The LowDown

Upcoming Days in the Rotation

Monday, April 24th – Day 5

Tuesday, April 25th – Day 6

Wednesday, April 26th – Day 7

Thursday, April 27th – Day 1

Friday, April 28th – Day 2

Reminders and Announcements

  • We will have a parent meeting for parents of first through third graders on April 24th in the cafeteria from 6:30pm-7:30pm. We will be sharing a few exciting changes in the Lower School for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Porter-Gaud Arts Festival is Sunday, April 23rd from 1:00-5:00pm. We hope you can drop in throughout the afternoon for music, art, food and community fun. Lower School performers will take the stage at 2:00pm.
  • Please remind your fourth grade students that applications for the Hollingsworth Grant are due May 1st.
  • Don't forget to get your tickets for Fiesta Palooza on the Green on May 5th. It will be an amazing night of great Tex-Mex food, live music with Scotty Cram, fellowship and fun! And back by popular demand - the tuition raffle! For all the details and to purchase your tickets, CLICK HERE!
  • Remember to register for Summer Camps!! We now have Jump Start to 3rd and 4th Grade! To sign up visit:
  • Please make sure that your child grabs the correct backpack when he/she is picked up from Extended Day. A couple of backpacks went home with the wrong owners recently. If you notice this has happened, please e-mail Corey Colman, Thank you!!
  • Save the date for the 1st-5th grade Girls Gathering Friday, May 12th from 3:00-5:00pm. The girls will create cards for the charity Birthdays For All, assemble "kids care" kits for One80Place, and explore teamwork skills as they complete challenges!
  • We are pleased to welcome Kristin Miller to our Lower School faculty. She will be covering Richard Grimball's classes while he is out. Kristin is a PG parent (Josiah in 3rd grade, Corabet in 6th grade) and has subbed in many classrooms this year. She has worked as a youth minister and a preschool teacher for many years in this area as well as in Beaufort, South Carolina. Her family moved from Beaufort this summer as her husband became the Rector of St. Philips Church. We are fortunate that she will be able to share her talents and love of children with us during this time.She will be teaching all of our religion classes as well as covering duty for Richard.

Oops Box!

Third grade students use free time in the art room to create an installation art piece using discarded papers from the "oops box", a collection of scraps from various projects that otherwise would have been thrown away. So cool!

Healthy Soils are Full of Life

First grader's Healthy Soils are Full of Life posters have been submitted to the Charleston Soil and Water Conservation District Poster Contest!

A Lesson in Perseverance

Students enjoyed a fun lesson on perseverance in religion class this week.

Historical Games Day

The First Grade went to Drayton Hall for Historical Games Day this week. The students learned colonial games played by children of similar ages in the eighteenth century. The students also learned about the Drayton family and how life today differs from life in the eighteenth century. Under beautiful blue skies, the students had a wonderful time thanks to the efforts of twenty parent volunteers!

Student Perseveres

Second grader, Thomas, participated in a kids triathlon over the weekend. Thomas shared his story about his hard work and perseverance during a morning meeting with his classmates. We are so proud of you, Thomas!

PG Making A Difference

On Friday, The Lower School brought reusable water bottles to support PG's school-wide effort to "Go Cupless" in honor of Earth Day! Carrying a reusable water bottle is an easy and effective way for every individual to make a difference in the amount of waste we produce at school and at home!

Mrs. Miller's Sailor of the Week Read Aloud

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Upcoming Days in the Rotation

Monday, April 17th – Easter Break – School Closed

Tuesday, April 18th – Day 1

Wednesday, April 19th – Day 2

Thursday, April 20th – Day 3

Friday, April 21st – Day 4


  • The LS Parent Connection Diversity Committee will be hosting a Diversity Dialogue on Thursday, April 20th from 6-8pm in Washington Hall. It will be an evening to discuss diversity and multiculturalism and what you can do at home with your children to welcome diversity and appreciate cultural differences. Click here to RSVP:
  • Our PG Arts festival is Sunday, April 23rd. Our fourth and fifth grade students will be performing at 2:00pm in the auditorium. We hope you can join us!

Easter Egg Hunts!!!

Hands-On in Math

Fourth graders in Mrs. Kent's class explored decimal values in a hands-on experience and then related decimals to fractions.

Fifth graders were busy on Thursday finding the perimeter and area of items on the playground.

Jelly Bean Graphs

Fraction Friends!

In two separate lessons, Ms. Frasier's math class used both paper and chocolate bars to explore fractions! The students created models of people and animals with colorful paper cut into fractional parts. They also used Hershey bars to find out more about equivalent fractions.

Adventures in Engineering

This semester in Adventures in Engineering for Girls, students have been working on mechanical arms. First, they engineered the arm using popsicle sticks. Then, they tried their hand at the 3D printing design program TinkerCAD. The girls designed each piece using the program, evaluated the printed prototype and made changes. Finally, the pieces were printed and the girls were able to assemble the parts this week!

Marble Party

Mrs Gerth's class celebrated 40 drops in the bucket with popsicles and extra recess! So cool!!!

