Two grades at the elementary school marked milestones as students celebrated promotion to the next grade level. The fifth graders had a ceremony on June 11, during which several of the students shared their best memories from previous years in elementary school. After the short speeches by the students, they received promotion certificates and enjoyed some time of socializing with parents and teachers. The kindergarten students held a promotion ceremony in the auditorium on June 13, marking their transition to first grade, where their instruction will be a little more formal and focused on core subjects like math, science, social studies and language arts.
The weather cooperated as ASU held its annual school-wide Sports Day in June, with students teaming up according to Spirit House colors for an assortment of games. After gathering in classrooms to design their flags and come up with a creative team cheer, they made their way around the school to different events, including tug-of-war, running races, water balloon toss, sack races and more. Teams earned points for winning events, as well as for sportsmanship and the best cheer. Sports Day is the culminating event of a busy year.
Despite the constant rain that fell Saturday morning and afternoon, visitors arrived early and stayed late for our recent Open House. The annual event began with fifth-grade students giving tours of the elementary school, followed by a presentation on the school’s history, current programs and plans for the near future. At noon the games began, and the registration tables stayed busy throughout the event. While many current students, their families and friends attended the event and enjoyed all the activities offered, it is designed as an opportunity for the general public to see the school facilities and gain information about our programs in anticipation of the next school year.
ASU Elementary held a Spelling Bee in May, and it offered an intense competition pitting students from grades 2 through 5 against each other. This was the first time the event was held at ASU, and in the weeks leading up to the competition, students could be seen walking the halls with dictionaries under their arms or scanning over spelling lists in preparation. The students first competed against their classmates, then the top five from each class competed at the grade level, and the top 5 from each grade advanced to the semi-finals. The top 10 finishers, which as it turned out included students from each grade, competed in the finals during the last week of May. In the end, difficulties with the words histrionics and meringue eventually resulted in students placing third and second, respectively, but everyone who participated showed professionalism and composure as they stepped up to the micro-phone.
Special thanks to the Coordinator, Ms. Duncan, and Judges, Ms. Leanne and Ms. Bell.
Buni of 4B was the Spelling Bee Champion
Maya of 3B finished in 2nd Place
Anuka of 5A finished in 3rd Place