Running Club and Track Final

Dear all,

Congratulations to the students enrolled in the Tuesday morning running club for participating in their mini track meet. The students competed in stations such as the long jump, shot put and 5 minute run.

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Track Final

Congratulations to the 16 students who participated in the Rising Road Runners Track Final at Icahn Stadium. These students competed against some of the best runners in all five boroughs of New York City.

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June Update

Dear First Grade Families,

It is hard to believe that it is June and that the end of the year is upon us!   Our little first graders will soon be moving on and up to the 2nd floor!  Sniffle! But the next few weeks will be action packed in 1-103 & 1-141.

The children are beginning to really build out their structures in architecture.  They have made plans and worked hard to match those plans in the development of their varied structures.   Children have spent a great deal of time learning about the grid system of New York City and the complicated work of planning a city.  They have really taken into consideration the needs and wants of the people in a community.  We are very proud of their progress so far!

Or Non Fiction  Reading Unit is going well.  All of the children are working on researching various animals and insects.  The kids have been coming up with so many questions and wonderings about their research topic.  Each day, they are excited to research, collect and share out the many bits of information they are learning.  We will be focusing on lifting the level of their conversations with their reading buddies within their research book clubs. Specifically, their ability to organize and share what they are learning in an interesting way both in conversation and in their writing.  We hope they will begin to examine their books, perhaps comparing and contrasting book structures, noticing how the author chooses to share different types of information.

The children will soon be transferring all of the important information that they are learning during reading, to writing rich books all about their topics.

In our upcoming Math unit, we will focus on sorting and classifying categorical data.  For example, students might create bar graphs or line plots to track the number of teeth lost in class.  In addition, students will be attempting to push themselves to think, what does the data tell me about the surveyed population?  We hope the children will become well versed in representing data in various formats such as a picture graph and Venn diagrams as well.   Later in the unit, our first graders will have the chance to conduct some data collection and representation on the upper grade students.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone on June 12th for the evening Science Fair and June 21st for our final celebration where we will be unveiling our amazing architecture project!

As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions, comments and/or delights.

All the best,

Sarah & Kristin

June Update

Dear First Grade Families,

It is hard to believe that it is June and that the end of the year is upon us!   Our little first graders will soon be moving on and up to the 2nd floor!  Sniffle! But the next few weeks will be action packed in 1-103 & 1-141.

The children are beginning to really build out their structures in architecture.  They have made plans and worked hard to match those plans in the development of their varied structures.   Children have spent a great deal of time learning about the grid system of New York City and the complicated work of planning a city.  They have really taken into consideration the needs and wants of the people in a community.  We are very proud of their progress so far!

Thank you to all the parents that donated books to support our non-fiction reading unit.  The kids have been coming up with so many questions and wonderings about their insects and animals.  Each day, they are excited to research, collect and share out the many bits of information they are learning.  We will be focusing on lifting the level of their conversations with their reading buddies within their research book clubs. Specifically, their ability to organize and share what they are learning in an interesting way both in conversation and in their writing.  We hope they will begin to examine their books, perhaps comparing and contrasting book structures, noticing how the author chooses to share different types of information.

The children will soon be transferring all of the important information that they are learning during reading, to writing rich books all about their topics.

In our upcoming Math unit, we will focus on sorting and classifying categorical data.  For example, students might create bar graphs or line plots to track the number of teeth lost in class.  In addition, students will be attempting to push themselves to think, what does the data tell me about the surveyed population?  We hope the children will become well versed in representing data in various formats such as a picture graph and Venn diagrams as well.   Later in the unit, our first graders will have the chance to conduct some data collection and representation on the upper grade students.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone on June 12th for the evening Science Fair and June 21st for our final celebration where we will be unveiling our amazing architecture project!

As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions, comments and/or delights.

All the best,

Sarah & Kristin

Second Grade Update June 2018

Hi Families,

It’s hard to believe the school year is coming to an end!  It’s been amazing to watch your children grow throughout this year, and we are so proud to see how they’ve each developed into a student ready for 3rd grade.

As the year winds down and we finish up our units in biography, our independent writing projects and multiplication & division, there are many important events that we’d like to remind you about.  Please see the list of important dates below.

