Monday, April 22, 2019


Monthly Newsletter

April 2019

Ms. Gage - Music/Band


Kinder-2nd - We are preparing for “Fillmore Experience Day”....a performance for the parents! This will be April 30th - May 2nd. We are learning about different genres of music. 2nd graders are enjoying learning how to play the piano. Kindergartens theme for the month is “Keep America Beautiful”. We will make our own instruments out of recycled materials while learning about the Native American culture.

Band - Both Intermediate and Beginning Band students will be performing at the Kennedy Center! Students are very excited about this amazing opportunity and should be practicing hard to prepare.
Intermediate Band - Selected students are preparing for a solo recital in June at Blindo Whino
Parents - If you play an instrument - we would love to invite you to perform a song with us on the final concert. Don’t’s easy, fun, and you student would love to play with you! If you need an instrument, please ask.

Upcoming Dates:
April 30 - May 2 - Fillmore Experience Day (morning classes only) More information to come...
May 2 - after school Intermediate band practice (4:30-5:15)
May 7 - after school practice - beginning, intermediate, and friends/family (4:30-5:45)
May 17 - Art Show and Concert (5-8)
May 20-23 - DCPS Music Festival at the Kennedy Center - Date and Time TBD
June 12 - 6pm - Intermediate Band Solo Recital at Blindo Whino.

Ms. Tsou

Ms. Daniels - Dance

Ms. Strunk - Visual Arts

In April, younger students will be working on a painted landscape that illustrates how artists use size, placement, overlapping, and color to create a sense of depth.

Students in third through fifth grade will do a pastel drawing of forms moving through space.  

All students will be doing a spring flower project.

All grades recently finished a clay project making fish from pinchpots.  The younger grades used one pinch pot to make their fish and the older students made their fish by joining two pinch pots to create a "clay balloon" which they cut open to make mouth.  As soon as the fish have dried and are fired in the kiln, students will use underglaze to paint them.  

Ms Pollet - Digital Arts

Three talented digital arts students from Stoddert ES, Kamil, Nilah, and Mason, have entered their exciting digital landscape collage works in the "Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest".
Each entrant will receive a Certificate of Participation, and, contest winners will be awarded special prizes
Contest winners will be recognized during an awards ceremony on Wednesday March 27, 2019 at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 Eighth Street, NW.

Based on the top 12 entries for the individual category the judges select, and, 3 top entries of the group category, 
the public will vote on a “People’s Choice” entry on the Festival’s Facebook account before the Festival from March 18 – March 22, 2019. Please vote for Kamil, Nilah, and Mason!
Submissions* will be showcased in a Community Art Show at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery 
from Tuesday, March 26 – Friday, April 12, 2019. ​

Ms Pollet's Key digital arts students, grades 3-5, are making their own business cards in the "Design Intern" unit, where they will also complete graphic design jobs for three clientsreceive class funny money in payment, and learn about having a bank account. 

Stoddert and Key second graders are working on digital self-portrait block prints and digital landscape collage.

Key K students are enjoying working on elements of art in digital self-portrait drawings, while also developing important computer technology motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Ross students in grades 3-5 are completing fun and creative animated posters based on posters from the Library of Congress.

Mr. Battle - Music/Chorus/Songwriting/Keyboarding

Mr. Battle's classes are always explore new and exciting ways to explore music. Students in K-2 are learning the keyboard, reading music books about new artists and explore music technology. 


Ms. Ponka-Carpenter

Key and Stoddert K students Wed AM have finished modeling CERAMIC BOWLS

Key and Stoddert  K-1st graders and Stoddert 3th graders, are observing real fruits on the table and creating STILL LIFE Drawings with Oil Pastels.

Key and Stoddert 4-5 graders are finishing up their SELF PORTRAIT IN WIRE and adding Fine Details on their OPTICAL ILLUSION/ color pencils