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CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

February 14, 2020

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

Phoebe Choi

Ilene Gorski

Bob Rees

Marsha Setting

Jack Sturgess

Vanessa Suarez

If you would like to meet with any of your child’s specialist teachers during conference days, please contact the relevant teacher directly.  You can email the teachers by clicking on their names above.

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Mrs. Bernal’s class finished working on the Mouse Sculpture project with model magic and Mrs. Palladino and Ms. Robert’s class enjoyed their earned free-choice time. Each time when students come to Art class, they earn dojo points as a class by following the rules and being respectful. When they earn 60 Dojo points, they get a free choice day. We also used this opportunity for the students who didn’t finish with previous project to catch up with the rest of the class.   

This week in Computer Science, Kindergarten learned what a password is and when to use one. Students learned that passwords usually work with usernames to log into a device, website, or account. We also discussed passwords they have already used, like when they log into the school computers or Renaissance Place. One of the biggest obstacles to logging in properly can be if the Caps Lock is turned on while logging in. We observed as a class the message that shows up if caps lock is on when you try to log in to the computers. Then, students logged in to their assigned computer and had free choice for the last half of the class period. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to the Caldecott Honor Winner book The Princess and the Pea by Rachel Isadora. We also continued our class celebration of Black History Month.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesdays: Bernal, Roberts, Palladino 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were vocal tone production, vocal repertoire, ensemble work, and movement.  Kindergarteners spent time learning, singing, and choreographing another song to their Spring Musical Get Hoppin’!  

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were vocal tone production, vocal repertoire, ensemble work, and movement.  Fifth graders spent time learning another song to their Spring Musical Press Start!   

This week in Spanish, kindergarten started learning about numbers in Spanish. Most students know how to pronounce the numbers in Spanish, so students are focusing on reviewing the correct pronunciation and learning to write the word in Spanish. Students started working on their Numbers Book in class. Students also learned a new emotion word to describe when they are feeling very angry “enojado and enojada”.    Practice at home: Students can practice the numbers and shapes using Quizlet at home. The Quizlet can be found on the Spanish Homework Page

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students learned about Romero Britto, Brazillian Neo-Pop artist and had a great time working on the Patterned Butterflies project inspired by the artist. Romero Britto is a Brazilian artist, painter, serigraphic and sculptor. He combines elements of cubism, pop art and graffiti painting in his work, using vibrant colors and bold patterns as a visual expression of hope, dreams, and happiness. We learned and watch a video of him explaining his art and looked at his colorful and whimsical butterflies. Then we learned how to apply his technique in our drawings. We are off to a great start! 

This week in Computer Science, First Grade continued to work in the Lego Lab. This week, students created train tracks as a team and used Duplo blocks to create places for the train to go to. This week, we learned that the blue coding brick will temporarily stop the train and make the sound of pumping gas and that the yellow coding brick makes the train whistle sound.   

This week in Library, First Grade students continued to celebrate Black History Month. They enjoyed listening to the book A Computer Called Katherine by Suzanne Slade.  Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Saccardo  Wednesday: Carver  Thursday: Chow 

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were vocal tone production, vocal repertoire, ensemble work, and movement.  First graders spent time learning, singing, and choreographing another song to their Spring Musical Welcome to the Jungle! 

This week in PE the 1st graders played a variety of different games designed to improve their hand dribbling and passing skills, building towards playing small-sided basketball games. The students particularly enjoyed playing basketball tag, which is similar to normal tag, but each student has a basketball which they have to dribble around the gym. When tagged each student had to perform a certain ball-handling skill before entering the game again. We also concluded are ski program this week. It has been awesome seeing how much growth and development has happened in such a short space of time. Great job 1st grade!!  

This week in Spanish, first grade started a new group of vocabulary words. This section of words students will be learning will be on Farm Animals= Animales en la Granja. Students had fun this week learning the names of the farm animals and making the noises each animal makes. Students also played with animal puppets while practicing the new words.  Practice at home: Students can practice farm animals using Quizlet at home. The Quizlet can be found on the Spanish Homework Page.  

CHA Spanish | Computer Lab Website

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Second Grade

This week at Art, Second Grade students continued working on their heart sculptures inspired by Romero Britto.  

This week in Computer Science, Second Grade learned about passwords. Students are already familiar with different times to use a password, like logging in to a website or device. We discussed who to share your password with (no one except a parent or guardian) and how to create strong passwords. Students worked in pairs to try and create the strongest password they could in just one minute. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students continued to celebrate Black History Month. We focused on learning about Katherine Johnson by reading the book A Computer Called Katherine by Suzanne Slade.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Kolb, Morman 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were vocal tone production, vocal repertoire, ensemble work, and movement.  Second graders spent time learning, singing, and choreographing another song to their Spring Musical Dinostars! 

This week 2nd grade continued working on their core strength and flexibility. We performed a variety of different stretches both static and dynamic to help improve balance and flexibility. All students also enjoyed using the traverse climbing wall to help with their core strength. We also concluded our ski program this week. It has been awesome seeing how much growth and development has happened in such a short space of time. Great job 2ND grade!!  

