Sycolin Creek Chronicle
On behalf of the faculty and staff at Sycolin Creek, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my warmest wishes for a very happy and healthy holiday season. I trust that you will be able to enjoy some time to rest and relax with friends and family.
During November, the highlight of the month was the virtual Veterans Day Assembly. With the help of Mrs. Cassada, Mrs. Mitchell, Mrs. Miller, Dr. Bennett and other school staff, we were able to create a recorded Veterans Day celebration. Students created artwork, songs, posters, and much more to honor their relatives and all of our service men and women. It was a very meaningful performance that I hope you were able to watch as a family. The link to the presentation is: https://bit.ly/SCES_VeteransDay2020.
It’s hard to believe that when school resumes on January 4th we will be a few short weeks away from the mid-point of the school year! The new year is likely to bring us wintry weather conditions, which might result in school closings and/or delays. Please refer to the school closing and early dismissal information that was sent home earlier in the school year. In addition, the most up-to-date information about the impact of inclement weather conditions on the school schedule can be accessed on the Loudoun County Public School website—www.lcps.org.
Once again, best wishes for a happy holiday season.
Star Salamander Students for the month of November in P.E.
Congratulations to the PE Star Salamanders for the month of November 2020
Kindergarten - Lily Lagana & James Ferrier
First Grade - Katerina Fox & Anthony Gwizdala
Second Grade - Graydon Swanson & Fiona Pittas
Third Grade - Ana Molina Escobar & Copeland Rampey
Fourth Grade - Hannah Troup & Ronan Karhuse
Fifth Grade - Breana Hall & Dhruv Shome
The Star Salamander Classes for the month of November are: Mrs. Palovchik's Kindergarten Class and Mrs. Gunther's 1st Grade Class.
November was an exciting month in the Music Room! We started off with Veterans Day. The students did a great job singing and sending in things for the Veterans Day program. Mrs. Mitchell and I were very proud of all the students. We then worked on songs about Thanksgiving and the upper grades focused on the Major and Minor Scales, while kindergarten, first and second grade focused on rhythms.
In December, students will be learning songs for the Holiday Sing-a-long and doing activities with music from the Nutcracker. Fifth grade will be learning several songs this month as we begin to focus on recorder playing even more. All students will be experiencing the music of Tchaikovsky and Ellington and preparing for the Holiday Sing-a-long, which will be on video the last week of break.
Help needed! Our families have so many celebrations throughout the year and we would like to recognize and share the many cultures of our school community. The holidays that we will be exploring in December include: Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, Eid, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year. We would like to include photos of celebrations from your family in our Holiday Sing-a-long. Please send your photos to email@example.com. Thank you for participating!
Mrs. Cassada’s Rock Star Music Classes for November are:
Kindergarten - Mrs. Morris
1st Grade - Mrs. Albecker
2nd Grade - Mrs. Reynolds
3rd Grade - Mr. Chianese
4th Grade - Mrs. Hermens
5th Grade - Mrs. Nacin
Congratulations to these classes for showing Rock Star behavior in the month of November!
Thank you so much for all you do to help your children with their art lessons. It is fun to see parents and siblings drop in. I even have one caregiver that makes the project along with the student. I love it.
We’ve been working on the basics of art and the elements and principles of design. The fifth graders finished up a lesson called Positive Affirmation. They did a great job and I will send out a slideshow soon, so you can see all the fantastic work that was handed in/posted. The fourth graders made some amazing jungle birds, and the third graders created hot air balloon images that make a person want to take a ride in one. Your kids are amazing! Second graders have started a color study using paint in the style of Wassilly Kandinsky. All of these lessons have been focusing on shapes, lines, color, depth, and space. First Graders made some very cute Friendly Monsters as they learned about line and proper painting techniques. Kindergarteners also spent time painting and focusing on lines and colors. December will bring more painting in every grade. I can’t wait!
Art Classes of the week
Kindergarten - Mrs. Morris
1st Grade - Mrs. Deihl
2nd Grade - Mrs. Anderson
3rd Grade - Mr. Chianese
4th Grade - Mrs. Bowman
5th Grade - Ms. Dickinson
Stay healthy and find time to make some art!
Family Science Night
We hope you enjoyed Sycolin Creek’s virtual Family Science Night! This exciting event was brought to you by the PTA and the Children’s Science Center. A BIG thank you to Mrs. Bigney and Mrs. Wong for being our guest scientists!
The Children’s Science Center’s mission is to inspire a love of learning science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by providing unique opportunities to explore and create. The Children’s Science Center Lab is located at Fair Oaks Mall and is Northern Virginia’s first interactive museum where children, families and school groups can explore STEM concepts through fun, engaging hands-on exhibits, activities, and programs.
Stay in touch with the Children’s Science Center to learn about special events, DIY science challenges and more fun ways to keep your student engaged in STEM subjects.
Sign up for a monthly newsletter (childsci.org) or follow on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ChildSci), Facebook (www.facebook.com/ChildrensScienceCenter) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/childscicenterlab). Enjoy a variety of science videos put together for you to follow along at home on our YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzVklIdmPgSuoCwcg4UE5yg?view_as=subscriber
Congratulations to some of our top Challengers for the month of November!
5th Grade – Michael Wright & Saahas Burri
4th Grade – Aizha Khan & Liam Hanley
3rd Grade – Nirva Shah & Risha Gunna
2nd Grade – Emilia Boyer & Vibhav Pinisetti
1st Grade – Anthony Gwizdala & Minnie Dupre
K – Lucy Hatcher & Sean Kennedy
There are 11 challenges remaining for this school year. Remember – everyone who participates in at least 12 challenges will be recognized at the end of the year!
Chromebook Technical Assistance
If students require technical assistance, the contact methods during 100% distance learning are provided below for your reference:
- How to/Instructional technology questions: Recommended to start with their teacher
- Account access or hardware problems with instructional devices: Email DDI-TechnologySupportCenter@lcps.org or call the Technology Support Center at 571-252-2112, M-F, between the hours of 7:30AM – 5PM (excluding holidays)