CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

January 22, 2021

Kindergarten 

This week at art, Kindergarten students worked on their contribution to the Annual art auction project. Each student created collage houses. I have asked the students to put their collage houses in a Ziplock bag and send it back to school in their Friday folder this week. If you could double-check with your child before you return his/her Friday folder tomorrow, I would appreciate it! 

In Computer Science, Kindergarten learned how to use WordPad, which is similar to Microsoft Word. In addition to typing their names, students created new lines and spaces with the enter and space keys. Using Britannica Kids, students found photos of their favorite animals and pasted them onto the page in WordPad before saving the document. Next week, students will open these documents and resize the pictures. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students listened to a story about Martin Luther King Jr. Kindergartners also completed a kindness cut and paste activity where they decided if actions were showing kindness or not showing kindness. Kindergartners also browsed books on Ms. Whalen’s cart and took books home to read. Please have your child return their library books next week. For Ms. Roberts and Ms. Huss’ classes: there are two worksheet activities coming home in your child’s Friday folder. One is a fiction/non-fiction worksheet and the other is a Martin Luther King Jr worksheet. Please hold on to these as we will work on them next week. Thank you! 

Palladino – Wednesdays   

Roseland – Wednesdays   

Bernal – Thursdays 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were Martin Luther King perspectives, percussion technique, vocal tone production, steady pulse, and rhythm patterns.  Students learned to sing We Shall Overcome, the famous song associated with the civil rights movement.  Students also played How Many Days, Peaches and Pears, There She Goes, and Sheep in the Meadow.  All these activities reinforced vocal tone and steady pulse.   

Spanish Weekly Newsletter Week17(January 18-January 22)      

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. This week students learned a new emotion word. Students learned “enfermo/enferma” which means “sick”. Kindergarten studentscontinued working with their second set of vocabulary words in Spanish class. Theyare learningthe names of classroom items.This week students added six new materials to their word bank. Students added “notebook, window, door, pen, desk, and paper”. In total students are learning twelve Spanish terms for materials.  Students practiced recognizing the vocabulary words with trace and draw activity in class. Next week students will work on a mini booklet to practice their new vocabulary and review their colors.   

Work Being Sent Home: Classroom Item Mini Booklet  

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

Work to Turn-In: Nothing to turn in this week. Classwork was practice work.    

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

First Grade 

This week at art, First grade students learned about Henri Matisse. He was a revolutionary and influential artist of the early 20th century, best known for the expressive color and form of his Fauvist style. He created compositions by cutting out paper shapes with scissors. He called it “drawing with scissors”. After we carefully looked at his collages, we created Matisse inspired collage sculpture. The students had fun cutting out organic shapes and geometric shapes to build their sculptures. 

In Computer Science, First Grade continued to complete lessons in code.org. They practiced writing loops and completing puzzles with restrictions like limited use of certain code blocks. Next, students will learn how events can be used to make code run after keys or buttons are pressed. 

This week in Library, First Graders listened to the story “The Three Snow Bears” by Jan Brett. Then they completed a retell of the story. First Graders also browsed books on Ms. Whalen’s library cart and took them home to read. Please have your child return their library books next week.  

Carver – Wednesdays   

Luckey – Fridays 

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were Martin Luther King perspectives, rhythmic dictation, and composition.  Students were introduced to a book called We Shall Overcome, the Story of a Song.  Students sang the song as well.  First graders reinforced their knowledge of quarter and eighth notes by using the rhythm randomizer.  Students also made word chains using ideas from We Shall Overcome and/or MLK.   

This week in Spanish,firstgrade studentscontinuedworking with their second unit of vocabulary this year. Studentsarelearning the words for vegetables in Spanish. This week students in person finished their “Mi Verdura Writing” classwork and worked on a color review in class. Students online started a mini unit on nouns in Spanish and their gender. Students alsoparticipated 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 be having their Las Verduras Checkpoint. This checkpoint has two parts a written and oral portion. A parent letter was sent home with more information and was also posted in the 1st Grade Parent Channel. 

