2nd

How does your garden grow?

Important Announcements:

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Next week will be a casual dress week. If your child chooses, we are also doing a spirit week with a different theme each day.  Monday – Favorite team/sport/musician Tuesday – Favorite color Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday – crazy hair/socks/clothes Thursday – Field Day shirts (bring a swimsuit or wear it under your clothes). Friday – 1st – 4th graders wear Monday uniform (blue tops/khaki bottoms) – 5th graders dress nicely for promotion

Friday, May 24th – 11:30 dismissal – no aftercare

As weather permits, please make sure the kiddos have creek shoes handy.  We never know when we might want to take a dip and do some exploring!

Hello families!

You’d think things would be winding down around here considering how close we are to the end of the school year, but we’ve been busier than ever!  We’ve squeezed in one last sound to give them a leg up when they start 3rd grade.  Ew taught us it can say /oo/ like in crew, chew, and threw.  It can also say /ū/ like in few and pew.  Many students are putting the final touches on their character growth writings using a character we’ve met in the Humphrey series.  Everyone has been sharpening their math skills with games and review activities.  We hope everyone slept so well this week after all of the time we’ve spent in the garden.  New rock went into the walkways, plants went into the beds, fencing went around the edges to keep critters out, and lots of watering!  This may be the class who is most interested and hard-working when it comes to the garden.  

Speaking of, please let us know if you are willing and able to help take care of the garden over the summer.  Maybe you’re dropping off your kiddos for a summer camp, maybe you have vacation time and want to work there as a family, or maybe you want to stop by to get some fresh veggies for your family meals.  We would truly appreciate any help big or small: watering, pulling the random weeds that sneak in, and harvesting anything ready to be a meal.  Let us know!  Thank you in advance!

We’re excited for one final week of this fabulous group of 2nd graders!

Carly and Laura

Life’s a climb, but the view is great!

Important Announcements:

Thursday, May 23rd- Field Day!

Friday, May 24th- Last Day!

Edge has teamed up with the Dyslexia Alliance for Black Children (DABC) to offer various workshops to staff, sites, parents, and caregivers in the coming months. The first Summer Literacy Club workshop will be held on May 23rd at 6 PM. It will provide families with ways to facilitate literacy learning throughout the summer. Register at bit.ly/DABC_SummerLiteracy

Our 8th grader, Addilyn Snodgrass is currently an intern with the Oglebay Good Zoo. As part of her Capstone project, she is running an art contest next Saturday, May 18th. If your child is interested in participating, here are the details: Join us for an exciting Art Show at the Oglebay Good Zoo, where kids ages 6-9 and 10-14 bring in an art piece inspired by their favorite animal at the zoo made from any art style you prefer–painting, drawing, or even sculpture! Your child is welcome to drop off their creations (labeled with name and grade) in the main office at WCDS or at the Good Zoo anytime next week. The Art Show will be on Saturday, May 18th. Visitors and participants can come in and vote on their favorite piece. The winner will get their project displayed in the lobby with the winner’s name, grade, what animal it is, and what it’s made out of.

As weather permits, please make sure the kiddos have creek shoes handy.  We never know when we might want to take a dip and do some exploring!

Wow! What an exciting week to be a WCDS student, family, and faculty member! So much is happening around here! For us, the star of the show was definitely our trip to Northern! The kiddos were troopers as we hiked to the top of the Grow OV Site.  We loved seeing the high tunnels, eating carrots, and exploring the Yurt!  Thank you all for coming to support the children in their Who Was projects. We are so proud of them!

Earlier in the week, the kids worked hard to complete the final round of Aims Web.  We did some mystery math work and wrapped up our character writings.  We are spending a lot of time reflecting and being proud of all the work we’ve done.

The week closed with the launch of JOJO X. What a special event to our community. Cheers to Mr. Hladek, the 5th grade, and everyone involved!

Also, Happy Mother’s Day! We hope you take time for yourself this weekend!

See you Monday!

Carly and Laura

April showers bring May veggies!

Important Dates:

THURSDAY, MAY 9th – **change of date** Trip to Northern – Please arrive between 8:20 and 8:45 at the WVNCC classroom.  Pickup begins at 3:00.  Remember to pack lunch today.  We are happy to help out with rides for before and aftercare, just please let us know ahead of time.  Also, we invite all parents to join us at 2:00!  The students are working hard to study a person or time from history and would love to share with you all they are learning in a museum-type walkabout!

Friday, May 10th- Final coffee talk and weather balloon launch

This week flew by!  It was a spooky time in phonics learning about the ghost letter in knight, know, and knob.  We took a look at fractions and then began working with arrays in math.  

We hope you’ve heard the name Humphrey by now, in case you haven’t, we have been reading the According to Humphrey series.  The whole class has grown to love Humphrey and all of the students in room 26.  We used everything we learned about these characters to start writing a character evolution piece during writing time.  

We are beginning to put some of our plants in the garden!  Way more to come next week.  Everyone has been working so super hard to finish up their ‘Who Was?’ project and practicing to present at Northern next week.

