The LowDown

This is the last edition of The Lowdown for 2017-2018. If you have a moment, please take a look back at our year of blogging. It is sure to make you smile when you see how much fun we had and how the students have grown over the course of the school year. We hope you have a wonderful summer with your children. Thank you for sharing them with us!


Upcoming Schedule

  • Monday, May 29th – Memorial Day – School Closed
  • Tuesday, May 30th – Not a Day in the Rotation – Field Day
    • Students should wear gym shoes, p.e. shorts, p.e. grey short sleeve shirts.
  • Wednesday, May 31st
    • Grades 1, 2, 3, and 5: Students will come to school at the regular time and then leave school together for class parties. Most students will be picked up from the parties; however, we will have carpool pick-up at 11:30 a.m. for all students who return to school after their parties. Students do not need to be in uniform on this day.
    • Grade 4: Parents and students are invited to the Fourth Grade Celebration Breakfast at 7:45 a.m. in Washington Hall to celebrate the fourth graders' last year in the Lower School. The event will last approximately an hour. Students should wear their Chapel uniforms and arrive at the breakfast with their parents. They will not go to homerooms before or after the breakfast.
    • Grades 1, 2, 3 and 4: Students will be dismissed for their summer break after the May 31 events (Class parties for Grades 1-3 and Celebration Breakfast for Grade 4).
  • Thursday, June 1st - Lower School Closing Exercises (for fifth grade only)
    • All 5th grade students are required to attend Lower School Closing Exercises on Thursday, June 1 in Gwynette Auditorium. Students should arrive at the regular time dressed in their Chapel uniforms. All 5th grade parents are encouraged to attend this special event. It will begin at 8:15 a.m. and end at approximately 9:30 a.m.


Carolina in the Morning

The third grade performance of Carolina in the Morning was the highlight of our last full week of school. The students positively shined on stage while sharing all they learned throughout the year about South Carolina. Thank you to all of the teachers and parents who tirelessly supported our third graders along the way by helping them with projects, costumes, music, and dance moves!



Final Chapel

On Tuesday morning we had a very special service for our final Chapel of the year. The Choir and Treblemakers performed for us, and we honored three very special people retiring this year: Mrs. Lou Evans, Mrs Marley Drayton, and Mr. Richard Washington. Our students serenaded them with an Irish Blessing and gave them beautiful prints of the Porter-Gaud campus.



Instrument Encounter

Fifth graders enjoyed the last Instrument Encounter of the school year this week. Their soon-to-be music teacher, Jane Best (Middle School Music Teacher), introduced the euphonium. Students learned that this instrument was introduced in Germany in the 1840s and is used today in marching bands, brass bands, and military bands. She played "The Bride of the Waves", and when the students found out that the first song she learned on the euphonium was the theme from Star Wars, she entertained the students with that as well.



Celebrating The Treblemakers

The Treblemakers celebrated the end of a great year with a party and a rehearsal. Thank you Todd Monsell and Treblemakers for entertaining us all year with your beautiful voices!




Farewell Retirees

Our first graders said their own special goodbye to Mrs. Drayton and Mr. Richard this week. The students worked hard over the last few weeks creating a book for each retiree filled with the first graders' ideas about how to enjoy retirement!



Learning About the Stock Market

Mr. Kevin Lyden shared his expertise on the stock market with Mrs. Evans's math classes.



Oh the Places You Will Go!

Mrs. Hurtes brought her Seniors (from her first grade class) to read Oh the Places You Will Go by Dr. Seuss to Mrs. Dixon's class.



Blackout Poetry

Fifth graders re-purposed old books into Blackout Poetry. Students took a page from a book and created new meaning from the author's words by "blacking out" words and leaving the reader with a completely new message. Such a smart way to use old and outdated books!



Unity Assembly

We held an all school assembly this week to honor the seniors and celebrate the virtue of Unity.



Fifth Grade Tessellations

Fifth graders designed artistic tessellations!



Static Electricity

Fourth graders had the pleasure of a visit from Upper School physics teacher, Karl Martin. He taught them all about static electricity and brought lots of cool gadgets. The students touched a Van de Graaf generator and had their pieces of hair repel each other. Students also got a "charge" when touching a small plasma ball. It was a shocking time!




End of the Year Parties

The crew at Extended Day hosted an amazing end of the year party with huge water slides and hot dogs. Great way to end the year!


Mrs. Frasier's class celebrated the end of a good school year with a game and snack party.