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Las Verduras Checkpoint + Parent Letter Home (Checkpoint) *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. We are still working on our activity.    

*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 learned about difference between shapes and forms in art. After learning about the differences, the students were challenged to turn strips of paper into 3D dinosaur form sculptures. They had a great time explore a few techniques in the making different forms. 

In Computer Science, Second Grade began creating our Scratch animations. Students added characters and a background, and we learned how show, hide, and place the characters. Next week we will learn how to change characters’ looks including changing costumes, making them think or speak, and changing their size and color. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students listened to the story “I am Martin Luther King, Jr.” by Brad Meltzer. This story asks the question of what makes a hero and talks about Martin Luther King Junior and the difficulties that he went through. Second Graders also watched The Story of Martin Luther King Jr by Kid President and discussed the impact he had on creating an equal opportunity for all people. 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were Martin Luther King perspectives, rhythmic dictation, and composition.  Students were introduced to a book called We Shall Overcome, the Story of a Song.  Students sang the song as well.  Second graders reinforced their knowledge of half, quarter, and eighth notes the rhythm randomizer.  Finally, second graders spent some time making word chains using ideas from We Shall Overcome and MLK.   

This week in Spanish,secondgradestudents continued working with their second unit of vocabulary. Students continued 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. Last week students focused on writing the words and relating the letter with the sounds they make. This week students took a dive in a mini grammar lesson in Spanish about nouns and their gender. Students have learned about this before but needed a refresh to learn about the indefinite articles “un and una”. They will be using this next week when they start writing sentences to describe facial features. If you child is in in-person now they will not be receiving classwork at home anymore. They will only receive assignments that have been checked and can be kept at home.      

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Yo Tengo Guided Notes   

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

Work toTurn-In:Nothing to turn in this week. This week we focused on taking guided notes. Keep these guided notes in their Spanish folder. They will be using them next week.       

  Want Practice at home:La Cara Quizlet 

Third Grade 

This week at art, Third grade students finished with their Pop-up perspective drawing and were introduced to Doodle for 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 am strong because…’ As a class, they looked at Google Doodlers’ examples and then started brainstorming their ideas. 

Starting next week (the week of January 25th), we will be working on our annual art auction project. Each student will create a fused glass guitar during their live art class. When you pick up Friday folder tomorrow, you will find tan colored boxes and small containers next to their Friday folders. Please pick up one of each for their art project. The box contains the materials needed to make the fused glass guitars. There are small glass pieces inside, so please make sure to handle it with care and keep the box and the container away from younger siblings. If you can keep the materials somewhere safe and give it to your child before his/her art class, that will be wonderful. I will go over how they can safely handle the materials during their live class. When they are finished, they have to return their project back to school in the box during Friday folder drop-off on January 29th. Ms. Shamsen’s class has their Art class on Fridays. Please return the box by Friday, February 5th since they need to let the glue dry before closing the box. Thank you very much for your support and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

In Computer Science, Third Grade began working on Scratch games. Students saved their work online and began by adding sprites and events, such as clicking or tapping the arrow keys, that allow game interaction. As they worked, students asked questions about how to achieve different goals, like adding points or making characters change costumes. We will continue working on these games for two more weeks, and we Third Graders will have a chance to play each others’ games in the last week before mid-winter break. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students retold the story of “Mice and Beans” by Pam Munoz Ryan. Third Graders also completed a reality vs fantasy cut and paste activity based on the book. Please have your child turn in their reality vs fantasy activity to school so I can check them off that it is completed. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were Martin Luther King perspectives, rhythmic dictation, and music composition.  Students were introduced to a book called We Shall Overcome, the Story of a Song.  Students sang the song as well.  Third graders also reinforced their knowledge of whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes practicing counting the steady beat out loud while they clapped a composed rhythm.   

