March 2016 archive

Talk and Teach | March 18th

Clyde and Rafi gave the Lemurs a crash 101 Greek Mythology course this morning. The mini-lesson was appropriate given the 5th grade greek plays at Packer today!

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Max shared a letter he wrote to President Obama last year, asking him to tell companies to stop making cigarettes! To quote from his letter: “I don’t like the smoke that comes out. It’s bad for children, adults, the earth and very bad for life. Animals and water don’t survive in a smokey world.” He even got a response from President Obama himself – go, Max!

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Lucy shared different types of rocks she has collected over the years. One particular rock (which fascinated the Lemurs) was in the shape of the letter “L!”

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Thomas’ Birthday

The Lemurs celebrated Thomas’ (almost) 8th birthday yesterday afternoon! He brought in delicious chocolate cupcakes to share with the Lemurs .

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Happy 8th Birthday, Thomas!

Seb’s Birthday

We celebrated Seb’s (almost) 8th birthday this afternoon! He brought in delicious brownie treats drenched in melted chocolate (yum!).


Happy Birthday, Seb!

CIA Day: Diversity & Intersectionality

The Leaping Lemurs took part in a variety of activities and discussions surrounding diversity during Community in Action (CIA) Day this past week. The Lemurs started CIA Day with an assembly led by Mr. McCauley on intersectionality, in which we talked about our many identifiers. Back in the classroom the Lemurs each received 6 puzzle pieces – each one reflecting a different part of their identity. We then all placed these puzzle pieces together to create one large puzzle.


Throughout these activities the Lemurs thoroughly described their many different identifiers to different members of the Packer community.


Later in the day all second graders played a game of four corners. Teachers and specialists engaged in meaningful discussions with our children.

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Amelie’s Birthday

The Leaping Lemurs celebrated Amelie’s (almost) 8th birthday this morning! We enjoyed some DELICIOUS homemade cupcakes to celebrate the occasion!

We’re wishing you a happy 8th birthday, Amelie!


Parent Storytime (Sabrina)

Nurse Sabrina (aka Clyde’s mom) read the The King, The Mice and the Cheese to the Lemurs this morning! The book has been passed down from Clyde’s father whose owned the book for about 40 years! It also just so happens that Clyde’s great grandfather also happens to have known the illustrators of the book –  incredible!

The main message the Lemurs took away is that perhaps making peace with critters or humans who you have to live with is best – in their eyes they felt this way about their siblings!

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Talk and Teach | March 11th

Cole and Willow made Superbowl rings for the Lemurs and taught the Lemurs a little bit about football history and recent updates (among them Payton Manning’s retirement and the upcoming draft).

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Maeve and Radha made a book called “animal drawings.” Within it they drew a cheetah, a fox, and a grownup and baby koala. Radha then taught the Lemurs about gymnastics. We learned that gymnastics only used to be for boys and was introduced in the 1920s Amsterdam Olympics as also being a sport for girls. There are 4 events and your given a score (10 being a perfect score). The first perfect 10s were awarded in 1976. Radha received a book entitled, A Very Young Gymnast, from Amelie’s mom. She showed us a few images from this book.

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