Johnson Jungle

Art, Guidance, Library, Music, P.E., & Spanish

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Welcome to Johnson's newsletter for specialty courses and programs!

Jennifer Flynn (Visual Art), Whitney McKay (Guidance Counseling), Marie Zimmerman (Library), Alyssa Vanderpool (Music), Nick Behymer (Physical Education), Julie Dashley (Spanish)


This newsletter is grouped first by grade level,

and then you will find school-wide information listed at the end. Enjoy!

Kindergarten

Stories, Research, and Technology

Students in Kindergarten have been learning about various story elements like author, illustrator, beginning, middle, and end. We have also continued to learn about internet safety. This past week students learned about managing their screen time. They watched a Faux Paw video on the concept and then used the Pic Collage app to show what they like to do with technology and what they like to do without technology.


Marie Zimmerman

Library Media Specialist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCVSZU9jXyk

The Sights and Sounds of the Seasons

Kindergarten collaborated with art to learn about our 4 seasons through sight and through sound. Students listened to Vivaldi’s famous classical music and drew pictures of what the music sounded like to them. Here are some links to the music. I bet your student can recognize the season you are playing.


Spring - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LAPFM3dgag

Summer -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nx5c_JZIM6M

Fall - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCVSZU9jXyk

Winter - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc_yKk0k5XE&t=13s


As students completed their self-portraits in art class, they decided what season they would illustrate in their background. What shapes, colors, and designs can we include to show the season you've chosen?


Alyssa Vanderpool, Music Educator

Jennifer Flynn, Visual Art Educator

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Band Aid Chicken

Here is a picture of some children in Mrs. Mills’ Kindergarten class! They are holding BAND AID CHICKEN. Band Aid Chicken puppet teaches the kids to STAND UP to bullies, and to say “NO!” to mean behavior.

Finally, here is a picture of Mrs. McKay and Band Aid Chicken! Band Aid Chicken is telling her that she hopes ALL the Johnson families have a GREAT FALL BREAK!!!


Whitney McKay

Guidance Counselor

1st Grade

Then and Now - Research!

1st grade learned about the Super 3 research method. They have been researching schools of the past for their Then and Now PBL.


Marie Zimmerman

Library Media Specialist

https://youtu.be/Qhr6L7kAzVg

Stepping Back to the 1950s

First Grade stepped back in time to the 1950s. We discussed Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Bill Haley. We played music from the 50s and learned a couple of dances from that era. Here is a clip of 1st graders learning how to do The Stroll.


Alyssa Vanderpool

K-5 Music Educator

https://youtu.be/rPETEFflZM4
https://youtu.be/e4B7Ke-GWkQ
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Community Collage

1st grade students explored many different art materials and techniques the past few weeks - creating many different elements for a community collage! They decided how to use their tempera painted trees, oil pastel houses, marker people, buildings, animals, cars, planes, and more - overlapping and arranging as they saw fit. These artworks are now on display in our cafeteria and hallways to share with our school.


Jennifer Flynn

Visual Art Educator

2nd Grade

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Chimes!

2nd Grade is diving deeper into patriotic songs by playing the tone chimes.


Alyssa Vanderpool

K-5 Music Educator

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Artists Help Each Other

2nd Graders are learning the basics of art critique, and how artists can help one another by sharing ideas while the piece is still in-progress. Students were excited to read what other classmates wrote about their artworks, and the new feedback helped them continue to improve and complete their masterpieces!


Jennifer Flynn

Visual Art Educator

Online Safety

2nd grade has been learning about online safety and email. Now students are sharing what they know about internet safety in a project for 1st grade students.


Marie Zimmerman

Library Media Specialist

3rd Grade

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Foreground, Middleground, Background

Third graders are currently creating artworks inspired by our surroundings. They studied the work on Vincent van Gogh, and recognized how he represented not just what spaces look like, but also how they feel. We practiced drawing a landscape to learn strategies for showing objects that are closest to us (bigger and more detailed) and objects that are farther away (smaller). They have chosen an image of a place - a vacation spot, a place they'd like to go, an imaginary place from a book, etc. - to use as inspiration for their own masterpiece!


Jennifer Flynn

Visual Art Educator

Halloween Song Book

3rd Grade started working on our Halloween song books. Students are re-writing lyrics to familiar melodies in the hopes to be published. Books will go home the week before Halloween. Encourage your child to Halloween Caroling for candy. :)


3rd graders could create a spooky Halloween landscape and submit it to art teacher Mrs. Flynn. The winning artwork goes on the cover of the song book they have been making in music class. The winner this year was Parker M. Congratulations!


Alyssa Vanderpool

K-5 Music Educator

What is Bullying?

Here is the definition we use at Johnson to describe bullying:

“Bullying is unfair and one-sided. It happens when someone keeps threatening, frightening, hurting or leaving someone out on purpose.”


Ask your third grader why certain words in this definition are in bold! They learned about our bullying definition, how it differs from conflicts, and they also practiced how to assertively stand up to bullying!


Whitney McKay

Guidance Counselor

Digital Citizenship

3rd grade students are starting their Digital Citizenship PBL. They are learning about the Big 6 research method. Students will research a Digital Citizenship topic and create a project to teach others about the concept.


Marie Zimmerman

Library Media Specialist

4th Grade

Catch the Flying Disc!

Right now 4th grade is in the middle of our Flying Disc (Frisbee) Unit. This unit provides activities for students to practice and develop the fundamental skills of throwing (for accuracy and distance) and catching. Activities in this unit follow a high activity, skill progression which can be adapted for a variety of skill levels. Activities are designed to include and challenge all students' physical skills, which maintaining enjoyable, health-promoting, moderate-to-vigorous, physical activity during class.


