Wednesday Highlights/ Homework (4/18) So sorry for the late post!

SCIENCE
Dry Ice Fun! After discussing safety guidelines, we had fun with dry ice. We reviewed the 3 states of matter. The students explored “sublimation” using the dry ice and dish soap and water. We made CO2 bubbles and enjoyed a sparkling drink.

COMMUNICATIONS:
*K/1 and 1/2 we talked about how to disagree with people well. We watched a Kid President video on disagreements and the Berenstain Bears on Fighting. Then we played “hot potato” where the person who ended with the potato last had to share one idea for conflict resolution.
*3/4 and 5/6 finished speeches and began to work through the elements of debate in teams. 3/4 we began a demonstration and will pick up where we left off. In 5/6, Noah and Bronson shared their speeches and they both did amazing jobs!

Tomorrow will be Zoe Rose’s last day this school year. We will celebrate her in Character Building with treats. Your 5/6 grader is welcome to contribute like we did for Bronson last week.

SPANISH: Hola!
*K/1 heard a delightful presentation by Joshua ( todo sobre mi). We met his hermano y hermana, learned like most of our amigos that pizza is his comida favorita! Joshua would like to be an arquitecto when he grows up, and his favorite pasatiempo is correr! We also read El Gallo Mandon y Mi Abuela!
*1/2 grade traveled to Espana this week with Sarah! We saw the Royal Palace in Madrid, met a Flamenco dancer and learned about the Matador bull fighter. We also saw the Iberian Lynx, the most endangered cat in the world. Sarah also brought in pan dulce ( sweet bread) to share with the class! Thank you to Sarahs mama, it was most yummy! We also finished reading Los Cinco Crayones.
*3/4 grade traveled to Ecuador, Peru y Mexico this week! Alice took us to Mexico where we met a Mariachi musician, saw a glimpse of the national bird Golden Eagle and enjoyed playing some maracas! Alice also shared a very sweet story from a time when her parents were on visit in Mexico ( involving snakes)! We stopped in Peru with Bella, saw a beautiful pink dolphin (only found in the Amazon River)! Saw the poisonous dart frog from afar, and learned the Selva is home to more variety of orchids than anywhere else in the world. We also visited the Andes Mt. Miah took us to Ecuador, we heard the amazing story of Jim and Elizabeth Elliot, Missionaries to the Waodani tribe in 1956. How the power of Jesus Christ can transform the hearts of the most unbelieving individual. We learned Ecuador has over 25,000 plant species and 1,600 know bird species! We also caught a glimpse of yet another pink dolphin in the ocean. Miah shared with the class empanadas de verde with queso fresco! Soooo yummy!!! Muchas gracias estudiantes!
*5/6 grade traveled to Costa Rica with Haley and crossed the Atlantic to Guinea Africa with Kolby where Spanish is also spoken! We visited beautiful costal beaches, saw an amazing waterfall and many local animals like White Tail Deer and West Indian Manatee. Haley taught us that Costa Rica in Spanish means rich coast. We also enjoyed a wonderful dish that the locals eat Gallo Pinto, topped with pico de gallo, cilantro y crema agria served with juevos. Delicioso!!! Kolby took us to Guinea, we met some local children, saw the Capitol City of Conakry and visited highlands that are covered with forests and savanna. Gold and Diamond are some of the natural resources. We also enjoyed a local favorite drink from Guinea that consists of ginger, lemons, cloves and cinnamon. We were short on time this week so the rest of our friends will present their projects next week.
Gracias
Maria Rodriguez

ART:
K-1 top secret project
3-6 working on our shadow puppets and stage
*Character building 1-2
We talked about our words. We discussed how words are a lot like toothpaste in the toothpaste tube. Once they come out they just don’t go back again. We need to use patience when using our words to express ourselves.

Our awesome kiddos…

Matt 19:15 “Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Tuesday Highlights/Homework (4/17) + class pics next week

SCIENCE:
We reviewed angiosperms and gymnosperms and how plants adapt.
3-6th Homework: study your diagram of a flower!
Thank you families for bringing in cool plants and critters! Keep it up! Here’s a slug and it’s portrait!

Tuesday MARTIAL ARTS: Look who was awarded our Student of the Month!!! Way to go!

ART:
K-1 top secret project
3-6 finishing our projects
*Character building 1-2
We talked about our words. We discussed how words are a lot like toothpaste in the toothpaste tube. Once they come out they just don’t go back again. We need to use patience when using our words to express ourselves.

MUSIC Homework:
The year is flying by! Students should be getting costumes ready, practicing lines and grades 3-6 should be practicing recorders. Please make sure your students always bring recorders to class every week! Costumes need to be brought to our dress rehearsals on May 8th.
Class pictures! Today we took advantage of having all students in 5/6 present so we got a nice class picture. All other grades, pre-K-4th will be taking class pictures with their home room teachers next week, April 24th. We will be starting pictures during morning devotional so please try to have students arrive on time in their blue shirts. Have a great week!
Mrs. Larsen

*K/1 Students learn animal names they brought stuffed animals to share with the class and we learned the names in Spanish.*1/2 Students learned animal names, pronunciation and alphabeth with animal names.
*3/4 Students learned animal names, pronunciation and complete the alphabeth with animal names
*5/6 Students learned Pequeño adding the suffix -ito or -ita to a Spanish noun to modify the meaning. We also talk about the end of the year presentation and Tuesday students already pick a subject and form teams to work in the project. Our project this year will be about Mexico.

CPW Recess fun in the spring sun…

And a Little from our precious pre-K…

Have a blessed weekend!

Monday Highlights/Homework (4/16)

MARTIAL ARTS:
How many laps could you do in 10 min? Wow, what an impressive group of kiddos…ENDURANCE!

SPANISH with Mrs. Lomas:
*K/1 Students learned animal names in Spanish and brought stuffed animals to share with the class*1/2 Students learned animal names, pronunciation and alphabeth with animal names.
*3/4 Students learned animal names, pronunciation and completed the alphabet with animal names
.*5/6 Students learned Pequeño adding the suffix -ito or -ita to a Spanish noun to modify the meaning.

