We dove into our monthly core virtue, Charity, by reading the book The Quiltmaker’s Gift. Kindergartners sat alongside their third grade buddies, as we read the tale of a generous quiltmaker who gave quilts only to the poor. An unhappy and greedy king demanded one for himself. The quilt maker decides to give one to the king only after he changes his mindset from greed to generosity. The book inspired the children to reflect on what makes one happy, “to get or to give”. This book was perfectly timed for the holidays and to think about the importance of giving.
Music with Mrs. Miller
Our Holiday Sing-A-Long is right around the corner! We are so excited to show our parents all the hard work we’ve done in preparing for this fun evening. Please have your student to their classroom at 5:30pm on Thursday, December 21st in festive Christmas attire (dressy is not required). Our show will begin promptly at 6:00pm and following the conclusion, we invite you to join us to walking or driving to our neighbors at TouchMark and blessing them with a few Christmas carols. We will sing 3 songs as a school community at the end of our show – and you’ll have the lyrics on your programs to take with you to TouchMark. The residents are very much looking forward to seeing us and we are excited to have this Community Partnership in giving to others. Thanks for all your support!
Kindergarten has been learning about the first Thanksgiving between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans. We had our own fall harvest celebration to commemorate this event and to reflect on what we are thankful for. In preparation, we all brought a vegetable to school, cut it up, and made soup for the feast. We then invited the Pre-kindergarteners to our celebration, served them bowls of soup and applesauce, and entertained them with drumming and storytelling. This event was a fun way to start the holiday season!
Kindergarteners are learning how to write true stories with a beginning, middle, and end. They are learning how to use classroom tools and an array of writing strategies to build a foundation of writing. Learning to edit their work was the toughest challenge, but perseverance paid off. All of their hard work was showcased at their first writing celebration when they presented their first “published” stories to the Pre-kindergarten class. It was a proud moment for us all!
Kindergarteners partnered up with their third grade buddies for a fun STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) challenge. The challenge was, Who could build the tallest tower out of a simple materials list of two items? Materials included balloons and tape, marshmallows and spaghetti, index cards and tape, foil and straws. They planned, worked together, redesigned, struggled and finally measured their structures.
Art with Mrs. Santucci
The leaves are falling and in art class, Kindergarten is learning all about the elements of art through creating a variety of fall-themed art pieces. In learning about color, your budding artist was introduced to Henri Matisse and created Apples on a Yellow Plate. To learn about line, they created bird line drawings. Wait until you see how adorable they are! To learn about texture, they created painted paper and collaged a colorful fall tree. Using shapes, we read the story of Pezzetino by Leo Lionni, and they created their own creatures and thought about how we are all unique and made up of many pieces that create the whole of who we are. There is no end to fun as we learn how to use paints, texture tools, pastels and sharpies, among other things, explore art mediums and creating something new each day.
Kindergarten is excited about Johnny Appleseed! We have used science and design thinking to test and solve problems that Johnny Appleseed may have encountered while he traveled out west. Some questions the students answered were, Which apples should he plant and why? Will his apples sink like a rock or float like wood if he drops his apples in a river? How can he carry his seeds in a tattered cloth bag safely through the wilderness, protected from hungry critters, rain? The kids are feeling like they are really helping Mr. Appleseed solve some very important problems!
With Halloween just around the corner, students are enjoying some fun Halloween songs in class! To take a peek at one we learned, visit this link for a little pumpkin fun! http://bit.ly/2wRRLv8
The Kindergarteners have been enjoying our final days of summer practicing their numbers outside. We spent the morning with a paintbrush, a can of water, and our number sense. Below you can see the kids writing numbers and having that aha moment when two numbers joined accidentally to make an even bigger number. Our number line to 10 turned into numbers in the 20’s, 30’s and beyond!
Design with Mr. Lenz & Mr. Seehausen
The first few weeks of school brought a lot of activity to the new design lab. As new teachers to Seven Peaks, we have been working hard to understand the school, its students, and collaborate with teachers in order to integrate design thinking with their current lesson plans. So far everything has gone extremely well, and the kids’ excitement and curiosity for the design lab has made the space even more rewarding. We are finally approaching 100% as we put the final touches on the design lab space. We worked long days all summer and built the lab from scratch with the help of other staff members, students, and volunteers. Recently we shut down the lab for two days to complete the installation of a dust collection system, but now that we have it in place, we can begin woodworking projects that require air filtration to keep our lab clean and safe.
One of the best aspects of the design lab is its accessibility to all grade levels. Our PK and K students came in to design sun shades to keep some of their stuffed animals cool. They were teeming with curiosity and used some of our kid friendly tools to construct their unique sun shade designs out of materials we have in the lab.
It is only the second week of school and the children are comfortable in the classroom, working together, and enjoying each other’s company. This week we launched our first science topic, weather. Kids used the first step of the Scientific Method, Observation, to discover the role the sun has on different surfaces of the earth. Kids became scientist and used their sense of touch to explore and compare different surfaces around the playground; grass, blacktop, metal bars, etc. We then used a globe to discuss and form questions about “how the sun affects land versus ocean”. We then set up an experiment to test our hypothesis! The kids are loving science!
Welcome Kindergarten families and a special welcome to our new students Olivia and Kyler W. Hope you are enjoying the last days of summer with your children. Mrs. Adams and I are excited to start building our classroom community with our most precious members, your kids! Our greatest gift for your children this year will be to keep their curiosity at the forefront of their learning. We will start this journey of curiosity on Wednesday, 9/6, at 8:00am. Please make sure to pack a lunch and snacks for your child. — Jeannie Wenger, Teacher & Andrea Adams, Associate Teacher
Bienvenidos! I am looking forward to seeing you all following a super busy and fun-filled summer. I’m excited to start off this year with you and look forward to sharing our new Spanish classroom, which I designed with each one of you in mind! We have a great year planned with a lot of new vocabulary to learn, conversations to share and cultures to experience! Hasta luego, amigos! See you next week. — Sra. Jylan Maloy
The Design Lab is welcoming all lower school students starting on day one. Your classroom teacher will join us on a lab tour and get-to-know me, Mr. Lenz and Mr. Seehausen. We will model design thinking as we discuss ways to make sure that the design lab is a safe, comfortable and inspiring place for all students. A common question regarding design thinking is about curriculum: It is important to emphasize that design thinking is intentionally not a stand-alone curriculum. The goal is to integrate these concepts and skills into existing units of study. My role as lead design thinking teacher is to help classroom teachers find meaningful and relevant ways to incorporate design. Lower school classes will use the design lab on an as-needed basis, with the entire morning blocks reserved for lower school use.
Welcome to all our brand-new kindergartners! I am Mrs. Sara Miller and I am so thrilled to be your music teacher this year. In music, we focus on being tuneful, artful and beatful all while having tons of fun in our well-appointed music room. I teach Pre-K through 8th grade music at Seven Peaks as well as enjoy cooking, reading and walking in my spare time. I have a fun family of 7 that also keeps me hopping, with kids ages 16-14-10-8-5. I look forward to getting to know each one of your families – feel free to stop by the music room any time and introduce yourself!
Welcome Back Artists! Looking forward to a new adventure in art this year as we welcome new students and work in new spaces and create new things. We have one amazing art room now and we have worked hard to prepare it for all ages. I look forward to welcoming your young artist to the new space and am excited to start creating with them! Every year I am amazed at your students ability to problem solve, try new techniques and mediums and persevere through challenges to see their hard work pay off. See you soon! — Mrs. Santucci