CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

November 03, 2017

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students looked out the windows and noticed that the trees started to change colors! Mrs. Choi explained to the students why the trees change colors in autumn. Then the students started working on the fall trees sculptures.

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed a week full of Halloween stories and poems. Late notices will be in Friday folders, if your student has any outstanding materials checked out. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Bernal, Hawron. Thursday: McInerney, Newell.

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were vocal repertoire, steady pulse, fast and slow, and musical phrase. Kindergarteners were introduced to the song they’ll be singing at this year’s Festival of Peace and Light in December. They’ll be studying the country of Russia. In addition, students played 1,2, Buckle My Shoe trying to arrange numbered flashcards in order before the song ends. They also enjoyed playing and singing Roll Over, a song that has the whole class rolling out of bed with the lights out. Finally, they learned the folk dance 7 jumps and played the game One Potato.

This week in PE, the Kindergarteners got a small taste of dodgeball with a fantastic game of “Cheese Movers” on Monday. Friday had its own adventure with the morning power outage.

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten was introduced to the word enfermo/enferma (sick). They also reviewed their colors with a song and worksheet. The students also celebrated the Day of the Dead with some hot chocolate and some mini clips on the holiday.

This week in Kindergarten Technology, students continued to navigate their way around the screen using ‘The Big Bus’. Students explored activities in the area of art and music. They worked with concepts of reflection, symmetry, and music composition. You will find a link to The Big Bus on the Kindergarten page of the Computer Lab Website

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First Grade

This week at art, First grade students had a great time working on the Autumn Leaves Printing project. After learning about different types of Printing technique, the students started working on the Autumn leaves printing project using Styrofoam. We looked at the leaves carefully. We studied the shapes and veins on the leaves, and drew a leaf on the styrofoam with a ball point pen. We tried to impress the design just hard enough to make an indentation without going through the styrofoam. Then roll out a thin layer of ink over the styrofoam with brayer, and printed our designs. It was so much fun!

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed a week full of Halloween stories and poems. Late notices will be in Friday folders, if your student has any outstanding materials checked out. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Grieger. Wednesday: Carver. Thursday: Wilcox

This week’s objectives in 1st Grade Music were mallet technique, vocal repertoire, and fast and slow. 1st Graders were introduced to the song they’ll be singing at this year’s Festival of Peace and Light in December. They’ll be studying the country of Japan. In addition, they reviewed mallet technique with a song called Chase the Squirrel using glissandos up and down the xylophones. Students also learned the song America, and played the games Hop, Old Squirrel and Engine Engine.

This week in PE, the First Graders lucked out getting PE on Halloween. They had a blast showing off their outfits as their classmates towed them around the gym on parade floats.

This week in Spanish, First Grade finished their writing about fruits and vegetables. Next week the students will have a test on fruits and vegetables. Study guides will be sent in Friday folders. The students also celebrated the Day of the Dead with some hot chocolate and some mini clips on the holiday.

This week in First Grade Technology, students continued making a connection to their science curriculum using their vocabulary words. Students discovered how to change font size, center, and bold words. Students also began inserting images next to each vocabulary word.

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Second Grade 

This week at art, Second grade students wanted to learn about Printing technique after seeing 1st grade’s project. They had a great time working on the Autumn Leaves Printing project. After learning about different types of Printing technique, the students started working on the Autumn leaves printing project using Styrofoam. We looked at the leaves carefully. We studied the shapes and veins on the leaves, and drew a leaf on the styrofoam with a ball point pen. We tried to impress the design just hard enough to make an indentation without going through the styrofoam. Then roll out a thin layer of ink over the styrofoam with brayer, and printed our designs. It was so much fun!

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed a week full of Halloween stories and poems. Late notices will be in Friday folders, if your student has any outstanding materials checked out. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Morman

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade Music were vocal repertoire, ABA form, and mallet techniques. 2nd Graders were introduced to the song they’ll be singing at this year’s Festival of Peace and Light in December. They’ll be studying the country of Ecuador. 2nd graders also learned the folk rhyme Jelly in the Bowl which emphasizes two parts and an ostinato. Finally, students reviewed All ‘Round the Brickyard, but moved the music to the xylophones and metallophones.

This week in PE, the Second Graders enjoyed towing their classmates around the gym on parade floats.

This week in Spanish, Second Grade reviewed foods and drinks with a crossword puzzle and a fill in the blank worksheet. Next week the students will have a test on food and drinks. Study guides will be sent in Friday folders. The students also celebrated the Day of the Dead with some hot chocolate and some mini clips on the holiday.

