LS Special Area Update

September 2015

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ART with Mrs. Hicks

In art class the students were asked at the beginning of school, What is art? and How do you make art? I was amazed at some of their responses like, “Art is everywhere!” and “All you have to do is try and see where it takes you.”

This week they started creating their artwork for International Art Day on September 15th. It’s a day dedicated to all children creating art around the world. It is also based on the book, The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds. At Maclay this year, through our spiraling visual arts curriculum, all three levels of art are participating.

5th GRADE BAND with Ms. Corzine

Ms. Corzine is very pleased with the large number of students who have joined the Fifth Grade Band this year. The students have selected their instruments and have begun the process of learning how to play them. The first thing they learned was how to assemble and hold their instruments. One of the most important lessons they have learned is how to produce a sound on their particular instrument. Their goal for this first grading period is to learn four kinds of notes and 5 different pitches. They are off to a great start!

DRAMA with Mrs. Thomas

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LIBRARY with Ms. Armstrong

This month we have spent time getting to know each other and learning about the library. We have also read books together about the library. Kindergartners loved the chance to choose a book to checkout for the first time! First and second graders were excited to see the new books that were added to the library over the summer. Third graders created a family tree in correlation with their summer reading book, War with Grandpa. Students enjoyed discussing their families and making a special project to honor them. Fourth graders used nonfiction books to research a chosen coral reef species in correlation with their summer reading book, Kidnapped in Key West. Each student then illustrated his or her species and recorded facts. The students’ pages were put together to create class books. Fifth graders teamed up to create persuasive videos based on one of the choice books for summer reading. Some were silly, some were serious, but they were all very informative!


Sunshine State Young Reading Award Winners

The winners are here! We challenge each 3rd-5th grade student to read all 15 winners! Prizes will be awarded! Miss Armstrong, Children’s Librarian, will be reading the books alongside you. Who will finish them first?


Fall Book Fair

Our Book Fair will take place October 23 - October 30. Mark your calendars for this fun week full of new and exciting books!

MUSIC with Mrs. Hughes

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P.E. with Coaches Bunch, Clayton, Droze, Hall, Harris, McGrotha & Sherrod

K-2nd Grade Upcoming Units:

Coach Bunch – Floor Hockey, Catching & Throwing, Soccer, Olympic (Teamwork)

Coach Hall – Ultimate Frisbee, Kicking, Football Throw, Capture the Flag

Coach Harris – Frisbee, Catching & Throwing, Kicking, Parachutes

Coach McGrotha – Badminton, Frisbee, Group Relays

Coach Sherrod – Volleyball, Kicking, Catching & Throwing, Ultimate Frisbee

Coach Clayton – Team Work, Discovery, Kicking, Kickball

Coach Droze – Soccer Skills, Kickball, Ultimate Frisbee, Tennis/Volleyball

3rd-5th Grade Upcoming Units:

Coach Clayton – Team Work, Discovery, Kicking, Kickball

Coach Harris – Frisbee, Catching & Throwing, Kicking, Parachutes

Coach McGrotha – Badminton, Frisbee, Group Relays

Friendly Reminders:

If your child is wearing sandals, crocs, or dress shoes please remember to pack his or her sneakers into his or her backpack.

P.E. Schedule:

Kindergarten - Monday - Thursday 9:30-10 am

2nd Grade - Monday - Thursday 9:00-9:30 am

3rd Grade - Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:15 am & Wednesday 12:10-12:55 pm

4th Grade - Monday, Wednesday, & Friday - 10:00-10:45 am

5th Grade - Monday, Wednesday, & Friday ​- 10:45-11:30 am

Save The Date!

Field Day 2015 - Friday, May 13, 2016

SCIENCE LAB with Mr. Clayton

This year is off to a great start. So far in science lab, students have learned about classroom safety and order. We have also discussed various ways scientists gather information and some of the differences between a guess and a good question.


In the coming weeks, kindergarten and first grade will begin to learn about the scientific method and exploring objects that float or sink. Second and third grade will begin an experiment to learn more about the needs of a plant. The fourth graders will spend some time learning about classification and a dichotomous key. The fifth graders will explore the physical properties of water. This will be a great time for students to share some of the information they learn in science lab with you, so be sure to ask them what they are learning!

SPANISH with Sra. Willis

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STEAM with Mr. G

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