21st CCLC Weekly Updates – November 10th, 2017

Dear Parents,
Even with a short week, our kids were really busy.  The big excitement as far as I am concerned is that we started to work in our garden.  This week 2 classes planted tomatoes and other plants.  I can’t wait until everything starts to grow and we can do some science field studies.  Thank you to everyone who donated for Mia’s fight against cancer.  Remember to start saving things for the garage sale for her on December 2nd.  Also another parents had a great idea to do a raffle.  If you own a business, manage a hotel, have a restaurant or other type of gift certificate you can donate let me know and we will pool all of the prizes and perhaps hold a raffle in Mia’s honor.  Finally please don’t forget to mark your calendar for our second family engagement event to be held on Wednesday, December 13, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm.
  Below you will find the weekly reports from our PBL teachers. You can view schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website by clicking on 21st CCLC, or click this link.
Don’t forget to check out our 21st CCLC Facebook page for great pictures of the activities completed during the week.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator

 

 FAMILY ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITY DATES: 
ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY
Session 2: Wednesday, December 13, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 3: Saturday, February 17, 9:30 am -10:15 am
Session 4: Wednesday, April 18, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 5: Wednesday, June 27, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 6: Friday, July 27, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm

 

 

Year 3 Week 12 Activities

 

Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 2-5: 
All groups completed the Safer, Smarter Kids curriculum last week.  Given that Friday is cancelled due to Veterans Day and Groups C and D would not meet, I elected to have Groups A and B practice their chess skills rather than begin the new curriculum.

 

Amanda Dufau, Grades 2-5:
Spanish: 
This week, we continued discussing our families. Those children that did not get the opportunity to share a family member’s characteristic were able to do so this week. Additionally, I had the children create two sentences. The first was answering the question, “Como es tu familia?” Some descriptions were small, large, happy, and even crazy! For the second sentence, I asked them to write what makes their families special. Most of them wrote something down like “Mi familia me quiere mucho” or “My familia le gusta comer mucho tacos“. I’m excited for next week, where we’ll talk about our garden and what we’ll be planting!

 

Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 2-5:

Science:

Well it’s that time of year again here in the south; planting time! It’s once again time to plant our vegetable seeds for our garden. Here in Florida we grow quite a few winter vegetables; oh, the joys of living in sunny south Florida! The students were given a tomato seeding to transplant in the garden beds once it’s big enough. Additionally, each of the groups planted a different vegetable. Group A will be planning corn seeds. Group B will plant beans. Group C will plant cucumbers and Group D will plant watermelon seeds. The students will monitor the growth of their seeds using their garden journal. The students have their names on their plants and are very excited to see which seeds sprout first.

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 2-5: 
Math: 
This week all the groups continued learning and practicing their math skills by participating in file folder game challenges. It seems like we’ve been using file folder games a great deal thus far, but the students enjoy this change from their daily math routine in the classroom. Group A worked on addition of three-digit numbers with regrouping and Group B perfected their three-digit subtraction with regrouping. Group C and D practiced their multiplication skills with Group C working on two digit and Group D three digit. It was a fun week in math. The students and I enjoy using math manipulatives and games rather than just pencil paper activities. I think we will be having an enjoyable math experience in the upcoming weeks.

 

Language Arts:
Group A and B had the week off due to the observance of Veteran’s Day. Group C and D read about Light and Sound in their science readers. Group C focused on light and sound waves while Group D read a bit more in depth about light and sound energy. The groups explored the text features of the books and worked on their summarizing skills as they read the informational text. We all learned how powerful light and sound can be, especially light energy. Next week we will venture back into the world of fiction!
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – November 3rd, 2017

Dear Parents,
     It is hard to believe that it is already November.  We are excited to see the kids report cards that should be coming home soon.  If you opted for a digital report card, we will have your child log into their portal so that we can print it out.  We are getting ready to have an advisory committee meeting and are looking for some grant families who would be willing to serve.  Most of our meetings are done virtually as it is easiest for everyone.  Basically the committee gives feedback into the program and assists with program improvements.  If you are interested in serving, please let me know by replying to this email.
    
