Lower School News

5th Grade Drummers in Action

October 19, 2020

The two classes of 5th graders were practicing drumming exercises with Judy Hafso in the new Arts Building on Oct. 15.  See a Photo Gallery and watch a YouTube Video of them working on their beats.

The 4th graders painted mini-pumpkins with Halloween themes, which were then delivered to the Rockwood Retirement Center near Whitworth.  See a Photo Gallery of their creative pumpkins.

Dragon Drawings on Display

October 13, 2020

The Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders drew dragons to display on the Lower School's hallway wall.  See a Photo Gallery of some of their creations.  What do you think a group of dragons should be called?

Congratulations to Lower School parent Vange Ocasio Hochheimer, one of the Inland Northwest Women of the Year!  Growing up in Puerto Rico and New York City, she used the poverty she saw around her as inspiration to earn degrees in economics.  In both her community service and academic research, the question that drives her is, “How can the economy develop successfully while at the same time preserving the well-being and dignity of people and the environment?”  Read an extended profile of Hochheimer, now a Whitworth economics professor, in this recent Spokesman-Review Article.

The 5th graders launched kayaks from Graduation Lawn to float down the Little Spokane River to the Painted Rocks last week.  See a Photo Gallery of them floating down the river on a warm, sunny Oct. 7th before hiking back to campus.

Tuesday, Sept. 29 marked the first day for students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades to return for in-person classes.  See photo galleries of the 3rd Graders, the 4th Graders, and the 5th Graders on their first day back, as well as of several students in each class that will continue distance learning.

After some warm up jogging and socially distant stretching, the 2nd graders played "Red Light, Green Light" for their PE class.  See a Photo Gallery of them outside on the soccer field.

See 3rd Grade in Art Class

October 05, 2020

On their first day back on campus, the 3rd graders enjoyed painting in the new Art Classroom.  See a Photo Gallery of them getting started on a project.

The 2nd graders roamed around campus when it wasn't so smoky taking photos of nature with their tablets for a science lesson.  See a Photo Gallery of them exploring the variety of plants and animals on campus.

Saint George's is pleased to report that the Spokane Regional Health District has approved our plans to bring grades 3, 4, and 5 back to in-person classes beginning Tuesday, Sept. 29.  Some students in grade 3-5 will continue to learn from home, so these classes will enter what is called a "Hybrid" model of instruction.  Please see Head of Lower School Kathy Johnson's Letter for more details and review the attached campus map for drop off and pick up locations for each of the Lower School grades.
The K-12 plan for the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 2 will be:
- Grades K-2 will have Hybrid Learning Mon., Sept. 28 through Thu., Oct. 1, with no school on Fri. Oct. 2;
- Grades 3-5 will have Distance Learning (asynchronous) on Mon., Sept. 28, then Hybrid Learning on Tue., Sept. 29 through Thu., Oct. 1, with no school on Fri., Oct. 2;
- Grades 6-8 will have Distance Learning (asynchronous) on Mon., Sept. 28, then Distance Learning on Tue., Sept. 29 through Fri. Oct. 2;
- Grades 9-12 will have Distance Learning on Mon., Sept. 28 through Fri. Oct. 2.
The SGS return to campus plan is built in stages to accommodate additional students, and for the SGS team to review procedures, plan logistics, and make additional changes as needed.  The Hybrid model has more moving parts than the current Distance Learning 2.0 model in terms of technology, staffing, daily schedules, movement around campus, and usage of facilities.  
"I want to recognize that this situation impacts everyone differently based on their family situation," says Head of School Jamie Tender, "and we are sensitive to the variety of ways this plays out at school.  We ask all of our community members to continue to maintain precautionary measures to stay safe and limit the spread of the virus."  

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