May 22, 2017

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Dear Families,

SUMMER is almost here! This last week, we will be reviewing and assessing progress made in Kindergarten! This will be our last blog post of the school year. We hope you all have a wonderful summer! It has been a fabulous year!

Thank you,

Kindergarten Team

Reminders/Important Dates:

*********ALL TIME CAPSULE ITEMS DUE BEFORE WEDNESDAY! **********

May 22nd- Ausbon Violin Showcase 8-9

May 23rd- Brown Violin Showcase 8-9

May 24th- Lewis Violin Showcase 8-9

May 25thField Day!

Please wear comfortable and light clothing.

Lewis- TEAM  GOLD

Brown  – TEAM GREEN

AUSBON – TEAM GREEN

May 26th – Lower School Read In – Please have students bring a towel or small blanket to sit on. We will read books from our classroom with the entire Lower School in the gym during this time.

May 29th- Memorial Day – No School

June 1st –  Early Dismissal 11:45 AM – Last day of school

A Note From P.E:

What fun Kindergarten had during the final weeks of physical education.  As the year comes to an end there is so much excitement as they prepare to participate in their first Field Day on May 25th with the rest of the lower school Ravens.  They have continued to get stronger and more proficient at performing all their locomotor skills and are more confident when moving in the gym. Recently, they participated in several new games including:  Golden Retrievers, Seashell Collectors, Superman Tag, and several non-elimination activities. Kindergarten students will continue to experience a variety of fun group game activities as we bring the year to an end. We have had so much fun this year in Kindergarten, and are looking forward to seeing everyone next year in 1st Grade!

 

Summer Camps for Rising 1st Graders-if you are still looking for exciting camps for your rising 1st 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

 

Little TykesJuly 24th-28th

 

Baseball Skills CampJune 12th-16th

 

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

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May 12, 2017

Reminders/Important Dates:

 

May 15th – First Grade Transition meeting 8-9 AM

– Community Day for Students – The day will involve an onsite community service project, outdoor team building and a fun scavenger hunt.  Dress down (green and gold)

May 15th – Ausbon’s Violin Showcase  9-10 AM

May 17th – Brown’s Violin Showcase 8- 9 AM

May 19th- Field trip to Durham Museum of Life and Science. Parents welcome and encouraged to attend this field trip!

May 25th – Field Day! Please Wear comfortable and light clothing.

May 26th – Lower School Read In – Please have students bring a towel or small blanket to sit on. We will read books from our classroom with the entire Lower School in the gym during this time.

June 1st –  Early Dismissal 11:45 AM – Last day of school

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Reminder: We are in still in need of empty and clean two liter bottles with lids for the time capsule project! It is best if the surface is smooth and not indented.  Please send in one (or two if you have extra to share) to school with your child. Thank you!

Also, If you have not, please start saving items for your child’s time capsule! Ideas: photos, writing, artwork and other small items that will be memorable and can fit in the bottle. 

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April 28, 2017

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Reminders/Important Dates:

*Reminder: We are a nut free Kindergarten Building. Please keep this in mind when packing your child’s lunch and snack. 

May 1st – May 5th  – Teacher Appreciation Week

May 11th – Lewis’ Violin Showcase  8- 9 AM

May 15th – First Grade Transition meeting 8-9 AM

May 15h – Ausbon’s Violin Showcase  9-10 AM  *  Time CHANGE

May 17th – Brown’s Violin Showcase 8- 9 AM

May 12th – Mother’s Day Celebration 8-9 AM in the dining hall.  More information to come!

May 19th- Field trip to Durham Museum of Life and Science. Parents welcome and encouraged to attend this field trip! Mark your calendars, more info to come!

May 25th – Field Day! Please Wear comfortable and light clothing.

 Reminder: We are in still in need of empty and clean two liter bottles with lids for the time capsule project! It is best if the surface is smooth and not indented.  Please send in one (or two if you have extra to share) to school with your child. Thank you!

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During Reading Workshop, we will continue to explore our  unit titled “Becoming Avid Readers.” We are having a wonderful time celebrating the work that the students have done all year! It is so exciting to see just how much they have grown and accomplished.

