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Kindergarten

In Art, Kindergarten students finished with their self-portraits this week! After they color their self-portrait, students used watercolor to paint the background. They explored how watercolor and crayon resist by paint watercolor over crayon. They also had a great time learning about how to hold and use a paint brush and painted on a piece of a construction paper with water. We also observe how water evaporates over time! 

This week in Computer Science, Kindergartners practiced logging in to the grade level computers and then used their Clever badges. While keeping their information private, each student used their personal badge to log in to Clever. The objective of this lesson was to review the username and password procedures. Kindergarten Measurement Topic: 1A-IC-18 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students listened to the story, “Forest Friends Go to School” by Kathryn Warner. Kindergartners learned how to take care of a book and created a T-Chart to show the correct and incorrect ways to take care of a book. Kindergartners also listened to the story, “Penelope Popper Book Doctor” by Toni Buzzeo. Kindergartne students completed an assignment where they put an X on items that could be harmful to books and drew their favorite part of the book. NOTE: Kindergarten check-out will begin the week of Monday, October 4th. Kindergarten check-out days are as follows: Bernal Thursdays / Palladino Thursdays / Huss Fridays / Roseland Fridays 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were long vs. short, unpitched percussion technique and rhythm patterns, same vs. different, steady pulse, free play improvisation and following a conductor.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: Personal improvisation and exploration time, Listen to the Hens, Chook Chook, Chicken Dance, Color Game, and Chicken Talk.  

This week in P.E. the Kindergartners recapped using different locomotor skills to move around safely without colliding with other students and maintaining balance and control. The kindergarten students also began their throwing and catching unit. The objectives this week were to demonstrate an emerging pattern using an underhand throw as well as demonstrating an emerging pattern catching a dropped ball before it bounced twice. Motor Skills 1.1 KA 11.KB , Manipulative Skills 1.6.k,1.8ka,1.8kb 

This week in Spanish, kindergarten continued working with the phrase “Yo me llamo…” which means “My name is….”. Students finished working on their “Me llamo Llama”. This week students also learned about basic Spanish greetings such as: Buenos Dias (Good Morning), Buenas Tardes (Good afternoon), and Buenas Noches (Good Night). Students practiced their greetings with a song and then worked on tracing and writing the greetings.  Practice at Home: Basic Spanish Greetings Quizlet  


First Grade

In Art, First Grade students finished with their self-portraits this week! After they color their self-portrait, students used watercolor to paint the background. They explored how watercolor and crayon resist by paint watercolor over crayon.  

This week in Computer Science, First Graders logged into the grade level credentials on the classroom set of laptops and used their Clever badge to log into Office 365. While keeping their information private, each student used their personal badge to log in to Clever. Using the Clever page, the students navigated to the Office 365 app, checked their email, and accepted all Teams invite from their teachers. The objective of this lesson was to review the username and password procedures.  First Grade Measurement Topic: 1A-IC-18 

This week in Library, First Graders reviewed how to take care of a book and read “My Book Care Rules” take home book. They also signed the back of the book and made a promise to take care of their library books and return them every week to check out new ones. First grade students also had their first check-out day this week! First Grade check-out days are as follows: Roberts Wednesdays / Jenson Thursdays / Suddendorf Thursdays / Luckey Thursdays / Carver Fridays 

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were sol-mi vocal patterns, steady pulse, same versus different up versus down, free play improvisation and fast versus slow.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: Personal improvisation and exploration time, I Think Music’s Neat, Hickory Dickory Dock, Clap Clap Clap Your Hands, Two Little Apples, and Moving to the Pulse.  

This week in P.E. the 1st graders recapped using different locomotor skills to move around safely without colliding with other students and maintaining balance and control. The kindergarten students also began their throwing and catching unit. The objectives this week were to demonstrate an emerging pattern using an underhand throw as well as demonstrating an emerging pattern catching a ball from a self-toss.  Motor Skills 1.1 KA 11.KB , Manipulative Skills 1.6.1,1.8ka,1.81b 

This week in Spanish, first grade students focused on reviewing Spanish basic greetings and days of the week. This will prepare students for calendar time. During calendar time students answer questions about the days of the week, months, emotions, and weather. Students reviewed their days of the week as a class with songs and chants and then reviewed on their own with practice classwork. Practice at Home: Days of the Week Quizlet  


Second Grade

In Art, Second Grade students continued working on their self-portraits this week. They put a lot of effort into drawing proportioned face using four quadrants. They will continue putting more details and color their self-portraits to complete.

This week in Computer Science, Second Graders logged into the grade level credentials on the classroom set of laptops and used their Clever badge to log into Office 365. While keeping their information private, each student used their personal badge to log in to Clever. Using the Clever page, the students navigated to the Office 365 app, checked their email, and accepted all Teams invite from their teachers. The objective of this lesson was to review the username and password procedures.  Second Grade Measurement Topic: 1A-IC-18 

This week in Library, Second Grade students listened to the story, “A Perfectly Messed-Up Story” by Patrick McDonnell. Second Graders reviewed the proper way to take care of a book. They did this by reading a ‘book care do and don’t sentence’ and placing it under a thumbs up or thumbs down icon. Second grade students also had their first check-out day this week! Second grade check-out days are as follows: Koski Tuesday / Kolb Wednesday / Moore Thursday / Duffina Friday 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were steady pulse, sol-mi vocal patterns and ta/ti-ti rhythms mallet technique, free play improvisation and vocal repertoire. These objectives were explored through the following activities: Personal improvisation and exploration time, Charlie Over the Ocean, Rhythmic Flashcards, Ha Ha This Away, Clap Clap Clap Your Hands, and I Can Keep the Beat.   

This week in P.E. the 2nd graders recapped using different locomotor skills to move around safely without colliding with other students and maintaining balance and control. The kindergarten students also began their throwing and catching unit. The objectives this week were to demonstrate an emerging pattern using an underhand throw as well as demonstrating an emerging pattern catching a ball from a self-toss. Motor Skills 1.1 KA 11.KB , Manipulative Skills 1.6.2,1.82a,1.82b  

This week in Spanish, second grade finished reading a mini-informational story about Hispanic Heritage Month with Ms. Suarez. Students learned about key words like: Hispanic, Heritage, Latin America, and Activist in class. To continue celebrating HHM students read two stories that focused on Hispanic culture and food. Gazpacho for Nacho (Spain) and Mi Comida Latina (Venezuela, El Salavador, and Mexico). Students watched a Brain Pop video on Cesar Chavez and Frida Kahlo. After learning about HHM students started working on their HHM classwork which focuses on having students reflect on what they have learned about.


Third Grade

In Art, Third Grade students continued working on their self-portraits this week. They put a lot of effort into drawing proportioned face using four quadrants. They will continue putting more details and color their self-portraits to complete. 

This week in Library, Third Graders listened to the story, “Never Let a Ghost Borrow Your Book” by Karen Casale. Third Graders reviewed proper library book care and discussed the proper way to take care of library books. Third grade students also had their first check-out day this week! Third grade check-out days are as follows: Newell Wednesdays / Shamsen Thursdays / Warenkiewicz Fridays 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were free play improvisation, Sol-mi-la vocal patterns, AB form, pulse, quarter/eighth note rhythm patterns and whole note preparation.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: Personal improvisation and exploration time, Talk to Me, Moving to the Pulse, and The Golden Rule.  

This week in Computer Science, Third Graders logged into the grade level credentials on the classroom set of laptops and used their Clever badge to log into Office 365. While keeping their information private, each student used their personal badge to log in to Clever. Using the Clever page, the students navigated to the Office 365 app, checked their email, and accepted all Teams invite from their teachers. Also, students have the opportunity to use Flipgrid and respond to the About Me assignment. The objective of this lesson was to review the username and password procedures.  

This week in P.E. the 3rd graders continued their throwing and catching unit. Students warmed up by recapping the techniques used for the overhand throw. Then played a fun game called Hula Mula which is an underhand throwing and catching game.  Students worked on the 3 key ques of “swing, step, toss” remembering to step with their opposite foot when performing an underhand throw for accuracy.  1.7.3a/b/c, 1.6.3,1.6.3b, 1.8.3  

This week in Spanish, third grade continued learning about Hispanic Heritage Month. Last week students focused on the who, what, when, where, why, and how of HHM. This week students focused on learning about specific Spanish speaking countries and some of the influential people that come from these countries. Students participated in a gallery walk. A gallery walk consists of students walking around the class and visiting different stations. Students visited a total of 6 stations, each one a different country. Students learned about Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, Spain, Puerto Rico, and many more.  The most shocking fun fact students reacted to was the amount of volcanoes that Chile has.  


