VOLUME 11, ISSUE 2 L e vi t tow n Pu bli c Sc ho ol s OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2014 Gardiners Avenue School Newsletter 610 Gardiners Ave INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Levittown, NY 1 Dear Parents, General MusicInstrumental /Chorus 2 Physical Education 3 Reading 3 Speech-Language 4 Art 4 Kindergarten 5 The spooks have left our school and our community as we move on to the month of November. Some dates to remember for this coming month are Parent/Teacher Conferences on November 20th (2:00-8:00) and November 21st (1:00-3:30). If you have not signed up for a conference as yet, please do so. Student Progress Reports will be available on the portal on November 19th for parents. Grade Two classes will be visiting the library this month and Grade Four classes will make an informative trip to the Roller Rink as part of the Science STEM Curriculum. The Harlem Wizards will be visiting all lunch periods on November 17th – quite a treat for our students (P.S. It’s a surprise!!). We recently held our Student Council elections and the results should be available shortly. Gary Hudes was here to host our kick-off assembly. We are so very Second Grade 5-6 7 Third Grade 7-8 Fourth Grade 8-9 Fifth Grade 9-10 Gazette 11-13 Back Page News 516-520-8485 From Ms. Hendler’s Desk... Principal’s Message First Grade 11756 13 proud of all the children that ran for office! As Councilman Hudes told them, you either win or “miss”. If you “miss” you can always try again. Ms. Madigan is our Student Council Advisor this year. Please take a moment and look over the Building Readers publication sent home monthly (It’s on the website as well!). There are many suggestions and activities I am sure your children will enjoy and benefit from. Finally, please remember the students will continue to go outside at recess if weather permits, make sure they have appropriate outerwear as the weather is about to get colder very quickly. We look forward to Thanksgiving and the joy of friends and family it brings. May I wish you all a wonderful day with great food and fun! With my best regards, Susan Hendler Pa ge 2 VO L UM E 11 , IS S UE 2 General Music/Instrumental Music/Chorus— Mr. E. Martinez, Mrs. L. Koski Dr. Martinez: Vocal and Instrumental Music— This month in Dr. M’s music class, students were introduced to minor scales. The students learned that a minor scale can be built by lowering the 3rd, 6th, and 7th notes of a major scale. We explored lots of contrasting major and minor pieces, including several minor selections for Halloween (Goblins and Alleycats, Five Little Pumpkins, The Thing That Isn’t There, and Halloween Is Coming Soon). We also explored minor songs further by examining the theme from “In the Hall of the Mountain King” by Edvard Grieg and “Danse Macabre” by Camille Saint-Saëns. Instrumental/Fifth Grade Chorus Our beginning brass and woodwind players are busy working on their sounds! We’ve been discussing the importance of long, steady notes and tonguing. Percussionists have been working on bounces and reading music on the snare drum, bass drum, and bells. Our instrumental students have received their “band karate” ranking (beginners start at white belt). Our Band members and 5th Grade Chorus members have been hard at work on their concert selections, which feature musical challenges including multiple harmonies and layers. The concert selections (and the band karate list) can be found on Dr. M’s web Poulos’ fourth graders have been doing solo singing with our Christopher Columbus and Scarecrow in the Garden songs and games. They have been reading, writing, and performing rhythms with quarter notes, quarter rests, and eighth notes, with Mama Caught a Flea! Third & Fourth Grade Chorus began rehearsals in October. We practice each week before school at 8:15 a.m., preparing for the Winter Concert that will be coming up in January! The students are working on four concert selections, in four different styles of music! s i t e a t h t t p : / / sites.levittownschools.com/ emartinez. Mrs. Koski: General Music and Strings In October the kindergarten classes sang and read the book The Wheels on the Bus, and then changed the sound to “minor” to make a spooky Halloween version! The first grade classes played a passing game with Pumpkin, Pumpkin, keeping a steady beat on their laps and on the xylophone! Ms. Lynch’s and Ms. Phelan’s second graders read and performed quarter note and eighth note patterns with Go Around the Corn, Sally. Then they used their rhythm reading skills to solve the “secret message” in the “pumpkin patch”! Ms. The beginner string players are learning correct playing position and are starting to play the first parts