Upper Primary Newsletter

May Curriculum Newsletter

Level 6 Math and Science
Katherine Wade

We had a great time at Earthshine exploring nature and using our science skills in the field. Students have done a nice job with math skills through their plan book and stations. Remember to continue math practice over the summer as multiplication and division remains an important part of math concepts in Level 7.


Levels 6 Language Arts and Social Studies
Alice Revenig 

We will continue to grow as writers and readers through a variety of learning opportunities. Students enjoyed Judyth Hill and her poetry workshop as they developed poems with vivid language. Keep up the great work with reading and sharing your excitement about books with classmates.


 Level 7 Math and Science
Catherine Leckenby

Level 7 will finish up their study of Food and Nutrition. Each student has had the opportunity to work with Ms. Kati in the cafeteria in some way throughout the year. They have all enjoyed their time cutting, prepping, or putting together the ELC snack.

 This month they have made smoothies and grown basil plants with Ms. Mayo. They have loved trying new things. At the end of the month we will have an afternoon of food from around the world brought in from some different parents. This is always a fun afternoon.

In class we have also tested different fruit juices for acid using baking soda as an indicator. They will also discover a relationship between sour taste and acid concentration.

Level 7 students consistently work on individual plans that allow them to make continual progress in math.  In general, the students will focus on equations and graphs; graphs and data; transformations, congruence, and symmetry; and probability. They will strengthen and reinforce these concepts in IXL. Also, in IXL the students will conclude the year with a review of patterns, expressions, equations, and integers.

In the Math Basics class, Level 7 students will work with pattern blocks and solve various problems that involve finding multiple solutions for covering a figure; they will also solve problems that involve the recognition and continuation of geometric patterns. 


Levels 7 Language Arts and Social Studies
Lynne Mulligan

The end of the year is upon us, and Level 7 is busy right until the end! Chapel talks begin Thursday, May 4, and the students have been working diligently on them for several weeks. Everyone has chosen a theme on which they will focus their talks. Many of these are related to our school theme, “Unrevealed until its Season,” while others center around another theme or idea that is particularly meaningful to them. They have written their talks, practiced speaking in front of their classmates, and are now excited about presenting them in chapel in the coming weeks.

World War I was the topic for Social Studies during April, and we will end the year learning about the time period of World War II.  The students worked hard studying World War I using homemade flashcards, computer quizlets, an online Jeopardy game, and other forms of working with their classmates to learn the information. Our literature circle books correspond with the World War II theme and include Lily’s Crossing, Saving Zasha, and Number the Stars. These books are sparking interesting talks, and the level of comprehension and discussion going on in class is impressive. . 


Niveles 6 y 7 Español
Señora Michelle Bertani

In mayo, we will complete our big unit on Spain.  We will learn to locate major landforms, cities, and countries of the Iberian Peninsula such as Barcelona, Madrid, Las Montañas Pirineos, Estrecho de Gibraltar, Portugal, etc.  We will also learn interesting facts about Spain such as the popular sports, music, dance, religion, and agriculture.  With all the days out for illness, etc, we have lost some time, but hopefully we will also get to study famous Spaniards such as El Cid, Placido Domingo, Pablo Picasso, Miguel de Cervantes, Antonio Gaudi, Queen Isabela I, King Ferdinand II, David Villa, and many more.  To help your child keep their Spanish fresh over the summer, they can try changing the language on their electronic devices to Spanish or try the app, Duolingo.  ¡Que tengan un buen verano! (Have a great summer!)


Levels 6 and 7 Music
Kara Miscio and Carey Shinbaum

We will learn an arrangement of this year’s “theme” song, The Hymn of Promise, on tone chimes.  Stay tuned for a chapel performance date!    

With spring in full effect, primary level students will conclude our year long thematic study of Vivaldi's Four Seasons with perhaps its most familiar selection. In exploring these celebrated works, we have not only learned about Baroque compositional style, especially the use of soloistic embellishment and tone painting (depicting imagery or literal narrative through evocative musical devices), but also the concepts of arrangement and adaption which these concerti have inspired in musicians from a variety of backgrounds. In his masterful compositions, Vivaldi reveals the enduring power of musical genius through the centuries. 

In choir, we are preparing new music for Promotion and Graduation ceremonies on May 25th and 26th.  

Finally, if your child has a polished piece that is appropriate for sharing during chapel, let us know as soon as possible.  Spots fill up quickly during the final weeks of school!    