Fourth Grade

In Art, Fourth Grade students continued working on their self-portraits this week. They put a lot of effort into drawing proportioned face using four quadrants. They will continue putting more details and color their self-portraits to complete. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students continued reviewing the CHA on-line catalog by completing a Library Challenge. The Library Challenge asked students to search the on-line catalog to answer questions about book authors, call numbers, and where each section of the library is at CHA. NOTE: this week Ms. Alessi’s class came to Open Library to check out books. Please remind your child to look on the CHA online catalog to find books that interest them and then they can request a book from me on Teams, if it is not their Open Library week. The Open Library schedule is as follows: Alessi / Balachandran / Fox / Welge 

This week in Computer Science, Fourth Graders logged into the grade level credentials on the classroom set of laptops and used their Clever badge to log into Office 365. While keeping their information private, each student used their personal badge to log in to Clever. Using the Clever page, the students navigated to the Office 365 app, checked their email, and accepted all Teams invite from their teachers. Also, students have the opportunity to use Flipgrid and respond to the About Me assignment. The objective of this lesson was to review the username and password procedures. 

The week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were free play improvisation, vocal repertoire, canon/round, and AB form.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: Sagidi Sapopo, AB Form in Movement, Personal improvisation and exploration time, and I Want to Rise.  

This week in P.E. the 4th graders continued their throwing and catching unit. Students warmed up by recapping the techniques used for the overhand throw. Then played a fun game called Hula Mula which is an underhand throwing and catching game.  Students worked on the 3 key ques of “swing, step, toss” remembering to step with their opposite foot when performing an underhand throw for accuracy.  Manipulative Skills- 1.7.4a/b/c, 1.6.4,1.6.4b, 1.8.4    

This week in Spanish, fourth grade continued learning about Hispanic Heritage Month. Last week students focused on the who, what, when, where, why, and how of HHM. This week students focused on learning about specific Spanish speaking countries and some of the influential people that come from these countries. Students participated in a gallery walk. A gallery walk consists of students walking around the class and visiting different stations. Students visited a total of 6 stations, each one a different country. Students learned about Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, Spain, Puerto Rico, and many more.  The most shocking fun fact students reacted to was that Guatemala created the first ever chocolate bar. 


Fifth Grade

In Art, Fifth Grade students continued working on their self-portraits this week. They put a lot of effort into drawing proportioned faces using four quadrants. They will continue putting more details and color their self-portraits to complete. 

This week in Computer Science, Fifth Graders logged into the grade level credentials on the classroom set of laptops and used their Clever badge to log into Office 365. While keeping their information private, each student used their personal badge to log in to Clever. Using the Clever page, the students navigated to the Office 365 app, checked their email, and accepted all Teams invite from their teachers. Also, students have the opportunity to use Flipgrid and respond to the About Me assignment. The objective of this lesson was to review the username and password procedures.

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students were introduced to their first book project of the year, the book trailer project that aligns with Computer Science! Fifth Graders discussed the book trailer project in detail and brainstormed books they have read. NOTE: this week Mrs. Rafferty’s class came to Open Library to check out books. Please remind your child to look on the CHA online catalog to find books that interest them and then they can request a book from me on Teams, if it is not their Open Library week. The Open Library schedule is as follows: Rafferty / Taylor  

This week in P.E. the 5th graders continued their throwing and catching unit. Students warmed up by recapping the techniques used for the overhand throw. Then played a fun game called Hula Mula which is an underhand throwing and catching game.  Students worked on the 3 key ques of “ swing, step, toss” remembering to step with their opposite foot when performing an underhand throw for accuracy.  Manipulative Skills- 1.7.5a/b/c, 1.6.5,1.6.b, 1.8.5  

This week in Spanish, fifth grade continued learning about Hispanic Heritage Month. Last week students focused on the who, what, when, where, why, and how of HHM. This week students focused on learning about specific Spanish speaking countries and some of the influential people that come from these countries. Students participated in a gallery walk. A gallery walk consists of students walking around the class and visiting different stations. Students visited a total of 6 stations, each one a different country. Students learned about Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, Spain, Puerto Rico, and many more.  The most shocking fact students reacted to was that Guatemala had the highest rate of illiterate adults. This led to a discussion about education in countries where there is poverty like Guatemala.  

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were free play improvisation, ukulele technique and responding to artistic work.  Fifth graders started their ukulele units by learning how the instrument works and how to properly get the instrument in tune.  Students also continued to journal to music selections to strengthen their own abilities and opinions in interpreting music. Finally, students had time for personal exploration, experimentation, and improvisation with different combinations of instruments found in the music room.  

CHA Specialists Newsletter

KindergartenFirst GradeSecond GradeThird Grade | Fourth Grade | Fifth Grade

Kindergarten

This week in Art, the kindergarten students had a wonderful time learning about classroom expectations and how to take care of the art room and the materials. They also started working on their first project of the year, a self-portrait. Students carefully observe their facial features in the mirror, such as their eye color, skin color, face shape, and more. They then carefully draw their face to the best of their ability. We will be working on this project for a couple of weeks. With this project, we will be covering kindergarten anchor standard 2 (organize and develop artistic ideas and work). We also will be practicing color mixing to make our own skin color and handling art supplies safely. 

This week in Computer Science, the Kindergarteners reviewed the rules of the tech lab, the procedure for retrieving and replacing the laptops into the computer cart, and learned how to log into the class set of computers. The students had the opportunity to learn how to properly put the computer to sleep as well. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students reviewed and practiced library rules and expectations. They listened to the story, “Pete the Cat Checks Out the Library” by James Dean. Kindergartners discussed similarities between Pete the Cat’s Library and the CHA library. Students also listened to the story, “The New LiBEARian” by Alison Donald. NOTE: Kindergarten check-out will begin the week of Monday, October 4th. This is so students can learn library check-out procedures and expectations. Kindergarten check-out days are as follows: 

Bernal: Thursdays | Palladino: Thursdays | Huss: Fridays | Roseland: Fridays 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were establishing a routine, vocal tone production, rhythm patterns, unpitched percussion technique, uninterrupted listening, high versus low, and same versus different.  These concepts were explored through the following activities: Welcome Boys and Girls, Going to the Farm Listen to the Ducks, Little Ducks, Old MacDonald, Goosey Goosey Gander, Honk, and journaling during a violin/piano duo trying to identify number and types of instruments. 

This week in P.E. the Kindergartners recapped the rules and procedures of Gym class. Students also began their locomotor and non-locomotor skills unit. Students demonstrated moving safely in a variety of different ways without colliding with other students and maintaining balance and control. 

This week in Spanish, kindergarten discussed what it means to be a leader in Spanish class. Students were introduced to Ms. Suarez with a Spanish story and students worked together to figure out what Ms. Suarez was saying about herself. Students learned about their class materials and Spanish folder. Students were introduced to the greeting “Hola amigos” which means “Hello friends”. Students were also introduced to the question ¿Como te llamas? which means “What is your name”. Students worked on their “Yo me llamo...” worksheet and then colored. Students also started working on their “Yo me llamo…Llama”. They will finish their llamas next week.  


First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students had a wonderful time learning about classroom expectations and how to take care of the art room and the materials. They also started working on their first project of the year, a self-portrait. Students carefully observe their facial features in the mirror, such as their eye color, skin color, face shape, and more. They then carefully draw their face to the best of their ability. We will be working on this project for a couple of weeks. With this project, we will be covering the first-grade anchor standard 1 (generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work), anchor standard 2 (organize and develop artistic ideas), and anchor standard 3 (refine and complete artistic work). Students will practice drawing their self-portraits from studying their facial features carefully. They also will practice color mixing to make their own skin color and handling art supplies safely. These three anchor standards will be practiced throughout the year with different art projects. 

This week in Computer Science, the First Graders reviewed the rules of the tech lab, the procedure for retrieving and replacing the laptops into the computer cart, and learned how to log into the class set of computers. The students had the opportunity to learn how to properly put the computer to sleep as well. 

