CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

January 08, 2021

Kindergarten 

This week at Art, Kindergarten students had fun working on a snowy landscape pop-up project. They learned about the horizon line, the foreground, the middle ground, and the background. Students learned that these four parts of the landscape are necessary to create the illusion of depth. First, they folded a piece of paper into fourths to form a zigzag pattern. Then, they cut the paper diagonally. To create the illusion of depth, students cut assorted sizes of trees out of green construction paper and carefully glued the smaller trees to the top of the paper, or the background, and the biggest tree to the bottom of the paper, or the foreground. 

In Computer Science, Kindergarten played on Kodable and completed pages in a Kodable workbook. In the workbook, we learned what it means to find “bugs” in code and how to fix the bug without deleting anything else. We also learned that there are ways to give instructions if something is true. For example, we practiced sending fuzzes upward in the maze only if there was a yellow tile. Ms. Roberts’ class learned how to play a new game in KodableAsteroidia, which challenges students to think ahead to complete puzzles. We are finished with Kodable workbooks and they will be sent home in Friday Folders this week and next. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students listened to the non-fiction book “Polar Animals.” Students discussed the different features of a non-fiction book such as the table of contents, text features, index, and glossary. Kindergarteners also browsed books on Ms. Whalen’s cart and took books home to read. Please have your child return their library books next week. Ms. Robet’s class only: please make sure your child returns their France book to school so I can check them off. Thank you! 

Palladino – Wednesday’s 

Roseland – Wednesday’s 

Bernal – Thursday’s 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music included vocal tone production, same versus different, high versus low pitch, steady pulse, and learning how music can be used to represent emotions.  Students learned the song It’s a Brand New Year, where they had opportunities to sing about what they did on vacation.  They also learned the finger play Ten Little Fingers Kindergartners also listened to part of Carnival of the Animals and discussed how the composer used music to represent different animals.  Finally, students played Handy Dandy, a song to explore high and low pitches.  

This week the kindergartner’s objectives were static balances on different bases and objects as well as demonstrating non-locomotor skills in isolation( bend, twist, sway, push and pull). We played a fun game called cross the river where students had to build a raft using pool noodles then use their raft to cross the river while maintaining balance. Students practiced balancing with different parts of their bodies as well as coordinating with classmates to complete their objectives.   

This week in Spanish,kindergarten studentsparticipated inCalendar Time. It focuses on asking students what day is today, what day will be tomorrow, and what day was yesterday in Spanish.  Kindergarten students started their second set of vocabulary words in Spanish class. They are learning the names of classroom items. This week students learned the Spanish word for six classroom materials: chair, pencil, table, book, scissors, and erasers. Students also added one new emotion word to Calendar Time. Students learned how to describe that they are feeling tired (cansado/cansada).  

Work Being Sent Home:Classroom Objects Packet  

*Please have students place these handouts in their Spanish folder so they are ready for class.    

Work to Turn-In: Nothing to turn in this week. All practice work that is not turned in may be kept inside the Spanish folder.   

*Please only turn in work that is asked for. Thank you. *    

Want Practice at Home: Classroom Items Quizletand LasEmocionesQuizlet 

First Grade 

This week at Art, 1st grade students learned about the American pop artist Jim Dine. He is known for his paintings and sculptures of hearts. After learning about his life and looking at his artwork, the students started working on this year’s art auction project. Each student was given two mini canvases for drawing hearts inspired by the artist. Mrs. Choi collected in-class students’ mini canvases to turn their creations into a collaborative piece for the auction. To contribute to the art auction piece, virtual students should send their two mini canvases in a Ziplock bag and return them in their Friday folder. Mrs. Choi is looking forward to assembling a collective art piece for the auction. 

In Computer Science, First Grade learned about “debugging” code, including how Admiral Grace Hopper coined the term when she discovered and removed an actual moth which was causing problems inside of the Mark II computer. Students learned that in code.org, the “step” button can help them identify bugs in their code and address the bug without deleting the rest of the code. Next week we will learn how loops help us write code faster and how they change the code. 