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Upcoming Days in Rotation

Monday, May 22 – Day 3

Tuesday, May 23 – Day 4

Wednesday, May 24 – Day 5

Thursday, May 25 – Day 6

Friday, May 27 – Day 7


Reminders

  • Just a reminder - ALL LS Library books were due TODAY (Friday May 19). Mrs. Easter will be contacting you with reminders and lost book payment information on Monday, if needed.
  • In addition to offering Jump Start to incoming first and second graders, we have added Jump Start programs for rising third and fourth graders this summer! Don't forget to visit the PG website to sign up for Jump Start programs as well as all of our Summer Programming!
  • Our final Chapel service will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd at 8:15am. Therefore, we will not be having Chapel on Wednesday, May 24th. Students will need to wear Chapel uniforms on Tuesday, May 23rd instead of Wednesday, May 24th (as always PE clothes should be worn if your child has PE on that Tuesday).
  • On Wednesday, May 24th, we will have our annual "unity" picnic for all Lower School students. We will not be able to accommodate parents and guests for lunch on this day. Thank you for your understanding.
  • Extended Day will have its End of the Year Party on Thursday, May 25th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm! The Auxiliary Department will provide a 25' foot tall dual water slide called the Big Blue and a 40' foot long slip and slide called the Aqua Tube! Hot Dogs will be on the grill and plenty of water will be provided. This event is open to all students (and parents) and it's free! If your child will attend please make sure they are prepared to get soaked!
  • The last day of Upper School carpool is Tuesday, May 23rd.
  • The last day of Extended Day is Tuesday, May 30th.
  • The last day of bus service is Tuesday, May 30th.


Second Grade Showcase

The second graders did a fabulous job sharing all they have learned throughout the year about our wonderful city of Charleston in a culminating performance entitled "A Stroll Through Charleston". Parents were special guests for their performance which included a post-performance "stroll" thorough their classrooms viewing the student's research projects. Classrooms were turned into the streets of Charleston and were packed with giant trifold posters the children had created illustrating historic landmarks and important places in our fair city. Well done second grade!


Here are some pre-showcase photos of second graders working on their Charleston research projects



Poster contest

We have winning scientists! Mrs. Wey's first grade homeroom won a district-wide Healthy Soils are Full of Life poster contest, held by the Charleston Soil and Water Conservation District. All first grade scientists used their creative talents to show what they have learned about the pluff mud and playground soil on our campus during Mrs. Stanec's science class. We were able to submit 4 AMAZING first grade posters to the contest! Students painted with soil, answered questions about life in soil, and illustrated the importance of soil. The winning poster was a mosaic of the entire class's work, complete with yarn worms, roots, and clouds! Debbie Eckard, the Education Coordinator from the Charleston Soil and Water Conservation District, presented this very special award to our students on Wednesday.



Food Allergy Awareness

The Lower School had an assembly this week to learn more about food allergies and what we can do as a community to support friends with food allergies. Thank you Dr. Russell, Jack Ferm, and Nurse Anna for sharing your knowledge with us about this very important health concern.



State In A Bag

Fourth graders presented their States In A Bag projects this week. Students learned many interesting facts about a number of different states from their classmates. For instance, Evan shared the fun fact that many of our favorite movies and television shows are produced and filmed in the great state of California. Evan's dad dropped by to show the class the Emmy Award he won for a television show he produced in California. So cool!



Ancient Cultures

Fifth grade students are ending their year in Social Studies by comparing and contrasting the ancient cultures they studied this year. They are recording information about the geography, everyday life, religion, and government. Once the information has been organized, small groups will create posters to display the similarities and differences among cultures.



Math and Science in the Fourth Grade

Fourth graders are learning how to classify rocks and minerals using a dichotomous key.


Fourth graders had Battleship Day to help practice Coordinate Geometry! It was a "Hit!"



Readers Theater

In Mrs. Goldsmith's reading class this week, the students participated in Readers Theater.



Girls Leadership

Last Friday afternoon, we had the final Girls Leadership Gathering of the year. The girls participated in collaborative problem solving, the creation of birthday cards for Birthdays for All, and kits for people at One80Place. Thank you to all of the girls who participated and the teachers that made this special program possible!



Star of the Week

Edgar taught his classmates how to create flies for fly fishing. He made each classmate a special fly. Thank you Edgar!


He also invited his mom to be a special guest reader.


Mrs. Frasier's class had three special Star of the Week guest readers in one week. Thank you Rucker's guests, Haynes's guests, and Declan's guest!



Tessellations

Fifth graders in Miss Kent's math class worked with pattern blocks to make discoveries about Tessellations!