  Below you will find the weekly reports from our PBL teachers. You can view schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website by clicking on 21st CCLC, or click this link.
Don’t forget to check out our 21st CCLC Facebook page for great pictures of the activities completed during the week.
Have a wonderful weekend,
  
 
 
 
 
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
 
 FAMILY ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITY DATES: 
ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY
Session 2: Wednesday, December 13, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 3: Saturday, February 17, 9:30 am -10:15 am
Session 4: Wednesday, April 18, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 5: Wednesday, June 27, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 6: Friday, July 27, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Year 3 Week 11 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 2-5: 
Group A finished up the lesson on body boundaries. We not only reviewed what they are, we practiced using our other tools (e.g., I Mean Business Voice) to reason out what to do if they feel their body boundaries have been violated. This includes calming themselves down, if need be, so they can think clearly.
Group B reviewed all of the Safer, Smarter Kids lessons to date, reviewing each tool they have learned (e.g, Think/Feel/Act; I Mean Business Voice; etc.). Then they wrote a paragraph and shared their ideas about different ways that they can be sure that their voice is heard.
Group C examined the connection between Rights and Responsibilities. Specifically, we reviewed what responsibilities corresponded to each Right in the Kids Bill of Rights that we introduced at the beginning of the Safer, Smarter Kids sequence.
Group D reviewed the lessons learned through Safer, Smarter Kids and discussed how they can apply these lessons to keep themselves safe. Particular attention was paid to potential obstacles they saw to applying the lessons.

Amanda Dufau, Grades 2-5:
Spanish: 

This week, all the groups completed an activity where they described characteristics of their family in Spanish. We created a chart which included each person the student lives with, and they had to write each person’s color hair, color eyes, favorite food and favorite thing to do. They each then picked one member of the family and one characteristic to share with the class (For example, A mi mamá le gusta comer arroz con pollo.) I had to help some of them with spelling for the chart, but they all did an amazing job sharing and pronouncing in Spanish!

Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 2-5:
Science:

Group A performed the Candy Corn Science experiment to find out what liquids would dissolve candy corns. Vinegar worked pretty well which makes sense because our stomachs contain acid to digest food. Water wasn’t very effective at all. Groups B and C used shaving cream and food coloring to make some marbled paper. This was quite messy but those of the experiments the kids love the most. It worked very well, once the paper dried. Group D had their first experience with an energy ball. This was interesting. It lights up and makes noise but only if you hold it correctly. There were a few minutes where we thought it might be magic, but nope it was just science.
 

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 2-5: 
Math:  
Group A continued their Halloween theme with adding and subtracting larger numbers to 999. Everyone had a chance to play the board game. We are working on being gracious when we don’t win. Sportsmanship doesn’t come easy to second grade. Group B took their pictograph tally sheets from last week and turned them into graphs. This was a nice blending of art and math as we created pictographs. Group C played a game called Driving Division where the students solved division problems to move their “car” around the track. It was a little more relaxing than real NASCAR but there were some tense moments. Group D competed in the Across the Desert game of factor trees. It appears that some students have forgotten about factor trees but by the end of the time, they were back on track. Games are becoming a favorite way to review math concepts. If only the FSA test was a game nobody would be stressed!
Language Arts:
Wow, I can’t believe we’re in week 11 already. Group A spent this week working on Antonyms by playing a matching game. This was a much needed review of opposites and we had some fun too. Group B reviewed cause and effect by playing a “find my partner” class activity. They each were given a card and they had to find the person with the matching card. Group C’s lesson was very humorous; we worked on idioms with pictures. The students had to match pictures and idioms. Imagine pictures of raining cats and dogs and when pigs fly. Yes, we had some fun. Group D continued their interaction with Greek prefixes by playing a game of bingo. We needed to make a “cheat sheet” of the prefixes because there are so many that are close and we couldn’t remember. However, we did have fun.


