CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

May 19, 2017

Kindergarten | First Grade | Second Grade | Third Grade | Fourth Grade | Fifth Grade

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students finished up with their bird house sculptures by adding modeling clay birds. Their birds turned out fun and creative! Mrs. Choi cannot wait to display their art for the CHA annual art show!

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed spending time with Deb Lund, a local author who helped the students with role play and fiction writing. Each student completed a comic. As the year comes to a close, we will conduct inventory of all Library materials. The last day to check out materials is May 19 th, with all materials due by May 25 th. After May 25 th final late notices will be sent home in Friday folders.
Kindergarten check out days are: Check out days: Wednesday: Bernal. Thursday: Torgerson and Isaman.

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were vocal repertoire, steady pulse, unpitched percussion technique, creative movement, and sol-mi (minor 3rd) intervals.  Kindergarteners were introduced to the Tom Petty song Wildflowers that they’ll be singing at this year’s Moving Up Ceremony. They also added their own movements to Aquarium from Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals.  Kindergartners played hand drums that were positioned in the shape of a row boat as they sang the traditional My Little Boat.  Lastly, they had the chance to sing a solo response to What Did You See in the Ocean?

This week in PE, the Kindergarteners showed off their basketball dribbling skills.  There was great improvement as everyone dribbled through their day.  On Monday, next week, Kindergarten will complete their last laps of the year as we take advantage of the sun and get out for our half-mile run.  It will be exciting to see how many students can set a personal record when they compare their times to those from the fall.

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten learned about Spanish sentence formation. The students picked an animal to talk about and make a silly sentence like: The cow is pink (La vaca es rosa). Next week the students will be writing another silly sentence that will go in their student portfolios. 

This week in Kindergarten Technology, students had their first introduction to Microsoft Word! They were beyond excited to be using a program that all of their parents and teachers use. Students learned about the insertion point and the enter key. They were successful able to type four sentences about why they love CHA!  

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students had a wonderful time drawing what they want to be when they grow up. Mrs. Choi encouraged them to draw background scene and details, so she could guess that they want to be based on their drawings. The students were thrilled when she guessed it right! It was so much fun to listen to our students and their dreams!

This week in Library, First Grade students spending time with Deb Lund, a local author who helped the students with role play and fiction writing. Each student completed a comic. As the year comes to a close, we will conduct inventory of all Library materials. The last day to check out materials is May 19 th, with all materials due by May 25 th. After May 25 th final late notices will be sent home in Friday folders.
Check out days: Tuesday: Grieger, Wednesday: Carver, Thursday: Newell.

This week’s objectives in 1st Grade Music were pitched and unpitched percussion, vocal repertoire, and musical phrase.  1st Graders were introduced to the Tom Petty song Wildflowers that they’ll be singing at this year’s Moving Up Ceremony.   Additionally, they learned instruments parts to the singing games The Gallant Ship and Jump Jim Joe.  

This week in PE, the First Graders showed off their basketball dribbling skills.  There was great improvement as everyone dribbled through their day.  On Tuesday, next week, the First Grade will complete their last laps of the year as we take advantage of the sun and get out for our half-mile run.  It will be exciting to see how many students can set a personal record when they compare their times to those from the fall.

This week in Spanish, First Grade worked on sentence formation. The students wrote about their family members like grandmothers, grandfather, and pets. Their final sentences will be going in their student portfolios.  

This week in First Grade Technology, students completed their STAR Reading and Math tests.  

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Second Grade

This week at Art, Second Grade students had a wonderful time drawing what they want to be when they grow up. Mrs. Choi encouraged them to draw background scene and details, so she could guess that they want to be based on their drawings. The students were thrilled when she guessed it right! It was so much fun to listen to our students and their dreams!

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed spending time with Deb Lund, a local author who worked with the students to create a fiction writing piece. As the year comes to a close, we will conduct inventory of all Library materials. The last day to check out materials is May 19 th, with all materials due by May 25 th. After May 25 th final late notices will be sent home in Friday folders.
Check out days: Wednesday: Hong, Duffina. Thursday: Hong.

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade Music were steady pulse, ostinato, sol-mi-re-do intervals, and vocal repertoire.  2nd Graders were introduced to the Tom Petty song Wildflowers that they’ll be singing at this year’s Moving Up Ceremony.   Students also learned a steady pulse game called 4 beats after.  They also improvised vocal melodies over the spiritual Oh I’m Gonna Sing and added choreography to the Japanese folk song Naka, Naka, Hoi!

