CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

February 05, 2021

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


Kindergarten 

This week at art, Kindergarten students learned about an African-American artist, Alma Woodsey Thomas. She was a painter and an educator. She was best known for her colorful abstract paintings. Instead of painting, students created Alma Thomas inspired collages. They enjoyed working on this colorful art. 

In Computer Science, Kindergarten continued to use WordPad and Britannica Kids to add pictures to documents. We also practiced changing the text in Word Pad to a different color, size, and font. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students listened to the story “Most People” by Michael Leannah. Kindergartners discussed the idea that most people are good and that we are all unique and special in our own way. Kindergarten students browsed books on Ms. Whalen’s cart and took books home to read. Please have your child return their library books next week.  

Ms. Roberts class: please have your child turn in their fiction or non-fiction cut and paste from last week, if they haven’t done so already. Thank you!  

Palladino – Wednesdays    

Roseland – Wednesdays    

Bernal – Thursdays 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were Black History Month awareness, steady pulse, and vocal repertoire.  Students were introduced to a book called Edward’s Rhythm Sticks by Franklin Willis.    Students began their survey of African American genres of music.  These will include Blues, Jazz, Soul, Rock and Roll, and Hip Hop.   

This week kindergartner revisited their underhand and overhand throwing skills. We played a fun game called “make it take” where students had to toss their bean bags at different targets worth a variety of points. The kindergartners have really improved on this skill and are now very comfortable performing both techniques well. I was very impressed with the effort and sportsmanship showed by all students.  

This week in Spanish, kindergarten students participated in Calendar Time. This week students added a new emotion word to calendar time. They learned “emocionado/a=excited”. Kindergarten students continued working with their second set of vocabulary words in Spanish class. This week students focused on the essential question: Que hay adentro de mi mochila? / What is inside my book bag? Students worked on a mini project where they decorated their own bookbag and then sorted the materials they have been learning about. They had to think, can this go inside my bookbag.  Next week students will be having their Spanish Checkpoint on Classroom Materials as we are done with this unit of words.    

Work Being Sent Home: Classroom Materials Checkpoint + Valentine’s Day Packet  

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

Work to Turn-In: En Mi Mochila Project (Bookbag Project) 

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

Want Practice at Home: Classroom Items Quizlet and Las Emociones Quizlet      

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First Grade 

This week at art, First grade students learned about an African-American artist, Alma Woodsey Thomas. She was a painter and an educator. She was best known for her colorful abstract paintings. Instead of painting, students created Alma Thomas inspired collages. They enjoyed working on this colorful art. 

In Computer Science, First Grade finished our coding unit in Code.org. Over the two months, students have learned that computers will run the exact code that is written, even if it makes no sense, that code runs in the order it is written, that computers can follow patterns by using a “loop” or repeat block, and that you can use events to run a piece of code after the user interacts with the mouse or keyboard. 

This week in Library, First Grade students listened to the story “Maybe Something Beautiful” by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell. This story is about a girl named Mira who decides one day to paste her drawing of a sun on one of the dark walls of an alley on her way back from school, just to bring brightness to the smiles of her neighbors. First Graders discussed the importance of community and togetherness. First Grade students 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.   

Ms. Jenson and Mrs. Saccardo’s classes: please have your child turn in their author study assignment, if they haven’t done so already. Thank you!  

Carver – Wednesdays    

Luckey – Fridays  

This week’s objective in First Grade Music was to introduce Black History Month awareness.  We read a book called The Sound that Jazz Makes that outlines the history of African American music.  As the book touches on African music, Ragtime, Blues, Gospel, Jazz, and Hip-hop, we will be spending time exploring these genres over the month of February and beyond.  Students surveyed African music learning about the Mbira and hand drumming of West Africa.  Students also explored the code songs of the underground railroad including Follow the Drinking Gourd and Sweet Low, Sweet Chariot. 

This week the 1stgraders started learning how to play floor hockey. Their objectives were dribbling with control, puck handling as well as starting to explore the push pass. We will be building up to playing 3vs3 floor hockey games. The students made a great start to their hockey unit picking up many of these new skills very quickly. 

This week in Spanish, first grade students started their third unit of vocabulary words in Spanish. Students are learning the Spanish terms for farm animals. This week students focused on hearing, clapping, and pronouncing their new terms. Students also reviewed el and la, and then added the correct definite article in front of their new words. Students also worked on tracing and writing their new words. Next week students will be designing/drawing a farm of their own in class.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: My Farm Template Classwork (Long White Paper) 

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

Work to Turn-In: Las Verduras Checkpoint (If they forgot to turn it in last week.)           

