Elementary News

Fund for Excellence welcomes Tiziana Pozzo, visiting Musician

Body Percussion Workshops

Tiziana Pozzi will be working with our elementary students in a "Body Percussion" Workshop on April 29th and 30th. Tiziana is trained in music education from London and has been deeply involved with music, expression, movement and the benefits of music on cognition for many years.

Tiziana will work with our students featuring Body Percussion, enriching pattern and sequence, and rhythm.

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5th Grade Green Team kicks off Eco Code

Have a heart, do your part!

This year ASM received the Eco-Schools Green Flag and Certificate. Since then, a group of our Green 5th Graders have begun to develop the ASM Elementary School Eco Code, starting off with the with the catch phrase:

Have a 💚, do your part...

Students will be developing ideas and initiatives on how to continue our Growing Green School as we continue to strengthen all of our eco friendly practices. GO GREEN TEAM!

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Gorillas at ASM!

Fourth graders have adopted four gorillas from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) thanks to the Fund for Excellence.

Last fall, fourth grade read Katherine Applegate's The One and Only Ivan, a recipient of the Newberry Medal. It is based on the true story of Ivan, a western lowland gorilla who is taken from his home in Africa to the Pacific Northwest in the United States of America as an infant. At first, he lived with humans in their home until he became too large and was transferred to a 40' x 40' (12m x 12m) cage at a mall. After over twenty years in confined quarters, Ivan was finally able to move to the Zoo Atlanta and live out the rest of his life there.

The fourth-grade students were enthralled with Ivan's story and became fascinated with gorillas as a result. In order to further their learning and foster this newfound concern for endangered animals, fourth grade has symbolically adopted four gorillas from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) thanks to the support of the ASM Fund for Excellence. Donations were made in the names of fourth-grade teachers Leah Dawson, Jeanne Hamilton, Katherine Lamberton, and Jessica Streisel. These donations will help preserve the western lowland gorilla's habitat, build field research programs, and combat immediate threats to animal conservation.

Delighted with the chance to help protect the species they had come to love, fourth grade created an interactive bulletin board located in the lower school to teach their ASM community about the western lowland gorilla. Students, faculty, and parents are invited to measure their hand size, arm span, and height in comparison to a gorilla, read fun facts researched by the fourth grade, and learn more about how they too can protect endangered species.

Fourth graders are also excited to share this information on social media. Recently their class post on Twitter was re-tweeted by Katherine Applegate, the author of the story that inspired them! See screenshot below.

Fourth grade has come to love Ivan and his species, and they're sure that you will too!

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Elementary School Reads for a Greenhouse

The annual read-a-thon is a literacy awareness campaign which focuses on exciting activities and encourages the appreciation of the joy of reading.

This year our Elementary School students will participate in the 4th annual Read-a-Thon to raise funds, as part of the Fund for Excellence, towards the construction of an Elementary School greenhouse! With an emphasis on science and as part of our school-wide "green initiative", students will participate in hands-on activities that promote learning in many areas of Life Science, Recycling, and Biology. We are very excited to read towards achieving our goal!

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