of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by plucking the strings—“pizzicato”. They have also started the “bow hold” on a pencil! Orchestra rehearsals have begun for the continuing string students—Tuesdays before school. We are working on three pieces to perform for the Winter Concert in January, reviewing good playing position, scales, and learning to follow a conductor! Pa ge 3 VO L UM E 11 , IS S UE 2 Physical Education—Ms. R. Casey, Ms. Paprocky All classes participated in a physical fitness unit. Grades K-5 learned about the components of fitness and performed various skills and exercises at different stations throughout the gym. All classes also played tail tag / flag tag. This is a team game where everyone is divided up into 6 color teams and they use quickness, agility and spatial / body awareness to navigate around the gym trying to get the flags from the other color team members. Lastly, to finish out the month, grades 4&5 learned some football skills and played ultimate football and grades K-3 played beanbag Trench Ball. slide - a moving, sliding & fleeing activity! K-2 Students have been developing their basic ball skillstossing, catching, throwing, bouncing, throwing to a target and to a partner. Students practiced individually with a ball and have progressed to low organized Lead Up group games such as Gorman Ball, Fill It Up and After two units of skills (Soccer and Physical Fitness), the 3-5 students have been enjoying some fun Group Games such as Trench Ball, Steal the Pin, Gorman Ball and Poison. Poison is a cooperative game involving problem solving and teamwork. Students must attempt to move their entire team from one end of the gym to the other using only a few pieces of equipment and they are not allowed to touch the gym floor. A lot of creative and cooperative movements and ideas have evolved! Reading – Ms. K. Quinlan, Ms. M. Aramini, Ms. M. Sullivan, Ms. J. Montoro Ms. B. Goldstein, Ms. M. Eagle, Ms. W. Briller Our reading program is in full-swing here at Gardiners. Students and teachers are settling in to the new literacy block rotations and are hard at work! Students in second grade were getting ready for Halloween by reading Diary of a Spider. To better understand the story the children utilized reading comprehension strategy Cause and Effect. Specifically, students were reading closely to determine how one event in a story can lead to another. They were also able to take a trip to the “Haunted Library” to practice that skill with other spooky tales! Students in Grade 3 were also in the Halloween spirit while reading about bats in the Narrative Fiction text Bat Loves the Night. During and after reading the students focused on sequence of events. Within small reading groups students then read connected texts like poetry and informational text. A Bat is Born and Chased by a Bat are different genres of text about the same topic. This gave students another opportunity to learn about bats using other forms of literature. Though Halloween may come and go Gardiners Avenue students’ love of reading is here to stay! Pa ge 4 VO L UM E 11 , IS S UE 2 Speech-Language Therapy—Ms. S. Weller, Ms. J. Whitcomb This month in speechlanguage therapy we welcomed autumn with various poems, stories, and seasonal games. Our speech and language students had the opportunity to celebrate Halloween with numerous activities such as: crossword puzzles, word searches, problem-solving worksheets, and holiday games. Our younger students have been busy identifying and describing seasonal vocabulary pictures. They have enjoyed playing Bingo, Memory Our older students have foMatch and Tic-Tac-Toe with Hal- cused on improving their listening loween and fall vocabulary words. comprehension and vocabulary skills using language games, seasonal books and worksheets from Vocabulary to Go, 100% Curriculum Vocabulary, Listening for Vocabulary and Category Cut-Ups. Communication skills were also addressed in therapy by utilizing barrier games, role-playing scenarios, and cause and effect problem-solving stories. Art—Ms. K. Fuoco Fall Leaf Watercolors Grades K-5 Students trace 7 to 9 leaves on the 12 x 18 white paper. Using the watercolor markers outline with a thick line the inside of each leaf. Stress a THICK line. When all leaves are colored in, dip the brush into water and spread over the water colored marker line. The marker will spread and create different values. I like to ask the students to go from light to dark. The lightest color is in the center of the leaf. Continue to finish all leaves. Spread the color into the background around the leaves. Let dry. When dry cut away some the outside border of the 12x18 leaf watercolor. This creates an irregular