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Specials May Newsletter

4th Quarter Newsletter  

This year students at AES will have a different kind of schedule for Specials. Technology with Mr. Whitecotton will be pulled out of the specials rotation. This will allow students to rotate through the remaining specials classes weekly. Each day of the week they will have one of the 5 specials classes. This rotation schedule will remain the same throughout the year. For example if Mrs. Young's class has PE on Monday, they will have PE on Mondays all year. Talk to your child's teacher and ask about their weekly Specials schedule. This will allow you to plan accordingly for things like sneakers on gym day! Technology with Mr. Whitecotton will be on a weekly rotation for each quarter. Classes will have Mr. Whitecotton in what we're calling "Tech Infusion" one week out of each quarter. During that week, Mr. Whitecotton will present 45 minutes lessons for each day of that week. The lessions will be designed to fit the current technology level of the class at the time. Mr. Whitecotton and your child's teacher will infuse their contents together to present an exciting and engaging lesson.

ART with Mr. Grant:  

In art, we will start out connecting art lessons to January winter themes. As the month progresses, the focus will shift over to "One Book Blitz" lessons using special supplies. Pre-K and Kindergarten will me making masks, 1st and 2nd will be working with paint that smells good, and maybe tastes good.

TECHNOLOGY with Mr. Whitecotton

We will continue with technology classroom infusion. Each week I will spend 5 days in 1 classroom for each grade level and rotate through the classrooms througout the year.This is to help our teachers and students find new and innovative ways to infuse technology throughout their days at AES in a variety of ways all centered around Google Apps for education. 

Kindergarten: Students learn basic computer skills focusing mostly on the iPads but they will also spend time in a computer lab learning basic skills and computer parts of desktop computers. Students will learn a variety of apps designed to enhance learning and support the classroom and Tennessee technology state standards.

First Grade: We will continue focus our instruction on Google Classroom.  Google Classroom is a blended learning platform developed by  Google for schools that aims to simplify creating, distributing and grading assignments in a paperless way. Teachers create an online classroom in Google and present instruction, video, virtual lessons, give quizzes, assignements, and more all without using paper. 

Second Grade: Second graders are becoming experts with their Chromebooks. Last quearter we learned about Lego Robotics and all the different aspects of exploritory science. This quarter students will begin learning more skills in Google Classroom that will allow them to create projects. Research skills, computer publishing and managing their Google accounts will be learned. 

Guidance with Ms. Davis:

Course Overview:  This course focuses on supporting students in reaching their full academic potential while enjoying a positive school experience. Classroom Guidance Lessons will be designed to encourage students' academic, social/emotional and career awareness. Students will learn how to develop peer relationships, effective social skills, decision-making skills, effective communications, and explore safe and healthy choices. Student will also learn various coping strategies and ways to handle various challenges through:

Large and small group hands-on activities

  • Videos
  • Books
  • Role- playing
  • Projects
  • Guest Speakers

Classroom Guidance Topics

Jan.- Respect/ Commitment

Feb.- Responsibility/ Kindness

March- Friendship/ Patience/ Conflict Resolution

April- Career Exploration/ Peace

May- Diversity/Honesty

Specials Super Star - Specials Teachers recognize students monthly for exhibiting our school-wide behavior expectations. One student is chosen for each grade level. Super Star students are recognized corporately each month during the Yard Sign Assembly. Super Star students receive their very own yard sign.

 

P. E.  with Mrs. Boring and Mrs. Regina:

This month in gym class we will be working on our locomotors skills (directions, pathways, speed, hop, gallop, etc. We will also work on demonstrate an understanding of classroom rules, procedures, and safe practices. Please remember to send tennis shoes with your child for gym. We love working with your child/children and want them to enjoy a positive experience while doing physical education.

Library with Ms. Long:

During this quarter we will begin our lessons on what is a fairytale and what is a folktale.

A Fairytale -  fictional story with some elements of magic, usually have a happy ending.  

A Folktale - a short story that has been passed down from generation to generation.  

Students will hear and learn about traditional versions of stories, like Rapunzel, The Little Red Hen, and The Gingerbread Man.  They will also hear and learn about fractured versions, where the stories sound similar, but they are missing necessary elements.


During Read Across America week (February 29 - March 2) we will be talking about who Dr. Seuss and Theo LeSieg were and why we celebrate his birthday.  We will be reading Hooper Humperdink?...Not Him!, Gerald McBoing Boing, I Am NOT Getting Up Today, Great Day for Up, and My Many Colored Days.


Kindergarten - We will be comparing traditional versions to fractured versions.  We will also begin discussing sequence of events.  Students will be working in pairs/small groups to put sets of fictional books in order by looking at the author's last name or call number on the spine of a book.  We will continue reviewing the difference between fiction and nonfiction books.  


1st Grade - We will be comparing traditional versions to fractured versions.  We will also begin discussing cause and effect.  Students will be working in pairs/small groups to put sets of fictional books in order by looking at the author's last name or call number on the spine of a book.  We will continue reviewing the difference between fiction and nonfiction books.


2nd Grade - We will be comparing traditional versions to fractured versions.  Students will review the 5 Finger Rule and continue to use this rule to help them choose books that are on his/her reading and interest level.  Students will be working in pairs/small groups to put sets of fiction and nonfiction books in order by looking at the call number on the spine of a book.

 

AES YEARBOOK IS NOW ON SALE (ONLINE ONLY)

Capture Your Memories in this Year's 

Alcoa Elementary School Yearbook
Now is the time to order your 2017-18 Yearbook.
Visit www.treering.com & use our school pass-code: 1015066149822337 

(All yearbooks must be ordered online - NO CASH SALES at school)
Regular price for our yearbook is $25.00 for a hard cover yearbook.

 

This year's yearbook will have more than 50% more pages than last year.

 

ALL YEARBOOK PURCHASES MUST BE DONE ONLINE.
 
Each yearbook comes with the ability to customize 2 pages of your child's own yearbook!  

Below is overview video for first time parent and student users. 

It guides you through creating an account, buying your yearbook 
and customizing your own pages!

Step-by-Step Directions: PDF downloads


1. How to Purchase Your Yearbook

2. Getting Started and How to Set Up Your Account

3. How to Customize Your Yearbook

4. Adding Memories, Signatures, Bling, and Photos to Your Custom Pages

5. How to Use the TreeRing iPhone App

6. How to Use the TreeRing Android App

 Direct link to TreeRing Help for Parents/Students 


 Adding Memories, Signatures, Bling, and Photos to Your Custom Pages

 If you have any questions, please contact:

Mr. Whitecotton

pwhitecotton@alcoaschools.net

(865) 982-3120 ext. 2203  

 

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