Week of February 26th

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Welcome back! We hope that everyone enjoyed a restful and relaxing Winter Break. We cannot wait to see your children on Monday and hear about all of their Winter Break adventures. We are excited to get back into our school routines this week!

Poetry will resume this week. The theme for this week’s poem is a March themed poem which may include kites, wind, and shamrocks. Poem line length this week will remain at 8 lines. Students should turn in a copy of the poem to their teacher on Tuesday, February 27th. Students will recite their poem on Friday, March 2nd.

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.

CALENDAR REMINDERS

  • Monday, February 26th: Classes resume (Day 3)
  • Tuesday, February 27th: SAFEChild Parent Presentation from 6:00 – 7:00 PM in the Library and Technology Center (Child care will be provided. Please RSVP using this link.)
  • Friday, March 2nd: Lower School World Languages Celebration  from 8:30-9:30 in the Lower School Gym

ACADEMIC UPDATES

Language Arts

  • Writing persuasive letters with a specific audience in mind and angling our writing towards our readers as if we are talking to them
  • Writing stronger and more convincing letters by writing our opinions about more than just one part of the book
  • Paying attention to the small details in books in order to grow new ideas and generate more writing for our persuasive letters about our reading
  • Recognizing and understanding why authors use literary language (comparisons, invented words, and figurative language) in their books
  • Understanding the use of comparisons in our books by combining our knowledge of both things being compared and how they’re alike
  • Noticing when authors use language in creative ways and understanding what the author is really saying as they play around with words.
  • Recognizing and using irregular past tense verbs in our writing
  • Reviewing and practicing spelling patterns and principles. New word sorts will be distributed once we return to school on Monday, February 26th (Day 3).

Math

  • Solving number stories that involve change-to-more situations where a certain value is being added on
  • Solving number stories that involve parts-and-total diagrams where a certain value must be determined
  • Introducing different strategies for adding multidigit 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:

Calling all young artists! If you would like to create a piece of art that celebrates our diversity and the many cultures represented in our school community, please bring it with you on the day we return from Winter break. Artwork will be displayed in the Finley Center for our upcoming Cultural Festival in March, where Ravenscroft families will have a chance to share their cultures and communities. In addition to visual artwork, there will also be artistic performances by student and parent groups.

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