Have a great weekend!

Laura and Carly

We’re all in this together!

Important Dates:

Friday, May 3rd- 11:30 dismissal 

Wednesday, May 8th – Trip to Northern – Please arrive between 8:20 and 8:45 at the WVNCC classroom. Pickup begins at 3:00.  Remember to pack a lunch this day.  We are happy to help out with rides for before and aftercare, just please let us know ahead of time.  Also, we invite all parents to join us at 2:00!  The students are working hard to study a person or time from history and would love to share with you all they are learning in a museum-type walkabout!

Friday, May 10th- Final coffee talk and weather balloon launch

Happy weekend families!

We want to send a humongous thank you to Miss Danver.  She brought such creativity, curiosity, and great new perspectives to our classroom.  Thank you for helping us send her off with a jumpstart on a class library.  We already miss her tons, but hopefully, she will be back to visit soon!

We challenged ourselves in phonics this week with eigh and a couple of advanced red words!  Then we finished up the poetry books as much as we could before started writing about how characters have grown over the course of the Humphrey series we’ve been reading all school year!  We took a look at fractions on a ruler this week and how to measure not starting at zero.  The garden is starting to look nice and ready for plants to finally go into the ground and we talked all about compost.  We’re still working on our green thumbs!

International Day has us exploring all the wonderful things we can learn from each other in other backgrounds and cultures.  Embracing differences and sharing different cultures and opinions keeps us all growing and moving forward!

Have a great weekend!

Laura and Carly

Fun in the Sun!

Important Dates:

Thursday, April 25th– International Day 

Friday, May 3rd– 11:30 dismissal 

Wednesday, May 8th– Trip to Northern- See below for details 

Friday, May 10th– Final coffee talk and weather balloon launch

Wow! What an incredible week we had here! It was jam packed full of outdoor learning, laughing, and getting dirty!  The kiddos helped carry and corral the chickens to the garden to get a head start on the weeds! Speaking of the garden, we used the mint to make fresh mint tea for kids in the kitchen.  It was a hit! We also had our friends from 4H WVU Extension come and teach the kiddos about healthy soil. They collected a sample and will be letting us know what our garden needs!

The kiddos also started their “Who Was” project. This is always a class favorite!  Once they have finished reading the children will create their own replica of their person using loose parts and materials found within our classroom.  On May 8th, we invite you to come to our Northern Branch Campus for a gallery walk at 2:00.  Based on their facts and visuals, you will have to guess who they have!

In math we worked with 3D shapes! We introduced them, built them, and explored campus to see where we could find them in real life. The kids were amazed when they recognized our buildings were 3D shapes! We have have some architects on our hands!

We can’t wait to see what next week brings!

Carly, Laura, and Alli

Look up!

Important Dates:

  • Friday, April 19th – 11:30 dismissal
  • Wednesday, May 8th – we’re spending the day at our Northern branch campus – more details to come!

***Shhh… it’s a surprise! Miss Danver is leaving us soon.  We’re all sad and will be devastated the first day she doesn’t walk in the door to be with us.  To show her our appreciation and help get her ready for her own classroom we’re asking each student to bring in a book they’d like to give to help start Miss Danver’s own classroom library.  It can be new or used straight from your own bookshelf.  We think it would be extra special if each kiddo wrote a special note to her or her future students inside the cover.  Thank you in advance for helping us give Miss Danver the best sendoff.***

Hello families!

What a packed week we had!  Spring showers are in full swing but it didn’t slow us down!  From the eclipse on Monday, the latest recipe on Wednesday, to lots of playing in the rain, we did the most!

We loved watching the eclipse!  What a rare opportunity and it tied in with our previous deep dive about planets so well!  Their excitement and curiosity were so contagious.  It was amazing to see our whole school watching together.

We studied contractions in phonics while also finishing up all of the Magic Tree House reports.  It definitely sparked the reading bug inside a lot of kiddos.  They’ve been picking up and reading about more adventures with Jack and Annie.

Math had us exploring temperature and reading thermometers.  Skip counting by 2s was really put to the test.  We also took time to review regrouping and place value making sure to spiral and not forget those skills.

A big thank you goes out to Bert for bringing in some ramps he picked and cleaned from his own backyard!  We made a pesto and much to our surprise it was a huge hit!

Our garden deep dive is in full swing!  Don’t be surprised if your kiddos come home a little dirtier than usual or with their thumbs turning green!  We took a nature walk looking for all different kinds of seeds talking about how they spread this week. Also, we will take any and all garden advice!  Sometimes we’re learning right alongside the kiddos.

Have a great weekend!

Laura, Carly, and Alli

Rain, rain, go away!

Important Dates:

  • On Monday afternoon, WCDS students will gather to view the solar eclipse from 3:00-3:30 on our main campus. The school has purchased glasses for every child to wear and we joined together today (Friday) for an assembly, learning more about the eclipse and explaining the potentially harmful effects of viewing the eclipse without the necessary protection. 

Due to the timing, the alternative options for dismissal are as follows– pick your child up from the office before 3:00, join us on the field from 3:00-3:30 for the viewing, or wait until the gate opens at 3:30 to come through and pick up your child.

