Weeks of May 22nd-June 1st

Week of May 22nd-June 1st

It seems like our first day of school was just yesterday. We blinked and here we are at the end of the year! This will be our last blog post for the year and it will contain all of the important dates and events for the next two weeks until the last day of school.

We are incredibly proud of all the growth the children have made during our second grade learning journey! The students have worked so hard and have blossomed as independent, motivated, life-long learners. Thank you for your support at home this year. We appreciate your partnership and enjoyed getting to know each of your families. Thank you for such a joyful and successful year!

Poetry:

We will have our last poetry assignment next week. The theme is “teacher theme” with a minimum of 12 lines. Students should turn in a copy of their poem on Tuesday, May 23rd. All students will recite their poem on Friday, May 26th.

Important Dates:

  • Friday, May 19th: All library books due– If your child has any library books at home, please be sure that they return them as soon as possible.
  • Wednesday, May 24th: Field trip to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
    • Students need to bring a disposable lunch from home and a drink. We will eat lunch on the field trip.
  • Thursday, May 25th: Field Day, X Day
    • Please review the team color assignments below. Students should wear a shirt that represents their team color. Students need to wear comfortable shorts and running shoes. They may also bring a hat or water bottle if they choose. We will be outside for about an hour and a half, so applying sunscreen in the morning is a good idea.
    • Field Day teams (click to enlarge image)

  • Friday, May 26th: Lower School Read-In; ***Field Day rain date
    • We will enjoy a quiet, uninterrupted reading time with all of our Lower School buddies in the gym. Students may bring books from home. They should have enough to read to sustain them for about 45 minutes. Students also need to bring a towel or blanket to sit on.
  • Monday, May 29th: Memorial Day- No School
  • Tuesday, May 30th: Garden Strings Concert at 11:25
    • Students need to bring a lunch from home and a blanket or towel to sit on during our picnic lunch in the garden.
  • Wednesday, May 31st: Moving Up Day
    • Students will visit the 3rd grade classrooms and learn about some of the highlights of 3rd grade.
  • Wednesday, May 31st: 2nd grade end of year luncheon
    • We will provide all 2nd graders with a lunch on this day. We will have PDQ chicken tenders, apples with dipping sauce, and chips. We will also watch a movie and have popcorn as a snack. If your child does not wish to have this lunch, please be sure to send your child in with a lunch from home. We will not go to the Dining Hall on this day.
  • Thursday, June 1st: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!!!
    • Early dismissal at 11:45

PE Update:

2nd Grade Physical Education Blog Post

2nd graders had a lot of fun in physical education during the 4th quarter. Swimming, always a popular unit, ended with a grade level swim party that was enjoyed by all. Coach Warren worked on improving stroke technique, endurance, and introduced a fun swim game of Cross Pool.  The cooperative games and jump roping unit allowed students to continue to work on their fitness levels.  Fitness games were combined with a skills review unit, to work on all types of activities were covered throughout the entire school year.  As excitement continues to grow 2nd graders are excited to attend Field Day on Thursday, May 25th.  We hope they have a great summer vacation and look forward to seeing them next year in 3rd grade PE.

Summer Camps for Rising 3rd Graders-if you are still looking for exciting camps for your rising 3rd 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

Outdoor AdventuresJune 26th-30th, July 25th-29th

Girls Lacrosse Skills CampJune 19th-23rd

Baseball Skills CampJune 12th-16th

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

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Week of May 15th

Important Reminders:

  • Monday, May 15th– Community Day for our students in Kindergarten-10th grade. This will be an exciting day filled with some great opportunities for our students, faculty, and staff to connect and collaborate. All K-5th grade students will be asked to bring a lunch from home and they will eat in their classrooms from 11:00-11:30. Also, this is a dress down day and students are asked to wear green and gold.
  • Friday, May 19thTIME MACHINE PRODUCTION. The program will start promptly at 9:00 am. Please send students to school in their costumes. Also, please remember to send a change of clothes and shoes for after our performance. Parents and guests will need to enter the classrooms from the exterior doors (facing the L/S Gym). The second grade performers will be in the 1/2 Center and will be lined-up ready for entry into the classrooms. Please do not come into the 1/2 Center as we are getting children quiet, calm, and prepared for the program.
  • Wednesday, May 24th-2nd Grade Field Trip: The North Carolina Museum of Natural Science: (9:00am-1:00pm). Students will need to bring a disposable drink and lunch for the trip. Buses will transport us.
  • Thursday, May 25thFIELD DAY (information from the PE Dept will be coming soon)  X DAY (non-numbered day)
  • Monday, May 29th– Memorial Day Holiday; No School
  
2nd Grade Swim Rotations:
Ms. Lane’s class: May 16th, 17th, and 18th
Please remember to send your child’s swim bag containing his/her swimsuit, towel, and goggles)
 
