April is here and the end of the school year seems to be growing closer. What an amazing school year we have had thus far. The children have been busy getting ready for spring and that means tons of practical life activities! Spring in the practical life area usually means scrubbing, polishing, dusting, and more! Water work becomes a classroom favorite as the children learn to pour, spray and drop water.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is always an exciting time in the classrooms. So many new science experiments taking over the classrooms. Our annual Kindergarten/Elementary STEAM fair which is held at the Country Day campus earlier in March was a smashing success! Kindergarten students from Country Day, Children’s House and Montessori Corner had the opportunity to showcase their knowledge of the scientific theory. The children did a wonderful job of putting together displays and speaking to their projects. I applaud each of our scientists and encourage them to continue working and striving for more!
The month of April brings plenty of excitement, as well. Our children are preparing for our annual Earth Day celebration and recycling and re-purposing will be a common theme for the month. The classrooms will have trash to treasure recycling projects while focusing on water conservation, caring for the environment and gardening. Our annual Ladybug Launch will take place toward the end of the month, as well. We will release 3,000 ladybugs into the environment as our children learn the importance of the ladybug to our environment. Ladybugs eat aphids which are tiny predators who eat leaves.
In addition to our Ladybug Launch, the classrooms will display their most recent classroom creations in celebration of International Week. The classrooms will be studying the continents this year and displaying their work during the week of April 18-22. Invitations will be sent out inviting parents to view the displays.
April also brings School Portraits. Live Touch will be on site April 18-19 for individual and class portraits. Schedules will be coming home again as a reminder closer to the dates. Kindergarten students will also have cap and gown portraits taken at the time of their individual portraits.
Kindergarten students who are 5 full days will participate in the Stanford 10 (SAT 10) standardized testing during the week of April 18-22. This test will include basic math concepts including counting, addition, graphing and patterns. Additionally, beginning sounds, sight words, reading and identifying matching pictures to sentences read will encompass the language section of the test. A listening portion of the test will round out this five day test.
We are hosting a Scholastic Book Fair during the week of April 18-22, as well. We will use the credit from the book fair to enhance our library area hoping to purchase some comfortable furniture in an effort to create a cozier reading area for our students. More information will come home soon.
Parent/teacher conferences will be held during the month. If you have not signed up to speak with your child’s teacher, kindly contact the classroom teacher to schedule at time that is mutually convenient to discuss your child’s progress and to hear more of what your child’s teacher has planned for the next school year!
Classes are filling fast. If you have not already registered for the 2016-2017 school year, please take a moment to schedule your enrollment to ensure you get the classroom of your choice. Once classrooms are full, your child will be wait listed until a space becomes available.
Wishing you warm showers of April wishes for a beautiful spring!
Chris Booth, Principal