This week in Library, First Graders reviewed and practiced library rules and expectations. First Graders listened to the story, “The Librarian from the Black Lagoon” by Mike Thaler. Students discussed the differences between the library in the book and the CHA library. They also practiced how to check out books to get ready for the first week of checkout. NOTE: First Grade check-out will begin the week of Monday, September 20th. First grade check-out days are as follows: 

Roberts: Wednesdays | Jenson: Thursdays | Suddendorf: Thursdays | Luckey: Thursdays | Carver: Fridays

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were steady pulse, unpitched percussion technique, same versus different, and high and low voice.  These concepts were explored through the following activities: Welcome Back to School, Move and Freeze, Hello There, Baby Baby Birdies, journaling during a violin/piano duo trying to identify numbers and types of instruments. 

This week in P.E. the 1st graders recapped the rules and procedures of Gym class. Students also began their locomotor and non-locomotor skills unit. Students demonstrated moving safely in a variety of different ways without colliding with other students and maintaining balance and control. 

This week in Spanish, the first grade discussed what it means to be a leader in Spanish class. Students were introduced to Ms. Suarez with a Spanish story and students worked together to figure out what Ms. Suarez was saying about herself. Students learned about their class materials and the importance of keeping all materials tidy and organized. Students worked on their “All About Me” Book while Ms. Suarez walked around and got to know each student more by reading their book. This week students focused on reviewing Spanish basic phrases and greetings such as: hola, adios, como estas, como te llamas, and me llamo. Students will continue working with these words next week. 


Second Grade

This week at Art, Second Grade students had a wonderful time learning about classroom expectations and how to take care of the art room and the materials. They also started working on their first project of the year, a self-portrait. Students carefully observe their facial features in the mirror, such as their eye color, skin color, face shape, and more. They then carefully draw their face to the best of their ability. We will be working on this project for a couple of weeks. With this project, we will be covering the second-grade anchor standard 1 (generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work), anchor standard 2 (organize and develop artistic ideas), and anchor standard 3 (refine and complete artistic work). Students will practice drawing their self-portraits by studying their facial features carefully. They also will practice color mixing to make their own skin color and handling art supplies safely. These anchor standards will be practiced throughout the year with multiple art projects. 

This week in Computer Science, the Second Graders reviewed the rules of the tech lab, the procedure for retrieving and replacing the laptops into the computer cart, and learned how to log into the class set of computers. The students had the opportunity to learn how to properly put the computer to sleep as well as a class discussion on Teams’ etiquette. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students explored the library and discovered new books to read. They also reviewed and practiced library rules and expectations. Second Graders listened to the story, “The Library Dragon” by Carmen Agra Deedy. They also practiced how to check out books to get ready for the first week of checkout. NOTE: Second Grade check-out will begin the week of Monday, September 20th. Second grade check-out days are as follows: 

Koski: Tuesday | Kolb: Wednesday | Moore: Thursday | Duffina: Friday 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were rhythm patterns, phrase, vocal repertoire, mallet technique, AB form, and pulse.  These concepts were explored through the following activities: call and response patterns, Ha Ha This Away, Vacation Fun, Go! Go! Go!, and journaling during a violin/piano duo trying to identify numbers and types of instruments. 

This week in P.E. the 2nd graders recapped the rules and procedures of Gym class. Students also began their locomotor and non-locomotor skills unit. Students demonstrated moving safely in a variety of different ways without colliding with other students and maintaining balance and control. 

This week in Spanish, the second grade discussed what it means to be a leader in Spanish class. Students were introduced to Ms. Suarez with a Spanish story and students worked together to figure out what Ms. Suarez was saying about herself. Students worked on making their “Todo Sobre Mi” banner to hang up in the Spanish class. The “Todo Sobre Mi” was a great review for students since they had to write about their favorite animal, food, and color. Students helped each other remember the words they were looking for in Spanish. After finishing their banner, students transitioned to Hispanic Heritage Month. Students started reading a mini-informational story about Hispanic Heritage Month with Ms. Suarez.  


Third Grade

This week Art, Third Grade students had a wonderful time learning about classroom expectations and how to take care of the art room and the materials. They also started working on their first project of the year, a self-portrait. Students carefully observe their facial features in the mirror, such as their eye color, skin color, face shape, and more. They then carefully draw their face to the best of their ability. We will be working on this project for a couple of weeks. With this project, we will be covering the third-grade anchor standard 2 (organize and develop artistic ideas) and anchor standard 3 (refine and complete artistic work). Students will practice drawing their self-portraits from studying their facial features carefully. They then will elaborate on the visual information by adding details about themselves to enhance the emerging meaning. These anchor standards will be practiced throughout the year with multiple art projects. 

This week in Computer Science, the Third Graders reviewed the rules of the tech lab, the procedure for retrieving and replacing the laptops into the computer cart, and learned how to log into the class set of computers. The students had the opportunity to learn how to properly put the computer to sleep as well as a class discussion on Teams’ etiquette. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students explored the library and discovered new books to read. Third Graders reviewed and practiced library rules and expectations. They also practiced how to check-out books to get ready for the first week of checkout. NOTE: Third Grade check-out will begin the week of Monday, September 20th. Third grade check-out days are as follows: 

Newell: Wednesdays | Shamsen: Thursdays | Warenkiewicz: Fridays

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were pulse, vocal patterns, phrase, mallet technique, AB form, and uninterrupted listening.  These concepts were explored through these activities: Up the Ladder, Fuzzy Wuzzy, call and response rhythm patterns, and journaling to identify instruments and the size of the ensemble. 

This week in P.E. the 3rd graders recapped the rules and procedures of Gym class. Students also began their throwing and catching unit. Students worked on the overhand throw. Firstly working on the technique, then playing a fun team throwing game called “ Boom City”.   

This week in Spanish, the third grade discussed what it means to be a leader in Spanish class. Students were introduced to Ms. Suarez with a Spanish story and students worked together to figure out what Ms. Suarez was saying about herself. Students reviewed their class materials and the expectations for their Spanish binders and notebooks. Students set up their notebooks for notes. This week students started learning about Hispanic Heritage Month. Students are learning what, when, where, who, and why of Hispanic Heritage Month. Students were excited to look closer on the world map and learn about Latin America and Spain. While learning about Hispanic Heritage Month students jotted down notes in their Spanish notebooks. They focused on writing key ideas that were new to them.  


Fourth Grade

This Week at Art, Fourth Grade students had a wonderful time learning about classroom expectations and how to take care of the art room and the materials. They also started working on their first project of the year, a self-portrait. Students carefully observe their facial features in the mirror, such as their eye color, skin color, face shape, and more. They then carefully draw their face to the best of their ability. We will be working on this project for a couple of weeks. With this project, we will be covering the fourth-grade anchor standard 1 (generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work), anchor standard 2 (organize and develop artistic ideas), and anchor standard 3 (refine and complete artistic work). We will first explore multiple approaches to creating our self-portraits. We will then explore and invent those art-making techniques and approaches. We also will practice giving and receiving constructive peer feedback to revise our work in progress. 

This week in Computer Science, the Fourth Graders reviewed the rules of the tech lab, procedure for retrieving and replacing the laptops into the computer cart, and learned how to log into the class set of computers. The students had the opportunity to learn how to properly put the computer to sleep as well as a class discussion on Teams’ etiquette. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students reviewed how to log on to the Chestnut Hill Academy library catalog. They also reviewed and practiced library rules and expectations. NOTE: All fourth-grade classes have library once a week. Students also have the option to come to fourth grade Open Library check-out every Monday from 8:30-8:55. 

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were pulse, rondo form, phrasing, mallet technique, cross-over bordun, and uninterrupted listening.  Students explored these concepts through the following activities: Listen!, call and response rhythm patterns, journaling, and the Name Game.  

This week in P.E. the 4th  graders recapped the rules and procedures of Gym class. Students also began their throwing and catching unit. Students worked on the overhand throw. Firstly working on the technique, then playing a fun team throwing game called “ Boom City”. 

