The LowDown

We hope you have a wonderful Spring Break and enjoy quality time with your family and friends. We look forward to seeing you on March 27th!

Upcoming Days in the Rotation

  • Monday, March 20th – Friday, March 24th – Spring Break – School Closed
  • Monday, March 27th – Day 3
  • Tuesday, March 28th – Day 4
  • Wednesday, March 29th – Day 5
  • Thursday, March 30th – Day 6
  • Friday, March 31st – Day 7

Reminders

  • On Tuesday, April 4th we will have parent/teacher conferences - there will be no classes.
  • 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.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Our very own third graders marched in Charleston's St. Patrick's Day Parade. Check out these pictures from the route!


Mrs. Evans's fourth graders practiced mapping skills discovering where the Leprechaun was hiding in Shamrock Park. Some of the Leprechauns worked a little magic with special gold coins.


Mrs. Sallee's class celebrated with shamrock glasses!


National Honor Choir

Fifth graders, Sarah Grace Champagne, Aidan Damsker, Gray Holland, Renny Miles, and Ella Murphy traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota with their parents and teacher, Mr. Monsell to take part in the American Choral Directors' Association National Honor Choir. This highly select choir of 300 students from across the USA rehearsed for three days with noted director Dr. Joan Gregory and then performed two performances at Minneapolis's Orchestra Hall and Convention Center Auditorium. The students sang pieces in Latin, Hungarian, Russian, German, and English. Congratulations to these talented students!


Chinese Lessons

Our second grade students are busy learning how to talk about clothing in Chinese. Their learning is enhanced in class by making paper clothing.



Faculty vs. Student Basketball Game

The whole school had a blast at this year's Faculty vs. Student Basketball Game. On Tuesday, students dressed down for two dollars and everyone's ticket to the game was a non-perishable food item. All food and money raised go to support our Easter Food Drive.


Force and Motion

Last Friday, fifth graders were introduced to force & motion using PE equipment. Coach Engelhardt and Coach Brown set up 4 different activities in the gym. Students were asked to identify manipulated and responding variables, forces, and action/reaction pairs. The students enjoyed this movement-based preview of their upcoming science unit of study!


Boxcar Children

In first grade, students have been hard at work on projects based on the Boxcar Children book series.


Happy Pi Day

Fourth and fifth graders celebrated Pi Day while discovering how to find the diameter, the radius, and the circumference of a variety of circles. They also enjoyed a wonderful story about Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi
and shared a yummy round treat!


Sailors of the Week

Our Second Grade Sailors of the Week invited special guest readers to their classrooms.


Tiny House

Students in Mrs.Greer's second grade reading class finished reading The Borrowers by Mary Morton this week. To learn about perspective, they built the home of the teeny characters in the book. Check out our three bedroom home for Arrietty, Pod and Homily!


The Westing Game

Is it a book? A game? Or so much more? The Westing Game kept third grade students in Mrs. Greer's class guessing every single page as they solved this murder mystery. Check out the web they made connecting the characters and using the clues Mr. Westing gave them. Read this book to find out the guilty culprit!


Conventions and Board Games!

When fifth graders are excited for Spring Break but still need to focus on conventions, what do you do? Play board games, of course! Mrs. DeVos's convention games had students reviewing common & proper nouns; past, present, & future verbs; and similes.


Virtues Lunch

It was time for Mrs. Boccabella's class and Mrs. Conrad's class to celebrate our Virtues with a special lunch this week. Thank you to all of the parents who helped put it together!


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"Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a permanent attitude."

-Martin Luther King

During the month of March, our virtues focus will be on the character trait of Forgiveness. Forgiveness is giving someone another chance after they have done something wrong, knowing that everyone makes mistakes. It is making amends instead of taking revenge. It is also important to forgive yourself. When we forgive ourselves, we stop punishing ourselves for our mistakes. Forgiveness is moving ahead, ready to act differently, with compassion for yourself and faith that you can change.

We practice forgiveness when we...