This week in Library, First Grade students listened to the story, “Snow is my Favorite and My Best” by Lauren Child. This story is about siblings who go on an adventure to the Artic and Antarctic to discover that while snow is fun, having it around all the time might get chilly. First Graders browsed books on Ms. Whalen’s library cart and took them home to read. Please have your child return their library books next week.  There is a Library worksheet called Jan Brett-author study coming home in your child’s Friday Folder. Please make sure that your child keeps it in a safe place. We will work on it next week. Also, please make sure your child returns their Kinara Candles worksheet to school so I can check them off. Thank you! 

Carver – Wednesdays   

Luckey – Fridays   

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music included steady pulse, quarter/eighth note/rest rhythms, sol-mi intervals, how music can be used to represent emotions, and composition.  First graders learned the songs Christmas Now is Over and Lucky Me. These songs gave students opportunities to create word chain rhythms out of gifts they received over the holiday.  Students also listened to part of Carnival of the Animals and discussed how the composer used music to represent different animals.  Finally, students explored some quick composition devices using Chrome Music Lab.  

This week the kindergartner’s objectives were static balances on different bases and objects as well as demonstrating non-locomotor skills in isolation( bend, twist, sway, push and pull). We played a fun game called cross the river where students had to build a raft using pool noodles then use their raft to cross the river while maintaining balance. Students practiced balancing with different parts of their bodies as well as coordinating with classmates to complete their objectives.   

This week in Spanish,firstgrade studentscontinued working with their second unit of vocabulary this year. Students are learning the words for vegetables in Spanish. This week students focused on recognizing the vocabulary words on their own. Students were given a classwork with only the Spanish term and they drew a picture of the meaning to show that they knew what the word means. Students also participated inCalendar Time. It focuses on asking students what day is today, what day will be tomorrow, and what day was yesterday in Spanish. Next week, students will work with building sentences to describe what vegetables they like and dislike. Students will also be introduced to the sentence base: Mi favorita verdure es…. 

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Las Verduras Writing Handout  

*Please have students place these handouts in their Spanish folder so they are ready for class.     

Work to Turn-In: Dibuja las Verduras(Draw the Veggies)    

*Please only turn in work that is asked for. Thank you. *    

Want Practice at home:LasVerdurasQuizlet 

Second Grade 

This week at Art, Second Grade students enjoyed learning how to make and decorate origami houses. This origami project was sometimes challenging, but the students tried their best to make the houses and had a wonderful time drawing their family members and pets inside of their creations. 

In Computer Science, Second Grade learned about staying safe online by keeping personal information private. We discussed how sharing information online is like sharing that information with a stranger, and gave examples of information that was ok or not ok to share. We are reviewing this information in preparation for next week, when we will start using Scratch, an online platform, to create animations. The site requires a user name and allows users to play each others’ games and leave comments, so it is important to remember what is and is not safe to share. You will see a parent agreement for Scratch in this week’s Friday Folder to return next week. If you have any questions, please send me a message in Teams or email me at [email protected]. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students listened to the story “We are Extremely Very Good Recyclers” by Lauren Child. This story is about a boy who convinces his sister to recycle her old toys instead of throwing them away. Students discussed the idea that kids can help save the Earth by recycling. There is a Library worksheet about Greta Thunberg coming home in your child’s Friday Folder. Please make sure that your child keeps it in a safe place. We will work on it next week. Also, please make sure your child returns their Puerto Rico books to school so I can check them off. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music included steady pulse, AB song form, vocal repertoire, and sol/la/mi vocal intervals.  Second graders learned the songs Christmas Now is Over and I Like Winter.  Both songs explored ways students can respond using rhythms created out of gifts they received over the holiday or things they enjoy about the Winter season.   Students also explored some quick composition devices using Chrome Music Lab.  

This week the 2nd graders continued to explore and practice their A, B, Cs ( agility, balance, and coordination). Students were set a variety of different challenges designed for students to improve all 3 skills. We focused on hand-eye and foot-eye coordination as well as quick changes of direction to improve their agility. Many of these skills are transferable from sport to sport so it’s always good to continue to practice and improve these aspects of P.E   

This week in Spanish,secondgradestudents started working with their second unit of vocabulary this year. Students started working with the Spanish terms to describe facial features. In this mini unit of words, students are learning the terms for eyes, ears, mouth, face, nose, hair, ears, and teeth. This week students focused on hearing the word, saying the word, and clapping out the syllables of the word to help with pronunciation. Students also played “Simon dice/Simon says”. For fun and vocabulary practice, students drew silly self-portraits and labeled their facial features in Spanish. Next week, students will continue working with these terms.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: La Cara/ The Face Vocabulary Sheet 

*Please have students place these handouts in their Spanish folder so they are ready for class.     

