Life Cycles In April

It’s hard to believe that April is already here!  It will be a very busy month at Brenwood.  Students will be visiting Dahlonega Gold Mine for an exciting and educational day.  They will experience the thrill of gold panning and discover the history of how mining affected different parts of the United States.
In class, students will be learning about different life cycles.  They will watch caterpillars hatch into butterflies, and they will also be hatching chicks!  Students will take complete responsibility as far as researching the process of incubation and charting the growth development of the chicks.  They will also come up with a plan of how to take care of the chicks once they hatch.
I can’t wait to watch these young learners take charge of this experience!

Endangered Animal App February Projects

The elementary students are in the midst of completing an endangered animal research project.  They are each creating an app designed to inform users of the endangered animal of their choice.  Students are learning about the white rhino, the mountain gorilla, the mexican wolf and many more endangered animals.
Last week, we were visited by a boa constrictor named Nicola, a western hognose snake named Digglet, and an axolotl named Barry.  If you don’t know what an axolotl is, please look it up.  They are amazing.
Next month, all students will begin to learn the recorder!  It will be exciting to watch these young students turn into little musicians.

November’s Happenings Australian Travels

The students are currently preparing to take a trip around the world with Queensland, Australia as the grand destination.  They are busy learning about the landscape, culture, and government of Australia as well as the land animals native to Australia and the Great Barrier reef.  They will be creating brochures about Queensland and will each choose one particular aspect to be an “expert” in.  As a group, the students voted to take this trip by cruise ship (This trip really exists!).  We are in the middle of planning out exact routes, stops along the way, and figuring out the cost per person.  They will all be Australian experts by the end of the unit.  Good-day-mate!

First Day Of School Olympic Games

IMG_2504The elementary program was excited to welcome back both returning and new students.  The students are already involved in their first problem based learning unit that involves creating a Brenwood Olympics for the younger students in the school. Currently they are learning about the history of the Olympics and the job of the Olympic Committee.  They will plan, organize, market, create and manage the first Brenwood Olympics! Over the next few weeks the students will be learning about geography, budgeting, organizing and time-lines.  They will work as a team to meet deadlines and will discover ways to problem solve during “crunch time”.  Let the games begin!

Back To School Supply List

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!  I hope everyone is enjoying the last days of summer.

As a member of the private elementary at Brenwood Academy, all school supplies will be provided.  I do understand though that buying personal school supplies dds to the excitement of back to school.  Below is a list of supplies that you may purchase for your child if you wish to individualize his/her supplies.

 

Pencil Box/Pouch

Pencils

Crayons (Pre-k – 1st)

Colored Pencils (2nd – 3rd)

Age appropriate scissors

2 Two pocket folders

Spiral Notebook/Wide Ruled (2nd – 3rd)

Ruler

Lunch/snack box

Water Bottle (sport top/straw)

 

*Please send a healthy snack and water bottle starting on the first day of school.  (Please do not send fruit snacks, chips or sweets)

*Also donations of baby wipes and tissues would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thank you,

Lisa Sawdy

 

SUMMER CAMP DRAMA WEEK

Camp Activate Summer Camp

Summer Camp is in full swing at Brenwood Academy.   We have overhauled our Summer Camp Program to include a new line-up of events for summer fun in Canton, GA.  If you haven’t registered yet there is still space for you child to attend.  From building a garden center, trip’s to the pool, INK and Tellus Museums, and learning adventures at Challenge Island our summer line up is jam packed.  Contact Mindy Anderson mindy@brenwoodacademy.com to register for our upcoming weeks and events by visiting our Summer Camp Page  for more details.

 

Hannah Craton For the next two weeks at Camp Activate, Acting and Directing Coach Hannah Craton will be joining us as we host Drama Theater Camp.  Hannah will graduate this summer from Reinhardt University with a Masters Degree in music education.  She was a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honors Society, Reindhardt University Concert Choir and brings a colorful world of Drama and performance to our campers at Brenwood Academy.  We are thrilled to have her join our team.

March Updates

The elementary students are busy learning about living in a community.  They are working on a community service project that involves collecting donations for a local animal shelter.  They created their own flyers for distribution and are learning about how to promote/market an event.
Students are also learning about communities long ago, maps, goods/services, and community helpers.  They will soon be creating a mock community in the classroom.
 Cat's and Dog's posters

January, New Events for a New Year

An exciting new problem based learning unit awaits the elementary program.  The focus is on doing research to discover new answers.  I have partnered up with a research team at Georgia Tech. (Go Jackets!) for our class to be a focus group for one of their new educational technologies.  As we work with Georgia Tech., the students will discover what scientists do, how they design experiments, and how they collect data to learn new information.  Students will then come up with their own experiments to conduct and report on.  I am so excited for the students to be a part of a real life study!  More information is coming!

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December Christmas Party Fun!

DECEMBER DAYS

marlainaThe month started with a splash with a field trip to the Georgia Aquarium.  One of the best parts about being a teacher is to be able to witness the pure amazement and wonder that children express when they see something new.  We had a fantastic trip!
The students in the elementary program have been busy this month learning about ways in which different cultures celebrate.  They have made several gifts for their parents and can’t wait to take them home.
The students have also been preparing to sing the 12 Days of Christmas for parents at our holiday party.
I hope everyone has a safe, relaxing, and joyous holiday break.