Jaxon N.’s dad visited the K2 class in November the day before he traveled to Korea for his work with the army. He showed the class where Korea was on the globe, and told them it would be snowing when he got there. He also read the class one of Jaxon’s favorite stories. We are keeping Jaxon and Christian(4th grade) and their whole family in our prayers while they are separated from their dad. We are thankful for his service to our country and pray that he and his colleagues in Korea have a blessed Christmas!
When our Bishop challenged us to “be the reason someone else is thankful this holiday” he certainly brought out the very best in our generous EDS community. The Thanksgiving Food Drive yielded more than 6000 lbs of the food most needed for the Columbia County School Weekend Feeding Program … 1500 lbs more than we’ve ever (on record) donated, and FOUR TIMES our annual average food gift. The pasta, cereal, fruit cups, and more, returned to campus in those classic brown paper bags, will be placed in back packs and sent home each weekend to over 350 children in area elementary and middle schools who rely on the program (and our gifts!) for days when school lunches are not provided. Dave Iverson, Director of the food pantry at Columbia Country Cares, said that “EDS has been collecting for us for many years, but this year’s was overwhelming in the size and amount of much needed food. Thank you!”
Our Seventh Grade Student Scientists have been busy working with the Scientific Method to better understand the skills and processes that scientists use. They applied the knowledge gained about identifying and controlling variables in a series of labs dealing with pendulums.
This fantastic series of activities then allowed students to model the steps of the scientific method in the design and implementation of an experimental plan of their own choosing.
The preschool, kindergarten and first grade classes have the opportunity to participate in an outreach project to help students at Augusta’s Heritage Academy. Heritage Academy is an inner city school located in Olde Town and is a non-profit, K – 8, faith-based school funded primarily by donations.
Today you will receive an email with a link to a brief survey that will take approximately eight minutes of your time to complete. Your participation in this survey will yield meaningful results about our school’s values and performance. It is very important that you respond. The survey is being conducted through a third party, SAIS (our independent school accrediting agency). Today you will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org and the subject line will include the word survey.
Please, please, please take a few minutes to participate. This is a different survey than those you see from us annually. It asks a different set of questions as part of our re-accreditation process, as well as an important part of shaping our vision for the future of EDS.
Somewhat unique to the school world, we are serious at EDS about getting as much insight as we can into parent’s perspective and observations about their experience and that of their children. The more data we can collect, the better our decision-making will be. Please DON’T think like the parent who recently said, “Oh, I don’t do those surveys, because we’re perfectly happy. Those are for people with complaints, right?” NO! We need input from everyone for the data to be meaningful. Over the years, much of our progress and direction has been set in large part by input from our parents.
Thank you in advance for your participation in this survey.
Fourth Graders are now studying the Newbery Award winning novel, The Door in the Wall. This book by Marguerite de Angeli is set in Medieval times. Students have learned that the time span of the story is during the time of the Black Plague in London and the reign of Edward III. The main character, Robin de Bureford, although he is only a boy, has his life planned out. As the son of a noble knight the expectation is for him at age ten to leave home and train to become a knight. Unfortunately, he is struck with an illness that causes him to become unable to walk…his life plans must change. This is an inspirational story of overcoming adversity and striving to find “a door in the wall.”
Aleck H., our own talented 4th grade artist, recently surprised Mrs. Anne Moss with an original painting inspired by the book. The painting is on display in Room 201 and will be treasured by Mrs. Moss for many years to come.
We had a very successful fall Box Tops for Education drive! Thanks to everyone who collected and turned them in. We collected a total of 5,969 box tops!