# The Wallace Wildcat

## Dear Wallace School Parents and Guardians,

Our Wallace School Community continues to thrive. Once again I am proud to give you a glimpse inside the walls of 1100 Willow Avenue.

## Kindergarten

Brr! It has certainly been cold out there, but in the classroom our Kindergarteners have been hard at work learning and having fun this week while keeping warm!

In ELA the kids explored and answered the essential question: “What do living things need to grow?” The kids learned about the letter Hh through various activities, such as singing letter Hh songs, learning dances, as well as, reading and writing words that begin with the letter Hh. They also focused on the sight word “my” recognizing it while reading and utilized it in their writing.

In Math, our little mathematicians finished up learning different ways to make numbers by playing the Pearson game Toss the Chips. They also began learning about 3D shapes and participated in a 3D Shape Hunt where they went around the room looking for 3D shapes, such as spheres, cylinders, rectangular prisms, cubes, pyramids, and triangular prisms.

Lastly, in Science the kids had fun continuing their study of the sun! This week they focused on solar power, shade structures, and thermometers. Let’s hope the sun warms things up out there soon!

ELA - This week we focused on soft c and soft g words. We learned about folktales and studied one of our favorites "The Gingerbread Man". We studied cause and effect and created an interactive notebook for cause and effect. We learned how to make past tense verbs when writing about something that already happened.

Math - Unit 4 is all about length. We love measuring and comparing lengths. We used objects in our classroom and around our house to compare things that are shorter and longer. We also began measuring fish using cubes.

Social Studies - this week we focused on the upcoming Chinese New Year. We learned that this year is the year of the tiger and we also learned about what year it was when we were born. We studied some of the traditions of the Chinese New Year and the symbolic meaning behind them.

While it was a shorter week, the students in the second grade learned about so many new concepts and have participated in a number of fun learning activities! In ELA the students read two new narrative nonfiction stories, Lighting Lives and Biblioburro. The essential question this week is ‘How can people help out their community?’ The students continue to discuss Present and Past Tense Verbs, Author’s Purpose, as well as the Ask and Answer comprehension strategy. They also have been learning about Synonyms and how we can use them to enhance our writing. We are in the process of writing Persuasive Letters.

We are currently finishing up Unit 2 in Math. This unit was especially engaging for the students- they enjoyed playing math games and participating in hands-on activities throughout the unit. Most recently, the students played a game with Arrays. They have also been regularly practicing Fact Fluency and their hard work is really paying off!

Additionally, the students have used Scholastic News articles as a springboard for continued discussions about history, social issues, and current events. They found reading about The History of Ice Skating especially interesting!

On Friday, the the second graders participated in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Congratulations to our first round winners! It was a great week and we look forward to all the great things we will continue to learn about in 2022!

This week in third grade students continued their civil rights unit focusing on our novel "Who Was Coretta Scott King?" and extension literature such as "Rosa" by Nikki Giovanni. Students practiced the skill of comparing and contrasting and really focused on analyzing illustrations by completing a "picture walk". We also discussed the 1960s sit-ins and peaceful protests in connection to segregation in the south. In Math, our mathematicians are reviewing and practicing addition, subtraction, and rounding by participating in interactive games on Pearson. In Social Studies we have been learning about our local and national government and learned about the three branches of government. The class even watched a board meeting and were able to see how the community and its leaders can come together to discuss changes and concerns.

In Science, Students have been learning about the life cycles of flowering and non-flowering plants. The students learned that while the plants may differ their life cycles are very much the same. The students analyzed each stage in the life cycle and also discussed how the stages can be interrupted causing the process of that particular plant or flower to stop. They learned about the importance of bees and how they keep the life cycle of plants going. One fun fact they learned related to a father and son team in Australia who created a device called a "Flow Hive." This device not only makes extracting honey from a hive a lot easier, it causes less stress for the bees and eliminates hours of work purifying the honey if extracted in the usual way.

