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December Highlights in Lower School, by Tally Lent, Lower School Head
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December Days in Lower School
Lower School Head
It was great to return to school after our Thanksgiving Break! We are now in the grip of the Holiday Season and, while this is a happy and exciting time, it can also be exhausting and overwhelming for children (and adults!). This season can be filled to overflowing and can zoom by in the blink of an eye. Maintaining regular bedtimes and a steady routine are helpful all around. This is a good time to slow down a little and reflect on all the wonderful elements of our Applewild days. You certainly will read about all those elements in the following articles.
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving Feast last week that included the entire school on Tuesday before the holiday. Lower and Upper School buddies were seated together, and teachers and administrators sat at tables with the students. We filled 21 tables and the oldest Upper Schooler and oldest Lower Schooler at each table were our waiters. Each Lower School grade brought something to our feast. Kindergartners made cranberry relish, first and fourth graders made butter, second graders worked together to make loaves of cranberry pumpkin bread, third graders assembled an elaborate fruit salad, and fifth graders made popcorn. I made creamed spinach, a Lower School tradition. Turkey, stuffing, squash, and mashed potatoes rounded out the meal and homemade apple crisp completed our feast. It was a fine meal and a fitting way to mark Thanksgiving. Before we sat down to our lunch, we said the Pledge of Allegiance, and then members of the eighth grade history class read the Governor's Proclamation. Between the meal and the dessert, we heard Thanksgiving reflections from Mr. Williamson, and then the whole school sang Dona Dobis Pacem together. The girls in the Upper School American Music Ensemble sang the soprano part from one side of the dining hall, while the boys from that chorus sang the bass part from across the room. All of us in the middle sang the melody and the notes reverberated majestically in our Dining Hall. After our feast, students in kindergarten through third grade enjoyed each grade’s presentations about thankfulness in the Marshall Library. Tuesday's events reinforced Applewild's belief in the importance of community and I believe Lower Schoolers loved the day!
Cold weather is beginning to settle in and snow is surely in our future. One of the important parts of our day is recess, and our children look forward to getting outdoors and playing with their friends. Warm jackets, mittens or gloves, hats or hoods, boots and snow pants will be required for maximum fun in winter. Please help your children organize their outdoor gear so that they are prepared for outside fun every day. We do go out each day in the winter, as long as the temperature is twenty degrees or higher. Please remember to label each article of clothing with your child’s name. Our lost and found baskets tend to overflow with unlabeled and forgotten articles of terrific winter gear.
We are preparing for our upcoming concert and students are getting excited to share their pieces with you. The students across the grades have been polishing their songs and instrumental pieces in anticipation of our Annual Winter Concert. All Lower School parents and friends are invited to our concert featuring kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth and fifth graders on Wednesday, December 18 at 2:30 p.m. in the Alumni Theater. Our snow date for the concert is Thursday, December 19 at 2:30 p.m. Our students in grades one through five are expected to wear Concert Dress, which means girls should wear black slacks or skirt with a white blouse; boys should wear black slacks, and a white collared shirt, neutral-colored ties are required for boys in fourth and fifth grades. All students should wear dark dress shoes. Girls in kindergarten are expected to wear skirts and blouses, dresses, or dress pants outfits; boys in kindergarten are expected to wear slacks and collared shirts. On Friday morning, December 20, the whole school gathers for a larger Holiday Concert. All Lower Schoolers are expected to dress in Concert Dress for that in-house morning Concert.
We are serving our community in various, planned ways during these next two weeks. The second graders will entertain their Highlands Grandfriends with holiday music on Wednesday, December 4, and our ARC buddies will return to Applewild to attend our Friday morning Winter Concert. Also, we are collecting canned or packaged food for our neighbors at the Cleghorn Center. If you would like to participate in this initiative, please send your items in with your child, and he or she will place your contributions under our Giving Tree in the Stone Family Dining Hall. It is heartwarming to see the pride and care with which the children unpack their bags and place food items under the tree. Your children love to help others!
I hope that you and your families enjoy warm, joyous holidays and have a relaxing, renewing Winter Break.