Work toTurn-In: Three Kings Fact Sheet  

*Please only turn in work that is asked for. Thank you. *    

Want Practice at home: La Cara Quizlet 

Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students learned about space, one of the elements of art. They learned how artists use specific techniques to create the illusion of depth: developing foreground, middle ground, and background and using overlapping, size, and linear perspective. The class then focused on linear perspective. Linear perspective is a type of perspective that uses convergent lines and vanishing points. It is based on the simple fact that the further away objects are from viewers, the smaller they appear. The point at which objects become so small that they disappear is known as the vanishing point. After learning this, the students began working on the pop-up one-point perspective landscape project. They enjoyed drawing landscapes and learning how to make them stand up. We will continue working on this project next week. 

In Computer Science, Third Grade learned that how to be kind online and how to react if someone says something that hurts your feelings when you are online. We discussed that online words can be interpreted different ways because you can’t see peoples’ faces and intentions when they post something. We learned that some things, like name calling and bullying, are not ok to do online (or in person). Lastly, we learned that if someone upsets us online, we should S.T.O.P - step away, tell a trusted adult, ok websites first, and pause and think online. FoWe are reviewing this information in preparation for next week, when we will start using Scratch, an online platform, to create animation. The site allows users to play each others’ games and leave comments, so it is important to remember to use kind words. You will see a parent agreement for Scratch in this week’s Friday Folder to return next week. If you have any questions, please send me a message in Teams or email me at [email protected]. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students discussed the fantasy vs realistic fiction genres and enjoyed listening to the story, “The Vacation Property” by Monica Orange. This story is about a dragon who longs for better days. In this story the author uses the ‘show not tell’ strategy which means the author helps the reader learn about a character through their behavior: actions, thoughts, words but doesn’t tell you who or what the character is. There is a Library worksheet cut and paste called Mice and Beans Reality/Fantasy coming home in your child’s Friday Folder. Please make sure that your child keeps it in a safe place. We will work on it next week. Also, please make sure your child returns their Peru books to school so I can check them off. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade music included analyzing the building blocks of music: timbre, rhythm, dynamics, form, and pitch. Students started a music composition unit where they will be spending time composing music in some different ways that include aleatoric (chance music) and composing for video games or films 

This week the 3rd graders continued to explore and practice their A, B, Cs ( agility, balance, and coordination). Students were set a variety of different challenges designed for students to improve all 3 skills. We focused on hand-eye and foot-eye coordination as well as quick changes of direction to improve their agility. Many of these skills are transferable from sport to sport so it’s always good to continue to practice and improve these aspects of P.E   

This week in Spanish,thirdgradestudentscompleted their first Spanish Checkpoint. This checkpoint included bedroom, direction, and sentence building vocabulary. Students had different activities to complete as part of the checkpoint. They had multiple choicefill in the blank, and translation questions. Next week, students will begin the next unit of words for Spanish. Students will be learning how to describe the kitchen and quantities of items found in the kitchen. 

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: The Kitchen Vocabulary Packet 

Please have students place their classwork inside their Spanish Binder.  

Work to Turn-In:El Dormitorio Checkpoint    

Students in Ms.Warenkiewicz homeroom class may turn it in next week since they have their second Spanish class on Friday morning and may need the time to finish. Make sure their name is on both papers. Thank you.   

Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students learned about space, one of the elements of art. They learned how artists use specific techniques to create the illusion of depth: developing foreground, middle ground, and background and using overlapping, size, and linear perspective. The class then focused on linear perspective. Linear perspective is a type of perspective that uses convergent lines and vanishing points. It is based on the simple fact that the further away objects are from viewers, the smaller they appear. The point at which objects become so small that they disappear is known as the vanishing point. After learning this, the students began working on the pop-up one-point perspective landscape project. They enjoyed drawing landscapes and learning how to make them stand up. We will continue working on this project next week. 

