Category Archives: Lower El Upstairs

Making Coins Count in LEU

The children of the Lower Elementary Upstairs class organized their first, very successful Coin Drive. The students voted on which local charity they wanted to support, and Have a Heart Cayman came out on top!


The students made posters to advertise our coin drive. They realized that a little pile of change isn’t much on its own, but if we all collected change together, we could make a big difference! Once we had collected all the coins, the children spent the morning sorting all pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters that were donated. They had lots of fun estimating how much money was in each pile of coins. One dollar in pennies looks very different to one dollar in quarters!

We counted over 7,000 coins and in total, we raised$641.75!  Huge thanks go to all of the children and families who so generously donated to this special cause. Ms. Jennifer from Have a Heart Cayman came to visit our class last week to collect all of the coins. The students were very pleased to learn where the money was going and more about what Have a Heart Cayman does.  

LEU’s Gearing Up for Simple Machines!

The LEU team is now on the hunt for simple machines!

A simple machine needs a force like a push or pull. There are six different types of simple machines. On the playground, we built a lever to lift a heavy rock. Did you know that our scooter-boards have a simple machine called a wheel and axle on them? We also built an inclined plane to push a scooter-board up the steps. In the classroom, we built a pulley to lift something up. Did you know that at snack time a wedge can be used to cut an apple? We also noticed that many of our water bottles have screw on tops!

What simple machines can you spot at home and school?

– Written by Ethan C., Grade Three Student

Egg-citing News from LEU!

Surprisingly, a hen laid one white and shiny egg near the cups and water cooler on the playground! The next day another egg appeared. Then, once the second egg was laid, Ms. Michelle moved the eggs because the chicken was pooping on the cups! The eggs were moved by the side of the path in the bushes, where you enter and exit the playground. So be sure to look out for a hen in a crate next time you walk by.

I brought the hen some water and food, but after researching all about chickens, I found out she didn’t need it. When hens are broody they don’t actually need food or water or to use the bathroom! Imagine not eating or using the bathroom for twenty-one days!

In class we made a chart to mark off the days of incubation. Once the hen has begun sitting on the eggs, it takes twenty-one days for them to hatch. We think the due date is around
February 1st . Look out for her and her MBTS baby chicks!

Written by Ethan B., LEU