CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

April 02, 2021

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


Kindergarten 

This week at art, Kindergarten students had a great time working on a canvas creating an ocean scene with markers and water. Last week, we learned a neat trick of using markers, water and a paintbrush to color our bunnies. We applied the same technique on our canvas to create a beautiful ocean scene this week. When they come back from spring break, we will create sea turtles to add to our canvas. 

This week in Computer Science, Kindergarten completed a third keyboarding worksheet. The worksheet challenged students to fill in the correct key not by name but by knowing what each key does. Afterward, students played Keyboard Zoo 2 on ABCYa, which helps students practicing using the shift keys and space bar. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students listened to the story “Festival of Colors” by Kabir & Surishtha Sehgal. This is a story about Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors. Kindergartners also listened to the nonfiction story “Holi” by Rachel Grack, which gives details and facts about Holi.  Kindergarten students also browsed books on Ms. Whalen’s cart and took books home to read. Please remind your child to return their library books after spring break so they can check another book. Thank you!  

Palladino – Wednesdays    

Roseland – Wednesdays    

Bernal – Thursdays   

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were self-expression, body awareness, and some basic knowledge of the theater.   Thanks to a CHAPTER grant, students spent all week with our artist-in-residence, Julia Gorordo, from Studio East Training for the Performing Arts, in Kirkland.  Students participated in improvisation, storytelling, and stage direction.  It was a lot of fun!  Studio East offers all kinds of drama classes and camps for students of all ages.  Here’s more information if you’re interested.   https://studio-east.org/ 

This week the Kindergartners started their floor hockey unit. The objectives for this week were stick safety, stick handling, passing, shooting and spatial awareness. Students played a variety of different lead up games working on these skills.  

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 continued working with shapes in Spanish. Students learned the Spanish word for circle, square, triangle, and many more shapes. Students listened to a song about squares, triangles, circles, and rectangles in class. This week students created Shape Pizzas. A shape pizza is a pizza where students use different shapes as their toppings. While the students were working, Ms. Suarez walked around and asked students identify the shapes of their toppings. After spring break, students will continue working with shapes.  

Work Being Sent Home: Mi Libro de Formas (Ms. Robert’s Class Only) 

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

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

Want Practice at Home:Numbers1- 10 Quizletand Shapes Quizlet     

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First Grade 

This week at art, First grade students had a great time working on a canvas creating an ocean scene with markers and water. Last week, we learned a neat trick of using markers, water and a paintbrush to color folk art landscape painting. We applied the same technique on our canvas to create a beautiful ocean scene this week. When they come back from spring break, we will create sea creatures to add to our canvas.   

This week in Computer Science, First Grade completed their “My Peers Are Great” assignment in which students use Microsoft Word to write about and recognize the wonderful qualities that their classmates demonstrate. This week’s addition was changing the font and font color. Students should have turned in the assignment through Teams. If your child forgot, they may submit the project over the next week without losing points. 

This week in Library, First Grade students listened to the non-fiction story “Holi” by Rachel Grack, which gives details and facts about Holi. First Graders watched a video of a Holi celebration in India. First Grade students also browsed books on Ms. Whalen’s library cart and took them home to read.  Please remind your child to return their library books after spring break so they can check another book. Thank you! 

Carver – Wednesdays   

Luckey – Fridays   

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were self-expression, body awareness, and some basic knowledge of the actor’s toolbox: body, mind, voice, and music.  Thanks to a CHAPTER grant, students spent all week with our artist-in-residence, Julia Gorordo, from Studio East Training for the Performing Arts, in Kirkland.  Students participated in improvisation, storytelling, and stage direction.  It was a lot of fun!  Studio East offers all kinds of drama classes and camps for students of all ages.  Here’s more information if you’re interested.   https://studio-east.org/ 

This week the 1st graders continued their floor hockey unit. The objectives for this week were stick safety, stick handling, passing, shooting and spatial awareness. Students played a variety of different lead up games and finished each class with a small sided indoor hockey game.  

This week in Spanish,firstgrade studentscompleted their Los Animales de la Granja Checkpoint. A checkpoint is a summative assessment to see how much students have learned within a unit of words. The checkpoint included vocabulary, grammar, and sentence building. Students also completed a reading check with their vocabulary words. A reading check is when a student is asked to read a list of Spanish vocabulary to check for oral fluency. After spring break, students will begin their next unit of vocabulary words “La Familia” =”The Family”.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Family Worksheet (Introduction)  

Work to Turn-In: Los Animales de la Granja Checkpoint 

Want Practice at home:Farm Animals Quizlet   

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Second Grade 

This week at art, Second grade students had a great time working on a canvas creating a sunset scene with markers and water. We learned a neat trick of using markers, water and a paintbrush to paint on a canvas without using paint. Students were very proud how their painting turned out. When they come back from spring break, we will create sailing boats and more details with Model Magic and add it to our canvas.   