 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – October 27th, 2017

Dear Parents,
 
This week was filled with emotion at our school as we found out that one of our longtime students Mia Rios was diagnosed with Leukemia.  Mia, now 6 and in our first grade program, has been a student at our school since she was 6 months old.  Mia’s brother Jorge is in our afterschool program in grade 4.  Our school family will do whatever we can to help Mia’s family and I want to thank everyone who has already donated to our charity Kids 4 Kids for doing so.  Families who asked for their accounts to be drafted through EFT have been drafted.  We have had 2 families ask us to bill their accounts an extra $25 a month to help the family for the next year, how generous.  Others have asked about fundraisers we can do.  Some ideas have been a spaghetti take out dinner and also a garage sale.  Both great ideas….The garage sale will take place in January so hold on to all those things you plan to get rid of after the holidays, they will come in handy.  Should you wish to donate, the best way it to drop off a check made out to Kids 4 Kids or ask us to EFT your account.  Kids 4 Kids is a non profit so all donations are tax deductible and 100% of funds will go to the family.  You can also click here to have your donation billed to your credit card.  Another great idea is when you go to Publix for your own shopping needs, grab a $5 Publix card.  Lots of little things add up!  We will also be putting together a committee of parents and staff to brainstorm other ways we can “Move Mountains For Mia”.  If you are interested in attending a meeting  please reply to this email.  There is a link from our homepage to follow Mia’s Facebook posts.  It is times like these that we can all feel so blessed for the good health of our own children.
  Below you will find the weekly reports from our PBL teachers. You can view schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website by clicking on 21st CCLC, or click this link.
Don’t forget to check out our 21st CCLC Facebook page for great pictures of the activities completed during the week.
Have a wonderful weekend,
  
 
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
 
 FAMILY ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITY DATES: 
ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY
Session 2: Wednesday, December 13, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 3: Saturday, February 17, 9:30 am -10:15 am
Session 4: Wednesday, April 18, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 5: Wednesday, June 27, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 6: Friday, July 27, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm

 

Year 3 Week 10 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 2-5: 

Groups A and B practiced playing chess this week.  The enthusiasm for chess remains very high, but, of course, some of our new students have a steep learning curve.  Many of the students who have been with the program a long time are very gung-ho about teaching.

Groups C and D did not meet due to the M-DCPS Teacher Work Day.

Amanda Dufau, Grades 2-5:
Spanish: 

This week, we had a fun activity with all the groups: we played holiday Jeopardy! Students in each group were divided into two teams. Using five different categories related to Fall and Halloween, I created clues in Spanish for them to answer, which I only read in Spanish. If they answered correctly in Spanish they received the full value of the points, if they answered in English they received half the points. It was great to see them work together to try and figure out the answers. We all had a blast!

Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 2-5:

Science:

Group A investigated buoyancy in science this week. We took the same materials from our magnetism lab and determined which would float and which would sink. There were objects, such as bottle tops, that surprisingly sank. Group B worked with potential and kinetic energy by bouncing balls around the room. We saw how our force effected the energy of the bounce in terms of height. The students had tons of fun bouncing balls as high as they could, it’s amazing all the lights in the room survived the experience. Group C built a roller coaster from insulation tubes. This was an interesting experience. We had marbles all over the place as they flew off the track. This was an experience, especially in such a small area. Group D finished their Newton’s Cradle from last week. I can’t believe how well some of them worked. There were a few adjustments that needed to be made for the others to work but eventually success was reached! It was a fabulous science week!
 

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 2-5: 
Math:  
Group A played a Halloween board game to practice their addition double digit skills. The students love to play games, especially games with ghosts and pumpkins. Group B started their pictographs by using tally sheets to determine how to create their graphs. The students love pictographs, it’s almost like they are not doing math. Groups C and D also had games for math this week. Group C worked on their division skills while group D solved order of operations to move ahead on the game board. It was a very relaxing and fun week in math.
Language Arts:
Group A started off the week by playing a word version of Uno to practice their sight words. The rules were the same as the real game but instead of numbers there were words. The students love it anytime they can play a game, even if it is educational. Group B worked on their cause and effect skills. They learned that everything has an effect and the cause is the why it happened. We talked about the effect of getting bad grades is caused by not studying. I think they finally realized they have control over some of the effects that happen. Group C worked on idioms. These were familiar to most students. However, they did learn some new idioms. I think they enjoyed the pictures that went with the idioms more than anything, especially the one with the clock with wings for “time flies”. Group D was met with a challenge this week; Greek and Latin prefixes. These were difficult, but we managed to learn a few such a micro and tele. It certainly will help us on our FSA in April. Overall, a very productive week.


