21st CCLC Weekly Updates – September 25th, 2015

Dear Parents,
We are about to submit our documentation for the first month of our grant services and really appreciate that everyone is following the grant guidelines.  You may remember that we asked everyone to sign your child’s timeclock punch in and out pages.  Please know that we were only asked to submit two specific weeks so that  was what we requested parents to sign.
Moving forward, we will be printing out your child’s punch in and punch out sheets on a weekly basis so that it will not be such a sense of urgency to see everyone on a given day each month.  Moving forward, every Tuesday, we will have a print out for you to sign to confirm your child’s attendance from the week before.  We will clip the attendance to your pick up pass and ask that you please sign to verify the attendance and hand it to us when you reach the time clock.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
I also want to thank everyone who has had such kind words to share about our program thus far.  We are very excited that your children are gaining so much from the program!
Here is a report from our athletics department:
In soccer, this week, the younger groups (Kindergarten and 1st Grade) worked on motor skills, including accelerating, decelerating and also started to learn how to dribble the ball close to them. The older groups worked on reaction games, as well as learning a new skill to change direction with the ball.
In the martial arts class students worked on drills on pads and heavy bags.  This involved them running to bags and doing punching and kicking combinations.  They also worked on different exercises to work on their stomach and legs.  Finally, they did laps around the school to work on their stamina and breathing.
Our fitness instructor reports that this week they started with warm ups, then the children were partnered up, did arms circles both forward and backwards, while their partner was on the floor doing scissor kicks. They completed two sets. Together they did 20 sets of lunges for each leg in unison.  For a challenge all the children did squats, holding their arms against the wall. As the children were eliminated from the challenge, they did sit ups on the other side of the room. The children that remained doing the squats then were challenged within that group to determine who did the squat for the longest.
On other athletic days the kids are really enjoying working with our staff along with our wonderful high school assistants on small group games and outdoor activities.
Check out photos taken during the week on our 21st CCLC Facebook Page: 
Have a wonderful weekend,

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

 

Below are the weekly reports from the
PBL (Project Based Learning) Teachers

 

Week 5 Activities

Patrick A. Davis, Ed. M

Prosocial Behavior Classes Grades K-5
 

In Kindergarten, we discussed the concepts of “healthy” and “unhealthy” and started to identify healthy foods. MyPlate.gov was introduced and they were encouraged to seek out a variety of foods. We did an art activity to reinforce these ideas.
First Grade spent the entire period on listening skills. Good listening is more than just hearing the noise. It is also important to attend to and consider to what one is hearing. We did a few exercises to practice listening skills.
The Second Grade students were introduced to healthy eating concepts using the MyPlate.gov materials (this is the replacement for the food pyramid). We discussed the five major food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy) and emphasized the importance of eating something from each of the groups daily. The students were also given tip sheets for snacking and exercising.

The Third graders discussed the elements of effective advertising. The emphasis was on developing an appreciation that slogans, music, and charismatic spokespeople all can influence your desire to buy a product. However, just because something is highly desirable, it does not mean it is good for you. The long term message, of course, is that we hope that, in this information age, the kids will learn to base their wants and actions on objective data and that not everyone who is trying to influence them necessarily has their best interests at heart.
In Fourth and fifth grade, we picked up where we left off the last time we met. That week we talked about the characteristics of a good listener and this week we discussed and practiced paraphrasing skills. This has been in preparation for next week when we put those skills to use identifying and resolving interpersonal conflicts.

