This week in Toddlers we have been talking about the weather. We have been focusing on the weather we see in our area. We even made our own weather wheels.
Our Montessori lesson this week has us working on the number concepts, odd and even. Our nursery rhyme this week is Ants Go Marching. We are also focusing on the letter Z and its sound.
This week we focused on the seven continents and their geographical locations.
They did matching picture cards that relates to culture and diversity. We will continue learning our our rhyming lessons through the Nursery Rhymes.
In Science we learned the concept of Hot and Cold (temperature) and how to use a thermometer.
Thank you to Cristina, Emma's mom for sharing all about Italy!
Also, thank you to José and Juan's mom Isabel for sharing about Chile.
This week in kindergarten, students enjoyed the book, "Extra Yarn" during story time. This literature based math lesson taught them how to compare different things and understand what length means. To tie it all up, the students worked in groups on measuring things from longest to shortest and created posters with their findings.
Are you a member of The Crew? We're talking about Lexia Crew in 1st Grade! Students are taking ownership of their learning and monitoring their daily progress in Lexia, our online Reading program. Before we begin each day, students check their individual weekly minutes. They record those minutes on the classroom board and do a quick addition problem to find their daily goal. Then it is time to get to work, as each student does his or her best to stay on task and achieve the goal before time runs out. Every student who achieves his or her goal has earned Lexia Crew for the day! Will you make The Crew tomorrow? Good luck!
The second-graders have been working on Money for Math story problems. We have a bank system. The teacher owns two banks. Each bank has three clients for money exchange transactions. Each client will count their money and have it exchanged for bills. There is a bank teller who will recount the money with the client. Then. there will be general manager who recount with the bank teller. Then exchange is done.
Raining Cats and Dogs:
On Monday it rained cats and dogs at CAS. Students are also studying idioms. So, we are taking advantage of our recent weather to write about idioms such as raining cats and dogs. Students are also applying their knowledge of our Step Up to Writing program. I can’t wait to read their versions of kittens and poodles falling from the sky!
The fourth grade class created google slides to inform their classmates about missions, presidios, and pueblos. Groups had to gather information and pictures to present to the class. This is an introduction for the class on how to identify what went on in each part of the mission system. We will extensively take a look at specific jobs and roles in each unit of the mission system.
This week in 5th Grade, the students worked on coding their own sports game. They could choose between making their own basketball game or mix and match across sports. They learned how to use versions of if/when block. When they finished, they could save the game and let their friends try it.
During homeroom, the students tried to practice mindfulness through meditation. They doodled while they listened to zen music so it was not too overwhelming for their first attempt. Meditation in young kids has shown to improve memory, generate peaceful thoughts, develop focus and regulate their emotions. In this world of sensory overload, the kids need mediation as much as the adults. We plan on including more meditation during homeroom time
The young designers are just finishing up their ideation process for their product design. Their research and sketches are coming out great.
Phase two will be their semi-final sketches for their products.
In Robotics, some of them even taught the class about kilo, mega, giga, and tera bytes. These are the units to represent memory. They also learned about the difference between binary and analog signals.
The 7th graders had tons of fun painting the island themed painting for auction.
Special thanks to the parents and students that helped with the painting.
As grade 8 students enter the final chapters of To Kill a Mockingbird, some of us are making connections with between the book and real-world events. Recently, the class explored a Newsela article on a group of young civil rights activists from 1961called the Friendship Nine. These 9 men were thrown in jail and convicted for challenging racial segregation laws by sitting at a lunch counter. Some 50 years later, a judge cleared the records on the Friendship Nine, tossing out their convictions. According to Lily, "I think the article was very interesting because it talked about how lots of people apologized to the men. Compared to their lives in the 1960s, that is a huge advancement." What other connections can we make?
March's theme is "Foods." Each week has three vocabularies to the K-8 students. The words are "紅蘿(萝)蔔hóng luó bo (carrot)" "玉米yù mǐ (corn)" "青椒qīng jiāo (green pepper)." The students wrote down the Chinese words and pinyin; then they could colored three pictures based on these vocabularies. They could practice oral via that handout. According to these words, the sentence structure is "我喜歡xǐ huān/不喜歡bù xǐ huān 吃chī .... (I like / don't like to eat....)." The 5-8 students could speak out the whole sentences. Otherwise, I hope that the older students could present a small Chinese presentation about self based on I taught them the words and sentences.
Keep it up!
The school Choir performs at st. Cyprian church in the Holy mass, the 1st Saturday of every month.
Lenten Reconciliation on April 7 by 6pm. The students will dramatize the passion of Jesus. That day too.
Preparations continue for Confirmation for 8th grade and first Holy Communion for 2nd grade. Coming up in May.
This week in Physical Education/Health:
Soccer is finally here in a really big way! With most of our preliminary training for fundamental skills completed, we have begun scrimmaging on our main outdoor field for some really great fun in the sunshine. This has also been a great opportunity to re-familiarize our students with the outdoor running track as they are gearing up for their mile test-run in the Spring. Our soccer fundamentals unit will continue for a few more weeks before we move on to our next sports theme (weather permitting).
Our middle school students also completed and submitted their Public Service Announcement "NO SMOKING" videos awaiting votes by the younger student body. Look here for the winners video in the near future.
This week has brought out some of the best and warmest weather of 2017. Longer sunshine and warmer evenings gives us much better opportunities to get our wiggles out and enjoy the fresh air. Inside, we are having fun making seasonal projects like Celtic knots and rainbow cloud hats in preparation for St. Patrick's day. For math fun, students got to color M.C. Escher inspired tessellation patterns.
With this warm weather comes a change in clothes, even during the day as students pull off their sweaters and enjoy fun on the field and playground. To prevent the loss of these (and other items), please ensure that your children's belongings are properly labelled. Items such as sweaters, lunchboxes, water-bottles, coats, and any other possessions can be promptly returned easily when clearly labelled. Missing items will be redirected to the main campus "Lost and Found" located in the school's main hallway between the staff lounge and office.
UPDATES: We understand that the necessity for before/after-childcare may change over time. Please contact either Mr. Lee or the main office to fill out a "change of usage" form to make sure we can find the best Extended Care schedule program that is best for your family's needs.