Special Area Spotlight

Chantilly Montessori

April 2016

Art

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools' Annual K-5 art show will take place during the months

of March and April. It will be at the gallery at Spirit Square in uptown Charlotte.

We have several students' artwork on display there, so please come view their art to support them.

Media

NC Children's Book Awards - Our students recently voted for their favorite NCCBA books. Students selected Gaston by Kelly Dipucchio as their favorite in the picture book category. There was a four-way tie in the junior book category with The One and Only Ivan, El Deafo, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, and Counting By 7s. North Carolina results will be available later in the month of April, so stay tuned!


Primary - Students will begin a new unit about poetry and will focus on familiar nursery rhymes. Students will also continue to gain practice using a desktop computer to locate online resources.


Lower El - Students recently finished typing their animal research facts into a brochure using MS Word. Students will continue to learn about the research process through a variety of activities. Students will also research a country of their choice towards the end of the 4th quarter.


Upper El - Students will complete their biography research and will share their learning via a Google Slides presentation.

Music

Primary - Students continue to develop their ability to maintain a steady beat while singing and playing classroom instruments. We will focus on stories that lend themselves to the creation of original lyrics for simple songs. The children use three-part cards to help them develop language and to make connections between their work in the music room and in their classroom.


LE - Students are developing motor skill coordination and reading ability as they play classroom instruments from two categories - pitched and unpitched. They are focusing on songs/poetry about the earth as we discuss our role as good stewards of the planet.


UE - Students will examine the difference between melody and harmony, playing simple chords to accompany songs. The literature selection includes Patriotic music and the creation of original limericks about a famous North Carolinian.


Orchestra - Students will perform solos, duets, and ensemble selections on Thursday, April 14th at 6:00 p.m.


Chorus - Two main events take place this month for our chorus members this month: Thursday, April 14th at 6:00 p.m. - The Great Fuzz Frenzy - an adaptation of the story by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel

Thursday, April 21st 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Choral clinic with the chorus members of Park Road Montessori led by Sandy Holland, clinician. Ms. Holland is the founder and director of Young Voices of the Carolinas. The clinic will be held at Chantilly.

PE

Primary: Primary students will be working on developing their dodging and fleeing skills as we continue our tag unit. We will be outside for P.E. as often as the weather will allow. In addition students spend a fair amount of time outside in the gardens as well as at recess. Getting in the habit of applying sunscreen before school is a great idea to keeping your skin safe!!!


Lower El- Lower El students will begin a Frisbee golf unit. We will be working mostly on the fundamentals of throwing a Frisbee, but toward the end of the unit, we will be focusing on throwing the Frisbee into the Frisbee golf baskets. In addition to holding P.E. class outside students spend a fair amount of time outside in the gardens as well as at recess. Getting in the habit of applying sunscreen before school is a great idea to keeping your skin safe!!! Toward the end of April early May, we will be completing our end of the year fitness tests.


Upper El- Upper El students will begin a Frisbee golf unit. We will be working on proper throwing technique, strategies as well as etiquette. We will work toward setting up a 7 hole course and tracking our scores. In addition to holding P.E. class outside, students spend a fair amount of time outside in the gardens as well as at recess. Getting in the habit of applying sunscreen before school is a great idea to keeping your skin safe!!! Toward the end of April early May, we will be completing our end of the year fitness tests.


Health- Health Students just completed a unit on refusal skills. We were working on how to handle peer pressure to make the positive choices they know they should make. In April we will begin our nutrition unit. This unit will take us into May as well.


Jump Rope for Heart: We successfully completed our 8th straight Jump Rope for Heart Fundraiser. Thank you everyone for your continued support with this event. We raised a total of $4,562 this year!! Ms. Marilyn’s class led the school by collecting a total of $763.50. The Lower El classes all had over 10 students participate in the fundraiser!! Ms. Ensley (11), Ms. Heather (10), Ms. Kendra (13), Ms. Marilyn (14), Ms. Renee (10), and Ms. Shauna (15).