 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – October 20th, 2017

Dear Parents,
 
     WOW, we are so thrilled to have had 97% attendance at our first Family Involvement Event.  It seems that holding it at pick up time was a great idea.  Thanks to our families and advisory members who gave us that feedback.  The Event Titled Family Math Odyssey Part 1 found our families participating in two different activities.  Groups A and B learned about angles and geometric shapes.  They worked together with toothpicks and Play-Doh to construct different shapes.  Groups C and D went on a Measurement Playground Scavenger Hunt.  Families used clues to find things on the playground to measure with tape measures.  Our next event will me on Wednesday, December 13th so mark your calendars (the rest of the dates are in blue below).  Part 2 of the Math Odyssey will find groups A and B on the Playground Measurement Scavenger Hunt and Groups C and D completing the angle and geometric shape activity.  All in all a great event.  Special thanks to our staff who did such a great job. 
  Below you will find the weekly reports from our PBL teachers. You can view schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website by clicking on 21st CCLC, or click this link.
Don’t forget to check out our 21st CCLC Facebook page for great pictures of the activities completed during the week.
Have a wonderful weekend,
  
 
 
 
 
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
 
 FAMILY ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITY DATES: 
ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY
Session 1: Wednesday, October 18, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 2: Wednesday, December 13, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 3: Saturday, February 17, 9:30 am -10:15 am
Session 4: Wednesday, April 18, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 5: Wednesday, June 27, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 6: Friday, July 27, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Year 3 Week 9 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 2-5: 
Group A discussed the concept of privacy, including thoughts and feelings as well as body modesty. The kids were presented with four different scenarios and they described how they would feel if their privacy was violated in each case.
Group B reviewed the various concepts we have studied so far, including: good citizenship in the community; the Trusted Triangle; the Think, Feel, Act rule; Internet Safety; the Guiding Voice; Body Boundaries and Personal Space.
Group C tackled a very big concept today: personal identity. The kids were told that they have a right to their personal thoughts, feelings and beliefs and that these things help define who they are. In today’s lesson, one of the characters in the video was wrestling with the difference between his personal aspirations and the expectations of his friends. The kids were asked to think about their core identity, pick one of the characteristics make up their identity, and to write a few sentences about about why that characteristic helps define them.
Group D addressed Body Boundaries today. In the video, one of the characteristics was singled out for attention by her gymnastics coach who proceeded to hug her excessively, making her feel uncomfortable. The girl in the video appropriately reported what was happening to a trusted adult. In our group, we dissected the girl’s thought process (she used the Think, Feel, Act strategy) which led to the report and thought about how we could use the same process to help us.

Amanda Dufau, Grades 2-5:
Spanish: 

This week in Spanish, Groups A and B discussed the topic “Que Hay en tu Casa”.  I asked all the children to draw a floor plan of their home, label the things found in their home, and tell their classmates about it. For example, “En mi casa hay tres cuartos, dos baños, un patio, una piscina” etc etc. (In my home there are three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a backyard, a pool etc.) All the students did a great job pronouncing the words in Spanish!

Groups C and D completed a literacy activity. We read the book “Mi Abuela y Yo” by Mercer Mayer, then I assigned each student a page to translate from Spanish to English to see if they understood what they read. I allowed them to work together, and also to use the illustrations as a guide. Overall, they did a wonderful job accurately translating the pages.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 2-5:
Science:
Group A worked on magnetic attraction by testing all types of materials to see which was attracted to a magnet and which was not. The students were exceptionally good at their predictions! Group B used toy cars to learn about potential and kinetic energy. The kinetic energy exploration was a lot more fun than the potential energy. Group C built rocket balloons and flew them across the room using a straw and fishing line. The students figured out immediately that the bigger the balloon the faster it went. It only took a few more minutes to figure out why. This was so much fun for me as well as the kids. Group D finished their newton’s Cradle project. It wasn’t easy but the final project was worth it. There were some Cradles that worked better than others but that’s the nature of science.

