Lower Elementary Schedule

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7:30 Early Morning Care

8:30 Spelling and/or Journaling: Children complete one spelling chapter per week, and journal prompts are offered daily for journal writing.

9:00 Morning Circle: We meet to exchange greetings, read the date, conduct class business, and share a whole group lesson.

9:30 Morning Work Time: Children are dismissed from circle one by one to begin individual work with an eye toward finishing daily requirements. At this time, individual and group lessons also take place. We take a fifteen minute break to enjoy individual snacks as a group at circle.

11:15 Clean-Up from Work and Meet at Circle: Children return materials to their proper places and record the day’s work in their work journals. Children’s folders including all paperwork from the day are collected.

11:30 Lunch: Children choose table numbers randomly from a box each day providing an element of surprise to seating arrangements. When the weather cooperates and enthusiasm for fresh air abounds, we picnic outdoors.

12:00 Recess

12:30 Specials, Whole Group Lessons, Silent Reading, Writer’s Conference: During the afternoon, we normally have a specialist come in to work with the group focusing on subjects such as Art, Foreign Language, and Music. This is also our time for whole group lessons, P.E., Sharing (show and tell), Writer’s Conference (independent writer’s workshop) and Silent Reading.

2:00 Afternoon Jobs: Children clean up for the day and complete classroom jobs such as watering plants, erasing the chalkboard, caring for the classroom pet, emptying the compost bucket, etc.

2:20 Read-Aloud: The teacher reads from a chapter book at circle. Many children choose to color as they listen.

2:45 Final Circle: Children are dismissed to the playground when weather permits. During inclement weather, children are dismissed to the aftercare room.

5:45 Late Pick-up


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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Aug. 26--First day of school for students

Friday to Monday, Aug. 29 to Sept. 1--no school, Labor Day weekend

Friday, Sept. 5--Pizza Friday begins

Thursday, Friday Sept. 4-5--Jr High overnight camping trip--Mount Percival and Mount Morgan

Thursday, Friday, Sept. 11-12--Upper El overnight camping trip--Mount Percival and Mount Morgan

Tuesday, Sept. 16--Community meeting hosted by the Jr. High--11:00 a.m.

Friday, Sept. 19--Barn Dance--Pot luck dinner and dancing in the barn for all GVS families. A not-to-be missed event!

Wednesday, Oct. 1--Class pictures in the morning

Thursday, Oct. 2--Spelling Bee at 11:00 a.m.

Friday, Oct. 3--Progress reports out

Monday, Oct. 13--No school, Columbus Day

Tuesday, Oct. 21--Community meeting hosted by the Lower El--11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29--International Day

Wednesday, Nov. 5--Open House 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. for families interested in finding out more about GVS

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