Second Quarter, Erwin Montessori
There is something special at Erwin
The Art Room
Greenhill’s visiting artist program brought Les Caison III to the fourth grade classes for a thought provoking introduction to his artwork followed by a crazy drawing game in which students create collaborative drawings that are quite unusual. Les III is an award-winning artist from North Carolina. A diverse upbringing and public education complete with critical accomplishments in music and visual art inform his creativity. Les paints with oil and illustrates with pencil, often intertwining the two, creating scenes of life every-day. His mixed media paintings tell stories. They offer something for the viewer to think about for a while. As usual Erwin students behaved beautifully and offered thoughtful observations about the artist’s work. His work is up now at Theater Art Gallery (TAG) in Highpoint.
Martin Luther King Drawings
Around Martin Luther King, Jr. Day students took an opportunity to honor his achievements by drawing his portrait. Rosa Parks made an appearance too!
Erwin Montessori submitted several student works for the North Carolina Art and Aviation Contest. Young artists were asked to create a work of art that shows aviation sports in harmony with nature. As you can see from the group of artists here, the judges will have a difficult time! Winners receive recognition and are entered into the state level to determine which works would go on to National. We will keep you posted! Thank you artists!
And of course we are always creating… puppets, masks, paintings, map-making, paper lanterns, valentines and Jim Dine Pop Art.
More to come . . .
Here is what we are getting ready for:
Visiting artist, making comic books.
Here is how you can help:
ART ROOM WISH LIST
thin markers crayola
construction paper crayons
The Music Room
Our next performance is this week! 2nd and 3rd graders will be performing at the PTA meeting Thursday, February 11.
Friday February 19th – Talent show auditions, after school until 4:30
Friday March 4th – Talent show rehearsal, after school until 4:30
Friday March 11th – Talent Show rehearsal, after school until 4:30
Friday March 18 – Talent Show – 6:00pm in Auditorium
In the winter, Primary through second grade classes are introduced to the North Carolina Children's Book Award books, reading through the list and discussing elements of picture books in preparation for the big vote in March. Children all over North Carolina vote for the book they think deserves the award.
In December, 2nd-5th grade students were introduced to computer coding during Hour of Code week with a site called Bitsbox. Students were able to create their own apps with this fun site, while learning problem solving skills and the elements of computer coding.
Promoting reading and the use of resources to find information is at the forefront of school library programming. Here are a few ways we continue to do that at Erwin . . . .
Before the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday, 4th grade students shared their dreams.
How much are we reading?
So far this school year, Erwin students read for 825,820 minutes, for an average of 2,373 minutes per student. Each month a class is designated as Class of the Month for their excellence in reading. January's class of the month was Ms. Thompson-White's 5th Grade Girls. Her students read 23,235 minutes for the month and averaged 1,161 minutes of reading each.
The top classes each month have their picture displayed in the main hall by the library and on the school website.
Over Winter Break, students read for the Holiday Reading Challenge. 96 Erwin students read 300 minutes or more over break and earned a free ticket to a UNCG basketball game.
GCS and Erwin encourage students to read at least 20 minutes every night. Be sure to turn in your reading logs to your teacher so we know how much you are reading!
Read and Ride
This program promotes literacy as well as allowing students to be active, both of which are important for students' academic growth.
Comics with Character
The grant was awarded in early December. Artist Jim Young will visit the school on February 19 and author Jeremy Whitley will visit February 26. The students' work will be on display in April.
4th Grade Family Book Club
Battle of the Books
Club members read more and varied books for a chance to represent Erwin at the regional Battle of the Books competition in March. The final team of students has been decided and is preparing for the competition by re-reading books, discussing common themes, and answering many practice questions.
All GCS students have access to eBooks. Login is necessary.
username: student ID (lunch) number (i.e. 1234567)
password : student birthdate (mmddyyyy) (i.e. 01012001)
All GCS students have access to streaming educational videos, games, and other resources. Login is necessary.
password: student birthdate (mmddyyyy) (i.e. 01012001)
All North Carolina students have access to online encyclopdias, magazine collections, eBooks, and other resources through this state database. A password is necessary to access subscription resources.
Coming soon to the library . . .
- Reading Fair, February 29-March 4
- Battle of the Books competition, March 9
- Spring Book Fair, April 18-22