CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

December 06, 2019

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to a book called, Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester. Then Mrs. Choi challenged them to make penguins out of black, white, and yellow paper. After making a penguin, they painted the background with a tempera pen and glue the penguin to their background.  

This week in Computer Science, Kindergarten reviewed rules and expectations in the Computer Science classroom and played a game where they practiced “coding” a “robot” by giving coded instructions to another student in order to get them to reach a goal. Students also learned how to get on to Kodable, which we will use for the Hour of Code next week. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to Noodlephant by Jacob Kramer. The story helped aid our class discussion about Italy. Next week, we will continue learning about different countries and cultures in preparation for the Festival of Peace and Light. Check out days are as follows: Wednesdays: Bernal, Roberts, Palladino 

Things were busy in the music room this week!  Kindergartners worked hard to put the finishing touches on their performance pieces for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  They’ll be performing Sansa KromaFunga Alafia, Planting Seeds of Love, Lucciola Lucciola (Italy), and Let it Snow on the morning of December 20th.   In addition, students played the music games Listen to Them Play, Cherkessiya, and Pease Porridge Hot.  

This week in PE, the Kindergartners started their teamwork and cooperative skills unit. They played a game called “Caterpillar Riot”. Each team stood in a line with each student standing in a hoop with each hoop touching. Each team is called a caterpillar. The goal of the game is to collect as many objects off the ground by having your caterpillar move forward. To move forward, the last player in line steps into the player of the front of their hoop picks up their empty hoop and passes it to the front. The front player then places the hoop on the ground and steps into it. Every player then shifts forward, and the caterpillar has moved. Only the front player may pick up objects, but it is the team’s job to carry collected objects throughout the game. The game ends when there are no more objects on the ground. Our focus was on working together as a team to achieve a common goal and the language we used to our teammates during the activity.

This week in Spanish, kindergarten started learning new vocabulary words in class. Students are learning words to describe classroom objects and materials. This week students learned the Spanish word for chair, eraser, table, pencil, scissors, and book. Kindergarten also learned a new emotion word: cansado/cansada which means tired. They can answer “Como te sientes hoy? with a complete sentence.  Practice at home: Students can practice their vocabulary words at home using the Quizlet found on the Spanish page.  

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students had a great time learning how to draw a fox. We looked at a picture of a fox and discuss the unique characteristics of a fox, such as its long and pointy snout, pointy ears, and a pointy tail. Then we started drawing foxes and painted them with tempera paint.

This week in Computer Science, First Grade reviewed rules and expectations in the Computer Science classroom and learned how to log in to student accounts on Code.org. Code.org offers students a chance to get comfortable with coding concepts without requiring them to type any code. Students who wish to use Code.org at home may access it through the Computer Lab website. 

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed listening to Noodlephant by Jacob Kramer. The story helped aid our class discussion about Italy. Next week, we will continue learning about different countries and cultures in preparation for the Festival of Peace and Light.  Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Saccardo  Wednesday: Carver  Thursday: Chow 

Things were busy in the music room this week!  First graders worked hard to put the finishing touches on their performance pieces for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  They’ll be performing Sansa KromaFunga Alafia, Planting Seeds of Love, Bulbul Ka Bacha (Pakistan), and Let It Snow on the morning of December 20th.   In addition, students explored call and response body percussion patterns, Hanukah is Here, and Dance for Hanukah.

This week in PE, the 1st graders started their teamwork and cooperative skills unit. They played a game called “Caterpillar Riot”. Each team stood in a line with each student standing in a hoop with each hoop touching. Each team is called a caterpillar. The goal of the game is to collect as many objects off the ground by having your caterpillar move forward. To move forward, the last player in line steps into the player of the front of their hoop picks up their empty hoop and passes it to the front. The front player then places the hoop on the ground and steps into it. Every player then shifts forward, and the caterpillar has moved. Only the front player may pick up objects, but it is the team’s job to carry collected objects throughout the game. The game ends when there are no more objects on the ground. Our focus was on working together as a team to achieve a common goal and the language we used to our teammates during the activity.   

This week in Spanish, first grade moved on from fruits to vegetables. Students are learning how to say carrot, corn, and many other vegetable names. In class students, are practicing the pronunciation with their peers and myself. This week we are focusing on tracing the word and familiarizing the word with the image of the vegetable.  Practice at home: Students can practice their vocabulary words at home using the Quizlet found on the Spanish page. Next time you are at the dinner table ask your child for the names of the fruits and vegetables you are eating.  

