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!


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 musictheory.net. 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.

Dates:
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