Here are pictures of students presenting their stuffed animal and drawing a picture of their favorite animal.

READER’S THEATRE:
Kiddos were expressing that they were not getting enough individual on stage time, so we did team building and improv activities! All grades have two more weeks of Greek Mythology and then we will work on our end of year combo presentation with Mrs. L’s Art classes.

SCIENCE:
We discussed how decomposition occurs and why? We learned that “fungi” means “mushroom.”
3-6th homework: study your diagram of a flower!

Thank you families for bringing in cool plants and critters! Keep it up!

Monday ART
K-1 Top-secret project for Mother’s Day
1-2 intro to shadow puppetry for our big show
3-6 finishing our shadow puppets and other projects

Thanks to Hannah in k-1 for supplying the seeds and Liam k-1 for growing the lettuce!! Mrs L and Mrs Lomas had a great lunch!
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RR Recess fun in the spring sun…
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Have a blessed weekend!

Wednesday (4/11) Homework/Highlights (sorry for the late post)

+SCIENCE
We explored more ways to observe Bernoulli’s Principle. We talked about how we could throw an object, a liquid, and even a gas like air. A few students presented the examples of this principle they researched on their own. Today, we used a soda can and a few cups and empty water bottles to demonstrate how changes in air pressure can create “lift.” Have your students show you how this works!
Homework:
3-6 How can you use a balloon to teach someone about Bernoulli’s Principle?

++COMMUNICATIONS
*K/1 & 1/2 we read When God Made You—it’s about how each one of us is unique on purpose and loved. We also read Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters which is an African Folk Tale about how important who we are on the inside is—we tied it into our lesson on integrity from last week.
*3/4 and 5/6-we continued to work through our speeches.
-All students in 3/4 have completed their speeches! They will be getting back their work this next week. No one is getting a letter grade, but I’m writing down my feedback for them to help them in the future.
*3/4 will be paired off to begin working on their debates. Their debate topic this week will be “should teachers be graded by their students?” Each team will need to formulate a “pro” stance and “con” stance.

*Noah, Bronson, Haley, and Tristan will be giving their speeches this next week, 4/18 in 5/6. Also, next week is Bronson’s last week and we will be having a small going away thing for him in character building. Any 5/6th grader who would like to bring a snack to share with the class or even a card for Bronson is welcome to do so! We are going to miss him!

+++Hola! This week in SPANISH
*K/1 had three (todo sobre mi ) presentations. Nathan shared his jugetes favoritos ( rescue bot), comida favorita (pizza), deporte favorito (futbol americano) and we also met his familia!! We met JoJos gato, gallina and her perro! Jo showed us a foto of her casa, told us about her comida favorita (pizza), mine as well! Brody introduced us to his mascotas, Bear and Smokey. Also visited his lugar favorito (el museo), and met his familia! We also continued reading from our bilingual book. Great job kiddos!
*1/2 also had a presentation. Judah shared her cosas favoritas with us. We learned about her deporte Jujitsu, met her mama, papa y hermana! Saw a foto of her comida favorita (hamburguesa) yummmmmm! Also met her mascotas! We also continued reading our bilingual story Los Cinco Crayones.
*3/4 competed against each other in our vocabulary bell game. Students received extra points for translating small Spanish phrases into english. Muy bien estudiantes!
*5/6 traveled to Bolivia this week with Evelyn! We learned that Bolivia has two capitals and is 193 years old. Saw a beautiful illustration of Evo Morales, Bolivias current leader illustrated by Evelyn herself! She also shared with us el deporte favorito ( futbol de salon). Evelyn also explained the meaning behind the flags symbols. We continued our workbook pages from last week, forming short questions and properly responding on the board.

Gracias
Maria Rodriguez
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++++ART
All grades working steadily to finish our outstanding art projects to get ready for the big art show!!

+++++PE: Team-building!

Tuesday Highlights/Homework (4/9)

SCIENCE-
We explored what happens to leaves when they fall on the ground. Why don’t they just keep piling up? We discovered fungi, which means “mushroom,” has roots all over the ground and help the leaves and other dead things decompose. The decomposed leaves and other dead things become soil. We learned that spores are all around us, even inside. Fungus helps keep our world clean, even inside but we must keep our food fresh and covered. We watched timelasped videos of what happens to a bowl of fruit and vegetables left in the open air.
We had a blast finding critters outside on our recess grounds! Ask the students about the lizard that climbed up my pants and hid in my sweater!
Homework: 3-6 continue to care for your seedlings! Let’s see who has the greenest thumb!
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MUSIC with Mrs. Larsen:
It’s time to think about costumes for the musical. Students will need a white button up shirt and a blue or red handkerchief to tie around their neck (other colors are fine if that’s what you already have). Goodwill is a great place to look for a button up shirt. Please have these by the first Tuesday in May.
*Grades 3-6 Recorder homework is to work on the 3rd line of Jonah’s Remorse. Please run through lines!!! Have a great week!
Mrs. Larsen

SPANISH with Mrs. Lomas-
Thank you to all the parents for helping with the fruit! Students really enjoyed making a salad from the fruit we had been learning in Spanish. This month we will be learning about animals and kindergarten is to bring their favorite stuffed animal to show to the class.
K/1 Students made an ensalada de fruta; also watched a learning video about animal names and sounds.
1/2, 3/4 & 5/6 Students made a fruit salad.

ART-
We will be working steadily to finish our outstanding art projects to get ready for the big art show!!
*Character building 1/2
We will be tackled our common every day fears with perseverance and truth; matched common fear cards to their perseverance fighters!!

Have a blessed rest of the week!

Monday Highlights/Homework (4/9)

SCIENCE
We played with snakes and bugs and flowers. Thank you for bringing in some cool things! We discussed what plants “eat” and reviewed the process of photosynthesis. We watched a video of one of our world’s largest and oldest living things—General Sherman, the giant sequoia in California.
Homework:
Keep bringing in things from nature, including any fruits/vegetables you want to share.
3rd-6th—students who wanted to participate in the green thumb challenge planted seeds in a pot and brought them home with them to care for and bring back to compare how well they grew.

Plus, 3 snakes visited science class today. Lots of bugs too.