I hope you had a pleasant, relaxing Thanksgiving break. The spirit of the holiday season has begun in Kindergarten and students were thankful to wrap up November by spending time with their fifth grade buddies making thank you cards for those who help us at Applewild.
In phonics, we will work to complete our lower case study of the alphabet, while practicing rhyming, CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words or syllables, word families, and start our study of sight or “trick” words. Children should have a good sense of the sound / letter association by now, and be willing to attempt sounding out some CVC words. In math, students will continue to explore two-digit numbers through our work with digi-blocks, and will be introduced to measurement and time.
Learning to become independent is an important component of kindergartners’ development. Please encourage your child to zip his or her jacket, get dressed, and keep track of his or her outdoor clothing. When time permits, you might continue to encourage your child to look at a book, write numbers, or practice letter sounds.
We will be reading about different holidays and customs around the world and talking about our own family traditions. If you do something special, please email me or send a note in with your child to share. We will also prepare a winter feast for the birds and make some thank you gifts for loved ones. It is an important time of year to reflect on the gifts we have and students will continue to be encouraged to think about what they can do for others in our families, school, community, and around the world. The Lower School takes part in gathering food for local families less fortunate than we, via The Giving Tree, which will be set up in the Stone Dining Hall. Children are encouraged to bring non-perishable foods in non-breakable containers (no glass, please!).
Most days we will spend some time outside unless it is truly inclement, so gloves or mittens, boots, hats (or hoods), and jackets need to be at school each day. If there is snow on the ground, boots and snow pants are a must; children without snow gear must stand on the pavement and will miss out on the fun! Students are welcome to keep a spare set of boots and / or snow pants at school for the duration to avoid toting gear back and forth. Students also need to have a separate pair of shoes to wear indoors. Please remember to label all items of clothing.
I look forward to seeing you at the Holiday Concert on December 18th. I hope you enjoy the excitement of the holidays and are able to spend time with loved ones. Please feel free to email or call me (x 309) if you have any questions or comments.
First Grade News
Throughout the month of December first graders will be studying geometry in math. We will be learning about solid shapes (cube, sphere, cone, rectangular prism, and cylinder) and plane shapes (triangle, rectangle, circle and square). We will find the line of symmetry in many shapes and the vertex and face of solid figures. A book that you and your child may enjoy reading together that will reinforce this concept is Shape Space by Cathryn Falwell.
During this season of celebrations, we will learn the meaning and traditions of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and other festivals of light throughout the world. Our Time for Kids magazine articles will focus on holiday sights and sounds around the world and on polar animals.
During a Monday morning Common Time the first grade will do a presentation on our core value cooperation. The children brainstormed what cooperation means and worked together to create a story about cooperation that they will share with the Lower School.
Our study of language arts is filled with activities. In phonics, the concepts of a base-word and suffix, and plural words will be introduced. Of course, we will be adding more “trick words” to our spelling vocabulary. Our center work will involve identifying and creating compound words, story retelling, graphing, picture writing using the who, what, where, when, and why prompts, and inserting upper case letters and appropriate punctuation in sentences. Creative writing and journal writing using Six Traits will concentrate on Ideas, Conventions, and Word Choice. Reading groups will continue to apply reading strategies with fictional and non-fictional texts to improve reading comprehension and fluency.
I hope all of you enjoy a relaxing and healthy winter break!
Second Grade News
Now that the Thanksgiving break has ended, the second graders are in for a busy time before the Winter break. Here are some happenings for the month of December.
In math, our class will begin Chapter 4-Mental Math: Addition and Subtraction. We will learn how to use models for tens and ones, mental math and estimation to add and subtract two-digit numbers. We will also learn how to add on to a number to make the nearest ten and even 100! We will be using our digi-blocks for this unit as well, using place value lessons that tie in nicely with this chapter.
In reading, the class will read the book Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown. Both reading groups will read this book during the month of December. After completing activities, the class will make their own "Stanleys" and mail them to relatives and friends around the country or world during their break! Stay tuned for more information!
