What‘s Happening at Johnson

Canvas — Pairing Codes and More

canvasCharlottesville City Schools uses Canvas, a widely used online “learning management system,” an interactive classroom web site. This page has links and information to help you  get started.

 

Link to Log into Canvas

Link to Canvas Training for Families/Providers

 

How Students can Generate a Pairing Code

 

Creating a Parent Account

Reporting a Problem with Your Canvas Account (lost password, etc.)

More Canvas Information:

  • Teachers can post all their class content in one place, including a calendar for due dates, links to class resources like videos, posted homework assignments (and a drop-box for turning it in), etc.
  • Students can see all their assignments, due dates, and class materials  in one spot. They can turn in assignments and see teacher feedback and grades.
  • Parents can create accounts so they can get a glimpse into the classroom, see what assignments are in the works, keep an eye on due dates, etc.

PowerSchool vs. Canvas?

  • PowerSchool contains grades and attendance. It’s the authoritative source for report cards. It also contains links to other tools so you can complete back-to-school paperwork, edit how you receive phone calls/emails/texts, and more.
  • Canvas is a classroom resource. It contains assignments, hand-outs, links to resources, and more. It also shows grades. If the grades in Canvas and PowerSchool don’t match up, please ask your student or teacher. 

First Day of School Guide

This first-days guide will help you get off to a great start this week! Remember, Friday is a half-day of mostly asynchronous (independent) learning. Still, log in for live instruction at Walker and the elementaries.

 

Before you Start:

  1. Know your schedule and/or teacher. You can find it in PowerSchool or Canvas.
  2. Need your school hours? Find them hereLogin-times: elementaries: 9:30; Walker, 9.
  3. Have questions or need anything? Please reach out to your teacher or school!

Illustration of chromebookStep 1:

  • Students, log into your Chromebook or device.
  • You can log in with the first part of your student email address (example: bsmith44) and your password. Don’t have this info? Call your school.
  • You can also log in with a badge (elementary students). Need a badge? Call your school.

Step 2:

 


Zoom logoStep 3:

  • Click on your first class of the day (or your homeroom teacher’s class).
  • Look for a link to a class meeting on Zoom or Google Meet!
  • First login of the day is … elementaries: 9:30; Walker, 9; Buford 8:30, and CHS/LMA, 12:30. Click your school-level info, below.

Elementary Instructions and Time

  • Log in at 9:25 to be ready for your 9:30 morning meeting!
  • In Canvas, click on your teacher’s class.
  • Then look for a GREEN BUTTON for a live meeting!

Walker Instructions and Times

Watch this video showing Walker students how to find their morning meeting!

  • Log in at 8:55 to be ready for your 9:00 morning meeting!
  • In Canvas, click on your calendar. The first link will get you into your morning meeting.

Buford Instructions and Times

    • Students should log in to classes and complete work assigned in Canvas.

Want more information about fall learning at Buford? Click here!

CHS/LMA Instructions and Times

    • Students should log in to classes and complete work assigned in Canvas.

Other things you may need today:

 

illustration of heart and handHelp!

Having trouble? We can help! Call your school (find numbers here). We can figure this out together. We’ve also started a Frequently Asked Questions page for tech-related matters at charlottesvilleschools.org/helpdesk.

food tray iconMeals

On the first day of school, we’re doing separate breakfast and lunch runs. On other school days, we’ll offer lunch runs with a next-day breakfast bag. All meals are free for children through age 18/CHS. Find the information here: charlottesvilleschools.org/food.

G Suite logoEmail/Google Docs

You can log into your email here using your email address (example: BSmith00@charlottesvilleschools.org) and your password.

Checklist and School Supplies list

Feel like you’re forgetting something? We made a checklist to get your family ready for school. Click the image or here for a printable copy. Need to get school supplies? Find our supplies list here.

Illustration of question markMore Information

You can find out much more about our first nine weeks online at charlottesvilleschools.org/returntolearn.  You can also watch this video.

photo of pencils, notebooks

Back-to-School Supplies Lists for 2020-21

School-Supply-Lists2School starts September 8.  Now is a great time to get your school supplies!

