Lower School News

K12 International Academy ~ Mrs. Gunderson

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K12 International Academy is comprised of a team of dynamic and experienced professionals, all certified to teach in their area and ready to welcome you with open arms!
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Contact Information:

Email address: hgunderson@icademy.com

Skype ID: icademyhgunderson

Phone: 571.392.2615

Back to School Sessions

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What are one-on-one conferences?

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K12 International Academy News and Happenings

Watch the below each week to see what events are happening for you to attend!
K12 International News and Events the Week of October 10th

Lower School Clubs

If you are interested in attending a Lower School Club with K12 International Academy, please fill out this survey so you can be added to the sessions.


K12 National Clubs

There are many national clubs that full time students can join. Please look at the link below for more information.


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Art Contest

Reason: Opportunity for students in grades K-12 to share their artistic talents.

Timeframe: September 26 - October 31, 2016

Prize: All winners will receive a canvas of submitted artwork, a plaque of recognition, and a sketchbook

  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place grade level winners
  • Overall Best in Show

Blog Post: http://bit.ly/2ckDWzm

Link to Rules: http://bit.ly/2cU5SJC

  1. Calling all artists! Step up to the drawing board and enter the 2016 Art Contest for your chance to win cool prizes! http://stories.k12.com/
  2. Can you draw? Paint? Create a digital image? Show us your artistic talent, and you could win! http://stories.k12.com
  3. What do you want to be when you grow up? Show us and you could win! http://stories.k12.com
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K12 International Academy All School Talent Show

Announcing our

Fall K12 International Academy Talent Show

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

12:00 pm ET

Please See your Class Connect for Link One Day Before Event

Please join us for an all student Class Connect Talent Show

You do NOT need to share a talent to attend this event. All full time students are welcome.

We need YOU to perform: If you would like to perform in our K12 International Academy talent show and are sharing a musical talent or any other type of amazing talent (magic, gymnastics, poetry reading, ice skating, art work, photography, etc. ), please email Mrs. Shailagh Merrill (search for “Shailagh Merrill” in your school email account) with your name, grade, talent, instrument (or voice) if your talent is musical, and the title of your act or the piece you will be performing by Tuesday, October 18th, at 5:00 pm ET. If you will be singing, you must also include all lyrics to your song, typed out in your email. All performances must be approved ahead of time by Mrs. Merrill. (Please see the template below for you to use when you email your performance request). You only need microphone capabilities on your computer to perform. However, if your talent requires your audience to “see” you, you may also submit a video clip of your performance. Video clips must be submitted via a youtube or vimeo link through email at the time of your request to perform. All video clips must be pre-approved as well.

The deadline to sign up to perform is Tuesday, October 18th.

Performances should be 1-2 minutes only in length.

This is a fabulous opportunity for you to connect with students all over the world and share not only your amazing talents, but your love for them as well!

Please feel free to send an email with any questions you may have regarding this

super awesome opportunity to Mrs. Merrill!

(Search for “Shailagh Merrill” under teacher in your email. Please do not use the email account titled NCShailagh Merrill. Mrs. Merrill will not receive emails to this account.)

Performance Request Template:




Title of your Act or Song You Will Be Performing:

Song Lyrics Typed Out (if applicable):

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Progress Chart for 2016-2017 Students

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Progress Chart for 2015-2016 Students

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Academic Integrity Meeting

Our school requires that students and/or learning coaches attend one academic integrity meeting, or watch the recording, during the school year. As teachers, we take academic integrity very seriously. We would like our lower school students to understand what that looks like and how they can make sure they are following it.

If you haven't attended a session yet, join us on October 4th at 8 pm EST via the following link:


You can also watch a previous recording here:


Make sure to fill out the attendance document at the end of the meeting to receive credit. If you have more questions about academic integrity please contact Carolyn Fitzpatrick.

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Extra Math Support

Math facts are one of the foundational building blocks in math. It is so important that students can quickly recall addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts rapidly.

There are many different sites to use. One site that is great is called XtraMath. You can sign up for a free account for your student to work on fact fluency daily. Please check out the website for more information.


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October Fun Facts

October comes from the Latin word octo which means eight. In ancient Rome, October was the eighth month of the year. When the Gregorian calendar was adopted, it became the tenth month of the year but it has retained it's original name.

The birthstones for October are opal and tourmaline. Opals are considered to be the traditional birthstone and they symbolize hope. Tourmaline is the modern birthstone for October.

Both gemstones come in a wide variety of colors and are known for displaying multiple colors within the same stone.

