September 20, 2013

We are excited to announce that we will be taking our first field trip of the school year on Friday, October 4th to the Linden Place Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island.  We will be going on the "Tales of the Slave Trade" tour to learn about Bristol's lengthy and profitable involvement in the slave trade.  We will bring bagged lunches from the dining room at school and hope to enjoy a picnic on the Linden Place lawn if the weather permits.  
Please let us know if you are able to drive students and join us for this field trip.

September 17, 2013

Grade Five Update:

The school year is off to a great start!  The girls have settled into the role of leaders of Lower School and have been enjoying ringing the recess bell, raising and lowering the flag and meeting their second grade little sisters.  

In Math we've been working on Number Theory.  The fifth graders did a nice job on their array projects and have been interested in exploring divisibility rules.  We'll be covering prime and composite numbers, prime factorization and exponents in the next few lessons.

The class has been doing a variety of writing in Language Arts.  We've discussed story elements and worked on summarizing books in Reading.  Our Author Study on Sharon Creech is starting this week.  The class is enjoying reading Night Journeys by Avi as our September read aloud book.

In Social Studies, we have been talking about the four units of study that we will explore this school year; Slavery and the Underground Railroad, The Women's Rights Movement, World War II, and the Civil Rights Movement.  The students made great connections and had insightful comments about these important times in history.  They are enthusiastic about learning more about these subjects.

Tomorrow night is Parents Night in Lower School.  Rose Malkin and I are looking forward to sharing the exciting things we have to look forward to this school year with all of you.  The evening begins at 6:00 pm, we hope to see you there.

The first Book Lynx is scheduled for Wednesday, October 9th at 5:30 pm.  It is not required for fifth graders to attend this event but we hope many of the girls will be able to make it.  Parents are welcome to attend and encouraged to read the book and participate.  The book for this Book Lynx is Midnight Magic by Avi.  We're really looking forward to meeting Avi at the Book Festival on October 18th and 19th.


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