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SCHOOLWIDE ENRICHMENT #2- COVID 19 CLOSURE

 

March 24, 2020

Hello Narwhals! 

Check your email today for a detailed message from your child’s teacher. The email includes new, OPTIONAL enrichment activities to keep your learner engaged, family resources and a REQUIRED FAMILY SURVEY.  Here are the direct links to grade specific non-technology based activities by grade level. Please let your child’s teacher know if you have any questions! 

Kindergarten  

Mr. Metcalf’s Cootie Catcher Movement Challenge

Ms, Kay’s K-1 Studio @ Home Challenges 

Word Study Enrichment  and Sorting Cards

Writing Ideas

Math Practice 

Reading Enrichment and Reading Log 

Science 

Neighborhood Activities

1st Grade

1st Grade No Technology Required Enrichment Activities – Set # 2 

Mr. Metcalf’s Cootie Catcher Movement Challenge

Ms, Kay’s K-1 Studio @ Home Challenges 

2nd Grade

Mr. Metcalf’s Cootie Catcher Movement Challenge

Ms. Kay’s 2-3 Studio @ Home Challenges

Reading Response: Creating a User Manual

Skip Counting Catch

Creative Writing 

Water Cycle on the Window

Design Your Own Map

Word Study Activities and Word Study Lists

3rd Grade

Mr. Metcalf’s Cootie Catcher Movement Challenge

Ms. Kay’s 2-3 Studio @ Home Challenges

Rounding Math in Action

Continue with Previously Shared Reading Activities 

Word Study Sort and Menu of Activities

How To Writing 

Life Cycle Comic 

At Home Timeline

4th Grade  

Mr. Metcalf’s Fitness Bingo Challenge 

Ms. Kay’s 4-5 Studio @ Home Challenges

Whole Numbers Math in Action

Ant Adaptations

Word Study Activities and Word List

Grocery Store Budgeting 

Nature Writing Prompts

Reading Challenge and Fort Design

5th Grade  

Mr. Metcalf’s Fitness Bingo Challenge 

Ms. Kay’s 4-5 Studio @ Home Challenges

Fraction Math in Action

Math Review

Shape Scavenger Hunt

Chemical Reaction Science Experiments

Fiction Reading Passage and Response

Be a Historian! 

 

 

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SCHOOL WIDE ENRICHMENT #1- COVID-19 School Closure

Hello Narwhals! 

Check your email today for a detailed message from your child’s teacher. The email includes  enrichment activities to keep your learner active while we are away. These are totally optional and will include a mix of technology based and no technology required opportunities to practice skills already taught.  Here are direct links to the non-technology based activities! Please let your child’s teacher know if you have any questions! 

Kindergarten Enrichment Activities Not Requiring Technology

 

 

1st Grade Enrichment Activities Not Requiring Technology

 

 

2nd Grade Enrichment Activities Not Requiring Technology

 

 

3rd Grade Enrichment Activities Not Requiring Technology

 

 

4th Grade Enrichment Activities Not Requiring Technology

 

 

 

5th Grade Enrichment Activities Not Requiring Technology

 

 

 

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Toward the Day when “Black History” is Simply “History”

Dear Families,

February is Black History Month! Of course, every month is Black History Month (and women’s history, Latino history, LBGTQI history, etc.), in that we know that all people throughout history and in current times have stories to be told and from which we can learn.  However, the stories of the historically (and currently) oppressed are not told with the same frequency and volume as the stories of others, so it can be useful to shine a light on a particular group of stories in order to ensure they are told at all!  Enter Black History Month.

As a school, it is our responsibility (as educators and people) to work hard to elevate the stories and experiences of people who are black during this month and ensure this continues throughout the year.  However, students also need to learn and hear about Black History Month at home and in discussion with their families in order to grasp its true importance. Let’s all work together throughout this month to find ways to highlight Black History in our lives.  Here are some resources that you may find useful:

General Resources:

Raising White Kids:Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America– book by Jennifer Harvey

Teaching Your Child about Black History Month– Website for Parents, PBS Kids

Why Parents Should Talk to Their Kids about Black History Month– On Parenting, from the Washington Post

Black History Month Books for All Ages– Scholastic

GRCDC’s Anti-Racist Book Club Books:

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X Kendi

Families frequently ask me, “Is my child too young to talk about race?”  The short answer is, “No.” In our Reggio-inspired philosophy, we believe that children are whole and capable of handling complex ideas, cognitive struggle and big feelings.  In fact, our school’s core values of connection, inspiration, potential and equity call us to talk with our children about real history, current events, diversity, social justice, and our role in making our school and the world a better place.  Whether we talk to children about race or not, children notice race, they are talk about it, and they absorb messages from what we don’t say, just as much as what we do say.  

In the book How to Be an Anti-Racist, which we are reading for our staff and family book club, Ibram X Kendi writes, The opposite of racist isn’t ‘not racist.’ It is ‘anti-racist.’ What’s the difference? One endorses either the idea of a racial hierarchy as a racist, or racial equality as an anti-racist. One either believes problems are rooted in groups of people, as a racist, or locates the roots of problems in power and policies, as an anti-racist. One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an anti-racist. There is no in-between safe space of ‘not racist.”  Given this, let’s allow February to push our anti-racist thinking and actions, so that eventually “black history” will simply be “history” and everyone’s experiences are recognized and shared every single month of the year.

Respectfully yours,

Lisa Heyne

 

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