A Letter From the Principal
A Week of Thanksgiving!
There are so many things to be thankful for this week! We kicked things off with the Principal’s Pool Party, which paved the way for a week of heartfelt treats from our amazingly generous families for teacher and staff appreciation. I was most grateful for the opportunity to spend the afternoon enjoying the sun and water with our families.
This week’s Teacher and Staff Appreciation was also something special. Walking into school Monday to beautifully decorated doors with personalized messages along with the snacks was a real treat! It was fantastic to see teachers and staff taking pictures with their doors and sharing with others. It surely started everyone out on a high note.
There was so much thought and effort from our families this week, from the cards to lunch and gifts that were given, you made sure that we all know how much we are appreciated. We were all so very grateful. Thank you for all you do and for the special care you spread to those around you!
May God bless you this weekend, and always,
A Simple Prayer of Gratitude, by Kelli Mahoney
Thank you, Lord, for the blessings you have bestowed on my life. You have provided me with more than I could ever have imagined. You have surrounded me with people who always look out for me. You have given me family and friends who bless me every day with kind words and actions. They lift me up in ways that keep my eyes focused on you and make my spirit soar…
And Lord, I am so grateful for keeping those around me safe and loved. I hope that you provide me with the ability and sense to show them every day how much they matter. I hope that you give me the ability to give to them the same kindness they have provided to me. I am just so grateful for all of your blessings in my life, Lord. I pray that you remind me of just how lucky I am, and that you never allow me to forget to show my gratitude in prayer and returned kind acts. Thank you, Lord.
In your name, Amen.
This week in toddlers we put into practice what we learned last week about primary colors. We discovered that by mixing primary colors we make secondary colors.
We are also reviewing all the colors we have learned throughout the year by making rainbows. We also welcomed our new friend Mason to Toddlers!
In Preschool we focused on the Four Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall/Autumn and Winter. The children used their creative art skills and motor skills to make a pamphlet about seasons. As a class, we talked about the different climates and the types of clothing that we wear depending on the season that we are in.
The PreK students started the reading program called Raising A Reader. They chose a book that they liked and shared it with the class.
This week in kindergarten, students began to write their own original narratives. Starting with an individual brainstorming session, the students created an outline containing the characters, setting, problem, and solution. Later, they discussed their story ideas with a group to expand their stories. Check out their inside title pages on our window with 2D shapes from our math lessons!
First grade is all smiles as we head into the warm weather of spring. The class enjoyed their volleyball lesson this week as they used their athletic skills to bump, set, spike! The net is high, but the class always tries their best. As one student put it, “But first we have to warm up! It’s always good to stretch first so you don’t get hurt.” Good advice, 1st grade!
Second grade writers have super skills! As a class, the students read and discussed a humorous story about a signmaker’s assistant. We explored the words and illustrations, discussing how the author connects the two to bring the story to life. Each student then worked independently on their comprehension questions, finding text evidence to support their thinking. Great work, Grade 2!
What is the subject of this predicate?
Third grade students are learning a new way to look at sentences. In early grades, students identify words in a sentence by labelling them as nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and even pronouns. In Third Grade we are moving on to identify parts of sentences and name their functions. Last week students broke down sentences to identify the predicate and subject components. This week we started to diagram the basic subject and predicate of a sentence. We are now adding descriptors such as adverbs and adjectives to these structures.
This week we focused of four digit dividends and division. The students continue to work on perfecting division, while finishing their mission projects. This is a time consuming process because students have to retrieve information and decide if it meets their requirements. Students will begin working on their models at home.
This week, the students worked on a coding project integrating Science, Art and Coding where they wrote a program to design and draw a solar system or any two planets of their choice.
They are also working on a project to turn the EV3 robot brick into a musical instrument. Using the switch statements with the loop statement they are to program the 5 brick buttons to play different notes.
This week we started learning colors in Mandarin. We learned the words for red (hong se), yellow (huang se), and green (lü se).
In Science, we learned about flu epidemics and how to prevent them, and about survival strategies in case of a pandemic.
In Industrial Design, we finished up our latest project. Unlike our previous work, this project emphasizes aesthetics over function, specifically the contrast between organic and geometric shapes, so we focused on model-making. We learned how to work with foam for our creations.
Written by Sarah Ford
Eighth grade was given a very daunting task this week: Write a persuasive letter to Jesus explaining why you are worthy of entering Heaven. Students approached the writing assignment in a variety of manners. Some wrote detailed reasons such as attending Mass and praying; others explained that they were caring to their family and performed service in the community. The most compelling letters, however, came from those who said they were not worthy. As one student explained, “I try to be good, but I often make the wrong choice. I promise to always try again tomorrow.”
The theme of May is "Colors." This week had three colors such as red, yellow, and green. The students used three colors with the different shapes to create a car, a train, a human, or a flower. The students were very creative. On the other hand, they could review some old vocabularies such as corn, apple, and frog. They could add adjective (color) to describe the noun (corn, apple, frog, banana).
The list of vocabulary: Red (hóng sè), Green (lǜ sè), Yellow (huáng sè)
Sentence: This is ( zhè shì ) red / yellow / green.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION and HEALTH
The sun is out and the heat is on! However, rain or shine it is still game on with our Volleyball program coming to its conclusion in PE. The hot sun gave us a chance to enjoy some scrimmaging with several of our students mist-spraying our players to keep them cool in the games. Workouts and weekly runs haven't missed a step as they ran and did our regular floor exercises in the gym. Seventh and Eighth graders have begun their next health related presentation project on the harmful effects of drugs on the human body and social condition. Students will collaborate and soon present a Powerpoint presentation discussing the source of drugs, short and long-term health effects, and social/criminal consequences from participation in drug lifestyles. Presentations begin in mid-May.
While the title of "Extended Care" suggests that the full academic demands might be lengthened after vigorous and challenging learning, our program steers toward extending lasting and enduring experiences at school. Instead of continuing age or grade level structured exercises and practices, much of our time in the EC is spent on developing friendships and mutual appreciations for games, arts, or the value of play in its purest sense. While we do offer homework support and a chance to complete assignments given from earlier in the academic part of their day, just unwinding with some friends and some laughs so often make our guests forget that their day has been 'extended' that they sometimes want to stay longer even after their parents arrive. While there are only a few weeks left in the regular school year, there is always room for your child to join us for the fun. Just let the office or Mr. Lee know when when and how often you will need after-school Extended Care and we can arrange a program that best suits your needs.