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CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

March 29, 2019

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students learned about American folk artist, Heather Galler. We talked about the characteristics of folk art and focused on her patterned still life paintings. The students learned how to draw a flower inspired by the artist and had a great time adding different patterns to their drawing. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to Pig the Star” by Aaron Blabey in preparation for the musicals. Each week students will visit Library twice for a 30 minute class. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Bernal, Thursday:  Newell, Palladino 

The students had a fantastic and rewarding week collaborating and performing their Spring Musicals at a professional theater.  The rewards and benefits of their experiences go way beyond musical objectives.  Students learn how to tackle something big by breaking it into smaller parts and they realize how much teamwork and collaboration can truly accomplish.  Speaking of collaboration, none of this would be possible without the joint efforts of parents, staff, and students.  I’m extremely proud of the CHA community for pulling off another successful Spring Musical season.  Thank you! 

In kindergarten, students played mosquito tag and a couple other variations in which pool noodles were used to simulate animals (snakes and elephants, too). They also did another run of a little less than a half-mile, attempting to improve their time and pacing. We’re also working on throwing at targets, using all sorts of objects to throw both with and at. 

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten learned about ovals and diamonds. The students worked on the pronunciation of each word and practiced saying it outload. They also worked on a worksheet where they had to find all these shapes. When they were done and there was still class time, we checked the worksheet as a class. The students that raised their hand came up to the front of the class and pointed to the shape that needed to be found and colored.   

This week in Technology, Kindergarten continued familiarizing themselves with the keyboard and proper keyboard technique. Students observed and practiced proper placement of all fingers in the home row and thumbs on the space bar. In addition to clicking only one key at a time on the keyboard, students practiced curling their fingers downward to type letters on the bottom row. The remaining class time was spent on ABCya playing Alphabet Bingo. The game would say a letter name, and students listened, then clicked on the correct letter. For a challenge, students could listen to letter sounds instead of letter names. 

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students learned about American folk artist, Heather Galler. We talked about the characteristics of folk art and focused on her patterned landscape paintings. We reviewed our knowledge on how to draw 3D houses and added a patterned farm house on the landscape drawing. The students also had a great time adding different patterns to their drawing 

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed listening to “When Pigs Fly” by Valerie Coulman. We had a class discussion about perseverance and watched a Brain Pop on determination. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Chow  Wednesday: Carver Thursday:  Wilcox 

The students had a fantastic and rewarding week collaborating and performing their Spring Musicals at a professional theater.  The rewards and benefits of their experiences go way beyond musical objectives.  Students learn how to tackle something big by breaking it into smaller parts and they realize how much teamwork and collaboration can truly accomplish.  Speaking of collaboration, none of this would be possible without the joint efforts of parents, staff, and students.  I’m extremely proud of the CHA community for pulling off another successful Spring Musical season.  Thank you! 

In first grade, students played mosquito tag and a couple other variations in which pool noodles were used to simulate animals (snakes and elephants, too). They also did another run of a little less than a half-mile, attempting to improve their time and pacing. We’re also working on throwing at targets, using all sorts of objects to throw both with and at. 

This week in Spanish, First Grade reviewed all the farm animals. The students reviewed by playing a game of bingo. If I was able to see them twice the class was able to play animal charades. I was the first one to act out an animal and who ever guessed was the next person to go. If a student guessed twice, they could pick another student to go up, so everyone had the turn to go.   

This week in Technology, First Grade practiced spelling sight words with Dolch Sight Words on ABCya. Using jumbled letters, students must spell the word that they hear from the computer. When they’ve spelled the word correctly, the letters scatter, and students try to catch the vowels before they hit the ground. 

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Second Grade

This week at Art, Second Grade students finished with their Paul Klee’s Cat and Bird Cartoon drawing.  

This week in Library, Second Grade students listened to “When Pigs Fly” by Valerie Coulman. We also watched a Brain Pop on determination. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox,  Morman 

The students had a fantastic and rewarding week collaborating and performing their Spring Musicals at a professional theater.  The rewards and benefits of their experiences go way beyond musical objectives.  Students learn how to tackle something big by breaking it into smaller parts and they realize how much teamwork and collaboration can truly accomplish.  Speaking of collaboration, none of this would be possible without the joint efforts of parents, staff, and students.  I’m extremely proud of the CHA community for pulling off another successful Spring Musical season.  Thank you! 

In second grade, students ran a little over a half-mile once this week, attempting to improve upon their previous time and to pace themselves better (for most). They are also playing bean bag toss now against a single opponent as opposed to in and against pairs, or doubles, as was the case last week.  

This week in Spanish, Second Grade reviewed lower body parts and the rules for sentence formation. The students first got together with their group and gathered a whiteboard and marker. I asked them questions and as a group they had to come up with the answer. The next day the students did not get in their groups but had to do the thinking all by themselves. They had to think about the answer themselves and see what they knew individually. The questions included sentence formation questions and vocabulary. 