Academics:
Poetry:
There will not be a poetry assignment this week as students continue their preparations for the Time Machine performance on Friday. This week, students will be expected to continue practicing their entire Time Machine speaking part and transition part. Practicing with a strong clear voice, expression, and gestures is strongly encouraged. It will make a huge difference in the delivery!
Biography Project:
Our biography work this week continues to span across multiple subject areas as we learn about the lives and legacies of important historical figures. The lessons taught in this cross-curricular unit will help students develop their reading, writing, art, and technology skills. The students have been researching and categorizing the information they have learned through their reading into four main sections: personal life, accomplishments, Lead From Here competencies, and fun facts. This week, students will transform their writing into a published biography. The students have written information in each section and are working to compose books to share with you after their performance on Friday. You can continue to support your child at home with their Time Machine work by including biography reading into your nightly reading routine.
Math:
We will continue to explore and name fractional parts of a whole. Our minlessons will include:
  • Partitioning shapes into halves, fourths, and thirds; write one name for a part and one name for all of the parts together
  • Review of place value: write multidigit numbers in expanded form and compare them
  • Strategies to determine whether a trade is needed to solve a subtraction problem
  • Solving number stories involving money and using mental math to find and compare totals

Science:This week we will continue our study of animal life cycles. We will explore how life cycles vary among different animals. It is exciting to hear the buzz of conversation as small groups of children make observations and wonderings about the ladybugs, butterflies, and beetles living inside the temporary classroom habitat.

Science Lab: Second graders are learning about insect metamorphosis. Mealworms from the pet store are actually beetle babies. they make good pets to watch turn into a naked pupa-not cocoon or chrysalis- and then on into the darkling beetle adult. So easy to care for-they eat the bran meal they live in. A little slice of carrot a couple of times each week will provide a bit of moisture. They CANNOT bite! This week, our ladybug larva arrived, and we settled them in their ladybug land containers.

Physical Education: Fourth quarter is off to a great start! Second graders are rotating through three exciting units: Swimming, Cooperative Games/Jump Rope, and Fitness Games/Skills Review. During the swim unit, students are working on stroke development, treading water, floating, and endurance. Students participating in a variety of cooperative games along with continued practice on their jump rope skills. At the end of the third quarter, they did an outstanding job participating for the first time in our Jump Rope for Heart event. In the skills review unit, they are revisiting skills learned in prior units and are beginning to apply them to a variety of different activities.  Field Day will take place on Thursday, May 25th. Information and volunteer sign-ups will be coming soon!

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May 8, 2017

May 8, 2017

Thank you for making us feel like A-List Stars! Everything that was done for the teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week had us feeling quite special. For the decorative doors covered in stars, personal notes, cards, emails, beautifully dressed children in our favorite colors, and kind gifts, the second grade teachers send heartfelt thanks to all of you. Your support means a great deal to us.

Important Reminders:

  • Monday, May 8th– 2nd and 3rd Grade Private Lessons Recital: 8:30-9:30 in Jones Theater
  • Wednesday, May 10th– 2nd Grade Garden Strings Concert
    • Students taking lessons on a strings instrument will perform a concert at lunchtime in the Holding Garden. All 2nd grade students will attend this concert. All students must bring a lunch from home on this day. We will not go to the Dining Hall.  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 the grass for the concert and their picnic lunch.
  • Friday, May 12thHOME BIOGRAPHY PROJECT is due. Please review the project suggestions document that went home at the beginning of this unit of study. See the project suggestions document that went home at the beginning of this unit of study for project options. X DAY (non-numbered day)
  • Friday, May 19thTIME MACHINE PRODUCTION. The program will start promptly at 9:00 am. Each second grade classroom will be transformed into a “time machine.” Parents and guests will need to enter the classrooms from the exterior doors (facing the L/S Gym). The second grade performers will be in the 1/2 Center and will be lined-up ready for entry into the classrooms. Please do not come into the 1/2 Center as we are getting children quiet, calm, and prepared for the program.
  • Wednesday, May 24th-2nd Grade Field Trip: The North Carolina Museum of Natural Science: (9:00am-1:00pm). Students will need to bring a disposable drink and lunch for the trip. Buses will transport us.
  • Thursday, May 25thFIELD DAY (information from the PE Dept will be coming soon)  X DAY (non-numbered day)
  • Monday, May 29th– Memorial Day Holiday
  
2nd Grade Swim Rotations:  Ms. Crawford’s class: May 1st through May 11th
                                                        Ms. Lane’s class: May 16th, 17th, and 18th
Please remember to send your child’s swim bag containing his/her swimsuit, towel, and goggles)
 