READER’S THEATRE
We did the Greek mythology story of Hades and Persephone today in all classes. We talked about how last week we read a Greek story that taught us a lesson and this week the story taught us about the stories they used to explain life and the seasons.

For 5/6 Character Building: We are almost finished with The Westing Game! Each student should choose a character and write a brief essay on the person’s character traits. One page handwritten works or two pages if it’s double-spaced (not a super strict rule, but I’d like them to consider all angles of the person they’ve chosen). They still have a couple weeks to get it turned in. Shoutout to Noah who got his done this last week! He set the bar high with his analysis.

SPANISH
Thank you parents for contributing to our day of…ensalada de fruta!

MARTIAL ARTS
Please join us in congratulating Jason in 3/4 for earning our RR ‘student of the month’! Well done Jason! We’re proud of you!

ART
All classes will be working steadily to finish our outstanding art projects in preparation for the big art show!!

Character building 1/2-
We tackled our common every day fears with perseverance and Truth. We matched common fear cards to their perseverance fighters!!

Hand art @ recess…

Important Details Regarding Registration -This Week! (+Communications highlights from Wed.)

Hey parents! I realize there is a lot of information below, so thank you in advance for your patience in reading through it. This week you will receive a link via email to register for the 2018-2019 school year. All registration will be done by completing the form attached to the link and the first month of tuition and all fees will be due up front, by May 15 to secure your spots (unless special arrangements regarding payment are made with me).

In addition to the supply fee and family registration fee, we are adding a new annual ‘technology fee’ of $32 per child. After spending a great deal of time looking into the most affordable options, I feel you’ll be pleased with all this change brings. For basically just $3.50/month, you will appreciate the streamlined communication, added features, security and ease of use. Plus, you will be able to control how you receive updates (either by text or email) and choose how many updates you receive per child, even specify correspondence by a particular class.

To further explain the what’s and why’s regarding the technology fee, after your initial registration you’ll receive instructions to access our new web based software. The new software program may be easily accessed from your phone or desktop and will allow you to view secure information specific to your child regarding homework, incident/accident reports, praises, pictures, etc. You will be able to easily send information to teachers, update family or medical information, notate absences and late arrivals or early pick ups, as well as who is allowed to pick up your child -or other special circumstances. We’ll also eventually implement an easy to use check in/out system for your child.

Furthermore, with this new system you will be able pay tuition using online bill pay (no other added monthly fees) and log on to your account to view payment history or print a record of payment for tax purposes -at any time. With online bill pay, you’ll no longer set up bank drafts through me, rather you’ll be able to enter your account information, securely set up recurrent payments and easily make changes if need be. You’ll still have the option of paying via check or cash in person on the 1st week of every month (starting in Oct.) and you will also be able to make a credit card payment, although standard processing fees would apply there.

So, the registration, supply, & technology fee along with the first month of tuition will be due upon completion of online registration, or no later than May 15. I will open registration to the public two weeks after I release the registration link to our current families, so please complete the form and submit payment as soon as possible to reserve your child’s spot at your preferred location/s.

It has been an honor to be part of your child’s education and your family is so important to me, so please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or let me know if you need to make alternate payment arrangements. Thank you.

Tired of reading yet? 😉 Here’s just a little bit more and I’m sorry for this late post for last week’s (Wednesday) Communications Highlights/Homework. I posted the pictures and meant to go back and add the text before sending it). Again, sorry!

From Ms. Newell-
In K/1 and 1/2, we talked further about honesty and integrity. We shared times when we have told the truth even though it was more difficult to do so. We also talked about what jobs we wanted to do in the future and what being an honest version of that needed to be the priority because being honest is more important than just avoiding consequences–it is a reflection of who we are!
5/6 and 3/4 continued to work on their speeches. There are just a couple students in each class that have not given their speeches yet. If your student states that they have not yet given their speech, they need to plan on presenting it this coming week. Starting next week we will be splitting up into debate teams and will be working with the teams to figure out which team of 3/4 students will debate the 5/6 students at the end of year presentations. If you student will not be at school during these presentations or will be out, please let me know so that I can make smart decisions about teams! I wouldn’t want another student to not be able to participate due to their partner being absent.

I appreciate you all and look forward to seeing you this week.

Blessings, Angela Turner, Director
(512)584-4179

Matt 19:15 “Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Reminder for Monday & Tuesday SPANISH with Mrs. Lomas

SPANISH with Mrs. Lomas

Dear parents,

This month we have been learning about food and I would like to have a food tasting day, this Monday and Tuesday, 4/9 and 4/10. I’m asking parents to please help provide fruit so students may make fruit salad in class.

Each girl and boy in each grade is asked bring enough of the specified fruit below, enough to feed 3 classmates 1 serving each.

K/1: Girls – Grapes, Boys – Blueberries

1/2: Girls -Watermelon, Boys – Strawberries

3/4: Girls – Pears, Boys – Oranges

5/6: Girls- Bananas, Boys- Apples

I’ll bring cups, spoons and napkins. Please send any fruit washed and precut if possible (except pears & bananas) and have your child bring them to the designated table outside the Spanish room at each campus.

Please send an email with any questions to jlomas2099 and also please clarify any allergies to any of the fruits listed.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Wednesday Homework/Highlights (4/4)

ART
*K-2 We are learning about Georgia O’Keeffe and her large- scale depictions of flowers as if seen through a magnifying glass; In preparation for our next project.
*3-4 We worked on our roles and our shadow puppets for the show at the end of the year.
*5-6
Referencing Georgia O’Keeffe we are having an introduction to American modernism in art. While finishing our projects for the big art show

**Character building 1-2
Annalei Russel of 5/6 led 1-2 in the Rain Ensemble. 1-2 graders will be doing sound effects for our show at the end of the year.

COMMUNICATIONS: Speech time! Great job all!

