Last Friday, in the true spirit of Christmas, the Monnig family issued a challenge to all 4th and 6th grade families who had not made a gift or pledge to the EDS Annual Fund (see the email below) – and that challenge has already inspired three new gifts! There are several grades close to 100% (8th, 6th, 4th) and overall parent participation is a strong 72%. Last year we had two grades reach 100% and total parent giving was 84% – both of those benchmarks are still in reach. I hope the Monnig’s message will inspire other grades on top of 4th and 6th, so please make your pledge or gift today. Thank you for supporting the Annual Fund!
Dear Fourth and Sixth Grade Families,
For the third year, Harriet and Scott Monnig are issuing a December challenge to the 4th and 6th grade families who haven’t yet made a gift or pledge to the 2015-2016 Annual Fund Campaign.
For every family who gives before the close of business next Friday, December 18th, the Monnigs will match the gift up to $20. Between the two grades there are 11 families who haven’t participated, so Harriet and Scott could potentially pay $220 more to the Annual Fund (on top of what they’ve already given!). Gifts of $1, $5, $20, $1,000 (any amount!) are welcomed, encouraged, and appreciated.
Several grades are dangerously close to 100% participation, and the Monnigs would love for one of these two grades to be first! Remember, pledges made now can be paid any time before June 30, 2016, and count towards participation. If you are unsure if you have already pledged, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Monnigs’ belief in EDS and their appreciation for the teachers and all they do for the students inspired this annual challenge. Their hope is that your Annual Fund gift will be made in the same spirit, and grades reaching 100% participation will be honoring the teachers who selflessly give 100% of their effort and love to their students.
Thank you to the Monnigs for this generous enthusiasm for the Annual Fund, and the positive impact its success will have on our teachers and students. To make a pledge you can email email@example.com or make a gift on-line at www.EDSGive.com.
Mr. Bill Hixon and his assistant Ms. Elaine Weston brought Sue, his redbone hound, to fifth grade on Friday, December 11. Fifth grade recently finished reading Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. Mr. Hixon shared how this book inspired him to begin hunting when he was about their age. He demonstrated how the advances in technology have changed hunting today. He shared many experiences similar to what students read about in the book bringing the story to life.
Join Tara Scheyer and the Mud Puppy Band on December 31, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the Episcopal Day School gym for a New Years Eve concert with a Countdown to Noon celebration! Tickets are $5 for ages 5 – 17, which can be purchased at the door. For more information, visit www.tarascheyer.com.
We enjoyed beautiful skies and unseasonably warm temperatures at the Flowing Wells Campus once again last week as the Kindergarten and fourth grade classes took on a variety of learning activities in the great outdoors. To complement their ongoing studies of water, fourth graders were challenged to design and build a boat using only natural materials found on campus. They assembled leaves, twigs and an assortment of natural materials to make a boat that would float, and then to experiment with designs that could carry the most pennies–several groups engineered models that held 30 or more!
Thank you EDS for giving generously! This year the food drive totaled about 2,500 pounds. The items donated by the students and faculty of Episcopal Day School was top notch and will sustain through the rest of this year and into 2016.
The 2015-2016 EDS Annual Fund Campaign is going strong! Parents, grandparents, alumni, and parishioners are making a strong statement for EDS with generous gifts and pledges that will make a difference in our school.
Take a look at the numbers on the posters below – have you made a gift or pledge? All gifts received by December 31, 2015, are tax-deductible for this year. Pledges made now are payable up to June 30, 2016, but count now towards grade-level participation, so don’t worry about cutting into Christmas funds!
There are several ways to make a gift or pledge: Make a gift on-line at www.EDSGive.com; fill out a pledge card (you should have just received one in the mail or they are available in the front office); or email your pledge to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you told your Class Chairman that you would make a gift this year, but didn’t specify an amount, that was not entered as a pledge, so making a pledge with a committed amount is important.
Please contact me with any questions about Annual Fund, your pledge, or your gift. Thank you for all you do for EDS, and Merry Christmas!