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 2-5: 
Math:  
Groups B and C were back this week showing off their skills at the bullseye toss game. This time they invited Group A to join the game. Group A worked on their subtraction skills while group B perfected their rounding to three digits and then subtract. Group C also used the beanbags and targets to move it up a notch from last week and move toward rounding and multiplication with three digits. Unfortunately, this was our last week using the targets so we’ll be on to something else next week.
Language Arts:
Well here we are, picking up where we left off last week with compare and contrast. First, the groups reviewed their articles and notes. Next Groups A and B worked on sentences that tell how the articles are alike and how they’re different. Groups C and D, being older, had to write a bit more so these groups wrote paragraphs comparing and contrasting the articles. All the groups learned a necessary skill that will come in handy, especially the 4th and 5th graders who take the writing test this year! I think the students like reading the article more than writing about it but the lesson this week was quite productive!


 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – October 13th, 2017

Dear Parents,
     This week I was surprised to have several students sent to my office for misbehavior and not respecting their teachers.  I did not call parents as for some it was the first offense.  I ask you to please talk to your child about the importance of listening to their teacher and participating in ALL activities.  I will be speaking to the groups as well to let them know that it is a privilege to be in this program and misbehavior and lack of respect will not be tolerated.
     Our first MANDATORY Family Engagement session will be held next Wednesday, October 18th from  5:45 pm – 6:30 pm.
Please report at 5:45 as follows:
Group A:  Purple Door
Group B:  Brown Door
Group C:  Science Lab
Group D:  Outside the front office
We will sign out all students at the end of the event.
  Below you will find the weekly reports from our PBL teachers. You can view schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website by clicking on 21st CCLC, or click this link.
Don’t forget to check out our 21st CCLC Facebook page for great pictures of the activities completed during the week.
Have a wonderful weekend,
  
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
 FAMILY ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITY DATES: 
ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY
Session 1: Wednesday, October 18, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 2: Wednesday, December 13, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 3: Saturday, February 17, 9:30 am -10:15 am
Session 4: Wednesday, April 18, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 5: Wednesday, June 27, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 6: Friday, July 27, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Year 3 Week 8 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 2-5: 
Groups A and B played chess.  While most students are demonstrating the use of strategic thinking, some concepts (e.g., check, checkmate, and stalemate) continue to be difficult.  We also have a few new students in each group who were introduced to the movement of the pieces.
In Group C, we completed the unit on Body Boundaries.  We reviewed the warning signs that were introduced last week (and of which each child took home a printed copy) and then applied them to concrete situations.  Everyone wrote a paragraph about how they can tell when play or other physical contact becomes a body boundary violation; those who chose to were allowed to share their ideas with the group for discussion.
Group D completed the unit on Privacy.  First we completed and discussed the Privacy Puzzle we began last week.  Next, the students wrote a paragraph reflecting on the types of things they placed in the “never share” column and he types of things they placed in the “always share” column.  They shared their thoughts and we discussed why some things should never be shared and why some things must always be shared.

Amanda Dufau, Grades 2-5:
Spanish: 

This week in Spanish, Groups A and B discussed the topic “Que Hay en tu Escuela”. We discussed things that are normally found or not found in school. We made two columns on the whiteboard, and also completed a worksheet where they had to label different items and identify whether they are found in school or not.

Groups C and D completed a similar activity, “Que Hay en tu Casa”. I asked all the children to draw a floor plan of their home, label the things found in their home, and tell their classmates about it. For example, “En mi casa hay tres cuartos, dos baños, un patio, etc etc. (“In my home there are three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a backyard” etc.) All the students did a great job pronouncing the words in Spanish!
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 2-5:
Science:
Group A worked with the friction by testing a toy car on various types of surfaces. We learned that sandpaper is not the best surface to build a road but paper works quite well. Groups B, C and D constructed a hovercraft using old CDs and a balloon. This was a lot of fun, especially when it worked. The biggest problem was putting the balloon onto the cap but after that it was magical. We had a nice relaxing week and still learned a little about force and motion.

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 2-5: 
Math: 
Group A put their alligator less than greater than signs to good use this week. Students worked in pairs and played a card game to practice less than and greater than. Groups B, C and D played a math bean bag toss game. Each player throws two bean bags and uses those numbers to solve mathematical problems. Group B’s problems were to round and add, Group C had to round then multiply and Group D worked with exponents. It was a fun way to practice our math skills and our motor skills as well.
Language Arts:
This week it was all about compare and contrast! Groups A and B read two articles; one about the history of hamburgers and the other history of tacos. Groups C and D read two articles about dogs; Amazing History of Dogs and How America Went Crazy for Dogs. Once we read the two stories, each group examined how these articles were similar and how they were different. The students used a Venn Diagram to create an outline of common and different characteristics. Next week all the groups will turn their outlines into sentences and paragraphs.


