Week of October 16th

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Parent Conference Signups Now Available
Parent Conference signups are now available in the parent portal. When you login to the parent portal there is a signup button on the right hand side just above the Quick Links section. As a reminder, conference day is Friday, November 3rd. If you are unable to attend conferences on November 3rd please contact your child’s homeroom teacher or advisor to setup an alternative date and time to discuss your child’s progress. LS Quarter 1 reporting period closes on Friday, October 20th. LS Quarter 1 Report Cards, including grades and comments, will be available in the parent portal on Saturday, October 28th. If you have any questions about using the Parent Conference sign-up tool please contact please contact Robbin King at robbin.king@ravenscroft.org
Upcoming Author Visit
Children’s book author, Stacy McAnulty, will visit Ravenscroft Oct. 26th for a book talk and signing, in conjunction with Ravenscroft’s Book Fair. McAnulty is the 2017 Ezra Jack Keats Book New Writer Honor Recipient for Excellent Ed and her newest book Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years will be released Oct 24th. Other picture books include Brave, 101 Reasons Why I’m Not Taking a Bath and Beautiful as well as chapter book series: Goldie Blox and The Dino Files. Signed copies will be available for pre-order.  Order forms in next week’s blue folders, are due to homeroom teachers Oct. 20th.
CALENDAR REMINDERS
  • Monday, October 16th – Dining Hall Parent Meeting (8-9 a.m., Dining Hall)
  • Thursday, October 19th – Lower School Dads Kickball (5-7 p.m., 3rd-5th Grade Playground)
  • Friday, October 20thNo School/Teacher Workday and End of Quarter 1

ACADEMIC UPDATES

Language Arts

  • Reading like writers by finding small moments in books and noticing the details
  • Empowering children to independently incorporate craft moves from any author by analyzing the author’s intentions
  • Noticing what is powerful within a story, thinking about why it is powerful, and considering how the author used that craft move to create a reaction
  • Thinking about the author’s message and what the author wants to teach us
  • Publishing our small moment stories and supporting students with language and conventions
  • Sharing our favorite parts of our writing with one another
  • Studying various patterns and specific spelling principles

Math

  • Writing number models to express even and odd numbers as sums
  • Playing Name That Number to discover multiple ways to name numbers
  • Solving Frames-and-Arrows problems involving skip counting with addition and subtraction
  • Reviewing fact strategies in preparation for our next unit

Science

  • Identifying the six different types of simple machines (wheel and axle, lever, screw, wedge, pulley, and inclined plane)

Social Studies

  • Discovering the importance of collaboration by completing our next Lead From Here activity
  • Discussing the importance of citizenship within communities

SPECIAL AREA UPDATES

Science Lab
Second grade students brainstormed a list of fasteners and the tools required to make then work: nails/hammer, screws/screwdriver, etc. We realized that a tool is not always required- paperclips, thumbtacks, etc.  Someone shared seat belt, which certainly fastens you to your seat!  Students then practiced using hammers and nails.  They really seemed to enjoy pounding a nail completely into the 2 x 4, but then realized they couldn’t remove it.  Many did pound a second nail part way into the board and then used the hammer’s claw to remove it.
Music
Hello Parents!  We are preparing for two special performances coming up in November, Veteran’s Day and Special Friend’s Day.  Below you will find links to my blog that include music for your child to learn for both event.  Before you know it, Holiday sharing music will be up soon too!  Be on the lookout for that also!
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