This week in Computer Science, Second Grade completed their “My Peers Are Great” assignment in which students use Microsoft Word to write about and recognize the wonderful qualities that their classmates demonstrate. This week’s addition was changing the font and font color. Students should have turned in the assignment through Teams. If your child forgot, they may submit the project over the next week without losing points. 

This week in Library, Second Grade continued learning how to search for books using the CHA catalog. Second Grade students logged on to the Cha Tech Lab with Ms. Whalen and navigated around the catalog to search for books in the library. Second Graders completed the Searching Destiny for My Favorites and Scavenger Hunt assignment in class with Ms. Whalen. NOTE: Please return the assignment in your Friday folder after spring break. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were self-expression, body awareness, and some basic knowledge of the actor’s toolbox: body, mind, voice, and music.  Thanks to a CHAPTER grant, students spent all week with our artist-in-residence, Julia Gorordo, from Studio East Training for the Performing Arts, in Kirkland.  Students participated in improvisation, storytelling, and stage direction.  It was a lot of fun!  Studio East offers all kinds of drama classes and camps for students of all ages.  Here’s more information if you’re interested.   https://studio-east.org/ 

This week the 2nd graders started their soccer unit. The objectives for this week dribbling with control, passing and spatial awareness. Students enjoyed playing ultimate soccer bowling as well as soccer tag. Both of these games challenges students to strategize and recognize open when available while still working on their fundamental skills.  

This week in Spanish,secondgradestudentscontinued working with the body vocabulary. Students are learning words like elcuello(neck), elbrazo(arm), and losdedos(the fingers). This week students started their final “El Cuerpo” project. In this project students will be writing at least 4 sentences to describe their body parts and quantities in Spanish. Students will also build a silly character using a picture of their face.  Students also watched a music video from Rock-a-lingua on body parts. After spring break, students will be having their El Cuerpo Checkpoint. A letter was sent home about this checkpoint and a study guide is on the back of the letter. 

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: El Cuerpo Checkpoint and Parent Letter    

Work toTurn-In: Nothing this week since students are still working on their projects.     

Want Practice at home:The Body Quizlet 

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Third Grade 

This week at art, Third grade students worked on the top part of their sea creature sculpture. 

This week in Computer Science, Third Grade finished using TinkerCad to create a 3D Mickey Mouse. This week’s addition was learning to create a “hole” shape and group it with a solid shape in order to cut into the solid shape. Students should have turned in their assignment through Teams. If your child forgot, they may submit the project over the next week without losing points. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students continued learning about Roald Dahl. Third Graders watched an interview with Roald Dahl where he talked about his writing process and showed his writing hut where he wrote all his stories. Students also listened to Roald Dahl talk about where he came up with his ideas for his books. Third Graders completed the Roald Dahl assignment in class with Ms. Whalen NOTE: Please return the Roald Dahl assignment in your Friday folder after spring break. Thank you!  

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were self-expression, body awareness, and some basic knowledge of the actor’s toolbox: body, mind, voice, and music.  Thanks to a CHAPTER grant, students spent all week with our artist-in-residence, Julia Gorordo, from Studio East Training for the Performing Arts, in Kirkland.  Students participated in improvisation, storytelling, and stage direction.  It was a lot of fun!  Studio East offers all kinds of drama classes and camps for students of all ages.  Here’s more information if you’re interested.   https://studio-east.org/ 

This week the 3rd graders started their soccer unit. The objectives for this week dribbling with control, passing and spatial awareness. Students enjoyed playing ultimate soccer bowling as well as soccer tag. Both of these games challenges students to strategize and recognize open when available while still working on their fundamental skills.  

This week in Spanish,thirdgradestudents started their last unit of vocabulary words with the house. This unit of words includes the remainder of the words regarding a house such as living room, bathroom, garage, and office. In class, students wrote down their vocabulary words inside their Spanish notebooks. Students also completed a categorizing activity with their new vocabulary words inside their Spanish notebook. After spring break, students will continue working with “La Casa Vocabulario”.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Label the House WS 

Work to Turn-In: 

  1. La Cocina Checkpoint (If you forgot to turn it in last week). 

  1. La Cocina Project (If you forgot to turn it in last week). 

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Fourth Grade 

This week at art, Fourth grade students had a great time exploring to mix colors to create food using Model magic. Mrs. Choi gave them primary colors, red, yellow, and blue, and white. Students mix those colors to make a variety of colors to create different types of food.   