Below are this year’s CCS school supplies lists.  Copies of these lists are available at area stores. If you have any questions, please call your school.

  • For assistance with school supplies, any fees, or other needs, please contact your school principal or counselor.

School Supply Lists for the 2020-21 School Year:


Registration for free supplies from the Back-to-School Bash partnership is now closed. If you registered, you’ll receive information about how to pick up your supplies.

Senior photo at CHS victory lap

May 2020 News & Highlights

 

A Word from Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins 

Two CHS graduates from the Class of 2019!Dear staff, family, and community:

It’s official — Charlottesville High School’s “Victory Lap” was triumphant! The drive-through graduation event featured several CHS-related selfie stations (including a mural painted by CHS teacher Nathan Alexander) and a Black Knights spirit station. And it concluded with the graduates walking across the stage with their name read aloud as families watched from the car and nearby teachers and staff cheered. Cars were decorated. Balloons were filled. Cowbells were rung. And, yes, tears were shed.

You can find lovely pictures on our social media channels. You can also see it for yourself when our graduation video premieres on June 4 at 7pm (the original time for graduation) on our Facebook page or on Charlottesville’s Channel 14. Thanks to Lori Shinseki (parent of Jack Heaphy ’20) for volunteering her talents on our grad video!

And special thanks to Dr. Irizarry and his admin team, the CHS graduation team, the CHS staff at large, and several division leaders, who helped bring the Victory Lap to life. Many parents and grads said they felt the love and connection — no virus can stop that. Congrats, Class of 2020!

Dr. Rosa Atkins

Collage of graduates at CHS Victor Lap drive-through event

More views of the Victory Lap event at CHS on May 14-15 to celebrate the Class of 2020. From social media to yard signs to this event and our upcoming grad video, we invite you to help us celebrate these students! Find details here.

NEW LEARNING: BUFORD CIVICS CLASSES CONNECT WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS
Del. Sally Hudson meeting with Buford students onlineLearning has changed this spring. We know there are losses, but we celebrate the gains as well, such as Buford Civic teacher Matt Resnick and his colleagues hosting class forums with politicians such as Virginia’s Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax, U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman, and VA Del. Sally Hudson. Thanks to these teachers and others for finding new and creative ways to make learning connections!

UPDATES ABOUT SUMMER SCHOOL AND FALL
illustration of sun and leaves with words "summer school/fall learning"CHS has posted information about online summer offerings in Health, PE, and Economics and Personal Finance. In addition, all schools will be offering continuing learning opportunities for selected students who have not yet been able to complete the core curriculum. And for the first time, some elementary students will take part in a free virtual “Freedom School” co-hosted by UVa’s Curry School as part of the acclaimed Freedom School program.

For the fall, our planning committees are now working on three scenarios: (1) face-to-face instruction, (2) a hybrid of face-to-face and distance learning, and (3) distance learning. The state is also developing guidelines for schools, and we are receiving health department guidance as well. Thanks for your patience — we’ll keep you posted. Regardless, it’s not too early to register your new student or re-register your returning student (see below).

TEACHER APPRECIATION: THANKS FOR SHOWING THE LOVE
Ms. Kumar, Greenbrier's Golden Apple Winner for 2020During Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked you to shower our staff with love, and you really delivered! On social media we posted 100+ shoutouts that included photos and words of appreciation from students, parents, and colleagues. Some PTOs and students also created chalk art, painted murals, or developed videos. And finally, thanks also for your nominations for our amazing Golden Apple award-winners (and thanks to Better Living for their continued support). This year’s winners are:  Lisa Johnson Black (Hospital Ed), Kelsey Cary (Lugo-McGinnis), Mary Caitlyn Cordone (Clark), Matthew Deegan (CHS), Kavita Kumar (Greenbrier), Calder McLellan (Venable), Matt Richardson (CATEC), Kathryn Salem (Jackson-Via), Brandy Walker (Buford), Lisa Wallace (Burnley-Moran), Cianna Washburg (Walker), and Lindsay Wayland (Johnson). Congrats to these amazing teachers!

