CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

March 06, 2020

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

Phoebe Choi

Ilene Gorski

Bob Rees

Marsha Setting

Jack Sturgess

Vanessa Suarez

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Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students worked on the Wishing Bird with oil pastels. First, we read a book called, Tico and the Golden Wings by Leo Lionni. After we read the book, we talked about what we would wish for if we meet a wishing bird. Then, the students learned how to draw a wishing bird in oil pastels.  

This week in Computer Science, Kindergarten is using Kid Pix 3D to finish posters for their musical, Get Hoppin. Once finished, students print their posters to take home. Some of the artwork will be selected to appear in the programs and on tickets. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed celebrating Dr. Seuss by reading One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. We also started discussing Women’s History Month. Next week, we will continue our celebration of Women’s History by focusing on women from the past & present. 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 the kindergarteners participated in some cooperation and team-building exercises. They were set a variety of different challenges and asked to synergize to complete their task or goal. We played team dodgeball which the students really enjoyed. This game allows for many different locomotive and non-locomotive skills to be practiced. All students improved their throwing, catching, running, balance and spatial awareness during this activity. 

This week in Spanish, kindergarten continued learning about shapes (heart, oval, circle, triangle, square, star, and rectangle) and numbers. Students continued working on their Numbers Book in class. Students also worked on creating a shape poster in class. Students are getting better and better at singing “Los Diez Deditos” song. 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 continued working on the Romero Britto inspired Butterflies project. Their patterned butterflies with bright colors turned out great!  

This week in Computer Science, First Grade is using Kid Pix 3D to finish posters for their musical, Welcome to the Jungle. Once finished, students print their posters to take home. Some of the artwork will be selected to appear in the programs and on tickets. 

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed listening to I am Helen Keller written by Brad Meltzer. The book is part of the Ordinary People Change the World series. Throughout the month of March, we will continue to focus on different women who have made a difference in society through their achievements. 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 the 1st graders participated in some cooperation and team-building exercises. They were set a variety of different challenges and asked to synergize to complete their task or goal. We played team dodgeball which the students really enjoyed. This game allows for many different locomotive and non-locomotive skills to be practiced. All students improved their throwing, catching, running, balance and spatial awareness during this activity. 

This week in Spanish, first grade continued working with Farm Animals. Students worked on their pronunciation of the words and matching the English word to the Spanish word. Students continued working on their farms. Students worked on designing their own farms and drawing out the farm animals. Students are labeling the animals that live on their farms with the Spanish name. 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 had a great time painting scenery for their papier-mache koi fish on canvases. They reviewed perspective and talked about how we can paint the grass and stream to make their paintings look more 3D. We also learned a blending technique to create rapid water. Next time when they come, we will glue our koi fish to the canvas and add a few lilies on the canvas. 

This week in Computer Science, Second Grade is using Kid Pix 3D to finish posters for their musical, Dinostars! Once finished, students print their posters to take home. Some of the artwork will be selected to appear in the programs and on tickets. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed listening to I am Amelia Earhart written by Brad Meltzer. The book is part of the Ordinary People Change the World series. Throughout the month of March, we will continue to focus on different women who have made a difference in society through their achievements. 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 the 2nd graders participated in some cooperation and team-building exercises. They were set a variety of different challenges and asked to synergize to complete their task or goal. We played team dodgeball which the students really enjoyed. This game allows for many different locomotive and non-locomotive skills to be practiced. All students improved their throwing, catching, running, balance and spatial awareness during this activity. 

This week in Spanish, students started their new group of words. Students are learning the words to describe their bodies such as arm, leg, elbow, and head. Students practiced pronouncing their new words and moving their bodies as they pointed to each body part and said its name in Spanish. Students worked on a drawing and labeling with a body silhouette. Practice at home: Students can practice their vocabulary words at home using the Quizlet found on the Spanish page.  

CHA Spanish | Computer Lab Website

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students learned about the contemporary artist, Heather Galler, and Folk art. Her folk art style is bold, colorful and has a lot of design elements. 3rd grade students looked at the artist’s paintings, and decided to use her pet series for our inspiration. Mrs. Choi taught them how to draw cats and dogs. They then picked their favorite pet to draw. They are off to a great start, and next week, we will start adding fun patterns to our drawings.  

