Science Experiments in 4th Grade

Students in 4th grade have been very busy in math and science class! Our first quarter in science class is focused on our earth. Students have conducted hands-on science experiments at home with a model of thin and thick lava, learning why volcanoes have different shapes and why some volcanoes have violent eruptions and why others just ooze or sputter. They learned about weathering through an investigation where they created spherical pebbles out of sugar cubes and have thought like engineers, using what they have learned about landslides to draw and describe a plan to save homes from being destroyed.

Students are also becoming masters at using Flipgrid. Sharing their science and math learning with classmates has become a great way for students to stay connected, strengthen their own learning, and help their friends to learn along the way.

Creating Bitmoji Lockers

Students in grades 3rd to 8th created bitmoji lockers! It was a fun activity that still reviewed technology skills such as copying and pasting, dragging, resizing objects, removing backgrounds of objects,  and inserting images. In this fun activity, students were to insert images that represented themselves. The images told a story and allowed me to get to know them.  You can definitely see their creativity in their bitmoji lockers. Check out an example below!

Lots of Learning in PreK!

We have been very busy in Preschool this year. Room 104 has been working on letters, counting, shapes and fine motor skills as you can see below. We are in the middle of our Clothing Unit and have gotten all the way to Letter G. Our students and families are doing fantastic with submitting their work and completing the activities. We are learning so much and having a lot of fun!

The Writings of Middle School ELA

Sixth and Seventh-grade students are currently working in and succeeding using multiple vehicles of learning. As you’ll see in the attached picture, students are currently using our new Amplify curriculum and obtaining great results. One of the remarkable parts of this new curriculum is that when students are completing a typing assignment, I am able to give them real-time feedback while they write, which supports our students’ writing and turnaround time.

Sixth grade is currently reading excerpts from the novel Boy by Roald Dahl while developing their skills in critical thinking, analysis, and the difference between showing and telling in writing as well as honing their vocabulary skills.

Our Seventh-grade students are taking an early dive into the Cultural Revolution by reading excerpts from the novel Red Scarf Girl by Ji-li Jiang. In just a few short weeks, we continue to be amazed at how strong propaganda can be in twisting reality for masses of people and how everything that glitters is not gold. Our students continue to develop their writing, reading, speaking, and listening acumen. When we complete this unit, we will be reading Chicago’s very own Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun.”

Ongoing this quarter is our students’ interaction with objective news sources with the goal of developing objective writing. We have accomplished this through the use of Edpuzzle, SCOPE, Choices, and Junior Scholastic magazine, CNN10, and NewsELA. It is an important skill to develop in our young people as they are going to consume media and/or information, they must know how to separate facts from fiction and present that information in an objective well thought out response. I am happy to report, that the results thus far are strong and I anticipate will only get better as the year progresses!

November SEL Theme of the Month: EMPATHY

This month we are learning about EMPATHY! Empathy, defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another, is a skill that we use on a daily basis. Additionally, in a time when peoples’ faces are often covered with masks, it can be even harder to identify the feelings of those around us. So, let’s take time this month to be thankful for the time we do have together, even remotely, and work on our skill of empathy!

Please visit Ms. Sapieka’s bitmoji classroom all about empathy this month to view videos, book read alouds, and additional resources about teaching and learning about empathy. Thanks for contributing to the social emotional wellness of our students and entire school community!

Scholastic Book Fair

SY20-21 Open Houses for Prospective Families

Due to Covid-19, we are unable to host our usual in-person Open Houses. Once we are able to resume in-person, we will post those dates.

K-8 Parents– As an alternative, we recently held an information session for prospective students in grades K-8 who received an offer for admission. We recorded the session and it can be found here. Additionally, we have another informational video about the school that can be found here.

PreK Parents– We hosted a virtual Open House for all interested families and you can find the link here.