  • I can role play characters to foster empathy.
  • I can record my thinking about books in writing.
  • I can choose just the right words to describe the characters’ feelings. (ex: excited or proud versus just saying”happy”)

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In addition, we are so excited to begin working on our Reader’s Theater Scripts!  In a Readers’ Theater activity, students read stories that have been scripted like a play, and they act out the story together. Students may practice their parts several times before acting the story out in front of the class, which gets them thinking about their characters and the plot in a focused way. Rather than using elaborate props, costumes, or scenery, students can be encouraged to use vocal, facial, and physical expression to engage with the script and their character.

Readers Theater helps to….

  • develop fluency through repeated exposure to text.
  • increase comprehension.
  • integrate reading, writing, speaking, listening in an authentic context.
  • engage students.
  • increase reading motivation.
  • create confidence and improve the self-image of students.
  • provide a real purpose for reading.
  • provide opportunities for cooperative learning.
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During Word Work, students will work on recognizing spelling patterns in the words they read through completing word sorts. Sorts used will be determined by the classroom teacher, based on the needs of the students.

Please add the following words to your list and review with your child. Students will continue to practice Word Wall Words.  New words for next week:  out, or, come

 Review: I , me, we,  see, the,  is,  my, red, to, go, yellow, can, blue, orange, black, like, you, brown, have, pink, an, at, do, up, am, and, he, said, how, no, now, first, last, next, then, be, so, day, put, for, of, play, as, on, all, by, ball, eat, say, are, boy, girl, has, his, her, look, out, or, come

Image result for writing workshopDuring Writing Workshop, we have been working on books to share at our Mother’s Day Celebration. We will continue our new writing unit titled, “Persuasive Writing of All Kinds.”  Below are the learning targets for this week:

  • I can explain what it means to have an opinion.
  • I can write about my opinion and share reasons to support it.
  • I can write to make the world a better place.  (see a problem, think, write)

In Handwriting, we will continue to focus on correct and neat formations of the lowercase letters.

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In Math, we will begin another mini- unit on operations and algebraic thinking. We will explore addition and subtraction.

  • Work to find the unknown addend to complete an addition number sentence.
  • Determine unknown addend to complete a subtraction number sentence.
  • Fluently add and subtract within 5.

Enrichment Opportunity: 

  • Solve problems involving multiple addends.
  • Solve problems with sums to 15.

This last quarter, we will also really focus on the process of problem solving and sharing our mathematical thinking with others. The chart below illustrates the 8 Mathematical Practices, which will guide us in our math work!

Image result for painted lady butterfly lifecycleIn Science, we are exploring the life-cycles of living things. Our Painted Lady Butterflies are now here in the form of caterpillars! Students are having a great time making observations and recording what they observe in a science journal. (I observed… I notice… I wonder…)

 

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We have been having a lot of fun with our feet in the start of Quarter 4. Kicking has been the focus for our Kindergarten students, utilizing the inside of the foot to sweep a ball towards a target. In addition to targets, we have been kicking to a partner, and learning to stop the ball with our feet before kicking it back to our partner. To continue skill practice, we have played a variety of games such as Sweep Your Room and Bowling Pin Battle. Soon we will be using standing hula hoops as targets, and learning to juggle the ball with our feet. It’s been fun kicking our way through this unit!

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April 17, 2017

Reminders/Important Dates:

*Reminder: We are a nut free Kindergarten Building. Please keep this in mind when packing your child’s lunch and snack. 

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April 20th- Special Olympics – We will be attending the opening ceremony.

April 21st- Kindergarten Earth Day celebration: “Recycled Hat Parade” and “Lunch With a Purpose.”As an at home project students are asked to create a hat using materials that can be recycled. For lunch on this day, please pack a lunch that produces no trash!

April 27th – 8:15- 9:30 AM Lower School Community Conversation: Nurturing a Positive Sense of Self and Fostering Strong Relationships With Peers 

May 11th – Lewis’ Violin Showcase  8- 9 AM

May 15th – First Grade Transition meeting 8-9 AM

May 15h – Ausbon’s Violin Showcase  9-10 AM  *  Time CHANGE

May 17th – Brown’s Violin Showcase 8- 9 AM

May 12th – Mother’s Day Celebration 8-9 AM in the dining hall.  More information to come!

May 19th:Field trip to Durham Museum of Life and Science. Parents welcome and encouraged to attend this field trip! Mark your calendars, more info to come!

