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December 13, 2018
Third Grade Visits Fairmount Water Works
On their field trip last Friday, Third Graders enriched their year-long study of water as a habitat and natural resource. Guides at the Water Works taught them about how Philadelphia’s water supply system began, and the effort the city put into keeping the Schuylkill river clean. Third Graders also got a peek at the current freshwater mussel hatchery onsite. These freshwater mussels are placed back into Philadelphia’s waterways in an effort to revitalize the endangered mussels and improve the health of the river.
Writing Through the Grades
by David Kern
This week I kept my eyes open for some of the writing that is taking place across our campus. Kindergartners practice writing today’s date on the blackboard as part of their morning meeting. They have also composed a brief sentence (story) with pictures:
First Grade had a Publisher’s Party complete with individual readings and popcorn! The writers’ “party” is held at the end of a writing project. The first graders produced detailed stories about events in their lives:
I’ve also added a picture of Third Grade writing that is posted in our hallway in the Main Building. Their stories were fiction pieces incorporating a surprise element in the plot:
Entrepreneurs and Climate Activists at the Rainforest Sale
On December 5, Fifth Grade held a Rainforest Sale to help raise money for conservation in the Amazon. During lunch recesses, students exchanged money for food, hair dye, fortunetelling, sports, games, music, a photo booth, and a yard sale. All together they raised $400, which will be donated to the Nature Conservancy. The proceeds will go towards protecting the homes of 50% of the world’s known animal species. Every cent makes a difference!
Fourth Graders Being “Molded” for Greatness
The annual tri-school Mold Symposium is not until January 23, but the Fourth Grade students have already been hard at work. The experiments they set up grew for four consecutive weeks, and needed to be checked weekly.
Fourth Graders learned a lot, and not all of it had to do with mold. They learned that incomplete safety seals (taping petri dishes shut) let fruit flies in, and the flies feasted on many experiments. They also learned a lot about the anatomy and the life cycle of fruit flies!
They learned that some of our molds (Charlie’s powdery green penicillin) could be useful, while others were toxic (Kylee’s fuzzy pink fusarium). At the end of the fourth week Fourth Graders were very careful to dispose of their mold using safe lab practices.
Now, to prepare for the Symposium, Fourth Graders and Kathleen are analyzing their findings. Did students prove their original hypothesis? Did they have unexpected results? Did those results lead to new questions? Knowing what they know now, would they set up their experiment differently if they did it again?
Friday, Dec 14
Family Fun Movie Night, 6:00 pm in the Gym
Sunday, December 16
Last day to see Third Grade art on display at Woodmere
Thursday, December 20
Meeting for Worship, 8:30-9:00 am — Join us!
6th Grade Visiting Lecturer — David on Tiananmen Square
Friday, December 21
Wassail and Snacks, 9:30 am, Annie H
Winter Community Sing, 10:30 am, Meetinghouse
Early Dismissal & Winter Break begins, 12:00 pm
Dining Out at California Pizza Kitchen, starting after dismissal
Vacation Care will be open on 12/27, 12/28, 1/3 and 1/4.
Monday, January 7
Financial Aid applications due
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