Michelle Neira, BA
Kindergarten/First Grade:
This week in our STEM lessons we learned about classifying liquids and solids. Students had to sort matter by observable properties. We discussed the difference between solid and liquid. A liquid can be poured and is wet. While a solid is hard and cannot be poured.  They then had the chance to see different objects and decide if they should go under solid or liquid. The students then drew a picture in their journal of something solid/liquid.  In math we discussed counting to ten. Then we worked on subtraction. Kindergarten first did it with counters and paper plates then had a chance to come to the board and do a subtraction problem.  First grade wrote 10 subtraction sentences in their journals.  For language arts we talked about nouns. Students had to name different object then tell me if it was a person, place, or thing. Then I wrote 5 sentences on the board they had to circle the noun.  
Maria Bushea, Ed.M
Second and Third Grade 
 
This week in 2nd and 3rd grade we experimented with stages of matter. During science lab the students used plastic bags filled with water, a ball, and air to determine the properties of the three types of matter. Students wrote down their observations into a table in their journals. During math time, the students estimated and measured using 1 cup, ½ cup, 1/3 cup, and ¼ cup. As an extension we found that 12 tablespoons fit into a 1 cup container. The students wrote their findings into a table in their journal. In Language Arts, the students read about the three stages of matter and did some folder games. The students will be taking a Spanish pre-test to see where they are in Spanish and where we will take our curriculum from here. Have a wonderful weekend.

 

Sandra Valenzuela, Ed.M.
Fourth and Fifth Grade
 
This week, our 4th and 5th graders continued learning about matter. This week they began to make connections between matter and the transfer of energy.  Much like there are changes in matter which are physical in nature, chemical changes give off or take in energy.Our students began this exploration by measuring the temperature of water before the addition of an alka-seltzer tablet and before.  They then used their graphing skills to show the temperature changes in a bar graph.  

 

 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – September 18th, 2015

     

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that a month of school has gone by so quickly!  Our students continue to learn new things as they delve into the topic of tools that scientists use.  We are excited to have found great supplemental reading material to go along with their science studies to integrate language arts with the content area.  The teachers all tell me that the kids are doing better at following directions as they learn the after school enrichment routines.  Some of our students know how to start working in their school system portal.  Once you receive such information from your child’s teacher, please let us know so that we can help them to access the information they need to be successful.  As we have completed a month now, we have printed out your child’s attendance and ask that you please sign your name to it so that we can verify that you agree with the accuracy of the sign in and sign out times on the time clock.  We will be doing this each month so that we can submit accurate records for our grant accountability.

Here is a report from our athletics department:

In soccer, the children focused on different soccer movements, including turning, twisting and changes of direction. They also focused on the ability to communicate and work together in small groups.

In the martial arts class students worked on beginner curriculum which included blocks, punches, and kicks and used an obstacle course to hit the bags. They also worked with the hand kits on punching drills.

Our fitness instructor reports that this week, the students were paired up to work together to do different exercises. One team member performed sit-ups while the other motivated their partner, then they switched. They also did this for leg raises and other workout sets.

This week we had a wonderful high school honor student who began working with the kids using structured outdoor games found in the CATCH program kit.

Once again, if you have not already done so, please mark your calendar for our Family Academy Classes.  As per your agreement to participate in the grant, these 6 Saturday classes are a requirement for participation in the program.  Classes will be from 9:30am-11:30am on the Saturdays below.

October 24: Fun Family Math-o-rama
December 12: Cyber Safety- Tips to keep your kids safe online
February 20: Science Sleuth Day-Ramps, Rockets and Much More!
April 16:  Reducing Stress and Curbing Test Taking Anxiety
June 25:  Loving Language Arts!
August 1:  TBA
 

Check out photos taken during the week on our 21st CCLC Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KFKSuperScienceSleuths

Have a wonderful weekend,

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

 

Below are the weekly reports from the
PBL (Project Based Learning) Teachers
Week 4 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, Ed. M
Prosocial Behavior Classes Grades K-5

 

The Second Grade and the Fourth/Fifth Grade classes did not meet this week due to the Teacher Planning Day/Jewish holiday.
The Third graders continued the discussion of stress that we started last week. This week we focused on how to gauge our personal level of stress. Using thermometers as a metaphoric measuring tool, the students were asked to estimate how they might feel in some hypothetical situations. In Kindergarten, we discussed good health habits. Discussing things like nutrition, exercise, and self-care skills is important in its own right, but it also leads naturally to an understanding that there are things they can do for themselves. They saw an example of the benefit of tooth brushing using hard boiled eggs which had soaked in Coke overnight.
The First Grade class followed last week’s lesson on individual differences with a lesson on identifying and coping with feelings. By listening to and role-playing a series of made-up scenarios, the students explored the different feelings that they could have and brainstormed different ways to cope with negative feelings.
 

