CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

January 12, 2018

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

Kindergarten

 This week at Art, we have started working on our annual art auction project. Each year, the students, as a class, will participate to create an art work with help of our wonderful parent volunteers. This year, we will be working on The Art Village Collage inspired by the folk artist, Karla Gerard. The students learned about the artist and had a great time working on the house collage. Thank you for our wonderful parent volunteers, Tami, Na, Alissa, Homa, Zhiyan, Masako and Lora, for taking their time to help us with our art auction project! We greatly appreciate your help!

This week in Library, Kindergarten students focused on the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through many read aloud stories and a handprint activity, we learned many facts about MLK. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Bernal, Hawron. Thursday: McInerney, Newell. Due to ski season, check out days are flexible.

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music included body awareness, nonlocomotor movement exploration, up versus down, and melodic contour. Kindergarteners learned the Mother Goose rhyme The Robin. They explored different ways to move to the poem expressing the lyrics. They also explored body awareness, tempo, levels, and shapes by balancing and moving with scarves and balls to music. Students learned the song Little Snowflakes and learned what the shape of a melody can look like.

This week in PE, the Kindergarteners were unlucky with the weather. The major snowstorm hit the mountains on their ski day. Fortunately, we were able to reschedule the busses and our lesson for February 15th. Fingers crossed that we get some calmer weather moving forward. It is possible to have “Too Much of a Good Thing”.

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten reviewed the words they learned last week by pronouncing each word. The students also started an activity where they matched the picture with the word. They were also introduced to six more classroom objects and they worked on the pronunciation of each word. If the students finished early they were able to look at Spanish books.

This week in Kindergarten Technology, students explored with Ozobots. Ozobots are tiny robots that blends the physical and digital worlds while teaching students programming. Students begin by learning Ozobot’s simple color language. This week, students drew mazes and paths for Ozobot to follow. They mastered drawing the perfect line for Ozobot to read.

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students have started working on our annual art auction project. Each year, the students, as a class, will participate to create an art work with help of our wonderful parent volunteers. This year, we will be working on The Giving Tree project. We also had a parent volunteer, Katisha Eng, brought a very fun Alcohol ink art project for the students! They really got into the PROCESS of this project and LOVE LOVE LOVED trying different techniques and seeing the outcome. Thank you Katisha for introducing our students a wonderful opportunity to explore this fun new medium Thank you Kimila, Katrina, Susan, and Brandi for taking their time to help us with our art auction project! We greatly appreciate your help! 

This week in Library, First Grade students focused on the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through many read aloud stories and a handprint activity, we learned many facts about MLK. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Grieger. Wednesday: Carver. Thursday: Wilcox. Due to ski season, check out days are flexible.

This week’s objectives in 1st Grade Music included more sol/mi vocal patterns, a quarter note-eighth note assessment, vocal repertoire, and same versus different. 1st graders warmed up doing sol/mi vocal patters echoing Mr. Rees. They reviewed various quarter-eighth note stick rhythms and were assessed to see if they could identify the correct rhythms played. Students learned the song What Shall We Do When We All Go Out? exploring seasonal ideas for various chorography. Finally, they learned the song Snowflakes and had the opportunity to see the melody visualized on the staff using snowflakes as notation.

This week in PE, the First Graders were unlucky with the weather. The major snowstorm hit the mountains on their ski day. Fortunately, we were able to reschedule the busses and our lesson for February 15th. Fingers crossed that we get some calmer weather moving forward. It is possible to have “Too Much of a Good Thing”.

This week in Spanish, First Grade reviewed the words they learned last week by pronouncing each word. The students also started their farm project where the students will be labeling each animal.

This week in First Grade Technology, students began Code.org’s Code Course 1. Students set out to create computer programs that will help them learn to collaborate with others, develop problem-solving skills, and persist through difficult tasks. By the end of this course, students will create their very own custom game or story that they can share.

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Second Grade 

This week at Art, Second Grade students learned about Aaron Draplin, Graphic designer and created collage landscape inspired by the artist. We looked at his grafic designs and got inspired by his “Thick Lines” prints. In his design, he put shades of thick lines together to create a layered landscape composition. They learned to overlap layers of shades to create depth in their landscape collage. They had a great time cutting and pasting paper to create the masterpieces. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students focused on the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through many read aloud stories and a handprint activity, we learned many facts about MLK. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Morman. Due to ski season, check out days are flexible.

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade Music included AB song form, vocal repertoire, So/La/Mi vocal patterns, rondo form, and mallet technique. 2nd graders added choreography to The Noble Duke of York. They also added ostinato mallet parts to Taxi Taxi. Students played the SoLaMi game where they were challenged to echo Mr. Rees’ vocal patterns unless he sung Sol-La-Mi. (“salami”) Finally, they learned the song Martin Luther King in rondo form (ABAC).