After a month-long assignment of choosing and reading a chapter book, and completing a written summary of the book, the children presented their oral book reports and shared their wonderful projects with the class. We had a variety of creative ways to share a book! Many of the projects were board games, as well as beautiful dioramas, mobiles, puppets, or letters to the authors. All of these projects will be on display in the library for all to see.
In Language Arts, we are finishing Unit 2 in G.U.M. and will have an assessment on the parts of speech. In Fundations, we will be working on Unit 5-consonant suffixes: ness, less, ment, ful and vowel suffixes able, ish and en, as well as the spelling of /ic/ at the end of multisyllabic words.
This month in writing, besides writing to our Flat Stanley friends, we will focus on editing. We will learn the common editing marks, and will use them to edit both writing samples as well as our own work. We will continue with our publication on our monthly book, Winter Holidays, as well as journal writing.
In Social Studies, we will begin our study of multi-cultural winter holiday celebrations. Divali, Hannukkah, St. Lucia's Day, St, Nicholas Day, Christmas, Kwanzaa and other festivals of light from around the world will be discussed. Second graders will also be talking about their own family traditions in celebrations of the winter holidays. We will also be visiting our "Grandfriends" this month with a sing-a-long. They always look forward to having us come and bring cheer and smiles to all of them.
I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year as well!
Third Grade News
What a wonderful – and busy – November we had in third grade! While December also brings special events such as the holiday concerts and the anticipation of the winter break, we are using this shortened month to buckle down and get some genuine work done before our extended vacation.
In Math, we will finish up our multi-digit addition and subtraction work in Chapter 3 and begin talking about concepts in Chapter 4: Time, Data, and Graphs. This promises to be a fun unit into which we can tie in games and real-life enrichment opportunities to bring the topics to life. Please spend some time at home reviewing addition and subtraction facts, as their acquisition is greatly helpful in the math we do in class. We will begin multiplication facts after the winter break, so it would be useful to have the other facts under our belts before we move on.
In Reading, we will continue studying The Mouse and the Motorcycle and Because of Winn-Dixie. Each group will complete the unit with a culmination project specific to their book. In Fundations, we will review vowel-consonant-e syllables, the silent e spelling rule, -ve at the end of a word, and add to our growing list of homophones. In Writing, the students will continue to learn and perfect the EmPOWER steps to enhance the quality of their writing. We will also begin writing the highly anticipated Mayflower journals. Each child is writing from the perspective of an assigned character. They are covering their thoughts and feelings before the journey, on the ship, and after they land. Final drafts will be written on “authentic-looking” antiqued paper, and the books will be bound for presentation.
In G.U.M., we will work on Unit 4, which begins with subject and object pronouns. We have been impressed with how well the children have adapted to the Wordly Wise homework. Their activities from the Tic-Tac-Toe are well-done and such fun to read. When we return from the winter break, we will begin testing on our weekly words. More about that later!
In Social Studies, we will be completing our colonial Plimoth unit by studying the myth of the first Thanksgiving, as well as some of the key native figures of the time, including Massasoit and Squanto. From there, we move onto the other original colonies.
We are continually impressed with the level of engagement and thoughtfulness of our third graders. They are impressive leaders of the Marshall Building and a joy to work with every day. We wish you and your families much health and happiness for the remainder of this, and the upcoming, year!
Fourth Grade News
December brings much excitement with upcoming concerts, holidays, and special events. It is important to remember that, while we only have three more weeks of school before Winter Break, there is still important work to be done. We will strive to keep as much of a normal schedule as possible at school, and we encourage you to do the same at home.
Regarding math, at home, there should be a focus on the acquisition of multiplication and division facts, 0-12. Practice has begun at school, and a letter has been sent home outlining the expectations and providing suggestions for practice. With this important work being done outside of school, in class, we will be covering Chapters 4 (Time, Data, and Graphs) and 5, which introduces the concept of multiplying by one-digit numbers. This is new for most of the students, but with their multiplication facts under their belts, it is a concept that should be acquired without difficulty. Please refrain from front-loading this at home. We might teach a different method at school, and, respectfully, your help could end up being more confusing than beneficial.