Nick Behymer

Physical Education Teacher

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Everyday Heroes

4th Graders have discussed what makes someone a HERO, how the definition may change when we define "everyday hero," and study how artists have represented heroes in many different ways. They are completing a masterpiece that honors an everyday hero in their own life!


Jennifer Flynn

Visual Art Educator

Digital Citizenship

4th grade students are working on helping create good digital citizens through their Digital Citizenship PBL.


Marie Zimmerman

Library Media Specialist

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Music helps us learn


4th Grade is creating songs to help them remember school concepts that are difficult. For example, some students are creating a multiplication fact song to help them remember their times table. They can use any school appropriate pop song and will add choreography/body percussion to make it a fun learning experience.


Alyssa Vanderpool

K-5 Music Educator

5th Grade

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¡Quiero monstruos!

In Spanish, 5th grade just finished a unit on "quiero" (I want) and "quiere" (he or she wants). We shared what we wanted and then wrote about what students in our class wanted.


We are now reviewing body parts by dancing to head shoulder knees and toes in Spanish and made a "monster" out of play doh!


Julie Dashley

K-5 Spanish Educator

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Designing Real Spaces: JES Innovation Lab

5th grade students are re-designing the old technology lab to be an Innovation Lab where students can collaborate and create. They’ll be creating a pitch to submit to our PTO!


Marie Zimmerman

Library Media Specialist

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Katherine Rundell visited the 5th grade last month!

Katherine Rundell is the author of The Explorer, which is the story of Fred, Con, Lila, and Max. On their way back to England from Manaus, their plane crashes and the pilot dies upon landing. For days they survive alone, until Fred finds a map that leads them to a ruined city, and to a secret.


Her books will be available at the Book Fair in December.

School-Wide Information

Veterans Day

This month in music all students are preparing for Veterans Day. This week we will be learning the patriotic song “America, the Beautiful." We hope that you will join us on November 10th at 9:00am as we honor and share the story of our Veterans.

5th Grade is working hard to plan and prepare all the elements of the Veterans Day Program. Each grade level will also be singing an Armed Forces Medley:

Kindergarten and 1st grade – Army (1st song)

2nd Grade – Navy (2nd song)

3rd Grade – Marines (3rd song)

4th Grade – Air Force (4th song)

5th Grade – Coast Guard (5th song)

I've included links to both of these songs so students can practice at home!


Alyssa Vanderpool

K-5 Music Educator

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Johnson is Respectful

October is Bullying Prevention Month. On Wednesday, October 25, 2017 it’s National Unity Day. This is the day we WEAR ORANGE to signify that we won’t stand for bullying in our schools! All students at Johnson will be receiving Bullying Prevention lessons in the month of October.


Here is an amazing video that describes the IMPORTANCE of standing up to bullies:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruBqetaMd5g
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The “Little Buddies” in the Big Buddy/Little Buddy Mentoring program made posters demonstrating how to make a friend and/or prevent bullying.


Whitney McKay

Guidance Counselor

Online Art Exhibits

Students will be adding to their digital portfolios on Artsonia. Parents - you can easily add relatives' email addresses into your child's account, and then they will be notified when new artwork is posted for viewing. It's a great way to share students' creativity with family members that live far away! (Their account keeps artwork from year to year, allowing you to see their visual art skills develop over time.) Visit Johnson's Gallery to see all of our amazing artworks.

We need your help! Art Room Donations Needed

We appreciate your donation of any of the materials below.


ART ROOM NEEDS:

  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Paper Plates
  • Letter Stickers
  • Googly Eyes
  • Silk Flowers


Thank you for supporting our students' creativity!

Library Reminders

Students in Kindergarten-2nd grade are allowed to check out one book at a time.


Students 3rd-5th grade are allowed to check out two books at a time.


Students may checkout books during their library class or outside of class with their teacher’s permission. Students may use the self-checkout station outside of class, or they can email me a picture of the book’s barcode.


I will send out monthly emails from Destiny (our Library Management System) regarding overdue books. The latest overdue notice went out on October 2nd. It would be a great idea to keep library books in a specific spot each night with your child’s iPad.


If you would like to see if a book has an Accelerated Reader test you can go to: http://www.arbookfind.com/UserType.aspx

iPad Reminders

Please remind students to charge their iPads before bringing them to school.


Please make sure your student’s iPad is updated to IOS 11. The iPad will ask for the student’s Apple ID. The Apple ID should be the student’s 4 digit lunch code. If that code doesn’t work, please ask your child’s homeroom teacher to submit a google form requesting a password reset from the technology team.


Is your child’s iPad not charging correctly? Try a hard restart, or have your child bring it to the library for Mrs. Zimmerman to check.

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Digital Citizenship

One of the things that students learn in library is how to be a good digital citizen. This is so important now that we are 1:1 with iPads. Below are some tips from Common Sense Media about how parents can help protect students at home.


Marie Zimmerman

K-5 Library Media Specialist

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Book Fair!

Mark your calendars! Our first Joseph Beth Book Fair will be December 4th - 8th! A special Johnson Family Night will be occurring December 7th. Be watching for more details!


We had an amazing author visit from Katherine Rundell. Her books will be available for purchase at the Joseph-Beth Book Fair.

JES Culture Fest

Thursday, Dec. 7th, 5-7pm

1180 North Fort Thomas Avenue

Fort Thomas, KY

A wide variety of events will be occurring across our school campus during our Culture Fest Family Night this December! We can't wait to see what student performances and presentations will occur, along with cultural experiences for the whole family! Our Book Fair family night will also occur the same evening. Can't wait to see you there!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Community Connections

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Check out all the cool events going on at the Campbell County Public Library

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