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Second Grade

This week at Art, Second Grade students finished with their thick line collage inspired by Aaron Draplin. They put a lot of effort into their creations and were very proud of them 

This week in Computer Science, Second Grade reviewed rules and expectations in the Computer Science classroom and continued working in Scratch. This week’s Tech Tip was Loops, and students were challenged to code a sprite to repeat something over and over by using loops in Scratch. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed listening to All the Way to Havanna by Mike Currato. The story helped aid our discussion about Cuba. Next week, we will continue learning about different countries and cultures in preparation for the Festival of Peace and Light. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Kolb, Morman 

Things were busy in the music room this week!  Second graders worked hard to put the finishing touches on their performance pieces for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  They’ll be performing Sansa KromaFunga Alafia, Planting Seeds of Love, Guantanamera (Cuba), and Let It Snow on the morning of December 20th.   In addition, students learned Dance for Hanukah and The Dreydl Song. 

This week in PE, the 2nd Graders started their teamwork and cooperative skills unit. They played a game called “Caterpillar Riot”. Each team stood in a line with each student standing in a hoop with each hoop touching. Each team is called a caterpillar. The goal of the game is to collect as many objects off the ground by having your caterpillar move forward. To move forward, the last player in line steps into the player of the front of their hoop picks up their empty hoop and passes it to the front. The front player then places the hoop on the ground and steps into it. Every player then shifts forward, and the caterpillar has moved. Only the front player may pick up objects, but it is the team’s job to carry collected objects throughout the game. The game ends when there are no more objects on the ground. Our focus was on working together as a team to achieve a common goal and the language we used to our teammates during the activity.   

This week in Spanish, second grade is working on developing our speech fluency, pronunciation, and comprehension of words in class. Students are rehearsing and practicing a mini skit that they will perform the week before Winter Break. This week we focused on reading the skit lines and understanding what the lines mean. Students were paired up and had time to meet with their partner and start working together to decide who is the waiter and who is the client.  Practice at home:In class, students are given rehearsal time, but I have also linked the script online on the Spanish tab just in case students want to practice their lines at home.  

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students finished with their 3d houses. It was wonderful to see them challenging themselves to create pop-up beds, tables, and characters. 

This week in Computer Science, Third Grade reviewed rules and expectations in the Computer Science classroom and completed their book report artifacts. Students should have included at least one each of a picture, background, and text box before printing their work. Completed artifacts may be used in the final book report presentation in Mrs. Shamsen’s class. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students enjoyed listening to Noodlephant by Jacob Kramer. The story helped aid our discussion about Senegal. Next week, we will continue learning about different countries and cultures in preparation for the Festival of Peace and Light. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Newell Thursday: Shamsen 

Third Graders did such a wonderful job representing CHA at their Bellevue Square performance on Wednesday.  I’m very proud of the work and effort that students put into this project.  It’s not easy learning all that repertoire in such a short amount of time.  Congratulations!  Students earned a free day in music for all their hard work.   

This week in PE, the 3rd graders started their teamwork and cooperative skills unit. They played a game called “Caterpillar Riot”. Each team stood in a line with each student standing in a hoop with each hoop touching. Each team is called a caterpillar. The goal of the game is to collect as many objects off the ground by having your caterpillar move forward. To move forward, the last player in line steps into the player of the front of their hoop picks up their empty hoop and passes it to the front. The front player then places the hoop on the ground and steps into it. Every player then shifts forward, and the caterpillar has moved. Only the front player may pick up objects, but it is the team’s job to carry collected objects throughout the game. The game ends when there are no more objects on the ground. Our focus was on working together as a team to achieve a common goal and the language we used to our teammates during the activity.  

This week in Spanish, third grade started a new room in the house. Students are learning the names for items found in the kitchen. Students are learning how to say microwave, food, pan, and many other words in Spanish. This week we focused on how to write the words and making sure to have correct spelling and accent marks. Students also wrote three sentences in Spanish to describe items they have in their kitchen at home.  Practice at home: Students can practice their vocabulary words at home using the Quizlet found on the Spanish page. Next time you are in your kitchen ask your child for the names of some of the items found in your kitchen.  

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students have done a great job with their Tiger’s Eyes project. Their drawings turned out great! 