Michelle Neira, BA
Kindergarten/First Grade:
 
This week in the STEM program a new tool was introduced. The students worked with a funnel. When asked if they had ever seen a funnel before, most students said they had in a science class. Other students talked about the sand/water table. They all had a pretty good understanding that it was used to get liquid from one container to another without spilling. We tested out pouring water into a container with a small opening with a funnel and the students observed that it made a mess. Most of the liquid spilled outside the container. When using the funnel it made it much easier and less of a mess. The students also commented that they didn’t have to concentrate as much whan using a funnel.
For math, we talked about guessing/predictions. We learned that guesses were just that, a guess. The guess didn’t have to be right. Students all guessed how many cups of water it would take to fill up a tube without it spilling using a funnel. After doing the experiment we compared our outcomes to our guesses. We compared the numbers to see which was smaller/larger.

In Spanish this week we talked about the days of the week. We listened to the songs of the week. The students matched the days in Spanish and English. They then picked their favorite day of the week and wrote it in their journals in Spanish.

 
Maria Bushea, Ed.M
Second and Third Grade 
 
This week in 2nd and 3rd grade, we experimented with pouring and more. During Science Lab the students used funnels to pour and measure liquid in a graduated cylinder. Students discussed why we need precise measurements. During math time, the students estimated the amount of liquid that would fill a small cup. They also wrote math word problems using estimations. In Language Arts, the students  read about the three stages of matter. They also discussed and drew the characteristics of each stage (Solid, Liquid, and Gas). During Spanish class, the third grade students discussed the words used during Science and the Spanish translations. They drew pictures to go with their words. Have a safe, and hopefully dry, weekend!


Sandra Valenzuela, Ed.M.
Fourth and Fifth Grade
 
This week, our 4th and 5th grader Science sleuths explored volume. We first had a discussion about matter and its properties. We explored how the properties of matter can be estimated and measured. We also dove into the differences between mass and volume. This led us into our project based learning on exploring volume using measuring tools, different sized containers, and water. The students were guided through an activity in which they filled different sized containers with water and estimated volume. They recorded their data in a table. Then they measured the volume of each container with a graduated cylinder.

The next day, the students then used their graphing skills in order to show the results of their project on a bar graph. Lastly, we used all the vocabulary terms, as well as numbers up to 50 in a Spanish language discussion and recap of the week’s activities.

 

 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – September 11th, 2015

     

Dear Parents,

I am happy to say that I think we have a great educational routine going as we finish our third week.  The kids are all used to traveling from class to class and the instructors tell me that they are doing a great job listening and following directions.

Here is a report from our athletics department:
In soccer, the children focused on dribbling skills. They also practiced changing speed and direction with the balls.  In the martial arts class students worked on sports related discipline.  The children were taught to bow and how to respond when spoken to by the instructor.  They also worked on punching and kicking drills using pads and bags for hand eye coordination.  Our fitness instructor reports that our youngest students worked on their large motor skills and practiced jumping and working on their legs.  The older students worked on upper and lower body activities.  They also used a tire to roll to help build their muscle strength.  I am excited to report that we have purchased the CATCH athletics program with our grant funds.  Starting next week, on Monday and Friday, we will have a coach doing all sorts of team sports with the children.

If you have not already done so, please mark your calendar for our Family Academy Classes.  As per your agreement to participate in the grant, these 6 Saturday classes are a requirement for participation in the program.  Classes will be from 9:30-11:30 on the Saturdays below.

