Fourth and fifth grade students who volunteered to be part of the Project Change program enjoyed the opportunity to give back to the community. Early in the morning of December 5, approximately 50 students went from floor to floor at Townline and the School of Dual Language, collecting boxes of nonperishable food items and supplies, such as toothpaste and pancake mix, from approximately 38 classrooms. They piled the items into a truck bound for the Sharing Hands Food Pantry. The items will go to community members in need. Many thanks to all the families at both schools that provided items for the food drive, which began in mid-November.
Last week, Ms. Korn’s second grade class at the School of Dual Language learned about habitats. They worked together on collages and learned about the characteristics of habitats around the world.
Kindergarten and first grade students at the School of Dual Language put on quite a wonderful Thanksgiving program on Friday. They sang, danced and recited poetry. What a display of talent.
Illinois State Representative Daniel Didech visited fourth grade students at the School of Dual Language as part of a social studies unit. Students learned a lot about his job and about the branches of the U.S. government.
Second graders at the School of Dual Language received a special treat on Monday. They visited the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. They participated in an engaging class where they studied seeds, which is part of the current science unit. They also had time to walk around and enjoy the gardens.
Just in time for Halloween, the Pumpkin Lady (Jody May from the Lake County Farm Bureau) taught students in three classes, including Ms. Lara’s first grade class, about pumpkins. She read a book about seeds, and explained the process of how a pumpkin grows. Students were surprised to learn that farmers in Illinois grow more pumpkins than in any other state. Then it was time for a fun activity. The students put together their own colorful collages illustrating the growth process. Everyone had a good time.
Townline Elementary and the School of Dual Language are the latest schools to provide flags to be flown in Antarctica. Aspen Elementary, Middle School North and several other local schools also provided flags to Air National Guard Chaplain (Lt. Col.) James Buckman, pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Lake Forest. He and other Air Guard personnel will travel to Antarctica next week to support a group of scientists who will be working at the South Pole for 40 days. He will fly the flags while he is stationed there.
Townline Elementary and the School of Dual Language students shared the honor of winning the Cook Library District’s Super-Summer Reading Trophy. These schools won the trophy for having the highest percentage of their students sign up for the library’s summer reading program. Schools in the Hawthorn School District compete for the trophy. Last year’s winner was Elementary North. The two previous years, the trophy was won by Elementary South. These students are to be congratulated for their remarkable participation in the library district’s summer reading program. District-wide over 5000 people signed up for the summer reading program.
The School of Dual Language and Elementary South were among winners of an annual attendance competition held by the Regional Office of Education. Schools throughout Lake County submitted their attendance rates for the week of Sept. 9 – 13. Elementary South and the School of Dual Language and other winning schools were recognized at an awards ceremony at the College of Lake County in late September.