Academics:
Poetry:
Students will be given a very short transition speaking part to be learned at home this week. The transition part will introduce the speaker that follows your child in the performance. There will not be a poetry assignment this week as students continue their preparations for the Time Machine performance. This week, students will be expected to continue practicing their entire Time Machine speaking part and learn the new transition part.  Practicing with a strong clear voice, expression, and gestures is encouraged. It will make a huge difference in the delivery! All students will recite their speaking part on Friday, May 12th.
Biography Project:
Our biography work this week continues to span across multiple subject areas as we learn about the lives and legacies of important historical figures. The lessons taught in this cross-curricular unit will help students develop their reading, writing, art, and technology skills. The students have been researching and categorizing the information they have learned through their reading into four main sections: personal life, accomplishments, Lead From Here competencies, and fun facts. This week, students will begin to synthesize all of their research and start writing a biography about their historical figure. The students written work this week will focus on developing the personal life and accomplishments sections of their biography. You can continue to support your child at home with their Time Machine work by including biography reading into your nightly reading routine and discussing the importance of the accomplishments with your child . The students are well-versed in what their historical figure is most known for and we continue to challenge the students to uncover new, and possibly not as well-known, information about these important people.
Math:
We will begin a new unit of study in math this week. We will begin to explore and name fractional parts of a whole. Our minlessons will include:
  • Continued practice with fractions
  • Review of place value: write multidigit numbers in expanded form and compare them
  • Strategies to determine whether a trade is needed to solve a subtraction problem

Science:This week we will continue our study of animal life cycles. We will explore how life cycles vary among different animals. It is exciting to hear the buzz of conversation as small groups of children make observations and wonderings about the ladybugs, butterflies, and beetles living inside the temporary classroom habitat.

Science Lab: Second graders are learning about insect metamorphosis. Mealworms from the pet store are actually beetle babies. they make good pets to watch turn into a naked pupa-not cocoon or chrysalis- and then on into the darkling beetle adult. So easy to care for-they eat the bran meal they live in. A little slice of carrot a couple of times each week will provide a bit of moisture. They CANNOT bite! This week, our ladybug larva arrived, and we settled them in their ladybug land containers.

Physical Education: Fourth quarter is off to a great start! Second graders are rotating through three exciting units: Swimming, Cooperative Games/Jump Rope, and Fitness Games/Skills Review. During the swim unit, students are working on stroke development, treading water, floating, and endurance. Students participating in a variety of cooperative games along with continued practice on their jump rope skills. At the end of the third quarter, they did an outstanding job participating for the first time in our Jump Rope for Heart event. In the skills review unit, they are revisiting skills learned in prior units and are beginning to apply them to a variety of different activities.  Field Day will take place on Thursday, May 25th. Information and volunteer sign-ups will be coming soon!

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Week of May 1st

May 1, 2017

Important Reminders:

  • Monday, May 8th– 2nd and 3rd Grade Private Lessons Recital: 8:30-9:30 in Jones Theater
  • Wednesday, May 10th– 2nd Grade Garden Strings Concert
    • Students taking lessons on a strings instrument will perform a concert at lunchtime in the Holding Garden. All 2nd 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.
  • Friday, May 12th– X Day
2nd Grade Swim Rotations (Please remember to send your child’s swim bag containing his/her swimsuit, towel, and goggles):
 
Ms. Crawford’s class: May 1st through May 11th
Academics:
Poetry:
There will not be a poetry assignment this week as students continue their preparations for their Time Machine performance. This week, students will be expected to memorize and recite their whole Time Machine speaking part. All students will recite their speaking part on Friday, May 5th.
Biography Project:
Our biography work this week continues to span across multiple subject areas as we learn about the lives and legacies of important historical figures. The lessons taught in this cross-curricular unit will help students develop their reading, writing, art, and technology skills. The students have been researching and categorizing the information they have learned through their reading into four main sections: personal life, accomplishments, Lead From Here competencies, and fun facts. This week, students will begin to synthesize all of their research and start writing a biography about their historical figure. The students written work this week will focus on developing the personal life and accomplishments sections of their biography. You can continue to support your child at home with their Time Machine work by including biography reading into your nightly reading routine and discussing the importance of the accomplishments with your child . The students are well-versed in what their historical figure is most known for and we continue to challenge the students to uncover new, and possibly not as well-known, information about these important people.
Reminder: The biography project that students create at home is due on Friday, May 12th. Please review the project suggestions document that went home at the beginning of this unit of study for project options.
Math:
We will begin a new unit of study in math this week. We will begin to explore and name fractional parts of a whole. Our minlessons will include:
  • Dividing shapes and using fraction vocabulary (1/2, 1/3, and 1/4) to name those fractional parts
  • Dividing a total amount equally among a certain number of people and naming the fractional part of the whole that each individual receives
  • Measuring lengths to a fraction of an inch

Word Work:

This week, students will resume their practice of their individualized spelling words. We will also practice distinguishing between the appropriate times to use the suffixes -ch and -tch. Students will learn that a vowel typically precedes the -tch suffix while a consonant typically precedes the -ch suffix.