MEAL DELIVERY AND A NEW STATE BENEFIT FOR FAMILIES
Sandi Vasquez preparing mealsContinued thanks to our nutrition staff for delivering more than 7,000 meals a week to students, and thanks also to Cultivate Charlottesville (the new nonprofit home of City Schoolyard Garden) for leading the Memorial Day meal delivery to give our staff a break. You can still volunteer to help our staff with deliveries. One important update is that the state has created the Pandemic-EBT card to assist families who rely on free/reduced meals. If your child already receives free/reduced meals, you do not need to do anything to receive this benefit. But if your child does not receive free/reduced meals, you can still apply for free/reduced meals to qualify for the new benefit.

STAYING CONNECTED: AN UPDATE
Computer showing student avatars in online meetingIn the midst of this pandemic, we have been staying connected with our families via tools such as learning books, See Saw, Canvas, social media, email, Google Meet, phone calls, and more. We have been able to connect with every single Charlottesville Schools family. For every known need, we have been able to supply a Chromebook and a WiFi hotspot. Thanks to all the teachers, counselors, principals, social workers, IT staff and more who have made this possible — and thanks for our families who are doing their part to stay connected, as well. The last day of school is June 5.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION AND RE-REGISTERING FOR THE FALL
Staff and K student hug at Greenbrier's kindergarten camp 2019While our kindergarten open house is still on hold, our new student online forms are open. To orient students to their new schools, many of our schools– including Buford — are posting welcome videos. Families of returning students (including our preK students) can also complete re-registration forms by logging into PowerSchool and clicking “Re-Registration” at the left, (Repeat this process for each child.) Need help logging into PowerSchool or adding a child to your account? Call your school.

SCHOOL BOARD NOTES
Cville Schools official logoIn May, the School Board again met virtually as a response to the closure. As we reported in a previous community email, the most important topic was adjusting the 2020-21 budget in light of the financial impact of the pandemic. All staff members whose role was impacted by cuts have been placed in new positions at Charlottesville Schools. Find more School Board information, including agendas, minutes, and livestream video. The next meeting will be held June 11, also virtually. Tune in on Facebook at @CvilleSchools.

UPCOMING EVENTS AND IMPORTANT LINKS
illustration of calendarOngoing: Preschool applications. Find info online.
Ongoing: Online registration for kindergarten See details. Also, re-registration for returning students is now open. Log into PowerSchool and click Re-Registration at left.
6/4 CHS Virtual Graduation, 7pm. Watch on Facebook or Channel 14.
6/5 Last day of school
6/11 
School Board Meeting (virtual), 5pm

Key Links: Coronavirus Closure landing page ♦ Food/ Volunteering Information ♦ Learning/ Family Resources ♦ Learning FAQ 

More Looks at Cville Schools

Art for Hospice of the Piedmont by Camila, grade 3

Our art teachers continue to find meaningful ways to connect with their students — and to connect their students to the community.  A partnership with Hospice of the Piedmont supplies life-affirming student art for families facing challenges during this pandemic.  See NBC29’s coverage here.

CHS student Meg Gist and teacher Matt Deegan shaving their heads to benefit children with cancer

Two CHS projects are helping others. Student Meg Gist and teacher Matt Deegan shaved their heads to benefit children with cancer. And teacher Peter Davis is continuing his urban gardening students’ work from earlier this year by tending the CHS garden and sharing the produce with those in need.

Teachers exercising together in Fit with Friends program

We have prioritized wellness during this pandemic — and we are so glad to see teachers staying fit and connected using a program for teachers. For families, our gym teachers have been sharing physical wellness tips, and our learning page includes mental wellness resources for the family.

Find more info and events on on our website, social media, or our Google calendars!

Find us on the web at charlottesvilleschools.org

Graphic: It's time to register for Kindergarten

Kindergarten Registration Information

We’re excited to meet our new kindergarten students and their families! If you have a child that will be 5-years-old by September 30, it is time to register for kindergarten.  Not sure which elementary school your child will attend?  Find out here.

