Only Seven More Days of School!!

Where has the time gone?? We have had a fabulous year in Pre-K!! Thank you all for your outstanding support this year!

Over the next few days, we will review many of the concepts in literacy and math that be have learned about this year.  We will also

engage in gathering data with a variety of assessments.

We are also planning to some fun activities to end the year with a SPLASH!!  We’ll continue to make  wonderful memories before the year ends!

Please remember that on May 24, 2017, we will have our Memorial Day Celebration at Ravenscroft.  Everyone is asked to wear red, white, and blue for this occasion.

PreK Physical Education

What a great finish to the year in PreK physical education!   As the year comes to a close there is so much to be proud of for our youngest Ravens.  They are stronger, able to recognize and perform a variety of locomotor skills and move with more control and awareness of others and boundaries.  Recently, they have participated in several new games including:  Golden Retrievers, Superman Tag, and several non-elimination, musical activities. PreK 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 PreK, and are looking forward to seeing everyone next year in Kindergarten!

 

Summer Camps for Rising Kindergarteners-if you are still looking for exciting camps for your rising Kindergarten 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

 

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

Mr. Q and Mr. X Are Spending More Time With Us!

Mr. Q and Mr. X will still visit us this week.  Mr. Q will continue to explore the many types of questions with us and Mr. X continue will reinforce understanding and accepting differences in our world.   We will continue to practice joining sets and taking sets apart with objects,  drawings, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, and verbal explanations in math.

 

FIELD TRIP TO LYONS STRAWBERRY FARM IS TOMORROW!!

We are so excited about our field trip to Lyons Farm tomorrow!  We had to reschedule due to the heavy rains on last Thursday night.  The students and teachers will ride on the the yellow Ravenscroft bus and parents are welcomed to join us at the farm.  We will have snack, hear a presentation, and go off to pick strawberries!  Please make sure that you have returned your child’s permission slip!!  Let’s hope for sunny skies!! 🙂

 

MOTHER’S DAY BREAKFAST WILL BE ON MAY 11, 2017!!

On May 11, 2017, we want to invite all of our mothers to join us for a special breakfast in the Dining Hall at 8:00 am.  Please mark this event on your calendars!! We are looking forward to having all of our mothers and special friends on campus this Thursday, May 11, 2017.  It will be a very special event and we hope you all can attend.  The students will go to their classrooms in the morning and mothers will go to the Dining Hall at 8:00 am.  The teachers will bring the students over to the Dining Hall shortly thereafter for a wonderful tribute to our mothers.

 

We truly appreciate all of the kind thoughts and gifts of appreciation during Teacher Appreciation Week!!  We can not thank you enough for your generosity and your thoughtfulness ! We loved the cards, the wonderful “Star” doors, the lovely outfits that the students wore, and all of the sweet emails and notes that we received. Also, we enjoyed having those delicious treats in the lounge each day!  Yummy!  It has been a great year and we thank you, again,  for your support!!

 

SCIENCE UPDATES

We planted pea plants 1-2 weeks ago.  If you can move them to the ground or a larger pot, you’ll have sugar snap peas in a few weeks.  If not, enjoy how fast they grow, if you keep them watered!  Note the tiny tendrils with which peas grab onto something, anything nearby, to pull themselves skyward!  Can you measure them every few days?

​  Next lesson – frog life cycles​.

 

Let’s End Our Year with Mr. Q and Mr. X !!

What an awesome time we spent with Ms. Y and her yodeling yawn!  She helped us to learn more about the different languages that people speak.  We practiced saying “Hello!” in several languages and even pretended to travel to different places with our own “passports”.   It was a blast to make “Yakkity-Yak” telephones and to taste different flavors of yogurt!   Yum!!  In math, we were continuing to work on joining sets and taking them apart.  Mathematicians in training!!

Mr. Q and Mr. X will both visit us this week.  Mr. Q will explore the many types of questions with us and Mr. X will reinforce understanding and accepting differences in our world.   We will practice joining sets and taking sets apart with objects,  drawings, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, and verbal explanations in math.  It’s going to be a great week!

Mr. Q

 

 Mr. X

 

FIELD TRIP TO LYONS STRAWBERRY FARM THIS FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017!!

We are so excited about our field trip to Lyons Farm this Friday!  The students and teachers will ride on the the yellow Ravenscroft bus and parents are welcomed to join us at the farm.  We will have snack, hear a presentation, and go off to pick strawberries!  Please make sure that you have returned your child’s permission slip!!  Let’s hope for sunny skies!! 🙂

 

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK – MAY 1- MAY 5, 2017

MOTHER’S DAY BREAKFAST WILL BE ON MAY 11, 2017

On May 11, 2017, we want to invite all of our mother’s to join us for a special breakfast in the Dining Hall at 8:00 am.  Please mark this event on your calendars!! More details to come soon!!

PE UPDATES

We have been having a lot of fun with our feet in the start of Quarter 4. Kicking has been the focus for our PreK 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!

Here Comes Ms. K and Her Kaboom Kick!

Mr. C was completely covered with his colossal cap but he came out to help us learn about the ways we are all alike and different.  We looked at lots of pictures of things that began with C: cookie, cup, car, camel, clock, crayon, caterpillar, camera, and many others!  There were so many words that began with C that we couldn’t name them all!  In math, we were joining sets and counting to find out “how many in all?” It was exciting to begin working with basic algebraic concepts.

Ms. K is on her way with her kaboom kick! She will help us learn about different places around the world and the people who live all around the world.  We will continue to work on joining sets and taking sets apart in math and we will practice writing numbers in our handwriting booklets.