 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – October 6th, 2017

Dear Parents,
    Hard to believe just two short weeks until the grading period ends!  We are in the process of sending notices to your child’s teachers giving us consent to communicate with them.  Please remember that we must have copies of all report cards.  We will collect them from students and make copies the day they are issued.  If your child does not get a hard copy, please be kind enough to print it as soon as it is available and send one in.
Please double check your calendar and mark it now for our first MANDATORY Family Engagement session.  It will be held:
       Session 1: Wednesday, October 18, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Finally, we will be collecting NEW backpacks, school supplies, and individually wrapped school snacks and toiletries for families who will be relocating here from Puerto Rico.  We have been alerted by the school district that they expect to welcome many kids to the public schools and we want to help them feel welcome.
Below you will find the weekly reports from our PBL teachers. You can view schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website by clicking on 21st CCLC, or click this link.
Don’t forget to check out our 21st CCLC Facebook page for great pictures of the activities completed during the week.
Have a wonderful weekend,
  
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
 FAMILY ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITY DATES: 
ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY
Session 1: Wednesday, October 18, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 2: Wednesday, December 13, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 3: Saturday, February 17, 9:30 am -10:15 am
Session 4: Wednesday, April 18, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 5: Wednesday, June 27, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 6: Friday, July 27, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Year 3 Week 7 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 2-5: 
This week in Group A, we discussed the difference between safe and unsafe secrets. More importantly, we practiced using the TFA rule (Think, Feel, Act) to decide if each of six given situations was safe or unsafe. As always, if they decide that a situation is unsafe, they are to take it to a trusted adult.
In Group B, we watched the continuation of the video we started last week concerning body boundaries. Specifically, they were taught that a dramatic change in someone’s behavior could be an indication that they are scared, uncomfortable or confused. If they see something in their friends that seems off, the best thing to do is to talk about it with a trusted adult.
Group C began a unit about body boundaries. As they already know about private parts, this lesson delved in to a more nuanced understanding of how to determine if a given touch is safe or unsafe. They were given a set of rules to help them decide if their body boundaries had been inappropriately violated. Next week, we will apply these rules to a number of concrete situations and discuss the appropriate action in each case.
Group D began a discussion of Privacy, extending the idea beyond our bodies and property to our thoughts and feelings. We began working on a Privacy Puzzle in which we rated 15 or 20 items; first as public, somewhat private, or very private and then as something never shared, sometimes shared, and always shared. Next week we will discuss where the students placed the items and can be inferred from that.

Amanda Dufau, Grades 2-5:
Spanish: 

This week in Spanish, all groups had a spelling challenge. I selected a few words we’ve become familiar with during the last few weeks, and that they’ve possibly heard outside of our Spanish class, and asked them to spell them. We then discussed the words, and translated them to English for understanding. We’ll use these same words in a few weeks to gauge their progress in our Spanish class.

Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 2-5:
Science: The groups continued their exploration of chemical and physical changes on various matter. Groups A and B had a science hiatus due to a teacher workday. They’ll be back next week to their science fun. Group C calculated the various time it takes to dissolve chicken bouillon cubes depending on the water temperature. We certainly figured out why the directions say to add to boiling water. Group D made a very interesting foamy concoction using hydrogen peroxide, water and vinegar.

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 2-5: 
Math: This week was not quite a full week of math but Groups A and B were able to do some calculating. Group A created an “alligator” less than greater than sign. I think they had much more fun creating it than using it to solve problems. Group B played a very competitive game of multiplication Uno. All the students played fair and had a wonderful time. I think they even improved their multiplication skills without even realizing it. I love when this happens!
Language Arts: The stories this week were far less serious than those of last week. This week the groups focused on fictional pieces of literature. Groups A and B studied the characters and plot of a passage called Clean Start. The students learned that creating a robot to get out of doing chores doesn’t quite work out as well as you hope. Groups C and D read the passage Freddy in the Shade about a boy who has to deal with many changes in his life at one time. The students used this article to study characteristics of the main character and how they change from the beginning to the end of the story.