CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

January 26, 2018

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students finished with the house collages. On the blue construction paper, we teared and glued green paper for grass and more details. Then we glued our houses that we created a couple weeks ago. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to the story “A Fine Dessert”. We talked about traditions that are carried down from different generations. 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 were vocal qualities and repertoire. Students began working on their Spring Musical. The Kindergarteners will be performing a new CHA musical called Tikki Tikki Tembo. They worked hard on their opening song this week. We’ll be learning a song per week up until the performance. This year’s performance takes place at the Kirkland Performance Center on Thursday, March 29th at 10am. This will be the only performance this year, so save the date!

This week in PE, the Kindergarteners played a fun game of “Stuck in the Mud Tag” on Monday. Students did a wonderful job of staying aware of their personal space and looking out for friends that needed to be “unstuck”. Unfortunately, Thursdays continue to be a challenge for our ski program. Fortunately, committed skiers know how to be flexible and roll with it. We hope to make up our missed days. On Friday, they played Hula Hoop Prison.

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten reviewed classroom objects. They also finished an activity where they had to match the object with the word. The students also started coloring a backpack and they had to decided what items could be put in it.

This week in Kindergarten Technology, students continued to explore with Ozobots. Ozobots are tiny robots that blends the physical and digital worlds while teaching students programming. This week, students had the opportunity to go bowling with Ozobots. They drew a path using color codes to allow Ozobot to knock down bowling pins.

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students had a great time working on the Giving Tree paintings on canvases. On the painted background, we used brown construction paper for the trees and made finger print leaves to complete our masterpieces. 

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed listening to the story “A Fine Dessert”. We talked about traditions that are carried down from different generations. 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 were vocal qualities, choreography, and repertoire. Students began working on their Spring Musical. The 1st Graders will be performing the musical Arf! - a canine musical of kindness, courage, and calamity. They worked on the opening number called This is Our Night to Howl. They’ll be learning the words, melody and choreography to approximately one song per week up until the performance. This year’s performances take place at the Kirkland Performance Center on Thursday, March 29th at 10am and 6pm. Save the date!

This week in PE, the First Graders played a fun game of “Stuck in the Mud Tag” on Tuesday. Students did a wonderful job of staying aware of their personal space and looking out for friends that needed to be “unstuck”. Unfortunately, Thursdays continue to be a challenge for our ski program. Fortunately, committed skiers know how to be flexible and roll with it. We hope to make up our missed days. Instead of skiing, the first graders got to play a fun game called “Hula Hoop Prison”.

This week in Spanish, First Grade continued to work on their farm. The students continued working on their farm project and once they added all the animals they had to label each animal in Spanish.

This week in First Grade Technology, students continued Code.org’s Code Course 1. Students helped their bees to collect nectar from flowers and create honey in honeycombs. This built on the Maze levels by adding action blocks to the movement blocks students were already familiar with.

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Second Grade 

This week at Art, Second Grade students finished with their Thick Line collage inspired by Aaron Draplin. Their collages turned out great! 

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed listening to the story “A Fine Dessert”. We talked about traditions that are carried down from different generations. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Morman. Due to ski season, check out days are flexible.

This week’s objectives were vocal qualities, choreography, and repertoire. Students began working on their Spring Musical. The 2nd Graders will be performing the musical Lemondade: A Musical for Young Singers. This week, they learned the opening song called Get Your Lemonade. Students will be learning the words, melody, and choreography to approximately one song per week up until the performance. This year’s performances take place at the Kirkland Performance Center on Thursday, March 29th at 10am and 6pm. Save the date!

Unfortunately, Thursdays continue to be a challenge for our ski program. Fortunately, committed skiers know how to be flexible and roll with it. We hope to make up our missed days. On Friday, they played a fun game of “Stuck in the Mud”. Students did a wonderful job of staying aware of their personal space and looking out for friends that needed to be “unstuck”.

This week in Spanish, Second Grade continued working on their robot projects. Some of the students finished their project and they can be seen in the hallway bulletin board on the first floor.

This week in Second Grade Technology, students continued to explore the world of Scratch! Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations. Students learned how to insert sprites and color their color effect using the space key. Students were also able to code their sprite to move to a beat.

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, 3rd Grade students started working on Doodle 4 Google project. Google is sponsoring a “Doodle 4 Google” contest for K-12 students in the United States to encourage them to create spectacular doodles— one of which will be featured in the future on Google’s doodle-friendly home page. This year’s theme is ‘What Inspired Me’ As a class, they looked at Google Doodlers’ examples and then started brainstorming their ideas. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students enjoyed listening to the story “A Fine Dessert”. We talked about traditions that are carried down from different generations. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Peters, Watkins. Thursday: Setting. Due to ski season, check out days are flexible.