This week in PE, the Second Graders got out on the field to throw and catch the Frisbee.  There was great improvement as students learned to asses and adjust their technique and persevere until they found the perfect throw.  On Wednesday, next week, the Second Grade will take advantage of the sun and complete their last laps of the year.  It will be exciting to see how many students can set personal records when they compare their half-mile times with those that were set back in the fall.

This week in Spanish, Second Grade played Eggspert to review clothing items. The students also worked on a study guides, which were sent home to study. The test will be next week. 

This week in Second Grade Technology, students continued to work with Pivot Animator. Pivot is a freeware application that allows users to create stick-figure and sprite animations, and save them in the animated GIF format. This week, students explored adding new sprites and changing the background of their animation. 

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Third Grade

This week at Art, Third Grade students finished with their Tree Weaving project. After they finished weaving, students added flowers with tissue paper and pompoms and more details with permanent markers. Their creations turned out nicely!

This week in Library, Third Grade students enjoyed spending time with Deb Lund, a local author who worked with the students to create a fiction writing piece. As the year comes to a close, we will conduct inventory of all Library materials. The last day to check out materials is May 19 th, with all materials due by May 25 th. After May 25 th final late notices will be sent home in Friday folders. Check out days: Wednesday: Peters and Morman. Thursday: Shamsen.

This week’s objectives in 3rd Grade Music were vocal repertoire, canons, fermata, and mallet technique.  3rd Graders were introduced to the Tom Petty song Wildflowers that they’ll be singing at this year’s Moving Up Ceremony.  Students also worked in groups to come up with an 8 beat word chain rhythm made from foods.  They performed them to a song called I’m Hungry.  Additionally, they learned a follow the leader folk song called Les Saluts.

This week in PE, the Third Graders got out on the field for some great games of Ultimate Frisbee.  The action was back and forth as students learned how to play and move without the Frisbee.  On Monday, next week, the Third grade will head out to the field to complete their last laps of the year.  It will be exciting to see how many students can set personal records when they compare their mile times with those that were set back in the fall.

This week in Spanish, Third Grade played Eggspert to review animals. The students also worked on a study guides, which were sent home to study. The test will be next week.

This week in Third Grade Technology, students were introduced to Glogster! Glogster is a platform for presentation and interactive learning. It allows students to mix all kinds of media on a virtual canvas to create multimedia posters, and access a library of engaging educational content created by students and educators worldwide. Glogster encourages interactive, collaborative education and digital literacy. Third grade students will be using their Glogster accounts to showcase their knowledge of US states.  

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Fourth Grade

This week Fourth Grade students did not have specialist classes because they were at Islandwood. In PE next Tuesday they will run their last laps of the year.  It will be exciting to see how many students can set personal records when they compare their mile times with those that were set back in the fall.

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 Fifth Grade

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students had a wonderful field trip to the Seattle Art Museum. The students learned about different types of geometric perspective and worked on an art project at the end. Through close looking and conversation with the art docent, the students gained a great understanding of artists’ systems of depicting space throughout the centuries. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students enjoyed spending time with Deb Lund, a local author who worked with the students to create a fiction writing piece. As the year comes to a close, we will conduct inventory of all Library materials. The last day to check out materials is May 19 th, with all materials due by May 25 th. After May 25 th final late notices will be sent home in Friday folders. Check out: Tuesday: Taylor, Wednesday: Dewitt.

This week’s objectives in 5th Grade Music were vocal repertoire and mallet ensemble work.  5th graders were introduced to the Tom Petty song Wildflowers that they’ll be singing at this year’s Moving Up ceremony.  In addition, they continued their ensemble work on the African mallet piece Clave. 

This week in PE, the Fifth Graders got out on the field for some fantastic games of Ultimate Frisbee.  It has been great watching them as they have progressed over the last two years.  They have learned how to work together and to keep moving without the Frisbee. On Monday, next week, the Fifth grade will head out to the field to complete their last laps of the year.  It will be exciting to see how many students can set personal records when they compare their mile times with those that were set back in the fall.

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade reviewed conjugations. The students also went over what they will be ordering at the Mexican restaurant next week. They worked on pronunciation of what they will be telling the waiter. The students also watched another episode of the Spanish mystery. 

This week in Fifth Grade Technology, students started their first Office Mix project. Office Mix is a free extension to PowerPoint that makes it easy to turn your PowerPoint presentations into interactive online lessons. With Office Mix, you can add: Audio and video narration. Their goal is to create a presentation for the 4th Graders about what to expects in 5th Grade. 

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