Departments

March, 2019

Art

Art News from Ms. Champagne

March, 2019

In art at MSKC, we have been working on drawings that create space or look like the front of the drawing is up close, while the background is far away. We began by learning about foreground, middle ground and background, where objects in the foreground are large and get smaller as they go back. We then reversed it, working small to large by creating Georgia O'Keefe inspired "Magnified and Overlapping  Bugs on Flowers.” Students drew a bug in the center of their paper with a circle around it to create the middle of the flower. The bug was then sitting on a larger flower. We figured out that by sitting the bug on the flower, the bug and flower were overlapping and creating space by layering a small object on top of a larger one. We also saw that drawing a magnified flower lets us see details that wouldn't be seen from far away. 

Most recently, we began to learn about symmetry. When something is symmetrical, it is the same on both sides. We looked at examples, such as butterfly wings and faces. Students created symmetrical shape collages, practicing drawing and cutting out shapes, and keeping each design symmetrical. 

Leigh Champagne, K-5 Art Teacher  leigh.champagne@braintreeschools.org

 

Math

Music

A Note from Ms. Herrmann

March, 2019

In music class at MSKC, students having been learning about the concept of the musical rollercoaster. Taking a ride on the musical rollercoaster means that you follow the music with your arms based on what you hear. If you hear the melody of the music getting higher, then you bring your arms up, and if you hear the melody of the music getting lower, then you bring your arms down. We have also used this to develop ear training and listening skills by being able to distinguish patterns getting higher or lower as I play them on the keyboard, and students have come up to play their own patterns getting higher or lower on the keyboard as well.

Students have discovered that the sounds of a slide whistle also create a musical roller coaster effect and have experimented with imitating those sounds with their own voices. They listened for the slide whistle sound in our “Bear Hunt” activity as well. They enjoy that activity very much and have a lot of fun keeping the beat and using different facial expressions to tell the story. The Musical Alphabet is also something that the students have been practicing and discovering can get higher and lower as well. The Musical Alphabet is only 7 letters - ABCDEFG - and then starts back over again with A. As you go forward in the musical alphabet, the melody gets higher, and as you go backward in the musical alphabet, the melody gets lower. The musical alphabet is also used to create melodies of songs. There are so many ways to explore melody movement with music!

 Lisa Herrmann, K-5 General Music lisa.herrmann@braintreeschools.org

 

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

March, 2019

In our PE classes, we have been working on the skills of striking and volleying.  We began using balloons and then progressed to using paddles and light weight balls.  We also practiced balancing a bean bag with our paddles.  Up next is our balancing and transferring weight unit!

Thank you to all those who participated in February’s Healthy Heart month by bringing in a photo for our bulletin board.  The board looks fabulous!  During the month of March, our health topic will focus on nutrition. We will be discussing healthy snacks and playing some nutrition-focused activity games.

Please remind your child to wear (or bring) sneakers on PE days.

Caitlinn Casey, Physical Education, Health, and Wellness Teacher  caitlinn.casey@braintreeschools.org

 

Library & Media

Media Update from Ms. Duffy

March, 2019

February went by in a flash!  There are so many fun topics to cover with students during the month of February.  We discussed Groundhog Day, The 100th Day of School, Valentine’s Day, and Black History Month.  In March, we will hold a Book Fair by Best Book Fairs in Waltham, MA.  The schedule for our Book Fair may be found in this newsletter.

Family members are encouraged to visit the Book Fair during their student’s scheduled Media time.  If you are unable to attend, please send money on their scheduled day in a sealed envelope, with your child's name on it, labeled “Book Fair.”  Checks should be made out to MSKC.  We look forward to this event every year as it adds some excitement to the month of March, in celebration of reading!

Happy Reading!

Rachel Duffy, Integrated Information and Technology Teacher  rachel.duffy@braintreeschools.org

Reading

Reading News from Ms. Sullivan

March, 2019

Learning to read in Kindergarten is such an exciting adventure.  With this adventure also comes the excitement of learning how to write.  Writing has a very strong role in the reading development of children and vice-versa.  It is important that children work both on sounding out words to read (decoding) and sounding out words to write (encoding).  Here at MSKC, students have been working hard to encode words (the process of using letter/sound knowledge to write).  Using their letter sound knowledge, students can accurately write simple words, such as map, sit, and log, by writing down the letter that makes each of the sounds. There are many exciting ways children can practice writing these words.  Some ideas you can use at home to write simple words include writing with markers and chalk, on whiteboards, and in sand or shaving cream.

Try dictating and having your child write some of the below words!

hat

pit

cot

map

sip

top

tag

big

fog

sad

kid

nod

 

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