The students engaged in a fun life cycle activity attempting to grow an avocado. Unfortunately, for Mrs. Kutchma's class and Mrs. Inhulsen's class, the first attempt didn't turn out too well, so like good scientists, they tried again. The avocados we used today were larger and the seeds inside were more robust. Even though we were disappointed with the results of the first attempt, this second attempt gave us hope that a plant will actually sprout from the seed. Mr. Peterson's class's avocado seed is holding its own, so fingers crossed, it will germinate in a few weeks. The bonus of today's Avocado Plant Part 2 activity was giving the students a little taste of avocado; some for the very first time. As we found out -- avocados are an acquired taste. Stay tuned for more updates. Hopefully, the seeds will germinate in about 4 to 8 weeks. If all goes well, we'll have trees that produce fruit in the next 4 to 5 years!

ELA

Our 4th grade readers began their new novel,”Who is Sonia Sotomayor?”This novel follows Sonia Sotomayor’s entire life instead of just a small part like many other novels. For this reason, there are many settings present in the first 3 sections of the book. This week the class focused on setting and how the setting in the first chapter affected Sonia’s life.
Our 4th grade writers are working on Personal Narratives. Students this week focused on the “hook” and how to hook your readers. Students used dialogue, onomatopoeia, action and description in their opening paragraph. As students completed their opening paragraph, they shared their work with the class.

Math

Our 4th grade mathematicians wrapped up Unit 3 this week : Multiplication and Division. Students reviewed all skills previously taught and will be assessed at the end of the week.

In Mathematics, our 5th Grade Mathematicians are fluently solving multi-digit division and multiplication problems by using multiple strategies, one being the standard algorithm, to correctly find whole-number quotients and products. Our scholars advocated for a day to share a writing they felt most proud of from this school year. Thus, the Writers Extravaganza came to life today! Whether it was orally reading with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression, or being a good listener, our scholars all shone today! Spectacular reading!

In Language Arts, students are evaluating an author's point, a supporting reason, and evidence by closely reading, annotating, and discussing informational texts. They are also analyzing part 3 of Outcasts United, with an emphasis on explaining how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, while identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).

In Social Studies, the 5th Grade historians are explaining the many key abolitionists' contributions before and during the Civil War by engaging in a read, listen, and learn activity to complete a notes page in the digital Social Studies notebook.

The 5th graders have also been working extremely hard for the classroom spelling bee.

## Wallace's Music Department

This week, 5th grade band students begin working on a new piece entitled, “Conquest”, for Concert Band. They will be working on new repertoire to perform in the spring concerts and events. The goal is to enhance their sight-reading level and musicality to play more challenging music. They continue to sight-read new exercises in their Essential Elements Music Series as well.
In Kindergarten music, we started to learn some fun new songs with movement. The students are working on singing “Under the Sea” and performing the choreography. They are enjoying learning new Disney music.

## Ms. McGeehin's Art on a Cart

First graders are learning all about the element of art VALUE! Students spent this week experimenting with a variety of materials to see which ones can create at least three values to fill in our VALUE SCALES!

## Individualized Learning Pathway - Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

On Mondays - Wednesdays during the Individualized Learning Pathway (ILP) period, students who have qualified to participate in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) programming engage in a wide array of math course offerings that address their specific strengths and interests. Johns Hopkins CTY believes in researching and advancing ways to identify and nurture academically talented learners. CTY furthers research, guides educators and families and inspires students from diverse communities and backgrounds to pursue their intellectual passions and create the world of tomorrow. This week, we would like to highlight one of the CTY courses offered to our Hoboken students this winter:

Scratch Programming for Elementary Students

This course will be an introduction to fundamental programming concepts and will most certainly guide our students in building strong logical and creative thinking skills! Scratch is a visual programming language created by the MIT Media Lab. Its drag-and-drop interface with colorful blocks makes it one of the most intuitive programming languages to learn. Our students will create animations, computer games and interactive projects all while learning alongside CTY instructors and students from across the globe.

## Data Privacy Week

In the Hoboken Public School District we take data privacy very seriously. We collect only the data necessary for the job of educating the children of Hoboken and we safeguard that data very carefully. You can read more about our Data Security and Privacy Policy on our website.