Week of May 22-26

Week of May 22-26

Curricular highlights for the week of May 22-26 are listed below:

This is the final blog post for this school year. We hope this format of information-sharing has proved beneficial to you, and we welcome any suggestions/feedback about the blog that you might care to share in the comment section below.

*There will be no written homework for the rest of the year. Please have your child continue to read every night and do IXL, Dreambox, Lexia, Typing Agent, etc. 

Phonics:

  • Spelling sight words correctly
  • Spelling words with tricky vowel patterns
  • Reviewing short and long vowels

Math:

Math lessons this week will focus on:

  • Fractions
  • Review of concepts students have learned throughout the year

Reader’s Workshop:

  • Reading and writing poems
  • Shape poems, rhyming, onomatopoeia, lines, stanzas

Writer’s Workshop:

  • Fiction writers use chapters and include a beginning, middle, and end
  • Patterns help writers elaborate

Science:

Students have really enjoyed our ongoing balance and motion unit. We will be finishing up with the unit this week.

1st Grade Physical Education Blog Post:

1st graders have been participating in a wide variety of activities this quarter in physical education.  This was their first experience in the swimming pool here at Ravenscroft and they thoroughly enjoyed it.  They were introduced to the locker room, pool, and participated in lessons that focused on water safety, blowing bubbles underwater, and swimming a length of the pool.  Cooperative games have been introduced to them as well, and they have also been working on their jump roping skills. Lastly, they rotated through a skills review unit and worked on activities and skills that were covered throughout the year.  We are so proud of our 1st graders this year and we hope they have a great summer vacation!  See you next year in 2nd grade PE.

Summer Camps for Rising 2nd Graders-if you are still looking for exciting camps for your rising 2nd grade student below are a few camps that our physical education teachers will be hosting this summer:

Learn to Ride a Bike on Two Wheels–  June 19th-23rd, June 26th-30th, and July 24th-28th

Baseball Skills CampJune 12th-16th

Ravens Summer Swim Lessons (see link for dates and times)-June and July dates available

Calendar Updates:

May 25th– Field Day 9:00-11:00

May 26th– Read In– Lower School Gym 8:15-9:00 (feel free to send a blanket for your child to sit on and books to read from home)

May 29th– Holiday

May 31st– Moving Up Day 8:15-9:15

May 31st-Ice Cream Party (please send a lunch from home with your child)

June 1st– Last day of school; Half Day

June 1st-Tree Talk 10:45-11:15

Summer journals and reading logs will be coming home in Tuesday folders. They need to be returned to second grade teachers on the first day of school. 

We enjoyed our trip to North Regional Library. The book your child checked out is due by May 26th. Thank you for your efforts to ensure the book is returned on time! Please either return the book to a Wake County Public Library or return to school and we will make sure it gets back to the library. 

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Week of May 15th-19th

Curricular highlights for the week of May 15th-19th are listed below:

This is the final blogpost for this school year. We hope this format of information-sharing has proved beneficial to you, and we welcome any suggestions/feedback about the blog that you might care to share in the comment section below.

Phonics:

  • Spelling sight words correctly
  • Spelling words with tricky vowel patterns
  • Reviewing short and long vowels

Math:

Math lessons this week will focus on:

  • Strategies for  fluency with subtraction
    • subtracting 1, 2, and 0
    • subtracting neighbors (9-8)
    • double parts (12-6, 6-3)
    • parts of 10 (10-3, 10-8)

Reader’s Workshop:

  • Deepening our comprehension to recall important story elements
  • Paying attention to a character’s feelings to learn even more
  • Asking big questions about characters to come up with even bigger ideas

Writer’s Workshop:

  • Studying how author’s tuck details into stories
  • Writer’s fix up capital letters and punctuation
  • Adding more details to bring our stories to life
  • Sequencing our stories to have a clear beginning, middle, and end

Science:

Students have really enjoyed our ongoing balance and motion unit. This week will be making zoomers. Our discussion will be centered around different ways to initiate rotational motion, and how zoomers are put into motion by pulling on the string. We will also learn that the motion of an object can be changed by pushing or pulling. The children will be able to investigate how a zoomer can speed up by pulling on the string with more force.

Strings Concert Information:

Students taking lessons on a strings instrument will perform a concert at lunchtime in the Holding Garden. All 1st grade students will attend this concert. Students must bring a lunch from home on this day. We will eat a picnic lunch in the garden after we listen to and enjoy the concert music. Students should also bring a towel or blanket to sit on for the concert and their picnic lunch.

