BOONE SCHOOL FAMILY NEWSLETTER
Dear Families and Friends of Boone School,
As 2018 comes to a close, I'd like to thank you for another wonderful year of learning and growing with all of you. Every day at Boone brings so many opportunities for joy and for growth, and I feel so fortunate to be a part of this amazing and diverse community.
With the Winter Break coming up, I wish you much peace and happiness and hope that you are able to spend some extra quality time with your family and friends. Perhaps you will share some old traditions, or maybe begin some new ones.
I look forward to seeing you at several of our upcoming events including the Science Fair, the International Fest, and the Winter Fun Fest. Happy Holidays!
Jackie Delaney, Principal
EXPRESSIVE ARTS SHARING DAYS
Throughout the year our students will be performing and sharing what they are learning in our Expressive Arts classes. These dates are also listed on our Boone Google calendar on our website. Your students’ performance will take place at their regularly scheduled Expressive Arts time. Check in with any of the ExArts teachers for more details closer to each upcoming show date: Jan 23, Mar 13, May 6, June 6
- Kindergarten students learned the three tools of an actor (body, voice, imagination) through games, exercises, and songs.
- Second grade students practiced using the three tools of an actor (body, voice, imagination) through games, exercises, and songs.
- Fourth grade students were introduced to the elements of tableau and practiced creating them in small groups throughout the class.
- Several tableaux were created to tell the life cycle and were enhanced by providing music along with stylized movement.
- Fifth grade students were introduced to the basics of improvisation and developed an understanding of the tenets of performing improvisation.
- Students were coached on how to present themselves on stage using the concept of stage presence to start their scenes.
- Students were introduced to the concept of using their diaphragm to project there voices on stage without the use of a microphone.
- Kindergarten students in room 110 learned about the elements of dance and performed the Italian Tarantella dance.
- Students in room 102 learned the value of teamwork in dance through learning various square dances.
- Students in room 202 learned about Alvin Ailey and performed his Wade in the Water, which included some student choreography.
- Students in room 212 learned about modern dance choreographer Paul Taylor and choreographed their own dances in the Taylor style.
- Kindergarten music focused on using four different voices: whisper, talking, shouting, and especially singing! Students also focused on being performers by singing songs in front of an audience.
- Second grade music explored the pentatonic tone set, matching vocal parts to accompaniments on percussion instruments, and singing traditional American patriotic music.
- Fourth grade music explored the recorder instrument and developed their singing voices. In their performance, they sang the Civil Rights Song "If I Had a Hammer" and used the recorder to make a spooky sound in the song "Skin and Bones"
- Fifth grade worked on singing vocal music, playing percussion instruments, and learned to play three chords on the Ukulele.
- Students created and conceptualized drawings of animals, friends, balloons, cats, and traced leaves.
- They drew real sunflowers and created beautiful still life designs, just like “Sunflowers”created by the artist Van Gogh
- Students cut- out monsters that were displayed during report card pick-up.
- Students made a collage of nutcrackers for their collaboration with dance
- Students built community through their drawings of a soccer ball, “ALLS ABOUT ME.
- Students produced a colorful collage of different shaped trees with line patterns.
- They drew colorful patterned cats and connected with the Day of the Dead by creating sugar skull masks.
- Students made colorful crayon resists watercolor turkeys.
- Students created an “ALL ABOUT ME “ drawing of a tee shirt which highlighted their commonalities.
- Students reviewed the elements of art : line, color, texture, space, form, shape and value by creating 3d cubes. They created bookmarks for all the books they were reading in Language Arts.
- They created Egyptian Canopic Jars and Name plates for their lockers to enhance their social studies Egyptian Unit.
VISUAL JOURNALISM….MS. HEINICHEN
- Students in Room 215 conducted themselves as news media and told their stories in front of a camera. Using video, images and audio, they gave meaning to what they experienced within a square mile of their neighborhood.
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- Technology students learned Microsoft Word and continue to practice typing through activities.
- Technology students received their google accounts and explored the Google apps through various assignments / activities.
- Technology students created a destination web page using html Tags in Notepad.
- First and third grade students have fun learning computer programming in a creative and imaginative way.
“WHAT DO YOU DO WITH AN IDEA….?” YOU PERFORM IT
STUDENT VARIETY SHOW
Students imagined how movement, sound, and mystery could be a performance. Through discovery and dedication, they harnessed their skill. Young performers then shared their performing arts gifts on stage for their families and school community.
The Variety Show was a hit! Thanks to all of our talented performers, both on stage and behind the scenes!
“I liked when everybody clapped for me. It felt nice. I would do it again! I love dancing.” - 2nd Grader Evan K
“I narrated my sister’s play. It was fun. My sister did the Talent Show before so it was fun to experience the same thing she did. Yes, I would do it again.” - 4th Grader Kiyah H.
ARTS INTEGRATION... Reading meets Music
1ST GRADE….MS. GRAMATIS
The students in Room 113 combined writing and music to create their own podcasts. In First Grade, students were working in writer's workshop to create non-fiction stories with three parts, a beginning, middle, and end. The students in 113 then recorded themselves reading their stories into the GarageBand app on the iPad. Once they were happy with the way their stories sounded, they were able to add music to the stories that matched the feeling of the three different parts of the story, creating a finished podcast.
