A Very Specials Newsletter

March

What's Happening in P.E!

Thank you so much to everyone that helped with JRFH! We improved our fundraising from last year by $180.36. We raised a grand total of $3,202.61 this year!!!!


This month we will be participating in an "in-school field trip" with Skate 101.


3rd-5th will be learning about the safety of inline skating such as wearing preventative safety gear, following the "rules of the road," and appropriate surfaces to skate on. The program will also focus on learning basic skills such as learning ways to stop, remaining in control, and how to turn and maneuver around obstacles.


K-2 is heavily focused on skating safety. They will learn how to put on the gear, what body parts the gear protects, and skating safety in their neighborhood. They will be using paper skates to learn basic maneuvers such as pushing off the floor and stopping.

What's happening in Art!

Here is what we will be working on in the Art room for March.

5th grade-buildings in one point perspective


4th grade-Weaving with yarn on a loom


3rd grade-paintings inspired by the artist Joan Miro


2nd grade-pastel flowers inspired by the artist Vincent Van Gogh


1st grade-Colorful paper fish


Kinder-Colorful paper fish

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What's Happening in Music

This month in Cougar Academy

This month we will be doing plenty of fun singing and dancing in Cougar Academy! We’ll focus on GRIT and believing in yourself. See some videos of the songs below and see what moves your kids have learned!


This month in Music Class

This March we are focusing on the relationship between music and movement. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, this will include learning some fun Irish folk dances! We’ll also be singing various spring-themed songs as we welcome the new season.


Kindergarten:

· Preparing for Barnyard Moosical! This performance will be held on April 12th at Kindergarten Round Up!


1st Grade:

· -Introduction of the pitch La


2nd Grade:

· -Reading, performing and composing with Mi-Re-Do


3rd Grade:

· -Singing and performing question and answer phrases in music

· -Introduction of the pitch Fa


4th & 5th Grade:

· -Recognizing and dictating known rhythm patterns

· -Composing and creating rhythmic speech pieces


Need a Brain Break?

Check out this awesome website: www.incredibox.com. It is an easy and intuitive way to let kids experiment and arrange their own original beatbox creations. Simply click, drag and layer the sounds to your liking. Students can even record their creations and save them on the website to share with others later!

Meghan Trainor - Better When I'm Dancin' (Lyric Video)
Michael Jackson-Man in the mirror lyrics
Sara Bareilles - Brave

What's Happening in the Library!

Our Spring Book Fair was a huge success! We sold over $5,000.00 in product. We'll get to keep half of that to buy books for the library. Thank you to everyone who helped to support the library.


The March Reading Olympics is focused on advertising our favorite books and ways to read. Students are to get creative and create posters, videos, book buzzes, or write an announcement for the CNN highlighting one of their favorite books. If you have a student participating, send them to the library to get a list of suggestions.


This month, Library classes will...


-Help a new author by reading their first chapter and sharing what we loved and some suggestions. We'll hopefully have a book study with the rest of their book after STAAR testing! Check out the Padlet we sent with our suggestions so far: www.padlet.com/wigginsl/chapter


-Focus on changing a negative mindset to a positive one.


-Fact and opinion lessons


-Class research projects


-Introduce next year's Bluebonnet Books to students in 2nd-5th grade


And so much more!

Dates to Know

Bluebonnet Celebration

Friday, March 18th, 2pm

2915 Scott Mill Road

Carrollton, TX

Students that read 5 or more Bluebonnet Books from the 2015-2016 list are invited to the library for a special bluebonnet themed Makerspace.

Makerspace Week in the Library

Monday, March 21st, 8:30am

2915 Scott Mill Road

Carrollton, TX

As students come to the library this week, they will be exploring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).

Barnyard MOOsical

Tuesday, April 12th, 6pm

2915 Scott Mill Road

Carrollton, TX

Come join the Kindergarten class for their annual musical presentation. The performance starts at 6:00 pm!