Week of October 1st


What an unexpected surprise to find that we would not be in school on Friday! Events like these create quite a scramble in the morning. The second grade teachers will look forward to seeing the students back in our classrooms by 7:45 on the day that Lower School reopens. The GoPlaySave Dress Down Day for students that earned the opportunity for dress down on September 28th will be notified of the make-up date. Throughout next week, all students will have the exciting chance to celebrate with the Ravenscroft community and share their spirit. Please see the schedule below for the fun dress down themes and activities.


  • October 1 – 5:  Spirit Week 
    Monday, Oct. 1 (Day 3): Mix & Match Socks Monday (socks only)
    Tuesday, Oct. 2 (Day 4): Throwback Tuesday (Decade Day)
    Wednesday, Oct. 3 (Day 5): PJ Day
    Thursday, Oct. 4 (Day 6): Favorite Team Day
    Friday, Oct. 5 (Day 7): Green and Gold Dress Down Day
  • Wednesday, October 3: Lower School Photo Make-Up Day, 8 a.m.-noon
  • Friday, October 5: Homecoming & Embrace Possibility Celebration
     This event is for ALL ages. There will be an outdoor dinner from 5-7pm with family lawn games, spirit tent, DJ and plenty of community time!  Then,  families are encouraged to make their way over to the football stadium to watch Varsity Football take on Wake Christian at 7:30pm.  Everyone can register online via our website www.ravenscroft.org and click on Athletics or via link:  https://www.ravenscroft.org/our-community/parent-involvement/rac/homecoming-registration  See flyer:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1x18z6S-nF14QlEYpPKZsx_9og98WeSZI/view?usp=sharing
  • October 8 Fall Holiday

Mrs. Bever’s class will swim October 1-15.


Language Arts

  • Using multiple strategies at one time to figure out tricky words such as making a good guess based on the context of the story and then cross-checking by looking at the print on the page
  • Noticing common beginnings and endings of words that can be read quickly to help us figure out longer, trickier words
  • Paying attention to vowel teams in the middle of words and thinking about the variety of sounds a vowel team might make to help us read tricky words
  • Revising our writing in order to create a particular effect on readers
  • Using books as resources to help us identify strong craft moves that we can try out in our own writing
  • Trying out craft moves that we learn from mentor authors in order to make our writing more powerful
  • Incorporating adjectives into our writing in order to appeal to readers senses and create powerful imagery in readers minds


  • Using near-doubles facts to solve addition problems
  • Exploring the turn-around rule for addition
  • Writing subtraction number stories and investigating the turn-around rule as it relates to subtraction
  • Solving open response problems and explaining our thinking in written form about math


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

Social Studies

  • Lead From Here lessons (citizen-leaders and being ethical)
  • Geography (maps and globes)
  • We will continue our collaborative geography unit of study and partner with Mrs. Zeblo and Mrs. Ortolano in the library to learn about The Super 3 research model. Students will be conducting research about a continent with their classmates and will use this research model to locate reliable information and cite their sources.


*** I’m looking for a woodworker who can help me prepare the wood boards and pieces for the Simple Machines wrap up project- Pocket Sundials.  A bandsaw is probably the most efficient tool for this work!  Please contact me at patrick.knox@Ravenscroft.org ***
Second graders study simple machines during the first quarter. For our first lesson, students learned how to do a simple engineering drawing with a front view and a side view of the same object. Next, they practiced following a plan to build simple levers using LEGO building sets. This week students will build a working model of a windshield wiper that consists of both a lever and a wheel and axle. It would be helpful if you would open the hood of your car and let your second grader watch as the wipers work.  How much of the mechanism can you see?  Is the motor hidden or obvious!
Early this year one of our returning K students talked about how his parents had helped provide a safe place to keep all of his science belongings that came home from school. On parent’s night, I ran into that student’s mom who talked about how much fun they had when friends and family came over and her son had the chance to teach about what he had done and made in science lab.
Winston Library & Technology: Updates
Your Child’s Library Account –  Please be on the look out for an email from Winston Library with your child’s current checkouts.  The subject line of the email will be, “Checked Out Materials, Overdue Materials, Unpaid Fines”.  Please note that the Winston Library does not charge overdue fines.  The only time a charge will be listed on a child’s account is for a lost or damaged book.  If you have any questions regarding your child’s account please contact us through email at – winstonlibrary@ravenscroft.org
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