Newsletter March 12-16, 2018     

Week In Review


Notes and Reminders

  • Thanks to Alenna’s family for the delicious snack this week!
  • The tentative date for our Pre-K graduation ceremony is Thursday, May 31st at 4:00pm. However, this may change as we are still coordinating with the school to find a suitable time.
  • The next Person of the Week will be Matheson
  • The next letter of the week will be Vv
  • Heading out of town early for spring break? Please let us know via email if you will be leaving early or returning late from break.


Monday: In Morning Meeting we introduced Maddie as the Person of the Week and the letter Uu as the next letter of our Alphabet Study. We continued counting down to the last day of school with our Hundreds Chart. We began our second week of our art unit. Today we focused on Henri Matisse and we read Henri’s Scissors by Jeanette Winter. We examined and discussed Matisse’s use of bright, vivid colors in both his painting and scissor work. For our special project, we attempted to “draw with scissors” just like Matisse.


Tuesday: Today we shared books about Georgia O’Keeffe including My Name is Georgia by Jeanette Winter, Georgia’s Bones by Jen Bryant, and Georgia in Hawaii by Amy Novesky. Afterward students chose flowers or shells to look closely at and “magnify” on their paper by using the whole space to present part or all of the object. We also experimented with filling in all the white space either with our primary subject or with background colors like the paintings we observed. We hung our amazing art in the back by the fish tank–come check it out!


Wednesday: Today we looked at Pablo Picasso’s Bouquet of Peace, and students made their version of it using paints. We read Ooooh, Picasso, a book that focuses on his sculptural art, and discussed how art can be paintings, drawings, sculptures, collages, and more. We also talked about the titles artists give to their work. In our small group discussions, students came up with a variety of names for the Picasso’s painting. It began with “flower picture” and as we looked and talked about the painting further, it evolved into “hands holding flowers” to “sharing flowers” and “friendship flowers”.


Thursday: Today we looked at a few of Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits and talked about how a self-portrait can tell about who you are as well as what you look like. After discussing things that could be shared about ourselves in a visual medium, we sat down with watercolor to create fantastical, personal portraits. Everyone did an amazing job–check them out on the blue cabinets just inside the door!


Friday: Today we continued to engage in a variety of art materials. Some students made more charcoal drawings, some created more collages with paper scraps, or drew with scissors. Several students made cards and drawings for Teacher Rita. In the afternoon, we had a Happy Goodbye celebration to send off Teacher Rita to her new school. Students enjoyed a special snack and a dance party afterwards.


Gym Time with Teacher Mike:

This week in the gym we played a bunch of our classic games. Cone Tag, Portrait Tag, Fitness Tag, Going Fishing, Take the Bacon Please, and a few more. Special thanks to our TA this term, Nate, who has been helping me setup games and engaging kids in a positive way during gym time. Gym time will not be going anywhere during our staff change and I look forward to finishing out the year with this fun bunch of kids!