Sylvan Park Paideia Design Center
Related Arts Information and Happenings
Related Arts Celebration
The Related Arts Team
Related Arts Highlights
We are now into the second nine weeks and the year is off to a great start! The decorations that the students made in art class for the Halloween dance looked awesome, as well as all the costumes! We are furthering our art exploration this nine weeks by delving into new materials and concepts in each grade. Kindergarten will be getting into mixed media, painting, landscape drawings, and color as an Element of Art. First grade will be drawing landscapes, creating collages, and experimenting with mixed media. Second grade will begin Fiber Arts, paint, create landscapes, and discuss Color and Line as Elements of Art. Third grade will also begin Fiber Arts with circle weaving and explore color, as well as many Principles of Design, including balance, pattern, unity, variety, and proportion. Fourth grade will continue drawing and painting and even begin learning about sculpture. As always, I would love to hear from you if you have any comments or questions.
Dear Sylvan Park Families,
I am so excited to announce that we have been chosen as one of 6 Metro elementary schools to produce a Disney Musical this year! Disney Musicals in Schools is a program in conjunction with TPAC that gives schools access to the music and performing rights for Disney Musicals that have been written for children to perform. The musical and performance skill level required of these shows generally align with 4th and 3rd grade students. This grant is a 3 year commitment, meaning each spring for the next 3 years we will be able to put on a Disney Musical. While the main performers of the shows will be students in 4th grade the entire school will be involved in this wonderful opportunity in one way or another; building set, painting scenery, making programs, etc. I am looking forward to this new adventure with our students and I know we will have a wonderful experience working on this amazing opportunity together!
This 9 weeks we are exploring the Character Education Traits, Respect and Fairness. We are developing an understanding of these traits through different storytelling techniques found in Another Sommer-Time Story: The Ugly Caterpillar by Carl Sommer. This book explains how we all are different. Learning to respect these differences is the goal of this unit. Along with the book, there are activities and games. Role play, classroom games, group games, computer games, videos, and writing or drawing activities are incorporated to deepen understanding. Each activity is adjusted for each grade level. The College bulletin board located in the main entrance of the school is a result of the 1st nine weeks on Responsibility. I am excited about our next project for the 2nd nine weeks. More to come…
In the second nine weeks, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classes have been working on volleyball. This unit involves skills such as forearm\bump pass, setting, serving, and volleying. It also includes basic knowledge about the game such as positions and rules of play. Kindergarten and 1st grade students have been developing overhand throwing and catching skills. These skills focus on proper body positioning and aiming for a specific target. Finally, all classes continue to work on cardiovascular fitness as part of their regular class routine.
As always, safety of all of our students is most important to us. Please remind your children the necessity of following the physical education rules consistently. The rules are as follows:
1. Be safe. (Stop. Look and listen on whistle signal).
2. Be able to cooperate with others.
3. Be respectful to others and equipment.
4. Work hard.
5. Have fun.
Thank you for your support at home.
Spanish classes have had an enjoyable and productive few weeks. Our cultural focus included Mexico’s Day of the Dead and the art and tradition of the sugar skull. In Kindergarten, we have begun to learn words dealing with our favorite foods. Weather expressions and seasons have been learned in first grade and reviewed in second, third, and fourth grade. Third and fourth grade classes will soon begin our community unit. In all classes, we continue to build Spanish number skills, to practice conversational skills, and to develop both practical and cultural knowledge of Latin America and Spain. Spain's most beautiful castles, Mexico’s Crystal Cave, and Hispanic Christmas traditions are just around the corner! As always, thank you for your support at home.