line around the whole picture. Glue down on construction paper. Hooty Owl Grades 3-5 This art project uses several pattern pieces, and students will have to think about the task as they progress. They need to arrange the cut pieces and trim as needed before pasting. Students place their hands on brown paper, trace, cut, and glue onto the owl to create its wings. Lunch Bag Pumpkins Grades K-5 Students color or paint the bag orange leaving the top 1 -2 inches of the bag brown. Color or paint a jack-o-lantern face on the bag if you want (we used stencils of jack-o-lantern faces and sponged black paint on). Cut leaf shapes out of the green felt. Cut the pipe cleaner in half. Next, stuff the bag with newspaper and twist the top together with half of the green pipe cleaner, twist in the bottom part of a felt leaf to hold it in place. Twist the other half of the pipe cleaner around a crayon or pencil to form a curly vine and attach the end to the green pipe cleaner wrapped around the bag. You can make a whole pumpkin patch! Pa ge 5 VO L UM E 11 , IS S UE 2 Kindergarten—Ms. J. Margolis, Ms. M. Boneillo, Ms. J. Minogue, Ms.V. Netti, Ms. J. Zayas The Kindergarten students have been immersed in all things “Fall”! We have been learning about our five senses in reading and science. The children really got a chance to use their senses with a trip to the pumpkin farm. There were so many beautiful fall sights, smells, sounds, touches and even tastes! We were able to sounds. They are blending onsets also incorporate fall writing for and rimes as well. In whole group our hall bulletin boards. instruction, the children are using comprehension skills to better understand stories. The children have begun their reading groups/doses and literary centers according to the AIMS web data. Along with our interventionist, some groups are being seen three times a day. We have our Journeys reading program in full operation in all classes. The children are up to five sight words and three Our Scholastic News is used as a type of current events. The children learned about early explorers including Christopher Columbus. The Scholastic News is even Smartboard capable! The children learned about standing up for their friends and being kind to each other during L.E.A.D.D. week. We were treated to a wonderful presentation on the topic of bullying. Each day the children dressed according to the theme of the day with the overall theme being respect yourself and others. The children have developed a love for math using the Envisions program in conjunction with the Smartboard. The kindergarteners already have an understanding of technology! First Grade—Ms. P. Caputo, Ms. J. Donnelly, Ms. M. Bergersen, Dr. M. Nakelski, Ms. C. Tripp October has been a busy and exciting month for the first grade students. In Journeys this month the first graders have worked diligently on lessons 4, 5, 6, and 7. They have built their decoding skills through phonics activities and decodable readers. Our first graders have worked on spelling words with short vowel sounds. The students have continued to learn about Narrative writing. They have enhanced their vocabulary by listening to and reading stories in the genres of fantasy, fables, and informational texts. Informational texts were used to gain new information about communities. In grammar, the children learned about nouns, action verbs and adjectives. The students worked to enhance their writing with adjectives describing size and shape. Students created adjectives to describe personally created Frankenstein monsters which helped to decorate the classrooms for Halloween. The children have studied different comprehension strategies such as Pa ge 6 VO L UM E 11 , IS S UE 2 First Grade—continued word attack skills. We are focusing on comprehension and the writing process as well. Students celebrated LEADD and Get-aVoice by “Harvesting Good Behaviors,” and attending an AntiBullying Assembly. Students text and graphic features, story elements and author’s word choice. In phonics, the students have continued work with consonants and have worked with short vowels e and o. They practiced blending sounds and decoding words as well as looked at beginning and ending sounds. Our first graders have worked wrote about ways to behave well, very hard on their Reading Lan- and use power phrases to support their friends when they are guage Arts skills this month. faced with a bullying situation. In math the children are mastering addition and subtraction. They are continuing to use the ten-frame to compare and find missing parts in word problems. Students are enjoying math center time to help reinforce math concepts taught. We continue to read and write in small groups during