This week in Computer Science, Third Grade is using Kid Pix 3D to finish posters for their musical, The Granny Awards. Once finished, students print their posters to take home. Some of the artwork will be selected to appear in the programs and on tickets. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students focused on Women’s History Month. We used the book 100 Women Who Made History Remarkable Women Who Shaped Our World to learn about Frida Khalo. Throughout the month of March, we will continue to focus on different women who have made a difference in society through their achievements. 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 the 3rd graders participated in some cooperation and team-building exercises. They were set a variety of different challenges and asked to synergize to complete their task or goal. We played team dodgeball which the students really enjoyed. This game allows for many different locomotive and non-locomotive skills to be practices. All students improved their throwing, catching, running, balance and spatial awareness during this activity. 

This week in Spanish, third grade continued working on their sentence translations and then had the opportunity to check their work in class. Students had catch up time to finish working on their “Label the House” activity. Students were also introduced to their next project “Se Vende Una Casa” and started designing a house. 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 continued working on the Doodle for Google project. If they were not finished within class time, some students chose to stay during lunch recess to finish it in art class. On the form, there are highlighted areas that one of the parents have to fill out; your Name, address, email address, phone number and your signature. Please make sure that those areas are filledThere is a purple box in front of the art class, and students are welcome to drop their designs by Tuesday, March 10Th.  

This week in Computer Science, Fourth Grade is using Kid Pix 3D to finish posters for their musical, Dig It! Once finished, students print their posters to take home. Some of the artwork will be selected to appear in the programs and on tickets. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students focused on Women’s History Month. We used the book 100 Women Who Made History Remarkable Women Who Shaped Our World to learn about Frida Khalo. Throughout the month of March, we will continue to focus on different women who have made a difference in society through their achievements.  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 the 4th graders participated in some cooperation and team-building exercises. They were set a variety of different challenges and asked to synergize to complete their task or goal. We played team dodgeball which the students really enjoyed. This game allows for many different locomotive and non-locomotive skills to be practices. All students improved their throwing, catching, running, balance and spatial awareness during this activity. The 4th graders also completed our football unit with a game of 2 hand touch football outside on the field 

This week in Spanish, fourth grade continued working on their Capitulo 1A Oral Presentations and presented their first oral presentation this year. Students stood in front of their classmates and shared 4-5 sentences introducing themselves and answering the question “Que te gusta hacer?”. Students later were introduced to the next chapter in their Realidades book that will focus on adjectives.

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Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students continued working on the Doodle for Google project. If they were not finished within class time, some students chose to stay during lunch recess to finish it in art class. On the form, there are highlighted areas that one of the parents have to fill out; your Name, address, email address, phone number and your signature. Please make sure that those areas are filled. There is a purple box in front of the art class, and students are welcome to drop their designs by Tuesday, March 10Th.  

This week in Computer Science, Fifth Grade is using Kid Pix 3D to finish posters for their musical, Press Start! Once finished, students print their posters to take home. Some of the artwork will be selected to appear in the programs and on tickets. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students focused on Women’s History Month. We used the book 100 Women Who Made History Remarkable Women Who Shaped Our World to learn about Frida Khalo. Throughout the month of March, we will continue to focus on different women who have made a difference in society through their achievements. 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 the 5th graders participated in some cooperation and team-building exercises. They were set a variety of different challenges and asked to synergize to complete their task or goal. We played team dodgeball which the students really enjoyed. This game allows for many different locomotive and non-locomotive skills to be practices. All students improved their throwing, catching, running, balance and spatial awareness during this activity. The 5th graders also completed our football unit with a game of 2 hand touch football outside on the field  

This week in Spanish, fifth grade worked on their Capitulo 2B study guide in class. Students worked on each section individually to check how much they know and then as a class checked their answers. Students also review subjects or lessons that they feel they needed based on the study guide. Students also had the opportunity to review their grades from their “Estar” quiz from last Friday.  Class Announcement: Student will be having their Chapter 2B test the week of March 16th- March 20th. We will be completinga Study Guide in class next week and they will be sent home in next week’s Friday Folders.  


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