This week in Spanish, second grade continued working on their “Mi Cara” project which uses their self-portrait picture. In this project, students will be writing 4-5 sentences that describe their faces using their new vocabulary words and words to describe their faces like size and quantity.  Students are getting creative and using dictionaries to expand their Spanish vocabulary. Students have learned description words like large, small, tall, and tiny. Students who finished their project worked on the word search that contained their vocabulary words or worked in pairs to study their words together.  Class Announcement: Students can practice their vocabulary words at home using the Quizlet found on the Spanish page.  Students will be having their “La Cara” Quiz on the week of February 24th-February 28th 

CHA Spanish | Computer Lab Website

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students continued working on the Doodle for Google project.  

This week in Computer Science, Third grade used Scratch to create their own project. Students used different blocks to make characters move, turn, speak, and even react to clicks. Many students made unique animations or games. When finished, students could invite classmates to test out their games or video. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students continued to celebrate Black History Month. We focused on learning about Stevie Wonder, Louis Armstrong, Mo Farah, and Cathy Freeman.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Newell Thursday: Shamsen 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were vocal tone production, vocal repertoire, ensemble work, and movement.  Third graders spent time learning, singing, and choreographing another song to their Spring Musical The Granny Awards!

This week in 3rd grade we were blessed with sunshine so I decided to take advantage of that and went outside to play team kickball! Kickball is a fantastic game that allows students to practice a wide variety of skills, ranging from catching, throwing, kicking, running and most importantly synergizing with their classmates. We also concluded our ski program this week. It has been awesome seeing how much growth and development has happened in such a short space of time. Great job 3rd grade!!  

This week in Spanish, third grade started their last unit of words related to the house. Students have learned about the bedroom and kitchen. In this unit of words, students are learning the names of all the other parts of the house. Students are learning the words for house, office, garage, living room, and much more. Students worked on identifying what rooms they have at home and the quantity.  Practice at home: Students can practice “La Casa” vocabulary using Quizlet at home. The Quizlet can be found on the Spanish Homework Page. 

CHA Spanish | Computer Lab Website

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Fourth Grade

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

This week in Computer Science, Fourth grade discussed how to write emails. We learned about using a polite greeting and polite closing and watched a BrainPOP video about who we should talk to through email, and what kinds of things to say. Students then wrote and sent an email to Ms. Gorski before leaving class.

This week in Library, Fourth Grade studentcontinued to celebrate Black History Month. We focused on learning about Stevie Wonder, Louis Armstrong, Mo Farah, and Cathy Freeman.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Cooke Thursday: Jones, Springer 

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were vocal tone production, vocal repertoire, ensemble work, and movement.  Fourth graders spent time learning, singing, and choreographing another song to their Spring Musical Dig It! 

This week in 4th grade we were blessed with sunshine so I decided to take advantage of that and went outside to play team kickball! Kickball is a fantastic game which allows students to practice a wide variety of skills, ranging from catching, throwing, kicking, running and most importantly synergizing with their classmates. We also concluded are ski program this week. It has been awesome seeing how much growth and development has happened in such a short space of time. Great job 4th grade!! 

This week in Spanish, the fourth grade had their Capitulo 1A exam. Students had three sessions of Spanish class to take their exams. Once students finished their exam, they worked on a Spanish Sopa de Letras (Word Search).  Class Announcement:Test grades will be on Jupiter by the end of this week. Students can always come before or after school to look at their exams and their scores. If a student scores a 2 they can retake the test, but it is up to them to ask to retake the test.  

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Fifth Grade 

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

This week in Computer Science, fifth grade beta tested our new Spike Lego kits. We are proudly one of the first schools to use the brand new products, and students learned quickly that “new” doesn’t always mean “smooth.” After some technical delays, students had a chance to work in pairs through the introductory tutorials in the Spike app. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students continued to celebrate Black History Month. We focused on learning about Stevie Wonder, Louis Armstrong, Mo Farah, and Cathy Freeman. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Dewitt and Taylor 

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were vocal tone production, vocal repertoire, ensemble work, and movement.  Fifth graders spent time learning another song to their Spring Musical Press Start!   

This week in 5th grade we were blessed with sunshine so I decided to take advantage of that and went outside to play team kickball! Kickball is a fantastic game that allows students to practice a wide variety of skills, ranging from catching, throwing, kicking, running and most importantly synergizing with their classmates. We also concluded our ski program this week. It has been awesome seeing how much growth and development has happened in such a short space of time. Great job 5th grade!!  

This week in Spanish, fifth grade continued working with Chapter 2B.  This week students reviewed the irregular verb “estar” which means “to be”. Students worked in groups to sort pronouns and conjugations into the correct order based on the verb “estar”. Students also completed a practice worksheet to check for understanding, the practice worksheets are going home in their Friday folder. Students also worked on their listening comprehension and writing with a listening activity.  Practice at home: Location words can be tricky. Practice them at home by asking your child to recite the location poem or practice using Quizlet.    

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