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Author in Residence Visit with Carmen Agra Deedy

Today we were thrilled to welcome acclaimed author, Carmen Agra Deedy to campus as our 2021 Author-In-Residence. Ms. Deedy is the author of 12 books for children, including The Library Dragon, The Cheshire Cheese Cat, Martina the Beautiful Cockroach, and 14 Cows for America, a New York Times Bestseller. Her book The Rooster Who Would Not be Quiet! was a Florida Sunshine State Young Reader Award nominee. Her personal stories first appeared on NPR's All Things Considered. Funny and insightful, Ms. Deedy's narratives are culled from her childhood as a Cuban refugee living in Decatur, Georgia. She is host of the four-time Emmy-winning children's program Love That Book!

Ms. Deedy spent time with students in Kindergarten through 6th grade, sharing vibrant and animated stories, as well as inspiring our students to create their own stories.

RPDS 6th Grade Partners with St. Johns Riverkeeper

Today we were delighted to have Emily Floore from St. Johns Riverkeeper visit campus and guide our 6th grade students through the process of conducting water health tests. Students learned how to test turbidity, ph, temperature, nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, and dissolved oxygen. Throughout the school year, 6th grade will take trips down to the St. Johns River to conduct tests and report their findings to Emily and her team at St. Johns Riverkeeper. We always enjoy when hands-on learning opportunities and lessons that connect us with our community and help the environment all at the same time!

RPDS 1st Grade Starts Their Journey Around The World

RPDS incorporates global studies into our curriculum to help form a solid foundation of global understanding in our children that will continue to grow as they move into secondary schools. In 1st grade, students spend the year traveling around the world to learn all about different countries and cultures.

Today our 1st grade students embarked on their first trip to Brazil! After getting their passports stamped, going through security, listening closely to the safety instructions for their flight, and receiving a special greeting from their pilot, Captain Ketchum, our adventurous 1st grade class was ready for take-off. We can't wait to hear all about their time in Brazil and look forward to following their travels throughout the year!

Student Fun With Fan Friday!

RA-RA-YAY, IT'S RPDS FAN FRIDAY! Today students were invited to dress down and represent their favorite team. We love seeing students sporting their favorite team colors!

4th Grade "Little Known Something" STEAM Project

This week our awesome 4th grade STEAM TEAM created projects with a partner to represent fun “little known facts” about them. Students were reminded that we all have special things about us that make us unique. Students had to talk to their partner and find out something new about one another! Following their conversations, students created a representation of the “little known something” they discovered about each other. It was a fun day in STEAM practicing creativity, collaborating with classmates, and learning more about one another

Sundae Monday Returns!

Sundae Monday always makes for a sweet start to the new school year! Sundae Monday is a carefully designed opportunity for RPDS students to meet their teacher, explore their classroom and campus, and enjoy an ice cream sundae while they reunite with friends and connect with their new classmates. We were thrilled to be able to once again host this time-honored RPDS tradition as we kick off another exciting year at RPDS! 

Come Play With Us: Welcoming New PreK 3 & PreK 4 Students

This morning we welcomed our new PreK 3 and PreK 4 students to come play with us and get to know their new school. We had a beautiful morning full of playground fun, dancing, bubbles, and popsicles! We know it’s going to be a wonderful school year for these little learners!