CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

September 08, 2017

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students not only learned about classroom rules and expectations but also we got to start working on our first art project, self-portrait! Each year, all CHA students carefully draw their self-portraits to the best of their ability. The original art works goes to their yearly portfolios and we make copies of their self-portraits for their locker tags. Mrs. Choi showed students examples of artists’ self-portraits first. Then, they learned how to use basic guidelines to shape their face and places the facial features. They had a great time looking in the mirror and drew themselves from careful observation. Mrs. Choi is SO excited to be your child’s Art Teacher at CHA! This year, we will be using a variety of exciting materials including watercolor, plaster, pastels, clay and mixed media, just to name a few! Students will learn about a broad range of artists from Leonardo Da Vinci to Dale Chihuly and artistic eras from Renaissance to Pop! 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students were introduced to the procedures and expectations of the Library through a fun story titled “Clark the Shark”. Each week the students will visit Library twice per week for a 30 minute class. Book check out will start the week of Sept. 11th. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Bernal, Hawron. Thursday: McInerney, Newell.

This week’s objectives in all music classes involved establishing a routine, learning friends’ names, discovering changes in the music room, listening to records, making simple sounds with body percussion and voices, improvising, setting behavior and musicianship goals, and getting into the groove of the new school year.

This week, everyone got at a chance to make it down to the gym for PE.  Going over expectations and beginning with the end in mind was our focus.  With that bit taken care of, we found time to get the first week wiggles out.  We will hit the ground running next week with some teambuilding activates. One thing that will help everyone, is to ensure that your child has shoes that they can keep tied themselves.  I highly recommend “Lock Laces” or something similar, to assist younger students with this task.  Keeping our shoes tied in PE and at recess, will help prevent injuries.  Being able to do it themselves will empower our younger students, and help their teachers to keep their sanity. 

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten was introduced to the world of español through the book “Clifford va a Kindergarten”. There was so much excitement, but the students practiced procedures and expectation by having carpet time. During this time, each student practiced their first Spanish words by saying “me llamo (my name is)”.

This week in Kindergarten Technology, students were introduced to the wonderful world of technology!. Mrs. Hayes was lucky enough to meet with all Kindergarten classes to discuss our upcoming year and review rules and procedures. There was so much excitement and questions about all of the fantastic technology skills they will be learning throughout the year. Students are excited about becoming leaders in Technology!

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students not only went over the classroom rules and expectations but also we got to start working on our first art project, self-portrait! Each year, all CHA students carefully draw their self-portraits to the best of their ability. The original art works goes to their yearly portfolios and we make copies of their self-portraits for their locker tags. Mrs. Choi showed students examples of artists’ self-portraits first. Then, they learned how to use basic guidelines to shape their face and places the facial features. They had a great time looking in the mirror and drew themselves from careful observation.

This week in Library, First Grade students shared about their summer adventures and listened to the story “Library Mouse”. This story helps welcome the students to all the fun the Library has to offer. Book check out will start the week of Sept. 11th. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Grieger. Wednesday: Carver. Thursday: Wilcox

This week’s objectives in all music classes involved establishing a routine, learning friends’ names, discovering changes in the music room, listening to records, making simple sounds with body percussion and voices, improvising, setting behavior and musicianship goals, and getting into the groove of the new school year.

This week, everyone got at a chance to make it down to the gym for PE.  Going over expectations and beginning with the end in mind was our focus.  With that bit taken care of, we found time to get the first week wiggles out.  We will hit the ground running next week with some teambuilding activates. One thing that will help everyone, is to ensure that your child has shoes that they can keep tied themselves.  I highly recommend “Lock Laces” or something similar, to assist younger students with this task.  Keeping our shoes tied in PE and at recess, will help prevent injuries.  Being able to do it themselves will empower our younger students, and help their teachers to keep their sanity. 

This week in First Grade Technology, Mrs. Hayes had the opportunity to meet with Ms. Carver’s and Mrs. Grieger’s class. We discussed some of the exciting skills we achieved last year and set goals for this year. We went over rules and procedures and what it means to be a leader in Technology. 

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Second Grade

This week at Art, Second Grade students not only went over the classroom rules and expectations but also we got to start working on our first art project, self-portrait! Mrs. Choi showed students examples of artists’ self-portraits first. Then, they learned how to use basic guidelines to shape their face and places the facial features. They had a great time looking in the mirror and drew themselves from careful observation. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students shared about their summer adventures and listened to the story “Library Mouse”. This story helps welcome the students to all the fun the Library has to offer. Book check out will start the week of Sept. 11th. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Morman

This week’s objectives in all music classes involved establishing a routine, learning friends’ names, discovering changes in the music room, listening to records, making simple sounds with body percussion and voices, improvising, setting behavior and musicianship goals, and getting into the groove of the new school year.

This week, everyone got at a chance to make it down to the gym for PE.  Going over expectations and beginning with the end in mind was our focus.  With that bit taken care of, we found time to get the first week wiggles out.  We will hit the ground running next week with some teambuilding activates.  

One thing that will help everyone, is to ensure that your child has shoes that they can keep tied themselves.  I highly recommend “Lock Laces” or something similar, to assist younger students with this task.  Keeping our shoes tied in PE and at recess, will help prevent injuries.  Being able to do it themselves will empower our younger students, and help their teachers to keep their sanity. 

This week in Spanish, Second Grade was introduced to an all about me PowerPoint of Senora V. The students learned that Senora V. is from a small town in California and that she loves to travel. They also practiced their Spanish skills by reading sentences from an activity called “Find Someone Who”, which they will get to participate next time in Spanish.

