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October 31st to November 4th, 2016
Hello Amazing Grace & Renton Prep students, faculty, parents, and others! Welcome to the AGRPCS Weekly Newsletter! As we begin the new month, see what's to come in the future and what students are up to now in their classrooms!
Picture Retake Day (Nov 9)
Picture Retake Day is coming up! Those who missed the original picture day or want to retake their pictures can have those done on Wednesday, November 9, at your child's school campus. Students getting their photos retaken will only be able to purchase their retake session.
Student and class photos taken on our original picture day are now available to view. We recommend "creating an account" in order to save your favorites. Having an account will allow you to access favorites from both schools.
Here are the links to view the Amazing Grace pictures and the Renton Prep pictures. Again, the student and class pictures are now available for viewing.
Jump for Heart/Hoop for Heart (Nov 10)
Jump for Heart/Hoop for Heart is coming up for both campuses! Amazing Grace will participate in Jump for Heart and Renton Prep will participate in Hoop for Heart. Permission slips/fundraising packets have been sent home with students. For your student to participate, parents must sign the permission slip and have the students return them to their teacher. Students aren't required to raise money. High schoolers will also be trained in CPR on our Jump for Heart/Hoop for Heart day.
Days Off in November
Students have the following days off from school: November 11, November 17, November 18, November 24, and November 25.
On November 11th, we are recognizing Veterans Day and on November 17th and 18th, we are taking those days off for Parent/Teacher Conferences.
Teachers have sent out a link through signupgenius.com to all parents to schedule a conference time. If you have not received the link through email, check with your child’s teacher (also check your Junk Folder).
November 24th and 25th are days off to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Christmas Concerts (December 13th)
Students have begun to prepare for our annual Christmas program! Be ready to hear great singing and hand-bell ringing from the school!
The program for Amazing Grace (Pre-K-2nd) will be on December 13th at 6:00pm and for Renton Prep (3rd-10th) at 7:30pm. Both concerts will be held at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center (400 S 2nd St, Renton, WA 98057). Ticket information will be available soon.
This Week at Our School...
Columbus Boat Building (Kindergarten)
Kindergarten began a unit on Early Exploration and Settlement of the Americas this week, and started by studying Columbus’s voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Friday afternoon, the students applied what they had learned about Columbus’s journey, along with their prior knowledge of boats, to build a boat that could sail across our miniature Atlantic Ocean.
They created their own criteria for the boat:
1) it floats
2) it's waterproof
3) it has a sail
4) it moves
They used egg cartons, clay, tin foil, straws, and paper to build their boats. When the class tested their boats, many sunk or fell over, but a few designs were able to sail all the way across the ocean!
View pictures and a video of the process here.
Snack Elections (1st Grade)
As we approach Election Day, students have been learning a lot about the election and putting that information into practice. First-grade students are holding a snack election and are researching apples and watermelons. This research helps students to persuade others on why they should vote for either apples or watermelons. Watch these students in action!
Emergency Feeding Program (2nd Grade)
This Friday, November 4th, 2016, our 2nd Grade participated in the Emergency Feeding Program and will coordinate a food drive at AGCS.
Here's an update from Ms. Schaff, one of the 2nd Grade teachers:
"2nd grade had an amazing field trip experience today at the Emergency Feeding Program in Renton. We were able to decorate and put together snack packs for homeless teens and learn some valuable information about the feeding program and the needs in our community. We are sponsoring a food drive this next week, November 7-10 to benefit this program. Please see this link to a Sway with the information you need to know: https://sway.com/riQsXFpsaLHKDqgR"
Astronomy and Space Projects (5th Grade)
Fifth graders have studied astronomy and space science (specifically concepts about stars, gravity, etc.) and have showed their learning through transdisciplinary projects.
The first space science project they completed was their Life of a Star Project. Students had to create a flipbook or a stop motion that would show information they learned about the life cycle of a star, from its creation to its death. Anntika, Andru, and Julie, three fifth grade students, volunteered to have their videos shown.
Ms. Zenk challenged students with a flash STEAM project on Friday, November 4th. Her challenge was to have students create and safely land a 'rover' on the mysterious planet of the sidewalk at the school. They were given a cup, yarn, string, straws, etc. View documentation pictures, videos, and tweets!
Spider Web Flash STEAM Project (6th to 10th Grade)
To have fun at the end of the month, all secondary students participated in a flash STEAM project! This flash STEAM project created a realistic spiderweb out of dental floss given by teachers. Students researched images of spider-webs and used an engineering mindset to complete this task. View tweets documenting this fun project!
6th - 10th Grade Monthly Newsletter
Secondary students have started, once again, to create and send out their monthly newsletter that gives readers an overall glimpse into the many projects, field trips, and concepts they've learned throughout the month. Click here to open the link to the October 2016 Newsletter or view it right here in this newsletter.