Week of October 22nd


Next Monday, October 22nd, Lower School students will participate in a “Mix It Up” lunch.  Mix It Up Day is a national campaign launched by Teaching Tolerance over a decade ago.  On this day, students will be asked to bring a lunch from home.  On this special day, we ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. It’s a simple act with profound implications. Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away. We are excited to provide this opportunity for our students and we are looking forward to a great Identity Day next Monday!

If you have not scheduled a report card conference for Thursday, November 1st, please remember to sign up for a conference time with your child’s teacher. You may sign up by accessing your Parent Portal. If you have a conflict that prevents you from attending the conference on Conference Day, please contact your child’s teacher to set up an alternate date and time.

Lower School families are invited to Trunk-or-Treat from 5-6:30 p.m. on October 26th in the Middle School parking lot. Sign up to be assigned a parking spot, then have fun decorating your trunk and handing out candy, or bring your children in costume to Trick-or-Treat (or choose to do both)! Sign up here.

Thank you to our parent volunteers that have helped Mr. Knox and our students with the pocket sundial project. It is such an exciting project.


  • Monday, October 22 – Lower School Tree Talk: (PK-2) 8:30-9:00 (9:15-10:00 (3-5) Lower School Gym
  • Tuesday, October 23 – All School Gathering: 10:15-10:45 Bell Tower
  • Tuesday, October 23 – Keim Open House: 8:15-9:15; 12-1; 4-5:30
  • Wednesday, October 26 – Trunk-or-Treat: 5:00-6:30 Middle School parking lot
  • Saturday, October 27: Report Cards will become available through your Parent Portal
  • Wednesday, October 31 – Halloween Parade 8:05; Carnival during P.E. 9:10-9:55; Class Party 1:45-2:45
  • Thursday, November 1 – Parent Conferences – no school for students


Language Arts

  • Noticing ways that authors make their stories click together at the end and draw upon previous parts of the story to create a powerful ending
  • Retelling stories in order to specifically think about what the author wants to teach us
  • Trying out craft moves in our own writing that we learn from mentor authors of our own choosing
  • Offering feedback to partners about how to revise their writing
  • Using a checklist to edit our writing and check for correct spelling, punctuation, and capitalization in order to prepare our writing for publication
  • Sharing our writing with an audience and celebrating all that we have accomplished as writers this quarter
  • Expanding our use of conjunctions to include other ways to link two ideas together by using words such as and, but, so, or, because


  • Drawing upon a variety of strategies in order to solve addition problems
  • Solving subtraction number stories and generating related addition and subtraction facts
  • Generating fact families by using related numbers (ex: 4+3=7, 3+4=7, 7-4=3, 7-3=4)
  • Finding missing addends in an addition problem


  • Identifying the six different types of simple machines (wheel and axle, lever, screw, wedge, pulley, and inclined plane)
  • Discovering how simple machines make work easier, faster, and more efficient

Social Studies

  • Discovering ways to effectively communicate with others during our next Lead From Here launch lesson
  • Discussing the characteristics and importance of being a good community citizen
  • Using map skills to read a variety of maps for information


Update from PE:

2nd graders are just about to wrap up their unit rotations in PE for Quarter 1 and are getting ready to enjoy some large group activities over the next week.  We are pleased with all the progress they have made throughout the beginning of the year. Quarter 2 promises to bring more exciting units, as the students will enjoy working on their fitness, keeping their bodies and minds healthy, and improving their striking skills.   As the weather continues to trend toward cooler mornings, we ask that the students come prepared for some classes to be held outside.  If they bring a coat or sweater, it is helpful if they are labeled so that we may be able to return them if they are accidentally left behind in PE.

We are excited for the upcoming Halloween Carnival, attached please see the schedule for each grade level.  5th-grade students will again assist us in leading the stations for our younger Ravens.  Please note that the parade schedule has been updated so that each grade will have enough time to attend the parade beginning at 8:05-8:30 followed by the carnival.













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