October 24: Fun Family Math-o-rama
December 12: Cyber Safety- Tips to keep your kids safe online
February 20: Science Sleuth Day-Ramps, Rockets and Much More!
April 16:  Reducing Stress and Curbing Test Taking Anxiety
June 25:  Loving Language Arts!
August 1:  TBA

Check out photos taken during the week on our 21st CCLC Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/KFKSuperScienceSleuths

Please keep in mind we are only open for enrichment classes when the public school is in session.  Public school is closed on Monday so our program will resume on Tuesday.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT

Project Coordinator

Below are the weekly reports from the
PBL (Project Based Learning) Teachers

Week 3 Activities
Prosocial Behavior Classes Grades K-5, 
Patrick A. Davis, Ed. M
 

The Second Grade and the Fourth/Fifth Grade classes did not meet this week due to the Labor Day holiday.
The Third graders discussed the different kinds of stress. We identified sources of stress in their lives and the various ways people cope with stress. We explicitly discussed how some ways of handling stress are healthy and others are unhealthy.
Kindergarten students read the book: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. This lead to a discussion of anger and how to deal with it. All the students were encouraged to think about specific strategies that can work for them.
The First Grade class took an imaginary trip to a fantastical zoo. The purpose of this trip was to have the kids start thinking about individual differences. It is important that they learn that different does not automatically equal better or worse.
 
Michelle Neira, BA
Kindergarten/First Grade:
This week in our STEM program we worked with a new tool. We introduced the dropper. A lot of students had seen a dropper in their art classes. We talked about what other places they had seen a dropper. Some students mentioned that they use a dropper for their medicine when it’s liquid. One student mentioned that he uses drops for his eyes and it’s also a dropper. Students had to guess how many drops it would take to fill up a penny without water spilling over. Students each took a guess and we wrote all the numbers on the board, after completing the experiment we talked about how some of us were really close to our guess and some were way off.


For Math this week we talked about larger/greater and smaller/lesser numbers. We talked about the alligator and how he likes to eat the bigger number. We took turns coming up to the board and eating the bigger number. The teacher also passed out numbers on sticky notes and they had to work tougher to get in order from smallest to greatest number. We discussed our numbers from our experiment earlier in the week and if our guess or actual number was larger or smaller.


In Spanish we discussed number words. We went over each number and said it in both English then Spanish. The students had to match the words on the board. We then used our journals and they had to write their favorite number and write the number name in Spanish.

  Maria Bushea, Ed.M
  Second and Third Grade 

 This week in grades 2 and 3 we experimented with droppers. We hypothesized how many drops of water would fit on a penny and a nickel. Then we used droppers to count the drops that would fit on a penny and nickel before spilling over. The children put their findings into a table in their journal. During Math time, we used the information chart from the science experiment to introduce rounding to the nearest ten. The children also drew diagrams of their findings. During Language Arts, the students wrote paragraphs about their experiment using as many describing words (adjectives) as possible.


Sandra Valenzuela, Ed.M.
Fourth and Fifth Grade
This week our fourth and fifth graders used their math skills to find out the diameter in millimeters of a nickel, dime quarter and a penny.  They did this to help in their predictions for the science activity on surface tension.  With the little bit of time that was left, they answered the following question about each coin…If the letter “A” is worth 1 and the letter “Z” is worth 26, what is the value of the words nickel, dime, quarter and a penny.  They used those same math skills later in the week to determine the value of their first and last name and to find out whose name in the group was worth the most points.
During the science lesson, our students engaged in the scientific method based on the project of the week “Water Drops on Coins”    We discussed problem statements and hypotheses, data tables, results and conclusions.  They were then able to construct and use a data table in order to document how many drops of water each coin could hold before the water spills over.  They discovered that the diameter of the coins had an affect on how many drops of water each could hold.  Next week, we will use our results to formulate our conclusion statements.
Lastly, we wrapped up the week with a Spanish language activity in which the students were given a an opportunity to practice their conversational skills.  The prompt was “Turn and talk with your partner to summarize the activities for the week.”

