Last week, students had the opportunity to visit Bend Science Station and learn about magnetism-electromagnetism. They each constructed an electric motor involving a wood block, battery, copper wire, magnet and coiled copper wire. Through the hands-on building, students discovered that the coiled copper wire becomes magnetic due to the electricity in the battery. The magnetic forces between the magnet (permanent magnet) and copper coil (electromagnet) are attracted and when close enough together, cause the copper coil to spin. The lab was filled with excitement and curiosity as students worked in pairs to create their motor. This visit was the perfect introduction into magnetism, which we will study at the end of this month.

Art

With the beginning of the last term of school, 2nd Graders have been learning about printmaking using the relief printing method. After creating an image, the students embedded that image into the foam material provided, and then rolled ink over it using a brayer. This is a messy, exciting process as they figure out how much paint to use, and create many different prints to get that perfect one. From printmaking, these artist will move into their ceramics unit. At this level, students already have a basic understanding of how clay is handled so they can begin to make more complicated creatures. This favorite medium can be both frustrating and so very satisfying as the students watch their creations come to life.

Spanish

Buen trabajo, Elementary Spanish! I am so proud of all my students this year. My greatest reward in teaching them is seeing their improvement in their conversational skills and written sentence constructions we have been working on since the beginning of the year. I am definitely witnessing it in the classroom. I know some parents have shared with me their enjoyment in having their kids help, by listening and speaking, in the Spanish-speaking countries your have recently vacationed in this past Spring Break. I expect that, and told them before they left, not to be shy. However, practicing their conversational skills with strangers is never as easy as doing it in the comfort and familiarity of our classroom at SPS. I can not begin to tell you how grateful I am for the loving atmosphere, enthusiasm, happiness and the great attitude your kids bring to class everyday. Their willingness to learn, participate, and practice with their peers always goes beyond my expectations.

I would like to witness with your own eyes the progress they have made. In the next few days you will be receiving an email from me inviting you to watch them “show off” how they are developing their gift of a second language. I know they can’t wait and I hope you can find the time to come to watch them. If you are not able to attend, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to meet with you during a time that is more convenient.

The end of the school year is quickly approaching. In the final two months, I will be gradually immersing your kids further in to the language. There will be a little confusion during the first couple of days, but I know by experience they will find it a lot of FUN. Let’s all remember that, at their age, FUN plus IMPROVEMENT is what should be about! Muchas gracias for sharing and trusting all your child to me.

In Prekindergarten, we have been busy exploring animals and nature around us and getting ready for spring! Last week, our friend Jeff from The Reptile Zone came to teach us all about many different species of reptiles. He taught us what our special friends eat, how they defend themselves in battle, what type of climate they live in and how we need to treat our reptilian friends. The kids were very curious and had a lot of questions for our friend Jeff.  

To kick off the opening of our Seven Peaks Garden Club, our PreK students learned all about what plants need to survive in a greenhouse. We planted two different types of peas (snow peas and sugar snap peas) and we are eagerly awaiting for them to grow! Spring is beginning to bloom in Prekingergarten!

Art

From Picasso Portraits to Owl Collages, these PreK artists are becoming quite proficient at following directions, creating line drawings, gluing, cutting, problem solving things, such as how to cut a triangle for a beak, and composition. Most recently, we connected art class and classroom special topics by talking about creatures who are awake at night, specifically owls. In art class the students created adorable owl collages using the skills they have learned. Coming up, PreK will learn about the world of printmaking and how they can do this using things as simple as a forks, hands, paper, etc.

Spanish

Buen trabajo, Elementary Spanish! I am so proud of all my students this year. My greatest reward in teaching them is seeing their improvement in their conversational skills and written sentence constructions we have been working on since the beginning of the year. I am definitely witnessing it in the classroom. I know some parents have shared with me their enjoyment in having their kids help, by listening and speaking, in the Spanish-speaking countries your have recently vacationed in this past Spring Break. I expect that, and told them before they left, not to be shy. However, practicing their conversational skills with strangers is never as easy as doing it in the comfort and familiarity of our classroom at SPS. I can not begin to tell you how grateful I am for the loving atmosphere, enthusiasm, happiness and the great attitude your kids bring to class everyday. Their willingness to learn, participate, and practice with their peers always goes beyond my expectations.

I would like to witness with your own eyes the progress they have made. In the next few days you will be receiving an email from me inviting you to watch them “show off” how they are developing their gift of a second language. I know they can’t wait and I hope you can find the time to come to watch them. If you are not able to attend, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to meet with you during a time that is more convenient.

The end of the school year is quickly approaching. In the final two months, I will be gradually immersing your kids further in to the language. There will be a little confusion during the first couple of days, but I know by experience they will find it a lot of FUN. Let’s all remember that, at their age, FUN plus IMPROVEMENT is what should be about! Muchas gracias for sharing and trusting all your child to me.

