Third graders benefited, once again, from the generosity of the Orange County Astronomers Association and their annual astronomy night at Rose Drive, allowing families to view the night sky from a different perspective. Through the use of impressive telescopes and equipment, students had the chance to view the Moon, the planets of Jupiter and Mars, star clusters, constellations and galaxies. A night to remember, giving the expression, "A Night under the Stars," an entirely new meaning.
In Mrs. Fast and Thorp's class we are exploring various fruits on a hunt for seeds. We are counting and writing the properties of each seed type. We have learned that seeds hold the embryo of a young plant and look forward to sprouting our own plants in the coming weeks and planting them in our school garden.
Rose Drive 5th grade students took advantage of the beautiful weather today and took their reading lesson outside! Working in small groups, they practiced their fluency through the reading of poetry. The perfect activity for the perfect spring day!
March 2nd was an exciting day at
Rose Drive. To celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday, students and staff arrived in style, wearing red and white, hats, and bow ties. The day’s magic began with an assembly performed by the Imagination Machine cast of actors, bringing to the life the stories written by Rose Drive students themselves! The perfect way to bring stories to life while promoting the joys of reading. The day offered an array of activities, all centered around reading of course. Pillows, blankets, and beach towels were put to good use during a dedicated time for reading, while guest readers visited to share their favorite books. Lunch time offered a showing of “Seussical the Musical” to promote our school’s upcoming play in June, and the day ended with an all-school reading by Principal Adamson of, “Oh the Places You’ll Go.” What a magical and memorable way to celebrate this historical author’s birthday and showcase our love for reading and the many doors it opens for us.
The cast of Imagination Machine visited
Drive this past Thursday, March 2nd, A.K.A. Dr.
Seuss Day! Transforming the MPR into a hive of activity and excitement,
students were treated to one play after another as cast members brought to life
stories about hip hop grandmas, snowy adventures, time travel, magical orbs,
talking animals, football, and generally unimaginable adventure. The only
difference here, however, was that each play was written by one of our very own
students. Teachers in grade K - 5 submitted their students’ original stories
back in January, from which a select few were chosen for cast members to act
out. You can imagine those students’ surprise when their names were announced
at the beginning of each play. Not only was the assembly entertaining, but
students learned the importance and value of the steps that go into writing a
strong story, beginning with the plot, characters, and setting, while leading
up to the conflict, climax, and resolution. A special thank you to our
wonderful Rose Drive PTA and families for making assemblies such as these
possible. Bringing learning to life is how our students learn best and YOU
helped make this happen! Pictured are the students whose stories were selected,
along with a representative from each kindergarten class and from Mrs. Santa
Maria’s class, each of whom submitted stories written as a whole class: The
following individual student submissions were selected: Joy Ann Delos
Santos (1st), Reese Tarka (2nd), Gavin Hang (3rd), Helen Fang (3rd), Jaiden
Choe/Dave Alec/Daniel Vidrio (all 4th grade), and Jimmy Alanis
Room 21 at Rose Drive has been a beehive of excitement and activity this past week, as our Preppy K students showed their appreciation for the new additions to their classroom. Mrs. Helm put her teacher grant money to good use, adding everything from building materials to flash cards and letters – all to complement the many educational activities in which students participate during their daily center time. Prepping these young minds for the future that awaits them takes creativity and planning, and lots of hands-on materials! All while ensuring our preppy K students are able to enact their 21st-century skills through the daily practice of collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking during center rotations, which include reading, building, sorting, and problem-solving, to name but a few of the options. How we adore watching these young minds grow! Their energy and curiosity serves as an inspiration to us daily!
Valentine's Day just happened to be Day 100 of school....so Rose Drive third graders celebrated Valentine's Day in good 'old fashioned' style by dressing up as if we were 100 years old! Our men sported button-down shirts with bow ties, suspenders and cardigans, while the ladies wore eye glasses, hair buns, and pearls. The students were inspired by their story writing which required them to forecast 92 years into their future. Many wrote about being retired and traveling the world, grandkids, gray hair and wrinkles, while others focused on life of the future with hoover wheelchairs and self driving cars. Their individual pictures were taken using an app that enhances them with wrinkles and saggy skin. Both the stories and photos were on display at our Open House and were a hit!
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