Farmers Markets

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Our weekly Farmers Markets are in the Charleston Park.  Thank you Charleston for allowing us to have this special place for our students to learn beginning entrepreneurial skills.  Students must grow or create their own product to sell.  We have seen many interesting items for sale this year:  pumpkins, cupcakes, rice bowls, soup, framed artwork, caramel apples, jewelry, chocolate covered berries, halloween crafts, warm and cold drinks, hot dogs lunches and much more.  Students market their products and keep their …

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3rd Grade STEM

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Third grade has been enjoying all the STEM challenges we have completed already this year! STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.  According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, “STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while other occupations are growing at 9.8%.” STEM allows students to increase in science literacy, learn to work cooperatively with others, build growth mindset, and be active problem solvers.  In 3rd grades weekly STEM challenges, students go through a process of brainstorming a design, …

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Lego Math

4th graders using LEGO in the classroom to understand math

LEg GOdt in Danish means “play well.” LEGO in the classroom means enthusiastic, effective, engaging, visual, creative and hands-on learning.   Students in 4th grade find mathematical inspiration in a pile of LEGO bricks to understand time tables by counting the studs. Many students are visual learners and have an easier time grasping mathematical concepts when they can see them demonstrated in a visually compelling way. For younger mathematicians, composing and decomposing numbers is a key component of building the …

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The Halls Are Alive With Entertainment

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  Two wonderful performers visited us this week and put on a show for our students.  The first was Peter Pan, where students dressed as Pirates, Wendy and Peter Pan and the play was acted out in our hallway.  The second visit was Miss Sally, who entertained the students endlessly with her stories and imagination.  Thank you so much for adding great experiences to our curriculum.  

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First Days of School

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Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and it was exciting to observe all of the team building, placed based learning and STEM activities that were engaging students throughout the campus. Dare to compare any staff that could take our core curriculum and integrate the great outdoors to make learning so relevant. As you may know, the new three R’s to 21st Century Learning are Relevance, Relationships and Rigor. Last week was all about building relationships with each other and our community, …

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