Levels 6 and 7 Art
Mandy Bohner

We wind the year down with a look at the art of Georgia O’Keeffe, Mary Cassatt and Jackson Pollock - a wide variety to be sure! Georgia O’Keeffe, best known for her flowers, provides an excellent base on which to build both still life and landscape work. Challenged with a way to present a subject in a close up and different way, the children create flowers using watercolor crayons on paper. O’Keeffe also produced many desert landscapes using simple shapes and shades of colors. We will study the art of landscape, particularly hers, with each child creating his or her own using paint and paper.

Mary Cassatt was a trailblazer in her own time, forging her way through conceived notions of propriety of women’s activities and societal barriers in the time of the Impressionists. She excelled in presenting captured moments between people, most often mothers and children, and we will do the same - just in time to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Finally, we conclude our yearlong study of American Art with a look at Abstract Expressionist, Jackson Pollock, while also hopefully dispelling the widespread comment one hears when viewing Pollock’s work:  “I could do that!”  Weather permitting, we will move the art room outdoors and action paint everything we can get our hands on.

From Romare Bearden to Georgia O’Keeffe, this year has been wonderfully full of adventures - from new artists and techniques to a brand new room - all in all a fantastic year!


 Levels 6 and 7 Movement
Kevin Leckenby

Now we reach the end of the school year and the end of our time in UP movement. Everyone did a great job with their Presidential Physical Fitness testing and now we will focus on fun team sports and activities for the month of May.


Levels 6 and 7 Library
Wendy Wilkins

Our Spring Scholastic Book Fair was a great success. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible and fun for all. Proceeds from this fair will be used to purchase many of this year’s outstanding and notable books including STEM (science technology engineering math), Social Studies and Children’s Choice Awards. Links to these lists will be provided below as suggestions for summer reading. 

This month we will celebrate Children’s Book Week from May 1-7th.  Children’s Book Week was established in 1919 and is the oldest running literacy initiative in the country. Our celebration will include reading and voting on this year’s Children Choice Books. The winners will be announced on May 31st and will be posted on the Children’s Book Council website:  http://www.cbcbooks.org/ccba/

The last week to check out school library books will be May 1st-5th. All library books will be due back by May 12th so that we may begin an annual inventory. 

Links to support Summer Reading:

For students to read reviews on suggested books: https://www.bookopolis.com/#/

To view American Library Association 2017 Notable Children’s Books: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncb

To view Children Choice Book Awards: http://www.cbcbooks.org/childrens-choices/

To view Outstanding Science Books: http://www.cbcbooks.org/outstanding-science/

To view Best Stem Books: http://www.cbcbooks.org/2017-best-stem-books/

To view Notable Social Studies Books: http://www.cbcbooks.org/notable-social-studies/

To view Outstanding International Children’s Books: http://www.usbby.org/list_oibl.html

To view New York Public Library 2017 Summer Reading Suggestions: https://www.nypl.org/events/summer/reading-challenge

Be sure to a weekly visit your Public Library this summer with your child. They offer many wonderful activities to encourage reading and learning. The children librarians are also very helpful in suggesting books for your child. Happy Summer Reading!


Levels 6 and 7 Gardening
Melanie Mayo

May is a bountiful time in the school garden!  The plantings of April produce harvests in May and through the summer.  Students will enjoy the sights, smells and tastes of the spring veggies, herbs and butterfly-attracting flowers.  We spotted Monarch caterpillars munching on our garden milkweed this year, which was very exciting for everyone!  Our focus in the last weeks of school is to be in the sun, with our hands in the dirt as much as possible.  Our chickens hatch from the incubator early this month, which provides endless learning and observation opportunities.  This month Level 7 learns about “lunch around the world” and conducts a garden lettuce taste test among the primary levels.  Level 6 studies the importance of clean water and learns how vital it is to the garden and all places around the world.  Middle Primary finishes their plant life study by dissecting a fresh lily to learn the parts of a flower.  Level 3 students plant various varieties of basil in their herb garden and learn about the medicines found in many plants.  Level 4 finishes their study of compost by sifting our school’s finished compost. Level 2 students harvest garlic and strawberries in the ELC garden and learn to make smoothies with the strawberries.  Level 1 makes chamomile tea with fresh plant parts and learns about the life cycle of a chicken.

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