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From the CSA

Greetings. While April showers may be on their way, so is the spring weather! April begins a time of change - both academically and physically. We still will be proceeding with an array of academic, athletic, and artistic ventures in all of our classes. I encourage you to 'check in' with your child daily to see what kind of learning is taking place. As always, you are welcome to contact me or your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns. - Jay Eitner, CSA
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In Mrs. Ceaser's First Grade Class...

Do you have any loose teeth? First Graders have lost so many teeth this year that we have lost count and kept the tooth fairy very busy. We have also learned that’s it hard to say certain words with gaping holes in our mouths.

First Grade has made tremendous progress this year. We have learned to read hundreds of words including compound words and contractions.We have added and subtracted tens and ones with and without regrouping. We will soon be learning to tell time and measure.

First Grade is looking forward to our field trip to Cape May Park and Zoo on June 5th. On the way home, we are stopping at Carole’s Custard for a cool treat. We are hoping for a beautiful sunny day.

In Mrs. Hemple's Art Classes...

Art-integration is happening at LAC school. In addition to meeting once a week for scheduled visual art lessons, students have the opportunity to expand what they are learning in the classroom. Teachers have been designing hands on lessons to boost instruction in all academic areas and build students’ excitement for learning. Third graders, after reading about tall tales, created their own stories and pull-out characters with a Tall Tales Folded Envelope Book in the art room. They also made their own totem poles and stories as an extension of their reading class. Landforms studied in social studies became a 3-D experience as students formed their own peninsulas, volcanos, islands, and plateaus in papier mâché pulp.

Fourth graders studying the Leni Lenape indians made their own moccasins out of brown paper. After reading “Sarah Plain and Tall” in their ELA class, students created character sketches in watercolor. Cross-curricular themes were also carried out by fifth grade social studies students exploring the First Americans. Large stuffed paper kachinas were created in the art room. Also in social studies, 6th graders gained a new appreciation of Ancient Mesopotamia by impressing clay tablets to mimic cuneiform writing. Even eighth grade math students interpreted artistic tessellations with an appreciation of the work of M.C. Escher and then designed intricate kaleidoscopic tessellations based on equilateral triangles.

Intertwining 3 subject areas produced imaginative Mayan codices. Students in 7th grade social studies focused on the Mayan culture, while in art class students illustrated imaginative deities. ELA students authored original stories focusing on character development to complement their Mayan creator beings. All the work was combined into 3 large freestanding accordion books. A winning strategy in education works in our school because students are eager to be engaged and teachers are willing to work together to create the best academic environment possible. The arts bridge learning!

In Mrs. Lombardo's Social Studies classes...

Our year of Extensions is quickly coming to a close, however 6th grade has had a great time learning about the Greek gods and goddesses. We started our unit out by watching the classic movie, "Perseus". This helped us to understand who is related to whom, what monsters or creatures are associated with certain gods, and the geography of where the gods and goddesses lived. Then students worked on creating their own recycled version of a monster or creature. Each student was challenged to write a backstory for their creature, and to really think and develop a well rounded explanation as to why their creature or monster has the habits it does. Students are now wrapping up the unit by working on creating Grecian Urns using india ink, a dark red or orange crayon and a scratch resist method that looks like an antique urn. All in all it's been educational and fun!

BBC Jazz on 3

Jason Moran & Robert Glasper on the importance of vocalists [16.02.14] by BBC Jazz on 3