Thank goodness for such wonderful parent volunteers. I appreciate all the time and energy that went into planning our party today. Thanks also for the donations of healthy snacks. Yummy! :)
Most importantly, thank you for thinking of me during this special time of year. I appreciate the thoughtful gifts, homemade cards, and kind words. Merry Christmas from my family to yours! Peace be with you.
Happy holidays from the specialists!We hope your child has been enjoying what he/she has been learning so far in our classes this year.Please feel free to check in with us if you ever have any questions about our class Guidance
In Season's Greetings from the Counselor's Corner! For the entire month of November, I went in every single classroom at TMSE to allow the children to participate in Holiday Mail for Heroes, a meaningful service project where the kids made Christmas cards for retired and active military. The children were able to share some wonderful stories about loved ones who serve or have served in the military. In a spirit of Appreciation (our IB attitude of the month), the children were able to show how thankful they were for a group of heroes who "work hard to keep us safe." I was able to deliver the cards to our local VA Hospital last week. To see the looks on some of the Veterans' faces and to hear their excitement about how we are teaching our kids to be thankful and to give back, was priceless. Wishing you a very happy holiday season! - Mrs. Hollins
The 4th and 5th grade have been splitting time in 2 different sports this 9 weeks. They are still following the sport education model, but have been playing Tchoukball and Fencing.
Tchoukball is a form of team handball, but instead of throwing the ball at goal, players are shooting it at a rebounder. The object of the sport is to hit the rebounder to make the ball hit the floor before the defense can catch the ball. Unlike most of the sports we play, there is NO person-on-person defense. Defensive teams must be in position to catch the ball, and cannot intercept passes, block shots, or impede the offenses movements. The 5th grade students have done an excellent job running the entire sport themselves. The 4th grade has done a good job learning the sport, and all the rules involved in it.
Fencing is an individual sport where the students are competing against classmates from other teams. The students are using water noodles (as foils) and the object is to touch their opponent chest area with the point of the noodle. They have been learning about offensive and defensive moves that enable them to score a touch, and keep their opponent from gaining a touch. Matches go for 15 touches, or 3:00. They have all done a great job at this.
1st through 3rd grade have been learning about manipulative skills such as striking through station work. They also have just completed a 2 week unit on Jump Rope/Hula Hoop skills and Gymnastics. They have shown a lot of improvement in these different areas. -Coach Rust and Coach Prior
The Spanish classes in October learned about Spanish culture when we studied the celebration of "El Dia de Los Muertos", where the Mexicans remember their loved ones who have passed on. Each grade level made a different craft to go along with the celebration. In November, we wrote and illustrated what we were grateful for. Many of the children's pictures are displayed on and around my bulletin board across from the computer lab.
2nd grade has been learning about the Ancient Aztecs and have made and painted Aztec potter 1st grade has been practicing their Christmas/holiday songs in Spanish that they will perform this month at local Senior citizen assisted living facilities. 2nd through 5th grades have learned the vocabulary for the classroom items and how to ask where different items are located. 5th grade drew crazy classrooms and wrote sentences describing their drawings All the classes have been learning new sight- words and will be tested this month on these words. We will end the year by learning how Christmas is celebrated in the Spanish speaking countries and compare their celebrations with the way we celebrate the holidays in the United States. I look forward to sharing more about la clase de Español soon! -Señora Downs
In art class, students have been busy painting, illustrating, and creating crafts for the holidays.First graders made snowmen paintings and created holiday cards for their family.Second gradestudents finished tile mosaics.Third and fourth graders explored points of view to create still life drawings.Fifth grade students participated in a variety of centers focusing on holiday crafts.Happy holidays! -Ms. Parsons
3rd grade:Enrichment class explored the third grade geology unit through the unique lens of coal mining.Students took on the roles of accountants, surveyors, mining engineers, and managers as they dug for chocolate chips in cookies.Every chip mined yielded a profit, but students also discovered the many costs and difficulties associated with mining.From students’ own words, coal mining certainly requires teamwork, wise choices, anda lot of hard effort! 4th grade: Could you create a perfect government, or is there such a thing?Fourth grade students have worked diligently these last few months to create a “perfect” country with its own geography, government, constitution, and tax codes.Now, they are about to enter into war, and they will soon learn that their country may not be so perfect after all.What will be the final outcome? The students decide!
5th grade: Holiday season means the start of one thing to many people…shopping!Fifth grade students are learning to shop smart as they try to spend as close as they can to a budget without going over.Students learn to manage money, cooperate, and calculate decimals and percents (sales tax) quickly.The competition has been fierce! -Mrs. Elledge
Happy Holidays from TMSE Music!Our students have been VERY busy in music this nine week period!
First through third grade have been studying form, classifying instruments by their characteristics/families, reading rhythmic ostinatos, conducting - showing dynamics and style, and storytelling through the ballet, The Nutcracker Suite, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.We’ve used the parachute to show form, conducted an orchestra with batons, discussed/built listening maps to show which instruments one hears, and used active listening activities such as coloring a Nutcracker based on different musical questions. This specifically ties in with 1st grade’s fairy tale unit and 2nd grade’s celebrations unit.Our first graders also traveled to three different retirement homes on Tuesday, December 16, to share our Holiday Spirit with the residents.They were all so very appreciative!
Fourth and fifth grade have been focusing on the percussion instruments like the xylophones, glockenspiels, metallophones, and bass bars.We have learned about the marimba – how it was made and how it migrated with people to different parts of the world and became popular in new cultures.This specifically ties in with 5th grade as they study society and culture.Fourth grade has also focused on the technology and space unit as we learned about the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 Space Missions which both house a golden record.Scientists who worked on these spacecraft (launched in 1977) included these records which have scenes from Earth, greetings in 55 different languages, sounds that represent our culture and life, and musical recordings…just in case they ever happen to reach life outside our atmosphere! -Mrs. Carlisle