  • Remember that everyone makes mistakes
  • Take responsibility for our own mistakes
  • Share our feelings without taking revenge
  • Accept people without judgement or criticism
  • Make amends instead of punishing ourselves with guilt

Upcoming Days in Rotation

Monday, March 13th – Day 5

Tuesday, March 14th – Day 6

Wednesday, March 15th – Day 7

Thursday, March 16th – Day 1

Friday, March 17th – Day 2

Reminders

  • Tuesday, March 14th is the annual Faculty vs Student Basketball Game and Dunk Contest. This is a $2 dress down day to raise money for our Easter Food Drive. We also ask that everyone brings in non-perishable food items for the Lowcountry Food Bank, which will be parked out front of our gymnasium at the start of the game (12:30-1:30 p.m).
  • On Wednesday, March 15th, we will have a $2 dress down day and bake sale for the Porter Gaud Parents Guild. This is the rescheduled date from the canceled event in October due to the hurricane.
  • On Friday, March 17th Lower School students can wear green to school to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
  • Please mark your calendars for a Lower School parent meeting for parents of first through third graders on April 24th in the cafeteria. We are excited to share our plans for the 2017-2018 school year.

Wax Museum

The third grade created a "live wax museum" this week with all of the students dressed as famous South Carolinians. The event was part of their year-long study of our state. Guests pushed a button and saw the character come to life and share his/her biography. What a fantastic way for the students to demonstrate all they have learned about these important figures in our state's history.

Introduction to Forgiveness


Father Richard, Father Brian, and Mrs. Sanders (Middle School Counselor) helped us introduce the virtue of forgiveness this week. They role played to share the importance of forgiving one another.

What Does Bucket Filling Look Like in Music Class?


Shootout


The Lower School Basketball Shootout is an annual event where Lower School students (grades three through five) shoot a specific number of shots to see who makes the most baskets. Well done to all of those who participated!

Team Work


Fifth graders worked together towards a common goal on Friday morning. They practiced teamwork, patience, and communication while trying to get from start to finish holding a piece of dry spaghetti between each person. They realized that a good follower is just as important as a good leader!

Gently Used Book Sale


Classes enjoyed their "new" books from the Gently Used Book Sale. Thank you, Gretchen Tate for organizing and to all who donated their treasures to this important cause.

Fourth Grade Flagstaff


Our fourth graders have been doing a great job raising the flag in the mornings. Keep up the good work!

Shape Masters!


This week, one second grade math class explored lines of symmetry by making geometric shapes and designs on geoboards before solidifying their understanding with paper and pencil exercises.

Science Lab


First graders took Science Lab outdoors to investigate soils on our campus.


Second graders learned about feeding relationships in a habitat while playing a logic puzzle called Habitactics.



Third graders finished the design phase of their ecosystems. Stay tuned for 3-D printing and LEGO models!


The Starlab is up and running this week! Our young astronomers are learning to identify constellations and the brightest stars in our night sky, as well as the Greek, Roman, and Egyptian legends behind them.

Artist Astronomers


Artist-astronomers in Artful Space Science (after-school program) created constellations (Orion and Draco the Dragon) using tumbled glass, while learning the myths behind the shapes and how to spot them in our night sky. These will be full-fused in the kiln and will become part of a set of constellation coasters.

Special Reading Time


A first grader earned 20 points and chose to read to her classmates. They all decided to enjoy the beautiful weather while listening to her read Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures.

Guest Readers


Mrs. Dixon's class had a guest this week. She read I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas. The class enjoyed singing the song too!!


Second Grade Sailors of the Week invited special sibling guest readers to their classrooms this week!

Pancakes and Pajamas!


All of the second graders earned pom pom and jewel parties during which they celebrated in style by wearing relaxing pjs to school and enjoying pancakes and waffles.

How to Make A Rainbow


Mrs. Dixon's Sailor of the Week taught her class how to make a rainbow. They learned about absorption & combining colors! Very cool!

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Upcoming Days in Rotation

Monday, March 6th – Day 1

Tuesday, March 7th – Day 2

Wednesday, March 8th – Day 3

Thursday, March 9th – Day 4

Friday, March 10th – Half-Day – Not a Day in the Rotation – Students should wear regular uniforms.