Science:

 This week we will continue our study of animal life cycles. We will explore how life cycles vary among different animals.
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Week of April 24th

Important Reminders:

  • Sunday, April 23rd – All Band Concert (Jones Theater, 6:30-7:45)
  • Monday, April 24th – All Strings Concert (Jones Theater, 6:30-7:45)
  • Wednesday, April 26th – Administrative Assistants Day and All School Choir Concert (Jones Theater, 6:30-7
  • Thursday, April 27th – Community Conversation (Winston Library, 8:15-9:30)
2nd Grade Swim Rotations (Please remember to send your child’s swim bag containing his/her swimsuit, towel, and goggles):
Mrs. Coffey’s class: April 17th through April 28th

Ms. Crawford’s class: May 1st through May 11th

Academics:

Poetry:

There will not be a poetry assignment this week due to Time Machine. Therefore, your child is expected to have the first half of his/her speaking part memorized by Friday, April 28th. We are looking forward to hearing each child recite the first half in class next Friday!

Biography Project:

In working on fourth quarter’s biography project, our lessons will include a cross-curricular study in reading, writing, social studies, art, and technology. The students are so excited to be reading and  learning information about the person they chose to research for our culminating Time Machine production. This production will be at 9:00 am on May 19th in your child’s classroom. By practicing and reinforcing reading and writing skills learned earlier this year, students have begun to gather factual information by taking notes while reading. Students will draw upon the skills they learned throughout our nonfiction reading unit to read across many different biographies about their historical figure. They will pay close attention to the similar information across these books in order to determine the most important information. Students will research the person’s early and adult life, determine the person’s accomplishments, identify character traits, and make connections to our citizen leader framework. Additionally, students will learn how to read and write timelines while gaining some perspective on historical moments and events.

MATH:

This week we will conclude our study of Geometry. Our mini-lessons will review:

  • Solving number stories about equal groups by using array models to determine a total amount
  • Using counters to create arrays, draw arrays, and record addition number models.
  • Exploring quadrilaterals and other polygons
  • Reviewing the attributes of 2d shapes

Word Work:

We are currently assessing our students to monitor each child’s progress with Words Their Way. Therefore, we will focus on No Excuse Words and additional word patterns in class. Also, we will focus on the difference between it’s and its as well as there’s or theirs.

Science: Students are finishing our unit about sound by completing a STEM+ project. They are so are excited to make music as they build a band with their classmates!!!

After we conclude our Build a Band project we will transition to our study of animal life cycles. Students have already learned about the life cycle of a mealworm with Mr. Knox in the Science Lab.

A Message from our LS Diversity and Inclusion Committee:

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
 
When children have a positive sense self, it sets them up for success. — in everything from academics to friendships. What can you do to nurture your child’s positive sense of self and also help to foster strong relationships with peers during the Lower School years?
 
Come join members of the Lower School Diversity and Inclusion Committee, including the Lower School Counselor – Mary Ripple, to discuss ways we can support our children during these precious and important years of development
 
Please RSVP below to indicate if you are interested in attending. 
 
We will be designing the session to best meet the current needs of parents, and we ask that you share feedback in this form on any particular topics or issues that you would like additional support, information, or tools to help you as a parent as it relates to this conversation.
PE:

4th quarter PE is off to a great start!  Second graders are rotating through three exciting units:   Swimming, Cooperative Games/Jump Rope, and Fitness Games/Skills Review.  During the swim unit students on working on stroke development, treading water, floating, and endurance.  Students are participating in a variety of cooperative games along with continued practice on their jump rope skills.  At the end of the 3rd quarter, they did an outstanding job participating for the first time in our Jump Rope for Heart event.  In the skills review unit, they are revisiting skills learned in prior units and are beginning to apply them to a variety of different activities.

Field Day Reminder

Field Day will take place on Thursday, May 25th.  Information and volunteer sign-ups will be coming soon!

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April 17, 2017

Week of April 10-14– Spring Break, No School

Week of April 17, 2017

It was a pleasure to meet with you during conferences, and we certainly enjoyed the opportunity to share your child’s growth and their successes with you. Everyone is ready for a refreshing spring vacation! The following weeks of school will be filled with so many exciting learning opportunities and events for second grade. We look forward to seeing our students return on Monday, April 17th. It will be DAY 8 on the schedule. Please read the important message about this week’s homework assignments and the biography project.

