LS Blazer Buzz 17 Nov

This week's highlight: Bake Sale for Service

Ms. Gunby's third grade class hosted their annual bake sale last Thursday. The entire Woodlawn community turned out to sample the delicious homemade brownies, cookies, and cupcakes! The sale was extremely successful and the students raised over $418 for their service partner, 5th Street Ministries. 5th Street Ministries serves men, women and children in need by providing clothing, food, and access to healthcare and safe sanctuary. Our students support 5th Street by hosting drives for needed items, raising money at their annual bake sale, and serving meals to their many visitors. The bake sale also enabled our young students to practice their mental math skills as they totaled orders and made change for their hungry customers.

LS Blazer Buzz 10 Nov

This week's highlight: Election Day

Tally the votes! The second grade class, with the help of Ms. Modrak, held their annual election on Tuesday, November 4th. In the weeks leading up to Election Day, the second grade students examined the role of government in our country and our unique democracy. Like most adults in North Carolina, their attention was focused on the Senate seat race between Thom Tillis and Senator Kay Hagan. In the days leading up to the election, our lower school students learned about each candidate and studied their previous record. On Election Day, our second grade leaders practiced the roles of polling place volunteers. They collected registration cards, found their peers names on the registration list, escorted voters to the voting booth, and made sure each student received an “I Voted” sticker as they exited the voting site. Unlike the official results in North Carolina, Kay Hagan was the clear winner with our youngest voters.

LS Blazer Buzz 3 Nov

This week's highlight: Fall Festival

On a brisk but sunny fall day, lower school students and families gathered for the 4th annual Fall Festival.  Musical performances focused on being thankful and the theme of “family” as all students on campus are part of three family trees: Oak, Maple, or Poplar. First grade students entertained us with their song about the Maple Tree.  Kindergarten students reminded us that a thankful heart is a happy heart, something they learn regularly in Life Skills class.  Fourth grade girls sang a moving tribute to their mothers, their role models, and we all had to wipe away a tear or two.  An impressive third grade performance of "Colors of the Wind” and a drum circle by the second and fifth grade students were both inspired by Native American studies in the curriculum. Third grader, Lilly Vining, led the entire group in an amazing final song, “We are family trees…I’ve got all my ‘Blazers with me!”  

Families then enjoyed an afternoon of crafts, games, roasting marshmallows by the fire, and mingling on the lawn.   A round of applause to Mrs. Lolla, Mrs. Early, and Ms. Rosen for their creativity and inspiration.  And many thanks to the lower school parent volunteers for making the day so special.

LS Blazer Buzz 27 Oct

This week's highlight: Like Mother, Like Daughter

After a trip to the Andre Christine Art Gallery in Mooresville, fourth grade students were inspired by the artwork of local artist Joyce Wynes. Joyce is a local graphic painter who empowers women and speaks to women’s issues through her artwork. Students observed and discussed how Joyce's ideas about women and strength were portrayed through her artwork, and they connected this understanding to their study of role models in life skills class. As they prepare to be role models for other young students through service learning, students began look to their most important role models in their lives…their moms. This all-girl class participated in a Mother/Daughter Empowerment Art Class and had the pleasure of a special visit by Joyce Wynes. She shared many of her painting techniques and mediums, and talked about the deeper meaning of several of her paintings.

On her website, Joyce states "I am forever grateful for my Mother’s influence: she sat me down at the age of nine on an old foot-treadle Singer Sewing Machine and encouraged my artistic nature to create outside of the sewing patterns she bought for me. I always had to re-invent and re-design everything.” Working side by side, each girl and her mom created a piece of art that was designed to represent or inspire them.

LS Blazer Buzz 20 Oct

This week's highlight: Martial Arts

Woodlawn Lower School recently added karate to our after school programming. Karate has been shown to improve reflexes, coordination, strength, stamina, flexibility, and balance. Our Woodlawn students are currently learning the basics of martial arts including traditional blocks, punches, and kicks. They are even learning a few practical self-defense techniques. Our classes provide a strong foundation in physical fitness, self-awareness, discipline and respect for self and others. Sensei Tamaris Connors, a third degree black belt, from the Lake Norman Martial Arts Academy leads the class each week.