Looking for a super easy way to support EDS without volunteering for anything or sending in money??? This is for you! Every year our school earns money when our parents shop at places we visit every week and designate EDS as a recipient school. It’s super easy and it adds up quickly to help fund important projects for our kids. It is as simple as signing up with our business partners at Target, Bi-Lo and Publix, and designating EDS as the recipient of education funds.
Materials to sign up are located in the front office, we’ll have a booth at Fall Festival to help you sign up, or you can email Amy Holsten and she’ll walk you through the process. We’ll be offering specific information for each our of partners in the next several weeks in the Panther Post as well. Thanks so much for your support!!
Enrichments have begun at EDS this Fall and we couldn’t be more excited about the unique opportunities our students have for their after school hours. Starting in October we have tons of activities that we hope you will sign up for. Mrs. Heinlein’s art classes begin next week, with something for all ages! Dance is back this year, starting Wednesday October 7. We are partnering with local Augusta Dance Company Cutno Dance to bring in a new and refreshing spin on dance, a look at dance around the globe (ballet, jazz, modern, and many more). Two sessions are offered, one for our 3-4 age group, and one for our K-5 students (this session may be split in two depending on interest). We are also excited to bring more theater/acting programs to the school, by partnering with the Musical Theater Workshop for a Drama Workshop on Thursdays open to 5-8 grade students, and we are finalizing the programing for an Improv Class to be held Fridays for 6-8th grade students. To sign up for any enrichment please reach out to Elise Michael, Director of Auxiliary Programs.
On Thursday, September 24th, the 7th grade student scientists used our Flowing Wells Campus as an extension of the classroom in a day of data collection. Our students have been busy learning about creating tables for data collection and using these to present data in graphs. This important skill is essential in using the scientific method and developing experimental plans. In addition to spending some time mulching the gardens, students collected air and surface temperature data in a variety of locations on the property, as well as observing and charting the diversity of life seen. Upon returning to school, students worked in teams to collate, average, chart, and graph data. Throughout the school year, these students will periodically spend time on the property revisiting their chosen sites and collecting the same data, with an eye to comparing and analyzing the data seasonally for continuity and change.
Every year the first grade classes celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s birthday. We spent the morning learning all about apples by reading apple books and poems, doing apple crafts, and tasting different types of apples. We even decorated pot hat so that we would look like Johnny walking around the EDS campus. Hank M read Three In One: A Picture of God to the first graders to conclude Apple Day.
Last Tuesday, members of the science department took part in a water quality training through Georgia Adopt a Stream. The creek on the property makes up the headwaters of Rae’s Creek. We hope that students and teachers will be able to monitor the health of this stream for years to come by monitoring oxygen levels, pH and temperature.
Last Wednesday, Ms. Wilson’s second grade class planted lettuce seedlings in our new school gardens. They also made observations about the health of plants. The 7th grade came to the property last Thursday and rotated through three activities: They spread mulch around the gardens to help control weeds and insulate the surrounding soil. They collected temperature data from several sites around the property for a graphing project that they are working on in science class. They also made observations about the diversity of wildlife, finding evidence of a variety of species.
On Friday, third grade took part in their first “The More You Know The More You Grow” class through Georgia 4H. Flowing Wells Road is quickly becoming a big part of education at EDS!
The Birthday Book Club provides an opportunity for you to donate a book to the EDS library in recognition of your child’s birthday. Students with birthdays in October are welcome to participate on October 5 during morning carpool. Here are the August and September participants.