June 7 – No School for Students

June 8 – Field Day (chaperones chosen by lottery have already been notified via email)

June 11 – No School for Students

June 12 – Evening Science Fair (see Katarina’s blog for more information)

June 15 – No School (Eid al-Fitr)

June 18 – Neighborhood Projects Due at school

June 21 – Final Publishing Party at 8:30am

 

We hope you and your child are enjoying working on the Neighborhood Project.  We are excited to see their final tri-fold boards, which should be brought to the classroom on June 18th.  

As the summer months are approaching, please remember consistent reading routines can help your child maintain his/her reading level.  It’s very common for children to slide back a level or two during the summer months, so please continue to ask your child to tell you about the books he/she is reading, read along with him/her, and encourage good reading habits all throughout the summer months.

We look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks.

All our best,

Allison and Robyn

Digital Media for June

Dear all,

 

Its been an exciting year in Digital Media class. Students in all grade levels are learning 21st century skills that are required to complete school assignments. In 2nd grade, the students are using search engines such as Kid Rex and Kids Search to find images of Landmarks across New York City. Once students find their images on the internet, they draw them on paper. Students will use google docs to type out information about their landmark.

In the 3rd grade, students are using digital tools to support their work in Social Studies. Students in both classes are searching for information that can support their Chin Research paper. Students should be able to access their student account from home. If you need a tutorial for logging into your child’s account from home, please click on the link below.

How to sign into your student account from home

In the 4th grade, students are using google docs and internet research websites for their government research project and independent writing projects. In the 5th grade, students have published their google site Fictional Book Reviews.

For the next few weeks, the students will learn how about google features such as add-ons and extensions. We will have the 5th grade students visit the chrome web store and research an app or extension.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Physical Education for June

Hello all,

This is an exciting time of the year for the Physical Education program. Students in all grade levels are reviewing skills and games for Field Day and the summer. In Kindergarten and 1st grade, students are participating in a variety of activities that review locomotors such as walking, skipping, side shuffles and jogging. In addition, students are playing games that improve eye-hand and eye-foot coordination such as Pillow Polo and Number Soccer. In 2nd and 3rd grade, students are participating in modified soccer and hockey games. We place strong emphasis on students showing sportsmanship, team work and effort. In 4th and 5th grade, students have returned to playing in their sports league teams.

In all grade levels, we continue to practice meditation and deep breathing exercises throughout the class.

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We discuss how exercise can decrease your stress and improve your confidence. At the conclusion of Physical Education class, students complete 1 to 2 minute meditation challenges as a way to calm themselves down.

In the Monday running club, students participated in a Mini Track Meet where students participated in events such as the standing long jump and shot put. In addition, students were timed while running 15 laps around the gym.

The Tuesday morning running club will have their mini track meet on Tuesday, June 12th in the gymnasium.

On Saturday, June 8th, we have the track final at Icahn Stadium in Randalls Island. Students across all five boroughs will compete in a variety of events such as the 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter, 800 meter, long jump, shot put and 4 X 100 Relay.

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Go Lab!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kindergarten Newsletter

Reading Workshop

  • We are learning that reading is a lot like watching movies.  We visualize or act out the stories in our minds. We learned that avid readers need to pay close attention to the story to better understand what the main character is thinking and feeling.  This enabled us to start improvising what characters might say. We wrote our own speech and thought bubbles and placed them in our books.
  • Students were introduced to Reading Playdates, in an effort to get them to have more fun when engaging in discussions and activities involving their reading. During reading playdates, students get together in partnerships to play games like pretend school and acting out scenes from their books.

 

Writing

  • In writing, we started our unit on “All About” books. Students are learning to think of a topic they know a lot about, collect and/or organize their facts, plan their books, and then to begin writing.

 

Math

  • We’ve been working on addition and subtraction problems (within 20.) Students are using numbers and standard notation (+,-,=) to record equations and solve problems.  Students are learning how to use a number line for both addition and subtraction problems. Students are also learning how to identify keywords in story problems to help them determine how to solve.
  • Students are also working on problems similar to Bunk Beds and Apple Boxes, where students are asked to find different arrangements/combinations of numbers.