This week in Spanish, fourth grade discussed class expectations for Spanish class. Students reviewed their class materials and the expectations for their Spanish binders and notebooks. This week students started learning about Hispanic Heritage Month. Students are learning what, when, where, who, and why of Hispanic Heritage Month. Students were excited to look closer on the world map and learn about Latin America and Spain. While learning about Hispanic Heritage Month students jotted down notes in their Spanish notebook. They focused on writing key ideas that were new to them or key ideas that answered the five w’s (what, when, where, who, and why). Students showed great enthusiasm and curiosity for learning about Spanish speaking countries.  


Fifth Grade

This Week at Art, Fifth Grade students had a wonderful time learning about classroom expectations and how to take care of the art room and the materials. They also started working on their first project of the year, a self-portrait. Students carefully observe their facial features in the mirror, such as their eye color, skin color, face shape, and more. They then carefully draw their face to the best of their ability. We will be working on this project for a couple of weeks. With this project, we will be covering the fifth-grade anchor standard 2 (organize and develop artistic ideas and work) and anchor standard 8 (interpret intent and meaning in artistic work). Students will create a self-portrait by building skills in color mixing to make their skin color. They also will be encouraged to compare styles, materials, processes, and techniques in various self-portraits done by different artists and discuss opinions and personal responses. 

This week in Computer Science, the Fifth Graders reviewed the rules of the tech lab, procedure for retrieving and replacing the laptops into the computer cart, and learned how to log into the class set of computers. The students had the opportunity to learn how to properly put the computer to sleep as well as a class discussion on Teams’ etiquette. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students reviewed how to log on to the Chestnut Hill Academy library catalog. They also reviewed and practiced library rules and expectations. NOTE: All fifth-grade classes have library once a week. Students also have the option to come to fifth grade Open Library check-out every Thursday from 8:30-8:55.  

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were AB form, steady pulse, rhythm patterns, vocal repertoire, uninterrupted listening, mallet technique, and canon/round.  These concepts were explored through these activities: Out Goes the Rat, Good Morning, call and response rhythm patterns, and music journaling.  

This week in P.E. the 5th graders recapped the rules and procedures of Gym class. Students also began their throwing and catching unit. Students worked on the overhand throw. Firstly working on the technique, then playing a fun team throwing game called “ Boom City”.

This week in Spanish, the fifth grade discussed class expectations for Spanish class. Students reviewed their class materials and the expectations for their Spanish binders and notebooks. Students practiced their listening comprehension with a small story about Ms. Suarez. They had to work together to figure out what Ms. Suarez was sharing in her story. Students worked together to figure out what Ms. Suarez did this summer. This week students started learning about Hispanic Heritage Month. Students are learning what, when, where, who, and why of Hispanic Heritage Month. Students were excited to look closer on the world map and learn about Latin America and Spain. While learning about Hispanic Heritage Month students jotted down notes in their Spanish notebooks. They focused on writing key ideas that were new to them or key ideas that answered the five w’s (what, when, where, who, and why). Students showed great enthusiasm and curiosity for learning about Spanish-speaking countries. 

Specialists' Newsletter 6.4

Choose Grade here -  Kindergarten | 1st Grade | 2nd Grade | 3rd Grade | 4th Grade | 5th Grade

Kindergarten

This week at art, Kindergarten students celebrated their hard work by watching Virtual art show. Thank you to all the parents who uploaded photographs of their children’s artwork on Teams. They had a great time watching their creations on the big screen. The video will be shared with you on Teams next Tuesday.   

This week in Computer Science, kindergarten students celebrated the end of the school year by having free choice time on the computers. Students could choose an activity from the Tech Lab WebsiteClever, or my Bitmoji classroom to enjoy on their last day of Technology classes. Ms. Gorski is very proud of all that her students have learned and achieved this year! 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students discussed what they take pride in and what makes them special and unique. Kindergartners listened to the story “Pink is for Boys” by Robb Pearlman. This story invites and encourages children to enjoy what they love to do, whether it's racing cars and playing baseball, or loving unicorns and dressing up. Kindergartners also listened to the story “My Shadow is Pink” by Scott Stuart. NOTE: please remind your child to return their library books no later than Friday, June 11th. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were vocal repertoire, deep listening, steady pulse, call and response, and review.  Students explored the objectives through these songs, games, and activities: Mole Music, A Listening Walk, A Sailor Went to Sea adding chop, knee, tap and oowatchiwa, Wise Old Owl, and Catch Him Crow.   

The week the Kindergarteners objectives were cooperation and teamwork. The students enjoyed using the giant parachute and were set a variety of different tasks to complete. All students had to synergize and work together to complete each goal. The giant parachute also works on upper body strength ad conditioning.   

This week in Spanish, kindergarten students learned about Cuba. Cuba is a Spanish speaking country. Students have heard about Cuba all year long since Ms. Suarez’s family is from Cuba. Students have been very curious all year long, so this week students learned about Cuba and their culture. Students learned about typical foods, animals, and customs that are found in Cuba. Students looked at pictures and were able to ask questions in class about Cuba. Students were really interested in the crops and animals found in Cuba (many lizards).           

Work Being Sent Home: Summer Crown and Bracelet Packet + Coloring Sheet  

*Please have students place their classwork in their Spanish folder so they are ready for class.     

Work to Turn-In: Nothing to turn in this week. 

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First Grade 

This week at art, First grade students celebrated their hard work by watching Virtual art show. Thank you to all the parents who uploaded photographs of their children’s artwork on Teams. They had a great time watching their creations on the big screen. The video will be shared with you on Teams next Tuesday. 

This week in Computer Science, first-grade students celebrated the end of the school year by having free choice time on the computers. Students could choose an activity from the Tech Lab WebsiteClever, or my Bitmoji classroom to enjoy on their last day of Technology classes. Ms. Gorski is very proud of all that her students have learned and achieved this year! 

This week in Library, First Grade students discussed what they take pride in and what makes them special and unique. First Graders listened to the story “Sparkle Boy” by Leslea Newman. This story is about a little boy who loves everything that glitters. While most of his family is supportive, his sister finds it odd that he likes "girl things.” It is a story about acceptance, respect, and the freedom to be yourself.   NOTE: please remind your child to return their library books no later than Friday, June 11th. Thank you! 

This week’s objective in First Grade Music was composition using blocks of quarter notes, eighth notes, and quarter rests.  Students colored and cut out blocks of notes and rests to create their own unique rhythmic composition.  Once completed, students added lyrics to fit their compositions.   

This week the 1st graders continued their basketball unit. The objectives were dribbling with control and correct shooting form. Students had the opportunity to play basketball tag and a fun fast paced shooting game which they really seemed to enjoy! 

This week in Spanish, first grade students had their “La Familia Checkpoint”. This was their last checkpoint this year. A checkpoint is a classwork assignment that includes all words and topics covered in a unit of words. This checkpoint focused on family members, adjectives, and writing sentences to describe family members. Students had both Spanish classes to complete their checkpoint. Students also had their “La Familia Reading Check”. A reading check is when students are given a list of words to read in Spanish individually with Ms. Suarez listening for fluency and pronunciation.        

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Summer Crown and Bracelet Packet  

Work to Turn-In: La Familia Checkpoint 

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Second Grade 

This week at art, Second grade students had a great time adding a golden moon and a ladder to their, Papa Please Get the Moon For Me, project. Additionally, we celebrated their hard work by watching Virtual art show. Thank you to all the parents who uploaded photographs of their children’s artwork on Teams. They had a great time watching their creations on the big screen. The video will be shared with you on Teams next Tuesday.   

This week in Computer Science, second-grade students celebrated the end of the school year by having free choice time on the computers. Students could choose an activity from the Tech Lab WebsiteClever, or my Bitmoji classroom to enjoy on their last day of Technology classes. Ms. Gorski is very proud of all that her students have learned and achieved this year! 

This week in Library, Second Graders discussed what they take pride in and what makes them special and unique. Second Graders listened to the story “The Invisible Boy” by Patrice Barton. This is a story about a boy named Brian who seems to go unnoticeable by anyone in his class. However, something changes in his classroom, and Brian finds a way to stand out.  NOTE: remote students only – please return your dictionary game assignment in your Friday folder so I can grade them. Also, please remind your child to return their library books no later than Friday, June 11th. Thank you! 

This week’s objective in Second Grade Music was composition using blocks of quarter notes, half notes, eighth notes, and quarter rests.  Students colored and cut out blocks of notes and rests to create their own unique rhythmic composition.  Once completed, students added lyrics to fit their compositions.   