Important Reminders:

  • Thursday, April 20th is an X DAY – Special Olympics Opening Day
  • Friday, April 21st is Spring Fan Day – RWORLD EVENT at 3:30

2nd Grade Swim Rotations (Please remember to send your child’s swim bag containing his/her swimsuit, towel, and goggles):

Mrs. Coffey’s class: April 17th through April 28th

Ms. Crawford’s class: May 1st through May 11th

Academics:

Poetry:

This week’s poem is an Earth Day theme with a minimum of 12 lines. Students should turn in a copy of the poem to their teacher by Tuesday, April 18th. Recitation will be on Friday, April 21st.

Biography Project:

In working on fourth quarter’s biography project, our lessons will include a cross-curricular study in reading, writing, social studies, art, and technology. The students are so excited to be reading and  learning information about the person they chose to research for our culminating Time Machine production. This production will be at 9:00 am on May 19th in your child’s classroom. By practicing and reinforcing reading and writing skills learned earlier this year, students have begun to gather factual information by taking notes while reading. Students will draw upon the skills they learned throughout our nonfiction reading unit to read across many different biographies about their historical figure. They will pay close attention to the similar information across these books in order to determine the most important information. Students will research the person’s early and adult life, determine the person’s accomplishments, identify character traits, and make connections to our citizen leader framework. Additionally, students will learn how to read and write timelines while gaining some perspective on historical moments and events.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT: 

We are excited about the opportunity for your child to write a speaking part that tells about the life and legacy of the person he/she has chosen to study in the biography unit. An information packet with details, the expectations, and an example will be sent home on Monday, April 17th.

  • Introduction/Hook (minimum of 2 sentences) will be homework for Monday, April 17th
  • Early Life (minimum of 2 sentences) will be homework for Tuesday, April 18th
  • Major Accomplishments (minimum of 3 sentences) will be homework for Wednesday, April 19th
  • Conclusion (minimum of 1 sentence) will be homework for Thursday, April 20th

The complete part (minimum of 8 sentences) must be typed and submitted to your child’s teacher by Friday, April 21, 2017 (may be sent electronically).

MATH:

This week we will continue our Geometry study. Our minilessons will review:

  • Comparing and sorting 3-dimensional shapes according to their attributes
  • Partitioning rectangles into same-size squares in order to determine the area of a rectangle
  • Solving number stories about equal groups by using array models to determine a total amount
  • Exploring shapes, polygons and equal parts

Word Work:

Students continue to practice their individualized spelling sorts through their daily word work activities. In addition, we will explore homographs (words that are spelled the same but have different pronunciations and meanings). Did you hear the wind blowing last night. I can wind the string into a ball. The child had tears on his face. A rough pull tears the paper.

Science: Students will continue to learn about sound as we prepare for our upcoming STEM+ project. We will begin this project after Spring Break. Thank you to everyone who sent in supplies. We are excited about making music as we build a band with a classmates!!!

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Week of April 3rd

Week of April 3, 2017

Important Reminders:

  • Saturday, April 1st– Report cards will go live on your Parent Portal
  • Wednesday, April 5th– Parent Conference Day, No school for students
    • If you have not signed up for a conference time, please do so by Monday, April 3rd. The ability to sign up on the Parent Portal will close on Monday. If you need to schedule an alternate conference date or time, please contact your child’s teacher directly to schedule a time to meet.
    • 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.
  • Week of April 10-14– Spring Break, No School

2nd Grade Swim Rotations (Please remember to send your child’s swim bag containing his/her swimsuit, towel, and goggles):

Mrs. Lane’s class: March 27th through April 7th

Mrs. Coffey’s class: April 17th through April 28th

Ms. Crawford’s class: May 1st through May 11th

Academics:

Poetry:

This week’s poem theme is a spring theme with a minimum of 12 lines. Students should turn in a copy of the poem to their teacher by Tuesday, April 4th. Recitation will be on Friday, April 7th.

Biography Project:

In working on fourth quarter’s biography project, our lessons will include a cross-curricular study in reading, writing, social studies, art, and technology. The students are so excited to be reading and  learning information about the person they chose to research for our culminating Time Machine production. This production will be at 9:00 am on May 19th in your child’s classroom. By practicing and reinforcing reading and writing skills learned earlier this year, students have begun to gather factual information by taking notes while reading. Students will draw upon the skills they learned throughout our nonfiction reading unit to read across many different biographies about their historical figure. They will pay close attention to the similar information across these books in order to determine the most important information. Students will research the person’s early and adult life, determine the person’s accomplishments, identify character traits, and make connections to our citizen leader framework. Additionally, students will learn how to read and write timelines while gaining some perspective on historical moments and events.

