Week of April 16th


Welcome back from Spring Break! We hope that everyone enjoyed a restful week and you are geared up for an exciting spring in second grade! We had a busy week right before Spring Break. We wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your support throughout our preparations for the 2nd grade musical! It was a smashing success and the children were prepared because of your support and encouragement at home.

On Thursday, April 26th, we will have our 3rd Annual Identity Day in Lower School. In preparation for this event, students will need to prepare an Identity Day project so that we can learn about each one of the friends in our Lower School community. Please review the letter linked above for more information about this project. This letter also went home prior to Spring Break. We will be discussing these projects and Identity Day in more depth with the students when we return to school.

Poetry will resume this week. The theme for this week is an Earth Day or Spring themed poem. The minimum line requirement is 12 lines. Students should turn in a copy of their poem to their teacher on Tuesday, April 17th. Students will recite their poem on Friday, April 20th.


  • Monday, April 16th (day 7)- Classes resume
  • Thursday, April 19th- X Day for Special Olympics (Ravenscroft will host this event and we will attend the Opening Ceremonies to cheer on the athletes.)
  • Friday, April 20th- Private Lessons Recital


It is an exciting time in second grade as we prepare to launch into our biography unit. 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. Please review the letter sent home prior to Spring Break, and the letter can also be viewed under the tab at the top of this blog, for specific expectations at school and at home for this Time Machine project.


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 16th
  • Early Life (minimum of 2 sentences) will be homework for Tuesday, April 17th
  • Major Accomplishments (minimum of 3 sentences) will be homework for Wednesday, April 18th
  • Conclusion (minimum of 1 sentence) will be homework for Thursday, April 19th

The complete part (minimum of 8 sentences) must be typed and submitted to your child’s teacher by Friday, April 20, 2018 (may be sent electronically).

Language Arts

  • Determining important information about a historical figure by reading a variety of biographical resources
  • Noticing information that occurs across multiple biographies about a historical figure and determining its importance related to the life of that person
  • Synthesizing the important information that was read in these biographies and categorizing this information into the following groups: Personal Life, Accomplishments, and Connections to our Lead From Here Framework
  • Partnering with our librarians to refine our research, note-taking, and source citing skills
  • Reviewing and practicing taught spelling patterns and principles (new sorts will be distributed on Wednesday, April 18th)


  • Finding differences between 2-digit numbers and multiples of ten
  • Applying place-value concepts and properties of addition to solve an open response problem with four addends
  • Solving addition problems with three or more addends


  • Due to our musical and conferences prior to Spring Break, we will spend this week concluding our unit on Sound with our Build a Band STEM+ project
  • Constructing an instrument using a variety of materials and their understanding of how sound is made

Social Studies

  • Researching the accomplishments of important historical figures and determining how they have changed our world
  • Determining how the historical figures we are researching have had a positive impact on others


PE Update:

Each class will have an opportunity to engage in a two week swim unit with Coach Warren. Students should bring a swimsuit and towel in a separate bag on the assigned dates (see below). Goggles are recommended, but not required. Students will also probably want to bring flip flops or sandals for changing in the locker room and walking onto the pool deck.

  • Lane’s Class: April 16- April 27
  • Coffey’s Class: April 30-May 10

Technology Update [A Cross-Divisional Partnership Between 2nd Grade, Mrs. Fordham, Dr. Nunalee, and Mrs. Loyola (Director of Educational Technology)]

The second graders have two unique opportunities to infuse technology into our cross-curricular biography unit. The students will be using a tool called Sutori to collaborate with one another and create a digital timeline representing all of their historical figures. Students will include important information about their person on this timeline and will have to determine where on the timeline their person needs to be placed based on birth order for all of the historical figures represented in the class. The second technology integration opportunity that students will have this week will be to create a 3-dimensional model of a time machine. Students will produce this representation in TinkerCAD through a collaborative experience with Upper School students in Dr. Nunalee’s Honor’s Engineering class. The students will have an opportunity to work together to envision and create a time machine using their own creativity, imagination, and design thinking.


Learn To Ride A Bike Classes

Program Description: This unique after-school program, which made a successful debut during Summer Programs 2014, is designed for kids who are still using training wheels or struggling to ride independently on two wheels.

Participants will learn balance, pedal, and riding skills throughout the sessions. Lessons on bicycle safety will also be a focus for this program, so that once participants are able to ride on their own, they will know how to do it safely.

Program Dates:

Spring Session #1- April 16th, 18th, 23rd, & 25th

Spring Session #2- May 1st, 3rd, 8th, & 10th

*This program will run for two weeks, per session, with four total meetings (as listed above).

*Online Registration for the program will open on Monday, April 2nd at 9:00 a.m.

Time: 3:00-4:15 pm

Cost: $150/4 sessions

Age: All Lower School Students, K-5th Grade

Instructor:  Roxane Roberts

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