This week the 2nd graders continued their basketball unit. The objectives were dribbling with control and correct shooting. Students had the opportunity to play basketball tag and a fun fast paced shooting game which they really seemed to enjoy! 

This week in Spanish, second grade students continued working with their next unit of words: La Ropa (Clothes). The goal of this unit is for students to be able to identify what they are wearing and write sentences to describe what they are wearing or what someone is wearing. This week students learned about the word “es” and worked on using the word “es” to write sentences to describe clothing. Students worked on their “Colorful Clothes” classwork and then checked it in class together.           

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Free Choice Paper Option         

Work to Turn-In: Colorful Clothing 

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Third Grade 

This week at art, Third grade students finished up with their dragon’s eye project. Additionally, we celebrated their hard work by watching Virtual art show. They had a great time watching their creations on the big screen. The video will be shared with you on Teams next Tuesday. 

This week in Computer Science, third-grade students celebrated the end of the school year by having free choice time on the computers. Students could choose an activity from the Tech Lab WebsiteClever, or my Bitmoji classroom to enjoy on their last day of Technology classes. Ms. Gorski is very proud of all that her students have learned and achieved this year! 

This week in Library, Third Graders discussed what they take pride in and what makes them special and unique. Third Graders listened to the story “Just Ask!” by Sonia Sotomayor. This book was written by Sonia Sotomayer who is also the first Latina Supreme Court Justice. In this inclusive book, she illustrates how some kids feel different because of the diverse medical challenges they face. Sotomayor reveals her own challenges by being diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes as a child.  NOTE: please remind your child to return their library books no later than Friday, June 11th. Thank you! 

This week’s objective in Third Grade Music was composition using blocks of sixteenth notes, eighth notes, quarter notes, half notes, and quarter rests.  Students colored and cut out blocks of notes and rests to create their own unique rhythmic composition.  Once completed, students added lyrics to fit their compositions.     

This week the 3rd graders continued their basketball unit. The objectives were dribbling with control and correct shooting form. Students had the opportunity to play basketball tag and a fun fast paced shooting game which they seemed to really enjoy! 

This week in Spanish, third grade students moved on to their next unit of words: Los Animales (The Animals). This unit of words will be more for fun since we will not have time to complete the whole unit. This week students wrote down their new words and colored their animal pictures. Students also learned about cognates and how to use cognates to help them in Spanish class. While writing down their new terms, students identified cognates and made sure to label them. Some classes were able to move on to learn about new adjectives that focus on describing animals.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Free Choice Paper Option + Sheet Protectors          

Work to Turn-In: Nothing to turn in this week. 

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Fourth Grade 

This week at art, Fourth grade students apply ceramic glaze to the bisque fired ceramic rattle. Additionally, we celebrated their hard work by watching Virtual art show. They had a great time watching their creations on the big screen. The video will be shared with you on Teams next Tuesday. 

This week in Computer Science, fourth-grade students celebrated the end of the school year by having free choice time on the computers. Students could choose an activity from the Tech Lab WebsiteClever, or my Bitmoji classroom to enjoy on their last day of Technology classes. Ms. Gorski is very proud of all that her students have learned and achieved this year! 

This week in Library, Fourth Graders discussed what they take pride in and what makes them special and unique. Fourth Graders listened to the story “Just Ask!” by Sonia Sotomayor. This book was written by Sonia Sotomayer who is also the first Latina Supreme Court Justice. In this inclusive book, she illustrates how some kids feel different because of the diverse medical challenges they face. Sotomayor reveals her own challenges by being diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes as a child.  NOTE: please remind your child to return their library books no later than Friday, June 11th. Thank you! 

This week’s objective in Fourth Grade Music using blocks of sixteenth notes, eighth notes, quarter notes, half notes, whole notes, and quarter rests.  Students colored and cut out blocks of notes and rests to create their own unique rhythmic composition.  Once completed, students added lyrics to fit their compositions.    

This week the 4th graders continued their basketball unit. The objectives were dribbling with control and correct shooting form. Students had the opportunity to play basketball tag and a fun fast paced shooting game which they really seemed to enjoy! 

This week in Spanish, fourth grade students were introduced to their first mini-Spanish skit. A skit is like a small play where students work with a partner to act a scene out. The topic of this week’s skit was “What do you like to do?”. Students worked with a partner of their choice to write their dialogue and rehearse their skit. Students were able to use their resources in their binder to help them. Each group checked in with Ms. Suarez to ensure that their dialogue was ready to go. Students have really enjoyed their skit this week and are excited to present it next week during our last Spanish class.            

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Free Choice Paper Option          

Work to Turn-In: Nothing to turn in this week.   

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Fifth Grade

This week at art, Fifth Grade students enjoyed putting ceramic glaze on their bisque fired ceramic plates and bowls. Additionally, we celebrated their hard work by watching Virtual art show. They had a great time watching their creations on the big screen. The video will be shared with you on Teams next Tuesday.   

This week in Computer Science, fifth-grade students celebrated the end of the school year by having free choice time on the computers. Students could choose an activity from the Tech Lab WebsiteClever, or my Bitmoji classroom to enjoy on their last day of Technology classes. Ms. Gorski is very proud of all that her students have learned and achieved this year! 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade had read to self-time. This gave students a chance to earn more AR points for the end of the year.  NOTE: Mrs. Taylor’s class please make sure to turn in your Story Cube assignment by Friday, June 11th. Also, please remind your child to return their library books no later than Friday, June 11th. Thank you! 

This week’s objective in Fifth Grade Music was composition.  Students created their own melodies and rhythms using half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes, and quarter rests and pitches from the diatonic scale.  Students used their surfaces to explore Elemental Musical Adventures (http://www.elementalmusicaladventures.com) And practiced a run-through graduation song.   

This week the 5th graders continued their basketball unit. The objectives were dribbling with control and correct shooting form. Students had the opportunity to play basketball tag and a fun fast paced shooting game which they seemed to really enjoy! 

This week in Spanish, fifth-grade students continued working with Chapter 2B: Tu Sala de Clases (Your Classroom). This chapter focuses on having students describe their classroom using materials and direction words. This week students continued working with plurals in class. Students completed two practice activities from their book and checked it in class. Students worked on their last classwork packet on plurals. Next week, students will only have Spanish class (Monday).           

Being Sent Home This Week: Spanish Binders  

Work to Turn-In: Nothing to turn in this week 

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Specialists' Newsletter 6.4

Choose Grade here -  Kindergarten | 1st Grade | 2nd Grade | 3rd Grade | 4th Grade | 5th Grade

Kindergarten

This week at art, Kindergarten students created collage art inspired by Eric Carle’s “The Grouchy Ladybug.” Our beloved author and illustrator, Eric Carle passed away aged 91 on May 23rd. To celebrate his amazing work, students read one of Mrs. Choi’s personal favorite books, The Grouch Ladybug, and created collage art inspired by the artist. We also watch the video of Eric Carle telling a story of how he became an illustrator and the techniques that he used to create his collage art.   

This week in Computer Science, kindergarten students once again completed some origami art. Students loved origami when we made cat and dog faces in December, so this activity is back by popular demand. Origami is a great analog for computer programming. By following a sequence of instructions, students can reach the desired result, just like a computer program. By observing and noting any errors or “bugs,” students can determine which step resulted in an error and make amends to their art. Students also continued to practice their typing with Keyboarding Without Tears. The focus right now is keeping hands open while they type. Some students are successfully using the correct finger to type as well, which is fantastic! 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students discussed the King County Library System Summer Reading Program that started on June 1st. Please click HERE to find out more information and to register. Kindergarten students also browsed books on Ms. Whalen’s cart and took books home to read.  NOTE: this is the last week of library check-out before the end of the year. The last day to check out library books is Friday, June 4th!!! Please remind your child to return their library books no later than Friday, June 11th.   

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were repertoire, steady pulse, phrase, and same versus different.  Students explored these objectives through these games, songs, and activities: Grandma’s Spectacles, All Around the Kitchen, Mama’s in the Kitchen, Looby Loo, Head and Shoulders, Going Over the Sea, and Cherkessiya.    

The week the Kindergarteners' objectives were kicking for accuracy and power. Students practiced passing, dribbling, and shooting in a fun game of soccer bowling. Students worked in partner pairs and tried to knock down as many pins as they could using their soccer balls. The kindergartners were encouraged to use only their feet to move the ball throughout the class to maximize touches on the ball.   