In reading and social studies, we are well into our Revolutionary War unit. We will be reading from various nonfiction titles concerning the Revolution, as well as continuing with our historical fiction book groups. Each group is reading one of the following titles: Spy! byAnna Myers, The War Comes to Willy Freeman by James Collier, The Winter of the Red Snow by Kristiana Gregory, or The Arrow Over the Door by Joseph Bruchac. Each selection focuses on the war from a different point of view: loyalist, patriot, African American, or Native American. We will also be playing Mission US: For Crown of Colony, a web-based multimedia project featuring an interactive adventure game. The game puts the player in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a 14-year-old printer's apprentice in 1770 Boston. As Nat navigates the city and completes tasks, he encounters a spectrum of people living and working there when tensions mount before the Boston Massacre. Ultimately, the player determines Nat's fate by deciding where his loyalties lie. We will round out our study with various videos and hands-on projects.
In Language Arts, we will continue with our weekly Wordly Wise assignments. We will also complete our GUM unit on parts of speech. There will be a unit test before the break. Our spelling groups will continue focusing on spelling rules and patterns, and weekly spelling tests will continue as well. Class exercises and activities will support this work at school.
In writing, we will be focused on the organization trait. Each child will be assigned one of the stops on the Freedom Trail and will research it, taking notes using EmPOWER brainframes. We will also use EmPOWER to work on paragraph format and write brief essays on the history and significance of these important locations.
We will have a class holiday breakfast party before we head off to break. Thank you, in advance, for your contributions. In addition, we will be having a Book Swap as part of our celebration. There's nothing more exciting than a new book! We ask that each child bring in a new, wrapped, grade-appropriate book (ages 9-11) to contribute to the swap. Each child will choose a book and will be able to head off into break with an exciting new read. If this is a hardship for any family, please feel free to let me know, and I will be happy to confidentially provide you with a book.
As you know, the fourth graders spend much time traveling around campus. We can't avoid the white weather forever, so please plan ahead and make sure that your child has boots, snowpants, a warm winter coat, and gloves and hats that fit. The fourth and fifth graders have the opportunity to sled on the Crocker hill once there is appropriate snow cover as long as they are properly attired!
I wish each of you a wonderful season full of family, friends, and fun.
Fifth Grade News
December is here! Although it’s a short month, there’s a lot going on in the fifth grade, both academically and socially.
In language arts we will continue our Wordly Wise and G.U.M. studies and incorporate what we learn into our creative writing. We’ll also be improving the quality of our writing and reading comprehension skills as we move through Bridge to Terabithia. In mathematics we’ll be brushing up on our division facts and learning how to divide decimals and whole numbers with two digit divisors, while we continue to solidify our basic facts and problem solving skills. Finally, in history we will be finishing our exploration of Mesopotamia and heading east to the ancient lands of Egypt and Nubia.
We’re also looking forward to our upcoming Winter Concert. Rehearsals will soon be in full swing and our toes will be on full tap. We’ll perform once on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 18th and again on the morning of the 20th. You’ll be amazed at how great we sound!
It’s shaping up to be yet another busy and exciting Winter Season. Happy Holidays from the Brodeurians and the Mullinites!
Physical Education News
Jumping to the beat of music with a friend is fun and gets our heart in shape. We have jumped alone, and are now jumping in groups of three. The focus is on being a good turner, keeping to a rhythm, making sure the rope touches the ground, and that it goes high enough to go over the person jumping. More jumpers will be added to the middle while jumping and songs are sung to direct them to move in different ways.
The later half will be playing scooter games such as human relay, scooter Omni-kin, and scooter hockey.
Reminder to Play 60 each day!
La Classe de français, décembre 2013
Mme. Katy Niose
<<Vive le vent d’hiver !>> (Long live the winter wind!) ‘Tis the season of frosty snowmen, jolly winter sports, and joyful holidays. Kindergarten through fifth grade will be learning about these wonderful winter themes and meaningful holidays in French this month.
Kindergarten will learn the song <<Vive le vent>> (to the tune of “Jingle Bells”), and some new winter vocabulary, such as clothing and winter activities.