SPANISH with Mrs. Rodriguez
En La clase de Español: Kinder completed a page in the workbook ( La familia), after drawing our family we labeled them in Spanish. We also began a new bilingual book ( A trip to Grandmas House).
*1/2: Completed workbook pages on our familia, matching pictures to their Spanish translation. We also began reading ( Cinco Crayones), and heard a delightful presentation (Todo Aserca de Mi) by Fiona. We met Fionas familia including her hermanas, learned about her favorite pasatiempo (nadar), y cuando crezca quiere ser una Bailarina! Very well done Fiona!
*3/4: This week we traveled to Chile with Eduardo! Made a stop in Easter Island and got to see almost 900 stone figures that date back many centuries! We met the many animales found in Chile, foxes, puma and flamingos! Edward also shared that the long coastline of Chile is home to the Gentoo Penguin! We learned that the children in rural areas wake up anytime between 5:00 – 6:00 a.m. to walk to school, or meet the bus. Chilean food consist of completo, pebre, empanadas, churrasco and cazuelas. We also had the privilege to try galletas from Chile! Sooooooo yummyyyy! Gracias a Edward and his madre!
*5/6 This week we had a treat, Zoe Rose translated scripture that speaks to her heart from the book of Psalms, and read in Spanish to the class! Very well done Zoe-Rose! The kids complete pages in the workbook ( las preguntas). We began how to properly form small questions in Spanish, changing the verb and subject when responding. The kids took turns coming up to the board to complete. HOMEWORK: If assigned one, be ready to translate your sentence on the board next week!

Gracias
Maria Rodriguez

P.E.:
Shihan Yochum began April’s unit of stretching and team building.

SCIENCE:
We discussed the Bernoulli Principle. We explored how to create “lift” with a ping pong in a funnel, two balloons on a string, and two strips of paper. Changing design and weight, we learned how best to make a paper figure “fly.” Homework:
Find an example of Bernoulli Principle at work around you.

(4/3) Tuesday Highlights/Homeowrk

++SCIENCE with Mrs. Cecil
We discussed what plants “eat” by looking at the largest plant in the world, the sequoia tree. We took a close up look at a plant’s “mouths” called stomatas. We had a great time looking at the plants and critters our classmates brought in.
Homework: Continue to bring in plants and critters
3rd-6th graders planted seeds of their choosing to take home and care for to see who can grow the biggest and healthiest plant! Care for your plant and bring it back to show off your green thumb!

++ART with Mrs. L
K-2 We are learning about Georgia O’Keeffe and her large- scale depictions of flowers as if seen through a magnifying glassin preparation for our next project.

3-6
Referencing Georgia O’Keeffe we are having an introduction to American modernism in art.

*Character building 1-2
We ran through scenarios of wise and not wise decision making using our whoa and go game.

MARTIAL ARTS with Shihan Yochum
Congratulations to the the following students for earning their promotion!!

++SPANISH with Mrs. Lomas

Dear parents,

This month we have been learning about food and I would like to have a food tasting day on April 9 and 10. I’m asking parents to please help provide fruit so students may make fruit salad in class.

Each girl and boy in each grade is asked bring enough of the specified fruit below to feed 3 classmates 1 serving each .

K/1: Girls – Grapes, Boys – Blueberries

1/2: Girls -Watermelon, Boys – Strawberries

3/4: Girls – Pears, Boys – Oranges

5/6: Girls- Bananas, Boys- Apples

I’ll bring cups, spoons and napkins. Please send any fruit washed and precut if possible (except pears & bananas) and have your child bring them to a designated table outside the Spanish room at each campus next Monday & Tuesday.

Please send an email with any questions to jlomas2099 and also please clarify any allergies to any of the fruits listed.

Monday Spanish highlights:

K/1 Students reviewed colors with a coloring page of an octopus (pulpo) review a learning video about colors, days of the week, months of the year, greetings and head, shoulders, knees and toes (cabeza, hombros, rodillas y pies)

1/2 & 3/4 -Students learned Spanish alphabet with animal names and practiced vocabulary with a fun game.

5/6 Students learned Spanish pronunciation and vocabulary with a fun game.

++MUSIC with Mrs. Larsen:

It’s time to think about costumes for the musical. Students will need a white button up shirt and a blue or red handkerchief to tie around their neck (other colors are fine if that’s what you already have). Goodwill is a great place to look for a button up shirt. Please have these by the first Tuesday in May.
*Grades 3-6 Recorders homework is to work on the 2nd line of Jonah’s Remorse. Today we worked on line one and attempted singing some harmony. Please run through lines!!!
Have a great week!
Mrs. Larsen

4/2 Monday Highlights/Homework

++ SCIENCE with Mrs. Cecil-
We explored food chains and learned ALL living things are dependent on plants! We played “eat or be eaten”, making food webs/chains. We also enjoyed the plants and critters the kids brought in from home! We even saw a wasp’s stinger up close and touched an Easter Garden!
Homework: keep bringing in the critters and plants! Also, ask your students what the closest cousin to a “pill bug/rollie-pollie.”

++SPANISH with Mrs. Lomas

Dear parents,

This month we have been learning about food and I would like to have a food tasting day on April 9 and 10. I’m asking parents to please help provide fruit so students may make fruit salad in class.

Each girl and boy in each grade is asked bring enough of the specified fruit below to feed 3 classmates 1 serving each .

K/1: Girls – Grapes, Boys – Blueberries

1/2: Girls -Watermelon, Boys – Strawberries

3/4: Girls – Pears, Boys – Oranges

5/6: Girls- Bananas, Boys- Apples

I’ll bring cups, spoons and napkins. Please send any fruit washed and precut if possible (except pears & bananas) and have your child bring them to a designated table outside the Spanish room at each campus next Monday & Tuesday.

Please send an email with any questions to jlomas2099 and also please clarify any allergies to any of the fruits listed.

Monday Spanish highlights:

K/1 Students reviewed colors with a coloring page of an octopus (pulpo) review a learning video about colors, days of the week, months of the year, greetings and head, shoulders, knees and toes (cabeza, hombros, rodillas y pies)

1/2 & 3/4 -Students learned Spanish alphabet with animal names and practiced vocabulary with a fun game.

5/6 Students learned Spanish pronunciation and vocabulary with a fun game.

++MARTIAL ARTS with Shihan Yochum:

Monday kiddos also did a wonderful job during a tornado drill!

