CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

May 25, 2017

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Ms. Isaman’s class added final touches to their Bird House sculptures and the clay birds. Mrs. Torgerson’s class read a book called, ‘When I Grow Up’ by Al Yankovic, and 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, Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to the story “Last Day Blues” and we had a discussion about the year coming to a close. If your student has any outstanding materials checked out,  final late notices were 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 steady pulse, high versus low, mallet technique, and sound versus silence.  We stuck with a frog theme this week as students explore musical activities such as the rhythmic poems Froggies and Five Little Froggies.  We also read the book Jump, Frog, Jump adding music on mallet instruments to the words “jump frog jump”.  Finally, students reviewed and worked to memorize their Moving Up song called Wildflowers.  

This week in PE, the Kindergarteners hit the field for their half-mile run.  They didn’t let the heat keep them from giving their best effort.  Many personal records were set.  Awesome Job Kindergarteners.

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten continued to work on Spanish sentences. They started working on silly sentences like: The cat is green (El gato es verde.) These sentences will be in their end of the year student portfolios.

This week in Kindergarten Technology, students continued to explore new word processing tools. Students discovered ABCya Story Maker. They learned to add text and pictures to a story. This allowed them to create a special surprise for their dads!  

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students finished with the ‘When I Grow Up’ project. When they were finished, we shared our drawings with the class, and talked about our dreams. We also read a book called, ‘When I Grow Up’ by Al Yankovic.

This week in Library, First Grade students listening to the story “Last Day Blues” and we had a discussion about the year coming to a close. If your student has any outstanding materials checked out, final late notices were sent home in Friday folders. Check out days: Tuesday: Grieger, Wednesday: Carver, Thursday: Newell.

This week’s objectives in 1st Grade Music were improvisation, unpitched percussion technique, quarter/eighth note patterns, and vocal repertoire.  Students listed to the story Otto Goes to the Beach.  They enjoyed making rhythms out of “poor” and “Otto” (ta/ti-ti combinations) on hand drums.  1st graders also had the chance to improvise during the song Willum.  Students names were inserted into the lyrics such as “Bob he played the tambourine…” etc giving each student a chance to explore soloing over the 16 beat interlude.  Students continued to learn and memorize their Moving Up song called Wildflowers. 

This week in PE, the First Graders Ran their last half mile of the school year.  It was hot, but students found a way to stay cool as they completed their laps.  On Thursday, they finished up their dribbling practice in the gym.

This week in Spanish, First Grade finished writing about their family. Each student wrote about each family member and included a beautiful popup house. These projects will be in their end of the year student portfolios. 

This week in First Grade Technology, students continued to explore new word processing tools. Students discovered ABCya Story Maker. They learned to add text and pictures to a story. The program allows students to add multiple pages. Students had the opportunity to write about their recent trip to the Woodland Park Zoo!  

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Second Grade

This week at Art, Second Grade students finished with the ‘When I Grow Up’ project. When they were finished, we shared our drawings with the class, and talked about our dreams. We also read a book called, ‘When I Grow Up’ by Al Yankovic.

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed listening to the story “Last Day Blues” and we had a discussion about the year coming to a close. If your student has any outstanding materials checked out, final late notices were sent home in Friday folders.
Check out days: Wednesday: Hong, Duffina. Thursday: Hong.

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade Music were sol, mi, la, do, and re vocal patterns, mallet technique, ostinato, vocal repertoire, and steady pulse.  2nd Graders learned a song with 3 mallet part ostinatos called Hello Sir.  They also created statue shapes of circus characters to a song called Friends of the Circus.  Students reinforced mi,re,do with a parody of ‘Dem Bones’ on mallet instruments.  Finally, they continued to learn and memorize their Moving Up song called Wildflowers. 

This week in PE, the Second Graders lucked out on the weather and had a perfect day for running their half-mile.  Many personal records were set.  Great effort Second Graders!

This week in Spanish, Second Grade took a test on clothing items. It tested the students on sentences formation and vocabulary. Results should be going in Friday folders. 