centers. The children are becoming independent readers, mastering Our school celebrated Fire Prevention month with our annual assembly presented by the Wantagh Fire Department. In addition, students created posters for the poster contest and wrote safety rules in their journals. Children discussed safety plans at home with their families and were reminded to replace batteries in smoke alarms for fire prevention. Students wrote about themselves and took a “selfie” picture to create a bulletin board displaying riddles and glues for others to “guess who?” the students were. The children had a wonderful time reflecting on clever clues (adjectives) to put in complete sentences to describe themselves. In addition, the children read and discussed many books about the special holiday that we celebrate in October – Halloween. The children marched in the annual Gardiners Avenue School Parade and enjoyed classroom parties. We continue to encourage our students to put forth their best efforts. Pa ge 7 VO L UM E 11 , IS S UE 2 Second Grade—Ms. J. Schadt, Ms. T. Lynch, Ms. E. Cariddi, Ms. S. Phelan, Ms. S. Bartlein As the leaves start their metamorphosis, so do our second graders. They are beginning to turn into excellent critical thinkers and detectives. The children are using text-based evidence to analyze the text being read. The students are using target strategies such as questioning, text and graphic features, predictions, and cause and effect. In math students used addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one- and two-step word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing with unknowns in all positions. The children used drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem. They are learning how to explore their world. The extracurricular activities provided by our school included an anti-bullying assembly, LEADD week activities, and a fire safety program. The children are learning how to make responsible, safe choices. The children have been learning about the world where we live in social studies. The children are learning about maps and globes using actual maps and globes to locate key places. Third Grade—Ms. D. Dunn, Ms. T.Vining, Ms. D. Furlong, Ms. N. Alt, Ms. P. Porr, Ms. M. Madigan Fall is here! To kick off the month of October, we had our annual visit from the Wantagh Fire Department. In addition to an informational assembly on Fire Safety, and an informative video, our students had the opportunity to practice the safety techniques in a real smoke house. What an enjoyable experience for the children! As part of our Journeys Common Core reading program, our students honed their reading and writing skills while reading a variety of genres (paired with nonfiction) including realistic fiction, historical fiction, biography, poetry, and narrative nonfiction. Students investigated the following essential questions; “Why is volunteering good for a community and its people?”, “Why is everyone’s role on a project im- portant?”, “What are the traits of a hero?”, and “What makes bats interesting and useful?” The children were introduced to “close reads” as well as using the RAP strategy (Read, Ask Questions, Paraphrase) in order to get Pa ge 8 VO L UM E 11 , IS S UE 2 Third Grade—continued the gist of a higher level reading passage. Students began using RADD (Restate, Answer, Detail, Detail) to organize their constructed responses to literature. We look forward to working on more extended writing pieces that will use text evidence support their ideas. Need help estimating? Just ask a third grader! In Topics 2 and 3 of our Envision Math program, students learned to round numbers to the tens, hundreds, and thousands place. Students applied these skills to everyday life situations while problem solving. Students also learned how to add and subtract three digit numbers, including subtracting across zeros. Students used estimating to check if their answers were reasonable. In Social Studies, students completed their study of maps and globes. As the month comes to an end, students are excited for our school’s Halloween parade and class parties. Fourth Grade—Ms. B. Meltzer, Ms. A. Poulos, Ms. K. Ulmschneider, Ms. J. O’Connell, Ms. C. Penna, Ms. D. Dunleavy OCTOBER O-Our fourth grade students were engaged in reading and analyzing higher level text. Stories read included Stormalong by Mary Pope Osborne and Invasion from Mars: A Radio Play by Howard Koch. The skills and strategies focused on were understanding characters, story structure, making predictions, and inferencing. C- Common Core Envision math topics studied included addition and subtraction of whole numbers, place value, ordering numbers, and rounding whole numbers. Students