SCHOOL 2 EAGLE NEWS Issue 2 October 2014 School #2 2047 Jones Road Fort Lee, NJ 07024 Phone (201) 585-4630 Fax (201) 585-8972 SCHOOL 2 EAGLES NEWS Practicing Pre-Kindergarteners with PKK, PKS, PKY, PKS, & PKM! This month started with an assembly on fire safety. They loved it and were in awe of Firefighter Phil with his amazing magic tricks. The students learned about many community helpers. Students observed and experienced the season of Fall and we created projects. Students have been working hard on their prereadiness skills and continued to make progress. Lately, students were excited for Halloween and talked about their costumes. We ended the month of October with a Halloween spooktacular and pumpkin picking! Fantastic First Graders with 1M, 1F, 1Z & 1/2C! The children are becoming more independent each day. In math, the students learned how to subtract a part from the whole to find the missing part. In reading workshop, we discussed how to carefully choose books that we’ll enjoy. In writing workshop, students learned how to select a topic and focus on that chosen topic. We look forward to the coming months and sharing our families’ holiday traditions. Kind Kindergarteners with KR, KG, KD & KB! In math, we learned how to read, write, and count numbers 6 to 10. We identified groups of objects that have “more” “fewer” or “the same as”. In reading, we learned pre-reading strategies and how to make predictions about a story. In writing, we learned that people write to tell a story and brainstormed ideas. We understood that verbs are action words and nouns name people, places, and things. In phonics, we learned the letters Mm and Tt. We discovered words that name colors and foods. In science, we learned about leaves and the lifecycle of a pumpkin. In social studies, we made family trees and studied information about Columbus Day. Super Second Graders with 2DL, 2B and 2DP! In Math, the students learned different strategies for addition and subtraction with 20, used doubles facts, and solved twostep questions. In reading workshop, students learned how to make predictions about their reading and learned to pick/read their “Just Right” Books. In writing workshop, students created their own Cinquain poems using 6 traits of writing and started to work on writing their descriptive paragraphs. Students learned about different properties of solids and liquids and landforms. SCHOOL #2 EAGLE NEWS PAGE 2 Terrific Third Graders with 3G, 3K, 3H, and 3/4J! Fabulous Fourth Graders with 4M, 4L and 4A! Students worked on literacy tasks such as reading independently, writing, word work, reading to a partner and reading on the website www.Razkids.com. I noticed an improvement in their reading skills due to their rigorous work. They have worked hard in math and are finishing our second unit. In science, students have mastered building circuits, understanding magnetism and soon will build electromagnets. In social studies, students studied Christopher Columbus, wrote about the travels of Columbus and built a pro/con web of the effects of the Columbian Exchange. Finally, we read and talked about the meaning and the consequences of bullying. We participated in the door decorating contest. If we win, we earn a pizza party! L.A.: We focused on characteristics of descriptive essays and drafted their own descriptive essay. They learned to formulate text-explicit and text-implicit questions in order to improve reading comprehension. Fact-Finding Fifth Graders with 5N, 5R and 5/6C! Serious Sixth Graders with 6J and 6T! The fifth grade made predictions and asked questions to help them better interact with fiction and informational texts. We worked hard to improve our descriptive writing through discussion about the writing process and the six-traits of good writing. In math class, we focused on addition and subtraction with decimals and multiplying whole numbers. In Social Studies, we discussed America's westward expansion. In science, we worked with variables through experimentation and making observations. Math: Students learned how to use place value to round, compare, and order whole numbers. Science: We were engaged in learn about different animals, especially their characteristics and lifestyles. In FOSS, they learned about sound discrimination by conducting an experiment using a “drop chamber.” Social Studies: Students learned about New Jersey as a colony and the French and Indian War. They began to explore what it was like to live the day-to-day life of a colonist. In addition, students read current events in the publication entitled, Time for Kids. In math, we finished learning about variables, expressions, and equations in Topic 2. Then, we started Topic 3 - Operations with Decimals. We learned dividing decimals, multiplying decimals, adding and subtracting decimals. We played division bingo and we learned a new game called, "Kaboom!" to help us to divide decimals. In science, we finished Investigation 1 and moved onto saturation. We saturated a salt solution and we are beginning to saturate a citric acid solution. Teacher Recommended Apple Apps IXL: (Pre-K – 8) Comprehensive coverage of K-12 math curriculum, interactive