CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

December 19, 2019

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Mrs. Bernal’s class enjoyed learning about Michela Bufelini, who creates beautiful mosaic art from some of earth’s most basic materials, stones, and driftwood.  After learning about her and looked at her creations, we started working on our art auction project. We carefully painted small pebbles into houses, trees, and flowers. It was more fun with all the parent volunteers in the classroom with us! Thank you Kruti and Amarjit for taking your time to help us with our auction project!  

This week in Computer Science, Kindergarten created winter scenes in KidPix. They added stamps, shapes, and scribbles to a pre-made background and saved the project. The next day, they learned how to open the project to continue working. They added their names before printing their final work. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students continued to participate in a class discussion surrounding traditions. They also enjoyed listening to the story How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague.

Check out days are as follows: Wednesdays: Bernal, Roberts, Palladino 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were repertoire, steady pulse, and rhythm patterns.  Kindergarteners finished reviewing their repertoire for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  They also added rhythms to a Mother Goose rhyme called Good Cheer and added instruments to Jingle Bells.  

This week in PE, the Kindergarteners participated in a variety of cooperative challenges and activities. These activities were designed to foster teamwork, allow the students to share ideas with one another and synergize to achieve a common goal. The students enjoyed playing “walk to plank”. In this game, students were grouped together and had to use large pool noodles as stepping stones to travel across the gym without touching the floor. We talked about the importance of using positive language when speaking to our teammates, ensuring that everyone felt like a valued member of the group and learning how to take turns and share equipment. 

This week in Spanish, kindergarten continued working with their vocabulary words in class. Students are learning the words to describe classroom objects and materials. This week students had to draw out each vocabulary word to help them remember the words 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 continued working on the Imitate Stained Glass project that Mrs. Eng introduced them. They colored the designs that they put outlines on.  

This week in Computer Science, First Grade continued using Code.org to solve puzzles and mazes. One thing we talked about in class was looking at the pieces of code that work and the pieces of code that don’t work. When it is time to make changes, it is best to only change the pieces that are not working, so that we don’t lose progress. 

This week in Library, First Grade students continued to participate in a class discussion surrounding traditions. They also enjoyed listening to the story How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Saccardo  Wednesday: Carver  Thursday: Chow 

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were vocal repertoire and rhythm patterns.  First graders finished reviewing their pieces for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  Students also enjoyed reading and playing quarter/eighth/rest rhythm patterns over Jingle Bells.  

This week in PE, the 1st graders participated in a variety of cooperative challenges and activities. These activities were designed to foster teamwork, allow the students to share ideas with one another and synergize to achieve a common goal. The students enjoyed playing “walk to plank”. In this game, students were grouped together and had to use large pool noodles as stepping stones to travel across the gym without touching the floor. We talked about the importance of using positive language when speaking to our teammates, ensuring that everyone felt like a valued member of the group and learning how to take turns and share equipment. 

This week in Spanish, first grade continued working with vegetables. Students are learning how to say carrot, corn, and many other vegetable names. In class students, are working on their book of vegetables. Students are making a book in which they categorize the vegetable they like to eat and the vegetables they do not like to eat. In their book’s students are using the phrases “Me gusta comer” and “No me gusta comer” to categorize the vegetables.  Practice at home: Students can practice their vocabulary words at home using the Quizlet found on the Spanish page. 

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Second Grade

This week at Art, Second Grade students continued working on our art auction project. This year, students will create 3D plaster koi fishes and will carefully paint them with acrylic paint. As a first step, they learned about Plaster as an art material and started building plaster koi fishes. We used plaster cloth, and students loved the materials very much! The project was more fun with all the wonderful parent volunteers. Thank you, Tami and Amarjit for helping us with our auction project!  

This week in Computer Science, Second Grade chose a tutorial to follow in Scratch. They could choose from several different kinds including those that help to make animations, games, and art. After completing the tutorials, students saved the work to their folders. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students continued to participate in a class discussion surrounding traditions. They also enjoyed listening to Shante Keys and the New Year’s Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport. The story helped guide our class discussion on how different countries ring in the New Year. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Kolb, Morman 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were repertoire and phrase.  Students finished reviewing their pieces for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  They also added half/quarter note choreography to Deck the Hall.  

This week in PE, the 2nd graders participated in a variety of cooperative challenges and activities. These activities were designed to foster teamwork, allow the students to share ideas with one another and synergize to achieve a common goal. The students enjoyed playing “walk to plank”. In this game, students were grouped together and had to use large pool noodles as stepping stones to travel across the gym without touching the floor. We then gave each team some equipment that they had to safely transport from the start point to the finish using the noodles.  The 2nd graders were given time to strategize and communicate with their teammates prior to each round. It was interesting and pleasing to see that each group approached the activity with a slightly different strategy and found success in several different ways. We talked about the importance of using positive language when speaking to our teammates and ensuring that everyone felt like a valued member of the group.

This week in Spanish, second grade continued working on developing our speech fluency, pronunciation, and comprehension of words in class. Students performed their skit this week and they had a blast acting it out with a mini restaurant set that we had in class. The students did very well. 

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students had a catch-up day. A few students finished with their 3D houses project and finished up with the Superheroes project. We also got a chance to share our creations with our classmates. 