This week in Computer Science, Fourth Grade reviewed rules and expectations in the Computer Science classroom and completed their Totem Pole models. Some students may receive emails of changes to make before their totem pole can print. In order to print a project, I need the STL file before Friday, December 13. Any child who needs to make changes is welcome to finish the project and email the STL file to me when they have a chance. However, we will no longer work on this project during Technology classes. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students began discussing countries and cultures in preparation for the Festival of Peace and Light. Next week, we will continue our discussion and share our own traditions.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Cooke Thursday: Jones, Springer 

Things were busy in the music room this week!  Fourth graders worked hard to put the finishing touches on their performance pieces for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  They’ll be performing Sansa KromaFunga Alafia, Peace in Our Time, Song to the Sun (Zuni tribe), and Let It Snow on the morning of December 20th.  In addition, students tested for any recorder belts of their choice including a holiday belt for Jolly Old St. Nicholas.  

This week in PE, the 4th graders started their teamwork and cooperative skills unit. They played a game called “Caterpillar Riot”. Each team stood in a line with each student standing in a hoop with each hoop touching. Each team is called a caterpillar. The goal of the game is to collect as many objects off the ground by having your caterpillar move forward. To move forward, the last player in line steps into the player of the front of their hoop picks up their empty hoop and passes it to the front. The front player then places the hoop on the ground and steps into it. Every player then shifts forward, and the caterpillar has moved. Only the front player may pick up objects, but it is the team’s job to carry collected objects throughout the game. The game ends when there are no more objects on the ground. Our focus was on working together as a team to achieve a common goal and the language we used to our teammates during the activity.  

This week in Spanish, fourth grade started their first official chapter in the Realidades textbook. In the first trimester, we focused on reviewing key concepts that are the foundation for the rest of the Realidades chapters. The first chapter of the book will focus on verbs and actions. Students learned phrases like “Que te gusta hacer?” “What do you like to do?” and how to answer that question. Students were also introduced to common verbs like run, walk, and draw.  Practice at home: Students can practice their vocabulary words and phrases at home using the Quizlet found on the Spanish page. Ask your child what are some verbs they learned in class this week?  

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Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students had a great time building 3D animal sculptures with clay. Clay is always one of their favorite material with work with! Mrs. Choi encouraged them to list their creation time to time so they will be three dimensional.  

This week in Computer Science, Fifth Grade reviewed rules and expectations in the Computer Science classroom and began learning to code in Python. Students learned how the Python coding language can read and modify strings. We will use Python to create a project where students conjugate their Spanish verbs using code. 5th graders Book Trailers projects from last trimester are also available now on Dropbox. They worked extremely hard on their Book Trailers, and I am so excited to share their incredible work with you! Please click here to view the trailers. If you do not see your child’s trailer, it may be due to an absence, a surface in need of repair, or an incorrect file format. These projects will be posted to DropBox as soon as possible. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students began discussing countries and cultures in preparation for the Festival of Peace and Light. Next week, we will continue our discussion and share our own traditions. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Dewitt and Taylor 

Things were busy in the music room this week!  Fifth graders worked hard on their performance pieces for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  They’ll be performing Sansa KromaFunga Alafia, Peace in Our Time,  Mo Li Hua (China), and Let It Snow on the morning of December 20th.  

This week in PE, the 5th  graders started their teamwork and cooperative skills unit. They played a game called “Caterpillar Riot”. Each team stood in a line with each student standing in a hoop with each hoop touching. Each team is called a caterpillar. The goal of the game is to collect as many objects off the ground by having your caterpillar move forward. To move forward, the last player in line steps into the player of the front of their hoop picks up their empty hoop and passes it to the front. The front player then places the hoop on the ground and steps into it. Every player then shifts forward, and the caterpillar has moved. Only the front player may pick up objects, but it is the team’s job to carry collected objects throughout the game. The game ends when there are no more objects on the ground. Our focus was on working together as a team to achieve a common goal and the language we used to our teammates during the activity.  

This week in Spanish, fifth grade began a new chapter in their Realidades textbook. Chapter 2B is focused on classroom objects and location words. Students learned in the first trimester how to describe their schedule, now they are going to learn how to describe their classroom and school materials. This week we focused on drawing out our new vocabulary words and pronouncing them in class.  Practice at home:Students can practice their vocabulary words and phrases at home using the Quizlet found on the Spanish page.  

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