Reminders

  • Porter-Gaud's service program will be collecting gently used books for our annual Book Sale through Monday, March 6th.
    • We will accept any type of book - infant, children, young adult, and adult books. All books will be for sale on Thursday, March 9th and Friday, March 10th in the lobby of the Wendell Center. We invite everyone to come and visit the book sale because all proceeds will be donated directly to Water Mission, which is a local organization that is building safe water solutions to break through the global water crisis.
  • On Wednesday, March 8th, we will host a coffee for Lower School parents who were new to Porter-Gaud this school year (2016-2017). We will meet in the Lower School library from 8:00-9:00am.
  • Friday, March 10th – Half-day – Dismissal in the Lower School will be 11:30. We will not have Extended Day but we will have bus service (for registered riders) and Upper School carpool.
  • We have two dress down days coming up in March!
    • Tuesday, March 14th is the annual Faculty vs Student Basketball Game and Dunk Contest. This is a $2 dress down day to raise money for our Easter Food Drive. We also ask that everyone brings in non-perishable food items for the Lowcountry Food Bank, which will be parked out front of our gymnasium at the start of the game (12:30-1:30 p.m).
    • On Wednesday, March 15th we will have a $2 dress down day and bake sale for the Porter-Gaud Parents Guild. This is the rescheduled date from the canceled event in October due to the hurricane.

Read Across America

The Lower School celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday and Read Across America Day on Thursday. We wore red and white, had special guest readers across the grade levels, ate a delicious "seussy" dessert at lunch, and spent quality time reading our books of choice. We hope you enjoy these pictures from our fun day!

Second Grade celebrated by bringing their favorite Dr. Seuss book to share. They had fun writing book reports about their books.



A Special Assembly

Our third, fourth, and fifth graders gathered in the auditorium on Monday to learn from last year's recipients of the Hollingsworth Memorial Fine Arts Grant. The two recipients shared with the audience their summer experiences made possible by this grant. Both students gave terrific presentations and wholeheartedly encouraged our fourth graders to apply for this special award.


Third Grade Visits the State House

Third graders learned about the 3 branches of government up close and in person during their trip to the SC State House in Columbia. They toured the capitol building, learned all about its history, visited the Senate and House chambers, and enjoyed a scavenger hunt on the State House grounds!


Math Fun

Second graders explored tangrams to make shapes this week in Mrs. Miller's math class.


Fourth grade students played Fraction Rally in preparation for a quiz on putting fractions in simplest form.


Writing Class

Over a month ago, fifth graders wrote formal letters to various companies. Students have started to receive replies to their letters and some replies have included stickers and pencils!



Sound Waves

Fifth graders are exploring the properties of sound. This week they used jump ropes to model high and low frequency sound waves!



Field Trip to KKBE

Second graders visited Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE) this week. Students learned that KKBE was founded in 1749 and is one of the oldest Jewish congregations in the United States.



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Upcoming Days in Rotation

Monday, February 27th – Day 3

Tuesday, February 28th – Day 4

Wednesday, March 1st – Day 5

Thursday, March 2nd – Day 6

Friday, March 3rd – Day 7

Reminders

  • Thursday, March 2nd is Dr. Seuss's Birthday and the Lower School will be celebrating! We encourage all students to wear red and white on this day (students who wear red and white do not need to wear a uniform).
  • Porter-Gaud's service program will begin collecting gently used books for our annual Book Sale on Monday, February 27th through Monday, March 6th.
  • We will accept any type of book - infant, children, young adult, and adult books. All books will be for sale on Thursday, March 9th and Friday, March 10th in the lobby of the Wendell Center. We invite everyone to come and visit the book sale because all proceeds will be donated directly to Water Mission, which is a local organization that is building safe water solutions to break through the global water crisis.

Why America Is Free

This week the fourth grade completed their Social Studies unit entitled Why America is Free. The six week curriculum guided the children through the steps leading up to the Revolutionary War. Students engaged in a culminating event, Patriots' Day on Thursday, where they dressed as colonists and participated in a multitude of learning experiences. Faculty from across the three divisions helped make this experience truly special for our students. Thank you to everyone who participated! Here are a few pictures from the day:


Special Guest Reader


Ms. Frasier's class had a special guest reader this week who shared a realistic fiction book about soccer in Barcelona.

Fun with Math!


During a second grade math class, students added to an interactive notebook, used an iPad application, and played games as they explored polygons.


Fourth graders had a blast in math this week using Fraction Burgers. The manipulatives helped them gain a better understanding of equivalent fractions.

Mardi Gras


Thank you Mrs. Buck and Mrs. Killian for teaching our second graders about your family Mardi Gras traditions. The students had so much fun!

Happy Birthday!


Mrs. Ellison had a birthday this week! Our Lower School students helped make her day special!

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