 

Science

 

  • Science Fair/Publishing Party:  We will be showcasing our human body projects as well as displaying our most recent writing pieces! The science fair is located in K101 & K106 from 5:00 – 5:45 PM

 

 

Announcements & Reminders:

FIELD DAY is on Friday June 8th, please be sure to read the following carefully. Students will be bringing their backpacks on the trip so please take out anything they don’t need (i.e. Baggies & Red Folders: send any dismissal changes via email) Please be sure to include the following:

  • LUNCH (we will be eating at Randall’s Island)
  • Water
  • Snack (we will eat in classroom)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Towel to sit during lunch
  • NO ELECTRONICS!!!!

***All chaperones to report to K-101 & K-106 at 9:00 AM (Please be sure to follow the building’s protocol for signing in and make sure to leave time for this, as there will be a lot of volunteers doing the same).

Information on Renting vs. Buying an String Instrument

Dear parents,

Besides selecting the best private lesson music teacher for your child, renting vs. buying a string instrument is an important decision that can have an impact, not only on your pocketbook, but also on whether or not your child stays with, and enjoys their instrument for years or quits in frustration after a few months.

For beginners, especially young children, most teachers recommend renting an instrument rather than buying.  They can start with a smaller size instrument and will change size as they grow.  Most rental programs allow size exchanges at any time which would eliminate the need to frequently buy another instrument every time your child is ready for the next size.  Also, most rental programs have a damage protection plan (insurance) that covers the cost of repairs due to accidental damage, normal wear and tear, and adjustment maintenance.  Please note that these benefits are not available when buying.

If you already own an instrument or borrow from someone, that spare instrument may be a good choice for you.  However, please double check if the available instrument match to your child’s current size.  It is important to have me as your child’s music teacher or private lesson music teacher inspect the instrument. 

Buying vs. renting a band instrument is an important decision.  Please consult with me if you need my assistance in making the proper instrument selection for your child.

Art with Ms. Michelle

June 1, 2018

It has been an amazing and productive school year with an overflow of creativity, in what feels like a short amount of time. Students are zealous when they enter the art room to explore their visions. It is hard to believe that June is here; our final month.  In the past few weeks we have continued working with fine motor skills and exercising our imaginations in all grades. Kindergarten learned the art of origami. They also learned how to take the image that they created and apply that to a personal scene. Folding paper into a dog, cat, swan or even a chameleon is a glorious challenge. Adding the location, time of day, lights and darks and total embellished details becomes a complex visual exercise. This lesson unit encourages students to express their unique style but also think more deeply about their subject. Our next instruction  is called kiragami which includes a scissors.

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Origami swans at sunset 

 

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Aboriginal Art       

 

 First graders just completed their Australian aboriginal painted dots in spheres similar to Impressionism. They learned how to change colors with radial lines.  This month they also will use semi-circles as they design their giant ice cream cones. Delicious.

Second graders took on Van Gogh’s Starry night concept and changed the elements of color and shape into their own New York city version. Warm colors with pastels and a Manhattan skyline are a beautiful and original  combination. Vincent would approve. So, if they can make this here… they can make it anywhere.       NY NY!

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Starry New York Night

 Third grade studied tessellations and how to create a repetitive design using  a balanced color palette. Red is much heavier then yellow but not as strong as black. This art form is seen in the work of M.C.Escher which inspired student’s foundation with the principles of design in years to come. Symmetry is not just about shapes and lines as third graders loudly proclaimed.

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Tessellations Balanced

 

Fourth grade uses their “viewfinder” to zero -in on extreme close-ups in their final charcoal still life drawing. Simple objects such as a key, a spoon, a bell,  all begin with blocking in a shape. Students learned that they need their pencil lines to touch at least two sides of the paper to achieve this goal.  This is our strategy in how to turn a mid-view into an extreme magnified close-up.  When these artists add their favorite shading technique and white highlights each design pops right off the paper. It is wonderful to watch children observe beauty in everyday objects.

Fifth grade has been working on the unique Chinese Ming Dynasty functional ceramics. As they are inspired by the Asian renaissance of

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Ming Dynasty Pottery

blue and white porcelain, students were able to transfer these ancient designs into their own contemporary style. Modern day ideas are also their next and final project as students create a new logo for GOOGLE. Their originality will most likely be on display in the future!

I hope everyone experiences a ton of artistic fun during our summer break. Remember, art is as natural as sunshine and as vital as nourishment. Of course we know… the EARTH without art… is EH!

xoxo Michelle