The flower for the month of October is the calendula. Another name for calendula is the pot marigold. They are easy to grow and popular in gardens. Colors range from pale yellow to deep orange. The calendula symbolizes sorrow or sympathy.

Libra and Scorpio are the astrological signs for October. Birthdays from October 1st through the 22nd fall under the sign of Libra while birthdays that fall on the 23rd through the 31st are under the sign of Scorpio.

October folklore tell us that when deer are in a gray coat in the month of October, expect a hard winter. It also says that if we have much rain in October, we will have much wind in December and if we have a warn October, we can expect a cold February.

More American Presidents were born in the month of October than any other month. They were John Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Chester Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Jimmy Carter.

Here are a few interesting things that happened during the month of October:

  • Free rural delivery of mail began in the United States, October 1, 1896.
  • The first "Model T" Ford was put on the market, October 1, 1908.
  • The Soviet Union launched it's first artificial satellite, Sputnik, October 4, 1957.
  • The first double-decked steamboat, the Washington, arrived at New Orleans, October 7, 1816.
  • The great fire of Chicago began, and burned for about 30 hours, October 8, 1871.
  • The U.S. Naval Academy opened at Annapolis, Md., October 10, 1845.
  • Columbus landed in America, October 12, 1492.
  • The United States flag was formally raised over Alaska, October 18, 1867.
  • The U.S.S. Constitution, better known as Old Ironsides, launched, October 21, 1797.
  • The first transcontinental telegram was sent, October 24, 1861

Autumn Clip Art

Joke of the Week:

Question: What subject in school is easy for a witch?

(Scroll down for answer)

Journal Time--

  • October 12 is National Farmer’s Day. What do you think is the most important crop grown by farmers?

Check out a great student and parent resource:

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Work Sample Schedule

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Answer to joke:

Answer: (Spell-ing!)
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Word Art Journal - this would be fantastic for your "History Journal"

In the history course, you may be asked to have a history journal that you do not see in the supplied curriculum. This is simply a spiral bound notebook of some sort. This can easily be picked up at your local grocery store, pharmacy or a Target.

Here is a great project that kids will love! They can customize a plain spiral bound notebook to suit their style.

Raid your paper recycling pile for old junk mail catalogs and magazines. Clip out any words that take your fancy. Try and get a range of colors, sizes, and fonts.

Arrange them on the front and back of the journal. When you are happy with the layout, apply some Mod Podge to them to stick them down. Allow for the glue to dry, and then paint a couple of layers of Mod Podge over the top to seal them. Allow the Mod Podge time to dry between coats. Alternatively you could use some clear contact paper over the top to protect your Word Art.


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31 Days of October Crafts

1. Handprint Bats

2. Boo Print Magnets

3. Candy Corn Craft

4. Black Cat -at word review

5. Candy Experiments

6. Thumb-kin Patch

7. W for (Spider) Webs

8. DIY Halloween Countdown Calendar - KC Edventures

9. Collaged Autumn Leaves - Creative Playhouse

10. Toilet Roll Trees and Coffee Filter Leaves - Play Dr. Mom

11. Witch Fingers - Creative Connections for Kids

12. 5 Little Pumpkins - Reading Confetti

13. Design (and Print!) your own (FREE) pumpkin carving stencil - Projects for Preschoolers

14. Water Jug Pumpkins - East Coast Mommy

15. Go Away Big Green Monster Fun -Mommy & Me Book Club (Tons of cute activities for this book!)

16. Create an Online Pumpkin Book & more - The Educators' Spin On It

17. Pumpkin Suncatcher - All Done Monkey

18. Googly Eye Spider Mask & Silly Toilet Roll Monsters- Creative Family Fun

19. Gauze Ghosts - Local Fun for Kids

20. Messy Play Yarn Pumpkins & Wax Crayon Halloween Art- Nurture Store

21. Apple Print Pumpkins & Jelly Pumpkins- Playful Learners

22. Torn Paper Pumpkin - Busy Kids Happy Mom

23. Paper Bag Creations - Inspired by Family Magazine

24. Halloween Lanterns - Red Ted Art

25. Marshmallow Mummies - Toddler Approved

26. Halloween Finger Puppets - Projects for Preschoolers

27. Chalk Ghosts and Satsuma Lanterns - Red Ted Art

28. Pumpkin Decorating - Play Dr. Mom (many without carving!)

29. Crayon Melt Pumpkins - Sense of Wonder

30. Spider Web Obstacle Course - Wildlife Fun 4 Kids

31.Glow in the Dark Spider Web - Living Life Intentionally

Establishing Routine in Your Organized Home Classroom by Monica O'Donnell