This spring we are building an outdoor theater at YACS! The theater will be multipurpose performance space that will feature a removable puppet show theater and hooks to hang backdrops. The theater is designed to host small scale performances and can comfortably seat an entire class. My friend Elizabeth Chen is an architect and has generously donated her time to design the theater and YACS is currently fundraising to raise money to cover the building costs.
One of the ways we are fundraising is by having two Mardi Gras dress down days at YACS. The first dress down day was on Friday and our class played a special role by graphing the number of participants in each class to see which class raised the most money. There was a four-way tie between Ms. Monica, Ms. Curley, Ms. Belgard, and Ms. Haynes who all had 20 students participate in the dress down day. The winners will get a private concert by the YACS band!
Our class also made bar graphs for our Friday math quiz to show how many students dressed down in second grade. Now that's real world problem solving!
Brain breaks are scientifically proven to release endorphins which improves mood and cognitive function. GoNoOddle is a website that offers a variety of activities, such as Zumba, to get the kids up and moving. Each day we take brain breaks between lessons to keep our minds sharp and get our blood flowing so we are ready to learn!