 

 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – September 4th, 2015

                                                                               

Dear Parents,

 

The second week of school has found us doing our best to make the pick up of students as smooth a process as possible.  I really appreciate your patience as we try new ways to make the pick up procedures easier for everyone! Please remember when you get your child’s pick up pass, flip it over to see where the pick up is on a given day.  This location will depend on the location of their last class.  Be sure to sign them out each and every day on the timeclock.  Reports from the timeclock are used to sent to Tallahassee to validate your child’s participation in the program.

This week the kids continued to work with our fitness professionals in their fitness, soccer, and karate classes.  We noticed the kids get really hot so we now have cold water on the soccer field and the coaches are taking breaks through the sessions for water.

We are also working closely with the kids to help them log into their school district portal to complete computer related homework assignments.  We have spoken to some of their home school teachers and have learned that it may take another week or two for them to finish their on-line assessments and placement into the district software.  Once that is completely phased in, our computer component will be in full swing.  For kids who are still unable to log in to their district portal, they are doing educational software in the meantime once their homework is complete.

Please mark your calendar for our Family Academy Classes.  As per your agreement to participate in the grant, these 6 Saturday classes are a requirement for participation in the program.  Classes will be from 9:30-11:30 on the Saturdays below.

October 24: Fun Family Math-o-rama
December 12: Cyber Safety- Tips to keep your kids safe online
February 20: Science Sleuth Day-Ramps, Rockets and Much More!
April 16:  Reducing Stress and Curbing Test Taking Anxiety
June 25:  Loving Language Arts!
August 1:  TBA

 

 

 

Check out photos taken during the week on our 21st CCLC Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KFKSuperScienceSleuths


Have a great long weekend with your family,

Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT

Project Coordinator

Below are the weekly reports from the  PBL (Project Based Learning) Teachers

Week 2 Activities
Prosocial Behavior Classes Grades K-5, Patrick A. Davis, Ed. M
This week we completed the Pre-Tests for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th/5th grade groups as a way of learning what they already know about the topics coming up and also so that we can document what they learn from the group once we have completed the Post-Test. The Kindergarten and 1st grade groups do not have a Pre-Test for the TRUST curriculum, but they will have for the next curriculum we start (which should be in November).

In Kindergarten this week, we explored various ways of expressing feelings in a healthy manner. We began by listening and identifying as many feelings as possible and then emphasizing that there are appropriate and inappropriate ways to express feelings.
The focus in 1st grade this week was family. We began by discussing the wide variety of family structures which are possible, and then moved to a discussion of what each person’s role and responsibility is in a family. It was made clear to everyone that roles and responsibilities vary widely between the members of different families, although some key roles are carried out by someone in every family.
In the 2nd grade group, we discussed the elements of a conflict. A typical, age-appropriate dispute between peers was role-played and then the key elements of the conflict (problem, participants, feelings, and resolution) were dissected for the group and they were encouraged to share with the groups conflicts they had had and those conflicts were dissected in the same way.
This week, the 3rd grade group learned to identify steps in the decision making process. They were given a simple, 4-step process [1-Identify problem; 2-Collect information; 3-Identify options and/or consequences; and 4-Make decision] and then were given an opportunity to practice the process using sample scenarios.
In the 4th/5th grade group, we played the “telephone game” to demonstrate the importance of listening. We then reviewed concrete behaviors they could do to be better listeners and better speakers. We discussed why these things helped communication, and then we practiced these skills by trying to remember as much as possible from a paragraph which was read to the group.
 