practiced solving daily word problems. T-The geography of New York has been explored this month. Landforms, climate, mountains, and the waters of New York were discussed and different locations were visited on maps thanks to our Smart Boards. O-Our classes enjoyed learning about science topics such as Pa ge 9 VO L UM E 11 , IS S UE 2 Fourth Grade—Ms. B. Meltzer, Ms. A. Poulos, Ms. K. Ulmschneider, Ms. J. O’Connell, Ms. C. Penna, Ms. D. Dunleavy Animal and Plant Life Cycles and Adaptations. B-By the way, the students wrote Halloween stories and poems. In addition, the students began writing a book recommendation about their favorite book. E-Every class celebrated Halloween by walking in the annual Halloween Parade. R-Remember that October was Fire Safety Month. The Wantagh Fire Department visited our school and the fourth graders experienced the “Smoke House”. One fire safety tip that the students will always remember: “Get Low, and Go!” Fifth Grade—Ms. A. Fermature, Ms. N. Corron, Mr. J. Centonze In October, fifth grade students studied the maps, globes, and geographical regions of the United States. Students also explored the first Americans and the effects farming had on the native cultures of the Western Hemi- sphere. Students viewed content area videos through Discovery Education, examined content through collaborative case studies and analyzed the Paleo-Indians through close readings. Fifth graders participated in student council class primary elections by electing candidates to run for office (President, Vice President and Class Senators) on Gardiners Avenue School’s Student Council. Third, fourth, and fifth grade students listened to campaign speeches and will participate in the voting process on November 3, 2014. The study of crayfish was the focus of the science curriculum throughout October. Students applied the scientific process as they differentiated between humane and inhumane treatment of living things. The children also examined and re- corded acquired and inherited traits, and observed crayfish senses, behavior, and respiration. Additionally, students experimented to test what foods crayfish would eat. In literacy, the reading comprehension skills and strategies, vocabulary, grammar, and writing have been emphasized through the use of the Journey’s textbook, workbook, guided reading books, and related writing assignments. Identifying the main idea, finding supporting details, making inferences, comparing/ contrasting, and sequencing Pa ge 1 0 VO L UM E 11 , IS S UE 2 Fifth Grade—continued were applied and reinforced using the additional Common Core resources Time for Kids and Storyworks. Writing assignments included Journey’s extended responses, sensory detail essays about autumn, and Halloween stories. In math, students studied multiplication by estimating products by multiplying rounded factors and compatible numbers. Fifth grade students expanded their operation skills by explor- Halloween ing and applying the distributive property of multiplication to find and analyze partial products of multiplication. Students also applied mathematical concepts by solving word problems within each topic area. Pa ge 1 1 VO L UM E 11 , IS S UE 2 Gardiners gazette Articles written by and for our students I Don’t Like It When …… by Felicia Xenios - Grade 4 I don’t like it when my brother does not let me play on his Xbox 360. Every time I want to play with my brother on his Xbox 360, he is always busy playing with his friends. He only wants to play with me if they are not online. This hurts my feelings because I feel he likes his friends more than me. So I decided to tell my brother he hurts my feelings when he plays with his friends before me. When I told him, he said he loves me and did not mean to hurt my feelings. He said he had an idea how not to hurt my feelings anymore. His idea was to play with me when his friends were not on Xbox live. If his friends come and ask him to join their game, he will ask me if we could continue our game later. I am glad I told my brother I don’t like it when he does not let me play on his Xbox 360. Now he lets me play with him, and he also lets me play by myself. He even played an Xbox 360 game with me and talked to his friends on Xbox live. I am glad that I told my brother I don’t like it when he does not play his Xbox 360. So, if someone in your family does something you don’t like, you should tell that person what he or she is doing that hurts your feelings. Whoever it is probably doesn’t know that are your feelings are hurt, and will want to fix the problem. If Three Hundred Mice Got Out of Their Cages I Would.... By Brianna Rotondo - Grade 3 If three hundred mice got out of their cages I would get a lot of boxes