Art, Music, and Spanish in Fort Thomas Independent Schools

2nd Edition - November 2014


We can't contain it all - but we're so excited to share a portion of what's happening in our programs! This edition of the Artspeak newsletter includes opportunities to experience the arts outside the classroom. Thank you for your continued support of the arts in the lives of our students.

Intermediate - Grades 3-5

5th Grade - Music

5th Grade Music: December Celebrations

For the next few weeks, students in the 5th grade will be working on numerous songs. These songs will help the students learn about and appreciate the many celebrations that occur during the month of December. Along with learning about the celebrations, students will practice:

  • Reading music
  • Harmony
  • Dynamics
  • Melodic contour

Here is a video that shows a 5th grade class beginning their first song.

David Rockel

3-5 Music Educator FTIS

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Señora McClamrock is back!

¡Hola! Señora McClamrock here. I have returned from Maternity Leave and I am so grateful for Miss Leigh subbing for Intermediate Spanish while I was at home. It’s hard to be away from my new baby but the students are so sweet they make it much easier!

In 4th Grade Spanish we are learning the difference between singular and plural words by learning fruit vocabulary. We have been singing La canción de las frutas by Patti Lozano. It is very catchy and can easily get stuck in your head! If you want extra practice, next time you are in the grocery store, try to see if your 4th grade student knows any of the fruit vocabulary.

Silvia McClamrock

3-5 Spanish Educator FTIS

3rd Grade Art

3rd Grade Art - Environments around the World!

This quarter's big idea is CULTURE. Third grade has been incredibly enthusiastic as they research and compare different environments around the world, and how we can represent space and distance as artists. In this video, a 3rd grade class practices new art vocabulary (foreground, middleground, background) as they develop a plan for their landscape, seascape, or cityscape. Student volunteers help explain these new terms for you in their own words!

Take a look at the winter landscape in your neighborhood. Share stories about different places you've visited. Make a collaborative drawing where each family member gets to take turns adding something to your imagined environment!

Jennifer Flynn

3-5 Art Educator FTIS

Fort Thomas Children's Choir Holiday Concert

Tuesday, Dec. 2nd, 7pm

2400 Memorial Pkwy

Fort Thomas, KY

Upcoming Student Concerts

On Tuesday Dec. 2, the Fort Thomas Children's Choir, consisting of third, fourth, and fifth grade students from Johnson, Moyer and Woodfill, will perform their Holiday Concert at Highlands High School's Performing Arts Center (PAC). The concert begins at 7:00 pm and is free to the public. Bring your family and enjoy songs that celebrate the season!

On Sunday Dec. 14, the Fort Thomas Children's Choir will also be performing one song with the Highlands High School choirs on their concert. It is at Highlands HS and begins at 3:00 pm. We'd love to have you come support and encourage our students' musical talent.

Mary Scaggs

Choir Director

Primary - Grades K-2

2nd Grade - Music

2nd Grade - Veteran's Day Performance

The second grade classes have been very busy the past few months preparing for their Veteran's Day performances. In the past week all three elementary schools have had assemblies at school, performing for other students, faculty, staff, and visiting veterans. This video is from our final celebration on Sunday, November 16, where 150 second grade students from all three schools performed a song as part of the City of Fort Thomas' Veteran's Day events.

To further show our appreciation, students in grades K-2 from Johnson, Woodfill, and Moyer made cards for the veterans at the VA Hospital. We extend our gratitude and highest respect for those who have served our country - Thank You!

Mary Scaggs

K-2 Music Educator FTIS

Let's Make a Puppet Show

1st Grade - Spanish

1st Grade - Spanish

In first grade, we have just finished our unit on emotions. To end the unit, we created puppets and filmed puppet shows! Students were to greet, say their name and how they were feeling, and then wrap up with a good-bye. The kids did a fabulous job practicing their language skills by performing!​ Bien echo!

At home, ask your child how he or she is feeling!

Estoy bien means I'm fine

Estoy triste means I'm sad

Estoy feliz means I'm happy

Julie Dashley

K-2 Spanish Educator FTIS

Welcome Miss Emily!

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Student Teacher in Art Class

Hi! My name is Emily Boutilier ("Miss Emily") and I am a student teacher with Mrs. Everett this semester from Xavier University. I started teaching K, 1, and 2 mid-October and will be here until Winter Break. I am SO excited to be working with your wonderful children! Their creativity, openness to a new teacher in the art room, and willingness to try new things have made my experience fantastic so far.

We have been working on collage and sculpture with 1st and 2nd grade - before we opened the collage and sculpture centers, we have had "challenge" days to explore the media as a class. For example, they were challenged to attach a variety of paper materials to create a 3D sculpture without using tape or glue! This semester, we will be working with clay as well as creating "WOW" works in other medias. ​​

In Kindergarten art, we have been learning cutting skills - using scissors to cut complex shapes. This was great for the development of their fine motor skills - and opened the doors for us to explore collage this week! We talked about the artist Henri Matisse, and used his collage artwork as inspiration for our own collages. Each student cut organic shapes from pieces of brightly colored paper, and the class glued their shapes onto a large piece of black paper to make a class collage. They enjoyed working together to create a work of art, and I loved seeing how enthusiastic they were to share and create together.

Emily Boutilier

K-2 Art - Student Teacher

Local Concert

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's Lollipops Concerts

Saturday Nov. 22, 2014

"Turkeys, Tunes and Tomfoolery"

for ages 2-10

9:30 am - Family Fun Zone activities

10:30 am - concert

Visit this link to Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's Website for ticket information

From Trash to Treasure!

In each art room, we have a Found Object Center that allows students to creatively assemble sculptures from materials that might otherwise be thrown away. If you have any materials that you feel would be a good addition to this center, please send them in with your student! We are constantly needing to refresh and restock this imaginative space. Look through a child's eyes! You never know what might inspire them.

Here is a list of materials often used in this center:

Empty paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, small cardboard boxes or small plastic containers, baby food containers, egg cartons, pipe cleaners, buttons, popsicle sticks, beads, decorative paper/cardstock, colorful tape, disposable cups, ribbon, etc.

We are also in need of a few other items in our Art Studio:

Plastic Zip Bags (to store in-progress collage pieces)

Grocery Bags (to store in-progress sculpture pieces)

Paper Plates (to use as paint palettes)

We greatly appreciate your thoughtfulness!

Kids' Art Museum

Artsonia is an online art gallery providing students with a place to save and share their artwork! A small flyer will be sent home with students that provides simple instructions on how to get started. Once parents have activated their student’s Artsonia account, friends and family can become part of the artist’s Fan Club, and parents can approve and post comments about artworks. The site also provides parents with the opportunity to purchase their student’s artwork professionally printed on a variety of items – from coffee mugs and holiday cards, to jewelry, notebooks, and more. (Perfect for gift-giving!) A portion of every purchase goes back to our Fort Thomas Art Program! Encourage students to build their portfolio of artworks on this site, using the QR codes located in the art room and 3-5 classrooms.

Click on the links below to visit our online exhibits!

Johnson's Gallery or Moyer's Gallery or Woodfill's Gallery

Take advantage of Artsonia's Holiday Special:

Get 25% off one regular-priced item!

Use Promo Code: HOLIDAYFUNDS14

(Offer expires December 15, 2014)