First grade will discuss winter weather vocabulary, learn about sports and clothing, while continuing to review and reinforce vocabulary they’ve learned previously. We will also be taking a “virtual trip” to Paris this month, via the Promethean Activboard.
Second grade will build upon weather vocabulary, while focusing on the five senses. They will learn new clothing words, discuss sports, and reinforce previous vocabulary. While they were introduced last month to the concept of gender nouns, and had practice differentiating in conversation, they will spend more time this month reinforcing gender words in their writing.
Third grade will be adding to their winter vocabulary, reviewing clothing and learning new sports vocabulary. They will learn to conjugate verbs, and continue to practice differentiating gender nouns and adjectives.
Fourth grade will discuss and write about the French Revolution. We will be working in our C’EST À TOI! textbooks, conjugating irregular verbs, as well as learning new winter vocabulary, playing games, and singing winter songs.
Fifth grade will continue to work with their Allons-y! magazines, as well as their FRENCH IS FUN textbooks. We will continue activities using possessive adjectives, family vocabulary, and irregular verbs. We will also learn some new winter songs, and play winter theme-related games on the Activboard.
On Friday, December 6, Papa Noël will pay his traditional “surprise” visit to Applewild Lower School, filling the children’s shoes with small trinkets, in honor of <<la fête du St. Nicolas>>. Ask your child whether Papa Noel visited his or her shoe.
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music and Drama Notes
Lower School Holiday:
Wednesday, December 18 2:30 p.m.
Snow Date for the Concert:
Thursday, December 19 2:30 p.m.
All School Holiday Concert:
Friday, December 20th 10:15 a.m.
It’s beginning to feel a lot like the holidays. As the winds blow cold and we all begin to look for snow, the Lower School is full of music as we get ready for the Holiday Concerts!
Please take a moment to read through the Holiday Concert information in this month’s Slice to make sure that your student is all set for concert attire, and you are aware of call times for their concerts. This time of year is so very busy it’s easy for things to slide!
Our Holiday Concerts are on WEDNESDAY, with a snow date on Thursday. This allows for a “just in case” date, as well as putting less stress on our young performers as they get ready for these exuberant performances.
All of the Lower School is busily practicing everything they need for their concert. Orff skills are being refined, memorizing is almost there, singing parts get stronger every day, and I am very proud of all the hard work your students do. I hope you enjoy every moment of our concert.
Holiday Concert Information
It is time for the Applewild Holiday Concerts! Below you will find an outline of times and attire for your student’s concerts.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18th at 2:30 p.m.
Performers include kindergarten through fifth grade students.
Students in grades one through five should wear classic black and white for this event, with dress shoes.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20th at 10:15 a.m. ALL-SCHOOL HOLIDAY CONCERT
Students should wear the same attire they wore for their Wednesday concert.
If there are any questions, please feel free to contact us here at Applewild. We are very proud of the students, and the work they have put into their concerts. We will see you at the concerts!
Fourth Recorder Ensemble & Fifth Grade Band
In the Fourth Grade Recorder Ensemble and the Fifth Grade Beginner Band, we have been focusing on the compositions for the Winter Concert. I have been showing students the correct approach to prepare for a concert. The Ensembles have been playing with more precise notes and rhythms. They have been playing the compositions with more musicality, by using different articulation and dynamics. The students are learning how to follow a conductor for clean beginnings and endings, and to help keep the tempos steady. Both ensembles are working on proper concert etiquette. The Fourth Grade Recorder Ensemble and the Fifth Grade Beginner Band and I are looking forward to a great Winter Concert.
I am looking forward to seeing the kindergarten later this week. We have cut the two main pieces for the ring toss game. We continue to sand the cut pieces to make them as smooth as possible. The students will be introduced to the drill press and will drill the ½’ center hole to place the dowel. We will be choosing colors to paint our game.
The first grade has started assembly of the wooden marionettes. It involves a good deal of small motor coordination tying knots! Our marionettes will be dancing their way home very soon! We are looking forward to choosing a second project.
