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March 21, 2019
“What has two legs, no tail, and flies at night?”
… Give up?
“A vampire in his dark, scary castle.”
Keeping Math Creative in First Grade
First Graders have been exercising their spatial awareness by comparing the length and width of objects in their classroom. They take things like paperclips, legos, and animal crackers, and lay them out according to size. This helps them answer questions like, “Which is shorter, the longest lego, or the widest animal cracker?” and “If my pencil is 5 paperclips long, and my eraser is 3 paperclips long, then how many paperclips longer is my pencil than my eraser?” This type of measuring will prepare First Graders to transition to measuring with standard units of measurement in Second Grade.
They have also created their own math riddles that are structured like word problems. “What has 12 feet and 6 ears? …1 dad bear and 2 babies.”
Second Grade set themselves the goal of noticing and recording 100 acts of kindness. Some of the kindnesses included, “Sharing a book,” “Holding the door,” “Smiling at someone,” “Helping grandparents down the steps,” “Listening,” and “Wrapping yarn balls.” They glued these observations onto a garland of hearts to decorate their classroom and remind themselves of the possibilities for kindness.
Goats and Stewardship
Our second Color Day of the year is coming up on April 11. While classroom teachers have conferences with parents, Specials teachers and admin will lead students in group activities around the Quaker testimony of “stewardship.”
One activity will be reading “Beatrice’s Goat” by Page McBrier. The story follows a girl named Beatrice, whose family is lifted out of poverty when they receive the a goat from the nonprofit Heifer International. As it turns out, David and his wife Karen are friends with the real-life Beatrice from their work in Uganda! So we thought it would be fitting to ask kids and teachers to bring in spare change (under $1), to give the gift of a goat through Heifer International. Kids will count the change and talk with David (and maybe Karen, too!) about his experience in Uganda.
You can read more about Heifer International’s work to end hunger and poverty here.
Take Heifer’s free quiz “What’s your animal alter-ego?” to earn them $0.50 right now!
How Slow Can You Go?
Fourth Graders are learning about acceleration with Kathleen. Acceleration is ANY change in velocity — speeding up, slowing down, or changing direction. In one class, they built parachutes that used the friction of air resistance to slow down a little wooden “skydiver.” In the next class, they accelerated marbles. Their challenge was to build a ramp that caused their marble to experience every type of acceleration.
Friday, March 22 – Tuesday, April 2
Spring Break (Vacation Care available)
Wednesday, April 3
Students return to school
Thursday, April 4
Meeting for Worship, 8:30-9:00 am — join us!
Friday, April 5
Parent Coffee, 8:00 am
Thursday, April 11
Meeting for Worship (check back for Color Day timing) — join us!
Friday, April 12
No school for students (Vacation Care available)
Saturday, April 13
ArtsFest, 3:00-5:00 pm
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