 

Calendar Updates:

Monday, May 15  Community Day (12:00-3:00) All students bring a lunch from home

Tuesday, May 16 Grade 1 Garden Strings Concert (11:30-12:00, Holding Garden)

Tuesday, May 16  Transition Meeting for Rising 2nd Grade Parents (2:00-3:00, Winston Library)

May 25th– Field Day

May 26th– Read In– Lower School Gym 8:15-9:00

May 29th– Holiday

May 31st– Moving Up Day 8:15-9:15

June 1st– Last day of school; Half Day

 

We enjoyed our trip to North Regional Library. The book your child checked out is due by May 26th. Thank you for your efforts to ensure the book is returned on time!

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Week of May 8-12

Curricular highlights for the week of May 8th-12th are listed below:

Phonics:

  • Sight words spelling practice
  • Noticing spelling patterns and making connections to other words

Reader’s Workshop:

This week we will focus on fairy tales. Our mini-lessons this week will be:

  • Noticing the characteristics of a fairy  tale
  • Making comparisons of different versions of fairy tales
  • Retelling fairy tales using “Stop and Jot”
  • Reading the way the characters

 

Writer’s Workshop:

  • Introducing your character in book one of a series
  • Writers fix up their writing as they go including capitals
  • Writers stretch themselves by adding a lot of sentences to their fiction books
  • Serious writers investigate what makes realistic fiction realistic

Math:

Math lessons this week will review the following addition fact strategies:

  • Collecting data
  • Organizing data into a bar graph
  • Answering questions based on the information given in a graph
  • Noticing different types of graphs (pictograph, bar graph, pie graph, etc.)

Science: We will continue our unit on balance and motion next week. Students will have the opportunity to make spinners and explore the force of motion.

Calendar Updates:

May 9th- Return all library field trip permission forms and library card applications

May 12th- Walking Field Trip to North Regional Library 12:00- 2:00 Children will be allowed to check out one book. We are asking parents to return the library books. Therefore, if you do not want your child to check out a library book, please let us know. If your child already has a library card, please send it in with him/her the day of the field trip. If you filled out an application for your child to get a library card, he/she will receive it at the library.

Tuesday, May 16th– 1st Grade Garden Strings Concert

  • Students taking lessons on a strings instrument will perform a concert at lunchtime in the Holding Garden. All 1st grade students will attend this concert. Students must bring a lunch from home on this day. We will eat a picnic lunch in the garden after we listen to and enjoy the concert music. Students should also bring a towel or blanket to sit on for the concert and their picnic lunch.

May 29th- Holiday

Swimming update:

Mrs. Crist class is swimming May 1- May 11.

Science Update:

First grade science lab classes have been building with LEGOs this past week.  They build a balance beam and then a model of an old fashioned grabber like store owners would use to reach for something on a high shelf.  Two connected movable X shapes formed extendable levers with grippers at their end.  This week we’ve been making LEGO ramp racers.  Kids have been challenged to work in a team, sometimes the most difficult part of a project!

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Week of May 1st-May 5th

Curricular highlights for the week of May 1-5 are listed below:

Phonics:

  • Hearing and recording short and long vowel patterns
  • Spelling sight words correctly
  • Learning new vocabulary through “shades of meaning” (shout, mumble, whisper, etc.)

Math:

Math lessons this week will focus on:

  • Measuring with nonstandard units
  • Measuring with inches and centimeters
  • Estimating
  • Comparing Measurements

Reader’s Workshop:

Our mini-lessons for this week focus on:

  • Readers group books by the lessons they teach
  • Readers share their opinions about books
  • Readers rehearse what they say

Writer’s Workshop:

We are moving into a new genre this week and will be writing realistic fiction stories.

Our mini-lessons for this week focus on:

  • Writers learn how to get their characters out of trouble
  • Serious writers get serious about spelling
  • Serious Writers always have a lot to write about

Reminders and Upcoming Events:

  • Ms. Crist’s class will swim from May 1st – May 11th
A note from our PE teachers :
There has been so much excitement for the 1st graders during 4th quarter PE.  Students have enjoyed working on a variety of skills during the swim unit.  They are also participating with their classmates during the cooperative games and jump rope activities and have enjoyed leading with others during a variety of group activities.  In the skills review unit they are revisiting skills from prior units.
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Week of April 24th-28th

Curricular highlights for the week of April 24-28 are listed below:

Phonics:

  • Spelling sight words correctly
  • Learning new vocabulary through “shades of meaning” (happy, delighted, tickled, etc.)
  • hearing and recording short and long vowel patterns

Math:

Math lessons this week will focus on:

  • Measuring with nonstandard units
  • Measuring with inches and centimeters

Reader’s Workshop:

Our mini-lessons for this week focus on:

  • Readers discover lessons that familiar stories teach

Writer’s Workshop:

We are moving into a new genre this week and will be writing realistic fiction stories.

