This fall the kindergarten classrooms learned about the five senses. Students explored their environment using their senses and learned how to describe things using different adjectives. One exploration the students participated in was a listening walk. Students walked and sat around in the outdoor classroom while they focused on using their sense of hearing. They recorded their observations of what sounds they heard. They also participated in a smelling exploration where they smelled the contents of different bags and guessed what was inside. Lastly, the kindergarteners used their senses to explore pumpkins and then described them.
In our eighth literacy class, the students are currently reading To Kill A Mockingbird. The core of this narrative focuses on essential themes such as courage, race, discrimination, fairness, and justice. Through the readings and discussions, students are examining the heart of our democratic society. One in which strives to provide “equal rights for all” and “special privileges” for none. The narrative takes place in a small southern town in the early 1930s. Therefore, in social studies, students are also exploring the era of the Great Depression.
In eighth grade, students are using storyboards as a way to blend their creativity and analytical thinking skills to discuss this timeless masterpiece. Storyboards are a powerful way for students to visually present and discuss information. In small groups, students created storyboards to help them keep track of the important events and characters in the novel.. By sharing and discussing their storyboards with their peers, students not only had an opportunity to verbalize thoughts but further synthesize their understanding of To Kill A Mockingbird.
The 5th graders in Room 223 learned all about the celebration of Diwali from their classmate, Varun S. Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights. After his presentation, students decorated lanterns to bring home.
After attending Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm, the preschool students from Room 104 carved a pumpkin. Students used descriptive words as they explored the inside of the pumpkin.
Students in 1st grade in both Mrs. Bucciarelli’s and Mr. Espejo’s class have been learning about the cycle of a butterfly through the story “La oruga muy hambrienta” by Eric Carle.
In addition, students have taken part in a project with Journey North in which they created butterflies and sent them to Mexico simulating the monarch butterfly migration route to warmer weather. Students wrote messages to students in Spanish and created a map showing where we are and the miles monarch butterflies fly to get to the butterfly sanctuary in Yucatán this organization works with.
Next spring 2017, students will receive some butterflies from Mexico together with some cards and pictures as the ones they sent.
Kindergarten students have been having a great time learning all about our Second Step Social/Emotional Growth Curriculum. Ms. Sapieka, our school counselor has joined both kindergarten classrooms to help problem solve and explore our feelings! Kindergarten students have learned how to categorize problems such as small problems, large problems and critical problems. tudents have been exploring emotions through interactive social cue cards and GoNoodle getting our bodies moving!
You can learn more about second step and now it works in other grades on Ms Sapieka’s page here:
The third grade students did a great job during the month of September building community and getting to know each other.
One of the activities was a “getting to know you” project. Each of the students put five objects in a bag that represented them. Each child had a turn to describe their objects so that all of the students could all learn about their classmate’s interests, likes and dislikes. From family pictures, to food items, to achievement medals and pieces of sports equipment, all kinds of things were brought in that reflected each of the unique students. It was a fun way of learning about each other and sharing our lives with one another.
What would you put in Your Bag?
Dress Code Guidelines:
Students may wear any loose fitting shirt or t-shirt in any color or pattern. Short or long sleeves are allowed, but shoulders must be fully covered. Logos can be no bigger than 1 square inch. No hoodies, words, symbols, pictures or other graphics allowed. Solids can be worn as well as patterns such as stripes, plaid, polka-dot, animal prints, tie-dye, tribal prints and other symmetrically repeating patterns. For gym days, students must wear an athletic t-shirt that adheres to the aforementioned requirements.
Students may wear solid or patterned dress pants, denim, athletic/sweatpants, pointe pants, shorts, skirts or other loose fitting athletic pants allowed. Tight fitting leggings/yoga pants can only be worn with skirts, tunic tops, or shorts. All bottoms must be properly fitted at the waist, have no rips, tears, markings or embroidery. No cut-offs of any kind will be allowed. For gym days, students must wear athletic bottoms that adhere to the aforementioned requirements. All bottoms must be at least finger-tip length.
Students may wear dresses that are solid color or have patterns as long as they have no graphics or words, are fingertip length, cover the shoulder and are not low cut.
Students may only wear closed-toed shoes. Flip-flips, open-toed shoes, high heels, and slippers are not allowed. Gym shoes can be worn at any time and are required to be worn on gym days.
During the school day, students may not wear hats, bandanas, fashion scarves, excessive jewelry, body tattoos, body piercing, cologne/perfume/body spray, or excessive make-up.
*Administration has the final authority to determine the suitability of a students’ dress code.
Madison M. was Principal-for-a-Day! She helped out a ton around the school and even gave her classmates an extra recess period!