Ms. K

Thank you for all for wonderful parent conferences! It was great to share all of the awesome things that we have been learning!

Mr. C Is Here With His Colossal Cap!

We ended March jingling with Ms. J.  We learned about different types of transportation and even made graham cracker trains!  Everyone liked to travel in all different types of transportation!  It was great to learn more about our friends and their traveling experiences.

Mr. C is here with us and he has a colossal cap that almost completely covers his face because he’s shy.  He will help us continue to learn about ways that we are all alike and ways that we are all different!  We will have fun activities with things that begin with the letter C as well.  How about Cookie Monster? Cookies?  Cups? Clock?  It’s going to be a fun week!

Mr. C

 

On April 5th, 2017, we will have our Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Please make sure you have signed up for a conference time through Veracross.  We are looking forward to meeting with you! Childcare will be provided!

 

On April 6th, 2017, we will have our Pre-K Spring Celebration from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon.  Please send in a plastic egg for each of the students in your child’s class that is labeled with the students’ names and sealed tightly.  Please place small keepsakes inside of the eggs in lieu of candy. 

 

 

We will have a school-wide Easter Chapel on April 7th, 2017 in the Finley Center.  Please wear your chapel dress for this occasion.

Ravenscroft School will have Spring Break beginning April 10, 2017 and ended on April 14, 2017.  Classes will resume on April 17, 2017.  Enjoy your break!  Be Safe!

Ms. J is Here with Her Jingle Jacket!

We can not believe that we have almost met all of the Letter People!  And now, Ms. J is here to help us learn about all of the many ways people travel.  Have you ever been on a plane?  a train?  a bus?  a boat?  It is fun to learn about the many kinds of transportation.  What is your favorite way to travel?  We will also count, sort, and make different types of transportation.  In math, we will take a closer look at making sets and observing what happens when we join them together or take them apart.  Also, in our Handwriting Without Tears writing lessons, we will review making all of our uppercase letters.

Ms. J

 

3rd and 4th Grade Market- Service Project

Thursday, March 30th is the 3rd and 4th Grade Market to raise money for Costa Rica. They will be all set up and ready for shoppers between 8:15 am & 10:15 am.  The students have been working hard on this service project.  3rd and 4th grade students have been collaborating and creating craft items to sell in order to raise money for Costa Rican schools. The money will be used to purchase materials to build and stock a chicken coop. Over spring break. a group of 7th and 8th grade students accompanied by Mrs. Schulze and Mr. Gallagher,  Middle School SS teacher, will construct the building! Let’s help show our support for this sustainable service project.

These are some of the items to look for – and many more…

  • Friendship bracelets

  • Bookmarks

  • Homemade lip balm

  • Weaving

  • Animal themed crafts

  • Baked goods (no nuts)

  • Artwork

Prek- 5th graders will have the opportunity to shop during the morning of March 30th. Prices do not exceed $3.00.

We Are Approaching the Last Quarter of School!!

This year has been so filled with fun that it is hard to believe that we are approaching the last quarter of school!  For the next few weeks, we will focus on reviewing all of the letters and numbers that we’ve been learning.  We will work with each student individually and collect data to share with parents at parent conferences.  The students will sing all of the Letter People songs and the sounds that the letters make.  We will also take a look at numbers, quantities, and number recognition.

Note in the Pocket Coin Challenge

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.

 

Zoo illustration with giraffe and kangaroo in a pocket

Ms. E is Excited to Be Here!!

Mr. G and his gooey gum were great to have around last week!  Mr. G helped to learn about ways to take care of our earth by recycling, reducing, and reusing items instead of throwing them in the trash.  We sorted items by the materials that they were made of : glass, aluminum, paper, and compost.  We tasted different types of grapes and graphed our favorites ones.  In math, we were identifying whether the number of objects in one group was greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, by using matching and counting strategies. 

Ms. E is such a positive role model!  She loves to exercise and she has excellent energy, just like the kids in our classroom!  Notice she has her “letter light” which signals that she is a vowel letter.  Ms. E will help us learn about living and non-living things!

Ms. E

 

 

*A Special Announcement From Girls on the Run!!

Would you like to win $500 for Ravenscroftt? 

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 (Girls on the Run) Spirit,

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

Mr. G is Here With His Gooey Gum!!

Mr. R brightened our days with his beautiful rainbows and roses!  It was exciting to learn the order of the colors on rainbows!  We had fun making our own rainbows with yummy fruit rings and eating the extras.  Another exciting part of our week was our celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday!  We read lots of books by  Dr Seuss and had delicious cupcakes!  What is your favorite book?  The Cat in the Hat?  Red Fish, Blue Fish?

Mr. G is on his way with his gooey gum!  He will help us learn more about how we should take care of our earth!  We will learn about recycling, reusing, and reducing the amount of trash in our world.  Growing plants is another favorite activity of Mr. G and we will plant some seeds as well.

We have been practicing writing our uppercase letters in our Handwriting Without Tears lessons and we are having fun playing a variety of math games while strengthening our math understanding.

Mr. G

Super Science Notes

PK met Freddy this week.  Freddy is the toad from my land who spent the fall living with Senora Stewart in her Spanish class.  Students got to observe him carefully and color a picture of a toad.  I had suggested they try to color their picture like the real Freddy is colored. Students who wanted to were able to pet Freddy gently.  I put a couple of crickets in Freddy’s big box and some of us got to see him eat!