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Upcoming Days in Rotation

Monday, May 15th – Day 6 (periods 1,2,&3; we have an altered schedule due to ERB testing for grades 3-5)

Tuesday, May 16th – Day 6 (periods 4, 5, 6, & 7; we have an altered schedule due to ERB testing for grades 3-5)

Wednesday, May 17th – Day 7

Thursday, May 18th – Day 1

Friday, May 19th – Day 2

Reminders

  • Friday, May 19th – Second Grade Showcase will be held in the Auditorium from 9:30am to 10:30am
  • Friday May 12th was the last day to borrow books from the LS Library. Each student has been given a list of what he/she currently has checked out. We hope to have all books returned to the Library by Friday May 19th. Please help your children locate and remember to return these items. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Easter, LS Librarian, at seaster@portergaud.edu.
  • Our final Chapel service will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd at 8:15am. Therefore, we will not be having Chapel on Wednesday, May 24th. Students will need to wear Chapel uniforms on Tuesday, May 23rd instead of Wednesday, May 24th (as always PE clothes should be worn if your child has PE on that Tuesday).
  • On Wednesday, May 24th, we will have our annual "unity" picnic for all Lower School students. We will not be able to accommodate parents and guests for lunch on this day. Thank you for your understanding.
  • The last day of Upper School carpool is Tuesday, May 23rd.
  • The last day of Extended Day is Tuesday, May 30th.
  • The last day of bus service is Tuesday, May 30th.


Mothers' Day Tea

Our first grade students hosted a wonderful tea in honor of their very special mothers. A big thank you goes to all of the moms in our lives! We hope you all enjoy a Happy Mothers' Day!!!


A Second Grade Trip to Middleton Place



Special Guest Readers

Griffin, Mrs. Wey's Star of the Week, invited his mom to read to his class.


Gina invited her mom and dad!

We welcomed Robert's dad to class.


Thomas's whole family got in on the action!


A Foster Kitty

Felice and Gina shared information with their class about a special foster kitten.


Seashell Party

Mrs. Dixon's class earned enough seashells for a party!! They enjoyed a PJ, Popsicles & stuffies' party!


Writing Class

Second graders shared amazing stories with their classmates this week. Mrs. Dixon even pulled out her Donny & Marie microphone for the readings!


Published Poets

Fourth Graders became "published" poets finishing their poetry books just in time for Mother's Day.


Technology Night

Our Lower School Parent Connection Team hosted a technology night for fourth and fifth grade students and their parents this week. Joe Ryan, the Education Coordinator for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in the SC Attorney General's office, spoke to our families about all forms of technology and social media. Our fourth and fifth grade students were also able to do a little coding thanks to Julie Sessions and her team of teacher volunteers. Thank you Parent Connection for making this night possible!


First Graders Love To Read

Sarah was thoroughly enjoying her book this week!


The Outdoor Classroom

Spanish class is even better when it is outside!


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Upcoming Days in Rotation

  • Monday, May 8th – Day 1
  • Tuesday, May 9th – Day 2
  • Wednesday, May 10th – Day 3
  • Thursday, May 11th – Day 4
  • Friday, May 12th – Day 5

Reminders

  • Our final Chapel service will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd at 8:15am. Therefore, we will not be having Chapel on Wednesday, May 24th. Students will need to wear Chapel uniforms on Tuesday, May 23rd instead of Wednesday, May 24th (as always PE clothes should be worn if your child has PE on that Tuesday).
  • On Wednesday, May 24th, we will have our annual "unity" picnic for all Lower School students. We will not be able to accommodate parents and guests for lunch on this day. Thank you for your understanding.
  • The last day of Upper School carpool is Tuesday, May 23rd.
  • The last day of Extended Day is Tuesday, May 30th.
  • The last day of bus service is Tuesday, May 30th.

High Tea

Waverly, Mrs.Miller's Sailor of the Week, brought her mother and grandmother to school to help her teach the class about "high tea". The students were treated to peppermint tea and three levels of delicious goodies.



Star of the Week

Ms. Frasier's Star of the Week, Hunter, invited his mother to be a special Guest Reader.


A Human Orrery

An orrery is a mechanical model of the solar system. In fourth grade Science this week, Mrs. Rutherford placed students on The Green to show the relative distances from the sun of each planet - creating a human orrery.


Book-in-a-Bag

Fourth graders completed their Book-in-a Bag projects this week. Students enjoyed presenting all they had learned through reading their chosen biography.


Instrument Encounter

Cellist, Andrew Mille, serenaded third graders with classical music during their final Instrument Encounter of the year. He taught them about the intricacies of the cello, and students were able to share their understanding of dynamics and tempo.


Cinco de Mayo

Second grade students in Mr. Cazorla's Spanish classes have been learning about the traditions and culture of Mexico. They celebrated Cinco de Mayo with the breaking of colorful piñatas during class this week.


Carolina Collections Project

Third graders began presenting their Carolina Collections Projects this week. During this yearlong project, students researched a variety of interests throughout the 6 geographical regions of our state from historical markers to ice cream shops and everything in between!


The Three Little Pigs

On Tuesday, the College of Charleston Opera presented "The Three Little Pigs," a children's opera comprised of music taken from Mozart operas. The students and faculty thoroughly enjoyed the production and had a chance to ask questions of the performers at the end.


Marble Party!

Mrs. Rutherford's class celebrated filling their marble bucket by having a marble party. They wore their pajamas, brought sleeping bags and stuffed animals, ate snacks, and watched a movie.


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