Another Olympic Day is in the books and the students did an outstanding job! The countries that were represented this year included: Canada, Chile, Italy, Jamaica, and United Kingdom. Grade levels performed routines in-between relay events. The first graders were magical as they performed their “This is Me” parachute routine, and 2nd grade got funky with the “Crazy Frog Routine”. Third grade rocked the floor with “Cupid Shuffle” and the fourth grade did a do-si-do to “Cotton Eye Joe”.
Thank you to our parent volunteers: Annie Smith, Lillian Magruder, Torina Williams, Andria Thomas, Julie Reeves, Jennifer Tucker, Kathi Trotter, Sabrina Pendergrass, Jana Jordan, and Amanda Martin. We couldn’t have done it without you!
On March 2nd, EDS was grateful to have the Children’s Choir visit them again, all the way from Seoul, Korea! They enjoyed lunch with third and fourth graders and gave an amazing performance for the school in the gym.
EDS is thankful for the visits from our new friends!
How will you spend your summer? EDS Summer Camp registration is now open. Sign up now for our early bird pricing.
The Lower School running club finished its first session this weekend by participating in Augusta University’s Half Marathon, Medals for Miles fun run. To complete the Medals for Miles program, students run each week to total 12 miles and then run their final 1.1 miles on Saturday to complete a half marathon.
The runners did great. These runners have trained for 8 weeks, running 1-1.5 miles at a time gearing up for their final 1.1 miles completing a half marathon. Some even finished their last 1.1 miles in 5 minutes. Coach Laura Stubbs was an awesome coach, and she hopes to see all the runners back for Session Two. As a culmination event for Session Two, runners will compete in a full 5K in Aiken.
The third and final session (for the year) of EDS enrichments will begin next week, and spots are still available for many of our enrichment classes. Our enrichments are open to all students at EDS and in the CSRA, not just those enrolled in after school. Enrichments give students the opportunity to participate in an activity beyond the regular school day, working on specific skills and hobbies that are of interest to them. While they have roots in academics, enrichments help train students bodies and minds through the arts, athletics, and STEM activities. Click here for more details to sign up or email Elise Folk for more questions.
Last week the fifth grade spent the morning at the Flowing Wells Campus. They began working on a long-term garden project by measuring their garden beds and dividing them into sections to plant. In the coming weeks, they will decide what to plant, plan and plant their gardens, and then harvest veggies to eat in the spring.
On Monday, the sixth graders went to the Flowing Wells Campus to begin a unit on fractions, rates and ratios. Students used fractions to plan square foot gardens and planted a variety of fall vegetables. In October, they will return to FWC and their gardens to calculate germination rates of seeds planted and survival rates of seedlings planted.
New Enrichment Opportunity for PK Students
Join coach Zach Carpenter (middle school tennis coach, and Newman Tennis Center coach) for a PK tennis experience. The PK Tennis Club will meet on Thursdays from 1:30-2pm. Students do not need to bring rackets, they will be provided by the coach. Sign up here.
Kokasi Kesi, known as Koki, visited EDS on Wednesday, August 23, to meet with several classes. Koki is a 26-year-old university student from the Ugandan community of Abuyadaya. He spent his summer in America working at a Jewish camp, Camp Coleman, near Atlanta, where he enjoyed sharing his culture and rich heritage. MaLea Breland, our art substitute for Mrs. Heinlein, is currently hosting Koki in her home here in Augusta.
Koki met with the EDS students in the music room, because music is an integral part of his culture. In fact, Kokasi is a member of his community’s musical group, and he plays several instruments.
Kokasi’s uncle is Rabbi Gershom, the first black Jew to ever be elected to parliament. Dating back to only the 1900s, the Jews of Abuyadaya are considered to be young by Jewish standards. A Christian missionary was sent to the area by the British in 1919 to convert the Ugandans. The Christian missionary began reading Old Testament literature during that time and became interested in Judaism. Without the knowledge of the British, the Christian missionary studied and then converted to Judaism. He stayed in the area and, with his influence, many people in the community began practicing Judaism. When the British discovered what was happening, they were furious and fired him.
However, he founded a wonderful Jewish community that has prospered and survived in that area for 97 years. The Jews around the world began recognizing the Ugandan Jews as Jews only as recently as the 1990’s, and many communities are still not familiar with their culture and traditions. The community of Abuyadaya is a model that many communities should aspire to building. The people of Abuyadaya have created a place where Christians, Jews, and Muslims live in peace and are provided all the same rights and respect.
We have been planning for this year’s near total eclipse since February! Here’s how EDS is managing this wonderful rare event, as well as many of the unpredictable logistics surrounding it:
Parents are welcome to join us for this great event, but you will need to bring your own viewing glasses. (We will ask the children to keep theirs on, so NO sharing, please).
Please also know that we have limited parking. If you decide to join us, please carpool as much as possible. Arrive by 2:30. Do not park at Appleby Library or in the Woodlawn Parking lot on the half of the lot nearest their building. You may park in designated parking spaces at Good Shepherd, EDS, Reid Memorial Church, and in half of the Woodlawn lot (farthest from their building). If those are full, you will need to find legal parking on a nearby street.
This is a remarkable, wonderful, and rare experience. We are so excited to have the privilege to share this incredible learning opportunity with our children. It is also an unprecedented school event for us, so there are many unknown variables, mostly in terms of how many of you to expect, what traffic will be like, etc. We are paying careful attention to the preparation, teaching, safety, and planning for the students. Obviously, we will need to count on the rest of our community to be patient and mindful of these details. We will not be able to assist with things like parking.
Click here for a safety article on viewing the Solar Eclipse.