The friends in PreK 103 have spent the last month exploring all things ANIMALS! We even went on a fun field trip to the Shedd Aquarium. We participated in interactive read alouds using Picture Exchange Communication Systems and felt story boards. Our stories included: “Goodnight, Gorilla,” “”I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean,” “Brown Bear, Brown Bear,” and “The Three Little Pigs.” We explored all things sensory in our sensory bin which had animals, hay and/or water each week. The students marble painted animals and created their own jelly fish as well. To top off the unit, Mr. Ben came for music and played animal-themed songs!
Our 8th graders are currently in China for their exchange trip! We can’t wait to hear about all of their adventures when they return.
In October the 8th grade students made their way via CTA to attend “The Brothers Size” at Steppenwolf Theater. Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney shared the complex bonds of brotherhood, told through the unique experiences of three African American males, two of which were brothers. McCraney used poetry, music and Yoruba mythology to describe the fight between freedom and the need to belong somewhere, to something, to someone. It was an emotional play, which sparked much conversation among the 8th graders and their teachers.
Last Friday, 6th grade students participated in a 2 hour Intro to Communications workshop at The Second City. Students played improv games which help them relate to and communicate more effectively with those around them. The kids all had a great time showing off their more dramatic sides and making each other laugh, as you can see from their group photo!
Last Friday 8th grade students attended an all day ropes course and team-building workshop at The Outer Edge in Bensenville. Students participated in rope swings, tight rope walks, and wall climbing. It was a great experience for students and staff, and we are all excited to start off this year in high spirits!
This week, 8th grade students participated in a Scavenger Hunt in throughout the downtown loop area! Students worked in groups through an online game, Urban Adventure Quest, to decode ciphers, navigate the streets, locate landmarks, and find answers to trivia questions. They earned points along the way, and competed against each other to victory. Congratulations to the winning team members: Brenden D, Elliot D, Fidel R, Miles D, and Wally S!
Nine students in 7th and 8th grade just returned this week from a 2 week trip to France! Students stayed for 9 nights with their host families in the town of Angers, about 2 hours outside of Paris. Students explored the town in depth, visiting museums and castles for which this region of France is well known. They also got to shadow classes with their French exchange students! The trip was topped off with a 48 hour whirlwind tour around Paris to the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, and more. Once everyone catches up on sleep, be sure to ask them all about their incredible experience!
On March 22nd, the preschool students went to Children’s Museum at Navy Pier. We explored many hands on exhibits and had a wonderful time.
6th grade students visited the Windy City Fieldhouse last month and competed in a fierce competition of games including Dodgeball, Kickball, Pillow Polo, and Relay Races. Students were broken up into 4 teams and had to come up with team names, chants, and even team colors to wear on the trip! Everyone had a ton of fun. We were particularly proud of the fact that every student made sure to include all of their team members in the games!
First grade students visited Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry during the month of December. Students learned about the museums beloved annual celebration of of more than 50 trees and displays representing the holiday traditions from cultures around the globe. Students also experienced thrilling museum exhibits featuring hands-on learning and state of the art technology. Students had an amazing trip and upon return reflected in a writing piece of their favorite tree or display seen during our trip to MSI.