Monday, November 19, 2018

Thanksgiving Edition!

Ms. Kharazian



Now Fillmore String Orchestra students can wear their very own Fillmore T-Shirts. You may order the T-Shirt for your child using the link below. The orders will be delivered to Fillmore, but they will have the names of students who place the order. Please note that the deadline to order is December 1st, 2018. After that date the link will not work. While this is not a requirement, the students who have the T-Shirts will wear them for the performances. Plain black tops will be the option for students without the T-Shirts. 




On October 23rd Stoddert string students attended a concert at the historic Dumbarton House. They had the opportunity to see Ms. Kharazian to play solo and a duo with a double bass, that giant violin :). The concert included other musicians performing music of Baroque period. Students were excited and behaved wonderfully, making Fillmore proud.


Ms. Daniels



DANCE!   DANCE!  DANCE!  As we celebrate being "Thankful and Grateful for every Day and every Night"
*Create  * Perform  * Respond *Interconnect


As we prepare to welcome our Parents for Open House during the week of November 30th, we are improving our spacial awareness, rhythm to music and counting, memorization and performing skills.  Please join us!!!

Word of the month:  Choreography:  the composition and arrangement of dance steps. The art of designing sequences of movements.


Ms. Tsou



for Stoddert's 3rd grade Hall Way project Part I started:

I am very excited for the Hallway art project and thank you for giving me this opportunity to work with your amazing students for this  project.  I have many ideas which I want to consult with you.




I like to talk about my draft designs for the 3rd grade, Ms. Bruno's  Hall way art project.  There will be 5 parts to the project.  You can view the attached images we might use as inspiration for this project.



Our 1st part of the project, after I consulted with Ms. Bruno, which we started two Friday ago for "Tree of Life" using recycling water bottles and we will use colorful paints later to finish it.

 This 1st part is recycling water bottle for the "Tree of Life": 

  • Innovation: trying a new idea, or using an existing idea in a new way.
  • Environmental awareness: caring about the earth.
  • Collaboration: working together to get something done, or towards a common goal.
  • Continual improvement: always trying to do better



This 1st part is use  recycling water bottle art is from the inspiration of the great glass artist, Chihuly's glass work.  You may see the attached sample of his glass art but instead of glass we use recycling plastic water Battles to create the effect.
I will paint a basic tree on the wall for the "Tree of Life" for students to fill in the details design with color paint and recycled plastic water bottles see attached sample of this "Tree of Life" design.   



For Key we finished our Blind Contour line drawing of music instruments, will start Clay Dragon after Thanksgiving

For Ross k -1st grade, we finished Tree of Life will start Clay Dragon Head.

For Stoddert we will finish the Blind Contour line drawing of music instruments and start Clay dragon after thanksgiving.

Ms. Carpenter


Group 1.
STODDERT and KEY AM General Art for K-1 grade students…
Finished creating “My story telling or, shape pattern design for a quilt”
Inspired by saving Trees and using recycled paper scraps for art making.
“Taking a line for a walk” is also completed: Students took a crayon-line-walk to a real or, imaginary place.  Painted it with watercolors.
At the present, students are working on “What happened to Mondrian’s Tree”? (They have yet to discover: it changed from Realistic to Abstract)
They are using rulers to make a grid that turns into geometric shapes colored with Primary Colors. A tree, with roots is cut from the grid paper and placed on a Landscape setting.

Group 2.
KEY PM Visual Art, 3-5 grade students are….
Modeling final touches to their Ceramic Portraits followed up with bisque fire in the kiln.  I would love to have a parent volunteer to help me to load and upload the kiln ☺
November 15, Students will inquire how to create a self-portrait by using aluminum wire.

Group 3.
STODDERT PM Visual Art, 3-5 grade students are…
Beginning to model a self-portrait by using self-hardening clay that is later painted by metallic silver and copper paint.


Ms. Crockett


Stoddert:

Pre-K:
Students are having a great time learning high and low with songs, slide whistles, and glockenspiels. We have learned about bells and that they are made with metal, not plactic or wood. Parents, you can help your child investigate different sounds by going around the house or in nature and seeing how different materials make different sounds if you touch or "hit" them.  Question: Do big things make high or low sounds? 
1st grade: 
Last month we worked on performance skills working together to create great physical performances.  This month we continue that work while learning rounds, the same song sung at different times by 2 or more groups.  We are doing that in conjunction with consistently singing with group pitch and with steady beat. We are also continuing to enlarge our rhythm reading vocabulary moving our bodies and using vocabulary to read, demonstrate and perform quarter, eighth and half notes. Ask your student to clap the rhythm of a word at home and link common household words together to make a rhythmic pattern.

