Morning Meetings and Advisories: Creating Connections and Community

The first 30 minutes of the day at GEMS are spent sitting in a circle with classmates.  Why a circle?  A circle allows for everyone to feel included in their classroom community as they are face to face.  We call this circle, “morning meeting.” The purpose of morning meetings is to:  Promote opportunities for social … Continue reading Morning Meetings and Advisories: Creating Connections and Community

StarBase Lift Off! 

During the month of May, BFA Fairfax 5th graders traveled to the Vermont Air National Guard base to participate in a science program known as STARBASE. During their 4 days at STARBASE students participated in a variety of hands-on STEM activities that incorporated science and engineering practices. Students conducted several experiments and investigations that required … Continue reading StarBase Lift Off! 

Green Thumbs & GreenHouses: Growing New Ideas at GEMS

It’s that time of year, our gardens are coming to life! GEMS students have been redesigning and reimagining our garden spaces. Throughout May and June, our flower and vegetable gardens will be undergoing major transformations. During our Wonderful Wednesday time, GEMS 1st grade students spent time planting sunflowers with Mrs. Edgerly. Students planted seeds in … Continue reading Green Thumbs & GreenHouses: Growing New Ideas at GEMS