The Specials teachers and your child are excited to share their amazing experiences in our classes! We would like to welcome you to join us on November 18 to 22 for “Bring a Grown-up to Specials Week.” Drop in to see what we are doing in Art, Music, PE, Library and/or Spanish! Please return RSVP forms or call the school if you would like to visit.
Here’s a look at what our Specials classes have been up to recently:
by Jocelyn Johnson
Art students have been busy acting like artists—looking at art, discussing design, creating their own work and reflecting on it. Four-year-olds used thin and thick lines to describe autumn trees, inspired by Gustav Klimt’s Tree of Life. Kinders drew and painted Frida Kahlo-inspired self-portraits using a VARIETY of lines. 1st graders strived for BALANCE through symmetry in their cut-paper collages, inspired by the glass sculptures of Chihuly. 2nd graders drew elaborate cylindrical birthday cakes, adorned with PATTERN after artist Wayne Thiebaud. 3rd graders aimed for UNITY between painted leaves and backgrounds in work inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe. And 4th graders considered proportion as completed pastel self-portraits set in landscapes, after Vincent VanGogh. I am enjoying seeing every student grow and create!
GOT GOURDS? We could use about 15 small colorful gourds for our K-4 still life project. If you would like to donate a few, please drop them off anytime before Thanksgiving break! Finally thanks to all the parents who have volunteered to help hang work this quarter! I will have more opportunities to help after Winter break!
by Sydney Boggs
Pre-K has been exploring the bars of xylophones and what it means to create sound effects for a story! They also have been learning new songs about love and friendship as well as movement games that promote sharing and teamwork, like “Here Comes a Bluebird Through My Window.” Pre-K will have a Winter Concert during the school day on Friday, December 13th at 11:15am!
Kindergarten has been learning new songs about friendship, love, and about how to make each day special like the song, “Roses and Thorns.” They have been using the numbers one through ten to organize patterns in songs and poems. They have been continuing to practice their steady beat on several percussion instruments, including the hand drums!
1st Grade & 2nd Grade is getting ready for their concert! They have been learning about many different winter holidays including Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas. In addition, they have been practicing gratitude by sharing what in life makes them feel thankful. 1st grade has some fun and beautiful songs up their sleeves for their concert- and they can’t wait to share their talents with you on Monday, December 9th at 6pm!
3rd Grade & 4th Grade recorders are in full swing!!! The students have been very excited to earn their recorder belts!! Ask your child what Recorder Karate is all about if you haven’t already! They have been bringing home music and also have access to practice mp3 files here: Recorder Karate Songs.
*3rd and 4th grade will be beginning Ukuleles very soon!! Stay tuned for more updates on this!*
by Ms. Rebecca Flowers
October in the library means it’s time to get creepy! We had a lot of fun reading our favorite slightly spooky Fall and Halloween stories last month. One of our favorite authors, Aaron Reynolds, and illustrator, Peter Brown were featured during our readings of Creepy Carrots and Creepy Pair of Underwear. Kindergarten and 1st-grade students made their own creepy carrot to take home and share with their families. Other students may have chosen to make creepy carrots and glow-in-the-dark creepy pairs of (paper) underwear during Tinker Time this month. Hopefully, you weren’t too scared!
Some of our other favorite Fall reads have been, “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” by Linda Williams,” If You’re a Monster and You Know It” by Rebecca Emberly, “Halloween Pie” by Michael O. Tunnell, “The Scarecrow” by Beth Ferry and the Fan brothers, “The Hallo-wiener” by Dav Pilkey, “The Runaway Pumpkin” by Kevin Lewis, “I Just Ate My Friend” by Heidi McKinnon, and “Hey, That’s My Monster” by Amanda Noll.
3rd and 4th graders have been learning to use the library catalog and where fiction and non-fiction books are located in the Johnson Library. We will start practicing our alphabetizing and Dewey Decimal skills soon and perfecting them throughout the year, so students can find books in our school library and also at their local public library.
We welcomed therapy dogs to the library this month and are excited that we will have a regular therapy dog visiting Johnson on Mondays starting soon. Stay tuned to hear all about Ms. Trisha and her dog Tank!
Discover new books with your kids by reading their library books with them every night. If they need more, they can always return their books and get new books during morning checkout from 7:40 a.m.-8:00 a,m.
by Kelly Walters
Temperatures are dropping outside but students in the Johnson gym are cranking up the heat! We learned what maintaining an elevated heart rate feels like by doing step aerobics and a Tabata scarf workout. We played with a 5-foot beach ball to strengthen our cooperation skills and practiced giving constructive feedback for basketball skills. All 2-4th-grade students practiced or performed the 5 fitnessgram tests and showed awesome effort! In health, we learned how to wash our hands and how to use cold-prevention strategies.
Physical Education is all about growing. We learn valuable cognitive, physical, and social skills through games and activities. Thank you for encouraging and supporting your children as they continue to develop into the healthiest and happiest version of their amazing self. If you have any questions, comments, or ideas you’d like to share please email, call, or come see me.
by Sra. Smith
Kindergarten and First grades: Students have been learning about colors, numbers, weather and seasons. We are now focusing on family members and holidays celebrated in Spanish Speaking Countries. We discussed how families celebrate certain holidays and compared it to how we may view and celebrate here in the United States. In lieu of El dia de los muertos, students decorated masks called Calaveras.
Second Grade: Students created a Calavera Flip Book and wrote about how and why El dia de los muertos is celebrated in Mexico and other Spanish Speaking Countries. We focused on family members and how this holiday compares to Halloween. We discussed how families get together and prepare for this important day. They are also learning family vocabulary and how to describe members of their family.
Third Grade: We completed our Me gusta and No me gusta unit and activities and are focusing on family members and descriptive adjectives. Students learned about El dia de los muertos which is celebrated in Mexico on November 1st & 2nd. They created Ofrendas and were displayed on international day.
Fourth Grade: My students are working on descriptive adjectives and family vocabulary. In lieu of El dia de los muertos, students enjoyed making Calaveras which are Sugar Skulls. These are an important part of the holiday that children from Mexico look forward to.