This week’s objectives were choreography and vocal repertoire. Students began working on their Spring Musical. The 3rd Graders will be performing a new CHA musical called Goal!, The Beautiful Game of Football…er…Soccer. This week, they learned the opening song called Get in the Game. Students will be learning the words, melody, and choreography to approximately one song per week up until the performance. This year’s performances take place at the Kirkland Performance Center on Tuesday, March 27th at 10am and 6pm. Save the date!

This week in PE, the Third Graders took it easy in PE to ensure that they didn’t miss their ski day on Wednesday. Students were introduced to Shuffleboard. They learned how to push their pucks instead of hitting them, and worked on finding a consistent technique. By the end, everyone was able to stay involved in some friendly competition during a team shuffleboard game.

This week in Spanish, Third Grade finished drawing and labeling their pop-up house. The students also started making their house for sale poster. The sign included the cost, the number of rooms and number of floors.

This week in Third Grade Technology, students continued Code.org’s Code Course 2. Students developed sequential algorithms to move a bird from one side of the maze to the pig at the other side. To do this they stacked blocks together in a linear sequence to move straight or turn left and right. Students also took control of the Artist to complete simple drawings on the screen.

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students continued working on the Abstract Tree project inspired by Mondrian. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade enjoyed listening to the story “A Fine Dessert”. We talked about traditions that are carried down from different generations. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Shamsen, Warenkiewicz. Thursday: Springer. Due to ski season, check out days are flexible.

This week’s objectives included a history of rock and roll review, choreography, and vocal repertoire. Students began working on their Spring musical. The 4th Graders will be performing a musical called Let’s Jam, It’s our Band: Reggae, Rock and more! This week, they learned the opening song called What Kind of Band are You? Students will be learning the words, melody, and choreography to approximately

one song per week up until the performance. This year’s performances take place at the Kirkland Performance Center on Tuesday, March 27th at 10am and 6pm. Save the date!

This week in PE, the Fourth Graders took it easy in PE to ensure that they didn’t miss their ski day on Wednesday. Students were introduced to Shuffleboard. They learned how to push their pucks instead of hitting them, and worked on finding a consistent technique. By the end, everyone was able to stay involved in some friendly competition during a team shuffleboard game.

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade discussed about leaders thought history and what characteristics they have to be leaders. The students also read a poem that described a girl names Elena. They had to rewrite the poem by replacing the name Elena with Tomas and change the adjectives to masculine. They also had to complete a worksheet that can be found on their OneNote account. The students had to give a description of the students based on what each person likes.

This week in Fourth Grade Technology, student continued to pick 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 took a break from Doodle 4 Google project and started working on our auction project inspired by the work of glass-artist Dale Chihuly. First we learned about the artist, and the history of glass blowing art. Then, we designed glass circles to fuse to make one big centerpiece. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students enjoyed listening to the story “A Fine Dessert”. We talked about traditions that are carried down from different generations. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Taylor Wednesday: Carpenter. Due to ski season, check out days are flexible.

This week’s objectives included vocal repertoire and choreography. Students began working on their Spring musical. Thanks to a CHAPTER grant, we received a license through Music Theater International to perform the famous musical Annie, based on Little Orphan Annie. This week, students learned the opening song called Maybe. They’ll be learning the words, melody, and choreography to approximately one song per week up until the performance. This year’s performances take place at the Kirkland Performance Center on Tuesday, March 27th at 10am and 6pm. Save the date!

This week in PE, the Fifth Graders took it easy in PE to ensure that they didn’t miss their ski day on Wednesday. Students were introduced to Shuffleboard. They learned how to push their pucks instead of hitting them, and worked on finding a consistent technique. By the end, everyone was able to stay involved in some friendly competition during a team shuffleboard game.

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade reviewed singular and plural forms of nouns and articles. The students also had to write about classroom items that people need from other students. They also worked on another activity where they had to write down their own questions and their partner had to answer them. They also watched an epsiode of the Spanish mystery “Mi Vida Loca” and answered comprehension questions that can be found on their OneNote account.

This week in Fifth Grade Technology, students continued to learn the basics of HTML. They continued adding tags to their webpage. They were successfully able to add a table and format that table’s cells, border, and content. Next week, students will move onto designing their own website using Expression Web.

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