Math:

This week we will continue our Geometry study. Our minilessons will focus on:

  • Comparing and sorting 3-dimensional shapes according to their attributes
  • Partitioning rectangles into same-size squares in order to determine the area of a rectangle
  • Solving number stories about equal groups by using array models to determine a total amount

Word Work:

Students continue to practice their individualized spelling sorts through their daily word work activities. In addition, we will explore how we can add suffixes to words that end in a /y/. For example, we will learn the rule for changing cry into cries, cried, and crying. Students will learn to change the /y/ into and /i/ before adding the suffix.

Science: Students will continue to learn about sound as we prepare for our upcoming STEM+ project. We will begin this project after Spring Break. Thank you to everyone who sent in supplies. We are excited about making music as we build a band with a classmates!!!

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Week of March 27th

Wow! Fourth quarter has arrived, and we have many joyful experiences planned for the remainder of this year. We had so much fun watching our students soar on stage while they performed their Disney Musical. We are excited to watch their continued growth, and look forward to the rest of our learning journey together.

Important Reminders:

  • 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.
  • Thursday, March 30th: 3rd/4th Grade Market Day- Our students will be able to purchase items from the Market. Please send money inside a Ziploc bag, or an envelope, with your child’s name on it if he/she plans on buying any items.
  • Thursday, March 30th: Behind the Scenes at Ravenscroft: Why Ravenscroft? What is the Strategic Vision for Ravenscroft for the Next Years? How are Tuition Dollars Being Used? How are Faculty/Staff Evaluated & Compensated? (8:00-9:30, LTC-Main Library)
  • Friday, March 31st: Identity Day AND Mix-It Up Lunch -On this 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. Students will introduce themselves to the people at their lunch table using their special photograph. Students also need to bring a lunch from home on this day because they will eat in classrooms with their Mix it Up at Lunch partner grade. Please click on the link for more information about our upcoming Identity Day: IdentityDayFlyer2017-23m7bm4
  • Friday, March 31st: Tree Talk (9:30-10:15 in the LS Gym)
  • Friday, March 31st:  This is the last day of our classroom collection for the “Build A Band” STEM+ Challenge materials. Thank you to everyone who  has sent in supplies. Please continue to send in any items from the attached list that you have at home (Build a Band Supply List- click here).

2nd Grade Swim Rotations (Please remember to send your child’s swim bag containing his/her swimsuit, towel, and goggles):

Mrs. Lane’s class: March 27th through April 7th

Mrs. Coffey’s class: April 17th through April 28th

Ms. Crawford’s class: May 1st through May 11th

Please Sign-Up for a Conference in Veracross:

For parents familiar with the conference signup process click this quick link which provides direct access to the conference schedule signup form inside of Veracross.

For those new to the process or those wishing to have a refresher click here to view a short “How To” instructional video about how to access the conference sign up tool or follow the directions below.

  • Visit www.ravenscroft.org
  • Click on Parents at the top of the page.
  • Inside of the Parent/Teacher Conference Signups box at the top of the page click the “click here” link to login to Veracross.
  • Once inside of Veracross you will see a Register for Parent/Teacher Conferences link at the top of the page which will begin the process.
  • If you have any questions about using the Parent/Teacher Conference signup tool please contact the appropriate divisional assistant for your child’s division:

Additional Information about Parent/Teacher Conferences:

  • Conference Day is Wednesday, April 5th
  • If you are not able to attend conferences on April 5th please contact your child’s homeroom teacher or advisor to setup an alternate date and time to discuss your child’s progress.
  • The Mid-Semester 2 and LS Quarter 3 reporting period closes on Friday, March 24th.
  • Mid-Semester 2 and LS Quarter 3 Report Cards, including grades and comments, will be available inside of Veracross on Saturday, April 1st.

Academics:

Poetry:

We will continue with our poetry recitations this week! The theme is Music and it must be at least 12 lines. Please remember to have your child turn in a copy of his/her poem on Tuesday, March 28th. The students will recite their poems on Friday, March 31st.

Reading:

We spent last week exploring Biographies, and the students have enjoyed reading about a variety of influential people in preparation for our upcoming Time Machine project! This week our projects will gain momentum as each student writes down their top three choices for who they would like to be for Time Machine. Then, the teachers will have the joy assigning each child their historical figure. On Wednesday, March 29th, the teachers will tell each student who they will be for Time Machine. Please be on the lookout for a Time Machine letter in your child’s Homework folder Wednesday afternoon! Finally, we will spend the remainder of this week researching our historical figures, and creating portraits.

We encourage you to continue reading a plethora of biographies at home with your child and discuss the important contributions these historical figures have had to society.

Writing:

The students have done a wonderful job with their opinion writing this quarter. This week we will finish our unit, and the students will have a writing celebration to share their work with their classmates. Our mini-lessons this week will focus on:

  • Using a checklist to set writerly goals
  • Keeping the elaboration going by writing stronger, longer, and more powerful opinion letters
  • Awarding our favorites: A Book Fair Celebration!