No student will be charged for aftercare until 4:00 pm on Monday due to the late start to dismissal. 

  • Friday, April 19th – 11:30 dismissal

We may have had some crazy weather outside but things ran smoothly, per usual, inside our classroom and on campus.  We worked on a new spelling rule: changing y to i before adding a suffix.  There was so much talk about puppies, ponies, and fairies around here.  Everyone worked hard to apply the latest spelling rule to their compare-and-contrast writing.  Next week we’re going to dive into poems and turn ourselves into real poets!  The knowledge we already have with two-digit numbers is now being applied to three-digit numbers all the way up to 1,000.  Students worked to read, write, and expand larger numbers.  We also worked to mentally add and subtract either 1, 10, or 100 to a number.  Talking about this and giving your child quick oral questions even just during a car ride can help.  We hope they shared their latest recipe to make homemade noodles.  It was a hit!  The garden deep dive is officially taking off.  We took a look at parts of a seed, opening up some beans, and then parts of a plant.  Be on the lookout for some bright green thumbs here soon!

Have the driest weekend possible!

Laura, Carly, and Alli

What an eggcellent week!

Important Dates:

  • March 29th – April 1st – Easter break
  • Tuesday, April 2nd – 10 am start
  • Friday, April 19th- 11:30 dismissal 

It was a short but busy week!  We spent a lot of time sharpening previous taught skills and typing up loose ends.  The kiddos are wrapping up their Magic Tree House book reports and a few even gave their presentations! A lot of the compare and contrast writing pieces are displayed on our wall! In deep dive, we talked about weathering and erosion.  We did a cool experiment showcasing the ways wind, rain, and icebergs can affect our terrain.  This week in kids in the kitchen, we made deviled eggs in honor of Easter.  We talked about how eggs are a great source of protein and learned some of our friends even have fresh eggs from chickens at home!  We wrapped up the week with the annual egg hunt! What a way to end the week!!

Happy Easter! We will see you Tuesday at 10am!

CELEBRATE!

Important Dates:

  • Saturday, March 23rd – CELEBRATE!
  • Thursday, March 28th – 11:30 dismissal (no aftercare)
  • March 29th – April 1st – Easter break
  • Tuesday, April 2nd – 10 am start

The silent auction bidding for Celebrate will go live as of 3pm Friday. Visit the link below to begin your bidding!

https://www.betterunite.com/WheelingCountryDaySchool-halloffame/Auction?a=cb38ca3d-0c74-4466-ada8-10469b891c49

All silent auction items will close at 9:30 pm Saturday.

The deadline for the Virtual Talent Show is rapidly approaching!

~The virtual talent show will be released Wednesday April 10th.

Videos should be no longer than 60 seconds and should be edited and formatted before submission.  If there is an issue with your video, I will reach out.

The deadline for video submissions is **Monday April 1st.**

Please send all videos to talentshow@wcdsedu.com <=========  

Thank you and we can’t wait to see what the kiddos have to offer this year!

Best,
Alex Hill
Director of Theatre Arts/ P.E.

What a wonderful week here on campus! You can feel the magic and energy as we all prepare for Celebrate! The kiddos took some time to celebrate themselves in sharing things they’ve accomplished that make them feel proud!  We all have glue covered fingers from working so hard on the Maca- Lisa! We can’t wait for you to see her! We also learned two new sounds in phonics this week- soft c and soft g. In writing we are learning to compare and contrast using a venn diagram.  The kiddos are really enjoying it! In math we circled back around to word problems with regrouping.  The Magic Tree House books are taking center stage this week.  Our friends are loving them! Some have started working on their final projects!

We hope to see you at Celebrate!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Laura, Carly, and Alli

What makes the Earth go round?

Important Dates:

  • Saturday, March 23rd – CELEBRATE!
  • Thursday, March 28th – 11:30 dismissal (no aftercare)
  • March 29th – April 1st – Easter break
  • Tuesday, April 2nd – 10 am start

***This year for our school-wide Spring Egg Hunt, we are asking for your help. If you would like to donate a dozen eggs filled with candy, stickers, or small toys, our fifth graders will hide them for each of the classes on the morning of Thursday, March 28th. If you are able to help, please send the filled eggs to school with your child by March 26th.***

Welcome back!  We hope everyone had a fun, relaxing, and healthy spring break!  We’re very happy to have all the kiddos back in class.  We kicked off our week with ir and ur words in phonics.  Miss Danver planned an amazing few days full of graph work for math.  Thank you so much for getting all of the permission slips back for her to record those lessons.  Miss Wilson shared some of her experience traveling to Ireland over spring break while we made cheesy potato bites for kids in the kitchen.  Each student picked a Magic Treehouse book to read for a book report project coming up.  Some of them can’t put the book down!  We also started studying Earth and what makes up our Earth.  We will move through different landforms while we wait for our seeds to sprout and grow enough to plant outside!

Have a great weekend!  See you soon!

Laura, Carly, and Alli