 Reminder: We are in need of empty and clean two liter bottles with lids for the time capsule project! It is best if the surface is smooth and not indented.  Please send in one (or two if you have extra to share) to school with your child. Thank you!

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During Reading Workshop, we will begin a new unit titled “Becoming Avid Readers.” The start of this unit celebrated the work that the students have done all year and congratulates them on just how much they have grown and accomplished. We will also learn more about what it means to be an avid reader! Students will learn that avid readers are people who love reading so much that they can hardly bear to stop reading! Here are some of the learning targets for this week:

  • I can explain what it means to be an avid reader.
  • I can notice the way different books make me feel and share my reactions to books with others.
  • I can record my thinking about books in writing.
During Word Work, students will work on recognizing spelling patterns in the words they read through completing word sorts. Sorts used will be determined by the classroom teacher, based on the needs of the students.

Please add the following words to your list and review with your child. Students will continue to practice Word Wall Words.  New words for next week:  his, her, look

 Review: I , me, we,  see, the,  is,  my, red, to, go, yellow, can, blue, orange, black, like, you, brown, have, pink, an, at, do, up, am, and, he, said, how, no, now, first, last, next, then, be, so, day, put, for, of, play, as, on, all, by, ball, eat, say, are, boy, girl, has, his, her, look

Image result for how to writingDuring Writing Workshop, we will begin a new writing unit titled, “Persuasive Writing of All Kinds.”  Below are the learning targets for this week:

  • I can explain what it means to have an opinion.
  • I can write about my opinion and share reasons to support it.
  • I can write to make the world a better place.  (see a problem, think, write)

In Handwriting, we will continue to focus on correct and neat formations of the lowercase letters.

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In Math, we will begin another mini unit on Counting and Cardinality. Below are the learning targets for this week:

  • I can model a number to show tens and ones using manipulatives (ex: base ten blocks, ten frames, straws, tally marks)
  • Count to 100 by 1s, 5s and 10s.
  • I can find patterns on the 100 Chart.
  • I can use the hundreds chart or number line to compare numbers.
  • Count forward beginning from a given number.

Enrichment Opportunity: Student may work with numbers to 120. Students may also begin to explore money and the value of coins.

This last quarter, we will also really focus on the process of problem solving and sharing our mathematical thinking with others. The chart below illustrates the 8 Mathematical Practices, which will guide us in our math work!

 In Science, we will complete our unit on taking care of our environment. We will learn about recycling and why it is important. We will also learn about water, land and air pollution.

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April 3, 2017

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Reminders/Important Dates:

April 1st – Report cards went live on the Parent Portal and parents should spend time reviewing these in preparation for parent conferences.

April 5th – Parent Teacher Conferences

April 6th– Field Trip to Pullen Park – Parents are welcome to meet us there and enjoy the day with us!

April 7th – Chapel – Please dress in chapel attire

April 10-14th- Spring Break

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April 21st- Kindergarten Earth Day celebration: “Recycled Hat Parade” and “Lunch With a Purpose.”As an at home project students are asked to create a hat using materials that can be recycled.  For lunch on this day, please pack a lunch that produces no trash!

May 11th – Lewis’ Violin Showcase  8- 9 AM – more details to come

May 15th – Ausbon’s Violin Showcase 8- 9 AM – more details to come

May 17th – Brown’s Violin Showcase 8- 9 AM – more details to come

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During Reading Workshop, we will finish and review our reading unit titled “Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles!”  Here are some some of the learning targets our students will work on this week.

  • I can read words with inflected endings by asking myself, “Does this look like another word I know?”
  • I can use all I know about stories to make predictions about what may happen next.
  • I can talk about what the characters are doing or how they feel and why they  feel that way.
During Word Work, students will work on recognizing spelling patterns in the words they read through completing word sorts. Sorts used will be determined by the classroom teacher, based on the needs of the students.

Looking Ahead

Please add the following words to your list and review with your child. Students will continue to practice Word Wall Words.  New words for next week:  boy, girl, has

 I , me, we,  see, the,  is,  my, red, to, go, yellow, can, blue, orange, black, like, you, brown, have, pink, an, at, do, up, am, and, he, said, how, no, now, first, last, next, then, be, so, day, put, for, of, play, as, on, all, by, ball, eat, say, are, boy, girl, has

Image result for how to writingDuring Writing, We will wrap up our unit titled “How-To Books, Writing to Teach Others.”  Here are some some of the learning targets our students will work on at this time. We are preparing to publish books to share at conferences! 