This week in Second Grade Technology, Mrs. Hayes only had the opportunity to meet with Mrs. Duffina’s class. We discussed some of the exciting skills we achieved last year and set goals for this year. We went over rules and procedures and what it means to be a leader in Technology. 

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Third Grade

This week Art, Third Grade students not only went over the classroom rules and expectations but also we got to start working on our first art project, self-portrait! Mrs. Choi showed students examples of artists’ self-portraits first. Then, they learned how to use basic guidelines to shape their face and places the facial features. They had a great time looking in the mirror and drew themselves from careful observation.

This week in Library, Third Grade students shared about their summer adventures and listened to the story “Library Mouse”. This story helps welcome the students to all the fun the Library has to offer. Book check out will start the week of Sept. 11th. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Peters, Watkins. Thursday: Setting

This week’s objectives in all music classes involved establishing a routine, learning friends’ names, discovering changes in the music room, listening to records, making simple sounds with body percussion and voices, improvising, setting behavior and musicianship goals, and getting into the groove of the new school year.

This week, everyone got at a chance to make it down to the gym for PE.  Going over expectations and beginning with the end in mind was our focus.  With that bit taken care of, we found time to get the first week wiggles out.  We will hit the ground running next week with some teambuilding activates. One thing that will help everyone, is to ensure that your child has shoes that they can keep tied themselves.  I highly recommend “Lock Laces” or something similar, to assist younger students with this task.  Keeping our shoes tied in PE and at recess, will help prevent injuries.  Being able to do it themselves will empower our younger students, and help their teachers to keep their sanity. 

This week in Spanish, Third Grade was introduced to an all about me PowerPoint of Senora V. The students learned that Senora V. is from a small town in California and that she loves to travel. They also practiced their Spanish skills by reading sentences from an activity called “Find Someone Who”, which they will get to participate next time in Spanish.

This week in Third Grade Technology, Mrs. Hayes had the opportunity to meet with Mrs. Watkins and Mrs. Settings class. We discussed some of the exciting skills we achieved last year and set goals for this year. Students were also introduced to ClassDojo. ClassDojo is a behavior management tool for the classroom. Each class has a profile – complete with their own avatar – to which teachers can assign positive points throughout the lesson. These points will be based around the 7 habits.

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Fourth Grade

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students shared about their summer adventures and listened to the story “Library Mouse”. This story helps welcome the students to all the fun the Library has to offer. Book check out will start the week of Sept. 11th. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Shamsen, Warenkiewicz. Thursday: Springer

This week’s objectives in all music classes involved establishing a routine, learning friends’ names, discovering changes in the music room, listening to records, making simple sounds with body percussion and voices, improvising, setting behavior and musicianship goals, and getting into the groove of the new school year.

This week, everyone got at a chance to make it down to the gym for PE.  Going over expectations and beginning with the end in mind was our focus.  With that bit taken care of, we found time to get the first week wiggles out.  We will hit the ground running next week with some teambuilding activities. 

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade was introduced to an all about me PowerPoint of Senora V. The students learned that Senora V. is from a small town in California and that she loves to travel. They also practiced their Spanish skills by reading sentences from an activity called “Find Someone Who”. Since the activity was all in Spanish the students had an opportunity to see if they could translate the sentences by recalling old vocabulary words.

This week in Fourth Grade Technology, Mrs. Hayes was lucky enough to meet with all Fourth Grade classes to discuss our upcoming year and review rules and procedures. We discussed some of the exciting skills we achieved last year and set goals for this year. Students were also introduced to ClassDojo. ClassDojo is a behavior management tool for the classroom. Each class has a profile – complete with their own avatar – to which teachers can assign positive points throughout the lesson. These points will be based around the 7 habits.

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 Fifth Grade

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students not only went over the classroom rules and expectations but also we got to start working on our first art project, self-portrait! Mrs. Choi showed students examples of artists’ self-portraits first. Then, they learned how to use basic guidelines to shape their face and places the facial features. They had a great time looking in the mirror and drew themselves from careful observation.

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students shared about their summer adventures and listened to the story “Library Mouse”. This story helps welcome the students to all the fun the Library has to offer. Book check out will start the week of Sept. 11th. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Taylor. Wednesday: Carpenter

This week’s objectives in all music classes involved establishing a routine, learning friends’ names, discovering changes in the music room, listening to records, making simple sounds with body percussion and voices, improvising, setting behavior and musicianship goals, and getting into the groove of the new school year.

This week, everyone got at a chance to make it down to the gym for PE.  Going over expectations and beginning with the end in mind was our focus.  With that bit taken care of, we found time to get the first week wiggles out.  We will hit the ground running next week with some teambuilding activities.  

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade was introduced to an all about me PowerPoint of Senora V. The students learned that Senora V. is from a small town in California and that she loves to travel. They also practiced their Spanish skills by reading sentences from an activity called “Find Someone Who”. Since the activity was all in Spanish the students had an opportunity to see if they could translate the sentences by recalling old vocabulary words.

This week in Fifth Grade Technology, Mrs. Hayes only had the opportunity to meet with Ms. Carpenter’s class. We discussed some of the exciting skills we achieved last year and set goals for this year. Students were also introduced to ClassDojo. ClassDojo is a behavior management tool for the classroom. Each class has a profile – complete with their own avatar – to which teachers can assign positive points throughout the lesson. These points will be based around the 7 habits.

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