Today was an exciting day for SAA as we officially became a WeatherBugschool! Not only will this provide weather data for meteorologists at news stations across the country, but it will also provide a wealth of information that can be used to enhance our science, technology, and math curriculum!
1st and 2nd graders enjoyed a special cultural celebration, to culminate the end of their study of Marco Polo. Students rotated around to 8 different parent-led stations to learn more about counties in Europe and Asia. Student learned history, created origami, ate food, played games, and more!
Preschool through Kindergarten students enjoyed a visit from a children's librarian from the Des Plaines Public Library. They participated in songs and stories, and received information about the library's summer reading program.
The Fine Arts Week Talent Showcases finished up today. The three assemblies showcased the performance talents of our wonderful students. Students needed to have auditioned for this opportunity to perform. A variety of performance types and styles were present including traditional, classical and popular music; instrumentalists, vocalists, dancers, acrobats, etc.; solo and group performers.
Our second set of ducklings have officially hatched! Preschool students were thrilled to welcome ten happy ducks, which they plan to name today. Students were able to watch them go from eggs to ducklings, and watch them grow and develop. They learned some great vocabulary also, such as the word "pipping," which is when they begin to crack their way out of the egg and make an air hole.
The 8th Grade Gatsby Party this past Saturday was a hit! Students were tasked with researching and dressing up as people from the book or time period. Guests included Charles Lindbergh, Al Capone, George Gershwin, Greta Garbo, Clara Bow, Coco Chanel, and many more.
6th and 8th graders had a fun time at Great America as they explored the science behind the rides!
We are excited to report that we now have seven baby ducklings at SAA, and the Junior Kindergarten class was lucky enough to watch two hatch right before their very eyes during class! Our ducks are much more than cute, fuzzy visitors. They teach children about the life cycle, compassion for living things, how living things grow and change, and how important it is to take care of our planet's creatures.
After reading “The House on Mango Street,” 7th graders enjoyed a field trip to the Pilsen neighborhood for a mural tour, followed by lunch at a local Mexican restaurant and a visit to the National Museum of Mexican Art.
We were delighted to welcome author/illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi to SAA! Jr. K - 2nd grade students had the pleasure of listening to her talk about her career and her new book, Where Are My Books? She was so amazed at the artwork throughout the halls of SAA that she even tweeted about it. If you are interested in purchasing an autographed book, a limited supply are still available.
This past week 3rd/4th grade language arts students proudly read their books to the lower school students. The students wrote and illustrated books on an insect or animal that they had researched. Their books were based off of Doreen Cronin's "Diary of a ….." series. It was a wonderful experience for all!
6th grade Social Studies took a break from the French Revolution and shifted the conversation to Women and Money: What Women are on Dollars and Coins? Currently, the US Treasury is debating whether to change the $20 bill of Andrew Jackson to a woman figure from history. Thus, students were asked to design a new dollar bill with a woman to be on the front.