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!
- 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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.