Want Practice at home: Farm Animals Quizlet  

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Second Grade 

This week at art, Second grade students worked on our annual art auction project, fused glass dinosaurs. Thank you very much for parents for joining your child who are learning virtually. We also had a great conversation about what art auction is all about and many students felt proud to give back to school with their creations. I would like to kindly ask you to return their project back to school in the tan colored box during Friday drop-off. Please refer to the message on Teams-> CHA Parents ->2nd Grades for the instruction on how you can safely bring your child’s creation back to school. Thank you for your help in advance! 

In Computer Science, Second Grade finished working on their Scratch Animations. Students learned how to use the “wait” block as well as the “broadcast message” and “receive message” blocks in order to make their code run at the right times. Next week, students will have a chance to watch each other’s animations and leave positive or constructive feedback. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students listened to the story “Ada Twist, Scientist” by Andrea Beaty. This is a story about Scientist Ada who has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Second Grade discussed the important role of women scientists. Second Graders also listened to the story, “Chocolate Milk, Por Favor” by Maria Dismondy and discussed how differences can be celebrated.   

Note: please have your child turn in their Greta Thunberg assignment, if they haven’t done so already. Thank you! 

This week’s objective in Second Grade Music was to introduce Black History Month awareness.  We read a book called The Sound that Jazz Makes that outlines the history of African American music.  As the book touches on African music, Ragtime, Blues, Gospel, Jazz, and Hip-hop, we will be spending time exploring these genres over the month of February and beyond.  Students surveyed African music learning about the Mbira and hand drumming of West Africa.  Students also explored the code songs of the underground railroad including Follow the Drinking Gourd and Sweet Low, Sweet Chariot. 

This week the 1stgraders started learning how to play floor hockey. Their objectives were dribbling with control, puck handling as well as starting to explore the push pass. We will be building up to playing 3vs3 floor hockey games. The students made a great start to their hockey unit picking up many of these new skills very quickly.

This week in Spanish, second grade students 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.  This week students began working on sentence building. The focus was to write sentences to describe facial features and their quantities. Next week, students will work on their writing project for “La Cara”.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Valentine’s Day Word Search + Parent Letter (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.  

Want Practice at home: La Cara Quizlet   

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Third Grade 


This week at art, Third grade students continued working on Doodle for Google project. When they are finished with their design, please fill out all the highlighted areas on the entry form and return it to school in their Friday folder. The last day to send it back to school will be February 11th, since the due date is February 26th. You can also submit your child art directly from their website here. 


In Computer Science, Third Grade finished working on their Scratch games. Students learned about adding points, changing backgrounds, and having characters interact. They also had a chance to ask additional questions about how to build different aspects of their game. Next week, students will have a chance to play each other’s games and leave positive or constructive feedback. 


This week in Library, Third Grade students listened to the story “Superhero’s Are Everywhere” by Kamala Harris. Students asked themselves the question, “Who is my superhero?” and then discussed it with the group. Third Grade students also listened to the story, “Ada Twist, Scientist” by Andrea Beaty and discussed how Ada Marie twist is named after two of the most famous female scientists: Marie Curie and Ada Lovelace.  


Note: please have your child turn in their Reality vs. Fantasy assignment and Reference Materials assignment, if they haven’t done so already. Thank you!  


This week’s objective in Third Grade Music was to introduce Black History Month awareness.  We read a book called The Sound that Jazz Makes that outlines the history of African American music.  As the book touches on African music, Ragtime, Blues, Gospel, Jazz, and Hip-hop, we will be spending time exploring these genres over the month of February and beyond.  Students surveyed African music learning about the Mbira and hand drumming of West Africa.  Students also explored the code songs of the underground railroad including Follow the Drinking Gourd and Sweet Low, Sweet Chariot. 


This week the 3rd graders objectives were to revisit and recap their underhand throwing technique. Their objectives were throwing with correct form and control as well as throwing for distance. Students played a fun game called the towel flip challenge which allowed them to work at their own pace and challenge themselves in a variety of different ways. Students used both dominant and non-dominant hands in this fun throwing game. 

This week in Spanish, third grade students continued working with “La Cocina”. Students reviewed the Spanish term for microwave, blender, plate, and more. This week students continued their mini grammar lesson on definite articles “el, la, los, and las”. Students completed a graded classwork via Kahoot on definite articles. Students were encouraged to use their notes to help them during their classwork. This week students also completed Sentence Translations in class and are in the midst of checking their work with Ms. Suarez. Next week students will be introduced to indefinite articles: un, unos, una, unas. 


Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Nothing this week.     


Work to Turn-In: Classwork was completed via Kahoot this week and is turned in automatically. 

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Fourth Grade 


This week at art, Fourth grade students worked on our annual art auction project, fused glass birds project. We had a great conversation about what art auction is all about and many students felt proud to give back to school with their creations. I would like to kindly ask you to return their project back to school in the tan colored box during Friday drop-off. Please refer to the message on Teams-> CHA Parents -> 4th Grades for the instruction on how you can safely bring your child’s creation back to school. Thank you for your help in advance! 