This week in Computer Science, Fourth Grade continued to learn how to use Excel. This week’s addition was a crash course in using Excel’s pattern recognition to autofill dates, amounts, and formulas. Students should have submitted last week’s assignment as well. If your child forgot, they may submit the project over the next week without losing points. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students continued learning about the Newbery Medal Award. Fourth Graders listened to the first chapter of the 2021 Newbery Award winning book “When You Trap a Tiger” by Tae Keller. Fourth Graders also completed a Newbery History Award assignment in class. NOTE: Please return the Newbery History Award assignment in your Friday folder after spring break. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were self-expression, body awareness, and some basic knowledge of the actor’s toolbox: body, mind, voice, and music.  Thanks to a CHAPTER grant, students spent all week with our artist-in-residence, Julia Gorordo, from Studio East Training for the Performing Arts, in Kirkland.  Students participated in improvisation, storytelling, and stage direction.  It was a lot of fun!  Ms. Gorordo is staying on a couple more weeks to work with our 4th and 5th grade students. Studio East offers all kinds of drama classes and camps for students of all ages.  Here’s more information if you’re interested.   https://studio-east.org/ 

This week the 4th graders continued their floor hockey unit. The objectives for this week were stick safety, stick handling, passing, shooting and spatial awareness. Students played a variety of different lead up games and finished each class with a small sided indoor hockey game.  

This week in Spanish,fourth grade studentscontinued working withChapter 1A: Quetegustahacer? (What do you like to do?) This chapter focuses on having students describe their hobbies and ask others about the hobbies they like to do. This week students finished their first graded classwork activity #7 and #8 which focused on building sentences to describe they like to do and dislike to do. Students also wrote notes in their Spanish notebooks regarding “A mi tambien” and “A mi tampoco” which are phrases used in Spanish to agree with someone. After Spring break, students will continue working on workbook pages 13 and 14 which they started this week.  

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

Work to Turn-In:Activity #7 and Activity #8 Handout (If you did not turn it in last week.) 

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Fifth Grade 

This week at art, Fifth Grade students finished working on the Industrial Designer project. With their cardboard model, they create PowerPoint advertising page with pictures of their creations.   

This week in Computer Science, Fifth grade completed their third code blocks tutorial, which shows them how to rotate shapes in the work space using code blocks. With this new knowledge, students made an improved version of last week’s model or chose a new one from the same three choices: a cake, a mouse, or a tree. Students should have turned in the assignment through Teams. If your child forgot, they may submit the project over the next week without losing points. 

This week in Library, Fifth Graders students continued learning about the Newbery Medal Award. Students listened to the first chapter of the 2021 Newbery Award winning book “When You Trap a Tiger” by Tae Keller. Fifth Graders also completed a Newbery History Award assignment in class. NOTE: Please return the Newbery History Award assignment in your Friday folder after spring break. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were self-expression, body awareness, and some basic knowledge of the actor’s toolbox: body, mind, voice, and music.  Thanks to a CHAPTER grant, students spent all week with our artist-in-residence, Julia Gorordo, from Studio East Training for the Performing Arts, in Kirkland.  Students participated in improvisation, storytelling, and stage direction.  It was a lot of fun!  Ms. Gorordo is staying on a couple more weeks to work with our 4th and 5th grade students. Studio East offers all kinds of drama classes and camps for students of all ages.  Here’s more information if you’re interested.   https://studio-east.org/ 

This week the 5th graders continued their floor hockey unit. The objectives for this week were stick safety, stick handling, passing, shooting and spatial awareness. Students played a variety of different lead up games and finished each class with a small sided indoor hockey game. 

This week in Spanish, fifth-grade studentscontinued working withChapter 2B: Tu Sala deClases(Your Classroom). This chapter focuses on having students describe their classroom using materials and direction words. This week students finished a mini grammar lesson on Indefinite Articles, which is going to help them with sentence building. Students completed a practice activity using indefinite articles. Students also learned about the word “hay” this week and jotted down notes in their Spanish notebook. After spring break, students will continue working on practice activities and will complete their first graded classwork this trimester.    

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Workbook Pages 41,42, and 46 (Green Handout)   

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

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