Stoddert Choir
We are getting ready for our December 4th concert at George Washington University, Generations of Jazz Voice! It will be held in the Dorothy Betts Theater in the Marvin Center. 801 21st St NW WDC at 7 :30pm. Call time is 5pm. We will be singing jazz with the Capitol City Voices of the Levine School of Music and GW JiVE, the vocal jazz ensemble at George Washington University. 

Later that week the choir will be performing on December 7 at 8:50am and the school town hall meeting.  We look forward to sharing our gifts with the entire school.

Ross
Last month we worked on performance skills working together to create great physical performances.  This month we continue that work while learning rounds, the same song sung at different times by 2 or more groups.  We are doing that in conjunction with consistently singing with group pitch and with steady beat. We are also continuing to enlarge our rhythm reading vocabulary moving our bodies and using vocabulary to read, demonstrate and perform quarter, eighth and half notes. Ask your student to clap the rhythm of a word at home and link common household words together to make a rhythmic pattern.

Key
Last month we worked on performance skills working together to create great physical performances.  This month we continue that work while learning rounds, the same song sung at different times by 2 or more groups.  We are doing that in conjunction with consistently singing with group pitch and with steady beat. We are also continuing to enlarge our rhythm reading vocabulary moving our bodies and using vocabulary to read, demonstrate and perform quarter, eighth and half notes. Ask your student to clap the rhythm of a word at home and link common household words together to make a rhythmic pattern.

We made good progress in art since our last newsletter. Kindergarten and first grade students did a beautiful job with their paintings to "Peter and the Wolf."

Ms. Strunk  


Today Key first and second grade glazed their pinch pots.  Students learned about the ceramic process from wet clay to finished glazeware before applying glaze onto their pinch pots.  

Stoddert first and second grade will be glazing their ceramic pieces this week.  The week after Thanksgiving students will begin working with three dimensional paper techniques to create a Mexican animal mask

Another success was our clay gargoyles which the third through fifth grade did in the last month.  The gargoyles are in the process of being glazed and fired.  


In the meantime, third through fifth grade students have been working on collages inspired by "Betes de la Mer," a collage by Henri Matisse. Here are some examples of some beautiful collages done by Stoddert students.  The assignment was to create an abstract outdoor collage that shows contrast and balance.  

Next, third through fifth grade students will be doing a drawing in oil pastel based on the work of Georgia O'keefe of an abstract natural object.



Ms. Pollet


Stoddert, Ross and Key students are excitedly engaged using Adobe Photoshop CS6 to create animations. 
In exploring frame by frame and "tween" animation, they are learning how background, middle ground, and foreground may be used to tell and enhance the story action and narrative.



Mrs. Gage


Kindergarten students are having fun with holiday songs using scarves, a large parachute, and percussion instruments. 2nd grade learning how to read music by playing recorders and adding orff instruments to the mix.

Beginning band students should feel comfortable with the first 5 notes and working on page 9 and beyond 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 with Band Ninja. 

Band Shirts should arrive the first week of December. I will distribute them to students on their Fillmore Day.

Dates:
Nov. 27-29 - Open House
 for AM classes from 10am-11am

January 8 - After school band practice in preparation for the concert (At Fillmore)
4:30-5 - Beginning Band
5-5:30- Intermediate Band
January 10 - Fillmore Music Concert at 7pm - Band students report to the Hardy Gym (2nd floor) at 6:30. Wear your new Fillmore Band shirt, or a plain black shirt.

Jan 15-17 - Performance sharing for PM classes @ 1:30pm

Mr. Battle



Hello Friends! We are having a blast in music class! Student in K-1 classes have been exploring how composers use solefege hand signs to write songs. Ask your student to help you write a song using the sounds sol-la-mi. They will amaze you!


2nd grade students are learning the importance of good singer's posture, performance etiquette, and learning to evaluate in a way that encourages artists to grow. AND what better song to help with this process than 'Sing' by Joe Raposo, made famous on Sesame Street. We are constantly reminded, "Don't worry that it's not good enough for anyone else to hear...just sing a song!".


Students in song writing have been exploring musical styles by exploring two programs. Garageband and Incredibox. Students have had a blast creating new ideas and layering. Pretty soon we will be creating our own loops!