This week in kindergarten, the students studied their weekly vocabulary words with a game of musical cards! They passed the vocab cards around in a circle until the music stopped, and then reviewed our class discussion of the definitions. Later, they completed a review with a coloring game in class.
First graders truly enjoy working on their individualized Lexia programs. As a class, we celebrate when a student completes a level and encourage one another to keep trying our best. Students are finding Lexia Skill-builders to be extremely helpful to their learning process. When you walk into the classroom, you can often hear students asking to work on their Skill-builder folders. Sometimes, they even ask for more! First graders are always striving for the next goal!
The second-graders are working on teacher-student collaboration in terms of classroom activities. This is the outcome of almost a year-long process of honing skills related to independence, initiative, humility, responsibility and accountability, trust and respect, love and care and faith-building.
The class has voted on a diversity topic. They would like to develop awareness and support for all cultures. All those who are interested to present signed up and scheduled they presentation. By then they will be ready with their display boards, show-and-tell of souvenirs. Some even shared treats from the area. It is a convenient way to learn about places they not have experienced or heard of if not for another child's sharing. The energy and excitement is high.
So far we had Mexico and Ireland. Next week, (Seattle,) USA and Philippines. Some children signed up for Canada and more.
The Math for this week focused on Mixed Fractions as they learn quantity and symbols.
SHHHH! Can You Keep a Secret?
Third Grade has a secret friend, Tiamat. Tiamat is a main character from the anchor text, Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Colville. The goal of the book is for Jeremy to raise a dragon. This dragon is invisible to other people and must be kept a secret. This week students are writing a narrative story that follows that storyline. These new stories are about how they would care for the Easter Bunny for a month. They need to plan feeding, lodging, and recreation for their guest while keeping their work a secret from everyone including their parents.
After a nice break the fourth grade class is back to the grind. The students continue to tackle long division by using whiteboards, graph paper, post-its, and various manipulatives to help them better understand the concept of division. Of course, practice makes perfect! Additionally, the class is on the home stretch of their mission reports. Students are writing rough drafts and then typing them on Google Docs. It is a lengthy process, but each student has become fluid with their researching skills.
In fifth grade robotics, the students learned the definitions of important coding terms that they have used so far. Some of the terms included were algorithm, internet, function, function call, bug, digital citizen, digital footprint etc.
A few students came up with a new idea to create a real life coding game and called it "Coding with Roboto kids". There would be one or more players and the others would give commands in coding language to make the players move through obstacles to reach the destination.
This week in sixth grade science the students are learning that every species is linked with a multitude of others in an ecosystem. This relationship can be described as a food chain or web. As we explore these concepts the students will understand that ecosystems are dependent not only on the organisms it contains, but also the recycling of carbon, nitrogen, and water.
This week in S.T.E.M., the seventh grade learned different theories and skills.
In Science, students learned three different theories, the germ theory, miasma theory, and the blood generation theory, through a Nearpod.
In Robotics, students learned about binary numbers and patterns.
Lastly, in Industrial Design, students are learning how to take geometric forms and organic forms and turn them into products that work together.
Outside of S.T.E.M., some of our seventh graders, who are also involved with the school choir, attended the choir festival,
hosted by Saint Francis. The choir did extremely well and impressed the judge with their performance of the song “Let it Be.”
Write up- Andrea Radu
Photo Credit-Samantha Gonzalez, William Haberstock and Gabe Abella.
Eighth Grade students created Geometric Character Sketches and Essays as a final project for To Kill a Mockingbird. Students were quite creative as they proved character attributes and the novel’s thematic comprehension. The following is an excerpt from one student’s Geometric Character Sketch Essay: Atticus is represented by a bright yellow circle, with a ring of light yellow. I chose yellow for Atticus because it can be a mellow color as well as a strong, impactful color. Atticus’s personality can be gentle and fatherly, as well as strong and stern, making an impact. Atticus’s circle is placed right in the middle because he is very aware (and affected) by society’s views Atticus is level-headed, and he doesn't like to take any kind of violent or physical action.
The lesson of this month is about "Earth." The students learned how to protect the Earth and do the recycling. On the other hand, I let the 5-8 grade students use the recycle stuff to make the craft. One of the students used the glass bottle to make art. Some 5th grade students made the speakers and the kaleidoscope.
Vocabulary of this week: 垃圾分類 garbage classification (lè sè fèn lèi) / 塑膠 plastic (sù jiāo) / 紙 paper (zhǐ ) / 玻璃 glass (bō lí) / 鋁罐 aluminum cans (lǚ guàn)
Sentence: 我會垃圾分類 I can do the garbage classification (wǒ huì lè sè fèn lèi)
The lesson of May is "color."
With the installation of our outdoor net in the 'big-kid field', even the younger students have the opportunity to get some volleyball practice. Fundamental skill development has started off with bumping and serving beginning with posture and posing followed by contact swinging of the balls over the nets (closer for younger students and moving our way back to 'official' serving positions). Scrimmaging has already begun for some of our elder students.
Our younger students learned how to model serving sizes (portion control) for various food items by using hand symbols. Other lessons included the "3 of 5" food-group model for designing their own breakfasts. Upper grades learned about the biological and psychological effects stress has on the the human body and mind as well as methods to manage day-to-day stress. With labelled balls (each representing an obligation or aspect of stress like; "school", "friendships", "family", "sports", "hobbies", etc.) the middle school children used the metaphor of juggling these traits to find that not only are most of these life adversities are commonly universal, but can also be prioritized and managed.
With the Easter break behind us, its time for some renewal of our own in Extended Care. Toys, games, and art items that have been on hiatus have been cycled back into our program to breathe fresh new life. Recent donations and student contributions and feedback have reaped some great changes to our EC to keep our kids engaged and happy after-school. As previously mentioned, our program tries to always be inclusive to the children's wishes as they are the ones attending. Giving our guests a voice grants them ownership and accountability for their time spent after-school. From this sharing of information comes teacher directed art-projects, student assisted snack creations, indoor and outdoor game ideas, and free play materials based on current trends without compromising the quality of care and pedagogical stewardship of our staff.
With all of that said, there is always room for more! Our program's flexibility allows for donations and surprise drop-ins should you like your child to re-join us or visit for the first time! Feel free to contact the office and Mr. Lee and we can definitely find an after-school scheduling option that best fits you and and your student's busy lifestyle.