Saturday, November 3, 2018

November 2018

Fillmore Band T-Shirt Order
Please view and order your shirt at the following URL by November 23rd.

Threads & Strings!

Fillmore Strings Shirt! This shirt is stringized update of the Fillmore Band shirt that was designed in Ms.Gage's band class.  We thought to show our Fillmore solidarity by having the same design. You may order the shirt for your child using the link below. Please note that the deadline to order is Dec. 1. After that the link will not work. While this is not a requirement, the students who have the shirts will wear them for the performances. Plain black tops will be the option for students without the shirts. 

Ms. Crockett's Class

Stoddert 1st grade, Ross 1/2 and Key 1st grade - 
We are exploring the differences between beat and rhythm Through chants and dances. We are stepping out quarter note beats through dancing the West African song Funga Alafia and clapping the rhythm of the chorus.  We have learned to identify eighth and quarter notes. We are doing a halloween chant, Ms White Had a Fright and using Halloween words to hear and feel the rhythm utilizing those types of notes. 

We have explored the sounds of our voices through the elements of music and through our echo me game, individual students are learning how to lead the class with their voices. Round singing has been the focus of this semester to learn how to sing in two parts.  This gets the student's ears ready for choral part singing in the future. Our major piece is Aaron Copland's arrangement of the song Ching a-Ring.

Stoddert Pre-K
We are learning the elements of music: high low, loud soft, fast slow, connected and disconnected though echoing and and songs and chants.  Our favorite right now is Five Little Mice! Echoing sound is our focus while we sing and pair dance to the Hello There song.

Stoddert Chorus
We have an exciting show planned for December 4!! We will be singing in the Generations of Vocal Jazz concert at George Washington University which includes GW JiVE vocal jazz chorus and Capitol City Voices. I'm really excited to teach the students Jazz, scat singing and swing feel.  We are also including Hebrew music as well. A significant portion of Jazz and American Pop music lexicon comes from composers who's background are Jews from Eastern Europe. This influence is not often mentioned and I wanted to spotlight that part of jazz history.  Parents of students in the choir will be receiving information concerning this concert by the end of the month. 
Ms. Flower's class. 

Ms. Tsou

Stoddert, Key, Ross: pk-2nd grade just finished line and shape design and  Bamboo garden painting, moving on to their new project which is the  over lapping design using cut out color construction paper, pastel, and pattern design paper and glue onto a black paper.

Stoddert, Key: 3-5 grades pm classes finished line, shape, pattern design used markers, rulers, oil pastels.  They will finish Asian Bamboo painting  using water color, bamboo brush this week.  They will move on to their new project the Contour line drawing next week.

Ross Monday and Friday:
 pk3, pk4, k students finished self portrait of 2 different emotions and spider drawings for math related art.

Key Monday:
pk4 students finished spider math related drawing

Stoddert Friday:  Finished pk self portrait of emotions, finished contour line drawing with social worker's kids and will start a big long on going art project for 2nd and 3rd grade hallway for the expression of:

Respect: treating others in a way that shows you care about their feelings and well-being.

Collaboration: working together to get something done, or towards a common goal.

Innovation: trying a new idea, or using an existing idea in a new way.

Environmental awareness: caring about the earth.

Honoring diversity: respecting and valuing the things that make people the same or different.

Relevant and engaging instruction: lessons that are interesting, and help students understand our world.

Continual improvement: always trying to do better.

Visionary leadership throughout the school: doing your part to be a leader, and help others be successful.​

Ms. Carpenter

Stoddert, and Key General Art for K-1 grade AM have finished:

SELF PORTRAITS with Mixed Media including crayons, watercolor and collage techniques.
PINCH POTS decorated with ancient CUNEIFORM writing (Mesopotamia) and painted with gold, silver and copper. 
PATTERNS with crayons and watercolor.

Stoddert General Art for 3-5 grade PM are in the final process of EMBOSSING design on foil.
Next project is OP ART - Optical Illusion on paper with markers and color pencils.

Ms. Kharazian

Music classes:
Stoddert 1st grade and Key Kindergarten

We are exploring our singing voices and our abilities to create rhythms with simple percussion instruments: rhythm sticks , shakers, pitched bells and xylophones. In our path to better musicianship we are practicing audiation, ability to hear music, without actual sound present. 

