A Peek into Our Week | Elementary | Week of January 8

Welcome back, everyone! We were so happy to finally have (almost) an entire week together! Students greeted each other Tuesday with huge hugs and their exaggerated estimates about how long it had been since they’ve seen one another. It is so wonderful to see their friendships this far into the year. These short weeks since the Christmas Show have been full of exciting student-led projects and group work! Below you can see what we’ve been up to!

These students enjoyed our time in the snow by building a snowman. The middle layer was too heavy for them to lift so they used two branches to create a lever to lift it. Watching their determination while failing the first few tries and their excitement when their hard work paid off was so wonderful!
Elementary-aged students are at a stage where they test the boundaries of rules and routines to find out what is socially acceptable. To help them gain the skills they need to be successful adults, we often structure activities for students to work with a variety of students and to explore their interests. These students are participating in a lesson on Miming. They are pretending to be a venomous snake and a person trying to escape without being bitten. After acting, the audience of their peers had to guess what they were doing.
This first year student is working with our new sewing lessons. Students can choose from making a necklace with yarn and straws, practicing threading a needle and tying knots, and sewing a button onto felt to make a bracelet. Sewing lessons give students real-life skills and improve hand-eye coordination.
This third year student used our molecule kit to build a model of a caffeine molecule. This material exposes students to how and what their surroundings are made of. They enjoy recognizing elements they previously studied from the Periodic Table. This student later built water molecules and put her models together to “make coffee.” She even put it in a mug! Never a dull moment.

A Peek into Next Week

Next week Lower Elementary students will work with the Bohr Diagram, study parts of a stem, and research countries from Europe. Upper Elementary students will compare plant and animal cells and review lab safety rules before studying solutions.


  • No School Monday, January 15, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
  • Tuesday, January 16 – International Women’s Air and Space Museum Field Trip. We will head to the museum, by bus, at 9 am and will return to the school for lunch by 12:30. Please remember to have your child wear their tie dye shirt!
  • Wednesday, January 17 at 6:30 pm – Kindergarten Parent Meeting at the Tallmadge Campus. Childcare is provided.

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