Our mini-lessons for this week focus on:

  • Serious fiction writers do some serious pretending
  • Getting started all by yourself
  • Stopping and starting as a fiction writer
  • Developing a “can do” attitude when writing

Reminders and Upcoming Events:

  • Mrs. Bever’s Class will continue with swimming through April 28th.
  • Ms. Crist’s class will swim from May 1st – May 11th

A Note from Mrs. Hobbs:

Please take time to read the latest post on Hobbs’ Highlights that provides a summary of our recent Identity Day and includes a very special video: Identity Day 2017.
We are also excited to announce our next Lower School Community Conversation: 
Nurturing a Positive Sense of Self and Fostering Strong Relationships With Peers
Thursday April 27, 2017
8:15- 9:30 AM
Winston Library, Ravenscroft School
A Note from our PE Coaches:
There has been so much excitement for the 1st graders during 4th quarter pe.  Students have enjoyed working on a variety of skills during the swim unit.  They are also participating with their classmates during the cooperative games and jump rope activities and have enjoyed leading with others during a variety of group activities.  In the skills review unit they are revisiting skills from prior units.
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Week of April 3-7

Due to the 4 day week and our Welcome to the Jungle Musical, there will be no homework/word sorts this week. This is a great time for children to engage in IXL, Dreambox, Lexia, or other programs listed on the student resource page. Here is the link below.

http://www2.ravenscroft.org/lowerschool/

 

Curricular highlights for the week of April 3-7  1st are listed below:

Phonics:

  • Adding “ed” and “ing” to action words
  • Determining when to use ar, ir, ur, and er
  • Reviewing word family patterns

Math:

Math lessons this week include:

  • Identifying even/odd numbers
Reader’s Workshop:

Our mini-lessons for this week include:

  • Readers reread to notice pages that go together
  • Learning about main character
  • Reading to learn more about characters

Writer’s Workshop:

Our mini-lessons for this week include:

  • Introducing How-to books
  • Brainstorming How-to ideas
  • Checking for clarity

Science:

We start new Science Exploration Unit for this quarter- Balance and Motion.  We will be observing and comparing how objects balance, spin, and roll.

  • April 4th Welcome to the Jungle Musical (8:30 am performance for the school and 6:30 pm  performance in Jones Theater)
    • First graders do not need to bring in lunch on Tuesday, because we will be having our Welcome to the Jungle luncheon.
  • Saturday, April 1st– Report cards will go live on your Parent Portal
    Wednesday, April 5th– Parent Conference Day, No school for students
    Child care will be provided for students in grades PK-2nd. Students in 3rd-5th grade may sit in the center outside the classroom and read. Child care will be in the Maker Space. Please drop your child off at this location before attending your child’s conference.
  • Friday, April 7th– Easter/Passover Chapel
    Please be sure that students are dressed in appropriate, nice dress attire.
  • April 10-14th – Spring Break

 

Swim Rotations for 1st Grade

  • Ms. Brown’s class will swim from March 27th – April 7th
  • Mrs. Bever’s class will swim from April 17th – April 28th
  • Mrs. Crist’s class will swim from May 1st – May 11th

 

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Week of March 27th-March 31st

Curricular highlights for the week of March 27th-31st are listed below:

Phonics:

We will be learning about vowel patterns in words

Math:

Math lessons for this week include:

  • Adding three numbers together (1+4+6=11)
  • Continuing with Story Problems

Reader’s Workshop:

Reading lessons for this week include:

  • Readers Preview Stories to get ready for reading adventures 
  • Readers Use the Story Line to Predict 
  • Readers Retell to Retain the Story
  • Readers Revisit Books to Notice More

Writer’s Workshop:

We will be finishing our writing reviews unit. We will begin learning about How To Writing.

Science:

We will be completing a STEM investigation by making blueberry muffins on solids and liquids.  The lesson will focus on the following concepts:

  • Some solids change when mixed with water, others do not
  • Some solids dissolve in water
  • Water can be separated from a mixture through evaporation

Reminders:

Please send in items needed for musical (black pants, black socks, and black shoes).