Wednesday Highlights (3/28)

SCIENCE with Mrs. Cecil:
We explored how the oval shape of an egg is naturally super strong! We tested the first law of inertia in several different experiments using eggs and coins. (At times, it was a bit messy!) We also explored how important it is to balance weight by placing clay inside a can and making it do “rock and roll tricks.” Homework challenge: research which shape is stronger—a triangle or an oval and why?

P.E. with Mrs. Kaderli
– we wrapped up our basketball unit. Great job kiddos!

COMMUNICATIONS with Ms. Newell:
*K/1 & 1/2-
Last week we talked about how to persuade people and what that means (an intro to debate and persuasive speeches), so this week we talked about the difference between persuading people to allow good things (advocating for ourselves or talking to parents or siblings about what we’d want to do) and using lying as a means of persuasion. We watched a video on Confucius and his commitment to being a persuader who also told the truth. We then discussed how we can use persuasion to get out of trouble instead of being honest about our mistakes and we brought it back to the concept of personal values and character like we’d talked about several weeks ago—part of being a good persuader has to be rooted in the commitment to being honest even if it gets us in trouble. We must always persuade for the truth to be seen rather than to get good things for ourselves or to get out of trouble.
*3/4 & 5/6 we continued to work through our persuasive speeches. Because recess was inside, we didn’t have the quiet space for those who wanted to share their speeches one-on-one this week, so those students will go next week during recess.

Their goal this week was to use persuasion as a good thing and to think of an example in their day-to-day lives where they have tried to persuade someone to see their side.

SPANISH with Mrs. Rodriguez: Hola!
*K/1:This week we read La casa de Oso ( Bears House) and Slurp, Slurp, Slurp! Sopa, Sopa, Sopa. The kids also colored a picture of mi barrio
( neighborhood).
*1/2: The kids matched our familia pictures with their Spanish translation. Some of our friends practiced writing the vocabulary words themselves! Great job kids! We also read Slurp, Slurp, Slurp! Sopa, Sopa, Sopa.
*3/4: We traveled to Costa Rica this week with Alaina! We learned that Costa Rica has over 34,000 different species of insects! Got to meet a few! The natives refer to themselves as Ticos and Ticas. We visited over 800 miles of beautiful coastline beaches! Alaina shared with us interesting facts about one of the ten most active volcanos in the world ( Arenal). We will also be sampling one of Costa Ricas traditional deserts in the next coming weeks! When we retuned to class, some of our friends translated and shared their family names with the class. Please complete your arbol genealogico.
*5/6: Madeline took us to Puerto Rico this week! Madeline was kind enough to share some of her abuela with us, she is a native Puerto Rican! We learned about the national drink ( Pina Colada), saw some favorite dishes, Arroz con Lechon. Also sampled a favorite desert pastelito! Gracias Madeline, muy delicioso! Met some beautiful animales that are found in El Yunque rainforest, like the Emerald Anole that changes colors! We also heard a Spanish dialogue, written and translated by Zoe Rose. Great job girls! We will complete the workbook pages I had previously assigned for homework together next week!
Gracias!
Maria Rodriguez

ART with Mrs. L
It’s crunch time! We’re trying to wrap up our murals for our big debut for the art show at the end of the year!!! Here are some sneak previews of our Mural pieces…

ALL CAMPUSES PRACTICED SAFETY DRILLS THIS WEEK (including tornado and intruder safety). Have a great weekend, from your TREA teachers!

*Reminder:
Tuition is due next week. Don’t worry, you have missed any announcements about open registration, notices coming soon!

Blessings, Angela Turner, Director
(512)584-4179

Matt 19:15 “Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Tuesday Homework/Highlights (3/27)

*SCIENCE with Mrs. Cecil
We talked about food chains and how all animal/insect life is dependent on plants. We made food webs. Homework: we are making a plant/flower book so bring in samples to add to our book, labeling them if you can. Also, we are collecting bugs, dead or alive for our terrarium.

*ART with Mrs. L
It’s crunch time! We’re trying to wrap up our murals for our big debut for the art show at the end of the year!!! Here are some sneak previews of our Mural pieces…

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Two quick games of musical chairs since 1-2 finished their Mural paintings early.

Character building 1-2
*We talked about having patience. We used Herbert the snail from music machine to illustrate our lesson. We learned this from Herbert:
“Have Patience, don’t be in such a hurry. When you get impatient you only start to worry. Remember, remember that God is patient too and think of all the times when others have to wait for you. “I
+Ask your Kiddos if they can sing the song.

MUSIC with Mrs. Lomas:
Grades 3-6 HOMEWORK will be bringing home recorder music for the musical. They need to finish decoding the song, if not already done. They need to practice playing line 1.
Please bring Recorders each week!!!!

Also: Grades 3-6 and K/1 need to work on their lines. I’m so proud that 1/2 have their lines memorized so well!!!!

Have a great week!

SPANISH with Mrs. Lomas:
*K/1 Students learned likes and dislikes; completed an exercise about comidas que me gusta comer (foods i like to eat) and comidas que no me gusta comer (foods i don’t like to eat). Watched a learning video about animal sounds and manes in Spanish.
*1/2 Students guessed the answer to food riddles in Spanish and completed searching for food in a wordsearch, then wrote the english meaning for each food word.
*3/4 Students completed food groups. Practiced writing the Spanish food words to match the pictures; they also complete a Eat it up! (crossword puzzle).
*5/6 Students completed Yo como en el restaurante (I eat at the restaurant) and En la tienda (at the grocery store). They translated restaurant and grocery words in Spanish. Reviewed el desayuno (breakfast), la comida (lunch) and la cena (dinner).

ALL CAMPUSES PRACTICED SAFETY DRILLS THIS WEEK (including tornado and intruder safety). Have a great weekend, from your TREA teachers!

Reminder:
Tuition is due next week. Don’t worry, you have missed any announcements about open registration, noticed coming soon!

Blessings, Angela Turner, Director
(512)584-4179

Matt 19:15 “Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Monday Highlights/Homework (3/26)

COMMUNICATIONS with Ms. Newell:
1/2, 3/4, and 5/6 all did a Declaration of Independence reader’s theatre script. There were some challenging words in it, but all of them did great and we learned a little history, too.