In Computer Science, Fourth Grade investigated WoofJS, a tool that acts like a dictionary between Scratch code and JavaScript. We used WoofJS to try coding the first couple of steps in a game called Star Catcher. In order to start coding, we learned about variables in JavaScript. Students learned that a variable is like a box that holds something. The box does not change, but the information inside it may change and be updated over time. Students will begin working in WoofJS next week with a partner to create their project. 

 This week in Library, Fourth Graders listened to two Native American legends, one from the Pacific Northwest and one from The Great Plains. Fourth Graders listened to the story “The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush” by Tomie dePaola, which is a story from The Great Plains. This story is about the legend of the flower, the Indian Paintbrush. The second story is called “Frog Girl” by Paul Owen Lewis, which is a story from the Pacific Northwest. This story is about a young girl’s journey to understand and protect the frogs in her village. There is a Library Venn diagram worksheet about Lunar/New Year’s coming home in your child’s Friday Folder. Please make sure that your child keeps it in a safe place. We will work on it next week. Also, please make sure your child returns their Native American books to school so I can check them off. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade music included analyzing the building blocks of music: timbre, rhythm, dynamics, form, and pitch.  Students started a music composition unit where they will be spending time composing music in some different ways that include aleatoric (chance music) and composing for video games or films. 

This week the 4th graders continued to explore and practice their A, B, Cs ( agility, balance, and coordination). Students were set a variety of different challenges designed for students to improve all 3 skills. We focused on hand-eye and foot-eye coordination as well as quick changes of direction to improve their agility. Many of these skills are transferable from sport to sport so it’s always good to continue to practice and improve these aspects of P.E   

This week in Spanish,fourth Gradestudentscontinuedworking with Chapter PE in theirtextbook. This week students continued working with the vocabulary for “Things inside a Classroom”. Studentspracticed their words with Ms. Suarez to build oral fluency. Students completed activity #2 and then started a mini grammar unit to refresh them on nouns and the articles that are used with nouns in Spanish.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: No work is being sent home this week.   

Please have students place their classwork inside their Spanish Binder.  

Work to Turn-In: Nothing to turn in this week.  

Fifth Grade 

This week in Art, fifth grade students began working on their annual art auction project. Each student was given a square canvas to paint a landscape with a house. The students will continue working on this project next week. They will be using acrylic paint to preserve the paint as long as possible. I have informed the students that they are welcome to bring their art supplies to the kitchen instead of working in the carpeted room. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this project. 

In Computer Science, Fifth Grade inspected a Spanish –ar verb conjugation program. The program takes the Spanish –ar verb and the subject of your sentence to create the correct form of the verb. For example, if you type in “hablar” for the verb and “yo” for the subject, the code will return “yo hablo.” Students examined the Python code and looked for patterns. They determined that there was a bug in the code, and tried correcting it. Along the way, students sometimes encountered new bugs to work through, or questioned other ways to work with the code. Throughout the next month, students will create their own conjugator program. 

This week in Library, Fifth Graders continued to work on their Book Recommendation assignments. 5th Graders will be using them to make Flip Grids next week so please make sure that your student keeps them at home. Please do not send them back to school. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade music included analyzing the building blocks of music: timbre, rhythm, dynamics, form, and pitch.  Students started a music composition unit where they will be spending time composing music in some different ways that include serialism and composing for video games or films. 

This week the 5th graders continued to explore and practice their A, B, Cs ( agility, balance, and coordination). Students were set a variety of different challenges designed for students to improve all 3 skills. We focused on hand-eye and foot-eye coordination as well as quick changes of direction to improve their agility. Many of these skills are transferable from sport to sport so it’s always good to continue to practice and improve these aspects of P.E   

This week in Spanish, fifth-grade studentscontinued working on Chapter 2A: Your Day at School. This chapter focuseson describing classes, schedules, and preferences when it comes to school. This week studentswere introduced to verb conjugation in Spanish. Students were introduced to conjugating the present tense of -ar verbs. Students completed guided notes with Ms. Suarez. Students also completed practice activities during class time. Fifth grade will continue to work with -ar verbs for the next couple of weeks.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Conjugation -ar Practice Packet    

Please have students place their classwork inside their Spanish Binder.   

Work to Turn-In:Nothing to turn in this week.  


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