Scenes from Kindergarten Open House

To Register

  1. Complete the online forms (click on links, below). If your child is a current Cville Schools preschooler, look below for information about current preschoolers.
  2. Later, someone from your child’s school will be be in touch about how you can bring us proof of residency and other documents (see list here).

2020-21 Kindergarten Form

2020-21 La forma en español para estudeiantes de kindergarten

Information for Current Preschoolers

Current Charlottesville City Schools Preschoolers

Current preschool students can either register as new students (see links, above) or can re-register through their PowerSchool accounts (now open). The quickest and easiest way is to re-register through PowerSchool.

  • Need password or log-in help? Call your school (see list below) or 245-2962.

Log into PowerSchool and select “Re-Registration 20-21”

 

Los estudiantes actuales de preescolar pueden registrarse como nuevos (vea los enlaces, más arriba) o pueden volver a registrarse a través de sus cuentas de PowerSchool. La forma más rápida y sencilla es volver a registrarse a través de PowerSchool. 

  • ¿Necesita contraseña o ayuda para iniciar sesión? Llame al 245-2962.

School Registrar Contact List and FAX NUMBERS

More Information:

Questions about Using InfoSnap (PowerSchool Enrollment)?

  • Call Toll Free 1-866-752-6850 (Monday-Friday 8 A.M. – 5 P.M. Eastern)* (English only) or
  • Visit the InfoSnap Family Support Center (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) (English & español) or
  • Send an email to support@infosnap.com (English & español)
Summer activity packet for upper level grades

Fall 2020: New school year, new commitment to save energy and water!

Graphic with message, Use only what you need. Turn off the lights and faucet when you are done.Charlottesville City Schools and the City’s Energy and Water Management Team are working together to reduce the energy and water footprint of all City schools.

In 2019, the School Board approved an Energy and Water Performance resolution, showing a commitment to achieving and maintaining high performing school facilities. 

Continuing on past efforts, the City’s maintenance and development teams are specifying high efficiency building equipment, such as high-efficiency chillers and LED lighting, and are enhancing operational control through advanced building automation systems.

Charlottesville Schools and the City’s Energy and Water Management Team continue to investigate ways to accelerate the installation of high performance equipment throughout our schools.

Graphic with message, Reduce our Energy and Water Waste. Use a reusable water bottle and unplug electronics when not in use.

The City is also working with each school to raise awareness about energy and water saving practices through education and outreach efforts that include distributing educational materials and providing tips and strategies that students and faculty can use to reduce the energy and water impact at our schools. 

Each quarter a different theme emphasizes aspects of energy and water efficiency/conservation.

Fall 2020: New school year, new commitment to save energy and water!

Whether we are at school or at home this fall, the City’s Energy and Water Management Team has some great tips to help us reduce our energy and water consumption.

Energy and water are essential resources we need to use everyday; however, they also require a lot of effort including money and hard work to make into electricity for our lights or clean, safe water to drink. In addition, the overuse of these resources can have bad impacts on our environment even here in Charlottesville.

So, let’s start the school year with a new commitment to save when we can by following some of these important tips and actions we learned last year.

If you see something, say something graphic. Report a water leak or an open door to an adult.Tips:

  • Only Use What You Need: Turn off the lights and faucet when you are done!
  • If You See Something, Say Something: Report a water leak or an open door to an adult.
  • Reduce Our Energy and Water Waste: Use a reusable water bottle and unplug electronics when not in use.

Resources:

Have questions about this program? Contact the City’s Energy and Water Management Team at EnergyWaterTeam@charlottesville.gov and learn more at charlottesville.gov/EnergyWater.

Learn more about other green initiatives at Charlottesville City Schools here.


2019-20 Education and Outreach

Summer activity packet for upper level grades

Summer Quarter: This summer the Energy and Water Management Team wants you to take what you learned around how to save energy and water at school and apply it at home!