Math:

This week we will begin our new unit of study; Geometry and Arrays. Our mini-lessons this week will focus on:

  • Exploring attributes of two-dimensional shapes
  • Playing Shape Capture (identifying shapes that have certain attributes)
  • Comparing triangles, pentagons, and hexagons (building and comparing various polygons)
  • Drawing and reasoning about quadrilaterals

Spelling:

The students will continue to practice their individualized spelling sorts through a variety of different activities. In addition, we will explore how words change from singular form to plural (knife, knives; tool, tools; sheep, sheep).

Science/Social Studies:

Science: Students will continue to explore the relationship between sound and the ear. They will be able to identify the parts of the ear (outer/inner ear, pinna, eardrum, hammer, stirrup, anvil, and cochlea) and describe how the ear works.

Social Studies: This week we will be learning about natural resources in our environment. Students will be identifying and classifying resources as either renewable or nonrenewable. You can encourage your child to notice objects at home and classify the materials that these objects are made out of as either renewable or nonrenewable resources.

A Note from Special Areas and Around Campus:

Girls on the Run:

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 20th

Weekly Update for Week of March 20th:

Upcoming Musical Reminders:

  • The week of our Second Grade Musical is here! On March 15th, our students delivered a fabulous performance on our field trip to Brookdale Retirement Center. The residents thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment. Audiences in Jones Theater, on Wednesday, March 22nd, are in for a real treat!
  • Please view the rehearsal and performance times below. It is imperative that all students arrive at school by 7:50 during musical week so that they will have adequate time to change into their costumes and be prepared to start on time.
    • Monday, March 20th– Musical Rehearsal, 8:15-9:00
    • Tuesday, March 21st– Musical Rehearsal, 8:15-9:15
    • Wednesday, March 22nd– 2nd Grade Musical Performance!
      • Morning show time (for Lower School students and faculty to attend): 8:30
      • Evening show time (for parents and relatives to attend): 6:30

Important Reminders:

  • March 10th-23rd: Lower School Student Council is organizing book collections for the Raleigh-Wake Reading Association. They are collecting books for children at Wake Medical Hospital and Rex Hospital children’s libraries. Books can be brought to a donation box  in the Lower School Front Lobby. Thanks so much for your help with this project!
  • March 24th: Teacher Workday – no school for student
  • 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.
  • Friday, March 31st:  Identity Day AND Mix-It Up Lunch -On this 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. Students will introduce themselves to the people at their lunch table using their special photograph. Students also need to bring a lunch from home on this day because they will eat in classrooms with their Mix it Up at Lunch partner grade. Please click on the link for more information about our upcoming Identity Day: IdentityDayFlyer2017-23m7bm4
  • Friday, March 31st:  This is the last day of our classroom collection for the “Build A Band” STEM+ Challenge materials. Thank you to everyone who  has sent in supplies. Please continue to send in any items from the attached list that you have at home (Build a Band Supply List- click here).

Academics:

Poetry:

There will be no poem this week due to our preparations for the upcoming musical. Students should spend time this week practicing and polishing up their speaking part. Students should practice their expression so they are ready to perform for an audience! This week, it will also be beneficial for students to practice the musical songs at home. All the song recordings can be found on Mrs. O’Neill’s blog site.

Reading:

We have an exciting week ahead in reading! The children will begin to read and learn about the biography genre in preparation for a classic second grade tradition, the Time Machine project! You will learn more about the Time Machine project as we will post more detailed information on the blog in the coming weeks. You will also receive a hard copy with details about the Time Machine project.

For now, our focus in the class will be to help our students learn about biographies by noticing the different features in a biography. We will notice how biographies often have timelines, list accomplishments of the historical figure, teach about the historical figure’s early life, and much more! The children need to familiarize themselves with this genre by  reading lots of different biographies before we begin the Time Machine historical figure selection process. We encourage you to read a plethora of biographies at home with your child and discuss the important contributions these historical figures have had to society.