This week in Spanish, kindergarten students continued working with animals. Students are learning basic animals in Spanish. Students are learning the words for bear, dog, fish, cow, and many more. This week students continued building word recognition and practiced their Spanish pronunciation. This week students worked on their goal: I can write sentences in Spanish about my favorite animal. Students looked at new vocabulary words like “mi” and “favorito”. Students looked at example sentences.  Students were given time to practice writing two Spanish sentences about their favorite animal. Next week, students will be learning about Cuba per their request.        

  • Work Being Sent Home: Cuba Mini Book   
  • *Please have students place their classwork in their Spanish folder so they are ready for class.          
  • Work to Turn-In: Mi Animal Favorito Sentences 
  • Want Practice at Home: The Animals Quizlet 

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First Grade 

This week at art, First Grade students created collage art inspired by Eric Carle. Our beloved author and illustrator, Eric Carle passed away aged 91 on May 23rd. To celebrate his amazing work, we created an animal collage inspired by the artist.  Students watch the video of Eric Carle telling a story of how he became an illustrator and the techniques that he used to create his collage art. Then we used tissue paper, scissors, and glue to create an animal collage. The students have done an amazing job! 

This week in Computer Science, first-grade students expanded their understanding of the Boolean data type by completing a “Color by Boolean” worksheet and playing a condition-based card game. Afterward, students practiced using conditional statements in Scratch. We programmed Scratch Cat to change color only if touching the edge of the screen. If the cat is not touching the edge, it does not change color. 

This week in Library, First Graders discussed the King County Library System Summer Reading Program that started on June 1st. Please click HERE to find out more information and to register. First Grade students also browsed books on Ms. Whalen’s library cart and took them home to read.  NOTE: this is the last week of library check-out before the end of the year. The last day to check out library books is Friday, June 4th!!! Please remind your child to return their library books no later than Friday, June 11th. 

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were pulse, rhythm, sol-la-mi vocal patterns, and repertoire.  Students explored these objectives through these games, songs, and activities: The Gallant Ship, Amos Moses, Lemonade, Mexican Counting Song, Punchinella, and a sol-la-mi assessment.    

The week the 1st graders' objectives were kicking for accuracy and power. Students practiced passing, dribbling, and shooting in a fun game of soccer bowling. Students worked in partner pairs and tried to knock down as many pins as they could using their soccer balls. The 1st graders were encouraged to use only their feet to move the ball throughout the class to maximize touches on the ball.   

This week in Spanish, first grade continued working with “la familia”. Students are learning the Spanish word for aunt, uncle, baby, mother, father, and many more. The goal of this unit is for students to describe their family members. This week students continued practicing their oral pronunciation of each vocabulary word along with playing vocabulary games on Quizlet. This week concurrent classes finished working on their family relationships worksheet and then checked it in class. In-person classes started a mini-unit on writing sentences to describe themselves. Next week, students will be having their “La Familia Checkpoint”.    

  • Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: La Familia Checkpoint 
  • Work to Turn-In: Nothing to turn in this week.   
  • Want Practice at home: The Family Quizlet  

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Second Grade 

This week at art, Second Grade students started working on a drawing project inspired by Eric Carle’s “Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me.” Our beloved author and illustrator, Eric Carle passed away aged 91 on May 23rd. To celebrate his amazing work, students read the book called, Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me. Inspired by the artist, we drew stars over a small village. Students had a great time drawing small houses and fill up the sky with stars.   

This week in Computer Science, second-grade students expanded their understanding of the Boolean data type by completing a “Color by Boolean” worksheet and playing a condition-based card game. Afterward, students practiced using conditional statements in Scratch. We programmed Scratch Cat to change color only if touching the edge of the screen. If the cat is not touching the edge, it does not change color. 

This week in Library, Second Graders discussed the King County Library System Summer Reading Program that started on June 1st. Please click HERE to find out more information and to register. NOTE: the last day to check out books is Friday, June 4th. Please remind your child to return their library books no later than Friday, June 11th. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were la-sol-mi vocal patterns, phrases, and pulse.  These objectives were explored through these games, songs, and activities: Mirroring to Hanayome Ningyo, Four Beats After, adding lyrics to sol-la-mi patterns, Oh I’m Gonna Sing, Lemonade, and I Hear the Train A’ Comin. 

The week the 2nd graders' objectives were kicking for accuracy and power. Students practiced passing, dribbling, and shooting in a fun game of soccer bowling. Students worked in partner pairs and tried to knock down as many pins as they could using their soccer balls. The 2nd graders were encouraged to use only their feet to move the ball throughout the class to maximize touches on the ball.   

This week in Spanish, Second Grade students continued working with their next unit of words: La Ropa (Clothes). The goal of this unit is for students to be able to identify what they are wearing and write sentences to describe what they are wearing or what someone is wearing. This week students finished working on their “La Ropa Translations” classwork assignment. The assignment contained 8 sentences and students translated the sentences from Spanish to English to help with reading comprehension. Some classes were able to check their “La Ropa Translations” classwork in class with Ms. Suarez. Some classes were able to start their mini-unit on using the word “es” in sentences to describe clothes.  

  • Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Nothing being sent home this week.  
  • Work to Turn-In: La Ropa Translations Classwork 
  • Want Practice at home: La Ropa Quizlet 

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third grade students completed their virtual art show slides during art class and started working on the Dragon’s eye project. We talked about how dragons depicted differently in diverse cultures and shared some of the stories if anyone knew. Then we looked at some pictures of dragons’ eyes and started drawing Dragon’s Eye drawing.    

This week in Computer Science, third-grade students learned what HTML looks like and practiced writing some of their own on an HTML worksheet. Afterward, students inspected real websites and made changes to the Document Object Model to make the websites look different on their screens. Students learned the HTML is written in between tags which use angle brackets and the CSS references those tags in order to style different elements. 

This week in Library, Third Graders discussed the King County Library System Summer Reading Program that started on June 1st. Please click HERE to find out more information and to register. NOTE: the last day to check out books is Friday, June 4th. Please remind your child to return their library books no later than Friday, June 11th. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were rounds, fermata, and improvisation.  Students call and response improvisation through a song called Ama Lama.  They also learned the round Sally Go Round the Sun and reviewed Once an Austrian Went Yodeling. 

The week the 3rd graders' objectives were throwing and catching skills in small, sided games. Students practiced throwing and catching at different heights as a warmup before playing “Team Dodgeball”. This fun fast-paced game allows students to use their skills while also thinking about offensive and defensive strategies.   

This week in Spanish, Third Grade students finished working on their “La Casa Checkpoint. This checkpoint will be the final checkpoint this school year. The checkpoint had an array of different questions from fill in the blank, matching, and translating. Some classes were able to finish their checkpoints last week, some classes finished this week due to not having a second Spanish class last week (no school on Friday or the author visit). Third grade classes that finished last week, moved on to their next unit of words: Los Animales (The Animals). This unit of words will be more for fun since we will not have time to complete the whole unit.  

  • Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Los Animales Graphic Organizer  
  • Work to Turn-In: La Casa Checkpoint 

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Fourth Grade 

This week at art, Fourth Grade students continued working on the ceramic rattle project. 

This week in Computer Science, fourth-grade students learned about creator’s rights with a lesson from Common Sense Education. Students learned that to use someone’s work, you must ask permission and attribute them in your creation. Different licenses allow more or less flexibility for other creators. 

This week in Library, Fourth Graders discussed the King County Library System Summer Reading Program that started on June 1st. Please click HERE to find out more information and to register. NOTE: the last day to check out books is Friday, June 4th. Please remind your child to return their library books no later than Friday, June 11th. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were sol-la-mi patterns and composition.  Students choreographed a dance by composing their own rhythms and moves to a song called Limbo Rock.  They also reviewed the song Grateful to Be.  Finally, students composed their own melodies adding pitches to a rhythmic rhyme.    

The week the 4th graders' objectives were throwing and catching skills in small, sided games. Students practiced throwing and catching at different heights as a warmup before playing “Team Dodgeball”. This fun fast-paced game allows students to use their skills while also thinking about offensive and defensive strategies.   

