Davenport Weekly Update

Week of October 20th

Student Achievement

Reading Buddies

Ms. Ward's second grade class and Ms. McGroarty’s first grade class got a chance to read together this week. This time allowed the first grade students to see and hear text read fluently by their peers. The first graders also had an opportunity to meet a second grade teacher and build relationships with students in the elementary building. It gave the second graders an opportunity to model fluent reading, ask and answer comprehension questions, and "play teacher" by offering up different reading strategies for first graders to try when reading unknown words! These two classes will meet throughout the year to share in other reading and writing experiences!

Fire Prevention Meets Physical Education!

Mr. Baldwin and Mrs. Mierzwinski’s P.E. classes put their fire safety knowledge to work this week in the gym! Students practiced emergency fire safety procedures including stop, drop and roll and staying low to the ground to avoid smoke. Student firefighters recharged their batteries in a choice social emotional learning station, digging in sensory bins to find and label firefighter attributes or practicing deep breathing on a yoga mat. Way to go K-1 MD and 1st grade classes!

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Culture and Climate

"Fun Friend Friday"

On Fridays, the Elementary building celebrates "Fun Friend Friday" during lunch. Students are permitted to sit with any friends they choose. This gives them the opportunity to socialize with friends from other classes and build relationships outside of their classrooms. Students look forward to this lunch period all week!

Community Pride

Parents' Club and Librarians Host Annual Fall Book Fair!

The Parents' Club hosted their annual Scholastic Book Fair fundraiser all week in the elementary gym. Students in all grades had the opportunity to visit and browse the Book Fair during their library classes this week. The Parents' Club also hosted a "Read and Play Night" on Wednesday where families had the opportunity to come to school with their students and visit the Book Fair together. A big thank you to the Parents' Club, parent volunteers, and the school librarians for making this week the success that it was!