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November 21st - November 23rd, 2016
The Holiday Season has come and students have begun to prepare for this festive time of year! On this week of Thanksgiving, view how students are strongly working toward the end of this year!
Christmas Performance Ticketing Information
Tickets are now available for purchase for the Christmas Concerts! The proceeds from the ticket sales will fund the fine arts program and the many field trips our students attend.
Two concerts are available for purchase on Tuesday, December 13 – Amazing Grace (Pre-K-2nd) at 6:00pm and Renton Prep (3rd-10th) at 7:30pm.
If attending both concerts, tickets will need to be purchased for each one. Seating will open 30 minutes prior to concert time and be available as first come, first served (all seating will be emptied between shows).
To order tickets, click on the concert:
Amazing Grace – Dec 13 at 6:00pm
Renton Prep – Dec 13 at 7:30pm
To pay online using PayPal, Debit or Credit Card, click on the number of tickets you wish to purchase:
Tickets will be delivered after receipt of payment and are required for entrance to theater. We look forward to seeing you at the concert!
This Week at Our School
Here is a recap of how Kindergarteners celebrated Thanksgiving, from Mrs. Clifford:
The students learned about the first Thanksgiving and compared the events leading up to it as well as the harvest celebration to how Americans celebrate Thanksgiving today. They made a chart to show how Thanksgiving in 1621 was the same and different from how it is now. To show their understanding, the students acted out the story of the first Thanksgiving and then held their own Thanksgiving feast on Wednesday, called the Manners Meal. The students enjoyed making connections between how the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Native Americans treated each other and worked together and how the Kindergarteners worked together to plan their own Manners Meal.
To celebrate Thanksgiving, 2nd graders participated in a fun activity to learn about the times of the first Thanksgiving. Here's a recap from 2nd Grade Teacher, Mrs. Thompson:
Our Thanksgiving/Social Studies lesson started last week with buddies working together to produce a sway investigating and comparing various aspects of Pilgrim and Native American life in America. (Each team was assigned one of these topics: houses, clothing, games, schools, chores, and food.) Then we planned a field trip to DK Market.
We gave 4 teams a specific shopping list and a $7.00 budget to purchase items for making Thanksgiving Soup. Each student had brought $1.00 for this event. Guided by a parent volunteer, each student/team was given their shopping list on which to note the price of each item as they found it. They were also to find 7 different items in the store from 7 different countries. When we returned to school that day, they used a virtual map to find each of these countries and label them with the items that came from that country. This was a further experience with our Social Studies lesson on continents that we had just completed.
During the course of shopping, to familiarize them with the store, they did a "Grocery Store Scavenger Hunt" where they were to find and note a fruit and a vegetable of each of 7 colors: red, green, orange, yellow, purple, and blue. They, as well, did a "Grocery Store Alphabet Hunt" in which they noted on their worksheet a food item that started with each letter of the alphabet. On Wednesday, for math we used the cash register receipt from each student's team to work with money--decimals, addition, finding the difference between what was budgeted ($7.00) and what was spent, as well as comparing what was most expensive and least expensive on their receipt and total cost of those two items.
From here we went to the lunchroom to cook and do various activities related to our lesson. The main station was the one in the kitchen where groups of students assisted with the preparation process for making the soup. We had an awesome parent duo who worked with the students giving them many opportunities to participate in the process.
The other four stations included:
Still life drawing of vegetables from the shop
Weighing and measuring various fruits and vegetables to compare length, weight, estimation, heaviest, lightest, etc.
Production of a Thanksgiving Card with a scripture
Production of a placemat on which to taste test their soup
When the soup was completed, it was served by the parents, and the students were asked to critique their soup using the following questions:
What would you name our soup?
What do you enjoy about our soup?
What would you change about our soup?
Your rating of the soup: 1,2,3,4,5 stars
Why did you rate it the way you did?
Their responses were hilarious as most loved the soup, but those who didn't were very honest in their critique! In math, we will share these results with the students and using the 1-5 star do some graphing to culminate our project.
All in all, it was a very fun time. We ended the day on Wednesday, sharing it with parents who had come for our "Writers' Celebration" in which students shared the results of their "Persuasive Reviews". It was a full day!
3rd Grade Activities
Third-grade students worked on data and graphing this week, creating a graph of Seahawks points, and then creating a graph of their own math computation progress.
Third graders also continued their geography study, creating relief maps using salt dough to show the topography of a continent or state.
NCCE Preparations (4th Grade, 7th Grade, 9th Grade, and 10th Grade)
In previous years, middle/high school students represented our school at the annual Northwest Council for Computer Education (or NCCE) in Seattle. This year, students will again participate in the conference by aiding conference-goers and even presenting at the conference. This year, our fourth-graders (working alongside two seventh-graders and one of our alumni) are planning to present on the topic of 'Elementary Self-Guided Learning' utilizing Microsoft tools such as OneNote and Sway. The conference will happen in March of 2017 in Portland, Oregon.
Habitation Module Project (6th-10th Grade)
Secondary students have participated in a video challenge to explain and create a digital or tangible model of a habitation module that would be on Mars. Students answered questions (Such as How're you going to go about radiation and impact protection? and What happens to the human body?) by explaining it either through the video or by showing it in their module. Students must complete all judging and submission criteria for credit.