K/1 We did follow the leader charades and all the kids got the chance to perform on stage alone. I think they’re all getting a lot more comfortable on stage and with acting!

SCIENCE with Mrs. Cecil:
We discovered through a process called “selection” most fruits and vegetables today look nothing like they did hundreds of years ago. Scientists can enhance the characteristics of plants from generation to generation. We discussed how types of fruits/vegetables come in many varieties and by looking inside them, at their leaves and flowers they produce many fruits/vegetables we thought we different types are actually varieties of the same kind. Ex—squash, zucchini and pumpkin. We laughed about making a “squa-cchin-kin pie” next Thanksgiving!
Homework:
-We are so excited about spring and the gifts this season brings! We are collecting flowers and bugs (alive or not!) for a school collection. Bring in samples to add to our collection.
-Also, students can bring in samples of interesting fruits/vegetables/plants anytime.

Special thanks to k/1 Emma! Everyone loved the fresh strawberries! We had a great time “digesting” the seeds as we ate them!

*ART with Mrs. L:
It’s crunch time! We’re trying to wrap up our murals for our big debut for the art show at the end of the year!!! Here’s 5/6-

And for extra Art fun-

*Character building 1-2
We talked about having patience. We used Herbert the snail from music machine to illustrate our lesson. We learned this from Herbert:
“Have Patience, don’t be in such a hurry. When you get impatient you only start to worry. Remember, remember that God is patient too and think of all the times when others have to wait for you. “I

Ask your Kiddos if they can sing the song.

Mrs. Lomas Reading riddles at recess:

SPANISH with Mrs. Lomas:
*K/1 Students learned likes and dislikes; completed an exercise about comidas que me gusta comer (foods i like to eat) and comidas que no me gusta comer (foods i don’t like to eat). Watched a learning video about animal sounds and manes in Spanish.
*1/2 Students guessed the answer to food riddles in Spanish and completed searching for food in a wordsearch, then wrote the english meaning for each food word.
*3/4 Students completed food groups. Practiced writing the Spanish food words to match the pictures; they also complete a Eat it up! (crossword puzzle).
*5/6 Students completed Yo como en el restaurante (I eat at the restaurant) and En la tienda (at the grocery store). They translated restaurant and grocery words in Spanish. Reviewed el desayuno (breakfast), la comida (lunch) and la cena (dinner).

Have a great weekend, from your TREA teachers!

Reminder:
Tuition is due next week. Don’t worry, you have missed any announcements about open registration, noticed coming soon!

Wednesday Highlights/Homework (3/21) + Tues (3/20) Science & Extras

Parents,
I am beyond grateful you share your precious kiddos with us each week. Please don’t hesitate to contact me anytime. Although I have been off campus more recently planning for next year and additional locations, I am always happy to hear from you and to address your questions or concerns.

Please be sure to copy (cc) me on any correspondence that goes directly to teachers so that we maintain the most clear lines of communication. Additionally, teachers are not able to meet or supervise children before 8:45 AM nor after 2:45 PM without first making special
arrangements. Before 8:45 or after 2.45 please make sure your child/children remain only in your supervision. Thank you for your understanding.

Soon the plans to build a 4 bed community garden at our Tuesday campus will take off. Families from all campuses will have opportunities as soon as the first week of April to participate in everything from the building to the harvesting. Our ‘Garden Project” will consist of the initial building of the beds, collection of additional materials and tools, planting and signing up for our Master Gardener and Senior ‘Grow’ Program. Within this program your family will be able to choose a section of the garden to care for once a week for a selected length of time and/or partner in gardening with an elderly person in our community. Imagine spending as little as one hour a week serving an elderly person whose day would brighten beyond measure if he/she could simply toil in the soil or care for a tender plant like when younger; or imagine the wise gardening tips and neat sorties of which you might learn. So whether you’re just interested in learning how to build your own garden, or whether you’d like to partner with a senior citizen in need of a little gardening assistance or help organize the project, please email me to indicate your interest.

Finally, additional details are coming your way soon, but we will have a middle school campus (advanced 6-8) and another option for Pre-K (ages 3-5) on Thursdays next year. (technically located in NW Austin but still in the heart of CP). I hope to open registration close to the end of this month and details will be posted by then.

Below are highlights from the last week in addition to some information clarifying Science from this past Tuesday. Thanks so much and have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings, Angela Turner, Director
(512)584-4179

COMMUNICATIONS:
Today in 3/4 & 5/6 began to listen to our persuasive speeches. If your student has not yet written their persuasive speech, they should do so for this next week. For tips on writing persuasive speeches, scroll down (or do a keyword search) in a previous homework blog I have given detailed instructions and a couple helpful links. This is in preparation of debates that we will be starting soon, so understanding the power of persuasion is important!

In K/1 & 1/2 we used picture cards to create “pro” or “con” arguments. For example, if a student got received a picture of teeth, they had to explain the picture, formulate an opinion, and come up with three supporting reasons. All the kids showed great thinking!

SPANISH with Mrs. Rodriguez: Hola!
Kinder: This week we sang songs, continued our review in la familia and matched up family member pictures to their Spanish translation. We also met Meagan’s familia during her presentation (todo sobre mi). Learned about her comida favorita pizza, pasatiempo ( nadar) and when she grows up quiere ser una doctora. Great job Meagan!

1/2: This week we traveled to Colombia with Zeke. Met a jaguar and spider money. Saw the popular dish ( arepa) learned that the name Colombia is derived from famous explorer Christopher Columbus. Colombia is the leading source of emeralds and has the highest amount of species by area in the world! We also read Maria’s llama. Great job Zeke!

3/4: The kids took turns in role playing this week in front of the class. We used February and March vocabulary words, properly greeting our familia depending on the time of day. We also completed a familia word search.

5/6: We took a trip to Cuba and Mexico this week! On our first stop we met Desi Arnaz ( native Cuban ) from the show I Love Lucy! Noticed that from the air Cubaresembles an alligator. Cuba also produces the most Olympic boxing champions and sugar from sugar cane is the main crop followed by tobacco. On our return we stopped by Mexico with Vincent, met his tito and tita short for grandmother and grandfather. They were natives from Mexico born in Durango y Chihuahua! Saw the beautiful national flower, Dahlia Pinnata which leaves are used in salads! Enjoyed traditional foods from Mexico, tamales, arroz con frijoles and finished off with Mexicos favorite desert, Churros! Yummy!! Many thanks to Vincents mama!! Gracias!