This week in Computer Science, Third Grade began using Code.org. Students learned how to add characters and backgrounds when their code starts. They could choose different music to play and have the characters dance in different ways throughout the coding challenges. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students continued to participate in a class discussion surrounding traditions. They also enjoyed listening to Shante Keys and the New Year’s Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport. The story helped guide our class discussion on how different countries ring in the New Year. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Newell Thursday: Shamsen 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were vocal repertoire and same vs. different.  Students reviewed their pieces for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  They also had fun removing words as they tried to sing the Dreydl song and Up on the Housetop.   

This week in PE, the 3rd graders participated in a variety of cooperative challenges and activities. These activities were designed to foster teamwork, allow the students to share ideas with one another and synergize to achieve a common goal. The students enjoyed playing “walk to plank”. In this game, students were grouped together and had to use large pool noodles as stepping stones to travel across the gym without touching the floor. We then gave each team some equipment that they had to safely transport from the start point to the finish using the noodles.  The 3rd graders were given time to strategize and communicate with their teammates prior to each round. It was interesting and pleasing to see that each group approached the activity with a slightly different strategy and found success in several different ways. We talked about the importance of using positive language when speaking to our teammates and ensuring that everyone felt like a valued member of the group. 

This week in Spanish, third grade continued working with La Cocina vocabulary. In class, we reviewed our classwork and looked at the mistakes we made so that we could learn from them. Students started working on their La Cocina Project in class. In this project, students will be using a model home kitchen to write 5 sentences to describe the kitchen to potential buyers.  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 enjoyed drawing our Specialists group. We talked about facial characteristics and how we could draw in a simple way, caricature style. When they are finished, specialists will review and pick one drawing for the Specialists Night Out t-shirt design.   

This week in Computer Science, Fourth Grade dipped their toes into writing real JavaScript! Students used the site called WoofJS to see what real JavaScript code looks like. We read the opening script as a class and made changes to the code as a group before individually changing code on the site. Next, students were challenged to start coding their own projects by adding sprites and backgrounds or following a simple tutorial. WoofJS is a great transitional tool from Scratch coding to real JavaScript. In the coming months, fourth graders will spend some time reviewing Scratch and have a chance to continue with WoofJS at the completion of their Scratch projects. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students continued to participate in a class discussion surrounding traditions. They also made bookmarks for our K-2nd grade students. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Cooke  Thursday: Jones, Springer 

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were recorder technique and testing and vocal repertoire.  Students finished up on testing for any recorder belts of their choice and also practiced all the pieces for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light. 

This week in PE, the 4th graders participated in a variety of cooperative challenges and activities. These activities were designed to foster teamwork, allow the students to share ideas with one another and synergize to achieve a common goal. The students enjoyed playing “walk to plank”. In this game, students were grouped together and had to use large pool noodles as stepping stones to travel across the gym without touching the floor. We then gave each team some equipment that they had to safely transport from the start point to the finish using the noodles.  The 4th graders were given time to strategize and communicate with their teammates prior to each round. It was interesting and pleasing to see that each group approached the activity with a slightly different strategy and found success in several different ways. We talked about the importance of using positive language when speaking to our teammates and ensuring that everyone felt like a valued member of the group.  

This week in Spanish, fourth grade continued working with chapter 1A in their Realidades textbook. Students finished Activity 7 and Activity 8 in class, which focuses on what they like to do and don’t like to do.  This week, students learned about infinitives and how they can be found in English and Spanish. Students watched a short video on Infinitives and then had class time to sort their verbs into an infinitive chart. Students also learned how to use an English to Spanish Glossary. 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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Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students enjoyed drawing our Specialists group. We talked about facial characteristics and how we could draw in a simple way, caricature style. When they are finished, specialists will review and pick one drawing for the Specialists Night Out t-shirt design. 

This week in Computer Science, Fifth Grade got a preview of the LEGO Lab. Students learned and practiced Lab expectations while exploring several of the kits in the room. Students could choose a template of their choosing and work in small groups to build stories, simple machines, or tracks with the LEGO kits, and had a chance to experience the expectations of the new space.  

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students continued to participate in a class discussion surrounding traditions. They also made bookmarks for our K-2nd grade students. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Dewitt and Taylor 

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were vocal and ensemble repertoire.  Fifth graders practiced all their pieces for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light as well as helped move and set up equipment for the all-school dress rehearsal on Thursday morning.  Thank you, fifth graders! 

This week in PE, the 5th graders participated in a variety of cooperative challenges and activities. These activities were designed to foster teamwork, allow the students to share ideas with one another and synergize to achieve a common goal. The students enjoyed playing “walk to plank”. In this game, students were grouped together and had to use large pool noodles as stepping stones to travel across the gym without touching the floor. We then gave each team some equipment that they had to safely transport from the start point to the finish using the noodles.  The 5th graders were given time to strategize and communicate with their teammates prior to each round. It was interesting and pleasing to see that each group approached the activity with a slightly different strategy and found success in several different ways. We talked about the importance of using positive language when speaking to our teammates and ensuring that everyone felt like a valued member of the group. 

This week in Spanish, fifth grade continued working with Chapter 2B. This week students completed various activities in their books that had students use their vocabulary words in sentences. After completing the activities students had the chance to check their work and ask any questions, they had about the ones that they did not understand. This week we only had one session of Spanish.  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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