language arts exercises for grades 2-8, colorful practice formats, immediate feedback and question-specific explanations. RAZ-KIDS: (ESL/KBL) Online guided reading program with interactive eBooks, downloadable books, and reading quizzes. ABC MOUSE: (Pre-K to 3) Helps kids learn to read through phonics, and teaches lessons in math, social studies, art, music, and more. SCHOOL #2 EAGLE NEWS Beverly Delaney, Music In Pre-K, we studied steady beats, sang, danced and played rhythm instruments. In kindergarten, we learned about fast/slow music (tempo), high/low music (pitch), sang and danced. In 1st grade, we learned about clapping rhythms on sight, “sol” and “mi” in musical solfege (pitch). In 2nd grade, we learned how to read notation rhythms, and learning notes and their beat values. In 3rd grade we explored how to play B, A, and G notes on the recorder, and theory. The fourth graders visited the Metropolitan Opera on Oct. 27 and learned about story, characters, listened to musical excerpts from “Aida”. In 5th grade, we discovered Beethoven’s life and his music, Veteran’s Day celebration songs. In 6th grade, we composed a small group song, Veteran’s day and select songs. Denise Beffre, Physical Education PAGE 3 Maria Castano, Media Our media center received 6 iPads (mini) to help integrate different types of technology into the media program. Students in grades K-6 visited the iPad Center to read various e-books from ABC Mouse, RAZ-KIDS and IXL, where they practiced their mathematical skills that are categorized by grade level. Students in grades K-2 will exchange books every week. Students in grades 3-6 will exchange books every other week. Since our school received a 4th cart of Chromebooks, we will be using the Chromebooks in library class, as well as using the Chromebooks in the classroom. Tara Deady, Reading Recovery Please check my fusion page for the Physical Education class schedule. Reading Recovery is an early intervention program, lasting approximately 20 weeks for first grade students. Students, identified by their teachers, are given Marie Clay’s The Observation Survey. The students who are behind their peers are chosen for the program. Each student is taken individually and receive a daily 30 minute lesson specific to their needs. Reading Recovery builds confidence by developing word attack and decoding skills along with fluency and accuracy. Corrine West, Art Pre-K students have been working with fall leaves and pumpkins. Kindergarteners are finishing up their unit on lines. First graders are finishing their cityscape drawings. Second graders are finishing their pattern pictures. Third, fourth and fifth graders contributed artwork for the Halloween Dance. Sixth graders have started their project for Surrealism. SCHOOL #2 EAGLE NEWS PAGE 4 Michelle Dawson, BSI Math Teacher Math Basic Skills Instruction is a supplemental math program designed to provide intensified math instruction to those students who have been identified as, “At Risk”. The students are identified for BSI using multiple measures. These measures include their NJASK scores, teacher recommendations and report cards/class performances. It is small group instruction that meets 2 to 3 times a week. Some of the activities include “hands on” math activities that meet the students’ targeted needs. Christine Teitelbaum, World Language – Spanish My 3rd grade students learned the Spanish words for parts of the house. They identified many similarities between the English language and the Spanish language for parts of the house. One of the words they enjoyed learning was “la chimenea”. My 4th grade students learned the Spanish words for school subjects. Some of the objects I brought to school included a jump rope, a paint brush and a tambourine. The students associated these objects to the school subjects. MaryAnn Ciraulo, BSI Reading & Language Arts Welcome to BSI Reading and Language Arts! The goal of all of my classes is to help your children to love reading and language, while improving their comprehension and all its components. This is accomplished by using a variety of strategies. We read a plethora of texts related to science, social studies, the arts etc., to peak the interest of the children. Rosa Sgro, ESL & Kristine Han, KBL We welcomed and screened the new students in our school. At the end of September, we held our ESL and Bilingual Orientation Meeting and had the opportunity to meet many new parents to discuss and answer questions about our program. In October, we began classes. Our students are motivated and ready to learn! On October 17, we hosted our first Parent Advisory Council Meeting, where we had the chance to hear an informative presentation about the referendum. Halloween Tips from KidsHealth.org 1. 2. 3. 4. Choose a light-colored costume because these are easily seen at night. Add reflective tape or glow-in-the-dark tape. Only buy a costume that is labeled "flame-retardant." This means the material won't burn. Make sure wigs and beards don't cover your kids' eyes, noses, or mouths. Kids shouldn't wear masks — they can make it difficult for them to see and breathe. Instead, use nontoxic face paint or makeup.