Lower School Notes – April 18, 2018
Dear Lower School Families,
On behalf of the Lower School faculty, I would like to thank Faculty/Staff Appreciation Parent Volunteer Coordinators Andrea Stygar and Michele Triantos and their committee of parents, the Parents’ Association, and all the parent volunteers for the generosity they have shown throughout the year in expressing their appreciation to our teachers. The delicious luncheon on Friday, together with the parent volunteers covering the students’ lunches and recess for the teachers, were much appreciated. We are very fortunate to work in a community, such as ours, where faculty and staff feel so valued by our parents!
Lower School Division Coffee Wednesday, May 2, 8:15 a.m., Lower and Middle School Campus Multipurpose Room
To prepare our Lower School families for the summer, Lower and Middle School Information Specialist Michelle Plaut and Technology Integration Specialist and Lower and Middle School Computer Science Teacher Lisa Waters will present a variety of digital resources to help parents maintain a safe and engaging technology environment over the summer. This informal discussion will include ample time for parents to ask questions, to share digital resources they use for their children, and to discuss how they implement digital safety at home. Families will receive a “toolkit” of resources they may use over the summer and are welcome to bring home devices to load school-based subscriptions. Please join us on Wednesday, May 2, at 8:15 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room (Room 112), on the Lower and Middle School Campus.
RSVP Reminder: Grandparents and Special Friends Day
This is a special morning for our Lower and Middle School students to showcase their work and share their school with members of their extended families. The day begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, May 11, with a welcome reception, Lower School Fair and program with student performances. The day will continue with classroom visits at 10:15 a.m. There will be a photo booth in the Commons, offering complimentary photos for all guests. The School Store will also hold a pop-up shop in the Commons. The day will conclude at 11:30 a.m.
If you or your guest(s) plan to take your student, out to lunch or home, after the event concludes, please check them out at the Lower or Middle School office before departing.
Parent volunteers are appreciated to help with greeting, serving and guiding guests throughout the school! View opportunities and sign up here.
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Tiffany Parry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.584.2364.
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Lower School Visual Art Show
Friday, April 20-Monday, May 14, Lower and Middle School Campus
All Lower School students in Kindergarten through Fourth Grade will have artwork on display. There will be work in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, paper-mâché, and mixed-media sculpture. The exhibit reflects projects that have been produced in art class throughout the year. The show extends through the hallways of the Lower School, the Commons, and the hallways and lobby of the Activity Center. Students in Kindergarten through Fourth Grade will tour the exhibition during their art classes, and parents are welcome to visit our annual Art Show.
Author to Visit the Lower School
Author Kelly Starling Lyons will visit the Lower School on April 24. Ms. Lyons, author of several picture books and a chapter book series, will present to all Lower School students at Inspiration that morning about the process of writing a book and shepherding it through the publishing process. She will also hold in-depth breakout sessions with the Third and Fourth Grades and will read one of her books to the JK class.
Notes from my Weekly Walkabout
Over the last few weeks, JK students have been closely observing the eagle in the live DC eagle cam. The students completed a “See, Think, Wonder” thinking routine and have worked to investigate their wonders by making a model of the eagles’ nest using cardboard boxes, by sending a tweet to @dceaglecam, and by reading the questions and answers posted by others. The JK-ers are counting the days until the eggs hatch and continue to be excited about all of the activity they see in the live camera feeds.
Kindergarteners had fun with word play and spelling, while reading “Take Away the A” by Michael Escoffier. Students had to determine what new word was created when one letter is subtracted from a word. Students used their phonics and reading strategies to decode the words. Students also chose books to bring home.
The First Grade students have been learning about dance and movement in P.E. The theme was “Under the Sea,” and they have been moving and dancing like creatures you may find in the ocean, all of this to the soundtrack from “The Little Mermaid.” There were lots of smiles and laughter and some pretty good dancing too.