  • I can write an introduction and a conclusion to my how-to book.
  • I can use everything I know to make my how- to book easy to read.
  • I can use an edit checklist to prepare my books for publication.
  • I can make a cover page and title for my book.

In Handwriting, we will continue to focus on correct and neat formations of the lowercase letters.

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In Math, we will continue our mini unit on three dimensional shapes. Here are some of the learning targets we will work towards this unit.

  • I can explain the difference between a two dimensional and three dimensional shape.
  • I can locate 3-dimensional shapes in our environment.
  • I can identify, name 3- dimensional shapes. (sphere, cylinder, cube and cone)
  • I can describe 3-dimensional shapes using math vocabulary (flat surfaces/faces, curved surfaces, vertices)

Enrichment Opportunities:

  • Describe 3-D shapes (roll, stack, slide)
  • Compose 3-D Shapes using components.
  • Analyze and compare three-dimensional shapes by attributes.

 In Science, we will continue our unit on taking care of our environment. We will learn about recycling and why it is important. We will also learn about water, land and air pollution. This will prepare us for our Earth Day experiences coming up mid April!

 

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March 24, 2017

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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.

March 30 – Fourth Grade Service Project/ Continue reading

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March 17, 2017

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March 10th-23rd- Raleigh-Wake Reading Association Book Drive.  Lower School Student Council is collecting books for children at Wake Med. and Rex children’s libraries.  There is a collection box in the Kindergarten Center.

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.

March 24th – Teacher work day – no school

March 31st – Lower School Identity Day – students are asked to bring a photograph to school that shows someone or something important to them. It might be a picture of them at an important event or of a special family member, friend, pet, or place they love.

April 5th – Parent Teacher Conferences – Sign up information  to come

April 6th– Field Trip to Pullen Park – Parents are welcome to meet us there and enjoy the day with us!

Image result for reading workshopDuring Reading Workshop, we will be close to finishing our reading unit titled “Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles!”  Here are some some of the learning targets our students will work on this week.

  • I can check over my reading asking, “Does it make sense? Does it sound right? Does it look right?” Click here for a video example of these strategies in action
  • I can read words with inflected endings by asking myself, “Does this look like another word I know?”
  • I can use all I know about stories to make predictions about what may happen next.
During Word Work, students will work on recognizing spelling patterns in the words they read through completing word sorts. Sorts used will be determined by the classroom teacher, based on the needs of the students.

Looking Ahead

Please add the following words to your list and review with your child. Students will continue to practice Word Wall Words.  New words for next week:  by, ball

 I , me, we,  see, the,  is,  my, red, to, go, yellow, can, blue, orange, black, like, you, brown, have, pink, an, at, do, up, am, and, he, said, how, no, now, first, last, next, then, be, so, day, put, for, of, play, as, on, all, by, ball

Image result for how to writingDuring Writing, We will continue our unit titled “How-To Books, Writing to Teach Others.”  Here are some some of the learning targets our students will work on at this time. We are preparing to publish books to share at conferences! 

  • I can write an introduction and a conclusion to my how-to book.
  • I can use everything I know to make my how- to book easy to read.

In Handwriting, we will continue to focus on correct and neat formations of the lowercase letters.

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In Math, we will begin a mini unit on three dimensional shapes. Here are some of the learning targets we will work towards this unit.

  • I can explain the difference between a two dimensional and three dimensional shape.
  • I can locate 3-dimensional shapes in our environment.
  • I can identify, name 3- dimensional shapes. (sphere, cylinder, cube and cone)
  • I can describe 3-dimensional shapes using math vocabulary (flat surfaces/faces, curved surfaces, vertices)

Enrichment Opportunities:

  • Describe 3-D shapes (roll, stack, slide)
  • Compose 3-D Shapes using components.
  • Analyze and compare three-dimensional shapes by attributes.

Image result for weatherIn Science, we will wrap up our unit on weather!  On Monday, we will have a guest visiting us to show us various weather instruments and conduct some weather experiments with the children! We will also discuss the different types of weather and also track the weather we observe. Here are some of the learning targets we will work towards during this the unit:

  • I can describe and track the weather.
  • I can notice patterns in the weather and how it changes.
  • I can describe and use tools for measuring weather.
  • I can name and describe the four seasons.