Last week, Ms. McNeil and Dr. Andrews worked with 6th grade children on exam preparation. In part, we used recommendations from two EDS Alumni, Nicole A. and Daniel N. Here are some notes they developed for a presentation to 6th graders last year.
Please ask your child about his or her plan; we made a big deal about the correlation we’ve observed between a more detailed plan and exam success. “I’ll organize” or I’ll study every day” are not enough, and we gave students an opportunity to revise their initial plans at the end of class.
We suggested that students:
Organize this weekend: Students should gather needed papers for each subject and place the sets in five separate pocket folders (five different colors is great, but not necessary). They will need old tests and quizzes and in some cases, class/lab notes. This is a good time to write down any missing tests or quizzes or notes that look a bit sketchy; they can get help filling in any gaps next week. (For some, this may involve a good deal of sorting first, and I will be available for the next two days at recess to help with that process.)
When teachers hand out/post the study guides for each exam, a copy should go into the folder. We also recommend that each folder gets its own pencil and highlighter, some notecards (may also be color coded), and a few sheets of blank notebook paper.
Begin studying: In addition to homework next week, it’s a good idea to study for two exams a night (about 15 minutes each this week; a little longer the following week), and for all of them (in small chunks of time with breaks in between) on the weekend. We talked about what that study looks like, depending on the subject, and suggested they do something with the material rather than just look it over. They might copy notes, highlight main ideas, make note cards and arrange them on the floor in a giant outline, make flash cards, quiz themselves, and so on.
Ms. McNeil referenced an upcoming science unit on the brain (in February) to add extra tips for alertness and memory, such as use of scent, or studying something right before bed in order for it to lodge in long term memory while one sleeps. The students had some good ideas as well.
Individual teachers already have or will be talking about how to study for specific exams. We talked a bit about stress: some is necessary and a good thing for top performance, but too much is unhealthy and unnecessary—and in some cases, detrimental to performance. You will know if your child needs to be a little more or less stressed; it’s all about his or her wiring!
On Friday, MS students get to dress up for Lessons and Carols and our special MS Christmas Brunch. We also enjoy a service project with our Panther Pals.
Here are Daniel and Nicole’s 12 Tips for Exam Success:
1. Organize everything: One binder for each exam or each day of exams; or color-code folders for each exam
Find all tests, quizzes, notes, study guides. Mark important pages in texts (such as vocabulary) with flags.
2. Once you have everything organized, make sure you have everything you need; if you are missing something, now is the time to get it. Also, if you know there are concepts you do not understand, now is the time to ask.
3. Start studying tonight (Monday); pick your first two exams and after homework tonight, study those for 15-20 minutes each.
4. Study in chunks: 15-20 minutes, then take a short break–exercise of some kind is best. Keep hydrated and have snacks as you study. You can’t study well if you are hungry.
5. Study for two subjects at a time all week long; on the Monday before exams, just study for the two the next day.
6. Grammar and math—you just need to DO problems or work on sentences in order to study.
7. Quiz yourself as a way to study.
8. Quizlet for Geography; use this or the online texts for other classes also; Make flash cards.
9. Bring good snacks and water for the break on exam days; get plenty of sleep.
10. Don’t freak if the exam looks really long…just gives you more problems so it’s okay that you get some wrong.
11. Bring materials to study for the next exam or if the last exam, a book to read.
12. Good study over time is what you need. You will do well if you put in the effort.
Last Tuesday, Dec. 1, the Kindergarten classes took their annual trip to the Brandon Wilde Retirement Community. They had been practicing their Christmas songs with Mrs. Scheyer and were ready to share them! The concert started with the traditional carol “Away in a Manger” and ended with “Happy Birthday, Baby Jesus”. Afterward, all of the children gave a picture to the residents that told the story of how a candy cane reminds us of Jesus. Some of the children were also able to visit with family members or friends who live there. All of the children had fun giving and sharing the love of Jesus!