With the first month of school under our belts, you can see the students delving more deeply into their learning.
These fourth-grade students read different books about the different ways soccer balls are made in different countries. This inspired them to design, create and test their own soccer balls with socks, balloons, tape, paper, and fabric. It was wonderful to see the creative thinking, problem-solving and teamwork of these students.
Teamwork and problem-solving are even part of the PE curriculum as students work together, build communication skills and problem-solve as they use the climbing wall, Bosu and stepping boards.
In music, students are learning the art of storytelling, drama, and puppetry as they practice making high and low sounds to tell a story with finger puppets.
Map skills abound! Students created a map of our beautiful LMC by first creating a key of the special places and things that can be found there.
Second-grade students have also been creating maps of all the different landforms they have been learning. After they include many details, they use iPads to video-record a tour of their maps to share with parents.
Students are learning with great purpose in math as well! Teachers have found and created very purposeful games and practice opportunities for students to apply the new math and problem-solving skills they are learning.
Similarly, with word study, students are enjoying different kinds of cooperative games while honing in on phonics, spelling patterns and parts of words.
Say "Cheese"! We thank the PTA for coordinating our Picture Day. It was a joy to see so many precious smiles of our students.
Congratulations to LMC Director, Mrs. O'Kelly, on earning tenure! We are thrilled that she is at Dryden to work with our students and staff, nurturing our love of reading and learning.
Thank you, Lieutenant Mark of the Arlington Heights Fire Department, for coming to talk with our first-grade students. We learned some very important ways to stay safe and prevent dangerous fires.
Thank you, Dryden Community, for your generous donations to support victims of the recent hurricanes. We will share an update about the money that was earned, and how we are helping students, teachers, and families of Caldwell-Hines Elementary School in Houston, Texas in our next newsletter.