Let’s first focus on reducing our energy waste at home. This can look like turning the lights off when you leave a room, making sure you power down and unplug electronics when you are not using them, and making sure doors and windows aren’t left open when your home’s heating or air conditioning is running.

When you look at water, there are some easy ways we can reduce our water waste at home. Remember to always turn the water off when not in use (like while we are brushing our teeth), don’t forget to fill up your reusable water bottle with tap water when you are thirsty, and if you see dripping faucet or running toilet tell an adult to fix it! Plus, if you help your family with some gardening projects outside, look to the weather to do the watering work or collect rainwater to use for watering later.

This summer let’s all commit to saving energy and water. Take this pledge and start implementing these easy steps at home today!

This summer I pledge to be an energy and water saver at home!

  • I pledge to turn the lights off when I leave a room,
  • I pledge to power down and unplug electronics when I’m finished with them,
  • I pledge to close windows and doors when my home’s heating and cooling systems are on,
  • I pledge to turn the water off when not in use,
  • I pledge to use a reusable water bottle instead of a single-use plastic bottle,
  • I pledge to report water leaks as soon I see them,
  • I pledge to come back to school in the fall ready to keep saving energy and water!

You are now ready to be an energy and water saver! Together we can all have a huge impact at home and at school.

Activity Sheets for Grades K-4

Activity Sheets for Grades 5-12

Paper copies of the activity sheets were included with our summer meal distribution program. Copies can also be found in the main office of each school building, or you can contact the Energy and Water Management Team, at EnergyWaterTeam@Charlottesville.gov.

Energy and Water Management Program: Spring Quarter Poster image discusses reducing water and energy wasteSpring Quarter: Reducing our Energy and Water Waste

This spring the Energy and Water Management Team is back with more reminders to help us trim up our energy and water use!

Help our school reduce energy waste! Make sure outside doors close behind you and tell an adult if propped open. This will help keep our cooled and heated air inside our school rather than letting it escape through open doors to the outside!

Don’t forget to bring your reusable water bottle along with you wherever you go! Fill it up from tap water, which comes from our rivers and is cleaned to make it safe and taste good. Before dumping out any left over water, think reusable by giving it to some plants that would happily enjoy that water.

Spring Quarter Tips:
1. Keep outside doors closed
2. Fill up your reusable water bottle with tap water
3. If you see a water leak or an open outside door, report it!

If we each reduce our energy and water waste at school and at home by focusing on these easy habits,together we can have a real impact.

Energy and Water Management Program Winter Quarter posterWinter Quarter: Understanding our Energy and Water Use

Did you know that the greenhouse gases produced from energy used at all 10 Charlottesville City Schools is equal to the greenhouse gases produced by 500 homes? We know our schools need resources to operate but what exactly uses energy and water in our schools every day?

We are asking students and faculty to try to identify what uses energy and water when you walk into your classroom each day. For energy, think about the overhead lighting, computers, electronics, and air conditioning/heating. For water, think about the water fountain in the hallway and sink in your classroom. What about at home?

There are also the items that aren’t as noticeable such as leaving your phone plugged in even when it’s fully charged or not paying attention to that dripping faucet. Even when a phone is plugged in and is fully charged, it still uses 2.24 watts of energy, and that slow drip…drip…drip of a faucet can waste 3,000 gallons of water a year!

Let’s reduce our energy and water impact at school and at home by focusing on these easy habits we can do each day.

Winter Quarter Tips:

  • Turn the lights off when you leave a room.
  • Make an effort to unplug personal electronics.
  • Turn the water off when not in use.
  • If you see a water leak or hear a running toilet, report it!

 

water and energy management posterFall Quarter: The Value of Energy and Water

The energy and water that we use at home and in our school are typically provided using finite resources. In Virginia, fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) are used to produce over 60% of the electricity that we use, with nuclear and renewables making up the rest. We also use natural gas directly to heat our school and to heat our water. The water we use is pumped from reservoirs fed by rivers and is treated before coming to our homes and school as clean, potable water.  Simply put, our demand for electricity, natural gas, and water (the amount we use) has a direct impact on these resources. We have a responsibility to manage what we use but we’re also empowered with the ability to make lasting change.

