CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

November 17, 2017

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

Kindergarten

This week in Art, Mrs. Bernal’s class and Mrs. Newell’s class enjoyed their earned a ‘free choice day’. They 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. Popular free choice day activities for the younger grades include free drawing, coloring pages, and building with Play-Doh. Mrs. Howran’s class and Mrs. McInerney’s class had 2 art classes this week, they weren’t able to enjoy their free choice day yet since they had to catch up with 2 art projects. When they come back from the Thanksgiving break, they will have the free choice day and will earn treasure from the treasure chest!

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed sharing about Thanksgiving through several read aloud stories. “Balloons of Broadway” is a story about the true story of the puppeteer of Macy’s Parade. We followed our reading by watching a short clip from last year’s parade. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Bernal, Hawron. Thursday: McInerney, Newell.

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten music included vocal repertoire, steady pulse, and musical phrase. Students reviewed the songs they’ll be performing at this year’s Festival of Peace and Light. The performance takes place on Thursday afternoon of December 14th. In addition, kindergarteners played On the Go, moving to specific colors of a turkey’s tail. They reviewed a dance called Seven Jumps from Denmark. Finally, they played steady beats on hand drums to a Pawnee lullaby.

This week in PE, the Kindergarteners got plenty of exercise as they played a great game called “Octopus”. Swimmers had to get across the ocean to the safety of the beach on the other side of the gym without being tagged by the octopus. Once tagged, the poor swimmers were turned into seaweed and assisted the octopus in tagging the remaining swimmers.

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten wrote two things they are thankful for. They also reviewed their colors by coloring a turkey.

This week in Kindergarten Technology, students discussed what it means to be a graphic designer. Students learned that they can combine their love of art and technology with KidPix. Kid Pix is a program for students to stimulate their drawing capabilities and imagination. In includes a set of basic tools that include a Line Tool, Paint Bucket, Square tool etc and also some special tools. This week students learned how to draw multiple shapes and fill them in using flood fill!

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First Grade

This week in Art, most of the classes earned a ‘free choice day’. 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. Popular free choice day activities for the younger grades include free drawing, coloring pages, and building with Play-Doh.

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed sharing about Thanksgiving through several read aloud stories. “Balloons of Broadway” is a story about the true story of the puppeteer of Macy’s Parade. We followed our reading by watching a short clip from last year’s parade. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Grieger. Wednesday: Carver. Thursday: Wilcox

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music included vocal repertoire, steady pulse, and unpitched percussion technique. Students reviewed the songs they’ll be performing at this year’s Festival of Peace and Light. The performance takes place on Thursday afternoon of December 14th. In addition. 1st graders learned the rhythmic chant Now’s the Time. Each student share what they were thankful for around this time of year. Students played I Can Play the Wood Block, passing and playing instruments in time to the song. Finally, students played Wait a Phrase where they explored freezing and moving to every other phrase of some recorded music.

This week in PE, the First Graders practiced their throwing technique on Tuesday. Once the basics had been covered, they finished off the day with an explosive game of “Nuclear Fusion”. On Thursday, they played a great game called “Octopus”. Swimmers had to get across the ocean to the safety of the beach on the other side of the gym without being tagged by the octopus. Once tagged, the poor swimmers were turned into seaweed and assisted the octopus in tagging the remaining swimmers.

This week in Spanish, First Grade wrote two things they are thankful for. They also reviewed their colors by coloring a turkey that included addition problems.

This week in First Grade Technology, students completed their science vocabulary project using Microsoft Word. They finished inserting images to match their words and printed their awesome work! Take a look at their finished products on display on the first floor!

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Second Grade 

This week in Art, most of the classes earned a ‘free choice day’. 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. Popular free choice day activities for the younger grades include free drawing, coloring pages, and building with Play-Doh. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed sharing about Thanksgiving through several read aloud stories. “Balloons of Broadway” is a story about the true story of the puppeteer of Macy’s Parade. We followed our reading by watching a short clip from last year’s parade. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Morman

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade Music included vocal repertoire, steady pulse, quarter-eighth-half note rhythms, uninterrupted listening, and mallet technique. Students reviewed the songs they’ll be performing at this year’s Festival of Peace and Light. The performance takes place on Thursday afternoon of December 14th. In addition, 2nd graders played Turkey! making and playing rhythms out of food rhymes. They moved to the quarter and half note pulse during Rock n’ Stop. And finally, they played Mabel Mabel, a New England Jump Rope Rhyme where students contribute what they’re bringing to Thanksgiving dinner.

