Our First Twenty Days of 2019-20

The early days of school are such a dance -- of connection and compromise, finding rhythms and making space, reaching out and looking in – and at PCS we are all about slowing down during these first weeks and embracing the transition into a new school year.

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4th Annual PCS Maker Fair

Our fourth annual PCS Maker Fair and Food Truck Rally was a huge success: we saw more than 500 people; we floated boats, built robots, faced ourselves, ate tacos, potted, painted faces, wobbled bots, constructed cardboard ...

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"Telling Our Stories" Integrated Unit

During this trimester’s Integrated Studies Unit students are approaching the work of "Telling Our Stories" from a variety of angles and perspectives. Students are thinking about what stories we have to tell: what stories do we share? how are our stories different? where do our stories begin? how do they bring us to where we are? how do these stories make us who we are? how do we tell our stories?

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Kindergarten: Astronomy Integrated Studies

Our Solar System is vast, complex and difficult to observe directly; the motions and forces that govern the Universe, while incredibly influential in our daily lives here on Earth, are often invisible. So, how do we guide children to connect astrophysical concepts with their daily experiences with the sun, moon, stars, seasons, day, night, light, dark, distance, proximity, and their own sense of their place in the world? 

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Lower Primary: Astronomy Integrated Studies Unit

Lower Primary’s study during the Astronomy Integrated Unit was led by the children’s imaginations, curiosity and inquiry. Asked at the start of the unit “what do you want to know about Astronomy?” students spent the trimester answering “everything!” as their evolving questions and explorations guided us from topic to topic.

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Lower Primary Space Capsule Landings

As part of their Astronomy study, Lower Primary (First and Second grade) students were offered the following STEAM challenge:

Work in teams to research, design, construct, test, revise, and launch a Space Landing Capsule that survives an 8 foot drop and floats an astronaut in water.

Watch Lower Primary engineers test their capsules:

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Astronomy Update

A few of the things we’ve been working on during the Astronomy Integrated Studies Unit since we last updated: our Celebration of Learning is around the corner, and we’re all getting excited about sharing our learning.

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