Announcement

Colonies of Honey Bees

Dear Parents,

We are happy to inform you that this Wednesday, November 9, 2016, we will be welcoming two colonies of honey bees into our school. Many Waldorf schools all over the world are becoming part of a growing initiative to care for honeybee colonies on campus, as a response to the plights that bees are facing around the world. Bees are one of the foremost pollinators of plants, especially those we rely on for food. Without this important link in our ecosystem, most of the life on this planet could go extinct.

The domesticated honeybees are very docile creatures and only sting if its hive is in danger. We understand that the arrival of the colony may be a cause for concern for some, rest assured the teachers and the students will be educated on how to safely move around the colony. The colonies will be kept behind the upper school building, far away from the younger classes. In the event of a sting, anti-histamine tablets are available on hand as recommended by our school doctor. For severe allergies, the student will be taken to the nearest medical facility.

Kindly, let us know if your child has been stung and/ or has shown allergies to bees in the past, so that we can prepare accordingly. If you have any further concerns or questions, you may email me at aeonmapa@gmail.com.

Thank you very much and we look forward to working with the community to support our bees.

Warm regards,

Rafael G. Mapa
For The College of Teachers