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.
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:
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
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
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.
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
During 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.
- 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 =__
In 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 ______.