The entire East Campus community is striving to increase the amount of compost and decrease the amount of trash produced weekly, thanks to an all-out education effort spearheaded by 2B. For their kindness project, the class decided to focus on helping the community better sort and manage the waste from school lunches. To do so, the students visited our Upper School Campus composting facility and assessed the materials in each school lunch. The students then created daily videos with explicit directions for each meal. The videos were shown every morning this past week in each Lower School homeroom and Middle School advisory. The students also presented their work to the Lower School at Inspiration. Here is a link to the video with information about the project. Students in 2B will update the School on our progress in two weeks.
Below are the daily videos with explicit directions for each meal.
Students in Third Grade are working with number patterns in their Number, Data, and Space Unit. Currently, they are constructing, describing, and extending number sequences with constant increments generated by various contexts. Students are working with a repeating pattern of connecting cubes with a unit red-blue-green. Students describe the number sequence associated with the green cubes in a red-blue-green repeating pattern (3, 6, 9, 12, . . .) and consider why this number pattern occurs. They also determine the number sequences for the red and blue cubes. Students use their knowledge of skip counting and multiples as strategies for finding a certain number, of a specific cube, in a sequence.
The fourth-graders explored macroinvertebrates this week, as part of their science unit on animal structures. From Monday, in the Science Lab, to Friday, in Difficult Run Stream, the students considered the animals’ unique adaptations for sensing, movement, and protection, as well as getting water, air and food. In the Lab, students engaged with fascination in a think-puzzle-explore thinking routine, as they watched and held rhinoceros beetle larvae and adults. In our local stream, students caught and released subaquatic macroinvertebrates — such as dragonfly larva, water pennies, mayflies, and crayfish — to assess the water quality, of our local tributary, of the Chesapeake Bay.
Donna Speakes met with Lower School students to share lots of tools, for training and treatment, that future paramedics utilize for training. She emphasized how the process to become a paramedic requires mastering many skills, but the foundation is rooted in basic skills that rely on using your five senses and demonstrating empathy. She shared that paramedics are like detectives who search for clues and put together information to diagnose what’s wrong. Paramedic students must attain knowledge about the anatomy and how the body works, so when there is an emergency they can figure out why. After demonstrating some of the skills,students asked a variety of questions to connect their personal experiences and aspirations.
Director of the Lower School
Lower School Admission Event
Thursday, April 19, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Lower and Middle School Campus
JK to Tot Rock
Thursday, April 19, 9:05 a.m.-noon, Discovery Theater, Washington, D.C.
Grade 2 to Robin Hood
Thursday, April 19, 9:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Imagination Stage, Bethesda Md.
Lower School Visual Arts Show
Friday, April 20-Monday, May 14, Lower and Middle School Campus
Husky Pride Day
Friday, April 20
Lower School Open Classroom Visits
Friday, April 20, 8:15-8:45 a.m., Lower and Middle School Campus
Lower School Open Classroom Q & A
Friday, April 20, 8:45-9:15 a.m., Multipurpose Room, Lower and Middle School Campus
1B Kindness Project
Friday, April 20, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Primrose School of South Riding
Fourth Grade Deliver Student Created Books to Oakton Library
Friday, April 20, 1:00-2:40 p.m., Oakton Library
Saturday, April 21
K to the U.S. Botanic Gardens
Monday, April 23, 8:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m., Washington, D.C.
BBL, Celebrations of Earth Day
Monday, April 23, noon–12:30 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Lower and Middle School Campus
Author Kelly Starling Lyons to visit the Lower School
Tuesday, April 24
Lower School Inspiration
Tuesday, April 24, 8:30–9:00 a.m., Olson Theater, Lower and Middle School Campus
BBL, Rally Around the Captain!
Tuesday, April 24, noon–12:30 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Lower and Middle School Campus
Grade 1 to the US Botanic Gardens
Wednesday, April 25, 8:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Washington, D.C.
Arts Jam Concert
Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 p.m., George Mason University Concert Hall
Grades JK-12 Two Hour Delayed Opening
Faculty / Staff In-Service
Thursday, April 26
Headfirst Summer Camps Open House
Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m.–noon, Gym, Lower and Middle School Campus
Grades JK-12 Health Forms Available Online
Tuesday, May 1
Preparing for the 2018-2019 School Year Tile Opens in Husky Hub
Tuesday, May 1