Lower School News: October 2 – October 6, 2017

2nd Grade

Mrs. Phillips’ class has a first year CA student from Denmark. We wrote Pen Pal letters to her classmates back in Denmark. The teacher in Denmark will be able to translate the letters to the students. We are hoping we will receive letters back from her classmates!




There is a Landscape exhibit up in the main building, on the walls leading to the library. We have some desert landscapes created by second graders, ‘stamped’ landscapes by the fourth graders and Asian landscapes by the fifth graders. Come see all the wonderful projects being created!


First graders concluded their unit on Plants are Living Things.  We reviewed stems and leaves.  We reviewed our science vocabulary: observe, classify, infer, predict, investigate, graph and record.  We classified seeds in multiple ways- size, color, and shape.


Second graders investigate how far things move.  We discussed Force and Motion.  We determined what slows motion down-Friction. We incorporated STEM elements and measured relative distances, engineering our test runs to compare shapes of objects.  We recorded our data to infer distances of comparable objects.



Third graders reviewed plant life and when it begins.  We dissected Lima bean seeds to observe germination and seed embryos.  We identified seed coats, roots, and leaves.  We reviewed life cycles of plants and noted difference between stages.



In Spanish Enrichment, 1st grade students worked on learning their numbers in Spanish.  When a number was called they formed it out of play-doh.



4th grade FUSE students created 3D cell models for Science class. Students demonstrated their understanding of plant and animal cell parts, as well as their creativity with their finished projects!


3rd grade

Third graders demonstrated their knowledge of plants by creating and presenting plant (parts of a plant) diagrams.  Students also worked in teams to make flowering and conifer plant life cycle displays.


In Science, 5th grade FUSE students were treated to a visit by Austin Peay professor, Dr. Chad Brooks. Dr. Brooks spoke to 5th graders about the types of cells and how they work. Students enjoyed the hands-on demonstrations he brought with him as well!


2nd Grade

On Thursday, September 28th, the second graders had a very special visit from author/illustrator, Christie Ray. She introduced the students to her most famous character, Eliza, and she also brought along some new characters that are featured in her new books. She shared how she writes and illustrates each story. What an inspiring visit!


Fall Festival

The Annual Fall Festival is right around the corner on October 28!  It will take place from 10AM-3PM on CA’s main campus.  The day is filled with a Fun Run, vendor booths, a silent auction, carnival games and more.  This year we will again have our Scarecrow & Pumpkin decorating contests.  We invite everyone to participate.  More information on these 2 events will be sent soon.


Retake Day

Photo retakes will be held on November 6.


Golly G’s

Golly Gs is offering a 10% discount to students who come after Friday night football games. If you tell them “Go Cougars!,” you will get 10% off. After each Friday night, the school with the most tallies will receive 10% off the next Tuesday. At the end of the season, the school with the most participation will have a limited edition ice cream named after their mascot.


Box Top Contest

The CAA invites everyone to participate in our Box Tops Contest this year! When you turn in your Box Tops please label the baggie with your student’s name, grade and teacher (Lower School). A tally will be kept of all box top returns and a Pizza party will be awarded to the class with the most labels returned!

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