Awards on January 29th

PB210006.jpgPB210005.jpgViolinist Annelle Kazumi Gregory Visits Nye With a Concert

Thank You Young Audience
On January 22nd, our 4th and 5th grade students were privileged to see Annelle Kazumi Gregory who played a concert for them.  The program was on the theme of “Great Russian Composers” and included works by Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Tchaikovsky.

Annelle Kazumi Gregory is a Laureate of the 2013 Stradivarius International Violin Competition and the 2015 National Sphinx Competition as well as Gold Medalist of the 2012 National NAACP ACT-SO competition.  In 2010, as part of a national tour, she performed at Carnegie Hall as a 1st violinist of the Sphinx Virtuosi.  In 2014, Gregory released a CD with pianist Alexander Sinchuk and in 2015 recorded with organist Carol Williams.  From 2012-2015, Gregory was concertmaster and a featured soloist for the California International Music Festival Orchestra at Namedy and Weikersheim Castles, Germany.  She has performed with the La Jolla Symphony, San Diego Symphony, California Chamber Orchestra, Torrance Symphony, Bellflower Symphony, Southeast Symphony, Sphinx Symphony, and Long Beach Mozart Festival Orchestra.  Gregory has been featured on BBC Radio, American Public Media radio, KUSC radio, German Television, Detroit Public Television, and XLNC1 radio.

This was a wonderful opportunity for our students, and we thank Young Audience for bringing the program to us.

5th Grade Articulation
Many of fifth grade parents came to the articulation meeting on January 22nd to hear about some of the different options our 5th graders have for middle school next year.  The programs each have a different emphasis, and different requirements for the application process, which is fast approaching.

We appreciate the presenters who came to speak about their schools and program.  We heard a lot of excitement from our students who are now thinking about their futures.  Remember that you may end up on a waiting list.  So it is a good idea to get a few applications in so you have some options, before it is too late.

Below are links to the schools that came and presented.  There are many other options, and I urge you to look into those other schools that you may be interested in, as well.

http://museumschool.org/
https://www.sandiegounified.org/schools/creative-performing-media-arts
https://www.sandiegounified.org/schools/millennial-tech-middle
https://www.sandiegounified.org/school-choice-application

Language Arts
You may have heard of the Chocolate Milk debate we are working on in our class. Students have been reading articles, watching videos, and collecting evidence to work on an opinion/argument piece.

They are now starting to settle on a position.  Below are two more articles I would like them to look at online:

http://www.thelunchtray.com/new-study-argues-against-ban-on-chocolate-milk-in-school-cafeterias/

http://healthresearchfunding.org/7-pros-and-cons-of-chocolate-milk/

You can encourage your child to do further research online on their own.  Remind them to write notes, find quotes, and notate the source.  Have fun!

Math
In math both 4th and 5th graders are continuing to explore concepts in Fractions. We are developing our skills in adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators.

You can help your child by discussing fractions at home.  Finding examples of fractions in your daily lives, and thinking about how to describe them.  Ask your child to find an equivalent fraction, for example if they eat 1/4 of a pizza, what is another equivalent fraction for that amount?

Aquaponics
I am so excited!  We are just starting to set up an aquaponic system to learn about animals and plants and how they can affect each other in a closed system.  I am so appreciative to Ecolife and the grant they offered to help with getting the basic system.

Soon we will be thinking about what plants we want to grow, and animals to keep in our fishtank.  If you have some herb or vegetable seeds to spare, we would love to have them as an option to try growing in our classroom.

Dates Coming Up:
January 29, Friday- Awards 8:10-9:10
February 1-11th  (window) – We will be taking our District Interim tests
February 11th, Friday- Lincoln Holiday, No School
February 15th, Friday- President’s Day, No School

 

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