This week in Spanish,thirdgradestudents continued working with “La Cocina”. Students reviewed the Spanish term for microwave, blender, plate, and more. This week students focused on improving their pronunciations of their vocabulary words. Students checked their “Label the Kitchen” activity and are keeping it inside their Spanish binder as a resource. This week students started a mini grammar lesson on definite articles “el, la, los, and las”. This lesson is a refresher for some students but completely new to others. Next week they will finish their mini grammar lesson and apply what they learned to a sentence translation activity.   

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Sentence Translation Handout  

Please have students place their classwork inside their Spanish Binder.     

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

“El, La, Los, y Las Guided Notes are a resource and should be kept in the Spanish binder for future use”. 

Fourth Grade 

This week at art, Fourth grade students finished with their Pop-up perspective drawing and were introduced to Doodle for 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 am strong because…’ As a class, they looked at Google Doodlers’ examples and then started brainstorming their ideas. 

In Computer Science, Fourth Grade continued to build Star Catcher using WoofJS. Students worked with a partner to ensure that their stars moved around when clicked. The stars should also change color and size. Next week we will add points when the star is clicked. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students listened to the story “Sam and the Lucky Money” by Karen Chinn. This story is about a boy named Sam who receives a red envelope with money from his grandparents for Chinese New Year. Students predicted what would happen in the story and discussed the celebration of the Chinese New Year. Mrs. Balachandran’s class also completed a Venn diagram comparing American New Year and Chinese New Year’s, what is the same and different about each. Mrs. Springer and Mrs. Fox’s classes will complete the Venn diagram next week. 

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were Martin Luther King perspectives,  rhythmic dictation, and music composition.  Students were introduced to a book called We Shall Overcome, the Story of a Song.  Fourth graders also learned and sang the famous song associated with the civil rights movement.   Students composed haiku poems about Martin Luther King adding rhythms of their choice to the syllables.  Additionally, students reinforced their knowledge of whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes practicing counting the steady beat out loud while they clapped a composed rhythm.   

This week in Spanish,fourth grade studentscontinuedworkingwith nouns and their definite articles (el, la, los, las). Studentsfinished working on workbook page 6 in class and checked their classwork as a class to review the answers. Students also began a mini unit on calendar and days which is the last portion of Chapter PE. Next week students, will be reviewing Chapter PE in class and completing a review activity. This is in preparation for their first Spanish checkpoint that will take place on the week of February 1st-5th.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Chapter PE Review + Parent Letter (Checkpoint Information) Please have students place their classwork inside their Spanish Binder.     

Work to Turn-In: Workbook Page 6 (Pink Worksheet)  
Please make sure your name is on the paper. Thank you.

Fifth Grade 

This week at art, Fifth grade students finished with their landscape with a house painting and were introduced to Doodle for 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 am strong because…’ As a class, they looked at Google Doodlers’ examples and then started brainstorming their ideas. 

In Computer Science, Fifth Grade continued to work on their Spanish conjugation Python code. Students reviewed strings and string functions and learned about adding “if” statements to their code. These “if” statements allow the computer to do different things based on the input that the user gives. 

This week in Library Mrs. Taylor’s class made their Flip Grid video. Please make sure your child does not turn in their ‘A Book That Lights Up My Reading’ assignment until they complete their Flip Grid in class. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were Martin Luther King perspectives, rhythmic dictation, and music composition.   Fifth graders sang We Shall Overcome and discussed its history and relationship to culture, the civil rights movement, and beyond.  Students composed haiku poems about MLK and the song adding rhythms of their choice to the syllables. 

This week in Spanish, fifth-grade studentscontinued working with -ar verb conjugation. Fifth grade had Spanish two times this week since there was no school on Monday. This week students started working on their “Conjugation Practice Packet”. This packet includes three mini activities. Students complete the activity and then check their answers in class. Next week we will continue to work with -ar conjugations. Next week students will finish their practice packet and complete a graded classwork with -ar conjugations.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week:Nothing is being sent home this week.        

Work to Turn-In:Nothing to turn in this week. We are working on a practice packet.  

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