Happy New Year to all! We have been so busy with so many different things! ICS is really hopping!
In Language Arts, this fall, we replaced our grammar books in grades 5-8. We are now using the Loyola Press Exercises in English – a more challenging approach to learning grammar. We are considering replacing our 3rd and 4th grade books with the same company next year. Writing is a very important focus at ICS. Our L/A teachers were all trained to use Lucy Calkins writing program (via Columbia University.) There are samples of kids’ writing all over our walls. I encourage you to stop in and check them out. Personally, I have been quite impressed. Our 5th graders are currently writing Persuasive Essays. Many have chosen to submit their essays to Ms. Kitts and I, trying to persuade us to give them a choice in lunch seating the second half of the school year. Wow! The essays I have received are VERY convincing.
On Thursdays, students in grades 5-8 make a choice to participate in an enrichment activity. The choices offered are quite diverse – everything from building solar cars to participating in newspaper or yearbook production, Destination Imagination Instant Challenges, or even joining a Reading Olympics Team. There is a healthy buzz in the upstairs classrooms at that time.
The healthy buzz isn’t limited to upstairs, though. Students in the primary and elementary grades are busy, busy, busy, growing and learning. 4th graders prepared a play, Santa Claus for President and invited other classes and their parents to view the final product! They then participated in an interesting STEM project. They had to build a structure out of gumdrops and toothpicks. The tallest structure won the contest. 3rd graders wrote about their favorite Christmas traditions. The final product was a traditions book that was filled with wonderful stories. Kindergarten students attended their annual International Day with their 5th grade buddies. There were so many terrific games and goodies to sample. In fact, the smell of potato latkes permeated the parish hall! And not to be left out, our preschoolers learned many Christmas songs and performed them for parents and other visitors. They were so adorable!
Learning never stops here at ICS. Please visit us on an open house day and observe the wonders of an ICS education.