This week in PE, the Second Graders played some catch as they continued to work on their throwing and catching skills. They finished off their day with an explosive game of “Nuclear Fusion”.

This week in Spanish, Second Grade worked on a thankful tree. The students wrote down different items they are thankful for on leaves and decorated them.

This week in Second Grade Technology, students continued with their project involving an online version of Mad Libs called, ‘Wacky Web Tales’. Students learned how to use the spell check tool in Microsfot Word to edit their work. Students enjoyed formatting the color and fonts to put a finishing touch on their story. These stories were printed and shared with their classmates.

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Third Grade 

This week in Art, most of the classes earned a ‘free choice day’. A few classes even earned treasures from the Art class treasure chest including Mrs. Watkins’s class and Mrs. Setting’s class! 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. Popular free choice day activities include dance parties as well as origami projects. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students enjoyed sharing about Thanksgiving through several read aloud stories. “Balloons of Broadway” is a story about the true story of the puppeteer of Macy’s Parade. We followed our reading by watching a short clip from last year’s parade. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Peters, Watkins. Thursday: Setting

This week’s objective in 3rd Grade Music was all about memorizing songs for our Bellevue Square performance and this year’s Festival of Peace and Light. Just a reminder that the mall performance takes place on Wed, December 6th at 11am and the Festival of Peace and Light is Thursday afternoon on December 14th.

This week in PE, the Third Graders learned a new game called “Danish Long Ball” the name is a bit cheesy, but they loved this modified version of kickball that kept everyone in the action.

This week in Spanish, Third Grade wrote a small paragraph about what they are thankful for. The students added their small paragraphs to a turkey and decorated using oil pastels or markers.

This week in ThirdGrade Technology, students were introduced to Microsoft Publisher. They discovered the flexibility to Publisher by working with text boxes, shapes, backgrounds, and templates. They used this week’s class as an opportunity to explore the program before creating publications for their upcoming Cultural Fair.

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Fourth Grade 

This week in Art, most of the classes earned a ‘free choice day’. 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. Popular free choice day activities include dance parties as well as origami projects. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students enjoyed sharing about Thanksgiving through several read aloud stories. “Balloons of Broadway” is a story about the true story of the puppeteer of Macy’s Parade. We followed our reading by watching a short clip from lasyear’s parade. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Shamsen, Warenkiewicz. Thursday: Springer

This week’s objectives in 4th Grade Music included recorder technique and vocal repertoire. 4th graders tested for their blue belts in recorder Karate. They also worked hard to learn their recorder and vocal parts for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light. The festival takes place on Thursday afternoon of December 14th.

This week in PE, the Fourth Graders played some fantastic games of “Danish Long Ball” on Tuesday. On Thursday, they did a great job of playing safely and with good sportsmanship during some wild games of “Group Skittles”.

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade was introduced to the Spanish/mystery series “Eres tu Maria?” Each episode last about 7-10 minutes and it’s completely all in Spanish. After the video the class works on comprehension questions about each character and scene.

This week in Fourth Grade Technology, students continued designing their very own totem pole using TinkerCad. Mrs. Shamsen’s class was a bit ahead of schedule and was able to view their printed totem poles. The other two classes will be taking theirs home after the break. Mrs. Hayes is very proud of their perseverance and creativity with this project.

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth grade students continues to put a lot of effort into their Genius Hour project! 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students enjoyed sharing about Thanksgiving through several read aloud stories. “Balloons of Broadway” is a story about the true story of the puppeteer of Macy’s Parade. We followed our reading by watching a short clip from last year’s parade. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Taylor Wednesday: Carpenter

Congratulations to the 5th graders who put on a wonderful Veteran’s Day assembly last week! This week students began learning their vocal and instrumental parts for the Festival of Peace and Light which takes place Thursday afternoon of December 14th.

This week in PE, the Fifth Graders played some more “Danish Long Ball” on Monday. By Friday, they were ready for some awesome games of “Group Skittles”.

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade was introduced to Chapter 2A. The students wrote down the vocabulary they will be using and pronounced each word. They practiced using these words by identify items and their location. The students also reviewed masculine and feminine articles and how they are used when adding a masculine or feminine noun.

This week in Fifth Grade Technology, students discussed the topic of digital citizenship and their digital footprint. Students completed an online game called Interland that makes learning about digital safety and citizenship interactive and fun. Interland is part of Google’s Be Internet Awesome Program, which teaches students the fundamentals of digital citizenship and provides information to help them navigate the web and their online interactions. You can find a link to this and other internet safety resources on the Computer Lab Website All students earned their “Be Internet Awesome” certification. Please visit https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ for additional resources for helping your child be a successful digital citizen.

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