CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

February 12, 2021

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


Kindergarten 

This week at art, Kindergarten students learned about an American pop artist, Wayne Thiebaud and his artwork of desserts. After learning about the life of the artist and looking at his delicious looking artworks, the students drew cakes. They tried their best to draw their cake realistic and they were very proud how their cakes turned out! 

In Computer Science, Mrs. Roseland’s class had a chance to complete STAR Reading tests. Mrs. Bernal’s class unleashed their creativity using ABCYa Paint, and Mrs. Palladino’s and Ms. Roberts’s classes learned about dinosaurs through BBC Bitesize. ABCYa and Bitesize are both available from your home computers. Please note that you may log into ABCYa using chatechlab and chestnut as your login. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students listened to the story “How Ruby Saves Valentines” by Laurie Friedman. Kindergartners made predictions about what would happen in the story. Kindergarten students browsed books on Ms. Whalen’s cart and took books home to read. NOTEMrs. Palladino’s and Roseland’s classes: due to Leadership Day on Wednesday, February 24th your child will have library checkout time on Monday, February 22nd instead of WednesdayFebruary 24th. Please have your child bring back their library books on Monday. NOTE: Ms. Roberts class only: I sent home library notes this week if your child had one or more missing assignments. Please have your child return those at the next folder pickup. Thank you!  

 

Palladino – Monday (Feb. 22nd only) 

Roseland – Monday (Feb. 22nd only)  

Bernal – Thursdays  

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were Black History Month and The Blues.   Classes had fun writing their own blues songs.  Students learned about the definition and form of the Blues through the poetry of Langston Hughes.  Students also used big and small hearts (Valentine’s Day) to explore quarter/eighth note rhythms. 

This week the kindergartners started their diet and nutrition unit. The objectives for this week were being able to identify healthy and unhealthy food groups as well as designing a healthy meal for breakfast and lunch. Students learned about different food choices in a fun interactive game that involved aerobic exercise to improve balance and coordination.   

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 added a new emotion word to calendar time. This week students completed their second Spanish Checkpoint on Classroom Materials as we are done with this unit of words. The checkpoint consisted of a listening comprehension activity and two sets of matching pictures to vocabulary. After mid-winter break, Kindergarten will move on to numbers 1-10 in Spanish class.  

      

Work Being Sent Home: Los Numeros 1-5 Practice Packet  

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

Work to Turn-In: Classroom Objects Checkpoint 

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

    

Want Practice at Home: Numbers 1- 10 Quizlet andLasEmocionesQuizlet

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First Grade 

This week at art, First grade students learned about an American pop artist, Wayne Thiebaud and his artwork of desserts. After learning about the life of the artist and looking at his delicious looking artworks, the students drew cakes. They tried their best to draw their cake realistic and they were very proud how their cakes turned out! 

In Computer Science, First Grade learned about dinosaurs through BBC Bitesize. This was a great opportunity to see another way in which technology is a tool for learning, and to practice navigating through web pages. Students enjoyed the games and may wish to play at home. Please note that progress in this game is stored in your browser’s cache, so any progress made at school may have to be re-done if you wish to play at home. 

This week in LibraryFirst Grade students started another author study this time on Laura Numeroff. Students discovered that she is famous for her animal stories and that she started writing and illustrating at a young age. First Grade studentslistened to the story “If You Give A Pig A Pancake” and “If You Give A Moose A Muffin.” First Grade students also browsed books on Ms. Whalen’s library cart and took them home to read. NOTEMrs. Carver’s classdue to Leadership Day on Wednesday, February 24th your child will have library checkout time on Monday, February 22nd instead of Wednesday, February 24th. Please have your child bring back their library books on Monday. Ms. Jenson’s and Mrs. Saccardo’s classes: there is a Compare and Contrast Characters assignment coming home. Please have your child hold on to it until after mid-winter break. We will work on it during class. Also, I sent home library notes this week if your child had one or more missing assignments. Please have your child return those at the next folder pickup. Thank you! 

 

Carver – Monday (Feb. 22nd only)  

Luckey – Fridays  

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were Black History Month and The Blues.  Classes had fun writing their own blues songs.  They learned about Blues musicians Bessie Smith, Lead Belly, and Charlie Patton.  Students also learned about the definition and form of the Blues through the poetry of Langston Hughes.   