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade students finished their checkpoints and started a review packet. Since there is not enough time, students will not be starting the next chapter, but instead completing some review of what they have learned this year. This week, the review section focused on greetings, common phrases, and titles. These topics were taught in Trimester 1 and are always being used in class. Students worked with partners to complete their review packet. Students checked their review packet with Ms. Suarez. These review packets will be sent home but were not a grade.  

  • Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: “Te Gusta” Mini Skit   
  • Work to Turn-In: Chapter 1A Checkpoint 

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Fifth Grade

This week at art, Fifth Grade students enjoyed putting a ceramic glaze on their bisque-fired ceramic plates and bowls.   

This week in Computer Science, fifth-grade students created a meme for school, summer, or technology class. They used PowerPoint and chose from a list of pre-selected images to make their meme. They could put a school-appropriate message in the meme and share it with the class. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade continued to work on their Story Cube assignment. We will work on this assignment during Library for the next few weeks. The due dates are as follows: Mrs. Dewitt’s class June 2nd and Mrs. Taylors June 11th. NOTE: the last day to check out books is Friday, June 4th. Please remind your child to return their library books no later than Friday, June 11th. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were ABC form, composition, repertoire, pulse, and rhythmic/melodic dictation.  Students reviewed the Mexican folk dance Los Machetes and continued their practice of rhythmic and melodic dictation.  Finally, students composed a melody by first figuring out the rhythm to a poem, then adding pitches to the rhythm.    

The week the 5th graders' objectives were throwing and catching skills in small, sided games. Students practiced throwing and catching at different heights as a warmup before playing “Team Dodgeball”. This fun fast-paced game allows students to use their skills while also thinking about offensive and defensive strategies.  

This week in Spanish, fifth-grade students continued working with Chapter 2B: Tu Sala de Clases (Your Classroom). This chapter focuses on having students describe their classroom using materials and direction words. This week students started learning about plurals in Spanish. Students jotted down notes in their class notebooks. Students also began working on practice activities converting nouns from singular to plural. Next week, students will continue working with plurals.  

  • Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Plurals Work Packet 1-3
  • Work to Turn-In: Nothing to turn in this week.   

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Specialists' Newsletter

Choose Grade here -  Kindergarten | 1st Grade | 2nd Grade | 3rd Grade | 4th Grade | 5th Grade

Kindergarten

This week at art, Kindergarten students read a book called “Click, Clack, Moo, Cows that Type” by Doreen Cronin. Then we looked at pictures of cows very carefully and talked about where the ears are, how their nose look like, shape of the body and more. Then, we started drawing cows in the meadow. They also had fun expressing cow’s feeling by drawing its eyes differently. Then we used markers and water to paint our drawing. They had so much fun working on this project!   

This week in Computer Science, kindergarten students learned about selecting items on the computer. Using ABCYa Paint, we practiced adding, moving, and resizing stickers by selecting them. Students learned that you can tell which item is selected because it will have a box around it. They also learned that clicking on something usually will select it and clicking away will deselect it. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten completed an author study on Mo Willems. Kindergartners learned that Mo Willems has written many books like “Piggie and Elephant” and “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus”. He also worked on television shows such as Sesame Street. Kindergartners listened to the story “Knuffle Bunny” by Mo Willems.  

Kindergarteners aparticipated in an author visit with Vicki Conrad on Tuesday. Mrs. Conrad spoke to students about her life and becoming an author. Students also had the opportunity to ask her questions about being an author. 

Kindergarten students also browsed books on Ms. Whalen’s cart and took books home to read.  Please remind your child to return their library books so they can check out more books.  

NOTE: the last day to check out library books is Friday, June 4th!!! 

  • Palladino – Wednesdays    
  • Roseland – Wednesdays    
  • Bernal – Thursdays    

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were feeling and intent, fast versus slow, repertoire, dramatic play, steady pulse, sol-mi melody, and high versus low.  Kindergartners spent time drawing and journaling while listening to Gustav Holst’s The Planets.  They also spent time reviewing songs and games from the past school year.  Games and songs included Fiddle-dee-dee, An Old Dance, Wishy Washy, Head and Shoulders, Circle Round the Zero, Song of the Frogs, Looby Loo, My Poor Hand, Mister Sun, Lemonade, and Cherkessiya.   

This week the Kindergartners enjoyed playing “ Backyard Games” in P.E. Students had the opportunity to play ladder golf and corn hole. Both of these games focus on the technique of throwing. Students were asked to find their own style as there are many different ways to throw in these games. I was very impressed with the sportsmanship and willingness to learn demonstrated by all students. 

This week in Spanish, kindergarten students continued working with animals. Students are learning some basic animals in Spanish. Students are learning the words for bear, dog, fish, cow, and many more. This week students continue building word recognition and practiced their Spanish pronunciation. This week students worked on their goal: I can read sentences in Spanish and identify what color an animal is. Students were given mini books about animals. Each page had an animal picture and a sentence with what color the animal was. Students read the sentence and then colored their animals. Next week, students will be learning to write a basic sentence in Spanish to identify their favorite animal.       

  • Work Being Sent Home: Mi Animal Favorito   
  • *Please have students place their classwork in their Spanish folder so they are ready for class.          
  • Work to Turn-In: Nothing to turn in this week.    
  • Want Practice at Home: The Animals Quizlet    

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First Grade 

This week at art, First grade students looked at ancient chines vases and briefly talked about the history of Chinese porcelain and getting the blue lapis lazuli in the Middle East along the Silk Road. We also about how the vase is symmetrical, just like the butterfly’s body that we made last week. Then we tried our best to make a symmetrical vase and put designs with blue oil pastels. We also added cherry blossoms and had fun using our fingers to paint. 

This week in Computer Science, first-grade students watched a BrainPop video about computer programming. We learned about what computers can do and some different concepts, such as loops and conditionals. We also learned about block coding with programs like Scratch. Students then opened Scratch and practiced making sprites move around. Next week we will learn what Booleans are and play a game to help learn the concept of conditional statements. 

This week in Library, First Grade students listened to the non-fiction story “American Holidays Memorial Day” by Connor Dayton. This is a story about what Memorial Day is and why it’s celebrated. First Graders also reviewed the table of contents, index, and words to know text features of this non-fiction book.  

First Graders also participated in an author visit with Vicki Conrad on Tuesday. Mrs. Conrad spoke to students about her life and becoming an author. Students also had the opportunity to ask her questions about being an author. 

First Grade students also browsed books on Ms. Whalen’s library cart and took them home to read.  Please remind your child to return their library books so they can check out more books.  

NOTE: the last day to check out library books is Friday, June 4th!!! 

  • Carver – Wednesdays   
  • Luckey – Fridays   

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were feeling and intent, pulse, rhythm, and repertoire. First graders spent time drawing and journaling while listening to Gusav Holst’s The Planets.  Students learned the singing game The Gallant Ship.  They also reviewed quarter and eighth note patterns to the folk song Amos Moses.  Finally, they reviewed Lemonade and the Mexican Counting Song.   

This week the 1st graders enjoyed playing “ Backyard Games” in P.E. Students had the opportunity to play ladder golf and corn hole. Both of these games focus on the technique of throwing. Students were asked to find their own style as there are many different ways to throw in these games. I was very impressed with the sportsmanship and willingness to learn demonstrated by all students.  

This week in Spanish, first grade continued working with “la familia”. Students are learning the Spanish word for aunt, uncle, baby, mother, father, and many more. The goal of this unit is for students to describe their family members. This week students continued practicing their oral pronunciation of each vocabulary word along with playing vocabulary games on Quizlet. This week students finished working on Mi Familia sentence building classwork. Students who were done early were able to pick from completing vocabulary practice or Spanish IXL. Some classes were able to work on recognizing family relationships. Next week, students will learn how to write sentences to describe themselves using the phrase “Yo soy…”.  Students will have having their “La Familia Checkpoint” the week of June 7 to June 11.  
Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Yo Soy Sentence Building + Parent Letter Home    

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Second Grade 

This week at art, Ms. Duffina’s class finished with their Dragon Metal Embossing project. During Mr. Kolb’s art class, we had an author visit, Vicki Conrad. The students had a wonderful time learning about how Vicki persevere for several years to become an amazing author. Mrs. Moore’s class had a fun time creating 3D paper sculpture by cutting same shapes and 5 pieces of paper and carefully gluing them together.   