This week in Second Grade Technology, students enjoyed presenting their ‘Me on the Map’ PowerPoints on the promethean board. They used their speaker voices to show off their hard work. Mrs. Hayes is very proud of all of their projects.

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Third Grade 

This week at art, Third grade students learned about Djembe, African drum. After learning about the origins and history of the drum, we started working on the Papier Mache Djembe project.

This week in Library, Third Grade students enjoyed a week full of Halloween stories and poems. Late notices will be in Friday folders, if your student has any outstanding materials checked out. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Peters, Watkins. Thursday: Setting

This week’s objectives in 3rd Grade Music were vocal repertoire and ensemble techniques. 3rd Graders continued to make progress on learning their holiday repertoire for their performance at Bellevue Square Mall and the Festival of Peace and Light in December.

This week in PE, the Third Graders played a wild game called “Cheese Movers”. The mice were bombarded by the cats as they tried to get their cheese across the gym. On Wednesday, they enjoyed towing their classmates around the gym on parade floats.

This week in Spanish, Third Grade reviewed bedroom furniture and sentence formation with a game of Eggspert. Next week the students will have a test on bedroom furniture, directions, and sentence formation. Study guides will be sent in Friday folders. The students also celebrated the Day of the Dead with some hot chocolate and some mini clips on the holiday.

This week in Third Grade Technology, students continued working on their ‘All About Me’ PowerPoints. They enjoyed adding animations and transitions to their projects. Students are eager to show off their timelines to each other. These projects will be shared with parents next week and included in their portfolios.

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, Fourth grade students had a catch-up week. Students were finishing up with a few projects. When they were done, they enjoyed working with air dry clay. Mrs. Choi also introduced them about our next project; Dream Catcher. 4th grade students are learning about Native American life and culture in their classrooms. We added to this by learning about their art as well. We learned about why Native Americans use Dream Catchers - to catch the good dreams and let the bad dreams evaporate with the morning dews. We will be creating our own dreamcatchers out of paper plates, yarn, beads and feathers. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students enjoyed a week full of Halloween stories and poems. Late notices will be in Friday folders, if your student has any outstanding materials checked out. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Shamsen, Warenkiewicz. Thursday: Springer

This week’s objectives in 4th Grade Music were recorder technique, vocal repertoire, and ensemble techniques. 4th Graders were introduced to the songs they’ll be performing at this year’s Festival of Peace and Light. They’ll be studying the regions of the United Kingdom. In addition, students reviewed the notes D,C,B,A,G,E,D,and C. Students were able to test for their blue belts in recorder karate.

This week in PE, the Fourth Graders lucked out getting PE on Halloween. They had a blast showing off their outfits as their classmates towed them around the gym on parade floats. On Thursday, Dodgeball was a hit!

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade went over positive and negative expressions. The students were given different likes and dislikes and they had to give their option by answering with a positive or negative expression. Next week the students will have a test on Chapter 1A and students will work on a study guide in class. The students also celebrated the Day of the Dead with some hot chocolate and some mini clips on the holiday.

This week in Fourth Grade Technology, students began designing their very own totem pole using TinkerCad. We discussed the totem poles they saw on their field trip to Tillicum Village, viewed images and stories of the history of totem poles, and set out to make one of their own.

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 Fifth Grade

This week at Art, Fifth grade students had a catch-up week. Students were finishing up with a few projects. When they were done, Mrs. Choi introduce them our new project; The Genius Hour project. Genius hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages their creativity in the classroom. For next few weeks, the students will think about their passion and interest, research their interest, and create art form to communicate their ideas. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students enjoyed a week full of Halloween stories and poems. Late notices will be in Friday folders, if your student has any outstanding materials checked out. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Taylor Wednesday: Carpenter

This week’s objectives in 5th Grade Music were vocal repertoire, mallet technique, unpitched percussion technique, and ensemble techniques. 5th Graders were introduced to the songs they’ll be performing at this year’s Festival of Peace and Light. They’ll be studying the Colonial American time period. Students will be learning a percussion ensemble piece arranged for voice, drums, mallets, and various percussion instruments.

This week in PE, the Fifth Graders learned not to judge a game by its title. “Cheese Mover” turned out to be a pretty wild game as the mice were constantly bombarded by the cats as they worked together to get their cheese across the wide open gym.

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade worked on Chapter 2A study guides in class. The students also played two games of Kahoot using their Surfaces in Spanish. The students also celebrated the Day of the Dead with some hot chocolate and some mini clips on the holiday. They alsotook their Chapter 2A test.

This week in Fifth Grade Technology, students continued to create their book trailers using Windows Movie Maker. Students added text, music, and voice to their book trailers. Fifth graders are excited to finalize their trailer next week and share.

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