  • March 30th– 1st grade rehearsals (8:15-9:15)
  • March 31st
    • Identity Day/Mix It Up Lunch
    • 1st grade rehearsals (8:15-9:15)
    • Tree Talk (9:30-10:15, LS Gym)
  • April 5th – Parent Conferences
  • April 10-14th – Spring Break
Note in the Pocket Coin Challenge
Dates:  March 16th-28th
Lower school students will be collecting coins and bills for the 2nd annual Ravenscroft Coin Challenge benefiting Note in the Pocket, a local charity that provides clothing to impoverished and homeless children in Wake County.
Last year our Lower School efforts raised over 4,000.00 for Note in the Pocket.  Students can bring in any change and bills and donate to their grade’s money jug located in the front hall or in their class center.  Totals for each grade will be announced on the last day and the winning grade will get a dress down day!!
Thank you for helping us change the world one coin at a time.
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Week of March 20-24

Curricular highlights for the week of March 20-24th are listed below:

Phonics:

  • Reviewing “No Excuse” sight words to wrap up the 3rd quarter and prepare for 2nd grade

Math:

Math lessons for this week include:

Review Week!

  • Revisiting time and money
  • Reviewing strategies to solve double digit addition and subtraction equations
  • Solving Word Problems- reviewing the steps to solving word problems effectively
  • Solving Word Problems-learning how to explain the process in how the problem was solved

Reader’s Workshop:

Reading lessons for this week include:

  • Diving into an author’s study using a variety of books by Robert Munsch, Tomie DePaola, and Roald Dahl
  • Looking at an author’s purpose, theme, and mood, and style of their books
  • Comparing different books written by the same author

Writer’s Workshop:

Writing lessons for this week include:

Writing Reviews

  • Editing the ending to a persuasive writing
  • Revisiting the supporting details to make them stronger
  • Adding supporting details to our persuasive writing

Science:

We will be completing a STEM investigation by making blueberry muffins on solids and liquids.  The lesson will focus on the following concepts:

  • Some solids change when mixed with water, others do not
  • Some solids dissolve in water
  • Water can be separated from a mixture through evaporation

Reminders:

  • March 23rd – Word Study Check
  • March 24th – Teacher Workday/End of 3rd Quarter (no school for students)
  • March 30-31st – 1st grade Rehearsals
  • March 31st – Mix It Up Lunch
  • April 5th – Parent Conferences
  • April 10-14th – Spring Break
Note in the Pocket Coin Challenge
Dates:  March 16th-28th
Lower school students will be collecting coins and bills for the 2nd annual Ravenscroft Coin Challenge benefiting Note in the Pocket, a local charity that provides clothing to impoverished and homeless children in Wake County.
Last year our Lower School efforts raised over 4,000.00 for Note in the Pocket.  Students can bring in any change and bills and donate to their grade’s money jug located in the front hall or in their class center.  Totals for each grade will be announced on the last day and the winning grade will get a dress down day!!
Thank you for helping us change the world one coin at a time.
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Week of March 13-17

The first grade teachers are so proud of our class animal books! The children did a fabulous job. We will be donating a book from each classroom to local preschools in Raleigh. Way to go first graders!

Curriculum Highlights for the week of March 13-17

Phonics:

  • Reviewing and extending our knowledge of contractions using is, will, are and not
  • Recognizing short and long vowel sounds
  • Continuing to practice our spelling sorts and noticing vowel patterns

Math:

Math lessons for this week include:

  • Strategies to subtract 2 digit numbers
  • Solving Word Problems- reviewing the steps to solving word problems effectively
  • Solving Word Problems-learning how to explain the process in how the problem was solved
  • Reviewing key vocabulary to assist in verbal and written explanations for solving word problems

Reader’s Workshop:

Reading lessons for this week include:

  • Listening to different folktales from around the world
  • Noticing similarities and differences among folktales
  • Extending our vocabulary by learning new words and gathering meaning from folktales

Writer’s Workshop:

Writing lessons for this week include:

Writing Persuasive Reviews

  • Using the right “tone” in our persuasive writing
  • Making comparisons in our writing
  • Including suggestions and warnings
  • Adding supporting details to our persuasive writing

Science:

We will be completing a STEM challenge by making blueberry muffins. We will determine what ingredients are solids, liquids, and gases and notice how they change.

  • Some solids change when mixed with water, others do not
  • Some solids dissolve in water

Reminders:

  • March 24th – Teacher Workday/End of 3rd Quarter (no school for students)
  • April 5th – Parent Conferences
  • April 10-14th – Spring Break

Friday, March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day! Please email your child’s teacher if you would like to send in a green snack for the class that day.

Book Shopping

The children have learned how to choose “good fit” books from the library independently. Each child has been assigned a day that he/she can book shop. We are increasing their independence and encouraging them to be accountable!

Student Council is running a book drive for new and used books until March 23! Student Council will be donating the books to the Wake Reading Association, and they will be distrusting them to hospitals in Raleigh. So please help us by sending in gently used or new books.

Would you like to win $500 for Ravenscroft?