Writing:

The children are blossoming into strong opinion letter writers by crafting letters that are longer, stronger, and more convincing than when we started our unit. Every day, students work to craft letters that span multiple pages in length and include many opinions about different aspects of their favorite books. Students will write nominations for their favorite books and attempt to convince readers that these books are truly deserving of awards. The focus in writing this week continues to stress:

  • Choosing topics that we have strong opinions about and making cases for them by including lots of evidence
  • Adding quotes from our books by using quotation marks in our writing that prove our opinion
  • Making comparisons between characters, series, or kinds of books that support our opinions and explain why we think one is better or best
  • Writing captivating introductions and conclusions

Math:

This week in math, we will finish our work with measurement. Students have enjoyed exploring measurement of a variety of objects. Our mini-lessons this week will focus on:

  • Representing data with tables, line plots, and graphs
  • Choosing appropriate tools for the items to be measured
  • Comparing measurements
  • Exploring shape attributes (2 and 3-Dimensional Shapes)

Spelling:

Students will continue to practice their individualized spelling sorts through a variety of different practice methods. In addition, we will continue the study of homophones (ex-threw, through; hour, our; knew, new; would, wood)

Science/Social Studies:

Science: The students are enjoying different experiments to help them explore sound concepts. Students are exploring the relationship between sound and the ear. They will identify and label the parts of the ear (outer/inner ear, pinna, eardrum, hammer, stirrup, anvil, and cochlea) and describe how the ear works. Vibrating objects produce sound. Sound waves are collected by the outer ear, which help to funnel sound to the eardrum. the eardrum vibrates when sound wave hit it, and cause the tiny bones in the middle of the ear to vibrate as well. The vibrations move through the bones to the inner ear where the sounds are changed into a form that is understood by the brain.

Social Studies: After our lesson on cultural diversity, students are recognizing that the differences in people make the world a richer and more interesting place. In appreciating differences of others, we will also begin to think about character traits and contributions of a variety of important historical figures.

A Note from Special Areas and Around Campus:

Girls on the Run:

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 13th

Weekly Update for Week of March 13th:

Important Reminders:

  • Wednesday, March 15th: Field trip to Brookdale Retirement Center- Students will perform the songs from their musical for the residents at Brookdale.
  • Friday, March 31st: Last day for “Build A Band” STEM+ Challenge materials collection. Thank you to everyone who  has sent in supplies. Please continue to send in any items from the attached list that you have at home (Build a Band Supply List- click here)

Upcoming Musical Reminders:

  • The following week is the week of our 2nd grade musical. Please view the rehearsal and performance times below. It is imperative that all students arrive at school by 7:50 during musical week so that they will have adequate time to change into their costumes and be prepared to start on time.
    • Monday, March 20th– Musical Rehearsal, 8:15-9:00
    • Tuesday, March 21st– Musical Rehearsal, 8:15-9:15
    • Wednesday, March 22nd– 2nd Grade Musical Performance!
      • Morning show time (for Lower School students and faculty to attend): 8:30
      • Evening show time (for parents and relatives to attend): 6:30

Academics:

Poetry:

There will be no poem this week due to our preparations for the upcoming musical. Students should spend time this week practicing and polishing up their speaking part. Students should practice their expression so they are ready to perform for an audience! This week, it will also be beneficial for students to practice the musical songs at home. All the song recordings can be found on Mrs. O’Neill’s blog site.

Reading:

The students are enjoying reading longer and more complicated books! As students’ books become longer, with that comes the need for strategies for keeping track of the plot and details in longer books. This week, students will learn and utilize strategies to help them comprehend their longer books. Our minilessons this week will focus on:

  • Using Post-Its to jot down notes and keep track of the story in order to remember important things that happen
  • Slowing down, rereading, and asking questions when we do not understand what is going on in the story
  • Inventing ways to use writing to help tackle confusing parts in the story

Writing:

The children are blossoming into strong opinion letter writers by crafting letters that are longer, stronger, and more convincing than when we started our unit. Every day, students work to craft letters that span multiple pages in length and include many opinions about different aspects of their favorite books. This week we will shift our focus slightly as we begin a new bend of the unit. We will be writing nominations for our favorite books as we attempt to convince readers that these books are truly deserving of awards. This week, our minilessons will focus on:

  • Choosing topics that we have strong opinions about and making cases for them by including lots of evidence
  • Adding quotes from our books by using quotation marks in our writing that prove our opinion
  • Making comparisons between characters, series, or kinds of books that support our opinions and explain why we think one is better or best

Math:

This week in math, we will continue to further our work with measurement. Students will explore measurement using different units. Our minilessons this week will focus on:

  • Measuring with meters
  • Measuring lengths to the nearest centimeter and the nearest inch
  • Creating a line plot to represent data
  • Creating a frequency table for a set of data

Spelling:

Students will continue to practice their individualized spelling sorts through a variety of different practice methods. In addition to this individual spelling practice, students will also practice making words that have tricky vowel teams that make ambiguous sounds, such as the /oi/ in coil.

Science/Social Studies:

Science: The students are enjoying different experiments to help them explore sound concepts. This week we will focus specifically on what impacts the pitch of sound and the relationship between pitch and frequency sound waves.

Social Studies: We will continue our study of environmental literacy. This week we will discuss how pollution is harmful to our environment. We will also discuss why it is important to conserve our natural resources.

A Note from Special Areas and Around Campus:

Girls on the Run:

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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