These Coyotes Sure Are Busy!

Students throughout campus are busy with academics – lessons, activities, projects and more.

Ms. Adrienne talked about some of the things that have been going on lately in her second grade classroom that’s keeping her students – the Coyotes – busy learning and working together.

Synergizing with Science Fair Projects

The Science Fair is coming up – and second grade students are busy working on their display boards now that they have completed each step in the Scientific Inquiry Process for their assigned group projects.

After reviewing previous year’s examples of display boards, students worked in their groups to create and cut out headings and place their information on the boards.

Parents can see the projects – along with middle school and a variety of other grade level projects – on STEAM night on March 14 at 6 PM.  Some projects may be selected for SARSEF (Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation).

Learning Through Play

Ms. Adrienne writes, “Recess is not wasted time. It is when children learn to negotiate, resolve conflict, delegate, create and follow the laws of the playground and explore their own creativity…”

The students got to check out our school’s new playground.

Love of Reading Week Fun for All!

Love of Reading Week was great fun and full of activities throughout campus. With special guests from librarians and weathercasters to four-legged friends – our students had a wonderful week celebrating their love of reading.

Each day, students could wear fun and interesting items based on the “Blast off to Reading” theme: crazy socks, red planet day, space day, stars or star of a book day, and crazy hair day.

Among the activities, students made bookmarks to have handy when reading.

April Madison, one of KGUN9 News’ meteorologists, visited Mr. B’s fourth grade and Mrs. Culbertson’s kindergarten classrooms to read to our students.

Dusenberry-River Children’s Librarian Ms. Meg came for a special storytime visit with Ms. Amber and Mr. Jordan’s prekindergarten students. Ms. Meg read books and sang songs with the children. She also had the kids drum their name in syllables, and she taught them a song with sign language to go with it. The storytime was a lot of fun!

A special four-legged friend came to relax with students as they read books.

Middle school students read to a variety of classes – this a kindergarten class – in elementary school.

In Mrs. Rodriguez’s second grade class, middle school students and former “Ducklings” came to read to the Duckling students. The class also joined with their Reading Buddies for some one-on-one reading excitement.

Ms. Adrienne’s second grade students – the Coyotes – completed a Reading Scavenger Hunt as a class, earning them Book-It Pizza Coupons and entering them into a drawing for a Bookmans Certificate.

While we saw a lot of amazing hairdo’s for Crazy Hair Day, we didn’t get the chance to capture many of the updo’s. One Ms. Adrienne captured sure takes the cake…or cupcake!

All of our TCDS students joined together to culminate their week with a Love of Reading Assembly. Books were read in Spanish and Sign Language, and Middle School Music teacher Mr. Mitchell even rapped his way through a book!

A special thank you to our Love of Reading Week committee and all who helped make this week wonderful!

McTeacher Night a Big Success!

McTeacher Night proved to be fun for students and their families – as well as TCDS teachers and staff who volunteered as McDonald’s “employees” for the evening.

Check out some of the fun we had:

In all, McTeacher Night raised $439 during the fundraiser, as well as $160 made in tips and raffle ticket sales.

Thank you to all who volunteered during McTeacher Night, our wonderful PTSA members and all of our students and their families who came out to support the school!

TCDS Partners with Lowe’s for Campus Beautification Day

Thank you to all of our students, parents, families, friends and Lowe’s volunteers who came out to help beautify our campus!

Lowe’s partnered with us for our school’s third Campus Beautification Day. As a community outreach project for Lowe’s, 10 store employees volunteered a recent Saturday to help spruce up our school in a variety of ways.

Lowe’s employees built and put into place five 4×8 foot beautiful planters for raised garden beds. Store volunteers and TCDS families worked together to fill the planters with soil and plants that the store provided. Succulents, strawberry and pepper plants, as well as lettuce are among the items planted in the garden beds.

Lowe’s volunteers also planted flowers in front of the school and stained and painted our school’s stage. Lowe’s has also donated paint for many projects on Tucson Country Day School’s (TCDS) campus. Thank you, Lowe’s!

Additional projects our TCDS community and volunteers worked on included:

  • Creating colorful signs to hang throughout the campus
  • Painting trash cans with bright colors, drawing and words
  • Painting around classroom door windows in Early Ed
  • Sprucing up the school’s garden with a new teaching area and netting to keep out critters
  • Building benches around the flower gardens

Thank you to ALL of our students, parents, families, friends and Lowe’s employees who volunteered and helped make our campus more beautiful!