The Fine Arts Gazette
Counselor, Library, Art, Music & PE
Counselor's Corner by Ms. Stark
During the month of September we have been discussing friendship and respect. The students seem eager to share stories about their friends! We have talked about how to be a friend, how to make a friend, and some skills necessary to keep a friend.
October will be the month where drug education/awareness will be the focus. The week of October 26-30 will be our RED RIBBON WEEK. We will start the week with a red balloon launch from our lower parking lot on Oct 26 around 1:30 p.m. We will have daily themes and drawings for prizes that week. Be watching for more information on Red Ribbon Week---this information will include the daily dress up themes.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful
Red Ribbon Week Kick Off Balloon Launch
Monday, Oct. 26th, 1:30pm
800 Warrior Avenue
Learning @ the Library News by Mrs. Burkemper
Shopping dates are October 5-9, 2015! Students will shop with their classes during the week. We will have a Brownies and Books night to kick off the fair on Monday, October 5, 2015! Come with your families any time after school until 7:00pm! Brownies, lemonade and water will be available in the lobby starting at 5:00pm! Families that visit Brownies and Books night will have their name entered into a drawing to win a family-sized basket of books from our book fair! Help support literacy and your school library by shopping at the school book fair!
***Online shop available starting September 26, 2015*****
Brownies and Book Night - Book Fair Family Night
Monday, Oct. 5th, 5pm
800 Warrior Avenue
***Brownies, lemonade and water will be available starting at 5:00pm***
***Enter your family into the drawing for a basket of books from the bookfair!***
Amazing Art Hour by Mrs. Allen
Hello Fall! EVERY student in the building has finally finished their art for the Art Fundraiser, Square 1 Art.
I am shipping them off to the company. Square 1 Art will be sending order forms, original artwork, and stickers of your child’s artwork shortly after receiving. I will send you more information about how to ordersoon!
Kindergarten: We have been diving deep into the foundations of art, color, line, and shape. Students are discovering the color wheel and its importance. The next project is called “Mondrian Experiment” where we will use a famous artist’s (Peit Mondrian) set of rules to create art.
First Grade: We are viewing and discussing art by Paul Cezanne then creating a still life of an arrangement of apples on a plate. Ask your artist what they used to paint the apples! We will then learn about the artist Paul Klee and his castles made out of shapes.
Second Grade: We will be viewing art by Romero Britto, a Brazilian American artist who painted images of popular culture. We will be experimenting with color theory and patterns to create Britto inspired pumpkins.
Third Grade: We will be turning our self-portraits in to the Statue of Liberty. We will use symmetry and facial proportion to achieve a realistic portrait.
Fourth Grade: We will be deepening our knowledge of value (light to dark) by creating an optical illusion American flag. Then we will be putting our skills to the test by creating symmetrical bugs.
Fifth Grade: We will be studying the works by Vincent van Gogh and his most famous piece, Starry Night. We will then make our own version of The Starry Night in a more local flavor.
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Noteworthy News by Mrs. Gadberry
Music Play is happening in the Music Room this year! This engaging new curriculum was adopted by Elementary Music Teachers of Warren County R-III School District. Here is what we’ve done so far!
Kindergarten has been concentrating on following directions. In this unit, students listen, sing, and move to directional songs. Ask your Kindergartener to sing “Welcome to Music.”
First Grade has been searching for beat and rehearsing speaking and singing voices. They are experiencing musical opposites such as high/low and loud/soft. Ask your First Grader to sing their new First Grade Welcome Song!
Second Grade is continuing distinguishing the beat, loud/soft, fast/slow, & high/low. They are working on their music reading skills. They are locating “la, so, and mi” on the music staff. They are reading quarter note and eighth note rhythms. Ask your Second Grader to sing “Welcome to Music Everyone.”
Third Grade is perfecting their music reading skills. They are practicing how to locate “la, so, mi, & do” on the music staff. They are working on intermediate rhythms which include quarter, eighth, and half notes. Ask your Third Grader to sing “I like Singin’.”
Fourth Grade is working on singing in parts. They have sung several rounds and will continue singing more throughout the school year. I believe the “Whoopee Cushion” round was a big hit! They are locating “La, so, mi, & do” on the music staff and working on advanced rhythms to include quarter, eighth, half, and sixteenth note combinations. Ask your Fourth Grader to Sing “Wake Me! Shake Me!”
5th Grade is already gearing up for a performance on October 28, 2015 in the Warrior Ridge Elementary Gymnasium at 6:30pm. They are learning songs that are linked to Aesop’s fables. The students enjoy the songs and I love that they are learning great life lessons while singing them!
Don’t forget to order a recorder for our upcoming Recorder Karate unit in 5th Grade! Fifth graders only will need to order a recorder and turn order forms in by Friday, October 9, 2015. If you misplaced or never saw the order form, please contact your child’s teacher and we will get one to you ASAP. Thank you for your attention in this matter.
Performance Dates to Remember:
Fifth Grade Performance – October 29, 2015 @ 6:30pm
Third Grade Performance - November 12, 2015 @ 6:30
Choir Concert – November 19, 2015 @ 6:30pm
Second Grade Performance – December 3, 2015 @ 6:30pm
Fourth Grade Performance - February 25, 2016 @ 6:30pm
First Grade Performance – April 28, 2016 @ 6:30pm
Kindergarten Graduation Performance – May 12, 2016 @ 6:30pm
Fifth Grade Musical Performance
Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 6:30pm
800 Warrior Avenue
Positively Awesome PE by Coach Westphal
We have Shoe Tying Champs! Thank you to Kindergarten parents who helped their child complete the “Shoe Tying Challenge.” I have many excited kids who now love to show what they know! This month in PE the K-2 students continue to work on pathways, locomotor skills, tempo, and directions. Ask your child if they know the difference between their Right and Left! We know that adjectives are describing words and we can make our body bent, twisted, curled, narrow, straight and many different forms.
3rd, 4th and 5th grade have been learning and reviewing playground games. Recess provides student with healthy, active, unstructured playtime to release energy and stress that can facilitate attention in the classroom and decrease disruptive behavior. During recess, children can develop enjoyment of movement, respect for rules, and learn how to develop and maintain friendships. Teaching different games provides students with options for productive play on the playground. We focused on 4-square, tetherball, and Gaga Ball. Ask your child about the rules of these games. We are in the middle of our
Frisbee unit. Ask your child to demonstrate a backhand throw and the 3 ways to catch a Frisbee. Daily,we discuss the importance of exercise and why it is necessary for life.
Students will participate in a Fitness Assessment each year. We will start practicing for these assessments. They measure cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility. All these are components of fitness.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call!