Art News from Ms. Champagne

January, 2019

In art at MSKC, we are creating collages!  We learned that a collage is a work of art made by cutting and gluing different types of lines and shapes.  We learned to cut positive and negative space shapes, as well as a variety of curvy and zig-zag lines. 

Most recently, we created winter collages, learning to cut a snowflake and collaging with each shape that was created by cutting each snowflake.  We also added drawings to our collages, drawing about winter and activities that we are looking forward to enjoying in the snow! 

Leigh Champagne, K-5 Art Teacher




A Note from Ms. Herrmann

January, 2019

This past month has kept the students stepping in time as we have been learning and reinforcing different types of steady beat. In addition, we have been continuing to reinforce what “melody” is (the tune of a song). The students’ ears and voices have been challenged by listening to and figuring out different melodies, as well as singing them, and we especially enjoyed using some holiday themes and songs to help reinforce both beat and melody.

The students’ singing voices have been progressing beautifully! I am excited to see the students more and more willing to use their singing voices each class and to hear how they are growing. We start off each class with a question where each student responds using their singing voice and the students get better and better with it each class. We also practice “arioso singing” where the students get to create their own melodies off the top of their head to sing for the class. I’m very impressed by what the students come up with!

 Lisa Herrmann, K-5 General Music



Physical Education

The Elementary Physical Education Program (K-5) is aligned with The Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Frameworks & National Standards, which de-emphasizes competition, and re-emphasizes skill attainment & self-accomplishment, with every student involved at all times: physically, mentally, & socially. Students will learn the language of movement, so that they may apply basic strategies and skills to a variety of sports and wellness activities.

Caitlinn Casey, Physical Education, Health, and Wellness Teacher

Physical Education News from Ms. Casey

January, 2019

In PE class, we are finishing up our soccer skills unit. Students have been practicing the skills of passing and dribbling. We have played some modified games including statues, messy back yard and guard the snowman. Next up is our basketball skills unit! During the winter months, we will be talking about ways to keep our heart healthy.                                                   

Please feel free to send in a picture of your child performing an activity that is heart healthy (i.e. sports, dance, games/activities, etc.) to be displayed on our PE bulletin board, “How do you keep your heart healthy?”

Please remind your child to wear sneakers on PE days.  Thank you!

Caitlinn Casey, Physical Education, Health, and Wellness Teacher


Library & Media

Media Update from Ms. Duffy

January, 2019

For the month of December, we have been discussing trees and animals in winter.  Most of the discussions are around how trees look different in winter and how animals act different in winter.  We visited Brainpop Jr. to learn about all the wonderful winter holidays that different cultures celebrate.  We read stories about winter and snow as we get ready to discuss the winter solstice.  In the new year, we look forward to discussing such things as New Year's traditions and Martin Luther King, Jr.  

Happy Reading!

Rachel Duffy, Integrated Information and Technology Teacher


Reading News from Ms. Sullivan

January, 2019

Students have worked hard to become experts on two of the five vowels, ‘a’ and ‘i’. Vowels are sounds that are open when spoken and, in many three letter words, are the middle sound. We refer to these three letter words as CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words. Now that we know these vowels and different consonants, your child can read many words, such as cat, map, sip, and pit. In combination with the high frequency words students have learned, your child can even read some simple sentences! High frequency words are words that usually can’t be sounded out and occur frequently in the English language. There are many fun games you can play with your child to practice their reading. Some ideas are playing memory, bingo, or creating your own game board with words or simple sentences. See below for a list of words and example sentences!

CVC Words

cat      cap     pit

sat       sap      sit                    

mat     map    sip

pat      tap      tip


Simple Sentences

The cat is little.

I have a map.

I like to nap.


Kirstin Sullivan. Reading Specialist, kirstin.sullivan@braintreeschools,org