This week the 1st graders started their diet and nutrition unit. The objectives for this week were being able to identify healthy and unhealthy food groups as well as designing a healthy meal for breakfast and lunch. Students learned about different food choices in a fun interactive game that involved aerobic exercise to improve balance and coordination.  

This week in Spanish,firstgrade studentscontinued working with 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. This week students added on the word for farmer and compared it with the word for farm. This week students worked on drawing, coloring, and labeling their own farm. After mid-winter break, students will finish their farms and start learning about basic adjectives to describe animals and people.  

   

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Pretty Colors (Adjectives) Worksheet  

*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. Thank you.           

     

Want Practice at home: Farm Animals Quizlet 

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Second Grade 

This week at art, Second 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, Second Grade wrote positive and constructive comments for each other’s Scratch animations. This is a great opportunity to practice digital citizenship in a classroom environment. We discussed how positive means that it makes the person feel good about their work and constructive means that you share a specific way to improve the game. Students should have left at least two comments while signed into their Scratch accounts. This will be a grade in the gradebook, so please make sure you have left a comment on someone’s animation this week! 

This week in Library, Second Grade students reviewed the Dewey Decimal System and listened to the story “Bob the Alien Discovers the Dewey Decimal System” by Sandy Donavan. This is a story about an alien named Bob who travels to Earth to find books and while in the library the librarian teaches Bob how to use the Dewey Decimal SystemNOTE: I sent home library notes this week if your child had one or more missing assignments. Please have your child return those at the next folder pickup. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were Black History Month and The Blues.  Classes had fun writing their own blues songs.  They learned about Blues musicians Bessie Smith, Lead Belly, and Charlie Patton.  Students also learned about the definition and form of the Blues through the poetry of Langston Hughes.   

This week the 2ndgraders started their diet and nutrition unit. The objectives for this week were being able to identify healthy and unhealthy food groups as well as designing a healthy meal for breakfast and lunch. Students learned about different food choices in a fun interactive game that involved aerobic exercise to improve balance and coordination. 

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.  This week students continued working on sentence building. The focus was to write sentences to describe facial features and their quantities. After mid-winter break, students will be completing their La Cara Checkpoint before moving on to the body parts.   

     

      

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: La Cara Checkpoint  

*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 since students are still working on finishing their “La Cara Sentences”. This will be turned in after mid-winter break. Thank you.  

   

Want Practice at home:La Cara Quizlet 

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Third Grade 


This week at art, Third grade students finished with their Doodle for Google project. Participating Doodle for Google contest is optional but highly encouraged. Students can submit their design via their online form websitePlease follow the instructions to submit your Doodle for Google. For more information, go to the Doodle For Google homepage. 

In Computer Science, Third Grade wrote positive and constructive comments for each other’s Scratch games. This is a great opportunity to practice digital citizenship in a classroom environment. We discussed how positive means that it makes the person feel good about their work and constructive means that you share a specific way to improve the game. Students should have left at least two comments while signed into their Scratch accounts. This will be a grade in the gradebook, so please make sure you have left a comment on someone’s game this week! 

This week in Library, Third Grade students reviewed the Dewey Decimal System and listened to the story “Bob the Alien Discovers the Dewey Decimal System” by Sandy Donavan. This is a story about an alien named Bob who travels to Earth to find books and while in the library the librarian teaches Bob how to use the Dewey Decimal System3rd Graders also played a Dewey Decimal Jeopardy game. NOTE: I sent home library notes this week if your child had one or more missing assignments. Please have your child return those at the next folder pickup. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were Black History Month and The Blues.  Classes had fun writing their own blues songs.  They learned about Blues musicians Bessie Smith, Lead Belly, and Charlie Patton.  Students also learned about the definition and form of the Blues through the poetry of Langston Hughes.   

This week the 3rdgraders 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,thirdgradestudents continued working with “La Cocina”. Students reviewed the Spanish term for microwave, blender, plate, and more. This week students started their mini grammar lesson on indefinite articles “un, una, unos, and unas”. Students first reviewed definite articles. After mid-winter break, students will finish this mini lesson on indefinite articles.  

 

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Nothing this week.    

