Week of January 22nd


2nd Quarter Parent/Teacher Conference Signups

Parent conference signups are now available inside of the parent portal in Veracross.

If you have any questions about using the Parent/Teacher Conference signup tool please email help@ravenscroft.org.

Parent/Teacher Conference Information

  • Conference Day is Thursday, January 25th
  • If you are not able to attend conferences on January 25th please contact your child’s homeroom teacher to set up an alternate date and time to discuss your child’s progress.
  • The Semester 1 and LS Quarter 2 reporting period closes on Friday, January 12th.
  • Semester 1 and LS Quarter 2 Report Cards, including grades and comments, will be available inside of Veracross on Saturday, January 20th.


We will have a poetry assignment this week. The theme is winter and your child’s poem must be a minimum of 8 lines. Please remember to have your child turn in a copy of his/her poem on Tuesday, January 23rd. The students will recite their winter poems on Friday, January 26th.

Science Is Fun–Rescheduled

Due to our snow days, we will be rescheduling our Commotion in Motion on campus field trip. We will send home more information once we confirm the details.

Upcoming STEM+ Projects–Classroom Needs

During third quarter our classes will be completing two STEM+ projects. Therefore, we would like your help collecting the following materials:

  • Cardboard
  • Shoe boxes
  • Tissue boxes
  • Rice or dried beans
  • Toilet paper/paper towel rolls
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Plastic straws
  • Regular duct tape
  • Patterned/colored duct tape
  • Paper-various sizes and textures
  • String or yarn
  • Wax paper
  • Foil
  • Buttons
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Empty circular containers (example: plastic or oatmeal raisin container)

Please send any of the materials listed above to your child’s homeroom teacher. Thank you in advance for your help!


  • Saturday, January 20th: Q2 Report Cards available through Veracross
  • Monday, January 22nd: Lower School Community Conversation (8-9:30 a.m., Winston Library). *Please scroll to the bottom of the blog post for further information.
  • Thursday, January 25th: Parent/Teacher Conferences (No school for students and childcare available in Makerspace)
  • Friday, January 26th: Winter Fan Night, Dress Down Day (Green and Gold Day), and Pep Rally (12:30-1:45, Main Arena)

Language Arts

  • Continuing to partner with Winston Library to investigate research methods and resources used for writing nonfiction
  • Taking notes using nonfiction books and online databases and citing our sources
  • Rereading and revising our drafts to increase the amount of specific information (facts) to help others learn more about our topics
  • Reviewing, practicing, and writing with spelling patterns–new spelling sorts will be distributed on Tuesday, January 23rd (Day 1)
  • Writing plural nouns


  • Using coins to purchase things
  • Making change by counting up
  • Exploring arrays (arrays provide an important model for multiplication)
  • Continuing to practice telling time (on analog clocks) and investigating geometric shapes


  • 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
  • Exploring the characteristics of various community jobs and careers


Art: Check out what’s happening in the art room on Ravens heART, Mrs. Karpowitz’s art blog. Subscribe to receive notifications each time a new post is added…because #ravensheartart!

Music: Please review the email sent from Mrs. O’Neill on Friday, January 5th for some important information regarding the 2nd grade musical. Musical preparations are underway and it will be important for your children to practice his/her speaking part and songs at home. Please click the link to view the script at home (Musical Script). The songs can be found on the music blog. Mrs. O’Neill also needs the shirt size for your child so that she can place the musical t-shirt order. Please fill out this form as soon as possible (T-Shirt Order Form).

Lower School Community Conversation–Preparing the Pond:

A Conversation About Cultivating a Learning Environment That Positions Every Raven to Thrive

Our community is beautifully diverse in a variety of ways. Preparing an environment comprised of a diverse population is critical to supporting our students academically, socially and emotionally.

How can we partner as parents and educators to continue to grow in our cultural competence? What does your child need to thrive?

Come join members of the Lower School Diversity and Inclusion Committee, including the Lower School Counselor – Mary Ripple, to discuss ways we can support our children during these precious and important years of development.


Please RSVP via the google form

E-mail Karrah Lewis or Dante Johnson with any questions:  karrah.lewis@ravenscroft.org  dante.johnson@ravenscroft.org



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