LS Blazer Buzz 9 Dec
This week's highlight:Thomasboro Academy Visit
Once a month, Woodlawn's fourth grade students travel to Thomasboro Academy in Charlotte to put their role modeling skills into practice. The students disperse among 11 different pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade classrooms to read with students, play learning games, and serve as teacher's assistants. In November, the fourth graders taught the young Thomasboro students how to make a fun craft to be sold at the annual community event, Christmas in Davidson, December 5-7. Woodlawn students and Thomasboro students teamed up to create reindeer ornaments filled with "magic reindeer food." Each parcel was made using repurposed brown paper grocery bags and filled with oats and baking sprinkles. All proceeds from the sale of the reindeer ornaments will be used to buy school supplies for the students at Thomasboro. Woodlawn fourth graders are passionate about their service project and were happy elves assembling the parcels. Woodlawn is passionate about growing hearts to serve others.
LS Blazer Buzz 25 Nov
This week's highlight: A musical afternoon
Woodlawn lower school music classes emphasize the principles that are taught in life skills classes. This fall, students put those life skills to music and performed in front of a crowd of family and friends in Woodlawn's outdoor amphitheater one beautiful fall Sunday afternoon. Each grade contributed to the presentation with reminders about how the core values of curiosity, community, and creativity are important. Students in grades kindergarten through third sang, danced, and recited lines about integrity and respect for others, feelings, and friendship.
The kindergarteners waved colorful scarves as they sang about the importance of feelings while the first grade followed with a rousing tune called “Don’t Be Bossy.” The second grade donned colorful cowboy hats as they performed Disney’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.” Grade three took the stage and each student grabbed a cup and performed the cup routine while singing a Woodlawn original tune called “Integrity.” The lower school dancers performed with scarves, beach balls, and balloons, each prop symbolizing a different part of being a friend. Students used life skills lessons as inspiration for creating the choreography.
The fourth graders reminded the attendees that one person can make a difference in the world with their rendition of "With My Own Two Hands." The students wore special shirts with half a picture on the front. They put their arms around one another during the song to create an entire picture and show that together we can make the world a better place. Fifth grade students stole the show with their mashup of "Hall of Fame" and "Roar," convincing the audience that they will do great things with the lessons learned during their time at Woodlawn.
The students worked closely with Ms. Lolla, Ms. Rosen, Mrs. Early, and Mrs. Dashputre to put together a wonderful performance and pass on a few life skills at the same time.
LS Blazer Buzz 18 Nov
This week's highlight: Election Day
The results are in! On November 4, Woodlawn students exercised their right as citizens to vote on Election Day. Mrs. Modrak's second grade class spent weeks examining the importance of a government to a country and the uniqueness of our country's democracy. The students then hosted the 2013 Kids Vote for the entire lower school. The Garden Shed was transformed into an official voting site, and each second grader had the opportunity to explore the different roles executed at a polling place. They collected registration cards from each Woodlawn student who arrived to vote, checked off each child's name on the voter registration list, walked each student to the voting booth, and even guarded the voting booth to ensure privacy. Finally, the second graders gave each voter a handmade "I Voted" sticker created by our first grade friends.
In typical Kids Vote fashion, the ballot was as unique as the candidates themselves. The kindergarten ballot showcased three "candidates" as the class voted for its favorite name for a new building at Woodlawn. The winner was...The Zammit Zone! It was a close race as The Zammit Zone won by only two votes! Students in grades one through five voted on a ballot that showcased four candidates. They elected the next mayors in the town of Huntersville and the city of Charlotte, with Jill Swain for Huntersville by only six votes and Edwin Peacock for Charlotte by 12 votes rising to the top. These slim margins gave students the message that every vote truly counts! The results were counted, tallied, and delivered by hand to the kindergarten and first grade classes, and by email to grades three, four, and five. The second graders enjoyed being a part of this democratic process.
LS Blazer Buzz 11 Nov
This week's highlight: Jamestown!
On May 14, 1607, English explorers landed on Jamestown Island to establish the first English colony in America. Over 400 years later, Woodlawn’s third grade students hopped on a bus to explore Jamestown, Virginia for themselves! After learning the true story of Pocahontas and John Smith in class, everyone was excited to see the historic site and to experience such an important part of our country’s history. The first stop on the trip was the Jamestown Settlement where the class learned the story of the English settlers who founded Jamestown, including tales of the Virginia Indians whom they encountered. This was an interactive experience for students, as they enjoyed exploring the outdoors and boarding a replica of one of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia in 1607. Everyone could agree they would not have wanted to travel on that ship for five months like the settlers! The third graders were excited to see a re-creation of a Powhatan Indian village and learn of the Powhatan’s resourcefulness. Afterwards, students visited the English colonists’ fort and watched a demonstration of a matchlock musket firing. Following the busy day, the group returned to the hotel to learn about archaeology and make clay artifacts with Ms. Royce.
On day two of the trip, the class visited Historic Jamestown. The first stop was at the glass blowing house, where the students witnessed the process of making glass. Everyone was mesmerized as they watched the glassblowers at work. Students even saw the remains of the original furnaces used by early glassblowers dating back to 1608. The highlight of field trip was a stop at the original site of Jamestown. The students witnessed history firsthand as they talked with archaeologists who were digging on burial sites. The archaeologists believe they will find the remains of Reverend Hunt, the reverend who arrived in Jamestown with the settlers in 1607. The third graders had a chance to study a handful of the million artifacts that have been found at Historic Jamestown. Students were amazed to learn how archaeologists can piece together facts to solve the mysteries of events that took place hundreds of years ago. Students witnessed the spot where Pocahontas married John Rolfe, saw where the English settlers first landed on the banks of the James River, and observed the ruins of the fort’s church. With Jamestown being such an integral part of the third grade curriculum, this was a hands-on way for Woodlawn’s students to experience such an important part of our history.
LS Blazer Buzz 4 Nov
This week's highlight: Parade of Fiction
Woodlawn's kindergarten class celebrated its fifth annual Parade of Fiction on October 31. Each student chose a favorite story from home to study in class. During the month of October, students learned about the different parts of a book, such as the title page and information about the author and illustrator. They also studied the components that make up a story, including setting, characters, and plot. Each student prepared a book review to share their new knowledge with the class. To conclude this literary study, the each kindergartener dressed up as the book character from his or her story. The "characters" paraded around the Woodlawn campus, sharing their love of books! It was reported that a few famous characters made an appearance this year such as Ladybug Girl, the mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Courdoroy the bear, Johnny Appleseed, Jack and even a Berenstain Bear! Other characters included, Muddypaws the dog, a pancake, Choo Choo the Runaway Train, Silvericious, Septimus Bean, and Meggie Moon. All of the stories, the incredible amount of authentic learning and of course, the costumes, were amazing. The kindergarten class at Woodlawn sure is a bunch of CHARACTERS!!!