This week in PE, the Second Graders were unlucky with the weather. The major snowstorm hit the mountains on their ski day. Fortunately, we were able to reschedule the busses and our lesson for February 15th. Fingers crossed that we get some calmer weather moving forward. It is possible to have “Too Much of a Good Thing”.

This week in Spanish, Second Grade started their robot projects. The project will have two robots including the labels for each body parts.

This week in Second Grade Technology, students were introduced to Scratch! Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations. Students learned the basics of the scratch platform including, sprites, scripts, and backgrounds.

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students continued working on the winter fun memory project. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students focused on the life and achievement of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through many read aloud stories and a handprint activity, we learned many facts about MLK. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Peters, Watkins. Thursday: Setting. Due to ski season, check out days are flexible.

This week’s objectives in 3rd Grade Music included vocal repertoire, mallet technique, steady pulse, canon, and 16th note introduction. Students learned We Shall Overcome which will be performed at Friday’s MLK assembly. In addition, students learned a movement canon, added mallet parts to Three Little Monkeys, and were introduced to 16th notes during a game played to When the Saints Go Marching In.

This week in PE, the Third Graders lucked out, and had a fantastic first week of skiing. Most students hit the ground running right where they left off last season. I’m excited to see so many students beginning to explore all over the mountain.

This week in Spanish, Third Grade continued working on their house projects. The students were able to design a bedroom (dormitorio), entrance (entrada), kitchen (cocina), and garage (garaje).

This week in Third Grade Technology, students began Code.org’s Code Course 2. In this course, students will create programs to solve problems and develop interactive games or stories they can share. They began by completing an “unplugged” activity. Students instructed each other to color squares in on graph paper in an effort to reproduce an existing picture using codes.

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, 4th Grade students had a wonderful time working on the fused glass abstract pieces for the auction art project. We also had a parent volunteer, Brandy Bergquist introduced fun Pixel portrait project to the students! She taught them how to make a portrait using tiny squares and they had a great time working on their Pixel portraits. Thank you very much Brandy for this fun project! Thank you for our wonderful parent volunteers, Julie, Alissa, Maria, Tani, Vanessa, and Susan for taking their time to help us with our auction project. We greatly appreciate your help!

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students focused on the life and achievement of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through many read aloud stories and a handprint activity, we learned many facts about MLK. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Shamsen, Warenkiewicz. Thursday: Springer. Due to ski season, check out days are flexible.

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music included improvisation and form. Students reviewed creating different timbres from objects in the room or brought from home. In addition to creating group improvisations, students were split into groups with a conductor in order to explore the idea of shape and form. Groups came up with individual improvisations lead by the conductor’s form and order. Performances/compositions were recorded and analyzed by the class.

This week in PE, the Fourth Graders lucked out, and had a fantastic first week of skiing. Most students hit the ground running right where they left off last season. I’m excited to see so many students beginning to explore all over the mountain.

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade reviewed the rules of masculine, feminine, and gender-neutral adjectives. To reinforce these rules the students worked on an activity on their Surfaces using OneNote. The students had to place adjectives under the correct category. They also unscrambled adjectives and watched an episode of the Spanish mystery Eres tu Maria.

This week in Fourth Grade Technology, students picked up where they left off with CodeMonkey. They helped the monkey catch bananas through learning and writing code. CodeMonkey teaches objects, loops, variables, array indexing, functions and more. Students are excited to be able to continue coding with CodeMonkey throughout the following weeks thanks to our new school subscription!

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students continued working on the winter fun memory project. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students focused on the life and achievement of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through many read aloud stories and a handprint activity, we learned many facts about MLK.

Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Taylor Wednesday: Carpenter. Due to ski season, check out days are flexible.

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music included improvisation and form. Students reviewed creating different timbres from objects in the room or brought from home. In addition to creating group improvisations, students were split into groups with a conductor in order to explore the idea of shape and form. Groups came up with individual improvisations lead by the conductor’s form and order. Performances/compositions were recorded and analyzed by the class.

This week in PE, the Fifth Graders lucked out, and had a fantastic first week of skiing. Most students hit the ground running right where they left off last season. I’m excited to see so many students beginning to explore all over the mountain.

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade reviewed the rules of the verb estar. To reinforce the rules the students practiced using the correct pronoun with the appropriate verb. They also reviewed singular and plural articles and feminine and masculine nouns. The students also used their Surfaces and completed an assignment on the program OneNote that reinforced locations. They also watched an episode of the Spanish mystery Mi Vida Loca.

This week in Fifth Grade Technology, students began to learn the basics of HTML. Students learned about basic codes, elements, body attributes, and formatting. Students were successfully able to create their first webpage. Students also learned about hex color codes and were able to change the color of their background and text in their HTML files.

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