Strings: Stoddert, Ross and Key
Beginning strings are getting better at producing nice sounds with our magic  wands - bows. Just open strings for now, but will be getting to know the notes on fingerboard pretty soon!

Intermediate strings are on a creative path, as we were exploring a lot of improvisation and composition activities. I am really excited about having several advanced students and hope to provide them with opportunities to shine and excite the rest of the students.

Ms. Strunk

 We worked on self-portraits at the beginning of the year in first grade.  By doing a "bubble painting" we studied how primary colors make secondary colors. We learned about the color wheel.  We explored line in a sculpture and in a watercolor resist painting.   Now we are further exploring line as we paint to "Peter and the Wolf."

  In second grade we explored overlapping by drawing a self-portrait doing a favorite activity with a friend .  We have recently finished an animal sculpture using three-dimensional paper techniques.  We are on to the exploration of line with a watercolor resist painting and painting to music.

  In third, fourth, and fifth grades we made radial line prints using watercolor and styrofoam.  We explored portraiture by doing self portraits and portraits that show emotion.​   We will be working on clay gargoyles for the next several weeks. 

Ms. Daniels

The Dance Department is busy this semester with classroom activities that include dance styles of: Creative Movement (Butterfly Life), Latin Soul (in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month), Hip Hop/Freestyle (inspired by Janet Jackson’s new music), World Dance (“Colors,” inspired by Jason Derulo), African Harvest Dance
(with drum accompaniment by Robert Battle, Fillmore music instructor).

Student have been exploring the basic elements of dance, terminology and technique, in addition to learning sequences of movement/choreography and completing research on Latino artists (last month) and other legendary dance artists (throughout the semester). Students are encouraged to respond, analyze, and make connections to dance and other arts areas as they embrace the dance curriculum.

Mr. Battle

"WELCOME TO MUSIC, EVERYONE"!! Hello friends! In kindergarten we are exploring the wonderful world of music through dance and beat. Students are using their bodies to show how music keeps a pulse. Beat. Beat. Beat. Beat. 

First grade is exploring steady beat and how it relates to reading music. Ask your student about TA, ti-ti-, and rests. They might also sing you a song about salami (so-la-mi)! Second grade is looking at a variety of music. From Shake the Papaya Down to the Star Spangled Banner. 

Our young songwriting troop is always working on a million things! We are writing songs about love, country songs on garage band, and learning our keyboard note names using Choir students are really moving fast. We have been learning about how music moves our country by remembering 9/11 and also singing about Route 66! 

Ms. Flowers

The K through 2nd grades are producing a good amount work. In the first 6 weeks we have focused on collaborative work, in the theatre world we 
call it Ensemble work. Students are continuously challenged to build up their ensemble skills and answer why they need to build them and how it impacts their everyday life.
We have successfully incorporated our actors tool box components concentration and cooperation with a focus Routine from move mindfully. 

Lastly students have been learning staging positions and directions
throughout our unit Acting through a song, which will be our first peer presentation that in which each student will participate.

In the 3rd through 5th grade classes we are working on a unit called " The play from Vision to Reality."
Over the last four weeks each student has learned about and demonstrated an audition in class. The student actors were taught how to prepare for an audition and the full audition process, which included Actor Call Info Sheet, Actor Introduction, Memorized piece, and Callbacks.  Students were taught how they present themselves before the audition and students were able to assist me in the process of paying close attention to what I was looking for in each student actor: concentration, vocal expression, physical expression and understanding of text. I was extremely proud of everyone and casting for "The Day the Crayons Quit" is complete and we are now in the beginning stages of Character development portion of this unit. 

I look forward to seeing you on our open house days were students display their hard work with class demonstrations open to you our supportive parents.

Ms. Gage

Kindergarten students are having fun with fall songs using scarves, a large parachute, and percussion instruments.
2nd grade is starting to take off with playing recorders and learning how to read music!
Beginning band students should feel comfortable with the first 3 notes and working on songs #15-#22 in the book. Please help your student find consistent practice time.
Intermediate band students are working on new concert band music and working through the book starting at song #40.

Nov. 27-29 - Open House for AM classes from 10am-11am
January 8 - After school band practice in preparation for the concert
4:30-5 - Beginning Band

5-5:30 - Intermediate Band

January 10 - Fillmore Music Concert at 7pm (details to come in the next newsletter)
Jan 15-17 - Performance sharing for PM classes @ 1:30pm