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September News

September News

What a month it has been! If you haven’t had a chance, walk the halls and see how the walls have come alive with student work, or visit a classroom and hear the reading of the morning message, or see students exchanging a morning greeting. Relationships are developing, and children are happily engaging in school routines. The Park School Lower Division is a magical place! Below are some highlights from the month and questions you could ask your child about school.

Morning Routines
Ask: What is your favorite morning greeting?
What is something you have learned about your teacher or a classmate?
Do you share a connection with a classmate or your teacher?
Butterflies are hatching
Ask: Have you seen a butterfly hatch?
Have you released a butterfly?
Can you tell me a fact about butterflies?
Lower Division Community Time
Ask: What have you done during Lower Division Community Time?
Do you know something about what the teachers in the Lower Division like to do?
What is a song you have sung at Lower Division Community Time?
Recess
Ask: What is an activity you like to do at recess?
Who do you play with?
Is there something new you are hoping to do at recess?

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Celebrating Park’s 100th Day of School!

The Lower Division is celebrating the upcoming 100th day of school through dance. Math specialist, Katrina Mills, visited each classroom in the Lower Division and recorded students creating dance moves. Our student choreographers thought about patterns and the number...

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Learning their 1,2,3’s With Counting Bags

Have you marveled at the counting of a young child? Have you listened carefully as a child makes the leap from counting by 1s to 5s or 10s? Do you ever think to yourself, wow, that is a way of organizing numbers I wouldn't have considered? As the Lower Division Head I...

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Hour of Code

What a week of coding in the Lower Division! During the final week of school, students enthusiastically experienced coding, some for the first time, when the entire school participated in an Hour of Code. Hour of Code is a global movement designed to "demystify code,...

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Recess Clubs

"What day is Inventor's Club?" ask a group of animated second graders at lunch the other day. "Mondays and Wednesdays," I respond. There is a buzz heard in the dining room as the teacher heads to the microphone. Children are wondering, and I believe hoping there will...

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Lower Division Goals for the 2016-17 Year

As I write this post, teachers are busy preparing their classrooms to receive students on Wednesday. An integral part of the back-to-school preparation that isn’t seen by students or families is goal setting. Each summer teachers and administrators set personal and...

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First Fabulous Field Day!

Walking into school this morning the brilliant blue sky reminded me of the first Field Day held in June for Grades 1-3. With vision and leadership from the PE Department, classroom teachers, and our recent grade IX graduates, students in grades 1-3 completed obstacle...

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Celebrating Math and Summer!

This year's Math Mornings in K, I, and II classrooms provided fun and engaging opportunities for families and students to play math games, and to work together on math activities in relaxed classroom environments. Math Mornings were designed to highlight the games...

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