Happy fin de semana!
Maria Rodriguez

SCIENCE (Wednesday)
We explored how water molecules have cohesion. That molecules are moving even when they appear to be still. We made water “walk” from glass to glass and across a maze.

Science—Tuesday
We learned through a process called selection, most fruits and vegetables and even other plants, have been altered from how they grew in nature—making plants sweeter, bigger, brighter, fuller, crisper, etc. We discovered how many fruits and vegetables look much differently than then they did a few hundred years ago. By looking at the plants leaves, flowers and insides, we discovered many fruits and vegetables are not really different kinds, but different varieties instead. Example: squash and zucchini are types of pumpkins.

ART
This week I invited all of our students to join me in my exciting adventure at MeowWolf museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

I put together a slideshow of my visit to this amazing collaborative art exhibit over spring break.

My daughters and I had the time of our life and I was very excited to share my experience with our eager little artists.

PE with Shihan Yochum: Basketball skills

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Recess…

Matt 19:15 “Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Blessings, Angela Turner, Director
(512)584-4179

Matt 19:15 “Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Highlights and Homework- RR (Monday, 3/19) & CPW (Tues. 3/20) !

+COMMUNICATIONS (Mon.) with Ms. Newell
1/2-5/6 all did a Taxation without Representation Reader’s Theatre script. We talked about how we would act out the different emotions of the colonists experiencing injustice and 1/2 had lots of fun exploring the marbles I brought for money.

K/1 played through a miming and thought game that helped us think on our feet. We also did a story telling circle so we could create a story together. The kids mainly focused on making sure our story included as many pigs as possible!

+ SCIENCE RR wth Mrs. Cecil
Monday – we discussed why apples are different colors. We learned that wild apples were not as big, sweet or varied as they are on farms. We learned that through a process called selection, farmers are able to grow apples and other fruits and vegetables that are bigger and better tasting than plants that grow in the wild. In fact, now, by selecting seeds generation after generation, we’ve made apples sweeter and bigger. Through selection, humans have created over 2,000 varieties of apples! We taste tested many varieties of apples today and graphed our favorites.

Homework: the kids are really enjoying all the spring gifts around them—flowers, bugs, etc! Let’s start a bug and flower collection! Either bring in pictures of bugs and flowers they see around them or if you are brave, the real bugs and flowers. I have a terrarium to put our bugs in and we can press the flowers and start a collection.

+MUSIC (Tues.) with Mrs. Larsen
Many students received small prizes for memorizing their lines today! There’s another chance next week, so keep memorizing if you haven’t yet.
HW Grades 3-6. Decode your recorder music if you haven’t yet. Practice 5 minutes/school day. Have a great week!

Also: many students are forgetting to bring their recorders each week. Please make sure they bring them every week!

+ART -all grades RR and CPW with Mrs. L
This week I invited all of our students to join me in my exciting adventure at MeowWolf museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

I put together a slideshow of my visit to this amazing collaborative art exhibit over spring break.

My daughters and I had the time of our life and I was very excited to share my experience with our eager little artists.

+Character Building RR and CPW
Mrs. Cecil 3-4 and Mrs. L 1-2 combined character building today.
In speaking of perseverance we discussed being comfortable with feeling uncomfortable.

It’s basically the idea that growth is painful, discomfort. You have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable because, when you’re uncomfortable, that is your body, brain, heart, your soul growing. Learning something new like math, science, learning a new concept or, learning a new skill in art is growing. You are teaching your hand how to draw and it’s frustrating because, you can see it in your brain but you just can’t get your hand to actually do it. That frustration is the discomfort of growing and learning that skill. When you get through that discomfort you’ve mastered that skill and at the end of it, you’ve grown! You could also use the analogy of a sprouting seed. We don’t know what it feels like for that seed to open up and that little green root to push out of that seed but, you can imagine that it probably takes a lot of work and it’s not real comfortable. So, part of being a person that is constantly growing is being comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Showing grace and perseverance is learning to deal with things that aren’t always perfect and to deal with it beautifully. You know you’re growing if it’s hurting!🤗

We also did the mindfulness exercise “the spaghetti test.” This exercise helps us relax in intense and frustrating situations. We practiced making our muscles really tight and then we let them go.

One insightful student noticed how he felt vulnerable when he was sitting still. We talked about how frogs are very good at sitting still, watching, listening and waiting. We discussed how even though you might think the frog would feel stronger, braver, less vulnerable jumping about as fast as it could, frogs sit very still so they can listen and watch. When we are still and listening we are learning. One great way to listen for God‘s guidance is to be still.

+SPANISH with Mrs. Lomas
Round Rock and Cedar Park

k/1 Students learned food meanings; listened to the words I was saying and circled the correct one. Practiced pronunciation and reviewed a number exercise, connect the dots from uno(one) to diez(ten).

1/2 Students learned new food words and colored a block to find out the hidden word- leche(milk). Practiced writing new foods and colored the pictures; practiced pronunciation with a power point presentation.

3/4 Students learned new foods, A square meal they wrote the name for each food in Spanish. practiced pronunciation and played hangman with Spanish food words.

5/6 Students learned new food words about breakfast, lunch and dinner. Drew a table setting with Spanish words and played hangman with Spanish food words.

+MARTIAL ARTS with Shihan Yocham (Monday)
Please join us in congratulating our Round Rock Student of the Month, Lydia! Well done sweet girl! We are proud of you!

Here’s the K/1 group!

Grade 1/2!

Matt 19:15 “Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Homework & Highlights from last Wed. (3/7)

+SCIENCE:
We explored how energy is transferred. (3/4th grade witnessed this concept before our experiment began with the loss of the classroom clock! Ask them about it!) Everyone was able to explore how force can change the law of inertia with wax paper and a cup.

