Week of February 12th

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Please join us this Friday, February 9th, or Saturday, February 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Jones Theatre to watch the performances of “A Grand Night for Singing”. These performances combine very talented and seasoned students with a wonderful selection of memorable songs. This Musical Revue is comprised of the “greatest hits” from Rogers & Hammerstein. These two gentlemen certainly Led with Others and Changed Their World through their collaboration.

This week’s poetry theme will be free choice. The students may choose a theme that interests them, and the minimum line requirement is 8 lines. Students should turn in a copy of the poem to their teacher on Tuesday, February 13th. Students will recite their poems on Friday, February 16th.

Our Science is Fun Commotion in Motion on campus field trip has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 13th. Each class will have an opportunity to explore force and motion concepts through a variety of experiments with a scientist from the Science is Fun organization. Since this is an on campus experience, no special lunches will be required. The students will participate in everything here on campus in our Lower School MakerSpace.

Calling all STEM+ Innovators! Please continue to send in any of the items listed on the letter that went home in the Tuesday folder. While the career tool project is finished, all classes still need a plethora of supplies in order to create our next project for the sound unit. Take a look around the house for any of the items on this list. Please send them to school with your child.

**A note about Valentine’s Day- Each 2nd grade class will participate in a valentine card exchange. If your child chooses to participate in this exchange (participation is optional), please be sure that he/she brings a valentine for every child in the class. Class lists can be found at this link (be sure to select the 2nd grade tab at the bottom of the Google Sheet to view the lists).

CALENDAR REMINDERS

  • Tuesday, February 13thScience is Fun Commotion in Motion on campus field trip
  • Wednesday, February 14th-Valentine’s Day Classroom Parties images (1)
  • Thursday, February 15th- LS STEM Family Night, 6:30-8:00 in the Dining Hall. This is going to be a fantastic event. Please click here for more information and we hope to see you there!!
  • Monday, February 19th-Friday, February 23rd – WINTER BREAK – classes resume on Monday, February 26th

ACADEMIC UPDATES

Language Arts

  • Writing persuasive letters about our favorite characters and parts of books; including reasons and examples from the text to support our opinions
  • Making our letters about books even better by retelling important parts
  • Considering our audience by leaving our readers “hanging” as to not spoil the ending of our favorite books
  • Using a checklist to set goals for ourselves as writers
  • Noticing dialogue tags to promote fluency during reading
  • Reading a text at a just-right pace
  • Recognizing and discussing literary language with our reading partners
  • Reviewing, practicing, and writing with spelling patterns–our assessment on our current word sorts will be on Wednesday, February 14th (Day 8).  Due to Winter Break, new word sorts will be distributed once we return to school on Monday, February 26th (Day 3).

Math

  • Using open number lines as a tool for solving number stories
  • Solving change-to-more and parts-and-total number stories
  • Solving change number stories involving temperature
  • Completing an open response problem to demonstrate flexibility with adding multi-digit numbers

Science

  • Conducting experiments to explore sound and hearing
  • Investigating what makes sound and how sound waves travel

Social Studies

  • Reflecting on our role as citizen-leaders and considering what our role is in preserving the environment
  • Studying ways that we can protect our physical environment

SPECIAL AREA UPDATES

Art Update from Mrs. Karpowitz:

We have started preparing for our Lower School Master Artist Gallery show which will be in the Pugh Gallery for the whole month of March. Our Master Artist this year is Yayoi Kusama, and our LS community is responding very positively to what we’re learning about her. Take a look at Mrs. Karpowitz’s blog, Ravens heART for important dates, parent volunteer opportunities, and a link to a bio presentation about Kusama. It’s the most wonderful time of the year … because #ravensheartart!

Science Update from Mr. Knox:

Our Q3 science unit  is about sound.  Students will experience vibrations in all kinds of materials, starting with tuning forks.  We’ll use water to make the vibrations visible, and compare different tuning forks an octave apart, to connect science to music. A great toy/tool to have at home for this unit would be a tuning fork.
Music Update from Mrs. O’Neill:
Musical Update! Practice on the blog!
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