This week in Computer Science, second-grade students watched a BrainPop video about the Boolean data type. In the video, Annie and Moby used costumes to understand Booleans. A Boolean is a value that evaluates to or can be set to either True or False. Afterward, students used Booleans in Scratch to make a sprite change color only if certain Boolean conditions were True. 

This week in Library, Second Graders continued to review the Dictionary. Second Graders reviewed the parts of a Dictionary such as the guide words and entry words.  

NOTE: the last day to check out library books is Friday, June 4th!!! 

Second Graders also participated in an author visit with Vicki Conrad on Tuesday. Mrs. Conrad spoke to students about her life and becoming an author. Students also had the opportunity to ask her questions about being an author. 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were la-sol-mi vocal patterns and composition.  Students figured out vocal patterns and then enjoyed writing their own lyrics to the melodies.  Students also spent time drawing and journaling to Gustav Holst’s The Planets.   

This week the 2nd graders enjoyed playing “ Backyard Games” in P.E. Students had the opportunity to play ladder golf and corn hole. Both of these games focus on the technique of throwing. Students were asked to find their own style as there are many different ways to throw in these games. I was very impressed with the sportsmanship and willingness to learn demonstrated by all students.   

This week in Spanish, second grade students continued working with their next unit of words: La Ropa (Clothes). The goal of this unit is for students to be able to identify what they are wearing and write sentences to describe what they are wearing or what someone is wearing. This week students were given a “La Ropa Translations” classwork assignment. The assignment contains 8 sentences and students translated the sentences from Spanish to English to help with reading comprehension. Students will be checking their work with Ms. Suarez in class. Due to the days off and the author visit, the second-grade classes are all at different paces.   

  • Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Mi Ropa Classwork  
  • Work to Turn-In: Nothing to turn in this week.   
  • Want Practice at home: La Ropa Quizlet  

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Third Grade 

This week at art, Third grade students finished with their Abstract Tree painting inspired by Piet Mondrian and worked on their Virtual Art Show PowerPoint. They made three art projects to display on their slides, Abstract Tree paintings, Sea Creature Sculpture, and Landscape drawing inspired by Jen Aranyi. They are welcome to add more of their creations on their slide(s) and the due date for this project extended to next Friday, June 4th. 

This week in Computer Science, third-grade students deepened their media literacy by completing a lesson about digitally altered media from Common Sense Education. The focus was to identify how and why a photo or video might be altered by a creator. Reasons include to be creative or to persuade people about something. By evaluating the ways in which people alter digital content, students can be more intentional about which online media they consume and trust. 

This week in Library, Third Graders listened to the story “The Wall” by Eve Bunting. This story is about a father who takes his son to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. to find the name of the father he lost. As the father looks for the name of his own father, the son observes the people he sees who are visiting the memorial.  

NOTE: the last day to check out library books is Friday, June 4th!!! 

Third Graders also participated in an author visit with Vicki Conrad on Tuesday. Mrs. Conrad spoke to students about her life and becoming an author. Students also had the opportunity to ask her questions about being an author. 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were feeling and intent, canons and rounds and improvisation.  Third graders spent time drawing and journaling while listening to Gustav Holst’s The Planets.  Students learned explored call and response improvisation through a song called Ama Lama.  They learned the round Sally Go Round the Sun and reviewed Once an Austrian Went Yodeling.   

This week the 3rd graders enjoyed playing “Backyard Games” in P.E. Students had the opportunity to play ladder golf and corn hole. Both of these games focus on the technique of throwing. Students were asked to find their own style as there are many different ways to throw in these games. I was very impressed with the sportsmanship and willingness to learn demonstrated by all students.   

This week in Spanish, third grade students started working on their “La Casa Checkpoint. This checkpoint will be the final checkpoint this school year. The checkpoint had an array of different questions from fill in the blank, matching, and translating. Some classes were able to finish their checkpoints, some classes will finish next week due to not having a second Spanish class this week due to no school on Friday or the author visit. Along with the written checkpoint, students also had their reading check. Their reading check included a list of 14 vocabulary words that students read out loud to Ms. Suarez to check for fluency and pronunciation.  

  • Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Los Animales Worksheet  
  • Work to Turn-In: La Casa Checkpoint (if you are done with it only) 

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Fourth Grade 

This week at art, Fourth grade watched their Animotica stop motion animation together. We enjoyed watching everyone’s creative videos eating popcorns.   

This week in Computer Science, fourth-grade students watched their Stop Motion videos as a class.   

This week in Library, Fourth Graders listened to the story “The Samurai’s Daughter” by Robert D. San Souci. This story is retold from a medieval Japanese legend and is about a girl named Tokyo who vows to join her father, a noble samurai, after he is exiled to a lonely island. Between daughter and father lies a journey fraught with dangers, both natural and supernatural — fierce bandits, a ship of ghosts, and an evil sea demon.  

NOTE: the last day to check out library books is Friday, June 4th!!! 

Fourth Graders also participated in an author visit with Vicki Conrad on Tuesday. Mrs. Conrad spoke to students about her life and becoming an author. Students also had the opportunity to ask her questions about being an author. 

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were feeling and intent, rhythm patterns and repertoire.  Fourth graders spent time drawing and journaling to Gustav Holst’s The Planets.  Students choreographed a dance by composing their own rhythms and moves to a song called Limbo Rock.  They also reviewed the song Grateful to Be.    

This week the 4th graders enjoyed playing “ Backyard Games” in P.E. Students had the opportunity to play ladder golf and corn hole. Both of these games focus on the technique of throwing. Students were asked to find their own style as there are many different ways to throw in these games. I was very impressed with the sportsmanship and willingness to learn demonstrated by all students.   

This week in Spanish, fourth grade students started working on their Chapter 1A Checkpoint. The checkpoint had an assortment of questions from matching, fill in the blank, and short responses. Students started working on their checkpoints, but most students have not finished yet due to the author visit this week and no school on Friday. Students who were unable to finish this week, will have more class time next week to finish. Along with the written checkpoint, students also had their reading check. Their reading check included a list of 20 vocabulary words that students read out loud to Ms. Suarez to check for fluency and pronunciation. Next week, students will finish their checkpoints and start a review packet. Since there is not enough time, students will not be starting the next chapter, but instead completing some review of what they have learned this year.  

  • Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Greetings Review Packet  
  • Work to Turn-In: Chapter 1A Checkpoint (only if you are done with it) 

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Fifth Grade

This week at art, Fifth Grade students enjoyed working on the last clay project. We revie basic techniques for forming clay and students created plates and pinch pots of their choice. Clay is one of their favorite art materials and they had a great time working on this project.   

This week in Computer Science, fifth-grade students watched their Stop Motion videos as a class. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade continued to work on their Story Cube assignment. We will work on this assignment during library for the next few weeks. The due dates are as follows: Mrs. Dewitt’s class June 2nd and Mrs. Taylors June 11th.  

NOTE: the last day to check out library books is Friday, June 4th!!! 

Fifth Graders also participated in an author visit with Vicki Conrad on Tuesday. Mrs. Conrad spoke to students about her life and becoming an author. Students also had the opportunity to ask her questions about being an author. 

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were pulse, rhythm patterns, ABC form, and rhythmic dictation.  Students learned a dance using rhythmic sticks to adaptation of the Mexican folk dance Los Machetes.  Students also worked in teams to compete in a friendly rhythmic dictation competition.  Finally, students spent time journaling and drawing to Gustav Holst’s The Planets.    

This week the 5th graders continued to help Coach Sturgess design and record videos for the virtual field day. Students were placed in small grouped and asked to prepare and rehearse a short virtual field day event which will be shared with the online students.   

This week in Spanish, fifth-grade students continued working with Chapter 2B: Tu Sala de Clases (Your Classroom). This chapter focuses on having students describe their classroom using materials and direction words. This week students continued learning about the verb “estar” which is an irregular verb that means “to be”. This week students checked their classwork from last week: workbook pages 38-40. Students were able to review their work and ask any questions they had. During their second Spanish class this week, students completed their ”Estar Quiz”. Their quiz was taken on Kahoot and had questions that included conjugating estar or picking the correct pronoun to use in a sentence. This week students did not have a third Spanish class since there was no school on Friday.  

  • Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Nothing is being sent home this week. 
  • Work to Turn-In: Workbook Pages 38-40   

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