 

In Social Studies, we will explore the accomplishments of women in U.S History in honor of Women’s History Month. It will be great to connect the lives of these influential scientist, heroes and leaders to many of the things we are learning about leading self : being self- aware, growth- minded, motivated, resilient, and accountable.

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March 3, 2017

Reminders/Important Dates:

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March 11– St Baldrick’s Event (see note below from event organizers)

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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March 14– Lewis’ Dad and Special Friends Day – 8:00- 9:00 Breakfast and P.E games

March 15– Brown’s Dad and Special Friends Day – 8:00- 9:00 Breakfast and P.E games

March 16 – Ausbon’s Dad and Special Friends Day – 8:00- 9:00 Breakfast and P.E games

March 31 – Lower School Identity Day- Mix it Up Lunch

Image result for blend chart During Reading Workshop, we will continue our reading unit titled “Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles!” We also have had fun studying the author, Dr. Seuss! Here are some some of the new learning targets our students will work on this week.

  • I can blend beginning sounds together to help me solve words.
  • I can look closely at the beginning and the ending to solve a word.
  • I can preview a page before reading, locate known words (sight words) and read these words in a “snap”.
  • I can check over my reading asking, “Does it make sense? Does it sound right? Does it look right?” Click here for a video example of these strategies in action
During Word Work, students will work on recognizing spelling patterns in the words they read through completing word sorts. Sorts used will be determined by the classroom teacher, based on the needs of the students.

Looking Ahead

Please add the following words to your list and review with your child. Students will continue to practice Word Wall Words.  New words for next week:  on, all

 I , me, we,  see, the,  is,  my, red, to, go, yellow, can, blue, orange, black, like, you, brown, have, pink, an, at, do, up, am, and, he, said, how, no, now, first, last, next, then, be, so, day, put, for, of, play, as, on, all

Image result for how to writingDuring Writing, we will continue our unit titled “How-To Books, Writing to Teach Others.”  Here are some some of the learning targets our students will work on at this time. 

  • I can address my audience by addressing readers directly, using ” you.” ( “First you…Then you… Next you….”)
  • I can picture each step in my mind (like a video) and then choose exactly the right words.
  • I can add little warnings, suggestions and tips to my how-to book.

In Handwriting, we will continue to focus on correct and neat formations of the lowercase letters.

In Math, we will continue our mini- unit on Operations and Algebraic thinking. We will explore addition and subtraction over the next few weeks. here are some of the learning targets we will work towards during this unit:

  • I can solve addition and subtraction problems by using the strategy act it out.
  • I can use objects, fingers and drawings to help me show addition and subtraction.
  • I can use number sentences to represent addition or subtraction within 10.
  • I can solve addition and subtraction word problems (not required to read word problem) within 10 and record the equation.
  • I can (when given a number less than 10) find the number that makes 10 when added to that number.
  • I can compose numbers within 10 into pairs more than one way and record with an addition sentence.

Enrichment Opportunities:

  • I can work to find the unknown addend to complete an addition or subtraction number sentence.
  • I can write my own addition or subtraction story problems.
  • I can add three addends. ex: 2+3+1 =__

Image result for weatherIn Science, we will continue to explore weather! We will discuss the different types of weather and also track the weather we observe. Here are some of the learning targets we will work towards during this the unit:

  • I can describe and track the weather.
  • I can notice patterns in the weather and how it changes.
  • I can describe and use tools for measuring weather.
  • I can name and describe the four seasons.

Image result for my language your language book In Social Studies,  students have had fun learning about different languages in honor of National Foreign language week. We attended a wonderful Language Celebration in the gym as a Lower School Community!

 

 

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February 17, 2017

Reminders/Important Dates:

February 20- 24 – Winter Break, No School

February 27 – Classes resume – Storyteller, Donna Washington visits Lower School! A huge thank you to Dr. Anita Jackson, Christopher Jackson’s mom for providing a gift to fund half of this wonderful experience!