The second grade ships would certainly be easy to spot were they truly on the water with their vibrant color schemes! It took teamwork and patience to place the decks with glue and to place those pesky nails that bend so easily! The second grade is ready to set sail!
The third grade has gotten lots of practice measuring and cutting the 22 dowels needed to hold the copper tubes on the glockenspiel. Additionally, they have cut pieces for the mallet arm and head. The students then sand each piece! We anticipate building the glockenspiel frame this month.
The fourth grade has stepped up to the challenge of cutting and much sanding in order to have the pieces of the pump lamp fit just right. We have started the basic assembly of the project. We will be reviewing basic electrical circuitry with an online demonstration and challenge game.
All of the classes are such a pleasure as they arrive at the classroom door eager and ready to get to work!
Our fifth graders are nearing completion of their step stools. The tops have been cut to size and hand holes have been laid out and removed with the aid of our drill press and scroll saws. In the coming weeks, the painting will begin. I am sure many of these wonderful step stools will be complete and ready to take home by Winter Break. Oh what it fun, it is in the wood shop, in the month of December, ho ho ho!
Lower School Art
We are very excited about “The Peace Project”! The city of Fitchburg, in the spirit of making the city more appealing for the holidays, has asked area groups to decorate some of the empty storefronts in the center of town. Applewild’s location is 699 Main Street, and our window is called, “The Peace Project”. Many of our students have created paintings, sculptures, and projects around the idea of making the world a more peaceful and welcoming place. Beginning on the second of the month, continuing throughout December, some of our projects will be downtown in our storefront, and some of them will be displayed in the Marshall foyer for our holiday concerts. We have had many heartfelt conversations about this topic, and the students have embraced the project and created some lovely work.
We plan to spend the rest of our short month finishing ongoing projects in the areas of sculpture, portraits, seascapes, and design. As usual, we are busy and productive artists!
Happy December! Winter is a wonderful time in the library, filled with cozy stories. In keeping with a December theme, we’ll be plunging headfirst into winter festivals and landscapes this month!
In kindergarten, we’ll begin to use books to spark discussions of character, plot, and setting. If you read aloud at home, you can practice these, too: stop every few pages and ask your kindergartener what’s already happened, and what they think might happen next. This is a great way to get them familiar with how narrative structure and storytelling work. One of the books we’ll be reading is a perpetual favorite, Snow Music by Lynne Rae Perkins, an interactive book that highlights the sounds of a winter’s day.
In first grade, we’ll continue our study of Kevin Henkes for just a little bit longer. His story Chrysanthemum is about a little mouse who learns to love her long name. We will use this story to talk about story elements, like main character and setting. From there, we’ll move on from mice to bears, as we read the wonderful Jan Brett’s The Three Snow Bears. This story will also tie into their study of polar habitats, as will Kumak’s House by Michael Bania.
I’ll be working with the second graders to put together a Little Bird Tales presentation on winter holidays in other countries. We’ll also read some stories about how other cultures celebrate during the long winter months, including The Shortest Day by Wendy Pfeffer, about the winter solstice, and The Chanukkah Guest by Eric Kimmel..
For the third graders, we’re going to be trying a guided inquiry activity based around the question, How are winter holiday traditions around the world similar to my holiday traditions? Students will be given access to books and websites all about winter holidays around the world. Each student will be given the opportunity to explore one or two sources, and try to find parallels with their own family’s holiday celebrations. We’ll then share our findings with each other.
The fourth grade will enjoy some fun scavenger hunts and shelving races. We will also try to have another book tasting, where students get to sample the first few pages of books they might not normally pick up. Our last few tastings have resulted in lots of checked out books, so I hope we have many more!
For this month’s book report, the fifth graders will be reading science fiction or fantasy books. I’ll be giving a book talk and helping students decide on a great book to read. There are some really fun books in this genre for the middle grade age group, and you can find a list of some of my favorites on the Applewild library website.
First and Second Grade Science
First graders completed their study of Air and Weather and have now begun a study on Nutrition. We are discussing the elements that our bodies need to grow strong and well, and how we can fuel up our bodies with good, balanced nutrition. I hope you hear all about grains, fruits and vegetables, dairy, and protein when you sit down at the dinner table!