If the answer is yes, then Girls on the Run can help! This year, each participant that registers for the Girls on the Run Spring 5k on April 29th will be able to select a Girls on the Run team to support, and the team with the most participants in the 5k wins $500 for their location! It’s that easy! Community members, parents, runners, walkers–anyone that registers for the 5k can choose a team and if our team has the most participants, we win $500! Here’s the link to register for the 5k:

 

https://www.raceplanner.com/register/index/Z0KFQE3IT2RLJHY

Come join our Lower School girls and celebrate their accomplishments. Run with us and spread the joy in being healthy and positive physically and mentally.

With GOTR Spirit,

Coach Schulze, Coach Zinn, Coach K and Ravenscroft Girls on the Run!

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Week of March 6th-March 10th

Curricular highlights for the week of  March 6th-March 12th are listed below:

Phonics:

This week’s phonics lessons include:

  • Review Adjectives
  • Learning about Word Structure: r with a vowel
 Math:
Our math lessons for the week include:
  • Continue with double-digit addition strategies (using a drawing, using place value, using an open number line)
  • Introduce double-digit subtraction

Reader’s Workshop:

Our reading lessons for the week include:

  • Reader’s investigate ways to make their reading sound great (fluency)
  • Punctuation makes your reading sound right
  • Partners work together to make their reading sound very best

Writer’s Workshop:

Our reading lessons for the week include:

  • Learning that writers don’t always share the same opinion
  • When people disagree, this leads writers to back up their opinions with reasons
  • Learning that one way to be more convincing is to ask others who share your opinion to help bolster the argument.
  • Writing reviews to persuade others

Science:

We will continue to focus on identifying liquids by noticing their properties: opaque, transparent, translucent, viscous, bubbly, foamy and color. We will explore liquids and how they have a definite volume and take the shape of a container. The children will be encouraged to ask questions related to their investigations and observations of liquids.

Important Reminders:

  • Thursday, March 9 (Day 4)-Tree Talk (9:15-10:00, LS Gym)

A note from Mrs. Hobbs:

Since 2010, the Upper School students have hosted an event on behalf of St. Baldrick’s Foundation to raise awareness for childhood cancer. Participants in St. Baldrick’s events show solidarity with children fighting cancer by shaving their heads. Leading up to the events, shavees collect donations from family and friends to support the foundation. This will be the 7th year for the Ravenscroft Team, which has helped raise over $350,000 for childhood cancer. Anyone can sign up to shave their head or raise money—no matter how young. Girls who do not feel comfortable shaving their head can instead donate 8 inches of their hair through Pantene Beautiful Lengths, a program that makes wigs for cancer patients. If you would like to read more about this worthy cause, simply visit https://www.stbaldricks.org/why-we-exist for more information.

General Event Information:

  • The event is on Saturday, March 11th at Saints and Scholars (909 Spring Forest Rd, Raleigh), less than five minutes away from school.
  • This is a student led, Ravenscroft-centered event (very kid-friendly), though the public is invited.
  • Over 40 Ravenscroft students and faculty have already signed up to shave, cut, or volunteer this year.
  • Women who decide to cut their hair will donate it at the event through Pantene Beautiful Lengths. The hair donated must be at least 8 inches long and cannot be dyed.
  • The shaving begins at 1:00 PM and runs into the early evening. Participants will be receiving more exact “shave times” as a final tally of participants emerges. We are willing to work around conflicts if you simply contact us.

How to Get Involved

If you or your child would like to shave or fundraise, simply:

  • go to https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/saints
  • Click “Join Us”
  • Click “I need to create a new account” to create your profile for the event.
  • Set up your profile. It should prompt you whether you want to join as a shavee, barber, or volunteer. Click shavee if you want to sign up your child to shave/cut their hair, or volunteer if you just want to fundraise.
  • Under the Team section, click “Join Pre-existing Team” and select “Ravenscroft School”
  • Congrats, you are now signed up! From your participation page, you can now view information on the event and make donations via credit card. The St. Baldrick’s website provides a myriad of information about the fundraising process in the “Resource Lounge” that you and your child can read through together.

If you or your child doesn’t feel comfortable shaving or fundraising but still want to support St. Baldrick’s and the rest of the school’s efforts, we would love for you all to show up for the event. It is always lots of fun watching fellow students brave the shave!

If you have any more questions, feel free to email us:

cvandeberg@ravenscroft.org

myoungbar2018@ravenscroft.org

Thank you and I hope we can make this year the best yet in our quest to cure childhood cancer!

Caroline Vande Berg, St. Baldrick’s Volunteer Event Organizer

Matthew Youngbar, St. Baldrick’s Lower School Representative

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