Michelle Neira, B Kindergarten/First Grade:
This week in our STEM program we worked with Magnifying lenses. We talked about our senses and that we use our eyes to see things. We discussed why we would need to use a magnifying lens to see certain things. The students were able to observe different objects with a hand lens. Kindergarten discussed in a group what the difference was between seeing the objects with our eyes and with the hand lens. The students were able to observe things they couldn’t see with just their  eyes because they were too small. The first graders created a journal entry discussing the difference between looking at the objects with our eyes and hand lens.
In math we talked about the difference between larger and smaller. The class divided itself into two groups and we talked about which group was larger and which was smaller. We also compared the different heights and who was taller and shorter.
 During language arts we talked about descriptive words. Each student was given a rock. We went around the room talking about our rock. What color was it, how did it feel, what size is it, etc.  The kindergarten class drew a picture of their rock. First grade wrote the words that described their rock and drew a picture.
In Spanish we discussed the color words. We did a matching game with the words in English and Spanish. We wrote in our journals about our favorite color in Spanish

 

  Maria Bushea, Ed.M  Second and Third Grade 

 

  This week the third graders used magnifying glasses to observe common objects such as wood, pebbles, leaves and so forth. Students categorized the objects by color, size and texture. They wrote their findings in their journal. During math class, they used number cards to determine highest and lowest three to five digit numbers. Also the students used the number cards to determine number values when you add 10, 20, 30, etc. In language arts, they discussed writing ideas into paragraphs. We wrote paragraphs about the science activity that was done earlier in the week. They presented their paragraphs to the class. In Spanish class, they learned conversational Spanish dealing with numbers and colors. They used one object from the science lab to describe using color and number words in Spanish. They wrote sentences describing their objects. Have a great Labor Day weekend.

This week the second graders used magnifying glasses to observe common objects such as wood, pebbles, leaves and so forth. They picked their favorite object and drew what the object looked like without using the magnifying glass and with it. During math, the students experimented with 2 and 3 digit numbers. They added numbers up to two digits. We also discussed 10 more and 20 more. In language arts, they read a story and wrote sentences to answer some questions focusing on proper sentence construction. They presented their sentences to the class. In Spanish class they learned conversational Spanish dealing with colors and numbers and used magazines to cut out three pictures of items that were interesting. They practiced writing the color words using their pictures. I really enjoyed meeting and working with your children this week. Have a great Labor Day weekend.
Sandra Valenzuela, Ed.M. Fourth and Fifth Grade
This week, fourth and fifth grade students were very busy! They began their science explorations by making observations. We discussed qualitative and quantitative observations in order to compare and contrast the different sorts of data that can be collected during an experiment. The students were then able to describe the objects using qualitative and/or quantitative data.
For Math, the students used the same observations as a springboard for an exploration of place value.  They were guided to partner up with another student in order to pose place value questions to one another.
For Language arts, the students learned about using descriptive vocabulary to categorize the data they collected during Tuesday’s lesson.  They again worked in their groups to develop their vocabulary.
For Spanish, the students had an opportunity to enhance the descriptive vocabulary by translating certain words into Spanish.  They then applied this knowledge by writing sentences about their observations using the Spanish vocabulary words.
Our science sleuths had lots of fun working collaboratively exploring the world of Science!


 

 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – August 28th, 2015

                                                                                           August 28, 2015 

Dear Parents,
We just completed week one of our program and I want to thank you for continuing to follow the grant guidelines by picking up your child at 6:00 pm.  As you have seen, we have instruction taking place right up until 5:55 when the kids are walked over to the Rainbow Class for dismissal.  I believe we have a great system underway to minimize your time waiting in line to sign out.  Simply pick up your pass outside (they will be alphabetized by grade level) and come in and punch out your child on the timeclock so that we can have a record of their pick up times.  Then proceed to Rainbow class for the pick up.  Those of you picking up at 5:45, please know if your child is still participating in instruction, it is a distraction to the rest of the group when the teacher has to stop and dismiss your child.  We have some really great programming going on and we know your child will benefit from it. 
With regard to our physical fitness component, the kids really got a great workout with our Fitness instructor, Karate Instructor, and our Soccer Coach, straight from the FIU soccer department.  We will be purchasing some water coolers so that the kids can get drinks while on the field.

Students also had a chance to start working on the wonderful computers that were purchased by the 21st CCLC Grant.  For this week and next week, the programming will be educational applications.   Once their Public School teacher has enrolled them on the district software for home learning, students will be able to access that software here during their afterschool time.