Kindergarten is awake with the winds of Spring. We have entered one of our lively times of learning! We are raising butterflies, learning about life cycles, and working on taking care of the earth. The children are doing a retelling of Eric Carle’s Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar through some art creations. Their afternoons are filled with making caterpillars, chrysalis’’s and then butterflies. We will also be working on the Life Cycle of the Painted Lady Butterfly. We are completing our Information Writing Published pieces and moving into Opinion Writing.

Art

With hope for the new buds of spring and the promise of flowers, Kindergarteners used flowers as the image for learning about and creating calligraphs for printmaking. There are all sorts of ways to create prints, and this one was a favorite! Coming up next, we will be working with clay. What is clay made of, where does it come from, how does it harden, how do we make the pieces hold together? These are all questions to be answered as the students dig their fingers into this medium.

Spanish

Buen trabajo, Elementary Spanish! I am so proud of all my students this year. My greatest reward in teaching them is seeing their improvement in their conversational skills and written sentence constructions we have been working on since the beginning of the year. I am definitely witnessing it in the classroom. I know some parents have shared with me their enjoyment in having their kids help, by listening and speaking, in the Spanish-speaking countries your have recently vacationed in this past Spring Break. I expect that, and told them before they left, not to be shy. However, practicing their conversational skills with strangers is never as easy as doing it in the comfort and familiarity of our classroom at SPS. I can not begin to tell you how grateful I am for the loving atmosphere, enthusiasm, happiness and the great attitude your kids bring to class everyday. Their willingness to learn, participate, and practice with their peers always goes beyond my expectations.

I would like to witness with your own eyes the progress they have made. In the next few days you will be receiving an email from me inviting you to watch them “show off” how they are developing their gift of a second language. I know they can’t wait and I hope you can find the time to come to watch them. If you are not able to attend, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to meet with you during a time that is more convenient.

The end of the school year is quickly approaching. In the final two months, I will be gradually immersing your kids further in to the language. There will be a little confusion during the first couple of days, but I know by experience they will find it a lot of FUN. Let’s all remember that, at their age, FUN plus IMPROVEMENT is what should be about! Muchas gracias for sharing and trusting all your child to me.

This week the first grade class visited the Bend Science Station. The kids had a blast and were able to add to their knowledge about electricity. The kids experienced the Van der Graaf Generator which creates static electricity. We discussed why and how certain objects with the same charge repel away from each other (including their own hair, paper, foam and mylar). I think the class will always remember Mrs. Leo’s rocker hair! We also created a human electron chain where each person passed along their electrons from the generator through a small shock when their hands met. The kids LOVED this as you can see on their faces below!

In class we have been working for the last few days on learning all about the workings of an electrical circuit. Today we finished our paper circuits which included, copper tape, a battery and a paper mounted LED light the students were charged with getting to light up! The class worked hard to make sure they had all the elements of a circuit and tried and tried again till they got their circuit to work. This kind of hands on learning makes the subject matter come alive and keeps the students very engaged. We will continue our learning about electricity this week and this learning will help propel the students to want to gain further knowledge and come up with theories to test and try in class about the power of electricity!

Art

After finishing a large space mural, which will eventually be placed in our commons, the 1st Graders enjoyed creating circus themed line drawings, then finishing them off beautifully with watercolor paint. Moving on to Still Life paintings, these young artists will learn about famous artists such as Paul Cezanne, We will talk about observing the objects before them to create more realistic drawings which they will then paint.

Spanish

Buen trabajo, Elementary Spanish! I am so proud of all my students this year. My greatest reward in teaching them is seeing their improvement in their conversational skills and written sentence constructions we have been working on since the beginning of the year. I am definitely witnessing it in the classroom. I know some parents have shared with me their enjoyment in having their kids help, by listening and speaking, in the Spanish-speaking countries your have recently vacationed in this past Spring Break. I expect that, and told them before they left, not to be shy. However, practicing their conversational skills with strangers is never as easy as doing it in the comfort and familiarity of our classroom at SPS. I can not begin to tell you how grateful I am for the loving atmosphere, enthusiasm, happiness and the great attitude your kids bring to class everyday. Their willingness to learn, participate, and practice with their peers always goes beyond my expectations.

I would like to witness with your own eyes the progress they have made. In the next few days you will be receiving an email from me inviting you to watch them “show off” how they are developing their gift of a second language. I know they can’t wait and I hope you can find the time to come to watch them. If you are not able to attend, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to meet with you during a time that is more convenient.

The end of the school year is quickly approaching. In the final two months, I will be gradually immersing your kids further in to the language. There will be a little confusion during the first couple of days, but I know by experience they will find it a lot of FUN. Let’s all remember that, at their age, FUN plus IMPROVEMENT is what should be about! Muchas gracias for sharing and trusting all your child to me.