Week of April 30th


On Thursday, May 3rd, we will have our field trip to the Natural Science Museum in Raleigh to learn more about animal life cycles. Please remember to send a disposable lunch from home since we will be eating at the museum.

There will be no poetry assigned this week. Instead of a poetry assignment, students need to memorize their entire speaking part for Time Machine. Students will recite their parts on Friday, May 4th. Please practice each night.


  • Monday, April 30th: Lower, Middle & Upper School Strings Concert (6:30-7:45, Jones Theatre)
  • Tuesday, May 1st: Lower School Strings Orchestra Rehearsal (3-4:15, Rehearsal Room B)
  • Thursday, May 3rd: 2nd grade field trip to the Museum of Natural Science (Raleigh; 9:00-1:00)
  • Friday, May 4th: Grade 2 & 3 Private Lessons Recital (9:15-10:15 a.m., Jones Theatre) and last day to check out materials from Winston Library
  • Friday, May 11th: Time Machine projects are due to your child’s homeroom teacher
  • Friday, May 18th: 2nd grade Time Machine Performance (9:00-10:00 a.m., 2nd grade classrooms)
  • Monday, May 21st: Transition Meeting for Rising 3rd grade parents (2:00-3:00 p.m., Winston Library)


Language Arts

  • 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
  • Writing biographies about our influential people using the notes we gathered during the research process
  • Drafting engaging introductions, accomplishments, and personal life sections of our biographies
  • Spelling assessment – Monday, April 30th and practicing new spelling principles on Tuesday


  • Determining and selecting appropriate units and tools to estimate and measure lengths (US Customary and metric)
  • Collecting and recording data
  • Exploring shape attributes, graphs, and measurements


  • Studying and reading about life cycles of many different animals
  • Observing life cycles of ladybugs and butterflies within each classroom community
  • Writing observations in journals and listing “wonderings” about the processes and changes occuring

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
  • Using Lead From Here Framework and associated language to discuss Time Machine individual – how they were/are a Citizen Leader


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.

  • 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.

Learn to Ride a Bike Program Dates:

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

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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