In many cases we use more than we need, so we already have simple opportunities to reduce our impact. The best place to start is just becoming aware of when and how we use energy and water throughout our typical day. As you do your normal activities, think about how long you leave your lights on, leave your phone plugged in, and leave the water running. Now think about how you can adjust your behaviors to trim that up a bit.  It’s a game of inches, not miles, and small changes add up to big savings.

Fall Quarter Tips:

  • Last one out? Flip the switch!
  • Turn the water off when not in use.

 

Rising fourth graders visit Walker School 2019

Walker school counselors to visit current fourth graders in coming weeks

The Walker Upper Elementary School school counselors are busy planning their annual visits to all city elementary schools to provide information and guidance to rising fifth graders. For a full calendar of related-events, see important dates below.

“We want to make the transition to a new school as seamless as possible for our current city fourth graders,” said Walker School Counselor John Kronstain. “By visiting these students in the coming weeks, we hope to make connections and put them at ease by providing useful information and answering questions they may have.”

Rising fourth graders visit Walker School 2019
Walker students lead visiting rising fifth grade students on tours to show them their future school.

After visiting each of the six elementary schools, Walker Upper Elementary School will invite all city fourth graders to visit the upper elementary school in the spring for Rising Fifth Grade Visit and Tour Day. This will be followed by a Rising Fifth Grade Parent Night that will include dinner, tours, and an information session for families to ask questions.

The school counselors will introduce the rising fifth graders to a variety of information including choosing electives for the 2020-21 school year.  Fifth and sixth grade students at Walker can choose two electives. The first selection must be a fine arts option–band, orchestra, music and chorus, or visual arts–and the second choice can be Spanish, Pre-Engineering, or an additional fine arts option (students may not choose both band and orchestra in the same year).

For more details on elective options, view this video:

Upcoming Important Dates

  • January 28 Buford Curriculum Expo (for rising 7th- and 8th-graders), 5pm
  • January 31  School counselor visits at Jackson-Via and Greenbrier
  • February 4  School counselor visits at Burnley-Moran and Clark
  • February 5  School counselor visits at Johnson and Venable
  • February 10-17  Elective forms sent home with students–please discuss and make selections with your student
  • February 28  Completed elective forms due back to school
  • March 31 and April 2: Instrument Selection Nights, 5-7pm
  • April 14  Rising Fifth Grade Visit and Tour Day at Walker Upper Elementary (students will be brought to Walker during the school day via school buses)
  • April 14  Rising Fifth Grade Parent Night at Walker, 5:30-7:30pm (parents and their rising fifth grade student are invited to join us for dinner and information session)

 

 

 

 

graphic 2019-20 surveys

Surveys

graphic 2019-20 surveys

Fall Learning Plans:

Please visit our main coronavirus page to learn about our possible fall learning plans and offer your perspective.

VDOE Survey for Families s of Students with Disabilities Served in Private Schools for Students with Disabilities

  • As part of new monitoring requirements, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has created a survey for families of  parents of students with disabilities served in private schools for students with disabilities. The online surveys are currently opened and will be available for completion at the following links until October 30, 2020:

Johnson students in library.

Johnson Specials Monthly Digest November 2019 is now available

Students holding "Bring Your Parents to Special" flyers.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:

Art

by Jocelyn Johnson

 johnsoj2@charlottesvilleschools.org

Johnson student showing self-portrait.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!

Music

by Sydney Boggs

boggsS1@charlottesvilleschools.org

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!

Student showing sign that says "I am thankful for my brother."

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!*

Library

by Ms. Rebecca Flowers

flowerr1@charlottesvilleschools.org

Johnson students in library.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.

Therapy dog visits Johnson.

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.

Physical Education

by Kelly Walters

walterk1@charlottesvilleschools.org

Johnson PE Class plays with parachute and ball.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.

Spanish

by Sra. Smith

Spanish students at Johnson show their Calaveras masks.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.

Student-made sugar skull.

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.