Black History Month, Groundhogs Day, and more!

Posted by Clarke McGibben on 2/4/2022 3:30:00 PM

Hello First Grade Families,

This week we had a lot of fun learning about Groundhogs Day! We crafted a bar graph to display our data (votes for yes or no to seeing his shadow). Scholars then organized the data points on their own graph. We watched several videos about Groundhogs Day and learned some very interesting facts about groundhogs. Did you know groundhogs’ teeth never stop growing? That’s why they have to chew on wood-to cut their teeth! We also wrote acrostic poems and made a groundhog peeking out of a “hole”. Ask your children what they learned! 

On Wednesday, we participated in a creative dramatics workshop with MCT. Young actors learned about what it takes to put on a show (spoiler alert: you can put on a show with very little!), miming, and acting through stories. Thanks to our PTA and The Washington Foundation for sponsoring the workshops! Children are currently finishing thank you notes to both the MCT presenters, our fabulous PTA, and The Washington Foundation. 


Please read below for further announcements and reminders!


  • Special next week is Art
  • Super Bowl Food Drive: Rattlesnake is competing with Chief Charlo and Lewis and Clark schools to see who can collect the most cans for our local food bank! Collection runs next week, February 7th-11th. 
  • Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Please stay tuned for information regarding celebrations. 
  • No school on Monday. February 21st for President’s Day
  • February is Black History Month! Throughout the school year, but especially this month, I will be highlighting some books that focus on Black historical figures. We will also be listening to some podcast episodes from “Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls” to learn about people such as Maya Angelou, Mae Jemmison and more! Today, we listened to the episode on Ruby Bridges. Did you know Ruby Bridges was the same age as your child when she went to school with white children for the first time? Did you also know that Ruby Bridges is still alive? She is only 67 years old. I strive to read different picture books throughout the entire year that expose children to unfamiliar people, traditions and history. This week, we started reading The ABC’s of Black History by Rio Cortez. We are reading a few letters each day. We also listened to a book about Louis Armstrong followed by listening to some of his music during quiet work time. 
  • Happy birthday to EB on Tuesday (the 1st!)


Please let me know if you have any questions.


Ms. McGibben 


“History is not the past. It is the present. We carry our history with us. We are our history.”

-James Baldwin