Incredible Eggs!

As a Second Grade Star of the Week, Brooks, demonstrated how to blow yokes out of eggs, preserving the shells to later decorate them with beautiful Easter colors.

Sailor of the Week

Mrs. Sallee's Sailor of the Week, Lachlan, invited a special guest to read to his class.

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Upcoming Days in Rotation

Monday, April 10th – Day 5

Tuesday, April 11th – Day 6

Wednesday, April 12th – Day 7

Thursday, April 13th - Not a Day in the Rotation (students should wear regular uniforms)

Friday, April 14th - Good Friday – School Closed

Monday, April 17th – Easter Break – School Closed

Tuesday, April 18th - Day 1


  • Don't forget to register for "Study Skills" with Denise Lawson. This program is designed for fourth and fifth grade students and begins on Tuesday, April 11th. It's a great opportunity for your child to gain crucial organizational skills to finish out the semester on a high note! To register for Study Skills, click HERE.
  • School will be closed Friday, April 14th and Monday, April 17th for Easter Break.

Lower School Musical

Wow! What a show!!! Our fourth and fifth graders performed Jungle Book KIDS musical to THREE packed houses this week and delighted audiences each and every time. Under the amazing direction of Mr. Monsell, the students were able to shine on stage. Thank you to everyone who helped with this very special production.

Prepping for Poetry

Fifth graders will begin their exploration of poetry next week. In preparation, they spent this week learning about a variety of figurative language elements. A couple of students were so intrigued by idioms, they spent some class time researching a few hundred of them in idiom dictionaries.

Lower School Student Shines in the Community

Abby, one of our fourth-grade students, was selected as a design team member for PJ OurWay- a children's book program for children 9-11. There are currently over 20,000 kids who receive a monthly Jewish-themed book. Abby is one of only 40 children nationwide who read and review potential upcoming books. This month she is featured on the main website that the children must visit to select their books. Here is the picture of her on their website!

Four Corners of Law

Students in second grade are learning about the Four Corners of Law in social studies. They created their own Four Corners of Law by making their own maps.

Walking Tour

Our second graders enjoyed a walking tour of Charleston on Friday. What a great way to delve deeper into their study of our wonderful city!

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Upcoming Days in Rotation

  • Monday, April 3rd – Day 1
  • Tuesday, April 4th – Parent/Teacher conferences – no school for students
  • Wednesday, April 5th – Day 2
  • Thursday, April 6th – Day 3
  • Friday, April 7th – Day 4


  • On Tuesday, April 4th we will have parent/teacher conferences - there will be no classes.
  • We hope you all can attend The Lower School Musical, The Jungle Book, on Thursday, April 6th at 7:00pm in the auditorium.
  • Please mark your calendars for a Lower School parent meeting for parents of first through third graders on April 24th in the cafeteria. We will be sharing a few exciting changes in the Lower School for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Two parking spaces running parallel to the basketball court are reserved for the Baden and Highsmith families in the Lower School parking lot (these spaces were PGPG Gala auction items). If you are not picking up for the Baden or Highsmith families, please do not park in these spaces between 2:15 and 3:30 on regular days and 11:00-12:00 on half days. Thank you!

Flat Stanley

The students in Ms. Frasier's reading class have just finished the novel, Flat Stanley. They loved the adventure so much that they decided to make their own Flat Stanleys and mail them in envelopes to friends and family. They hope to gather pictures of and details about Stanley in different places around the country.

Lower School Students Shine

Recently, one of our very own 5th grade artists participated in the 2016 Boarman National United States Power Squadrons poster contest to promote boating safety. Her work won first place at both the Charleston and District levels and was recognized with a second place award at the National meeting in Orlando in February 2017. We are so proud of her creative talents!

A Lower School third grade student came in 5th place overall in the National Skewb Competition for Rubik's Cube masters at UGA over Spring Break. He lectured fellow participants on his strategies and performed quite impressively. #PorterGaudProud

The Chocolate Touch

Mrs. Dixon's reading class celebrated finishing the book The Chocolate Touch by having a chocolate party!

Research Skills

Mrs. Miller's class employed their research skills this week, and then shared with classmates what they learned about different Charlestonians.

Book Clubs

Fourth graders have started book clubs in reading class. They are reading and discussing novels with partners and enjoying rich conversations about their books.

Measure Mania!

Third graders explored measuring length, capacity, mass, and temperature with standard and metric units through hands-on exploration.

Second Grade Sailors and Stars of the Week

Second grade Stars and Sailors of the Week created elephant toothpaste for their Sailor/Star of the Week science experiment!!! Know any elephants that need a teeth cleaning?

Sailors of the Week also had special guest readers and a new baby brother to introduce!

Spring Break Fun

This week, students shared great stories with their classmates about their spring break adventures!

3-D Printing

Third graders began the 3-D printing and LEGO engineering phase of their ecosystem design project in science this week. What fun!

Happy Birthday Mrs. Dixon!!!

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