Some of the new activities include:
8th graders worked in teams and selected a famous artist for their Art History presentation. Students created Instagram posters displaying information and images about their artists. We invited 3rd graders into the classroom to view the posters and watch 8th graders speak about their artists, engage in a small activity with the younger kids, and hand out quiz sheets. Watching this whole project unfold was exceptionally cool. 8th graders worked so hard to learn about their artists, and the 3rd graders were an awesome audience and eager to soak up information.
After three months of creating and preparing, members of the EDS Art Club saw all of their hard work pay off last Tuesday night at the Christmas Craft Market. This event took place before the annual Christmas Choir Concert in the Parish Hall. 5th-8th grade artists set up stations around the room and sold canvas paintings, jewelry, mobiles, unique ornaments, and other items they created for this event. Not only did children experience the excitement of creating and selling their art, they experienced the pride of being able to make a difference and give back to the community. Art Club raised $840 that will be donated to Sand Hills. Way to use your creativity to make a positive impact, Art Club!
Thank you to everyone who supported our library and contributed to this year’s Penny Drive. We collected $2,849.04! Mrs. Moody’s class raised the most with $554.89! The three 3s classes together raised $1,330.41. They will celebrate their accomplishment with a joint ice-cream party. Mrs. King’s class brought in the most in lower school and won a dress down day and pizza party. Mrs. Andrew’s advisory will have a dress down day for collecting the most money in middle school. Way to go EDS!
I would also like to thank Mike Duckworth, Megan Peacock and the rest of the staff of Regions Bank on Augusta West Parkway. They generously counted all of our pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and bills. Thank you Regions!
Second grade read the Polar Express this week and on then Friday we took our own ride on the Polar Express. Our conductor, Mrs. Wilson, served us hot chocolate and s’mores.
We even had our own train ticket. All aboard!
To kick off Episcopal Day School’s participation in Hour of Code, fourth graders spent the morning participating in madewithcode.org’s December Design a Holiday Tree project. Students go online and design a light display for one of trees (one for each state and US territory) that surround the larger White House Christmas tree. The students are using a basic coding program called Blockly to choose colors, patterns, and movements for their tree lights. Once finished, the students can choose a particular state/territory tree where they would like their lights to appear. After students submit their designs, they are given the date and time their light pattern will actually appear on that tree in Washington, DC. Participants can go to whitehouse.gov/live to view the live stream of these trees each evening at those designated times.
After reading Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, the fifth grade received a visit from Mr. Bill Hixon and his redbone hound, Sue. This book had such an impact on his life. After reading Where the Red Fern Grows, he was encourage to begin raccoon hunting as boy and still hunts today. Like Billy Colman, the main character, he has a redbone hound named Sue. Mr. Hixon explained how advancements in technology help track the dogs as they track and tree raccoons today.
Jack M., 4th grade, and Sam C., 3rd Grade, both led their respective teams as the starting quarterback in the Georgia Dome. Sam plays quarterback for the Pop Warner West Augusta Falcon Mighty Mights, and Jack plays quarterback for the Pop Warner Evans Knights Mighty Mights. They played each other in the Dome after the Falcons/Cardinals game.
In a true expression of our gratitude for the abundant blessings of our lives, our food drive collection totaled 4,600 pounds last week. This record-setting gift will make a difference in many Richmond and Columbia County homes this holiday season, as will the countless prayers that accompanied the bags, boxes, and cans.