We will hear stories that work on pre reading skills.  The pieces will be very interactive with simple problems and plots so that the students can focus on the use of language.  The stories encourage scope and sequencing (correct ordering of events), predicting what might happen next, turning language into crisp images in the mind, increasing vocabulary and imparting a love of the rhythm and sounds of words.  The stories also encourage a student to notice that during the repetition something changes every time.  It is important to listen closely and remember things so that they can predict what will happen later.  Turning this skill into a kind of game during the story encourages the important skill of paying attention.  All of these vital skills occur while the students are busily playing with the storyteller and the educators.  They never even figure out they are actually learning something.

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March 11– St Baldrick’s Event (see note below from event organizers)

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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March 14– Lewis’ Dad and Special Friends Day – 8:00- 9:00 Breakfast and P.E games

March 15– Brown’s Dad and Special Friends Day – 8:00- 9:00 Breakfast and P.E games

March 16 – Ausbon’s Dad and Special Friends Day – 8:00- 9:00 Breakfast and P.E games

Image result for blend chart During Reading Workshop, we will continue our reading unit titled “Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles!” Here are some some of the new learning targets our students will work on this week.

  • I can use letter sound knowledge to help me read the words on the page.
  • I can blend beginning sounds together to help me solve words.
  • I can look closely at the beginning and the ending to solve a word.
  • I can preview a page before reading, locate known words (sight words) and read these words in a “snap”.
During Word Work, students will work on recognizing spelling patterns in the words they read through completing word sorts. Sorts used will be determined by the classroom teacher, based on the needs of the students.

Looking Ahead

Please add the following words to your list and review with your child. Students will continue to practice Word Wall Words.  New words for next week:  of, play, as

 I , me, we,  see, the,  is,  my, red, to, go, yellow, can, blue, orange, black, like, you, brown, have, pink, an, at, do, up, am, and, he, said, how, now, first, last, next, then, be, so, day, put, for, of, play, as

Image result for how to writingDuring Writing, we will continue our unit titled “How-To Books, Writing to Teach Others.”  Next week, we plan to make pizza and Kool-aid and write about the steps. We are learning that “how to” books tell what to do in steps, number the steps, have pictures for each step, and have labels that teach. Here are some some of the learning targets our students will work on at this time. 

  • I can work with a writing partner to help each other make how-to books clearer and easier to follow
  • I can add detailed information to my writing by labeling my diagrams.
  • I can use a writing checklist.
  • I can reflect and set goals as a writer.

In Handwriting, we will continue to focus on correct and neat formations of the lowercase letters.

In Math, we will begin our mini- unit on Operations and Algebraic thinking. We will explore addition and subtraction over the next few weeks. here are some of the learning targets we will work towards during this unit:

  • I can solve addition and subtraction problems by using the strategy act it out.
  • I can use objects, fingers and drawings to help me show addition and subtraction.
  • I can use number sentences to represent addition or subtraction within 10.
  • I can solve addition and subtraction word problems (not required to read word problem) within 10 and record the equation.
  • I can (when given a number less than 10) find the number that makes 10 when added to that number.
  • I can compose numbers within 10 into pairs more than one way and record with an addition sentence.

Enrichment Opportunities:

  • I can work to find the unknown addend to complete an addition or subtraction number sentence.
  • I can write my own addition or subtraction story problems.
  • I can add three addends. ex: 2+3+1 =__

Image result for weatherIn Science, we will continue to explore weather! We will discuss the different types of weather and also track the weather we observe. Here are some of the learning targets we will work towards during this the unit:

  • I can describe and track the weather.
  • I can notice patterns in the weather and how it changes.
  • I can describe and use tools for measuring weather.
  • I can name and describe the four seasons.

In Social Studies,  students will continue to explore maps and globes and how they are useful. February is African American History Month. We have enjoyed visiting a wonderful display set up by the Lower School Diversity and Inclusion Committee located near the front office. We encourage you to stop by as well! We will continue to discuss change makers and influential African Americans who demonstrate many of the Lead from Here competencies we discuss in Lower School. We are also learning about the word peace and how it is relevant to many of the stories we are learning about. We will compose our own “Peace Book in each classroom. Student will be asked to write about what “peace” means to them. These books will resemble the pattern books we have been studying in reading! Peace is ______.

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Reminders/Important Dates:

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February 14th – Valentine’s Day Exchange and Celebration – If you wish to send in cards, please include all classmates! A class list came home in the blue folders last week.  Also, please have your child bring in their STEM challenge Valentine box for their cards. Lunch will be provided on this day (pizza and chicken nuggets). Students should bring a snack, but no lunch.