This week in Technology, Second Grade continued working on Scratch projects. The students use at least two sprites. One sprite moves randomly while the other is controlled by the user. Students have created a variable called “score,” which changes when the sprites interact. Next week will be the last day to work on Scratch projects in class. 

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Third Grade 

 This week at Art, Third Grade students continued working on the Heather Galler inspired Patterned Pet drawings this week. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students continued to discuss Women’s History. We focused on Dr. Mae Jemison and Sally Ride. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Watkins. Thursday:  Shamsen 

The students had a fantastic and rewarding week collaborating and performing their Spring Musicals at a professional theater.  The rewards and benefits of their experiences go way beyond musical objectives.  Students learn how to tackle something big by breaking it into smaller parts and they realize how much teamwork and collaboration can truly accomplish.  Speaking of collaboration, none of this would be possible without the joint efforts of parents, staff, and students.  I’m extremely proud of the CHA community for pulling off another successful Spring Musical season.  Thank you! 

In third grade, students ran a little over a half-mile once this week, attempting to improve upon their previous time and to pace themselves better (for most). They are also playing bean bag toss now against a single opponent as opposed to in and against pairs, or doubles, as was the case last week. 

This week in Spanish, Third Grade started their animal rough draft. The students wrote about how they would describe their animal big, small, thin or fat. They also wrote about the main body parts the animal has and the color of the animal. All this information they had already written on their tree map. They only had to turn it into a paragraph format. So, parents could understand what they wrote the students also translated their Spanish paragraph into English.  

This week in Technology, Third Grade learned the basics of using Tinkercad 3D modeling software. Students made “Mickey Mouse” style faces by adding and resizing three cylinders. They also learned to change the angle of the view, and to adjust an object’s rotation and distance from the modeling plane. 

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Fourth Grade 

 This week at Art, Fourth Grade students continued working on the Stop Motion Animation project. In both technology and art class, the students planned and came up with the story that they want to come up with. Then they started working on the backdrop.  

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students continued to discuss Women’s History. We focused on Dr. Mae Jemison and Sally Ride. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Taylor Thursday:  Springer

The students had a fantastic and rewarding week collaborating and performing their Spring Musicals at a professional theater.  The rewards and benefits of their experiences go way beyond musical objectives.  Students learn how to tackle something big by breaking it into smaller parts and they realize how much teamwork and collaboration can truly accomplish.  Speaking of collaboration, none of this would be possible without the joint efforts of parents, staff, and students.  I’m extremely proud of the CHA community for pulling off another successful Spring Musical season.  Thank you! 

In fourth grade, students ran a little over a half-mile once this week, attempting to improve upon their previous time and to pace themselves better (for most). They are playing team handball on a bigger scale than was previously the case (we began by playing mostly 3 versus 3 games on very small courts). Now we’re using the entire gym for a single game and sections of the field when the weather allows. With this extra space, we are able to play games as large as 6 versus 6, which tends to be a lot more fun and offers more unique challenges.  

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade worked on an activity that described themselves and their friend. The students had to write about themselves, but also include a small expert about their friend. They first had to ask their friend who they described themselves and the student had to write it down. The student had to then turn those describing words into sentences. When they were down writing in Spanish the students also had to translate in English.  

This week in Technology, Fourth Grade continued to work on stop motion animation projects. Groups completed their planning sheets and have begun to create backdrops and characters in Art and Technology class. Groups who have their first scene ready had the opportunity to begin filming. 

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 Fifth Grade 

 This week at Art, 5th grade students didn’t have art this week due to spring musical. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade continued to discuss Women’s History. We focused on Dr. Mae Jemison and Sally Ride.  Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Norkus. Wednesday:  Dewitt 

The students had a fantastic and rewarding week collaborating and performing their Spring Musicals at a professional theater.  The rewards and benefits of their experiences go way beyond musical objectives.  Students learn how to tackle something big by breaking it into smaller parts and they realize how much teamwork and collaboration can truly accomplish.  Speaking of collaboration, none of this would be possible without the joint efforts of parents, staff, and students.  I’m extremely proud of the CHA community for pulling off another successful Spring Musical season.  Thank you! 

In fifth grade, students ran a little over a half-mile once this week, attempting to improve upon their previous time and to pace themselves better (for most). They are playing team handball on a bigger scale than was previously the case (we began by playing mostly 3 versus 3 games on very small courts). Now we’re using the entire gym for a single game and sections of the field when the weather allows. With this extra space, we are able to play games as large as 6 versus 6, which tends to be a lot more fun and offers more unique challenges.  

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade wrote about the food and drinks they eat for breakfast and lunch. The students had to pick at least three foods for each meal and at least two drinks. With musical going on and the students being exhausted the students went outside for recess.  

 Fifth grade Technology classes were cancelled this week due to overlap with musical performances. Great job, Fifth Graders! 

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