Life, by student poet and winner of the Spring Writing Contest 2021 Athena Metzger that reads, “So salty my empty eye sockets, Fill with something new, And they are made of stars, My fingers become the dawn, My heart becomes the dusk, And my tongue becomes the light, Of the hot afternoon sun.” This excerpt is written in black text on a white background with a bright yellow border and the black Austin Bat Cave logo at the bottom.
An excerpt from a piece, The Adventure of Life, by student poet and winner of the Spring Writing Contest 2021 Athena Metzger that reads, “So salty my empty eye sockets, Fill with something new, And they are made of stars, My fingers become the dawn, My heart becomes the dusk, And my tongue becomes the light, Of the hot afternoon sun.” This excerpt is written in black text on a white background with a bright yellow border and the black Austin Bat Cave logo at the bottom.

Art for OWL

A mother dressed in a striped dress with long sleeves and turtleneck helps her small daughter wash her feet. She wears her shiny black hair in a loose bun and holds the child securely. The girl is sitting in her mother’s lap and her waist is wrapped in a white towel. She watches as her mother gently dips her small legs into the purple-rimmed glass bowl that stirs below with water. In the right-hand corner, a white water pitcher with different shades of pink flowers is standing on  the orange-patterned carpet. In the background a yellow wardrobe with tiny flowers and golden handles sits against the flowery wallpaper. 
A mother dressed in a striped dress with long sleeves and turtleneck helps her small daughter wash her feet. She wears her shiny black hair in a loose bun and holds the child securely. The girl is sitting in her mother’s lap and her waist is wrapped in a white towel. She watches as her mother gently dips her small legs into the purple-rimmed glass bowl that stirs below with water. In the right-hand corner, a white water pitcher with different shades of pink flowers is standing on  the orange-patterned carpet. In the background a yellow wardrobe with tiny flowers and golden handles sits against the flowery wallpaper.  Una madre vestida con un vestido de rayas con mangas largas y cuello alto ayuda a su pequeña hija a lavarse los pies. Lleva su cabello negro y brillante en un moño suelto y sostiene a la niña firmemente. La niña está sentada en el regazo de su madre y su cintura está envuelta en una toalla blanca. Observa mientras su madre sumerge suavemente sus pequeñas piernas en el cuenco de vidrio con borde púrpura que se agita con agua abajo. En la esquina derecha, se encuentra una jarra blanca de agua con diferentes tonos de flores rosadas parada sobre la alfombra con dibujos anaranjados. Al fondo, un ropero amarillo con flores diminutas y manivelas doradas se apoya sobre el papel tapiz floral.

The Child’s Bath (1893) is an impressionist oil painting by American artist Mary Cassatt. The painting reinforces Cassat’s signature subject: portrayals of mothers and children caught in everyday moments. 

¡Arte para el OWL!

El baño del niño (1893) es una pintura impresionista al óleo de la artista estadounidense Mary Cassatt. La pintura refuerza el tema característico de Cassat: retratos de madres e hijos captados en momentos cotidianos.

Writing activities to try at home this week

Actividades de escritura para usar en casa esta semana

Monday: Look at the painting The Child’s Bath, and create a poem based off of it. Try writing half of it from the child’s perspective, and half of it from the mother’s perspective. 

Lunes: Mire el cuadro El baño del niño y cree un poema basado en él. Intente escribir la mitad desde la perspectiva del niño y la mitad desde la perspectiva de la madre.

Tuesday: Do you have any novel/play that you feel particularly connected to? Try writing a poem inspired by it. For example, if you enjoy the Harry Potter series, you might write a poem about owls.

Martes: ¿Tiene alguna novela / obra con la que se sienta particularmente conectado? Intente escribir un poema inspirado en él. Por ejemplo, si te gusta la serie de Harry Potter, podrías escribir un poema sobre búhos.

Wednesday: Write a short story featuring a character who has been caught outside in a thunderstorm.

Miércoles: Escribe un cuento sobre un personaje que ha sido atrapado afuera en una tormenta eléctrica.

Thursday: Write a story starting with the phrase “That can’t be true!”

Jueves: Escribe una historia que comience con la frase "¡Eso no puede ser cierto!"

Friday:  Write a poem that makes sense when read from first line to last, and also last line to first. 

Viernes: Escribe un poema que tiene sentido cuando se lea desde la primera línea hasta la última, y también desde la última línea hasta la primera.

Saturday: Write a story from the perspective of a character(s) who is not a good person.  They do not necessarily have to be a villain, but they should be someone who has questionable morals. 

Sábado: Escribe una historia desde la perspectiva de un personaje que no sea una buena persona. No necesariamente tiene que ser un villano, pero debe ser alguien que tenga una moral cuestionable.

Sunday: If you found a tree in the woods who could grant you anything you wished for, what would you request? Write a passage explaining your answer.

Domingo: Si encontraras un árbol en el bosque que pudiera otorgarte todo lo que deseas, ¿qué pedirías? Escribe un pasaje que explique tu respuesta.

What we are reading this week

The bright green book cover of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
A bright green background depicting a darker green tree dropping a bright red apple down with it’s leafy branch to a small child on the ground with their arms held out to catch it. The title of the book, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, is written in white on the tree trunk.

We are proud to recommend The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. It follows a young boy who takes an apple from a tree. The tree and boy are both happy but then the boy does not visit the tree anymore. When he does again, he asks for money and the tree, having no money, gives him her apples, then branches, then trunk until there is nothing but the stump to sit on. This well known classic is beautifully illustrated and filled with a story of moral value. It is great for children. 

Lo que estamos leyendo esta semana

Estamos orgullosos de recomendar El árbol generoso de Shel Silverstein. Sigue a un niño que toma una manzana de un árbol. El árbol y el niño están felices, pero luego el niño ya no visita el árbol. Cuando lo vuelve a hacer, le pide dinero y el árbol, que no tiene dinero, le da manzanas, luego ramas, luego tronco hasta que no queda nada más que el tocón para sentarse. Este clásico conocido está bellamente ilustrado y lleno de una historia de valor moral. Es genial para los niños.

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