February 20- 24 – Winter Break, No School

February 27 – Classes resume

March 14– Lewis’ Dad and Special Friends Day – 8:00- 9:00 Breakfast and P.E games(more details to come)

March 15– Brown’s Dad and Special Friends Day – 8:00- 9:00 Breakfast and P.E games(more details to come)

March 16 – Ausbon’s Dad and Special Friends Day – 8:00- 9:00 Breakfast and P.E games (more details to come)

Image result for blend chart During Reading Workshop, we will continue our reading unit titled “Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles!” Here are some some of the new learning targets our students will work on this week.

  • I can use letter sound knowledge to help me read the words on the page.
  • I can blend beginning sounds together to help me solve words.
  • I can look closely at the beginning and the ending to solve a word.
  • I can preview a page before reading, locate known words (sight words) and read these words in a “snap”.
During Word Work, students will work on recognizing spelling patterns in the words they read through completing word sorts. Sorts used will be determined by the classroom teacher, based on the needs of the students.

Looking Ahead

Please add the following words to your list and review with your child. Students will continue to practice Word Wall Words.  New words for next week:  put, for

 I , me, we,  see, the,  is,  my, red, to, go, yellow, can, blue, orange, black, like, you, brown, have, pink, an, at, do, up, am, and, he, said, how, now, first, last, next, then, be, so, day, put, for

Image result for how to writingDuring Writing, we will continue our unit titled “How-To Books, Writing to Teach Others.”  Next week, we plan to make pizzas and write about the steps. We are learning that “how to” books tell what to do in steps, number the steps, have pictures for each step, and have labels that teach. Here are some some of the learning targets our students will work on at this time. 

  • I can work with a writing partner to help each other make how-to books clearer and easier to follow
  • I can add detailed information to my writing by labeling my diagrams.
  • I can use a writing checklist.
  • I can reflect and set goals as a writer.

In Handwriting, we will continue to focus on correct and neat formations of the lowercase letters.

Image result for numbers to 100   In Math, we will continue our mini unit on Counting and Cardinality.  At home you can practice skip counting together by 10s. When your child is ready, try skip counting by 2s and 5s. Add rhythm or a familiar tune and turn it into a counting song! Look for natural ways to practice skip counting. You might count the number of toes or fingers(or both) in your family, the number of socks in a drawer by counting by twos, or count the value or a pile of nickels. Make math FUN!

Learning Targets:

  • I can count by 1s and 10s to 100. (count by 5 for enrichment.)
  • I can show skip counting by tens on a hundreds chart.
  • I can count forward beginning at a given number.

Enrichment Opportunities include:

  • I can sequence numbers to 50. (100 if appropriate for child)
  • I can compare numbers to 50 (100 if appropriate for child)
  • I can use ten frames to model numbers to 50.(100 if appropriate for child)
  • I can write my numbers to 50.(100 if appropriate for child)

Image result for weatherIn Science, we will continue to explore weather! We will discuss the different types of weather and also track the weather we observe. Here are some of the learning targets we will work towards during this the unit:

  • I can describe and track the weather.
  • I can notice patterns in the weather and how it changes.
  • I can describe and use tools for measuring weather.

In Social Studies,  students will explore about maps and globes and how they are useful. February is African American History Month.  We will discuss change makers and influential African Americans who demonstrate many of the Lead from Here competencies we discuss in Lower School.

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Update from Art:
Image result for artIt’s Master Artist season and this year the whole Lower School is learning about Leonardo da Vinci! Visit the Lower School Art blog, Ravens heART to find out more about what we’re learning and discover some great questions you can ask your children about Leonardo. Remember to subscribe so you can receive notifications when a new post is published! #ravensheartart

Update From P.E:

We have had a lot of fun during the first few weeks of Quarter 3.  Kindergarten students reviewed locomotor movements including: skipping, galloping, hopping and running.  These movements were incorporated into a variety of class games.  Hungry Horses, Toy Story, and Enchanted Forest were three of their favorite games.  Animal walks was another favorite activity where they moved like various animals.  They enjoyed moving like a bear, snake, crab, elephant, and penguin.  Currently, they will participate in a variety of games that include roll a ball or toss a bean bag underhand.


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