Please be sure to have students dress warmly and wear coats, hats, scarves, and mittens as necessary once the winter weather arrives. Students all have daily outdoor recess unless there is rain or the temperature or wind chill drops below 20 degrees.
SEND A SHOUT OUT....
Is there someone at Boone who you would like to recognize for their hard work, kindness, or other awesome quality? Please click here on the Boone Community Shout-Out form to take a moment to acknowledge that person. Your message may appear in the next newsletter or on a bulletin board in the school!
To my Mom Heena, “Thank you for always supporting me!” -From Khadeeja A
To my Friend Luz, “Luz would be by my side and would help me with anything! If I'm feeling down, she would cheer me up. I personally think she's one of most amazing friends I have had. Thank you Luz!” -From Emaan B
To my Teacher Ms. Strong, “Ms.Strong is always pushing us to succeed and she is strict but she is a really good person.She always gets what you are going through.” -From Faven D
WELCOME NEW BOONIES
Rachel is new to our YMCA staff and is a youth worker with a background in writing, visual art, and journalism. She loves children's creativity and knowledge and the incredible families that make Chicago great. When she isn't working with children, you can catch her riding her bike or playing the guitar.
Safia has just joined us at Boone Elementary School. She is a new member of the YMCA Staff. Safia moved to Chicago from Pakistan 6 years ago. She went to school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied education, psychology, and Arabic. She just graduated this Spring 2018 with a bachelor's degree. She is especially interested in education psychology and child psychology.
7TH/ 8TH GRADE STUDENTS INTERVIEW FOR JOBS
The Middle School Students are participating in Boone’s Economy Class - a real world simulation. Students learn to manage their money and develop valuable financial literacy skills. Everyone begins by finding a job and use the income they receive to do such things as pay bills or purchase rewards.
7th Grader, Orlando and
8th Grader, Juan shared their thoughts:
Q - What is Boone’s Economy Class?
J - To mostly develop habits that we might encounter in the future, like creating a resume or being interviewed.
O - It is getting us ready for the real world so that we won't make bad choices when we grow up so that we can be ready to face the real world.
Q - Talk to me about the interview process.
O - I wasn't nervous, but I was nervous. I felt comfortable that more people were with me while I was doing it. The questions were good. I think I answered well.
J - You got to have a flashback of prior experiences. You got to think about what characteristics I have to fill the job.
Q - What are the next steps in this process?
J - Finding out what jobs we’re getting. Then we have to figure out what we can do to fulfill our job.
O - It's all up to you now. Of course we're gonna get some help along the way. You wouldn't want to mess it up.
Q - What job did you apply for and why?
O - I applied for preschool tutor. I want to work with little kids. I recently got a sister so I want to be prepared for the future. I want to be a good older brother. This could be good practice for me.
J - I chose the banker job. Every Sunday my dad takes me to his job. People who lose their keys have to be fined a certain amount of money, they give the money to me so I can give it to my dad. It specializes with money, distribution, and how to be able to handle it.
Q - Any fInal thoughts you’d like to share?
J - The process has been nice. Learning how to construct something like a resume has been helpful for self-exploration.
CPS 2019-2020 LOTTERY APPLICATION NOW OPEN
Do you live out of our attendance boundary but would like to enroll another child at Boone next year? Or do you have a current Pre-K student at Boone but you live out of the attendance area? We may have space next year for students who live outside the attendance area but you must apply through GoCPS. Applications are due on 12/14/18 for the 2019-2020 school year. https://go.cps.edu/elementary-school …
Due to the unknown number of incoming neighborhood students, all lottery students are waitlisted in two categories: sibling lottery and general lottery. Priority is given to siblings for acceptance to Boone for out of boundary students. Parents will receive notification of sibling lottery or general lottery waitlist numbers in the spring of 2019.
What: 6,7, & 8th grade Science Fair
Where: Boone Gym
When: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Time: 10 AM to 11 AM
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Below are some important events that are coming up. You can also always check for updates with our Boone Google calendar that is found on our homepage at www.boone.cps.edu.
Dec 5 - Science Fair for 6th-8th Grade
Dec 5 - PAC/BAC Meeting, 8:30AM (Chicago Public Library)
Dec 11 - International Fest, 4:00-6:00PM
Dec 12 - LSC Meeting, 4:30PM in 106
Dec 14 - 5th/6th Parent Morning, 8:30AM
Dec 14 - Progress Reports distributed
Dec 19 - PAC/BAC Meeting, 8:30AM (Workshop: “The Other Side of Bullying”)
Dec 20 - Boone Spelling Bee (Grades 3-8)
Dec 20 - Winter Fun Fest! (Grades PK-5) & Formal Dance (Grades 6-8), 4:00-5:30PM
Dec 24-Jan 4 - NO SCHOOL, Winter Break Vacation!
Jan 7 - Classes Resume
Jan 9 - PAC/BAC Meeting, 8:30AM
Jan 9 - LSC Meeting, 4:30PM
Jan 12 - Boone Debate Team hosts Debate Tournament
Jan 19 - Boone Cares Day of Service, 9:00AM - 1:00PM
Jan 21 - NO SCHOOL in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr’s Birthday
Jan 23 - Expressive Arts Sharing Day