and fill them up with cheese, because mice LOVE cheese. Then the mice would get into the boxes. I would then feed a couple of mice to the snakes if it was time for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The other boxes of mice would stay alive. I would return them to their cages. I would make sure the mice could not escape from their cages again! That is what I would do if three hundred mice got out of their cages at the pet store where I worked. Pa ge 1 2 VO L UM E 11 , IS S UE 2 Gardiners gazette Something That Gives Me Comfort By Vincent D’Antone – Grade 5 A Furry Crab? By Ryan Fox - Grade 4 Did you know that the Yeti Crab is the only crab in the world that is white and furry? Yes, I said furry. This distant relative of the hermit crab has silky blond setae that grow on its arms and legs. The setae feels bristly and looks like fur. The crab was discovered in 2005, the year after I was born, and given the scientific name “Kiwi hursuta.” The Yeti Crab was discovered along hydrothermal vents in the midnight zone of the Pacific Ocean near Antarctica. Did you know that the midnight zone is actually the biggest part of the ocean? Some people think it’s the smallest zone because it’s at the bottom of the ocean. Scientists believe there are many species of animals in the midnight zone that have not been discovered yet. The midnight zone has hydrothermal vents that make the water hot. Hydrothermal vents are cracks in the ocean floor where water, that has been heated by hot melted rock from inside the earth, spew like a hot spring. Something that gives me comfort is ice cream because it makes me feel good. One time, I was worried about a big test and I didn’t think anything would make me feel better. My mom suggested having ice cream, and I said yes. I put a lot of toppings on it, like sprinkles, chocolate chips, chocolate syrup, marshmallows, whipped cream and the best of all, cherries (lots of cherries). After I had it, I felt much better. The next day, I got a good grade on my test. Ice cream gave me comfort and helped me not to worry. The Yeti Crab is blind because it has spent its whole life on the ocean floor. There is no light in the midnight zone and the crab’s eyes do not develop. Scientists believe one of the functions of the setae is for the crab to feel or sense their surroundings because they can’t see. The setae, or fur, on the Yeti Crab’s arms and legs catches bacteria and is eaten by the crab. The bacteria can be stored in its fur and eaten later. The bacteria can also change the toxic chemicals from the hydrothermal vents into sugar and that is food for some animals. The Yeti Crab also eats shrimp, mussels and algae. The Yeti Crab is one of the most peculiar crustaceans in the world, and since its discovery is so recent, scientists are still collecting information about this unusual species. Sources: www.factzoo.com and Wikipedia.com Pa ge 1 3 VO L UM E 11 , IS S UE 2 Gardiners gazette My Favorite Sport By Billy Krejci - Grade 3 My favorite sport is baseball because of the rules. The first rule is the visiting team always bats first. The rules are if you swing and you miss the ball you get a strike, and three strikes, you're out! If you have four balls, you get a walk to first base. Another rule is if you get tagged before you get to the base, you are out! After three outs it's the end o fyour inning, even though you have nine people on your team. There are nine innings, but sometimes if you're tied, you can have more than nine innings, until someone scores. A homerun is when you hit the ball straight into the stands. A grand slam is when there are three people on base and someone hits a homerun. This equals four runs. My favorite position is first base. I like that I can tag people out. I also enjoy that if you have a hit or walk you can go to first base. When I was on my baseball team and I played first base I got a lot of people out. If you're on a baseball team, you should be in uniform. It is also important to wear something to protect you, like a helmet. The best place to play baseball is outside on a field. The baseball fans can watch you play from the stands. Those are all the things I like about baseball. BACK PAGE NEWS The Pledge On Thursday, October 24th, the Gardiners Avenue P.T.A. sponsored a highly motivating assembly to the entire student body called The Pledge. The central message of this program was to value others and stressed the importance of students working together to make a positive difference in the world through their words, actions and attitude. The program also challenged students to make a commitment to build others up rather than tear them down.
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