We are wrapping up our study of Insects in second grade, with a culminating project. Each student will make up an insect, using their imaginations, materials at home, and the knowledge that they have gained in our study. Second graders are very excited about this project and I look forward to seeing a variety of unique insects inhabiting the science room, all with correct characteristics of insects!
Third, Fourth, Fifth Grade Science
Third grade students boarded the Magic School Bus for an exciting ride through the Human Body. In this video, Ralphie and the kids use spare parts at an auto body shop to build a Ralphiebot. But the robot does not move! By trial and error, the kids learn that everything “hinges” on understanding how their bodies move. They use parts that are like bones, joints, and muscles to get the Ralphiebot working. After comparing human skeletal joints to analogous mechanical structures, students will apply this knowledge to building their own operational models that demonstrate how ligaments attach bone to bone and how muscles move. We will wrap up the Human Body module by examining owl pellets. Students will remove rodent bones and compare them to the structure of human bones.
Fourth graders have learned that water is amazing because it can exist in all three states here on Earth. Water on the surface of Earth is constantly changing between these three states in a never-ending process called the Water Cycle, or hydrologic cycle. Through several online resources and rap songs, students will explore and learn about the processes that make up the Water Cycle. With the Enchanted Learning’s reader’s theater script “Water Cycle Adventure,” students act out the journey water takes as it circulates from land to sky and back again. Each student will complete a detailed and labeled diagram of the water cycle. We will complete this module by discussing and learning about water conservation and ways of recycling wastewater.
Fifth grade students will apply knowledge gained in the Heating Earth Materials and Solar Water Heaters Investigations to making solar cookers. They will become “Engineers Without Borders,” as we examine and discuss the problems developing countries face. In these countries, many people spend as much money on fuel to cook their food as they spend on buying food. Others spend more than 40 hours per week gathering scarce firewood. Cooking fires contribute to deforestation, pollution and the greenhouse effect. Many developing countries are Sun rich and fuel poor. Low-cost solar cookers can provide a simple solution. Working in collaborative groups, student research, design and develop super-clean and super-simple solar cookers so that developing nations can replace environmentally devastating traditional cooking methods that rely on firewood and charcoal. We will also discuss the value of and alternate uses of solar cookers: water pasteurization, sanitizing utensils, and disinfecting dry medical supplies.
Happy Holidays to all!
Important Dates to Remember:
Wednesday, Dec. 4: Second graders go to Highlands.
Friday, Dec. 6: Papa Noel leaves small trinkets in students' shoes!
Thursday, Dec. 12: Fourth Grade Recorder Ensemble rehearsal; fourth graders should bring their recorders.
Friday, Dec. 13: All-School Common Time for the Laverack Family Alumni Award.
Monday, Dec. 16: Fifth Grade Band rehearsal; fifth graders should bring their instruments.
Tuesday, Dec. 17: More rehearsals: both fourth and fifth graders should bring their instruments.
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2:30: Lower School Concert in the Alumni Theater. Families and friends invited! Concert Dress required. Coffee will be on before the Concert.
Please join Tally Lent for coffee at 1:45 in the Multi-Purpose Room for a cup of coffee and informal conversation before you enjoy the Winter Concert.
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2:30: Snow date for the Lower School Concert.
Friday, December 20:
10:00ARC Buddies come to the All-School Concert.
10:15: All-School Winter Concert. Concert Dress required.
12:00: All School dismissal; no Extended Day. If you are in need of childcare for this afternoon, please call Sandi Thompson at our CDCA, 9978-342-6053 ext. 405. Buses will run at noon only today. If your child is in grades K through three and normally takes the bus home on Monday through Thursdays, we will assume that she or he will ride the bus on this Friday at noon. If that is not the case, please send in a note or email to let us know.
Monday, Dec. 23 – Jan. 5: Winter Break
Friday, Jan. 10: Ski Program begins
Happy Holidays and a
Peaceful New Year!
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