*P.E: Basketball


+SPANISH:
Hola!
*K/1: This week we began our study in ( la familia y mi barrio) this months vocabulary words can be found in the red folder. We also finished our bilingual story (La Gallina Roja). The kids and I met David’s familia during his presentation (Todo Sobre Mi), his hermanita linda and learned that David’s favorite fruta es mango! His lugar favorito es Lego Land! Gracias David for a wonderful presentation!
*1/2– This week we began our study in ( la familia y mi barrio) this months vocabulary words can be found in the red folder.
We also took a visit to Mexico with Zane! Saw a small white salamander that can only be found in the rivers of Mexico. Met beautiful butterflies that migrate to the south in winter, often bending tree branches due to the amount in numbers. Sampled a Mexican favorite ( dulce de coco) candy! Also, stopped and visited the Chichen Itza ruin. Gracias Zane, for the yummy treats!
*3/4: Completed last months memory jogger on Wednesday , which was r/s due to our trip to South America! We also received this months vocabulary words ( la familia).
*5/6: We will be adding familia vocabulary words to last months saludos phrases. We heard a restaurant presentation put on by several students, great job! Also, completed page 26 in the workbook.

Have a peaceful week off students
Maria Rodriguez

+COMMUNICATIONS:
See previous post for homework, grades 3-6
We will start doing the speeches this next Wed. when we all come back from break, but we won’t get to everyone! So, students need to be prepared to either give their speeches on the 21st or 28th.😊

RECESS: Making paper airplanes

Helping another student with her backpack

(Wednesday) Communications Homework for 3-6 grades

Homework for 3/4 & 5/6

In preparation for our unit on debate, each student will write and prepare a persuasive speech. The speech can be “pro” or “con” and any topic the student chooses to pick is welcome as long as some of the more controversial social or political topics are avoided.

The speech should consist of an introduction that starts broad with a “hook” to engage the audience and to convince them of the relevancy of the chosen topic and then should funnel down into a thesis statement that presents the student’s position.

The body should include at least three points of evidence to defend the presenter’s stance and then the conclusion should bring the topic a bit broad again with some final points and a fact or statement to remind the audience of the point. It should also include evidence as to why the other “side’s” arguments are not as valuable as the chosen position.

Speeches should be no more than five minutes, but shouldn’t be less than three minutes.

The students all heard this information in class too, but I thought I’d include it for review.

Here are a couple helpful links:

https://www.time4writing.com/articles-about-writing/writing-resourcespersuasive-essay/

https://www.speechanddebate.org/wp-content/uploads/Debate-Training-Guide.pdf

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Warmly,

Ms. Newell

Monday Highlights 3/5

+Round Rock ART
*K/1 & 1/2 – how to draw a zebra. Great practice using a ruler!
*3/4 & 5/6 – how to draw a peacock

*Character building 1-2 Monday w/ Mrs. L
We played the patience game and discussed the importance of waiting our turn to talk. We also did our mindfulness exercise, “Sitting still like a frog”.

Monday RECESS: Chinese Jumprope

+SPANISH WITH MRS. LOMAS
Round Rock and Cedar Park West *k/1 This week students learned about food. (Vocabulary and pronunciation with a power point presentation and colored a poster about food). Milk-leche, ensalada-salad, papa-potato, queso-cheese, jugo-juice pan-bread and pollo-chicken.

*1/2 & 3/4 Students learned food vocabulary and pronunciation about fruits and vegetables; played Spanish bingo.

*5/6 Students learned food vocabulary and pronunciation about fruits and vegetables.

+SCIENCE:
Monday–we played “fruit-tables” as we explored what makes a Science fruit, science veggie, and science berry. We discussed knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit, but wisdom is knowing not to put it in your fruit salad.
Have a wonderfully safe and restful spring break! Mrs. Cecil

+MARTIAL ARTS:

Blessings, Angela Turner, Director
(512)584-4179

Matt 19:15 “Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Tuesday Highlights & Homework 3/6

+SPANISH WITH MRS. LOMAS
Cedar Park West *k/1 This week students learned about food. (Vocabulary and pronunciation with a power point presentation and colored a poster about food). Milk-leche, ensalada-salad, papa-potato, queso-cheese, jugo-juice pan-bread and pollo-chicken.

*1/2 & 3/4 Students learned food vocabulary and pronunciation about fruits and vegetables; played Spanish bingo.

*5/6 Students learned food vocabulary and pronunciation about fruits and vegetables.

+Cedar Park West ART:

*K/1 colored our scorpion drawings and our cat drawings

*1/2 finished our scorpion and reptile drawings

*3/4 & 5/6 continued water coloring our perspective projects

*Character building 1-2 Tuesday w/ Mrs. L
We played the patience game and discussed the importance of waiting our turn to talk. We also did our mindfulness exercise, “Sitting still like a frog”.

+CPW MUSIC: Scripts for the musical were passed out today!!!! Please do not lose them. Bring them to class every week, along with recorders.
Grades 3-6 Homework: 3 assignments:
1. Decode recorder song, Easy to C. Write music notes on the page. Practice for 5 minutes a Day. If mastered, move on to next page (Good evening friends).
2. If you were cast as a sailor, pick a cool sailor name and write it on your script.
3. Show your script to your family, underline your line(s) and start memorizing. Those who come back with lines memorized in TWO weeks will get a prize.

*Note: All grades need to pick a fun sailor name and write it on their script, unless they were cast as Jonah.
Happy Spring Break!
Mrs. Larsen

+MARTIAL ARTS:
Please congratulate Evan as our Tuesday Student of the Month!

+SCIENCE:
We played “fruit-tables” as we explored what makes a Science fruit, science veggie, and science berry. We discussed knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit, but wisdom is knowing not to put it in your fruit salad.

Have a wonderfully safe and restful spring break! Mrs. Cecil

RECESS:

Ashlyn named the flower purple petals

Gaga ball

A fairy house

Football

Sorry for the delay in sending this! Look for details soon on a new parent/teacher app you can easily download on your phone. Also, registration for the 2018-2019 school year will open around the end of March and you will receive notices. Thank you, and I hope you’re having a wonderful spring break!

Blessings, Angela Turner, Director
(512)584-4179

Matt 19:15 “Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”