      

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

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Fourth Grade 


This week at art, Fourth grade students finished with their Doodle for Google project. Participating Doodle for Google contest is optional but highly encouraged. Students can submit their design via their online form websitePlease follow the instructions to submit your Doodle for Google. For more information, go to the Doodle For Google homepage. 

In Computer Science, Fourth Grade finished creating their WoofJS Star Catcher games and turned them in through Teams. Throughout the last month, students have learned how to write real JavaScript code to create a simple clicker game. In the process, they learned about strings, variables, attributes, functions, events, sprites, backgrounds, and syntax. They learned that debugging is just as important as writing code. They learned that writing code is not a guessing game but rather detective work. I am so proud of my fourth graders for embracing this challenge and really having fun with a difficult task. Please make sure you have submitted your assignment through the Computer Science Team Assignments. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students reviewed library Reference Materials found in the library - Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Atlas, Almanac, Thesaurus, Newspaper, and Internet. Fourth Graders also played a Reference Materials Jeopardy game. NOTE: I sent home library notes this week if your child had one or more missing assignments. Please have your child return those at the next folder pickup. Also, there is a Reference Materials assignment coming home. Please have your child hold on to it until after mid-winter break. We will work on it during class. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were Black History Month and The Blues.   Classes had fun writing their own blues songs.  They learned about Blues musicians Bessie Smith, Lead Belly, and Charlie Patton.  Students also learned about the definition and form of the Blues through the poetry of Langston Hughes.   

This week the 4th graders played a cooperative online fitness game called ”React” 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. We also recapped striking for distance and striking for height using a short-handed implement. 

This week in Spanish,fourth grade students took a break from their Realidades Spanish textbook and focused on creativity and adjectives. This week students learned about acrostic poems and how they exist in Spanish. Students wrote two acrostic poems this week. One in English and one in Spanish. Their Spanish acrostic poem was about friendship. Students wrote their poems either to a friend or about what they look for in a friend. After mid-winter break, students will begin Chapter 1A in their Spanish textbook.   

      

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week:  

-Chapter 1A Book Copy  

-Vocabulary Draw It Packet  

Please have students place their classwork inside their Spanish Binder.     

 

    

Work to Turn-In: Chapter PE Checkpoint if they forgot to turn it in last week.  

Please make sure your name is on your checkpoint. 

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Fifth Grade 

This week at art, Fifth grade students finished with their Doodle for Google project. Participating Doodle for Google contest is optional but highly encouraged. Students can submit their design via their online form websitePlease follow the instructions to submit your Doodle for Google. For more information, go to the Doodle For Google homepage. 

In Computer Science, Fifth Grade finished creating their Python Spanish Conjugators and turned them in through Teams. Throughout the last month, students have learned how to write real Python code to create a conjugation program. In the process, they learned about strings, variables, conditionals, functions, nesting, and syntax. They learned that debugging is just as important as writing code. They learned that writing code is not a guessing game but rather detective work. I am so proud of my fifth graders for embracing this challenge and really having fun with a difficult task. Please make sure you have submitted your assignment through the Computer Science Team Assignments. 

This week in Library, Fifth Graders listened to the story, “Li’l Dan the Drummer Boy: A Civil War Story” foreword by Henry Louis Gates Jr, which is a story about a young boy who joins Union soldiers and plays the drum for them.  Fifth Graders also had time to finish their Flip Grids.  

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were Black History Month and The Blues.   Classes had fun writing their own blues songs.  They learned about Blues musicians Bessie Smith, Lead Belly, and Charlie Patton.  Students also learned about the definition and form of the Blues through the poetry of Langston Hughes.   

This week the 5graders played a cooperative online fitness game called ”React” 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. We also recapped striking for distance and striking for height using a short-handed implement. 

This week in Spanish, fifth-grade students focused on completing their Chapter 2A Checkpoint. in class with a review packet in preparation for their first Spanish Checkpoint. Their checkpoint contained a written portion and an oral portion (pronunciation) that was completed on Flipgrid. As a reward, students could to use their Chapter 2A Review from last week to help them with their Checkpoint. After mid-winter break, fifth grade will begin Chapter 2B.   

      

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: 

-Chapter 2B Book Copy 

-Vocabulary Draw it Out Sheet  

      

Work to Turn-In: Nothing this week. Students will turn in their checkpoint after mid-winter break since folder pick up was early this week. Thanks!   

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