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