September 23-27, 2013
After three weeks of school, all specials are now underway and students are excited about all the material they are covering in addition to their work in the classroom. Here is a preview of what is happening in each special this year.
Toddler, Primary classes, and Kindergarten Spanish classes are taught using the same multi-sensory approach that is applied during regular class time, incorporating new materials for children to explore using all their senses – visual aids, music, games and movement. Toddlers are focusing on connecting Spanish names to physical manipulatives, while Primary students are beginning to move to associating those same words with pictures on cards. By the Kindergarten year, students are able to begin to express themselves abstractly in Spanish. Topics currently being covered include greetings, basic vocabulary to understand simple directions, and studies on both big/small and Fall.
Lower Elementary students are focusing on learning to express themselves in Spanish. Fundamental grammar concepts and tools needed for creating the Spanish language on their own are being presented. Students are able to check syntax, verb conjugation, gender agreement and number agreement using simple Grammar Agreement Symbols. Of course, there will be a lot of fun activities, music and culture to explore this year.
Our Upper Elementary students are reviewing how to introduce themselves, count from 0-100 and tell time in Spanish with the different forms of saying the time. In a few weeks, they will start a lesson on weather, which will include writing a television script and creating maps from Spanish countries for a weather forecast.
Middle School students are learning to talk about locations in their community and how to formulate and answer questions using appropriate grammatical structure.
Reading time has begun for the Primary level again. Each class has a designated day to visit the library and choose a book to bring home for the week. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are encouraged to sign up to read to their student’s class. Halloween books will be available soon!
The Physical Education program is now in full swing! The Kindergarten and Lower Elementary students are working on movement and cooperative games and will be moving on to soccer skills shortly.
The Upper Elementary students have been playing cooperative games and have been introduced to blindfold activities where they get to lead partners and also learn to give and follow directions, trust a partner, and form strategies as they make their way through various obstacles.
The Middle School students are involved in a new project this Fall. Their assignment is to plan a game within their assigned group that can be taught to the program level of their choosing. They have approximately 6 weeks to plan, organize and write down their rules and directions in order to teach it to their level. This encourages leadership, the ability to formulate a plan, work cooperatively in a group, an demonstrate their creativity.
All students work on fitness activities which involve running games, short and long distance runs, sit-ups, and push-ups.
Beginning mid-October the volleyball team will begin practices for our winter matches.
There are many exciting things happening in the music department this year. Students are being re-introduced to the beautifully re-done music room which was damaged in last year’s flood. There is a new composer timeline, and students are learning about a “composer of the month.” Students of all levels are getting acquainted with the instruments that the department has to offer. The chorus has expanded, and this year there will be a junior chorus offered for grades 3-5 in addition to the traditional chorus for grades 6-8.
Elementary and Middle School students attended an assembly presented by Ackermans’ Music of Wyckoff, NJ to familiarize them with instruments that will be a part of the exciting new orchestral program starting this year. This program will include both a beginner level and a chamber orchestra for string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments and is open to all Upper Elementary and Middle School students.
Some interesting projects are underway in the art room this year. Kindergarten classes are working on a paper pattern project based on the movement of flowing leaves. Lower Elementary students are working on two-dimensional line works and pattern projects based on the artwork of the Arnhem peoples of Australia. Upper Elementary classes are focusing on three-dimensional constructions made of wood, wire and tubing while learning construction techniques associated with these materials.
Middle School students will be starting an ongoing project to cover the construction barriers on the west side of the building with their artwork. They will begin with sketching their designs from a projector onto the walls and then work to fill in their work in the following weeks.
Kindergarten and first year students are working on becoming comfortable with the process of logging on to the school’s network computers. All older levels are becoming acquainted with learning to save their work on the school’s new cloud server, which will allow students to access their work on any mobile device on and off campus.
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