WW Specialist Newsletter

Art, Library-Media, Music, Phy Ed, and Spanish

December-January Edition

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Physical Education


· Basketball: dribbling, passing, shooting, modified games

· Floor Hockey: stick handling, passing, shooting, modified games

· Tumbling: forward roll, backward roll, cartwheel, headstand, balance, rope climb

Bones and Muscles:

· Bones: femur, tibia, fibula, tarsals, metatarsals, phalanges (leg/foot)

humerus, radius, ulna, carpals, metacarpals, phalanges (arm/hand)

· Muscles: quadriceps, hamstrings, gastrocnemius (leg)

deltoids, biceps, triceps (arm)

Fitness Fever (February 2rd – 13th)

In addition to the whole school exercising together every morning, the student will be encouraged to try and eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables and to get 60 minutes of physical activity in every day!


Kindergarteners are continually developing their ability to keep a steady beat. What could be more engaging than using varying percussion instruments at each class to do so? Ask them to play their imaginary (or real) woodblock, and these musicians can easily demonstrate proper playing technique, even discovering the instrument's "sweet" spot.
Many traditional singing games have been learned and enjoyed frequently, the repetition of which helps young singers gain confidence and learn to sing on pitch. "Betty Martin" and "Doggie, Doggie" are favorites. Any song with actions assists with learning, and it is very possible your kindergartener can act out all "Twelve Days of Christmas" even if you are a bit foggy on the sequence. Mastering traditional folk dance moves like right-hand-star and two-hand-turn has been a challenge well-met in the Skater's Dance.
We are on to exploring high and low sounds, and how that looks and sounds on instruments like the glockenspiel. Forms of written notation representing these concepts are being introduced (snowflakes blowing up high, snowflakes drifting down). And of course anything that we do with our bodies (such as being a snowflake) helps us understand concepts.

First graders visited Orchestra Hall on December 5 for a special performance of Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors." In preparation for the trip, students studied opera, ballet, and the instruments of the orchestra. For several weeks, first graders enjoyed hands-on time with a variety of instruments. It was pretty exciting to enter the music room and discover which instrument family awaited exploration!
A variety of winter and holiday songs were learned in preparation for the Wildwood Winter Singalong. We especially enjoyed playing the African drums called tubanos, which we used to accompany a song celebrating Kwanzaa.
First graders are now focusing on what good singing looks like and sounds like. Our progress will be evident on the evening of March 10, which is the first grade program. Listen for songs in English, Spanish, French, and Japanese, all with excellent singing and posture! Many of our songs involve movement or dance, the practice of which will keep us active and engaged through the cold months ahead. Please see the event invitation above for details regarding the program.

Second Grade continues to practice their best singing by using "self checks" during singing known songs. Students reflect on their own singing and classmate's singing, noting and discussing what good singing looks and sounds like. Students continue to review and learn new music literacy concepts; reading/singing melodies with Sol, La, Mi and Do on the staff, reading/playing rhythms with quarter notes, eighth notes, half notes and rests. Students will be practicing ostinatos, fermatas and singing in canon in new and known songs, some to be performed at our upcoming concert in March. Ask your student to sing Scotland's Burning or Noble Duke! Students will continue to use classroom instruments to practice their music skills and proper instrument technique, especially when playing Orff instruments (glockenspiels, metallophones, xylophones).

Hats off to the students who shared their musical talents and interests with classmates in our first Talent Day of the year held in December! We had many students in each class perform for classmates and share their musical interests and talents. Next Talent Day in May!

From now through March 12, Second Graders will focus on preparing songs, instruments and dances to showcase their musical skills in their music program "Music is FUNdamental." Come see our budding musicians as they perform and demonstrate their musical knowledge and know-how!

Music Makes Us Whole Initiative: Visit the new website www.musicmakesuswhole.org for excellent information about how music affects student learning! Like it on Facebook and receive daily updates!

Second Grade Program: Music is FUNdamental!

Thursday, March 12th, 5:30pm

Chautauqua Fine Arts Center @ Mahtomedi High School

5:30-6:15 p.m. Haugh, K.Marshall, Baker, Peterson classes performing

6:45-7:30 p.m. Brandt, Edinger, Fesser, Miller classes performing

First Grade Program: Amigos! Friends Around the World

Tuesday, March 10th, 5:30pm

Chautauqua Fine Arts Center @ Mahtomedi High School

5:30-6:15 p.m.
Classes performing: Brunner, Laue, Horihan, Tumbleson
6:45-7:30 p.m.
Classes performing: Marshall, Schmidt, Hoffman, Comfort

Library Media

Thanks to all who attended the first annual Hour of Code event at WW on Dec. 9th. Resources from that evening are here. Next year, the event will be on Dec. 8th during Computer Science Education Week.