In Computer Science, Fourth Grade continued to work on their Star Catcher games with a partner. Next week, students will submit their code to Teams “Assignments” but also have a chance to add to their games as needed. Student games that have a character that moves and awards points when clicked will have the option to spend class keyboarding or using select coding tools available on Clever, Ms. Gorski’s Bitmoji Classroom, or the Tech Lab website. 


This week in Library, Fourth Grade students listened to the story “The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County” by Janice N. Harrington. This story is about a girl who can catch any chicken on her grandmother’s farm except one - the elusive Miss Hen. Fourth Grade students also listened to the story “Superhero’s Are Everywhere” by Kamala Harris and discussed the idea that anyone can be a superhero.  


Note: please have your child turn in their Native American assignment and New Year’s Venn Diagram assignment if they have not done so already. Thank you!  


This week’s objective in Fourth Grade Music was to introduce Black History Month awareness.  We read a book called The Sound that Jazz Makes that outlines the history of African American music.  As the book touches on African music, Ragtime, Blues, Gospel, Jazz, and Hip-hop, we will be spending time exploring these genres over the month of February and beyond.  Students surveyed African music learning about the Mbira and hand drumming of West Africa.  Students also explored the code songs of the underground railroad including Follow the Drinking Gourd and Sweet Low, Sweet Chariot. 


This week the 4thgraders played a cooperative online fitness game called” fill in the blank” students were asked to design a variety of different workout routines that they used at different points of the game. Students were asked to think about different muscle groups and design exercises that would target these. The 4thgraders focused on the upper body, lower body, core, and aerobic exercise. I was very impressed with the creativity and energy on show in class this week. 

This week in Spanish, fourth grade students worked on their first Spanish Checkpoint on Capítulo Para Empezar (PE). Their checkpoint focused on time/numbers, greetings, conversations, and classroom materials. The checkpoint had matching, fill in the blank, and multiple choice. This checkpoint had two portions a written and reading check (oral). Next week students will be learning about acrostic poems and writing one on friendship (Amistad).  


Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Acrostic Poem Packet 


Please have students place their classwork inside their Spanish Binder.      


Work to Turn-In: Chapter PE Checkpoint 


Please make sure your name is on your checkpoint. 

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Fifth Grade 

This week at art, Fifth grade students continued working on their Doodle for Google project. When they are finished with their design, please fill out all the highlighted areas on the entry form and return it to school in their Friday folder. The last day to send it back to school will be February 11th, since the due date is February 26th. You can also submit your child art directly from their website here. 

In Computer Science, Fifth Grade continued working on Spanish Conjugators using Python. This week, we nested a couple of “if” statements to make sure that people using the code entered a valid subject. We also used arrays when multiple subjects resulted in the same verb ending. Next week, students will submit their code to Teams “Assignments” but also have a chance to add to their code as needed. Student projects that give the correct ending for each Spanish subject will have the option to spend class keyboarding or using select coding tools available on Clever, Ms. Gorski’s Bitmoji Classroom, or the Tech Lab website. 

This week in Library, Fifth Graders listened to the story, “D is for Drinking Gourd” by Nancy I. Sanders. This book highlights many of the remarkable achievements and contributions from African Americans throughout history.  

Note: please have your child turn in their ‘A Book That Lights Up My Reading’ assignment and submit their Flip Grid video, if they haven’t done so already. Thank you!  

This week’s objective in Fifth Grade Music was Black History Month awareness.  We read a book called The Sound that Jazz Makes that outlines the history of African American music.  As the book touches on African music, Ragtime, Blues, Gospel, Jazz, and Hip-hop, we will be spending time exploring these genres over the month of February and beyond.  Students surveyed African music learning about the Mbira and hand drumming of West Africa.  Students also explored the code songs of the underground railroad including Follow the Drinking Gourd and Sweet Low, Sweet Chariot. 

This week the 5thgraders played a cooperative online fitness game called” fill in the blank” students were asked to design a variety of different workout routines that they used at different points of the game. Students were asked to think about different muscle groups and design exercises that would target these. The 5thgraders focused on the upper body, lower body, core, and aerobic exercise. I was very impressed with the creativity and energy on show in class this week.

This week in Spanish, fifth-grade students focused on reviewing Chapter 2A in class with a review packet in preparation for their first Spanish Checkpoint. In class students had 2 out of 3 classes to complete their review with assistance from their notes/book and Ms. Suarez. Then on class 3 students checked their review with Ms. Suarez. As they reviewed, students wrote down key notes and asked questions about the ones they did not understand or needed a refresher on. Their Chapter 2A Checkpoint will take place next week. Their checkpoint will contain a written portion and an oral portion (pronunciation). A parent letter was sent home in Friday folder last week with more information.   

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Chapter 2A Checkpoint  

Work to Turn-In: Nothing to turn in this week. Review Packets should be kept inside their Spanish binder. 

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