Janis Mlekoday (IR)
Sue Segal (Art)
Michael Mclellan (Music)
Miguel Font (PE)
Welcome All Internet Super Heroes! This Quarter we are focusing our super powers on using Office 365 specifically MS Word. Every grade level First through Fifth worked on and created a project using their desktop publishing skills in MS Word. They even printed them out and took them home. Our main focus this quarter will begin in November when we begin our Hour Of Code Sessions using Code.org. We can't wait to get started. Keep Calm and Code On!
All students are in the middle of many art projects.
Kindergarten & Grade 1 will be bringing home their artwork in book form at the end of the year. I keep the art projects made by grades 2 – 5 until the end of the year also. This way I have many items to choose from for art shows throughout the year.
We have received our custom order forms for the Square1 Art Fundraiser! The included stickers are free for your child. Please look at the order form for all the different items you can order customized with your child’s artwork printed on them. The deadline for ordering is November 11. For your convenience this year, you will be able to place your orders online. Details will be in your order packet. Should you choose to bring your order to school, please have your checks or money orders made out to Square1Art (not SPE). The orders are expected to arrive here in early December, just in time for the holidays! Thanks so much for supporting the Art department!
It is a joy to open the eyes of your children to the world of Art.
Mr. McClellan’s music classes are continuing to focus on music elements and concepts through singing, listening to music, playing instruments and moving with partners and in groups. The fifth grade children are practicing songs for the music program on Dec. 10th in the Sabal Palm Cafeteria and continue to improve voices with vocal exercises focusing on breathing, phrasing, pitch, intonation and sustaining notes. Intermediate classes have also been focused on songs using two mallets while using melody bells and glockenspiels. Third and Fourth grade children are singing, playing bell instruments and moving with Autumn Songs and also utilize voice warmup activities. Primary children are singing , playing rhythm instruments and engaged in movement activities using pumpkin, leaf and turkey songs. Primary classes have been focused on songs incorporating music concept of expression using voices and rhythm instruments.
Mr. C. and I are so excited to be back. This year is going to be out of this world!!
We will start with some administrative protocols for Physical Education classes. Your student can come to Physical Education with any SPE spirit “T-shirt”, JRFH or Kids Heart Challenge shirt, KOTG or Blue Zone t-shits, or with the regular SPE dress code. The shorts should be the same as the everyday shorts. No basketball shorts, sweat pants, or leggings are allowed. We highly recommend your child brings a water bottle, it gets extremely hot and humid during class, and there is only one water fountain station with cold water.
During the first quarter we have been working on locomotor skills. Kinder, first and second graders worked on their locomotor skills, such as walking, jogging, running, galloping, skipping, shuffling, jumping, and hoping. 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders concentrated on locomotor skills performed safely during different activities. Tag games where used to develop chasing, dodging, and fleeing skills. Students also learned how to take turns and share, while learning the fine motor skills involved with cup stacking.
We do our fitness section of the class to a Tabata song, doing Jumping Jacks, Mountain Climbers, Shoulder Touches and Burpees. In September we switched the exercises to Nordic Skiers, Clock Walks, Sit-Ups and Squats. Ask your child to show you these exercises! Pushups and curl ups should be practiced at home. It’s a lot more rewarding and successful if you work out with them! Students, also have been learning about 9-5-2-1-0 and Kids on the Go! Ask your child how this helps them stay fit and healthy.
We will be introducing, reviewing and mastering individual and long ropes, as well as Chinese rope. In October we will be working on throwing and catching, and mixing it up with the rope jumps.
In November, we will be participating in achieving a Guinness World Record in Cup Stacking. In preparation for this event during PE class, students will be learning proper speed stacking skills and rules. To achieve this record schools from around the world will cup stack on the same day. The goal is to have over 650,000 people all cup stacking on the same day! This will be our 9th time participating in this event!
During the second quarter we will be working on throwing and catching. Students will be participating in activities like bowling, horse shoe, Kan-Jam, and lead up games to sports like team handball and basketball.
Please remember to encourage your student to stay active at least 60 minutes a day, eat healthy snacks and cut down on sugary drinks and foods. We encourage them to bring water bottles and leave their jewelry at home the days they have Physical Education.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at 239-377-8231, or via email, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Font and Mr. Calcagnini. (Mr. C.)