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Invigorating the Educational Spirit

Be Ready! Be Responsible! Be Respectful!

WE ARE A STEAM SCHOOL

STEAM stands for "Science, Technology, Education, Art, and Math"


Ardmore Elementary School's Motto is Be Ready! Be Responsible! Be Respectful!


October 2015 Issue 2 Volume 6

UPCOMING EVENTS

September 28 - October 15 - SMI Online Assessment (Grades 2-6)

October 6 - First Quarter Progress Reports Released

October 7 - Dare to Dream Assembly

October 8 - Port Discovery Field Trip (Primary Grades)

October 9 - Port Discovery Field Trip (Intermediate Grades)

October 12 - Men Make a Difference Day (Young gentlemen may come to school with their Sunday's best attire)

October 16 - MSEA Convention (School Closed)

October 21 - Bullying Prevention Day (Wear Orange to support Bullying Prevention)

October 23 - Ardmore Pink Day (Wear Pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness)

October 26 - 30 - Red Ribbon Week

October 28 - Stay Drug Free pledge at Ardmore (Wear RED shirts to stay drug free)

October 29 - Literary Book Parade

October 30 - Professional Development (2 Hour Early Dismissal for Students)

October 30 - End of First Quarter

November 2 - Teacher Grading/Planning

November 6-13 - Book Fair (Media Center from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

November 11 - Parent-Teacher Conferences (School Closed for Students)

November 11 - Diwali

November 13 - First Quarter Report Cards Released

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Ardmore Elementary's Back to School Nights were a huge success! We would like to thank all parents, grandparents, students, and staff who made this year a productive one!


Click here to view Back to School Night picture gallery!

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Here are some skills and topics we are covering in Kindergarten in October!


  • Reading/Language Arts: Unit 2: Let’s Explore: Identify letters S, M, P, A and T. Sight words: I, can, see, the, a, & we.
  • Math: Compare, count, write numbers 0-10 by ones, add and subtract.
  • Social Studies: My Family, My School
  • Science: Identify ways to use land, water and air.
  • Health: Identify ways to stay healthy.


Upcoming Events & Reminders:


  • Field Trips to Port Discovery Museum Thursday, October 8, 2015 (grades K – 3) and Friday, October 9,2015 (grades 4-6). Students must wear school uniforms and bring a bag lunch. No glass bottles, please!
  • Field trip to Cox Farm Friday, October 23, 2015
  • Field trip to Baltimore Aquarium Friday, December 18, 2015
  • Chaperones need fingerprint clearance to attend ALL trips!
  • No school - Oct. 2nd & 16th
  • Literary Day Parade Thursday, October 29th
  • 2-hour early dismissal Friday , October 30th
  • Red Ribbon Week October 26th – 30th
  • Please remember to send lunch money in a sealed envelope. Check lunch balances regularly. (See cafeteria manager)
  • In-School House Field Trip is $20 Cash. If payment has not yet been submitted, please do so as soon as possible. This ensures your child's participation in school based events/activities.
  • Come to school everyday on time and be ready to learn!
  • Remember to read 25-30 minutes a day!
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REDSKINS READ ! CHAMPIONS FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER

Congratulations to Ms. Holmes' homeroom class for completing the Redskins Read Playbook Activities for the month of September! Students received Redskins Nations

Stickers from the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation. The homeroom class is currently holding the Redskins Football Trophy signed by Ms. Holmes! Way to go!!!

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The Invisible Boy
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The Great Adventure Lab ​Lego Robotics Program is back! It is an after­ school enrichment program offered to kindergarten through fourth grade students. Course program session includes video programming, lego robotics, technology, electronics, and engineering.


The Lego Robotics class size is small, with a student-teacher ratio of 6:1.

Students have ample opportunities to explore and learn in a fun-filled environment.


Check out the upcoming course sessions and details below:


Title: STORYBOOK SCIENCE A (Tuesdays, 2:30 p.m. - ­3:30 p.m.)

Dates: Sep 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, Nov 3, 10

Grade Levels: GRADES K–1

Mythbusters isn’t just for big kids! Class begins with a storybook and then follows with hands­-on Science experiments to test and recreate story elements!

Recently the class read Jon Scieszka’s, The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs. Students then tested the power of wind using their own construction techniques!

Other projects include launching model planes​ as well as building and erupting volcanoes. Students have an opportunity to make their own “oobleck​” (a non­Newtonian fluid - similar to slime)!


Storybook Science classes A, B, C and D follow the same format with books and experiments. Classes may be taken in any order but may not be repeated. Students must be in a specified grade range.


Areas of Exploration:​ Aerodynamics, Biology, Physics, Geology, Paleontology, Chemistry, Engineering

Class Format:​ Seven 60­ minute meetings, once per week.

After school pricing: ​$115 tuition plus $29 supply fee per student, min 11/ max 14 students.

Small class pricing: ​$150 tuition plus $20 supply fee per student, min 5/ max 8 students, 1 instructor, no aide.


Title: Lego Engineers (Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m. - ­3:30 p.m.)

Dates: Sep 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, Nov 4, 18

Grade Levels: GRADES 1–2

Lego Engineers learn and apply mechanical engineering concepts ​to create a wild amusement park ride​, a go ­cart​, and a catapult​ that launches Lego pieces! Students will learn the physics behind levers, gears, pulleys, and other simple machines using the LEGO® Education’s Simple Machines set. They will explore a new project each week and improvise on designs to make creations work in innovative ways! Students may not repeat this class and must be in a specified grade range.


Areas of Exploration: ​Engineering, Simple Machines, Physics.

Class Format: ​ Seven 60­ minute meetings, once per week.

After school pricing:​ $120 tuition per student, min 11/ max 14 students, 1 instructor, 1 aide. Parent aide for full class gets free tuition.

Small class pricing:​ $150 tuition per student, min 5/ max 8 students, 1 instructor, no aide.


Title: Lego Robotics A (Thursdays, 2:30 p.m. - ­3:30 p.m.)

Dates: Sep 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, Nov 5, 12

Grade Levels: GRADES 2-4

Lego Robotics A and B are two independent classes. The curriculum is the same however, the class projects are different. Students can take the classes in any order! This is a core class where beginners learn to build and program LEGO® robots using LEGO® Education's award ­winning We Do robotics and programming software. Students follow step­ by ­step on-­screen instructions to build their own robots. Advanced students can develop more complicated programs involving motion or tilt sensors.​ In the final class, Lego Robotics will challenge students to design, build, and program robots to achieve a certain task. Students may not repeat either class and must be in a specified grade range.


Areas of Exploration: ​Robotics, Programming, Logic, Mechanical Engineering

Class Format: ​Seven 60­ minute meetings, once per week.

After school pricing: ​$125 tuition per student, min 11 / max 12 students, 1 instructor, 1 aide.

Parent aide for full class gets free tuition.

Small class pricing:​$150 tuition per student, min 5/ max 8 students,1 instructor, no aide.


Click the link http://thegreatadventurelab.com/parent-aides/ to view parent aide access information or contact/email Ms. Brenda Holmes at brenda.holmes@pgcps.org for more details.

September 11, 2015, Ms. Shari Sternberg, an outreach teacher at Howard B. Owens Science Center, visited Ardmore to share her expert knowledge on wind power to our fifth grade scholars. The activity focused on a STEM- based project which allowed students to construct and test a simple wind powered electrical generator. Students observed how different variables affect the production of electrical energy.

First Grade Camp Schmidt Trip September 30, 2015

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Ardmore Elementary School

Georgette L. Gregory

Principal



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