This week in Second Grade Technology, students reflected on their year in 2nd grade with Word Clouds. Students developed a list of important things about second grade. This list was turned into a colorful Word Cloud to be put on display at the end of their student portfolios.  

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Third Grade

This week at Art, Third Grade students enjoyed earned free choice time. Mrs. Morman’s class and Ms. Peters’ class even earned treasures from the art class treasure chest. Each week, a given class can earn a star for the week by working together, working hard, following classroom rules, and following classroom safety rules. If they earn 10 stars for the 10 weeks in the trimester, they earn a free choice day and students can each pick a treasure from the treasure chest. If a class earns 8 to 9 stars in the 10-weeks period, they enjoy a free choice day.

This week in Library, Third Grade students enjoyed listening to the story “Last Day Blues” and we had a discussion about the year coming to a close. If your student has any outstanding materials checked out, final late notices were 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, canon/round, and ABC form.   Students learned a three part folk dance called Doudlebska Polka (Double Clap Polka) reinforcing steady beat and ABC form.  They continued to review and memorize their Moving Up song called Wildflowers.  And finally, 3rd graders the choreography and lyrics to a 2 part round called Sally Go ‘Round the Sun. 

This week in PE, the Third Graders started off the week by running their last laps of the school year.  It turned out to be a hot day to run the mile, but the students found a way to stay cool.  On Wednesday, they were rewarded for their efforts.

This week in Spanish, Third Grade took a test on Animals. It tested the students on sentences formation and vocabulary. Results should be going in Friday folders. 

This week in Third Grade Technology, students started their state Glogster project. Students used their social studies planning sheet to add images, text, graphics, and videos about their assigned state. They enjoyed using this new tool to show off what they’ve learned!  

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Fourth Grade

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students finished with their landscape painting using pointillism technique, and their paintings turned out amazing! Mrs. Choi is excited to display their hard work for the art show!

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students enjoyed listening to the story “Last Day Blues” and we had a discussion about the year coming to a close. If your student has any outstanding materials checked out, final late notices were sent home in Friday folders. Check out days: Monday: Setting and Warenkiewicz. Thursday: Jarvis.

This week’s objectives in 4th Grade Music were vocal repertoire, steady pulse, and ensemble work.  4th graders reviewed the Ghana folk song Sansa Kroma and added a group circle rhythmic game to it using bean bags.  They continued to memorize their Moving Up song Wildflowers and reviewed an African mallet piece called Mavambo. 

This week in PE, the Fourth Graders hit the field for their last mile of the year at CHA.  They gave it their all!  There were several personal records set and the entire group finished in under 14 ½ minutes!  Amazing effort Fourth Graders!  On Thursday, they were rewarded with their choice of Ultimate Frisbee or Steal the Chicken.

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade worked on a conjugation study guide. The students went over the rules and if they had time the students were able to play Kahoot a review game. They also took a test on conjugations and the result should be going in Friday folders.  

This week in Fourth Grade Technology, students began to complete their Lego animations. Students are adding the final touches including; credits, voice, and music. Students can’t wait to share their final products!  

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 Fifth Grade

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students finished with their Figure Sculpture inspired by Giacometti. Their creations turned out amazing and Mrs. Choi is excited to display their creations for the art show!

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students listening to the story “Last Day Blues” and we had a discussion about the year coming to a close. If your student has any outstanding materials checked out, final late notices were sent home in Friday folders. Check out: Tuesday: Taylor, Wednesday: Dewitt.

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

This week in PE, the Fifth Graders ran their last mile around the field at CHA.  There were some great times put in despite the high temperatures. It has been rewarding to see them push themselves this year.

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade went to a Spanish restaurant where they could order their drink and food in Spanish. The students had a great time enjoying delicious Mexican food and the company of their peers. The students also took a test on food items and the results should be in their Friday folders. 

This week in Fifth Grade Technology, students continued to work on their Office Mix project. Office Mix is a free extension to PowerPoint that makes it easy to turn PowerPoint presentations into interactive online lessons. Students were able to add audio and video narration to their presentation to the 4th graders!  

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