First Grade:

  • Computer programming unit in December using Course 1 from code.org and Scratch Jr. activities on the iPad. Many more programming resources are available on the WW Media website.
  • Folklore unit: myths, fables, and tall tales
  • Biography unit: Martin Luther King Jr, Presidents Lincoln and Washington, and Wangari Maathai's Trees of Peace
  • Computer lab: used Kidspiration software to create a timeline of MLK Jr., and a VENN diagram comparing and contrasting Lincoln and Washington

Second Grade:

  • Studied poetry genre and section in the library. Read Jack Prelutsky's and Adam Rex's poetry.
  • Reviewed how to log in and access the digital tools in an electronic book (we use MackinVia as our ebook vendor).
  • Logged in to Course 1 in code.org to complete computer programming activities and used the Hopscotch app on the iPads. Many more computer programming resources are the WW Media website.
  • Used to Kidspiration software to create an autobiographical project. Look for this to come home this week.

Coming up:

  • READ ACROSS AMERICA: March 2nd-6th. Click here for all the information including dress up days for Dr. Seuss's books!


I continue to be inspired and delighted by the enthusiasm and creativity that Wildwood students show each day in the art room!

Kindergarten: We have been busy drawing, painting, cutting and gluing. We continue to challenge and strengthen our fine motor skills through creative expression. Early this winter kindergarten students created a colorful city by cutting and gluing shapes to make a variety of buildings with doors and windows. Next, students where challenged to create a pair of mittens that match. Recently, Kindergarteners created their very own “snowperson” drawing/painting. Currently, students are learning how to draw 3-D forms; including sphere, cylinder and cone.

1st grade: Early this winter, 1st grade students created a city drawing. Students showed space or depth in this drawing by overlapping their buildings. Students used a variety of geometric shapes to create interesting details on the buildings in their cities. Liquid water color paint was used to give these awesome drawings a pop of color. Recently students created a chalk landscape drawing as a part of the art adventure program. Students learned how a horizon line, background, middle ground, foreground and vanishing point work together to create a landscape that shows depth. This landscape was inspired by Tahitian Landscape, painted by the French artist Paul Gauguin. Soon, 1st graders will be learning to draw 3-D forms; including sphere, cylinder, cone, pyramid and cube.

2nd grade: Early this winter, 2nd grade students created a cut paper collage. This collage was inspired by the French artist Henri Matisse, who created cut paper collage late in his lifetime due to deteriorating eye sight. Students cut both geometric and organic shapes and worked to create balance in their collage, so that it "felt right" without empty spaces. Next, Students learned how to draw 3-D forms; including sphere, cylinder, cone, pyramid, cube and rectangular prism. Recently, students started painting a Minnesota winter landscape. Students learned how a horizon line, background, middle ground and foreground work together to create depth. This landscape includes the watercolor techniques of painting "wet on dry" and "wet on wet." Students also sprinkled salt on their watercolor paint to create the frosty texture of snow and ice. Students learned how to paint pine trees and birch trees to complete the landscape. Currently students just finished another landscape drawing. This chalk landscape drawing is a part of the art adventure program. Our inspiration was Tahitian Landscape, created by the French artist Paul Gauguin. It was neat to use what we have already learned about landscape to create another very different, almost abstract landscape.

Soon all students will be creating an artwork for the Original Works Fundraiser. We will take inspiration from American “Pop” artist Jim Dine. Pop artists use common everyday images in their artwork. Jim Dine uses hearts to encourage and promote caring among all people. Look for your child’s artwork and order form for the fundraiser to come home in early March.



We are having a wildly fun time in Spanish now as we are studying the rainforest. Students are learning to talk about their favorite rainforest animal, how they move, what they eat and where they live in the rainforest layer. Kindergarteners are doing animal population counts to practice numbers and describing the color of the animals they find.

Concordia Language Village opportunities

If you spend time up North during the summer at a campground, family cabin or resort,Concordia Language Villages offers Adventure Day Camps for children ages 6-11. Children can go to language -oriented day camp full of language learning and fun activities and then return in the afternoon to their family. The camp is located just north of Bemidji, Minnesota. There is also a winter family weekend in February for the whole family to learn and practice Spanish. This year they will be partying hard and “traveling” the Spanish-speaking world’s celebrations by adding new traditions and keeping others. Venezuelan Navidad, Spanish Fallas, Argentina’s Snow Party, and of course, Carnaval, are all on the schedule!


First graders are learning poems in Spanish to recite as part of the March 10 first grade program. We will practice in class but I will also send the text home so that your child can practice at home if you like.

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Contact Information

Art: Kristi Eckert kristi.eckert@mahtomedi.k12.mn.us 407-2136

Library-Media: Jean Oswald jean.oswald@mahtomedi.k12.mn.us 407-2167

Music: Kathy Schwister: kathryn.schwister@mahtomedi.k12.mn.us 407-2153 and

Ginny Gadbois Green: virginia.green@mahtomedi.k12.mn.us 407-2149

Physical Education: Betsy Sommer betsy.sommer@mahtomedi.k12.mn.us 407-2143

Spanish: Lynn Mucciacciaro lynn.mucciacciaro@mahtomedi.k12.mn.us 407-2135