Below you will find a summary of the activities that your child took part in this week.  We will be sending this weekly update so you can follow their progress.  Next week, you will be getting an invitation in your inbox to activate your Life Cubby account.  This is a virtual mailbox where we will be uploading photos and videos of your child participating in our program

We will also be updating a special Facebook page with photos of the kids taking part in the various enrichment activities so be sure to LIKE the page and check in often.  https://www.facebook.com/KFKSuperScienceSleuths

We have also updated our class schedules.  To see the updated schedules, you can go to our school website and click on 21st CCLC or click this link.

 Week 1 Activities

Prosocial Behavior Classes Grades K-5,
Patrick A. Davis, Ed. M
My name is Mr. Davis and I am a school guidance counselor. During the year I will be working with your child on a variety of topics such as conflict resolution, decision making, and abuse prevention. This week, Kindergarten, Third and Fourth/Fifth grade classes explored the things that make people unique as individuals. First and Second grades explored the concept of choice as a foundation for decision making. You should have taken home a brief survey to complete for my class.   Please return it to the office as soon as possible so that we can better serve your child.
 
Michelle Neiria, BA

Kindergarten: This week we learned the safety rules to use while working in the science lab. We talked about different places we use math in our daily lives. The kids picked one of the examples and drew a picture in their journals. On Wednesday we discussed our first week of school. The students talked about how nervous they were but that they enjoyed the day and had fun. They then illustrated a picture of themselves on the first day of school. We ended the week learning different ways of saying hello in Spanish. The students then played out meeting each other for the first time.

First Grade:  

This week we learned the safety rules to use while working in the science lab. The students then wrote the rules in their journals. We talked about why the rules were important. We talked about different places we use math in our daily lives. The kids picked one of the examples and wrote about it in their journals. On Wednesday we discussed our first week of school. The students talked about how nervous they were but that they enjoyed the day and had fun. They then illustrated a picture of themselves on the first day of school. We ended the week learning different ways of saying hello in Spanish. The students then played out meeting each other for the first time.
 
  Maria Bushea, Ed.M
Second and Third Grade:
This week the third graders learned about safety rules in the science lab. They learned about math in their daily lives and their importance. Also the students used numbers representing the letter of their names to complete an addition activity. In language arts, they conducted interviews of students they did not know well and wrote a paragraph about that person. They presented their paragraphs to the class. In Spanish class they learned some conversational Spanish dealing with science terms (ciencia, etc.) and worked on speaking and writing the colors in Spanish. Next week, we will be getting into lab activities and that will be tied in with all subjects. I really enjoyed meeting and working with your children this week.  I look forward to a great year with them.

 

This week the second graders learned about safety rules in the science lab. They learned about math in their daily lives and their importance. The students drew pictures of places that they have see numbers around (i.e. stores, houses, signs). They also discussed the importance of numbers. What if there weren’t any, what would happen? In language arts, they conducted interviews of students they did not know well and wrote a sentence about that person. They presented their sentences to the class. In Spanish class they learned some conversational Spanish dealing with science terms (ciencia, etc.) and worked on speaking and recognizing the color words in Spanish. Next week, we will be getting into lab activities and that will be tied in with all subjects. I really enjoyed meeting and working with your children this week. I look forward to a great year with them.
Sandra Valenzuela, Ed.M. Fourth and Fifth Grade

This week the fourth and fifth graders learned about science lab rules.  We brainstormed which rules would be important to follow in a science lab class.  We discussed the importance of being respectful, responsible and keeping safety in mind.  They then broke off into groups to categorize all the rules that were brainstormed into those three categories. Lastly, the fourth and fifth grade class had fun personalizing their science journals. The students and I look forward to an engaging, exciting, and wonderful school year being super science sleuths!  We reviewed key science terms in Spanish and discussed the role that mathematicians play in science.  After this week, students will know our routine and we will be ready for science lab, math, language arts and Spanish activities next week.

 I look forward to working with your child,

Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT