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Harmony Science Academy-Waco

October 14, 2020 Issue 4

"Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

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NED's Mindset Mission

Friday, Oct. 16th, 9am

This is an online event.

NED's Mindset Mission is a character education program that centers around three important messages that have lifelong relevance: Never give up, Encourage others and Do your best. During the assembly, students will learn about the importance of these three life skills while also enjoying storytelling, magic, humor and yo-yo tricks. This will be a schoolwide online event.

A Note from Ms. Remine

Report cards for the 1st quarter will be mailed out this week. If you do not receive a report card in the mail, please check with the office to see if we have the correct address on file. If you have any questions about a grade, please contact your child's teacher.

Looking Ahead: Important Dates


10/16: NED program

10/23 No school/Teacher Work Day

A NOTE FROM MRS. VARELA

Thank you to everyone that helped our school with the selling of the A+ cards. The cards have been sent home and the top prizes will be announced soon.
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PreK

This week our theme is community helpers. We will learn who keeps us safe, who keeps us well, and who provides a service. We are focusing on lthe etter Gg and the number 6. Please continue to practice letter names and sounds at home. -PK Team

Kindergarten

Hello Parents! The Kindergarten team is working hard on take-home paper practice packets. They will include letter/number/sight word flashcards, handwriting practice, initial sound and number word activities. Online learners will also be receiving papers that go with the online English course. This will allow them another way they can practice assignments like writing letters. Directions on how to get the packets will be posted on Dojo during the next two weeks. Nothing that we are sending home will be required to be returned, but it will help with skills they don't learn on the computer and give them purposeful activities to do when it can be fit in. Thank you for all you do! Kinder Team

1st Grade

In Science, we are learning about thermal energy.

This week in social studies we are learning about transportation and the way it has changed over the years. We are continuing to learn and practice addition in math.

We are working on double/final consonants and endings with /ck/, complete sentences, and reading informational texts. 1st Grade Team

2nd Grade

In ELA this week we will be learning about first and third-person point of view! We will be working on spelling words with final blend sounds. Please encourage your student to read a book of their choice for at least 20 minutes every day! -Ms. Brown

In math we will be taking our addition CBA on Wednesday. Thursday we will be starting our unit over subtraction. -Ms. Lester

Students will be able to code double final consonant words (CVCC), make and confirm predictions of our story of the week "Working with Others," identify action verbs, and start our persuasive essay rough draft. Please make sure to complete any missing work from Quarter 1. Extra credit assignments on Schoology will be added, so be on the lookout if you'd like to bump up your grade! -Ms. B.Martinez

This week students will be reviewing the unit on matter and physical properties. Students will take their first CBA.-Mrs. A. Martinez

3rd Grade

This week in math we will learn two new strategies to multiply two digit by one digit numbers (56 x 3). Please practice multiplication facts at home with quickt-Ms. Curtis


This week students are reviewing and taking their CBA over energy. -Mrs. A. Martinez



Welcome to the 2nd 9 weeks!!

Here are a few important reminders:

**Please make sure, if you are at home, you are joining zoom ON TIME. Part of the rules for zoom are to keep your camera on and your microphone muted unless called on.

**Please complete your EXIT TICKET, EVERY DAY for EVERY CLASS. Online and In-person must complete this. For those working from home, it's especially important for being counted for attendance.

**Complete ALL ASSIGNMENTS. I am marking specifically which ones are FOR A GRADE.

**When checking for grades/missing assignments, check these on Skyward. This can be accessed from the Harmony Portal.

Any questions, please ask. You can message in Dojo.- Mrs. Salas

4th Grade

We are finishing up our multiplication unit this week and having our CBA on Thursday. Next up will be division! Please remind students to work on their ALEKS topics. They are required to complete 10 topics a week. Also, have them continue working on their multiplication tables!-Ms. McCaig


This week students are continuing to study energy! We will be learning about mechanical, electrical, light, thermal, and sound energy (M.E.L.T.S.).-Mrs. A. Martinez


Welcome to the 2nd 9 weeks!!

Here are a few important reminders:

**Please make sure, if you are at home, you are joining zoom ON TIME. Part of the rules for zoom are to keep your camera on and your microphone muted unless called on.

**Please complete your EXIT TICKET, EVERY DAY for EVERY CLASS. Online and In-person must complete this. For those working from home, it's especially important for being counted for attendance.

**Complete ALL ASSIGNMENTS. I am marking specifically which ones are FOR A GRADE.

**When checking for grades/missing assignments, check these on Skyward. This can be accessed from the Harmony Portal.

Any questions, please ask. You can message in dojo.-Mrs. Salas

In ELA are writing an argumentative paper and identifying an author's claim and evidence that supports their claim. Ms. Swanner

We are reading “Kite Fighters” and “Rent Party Jazz” this week to learn about argumentative texts. Mrs. Driver

5th Grade

In science, we are studying Sir Isaac Newton and gravity. In social studies, we are learning how England was desperately trying to catch up with the incredible Spanish Empire and its competing rival the French for the colonization of the New World! The 1st colony of Roanoke mysteriously disappeared but England did not give up. -Mr. Walton

Welcome to the 2nd quarter. Let's start this one strong! This week in mathematics, we will be working on dividing decimals by whole numbers. Their division test will be the following week. Please make sure your child is working on fact fluency (basic addition, subtraction, and multiplication) using www.aleks.com and play.rocketmath.com. Thanks for all you do! -Ms. Piscaek

Welcome to the 2nd Quarter and a fresh start! In reading this week we are working on analyzing plot elements, including the introduction, rising action, falling action, and resolution of a story. We will be filling out graphic organizers to plot map a story. We will also be summarizing texts in ways that maintain the meaning and logical order of the story. Please make sure your student is present in class or on zoom with their camera on to stay caught up, and completing all classwork. Thank you for all you do!-Mrs. Dunford

Coach Kelly

Please be sure students bring water bottles on PE days. We hold classes outside and it is super important that all students have water while we are outside. For the students that are doing at-home learning, we are no longer having live zoom for PE. Please be sure students are doing the self-paced nearpod lesson and complete the exit ticket. The answers for the exit tickets are within the nearpod lesson. Students get two attempts to make a passing grade. Exit tickets are how students will receive PE grades for in person students and virtual students.

Gifted and Talented (GT) Update

Beginning this week, we will have a new GT schedule.

The new GT schedule will be as follows:


1st and 2nd Grade: Monday and Tuesday 8:00-8:50am


3rd Grade: Tuesday and Wednesday: 2:00-2:50pm


4th and 5thGrade: Wednesday and Thursday: 8:00-8:50 am


I will start taking attendance on skyward. If you are attending after the live hours, be sure to watch your lesson and complete the exit ticket as well as any other assignments for attendance.


Lastly, do not forget that attendance is necessary in order for your student to learn and grow academically, as well as meet the 90% attendance requirement for the state. If your student falls below 90%, they may have to repeat the grade next year.


As always, if you have any questions, please let me know!-Mrs. Avci

gavci@harmonytx.org

ESL

Hello Parents,
We have started a new Listening & Speaking Practice Program ( Summit K-12) that will help us develop our English Language Listening and Speaking skills. It is great resource. It will help them to build foundational language skills, expand their vocabulary and content knowledge, improve their listening and speaking skills while also preparing for the annual TELPAS state assessment.I am excited about the potential benefits this program can bring to our students.Once a week we will use in our ESL classes.
If you have any questions, please let me know!
Have a wonderful day!
Parent Letter and Summit K-12 Information