CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

November 10, 2017

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Mrs. Newell’s class and Mrs. Bernal’s class learned about different types of lines; straight, zig-zag, wavy, horizontal, vertical, and diagonal. Then the students learned how to make all those lines with strips of paper and started working on the Line Sculpture project. They really loved creating these fun sculptures! Art class canceled for Mrs. Howran’s class and Mrs. McInerney’s class due to the field trip on Friday. They will have make-up classes next week.

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed learning about Veterans Day through several read aloud stories. “Hero Mom” is a story about a Mom who is representing our country in the Military. 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 were pirates sailing in the ocean. Even though there were sharks in the water, the couldn’t resist the allure of the sunken treasure. Many pirates were turned into seaweed as they tried to make it back to the safety of the ship with their gold.

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten reviewed their colors and feelings. The students took an informal test on colors and feelings.

This week in Kindergarten Technology, students took their STAR Reading and Math Test. Your child’s teacher will be discussing these results with you during conferences later this month.

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First Grade


This week at art, First grade students finished with the Leaf Printing project. Their creations turned out nicely. When they were finished, we had paper build challenge. Mrs. Choi gave them paper strips to build tall and strong buildings. They loved working on this project!

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed learning about Veterans Day through several read aloud stories. “Hero Mom” is a story about a Mom who is representing our country in the Military. 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 were pirates sailing in the ocean. Even though there were sharks in the water, the couldn’t resist the allure of the sunken treasure. Many pirates were turned into seaweed as they tried to make it back to the safety of the ship with their gold. On Thursday they played a confusing, but fun and exhausting game of “Cheetah Chase”.

This week in Spanish, First Grade worked on a fruit crossword puzzle. The students took a test on fruits and vegetables.

This week in First Grade Technology, students took their STAR Reading and Math Test. Your child’s teacher will be discussing these results with you during conferences later this month.

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Second Grade 

This week at art, Second grade students grade students had a catch-up week. When they were finished, we had paper build challenge. Mrs. Choi gave them paper strips to build tall and strong buildings. They loved working on this project!

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed learning about Veterans Day through several read aloud stories. “Hero Mom” is a story about a Mom who is representing our country in the Military. 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 worked on proper throwing technique. Your second grader should be able to show you: Ready, Break, Step&Throw. One they all had some practice, they used their new skills to play an awesome game called “Nuclear Fusion”.

This week in Spanish, Second Grade reviewed foods and drinks by playing Eggspert. The students took a test on food and drinks.

This week in Second Grade Technology, students completed an online version of Mad Libs called, ‘Wacky Web Tales’. Students added random words to their unknown story by using what they know about the parts of speech. Student enjoyed reading their hilarious final stories. These stories were copied and pasted into Microsoft Word. Next week, students will put their editing skills to work in Word to finalize their stories.

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Third Grade 

This week at art, Third grade students painted designs on their papier Mache Djembe drums. We looked at west African simbols carefully and designed our own symbols on the paper mached drums.

This week in Library, Third Grade students enjoyed learning about Veterans Day through several read aloud stories. “Hero Mom” is a story about a Mom who is representing our country in the Military. We also read a story titled “The Wall” about the Vietnam Memorial. 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 some practice games of “Kickball” in the gym. It is a popular game at recess. Students should have much more fun, when everyone understands and follows the rules.

This week in Spanish, Third Grade reviewed bedroom furniture by playing Eggspert. The students took a test on bedroom furniture and sentence formation.

This week in Third Grade Technology, students completed their ‘All About Me’ PowerPoints. They played a game of ‘Scoot’ to move around the computers viewing each other’s hard work. These excellent presentations will be included in their portfolios.

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, Fourth grade students learned how to weave the dream catcher. We added some beads to make it more interesting. Weaving part was quite a challenge for us, but we helped one another and were able to finish the project.

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students enjoyed learning about Veterans Day through several read aloud stories. “Hero Mom” is a story about a Mom who is representing our country in the Military. We also read a story titled “The Wall” about the Vietnam Memorial. 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 played an intense game of “Group Skittle”. Strategy, clear communication, and a bit of luck were needed to knock over the opposing team’s pins before their own pins were knocked over. Fantastic job of playing safely and using good sportsmanship! On Thursday, they learned a new game called “Danish Long Ball”. This new game incorporates skills from kickball and many other games, but is completely new to everyone. This leveled the playing field so that everyone could get into the action.

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade worked on a study guide in class and played Kahoot using their surfaces. The students also too their test on chapter 1A.

This week in Fourth Grade Technology, students continued 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 were self-motivated with our Genius-Hour project. Some students are still brainstorming while some started creating their posters. Mrs. Choi had a great time learning more about what they are interested in and help them generate their ideas.

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students enjoyed learning about Veterans Day through several read aloud stories. “Hero Mom” is a story about a Mom who is representing our country in the Military. We also read a story titled “The Wall” about the Vietnam Memorial. 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 played an intense game of “Group Skittle”. Strategy, clear communication, and a bit of luck were needed to knock over the opposing team’s pins before their own pins were knocked over. Fantastic job of playing safely and using good sportsmanship! On Friday, they learned a new game called “Danish Long Ball”. This new game incorporates skills from kickball and many other games, but is completely new to everyone. This leveled the playing field so that everyone could get into the action.

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade decorated their sugar skulls from Day of the dead. The students were introduced to Chapter 2B by watching a video which used the new vocabulary. The students also answered comprehension questions about the video clip.

This week in Fifth Grade Technology, completed their book trailers! They viewed the finished products in library. Mrs. Hayes and Mrs. Lodwick are very proud of their hardwork on this awesome project.

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