Whales dominated the 19th annual Oceans Week at Farallone View Elementary School in Montara.
At Oceans Week, regular work is enhanced by ocean-themed fun, educational and artistic activities and speakers from California State Parks, the Marine Mammal Center, the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and more.
“It was a huge success,” said parent and Oceans Week chair Liz Osborne.
It kicked off May 10 with a Banana Slug String Band Assembly when the whole school danced to ocean-themed music. Whales were celebrated in the whale lab, whale bus and whale mural.
Friday night, May 11, was Oceans Week Movie Night. On Saturday, there was a Princeton beach cleanup. All week, students silkscreened Oceans Week T-shirts and worked on the mural with help from artist Chris Bauman.
On Monday, Mavericks photographer and Farallone View parent Frank Quirarte visited, Half Moon Bay Yacht Club members Patrick Melley and Lucy Gillies taught sailing basics, and students learned about the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. On Tuesday, they learned of the dangers of plastics in the sea from California State Parks Ranger Nelle Lyons.
The next day’s activities covered whales, snowy plovers and marshes. On Thursday students did ocean art and learned about great white sharks, the water cycle and oceans and sewers. And on Friday, Oceans Week wrapped up with talks on groundwater, water safety and lifeguarding and fish dissection.
The students really liked the 39-foot, inflatable whale parents put up at the school and hands-on lessons like using a tuning fork to see how sound travels in water when they learned about whale migration and echo location, Osborne said.
“They look forward to this week every year,” she said.