MUSIC Dave duMonde
In Trimester 3 we dive into creating original music. After learning all about rhythm and melody in the first two trimesters, we're formulating our knowledge and creativity into real songs that will be written, recorded and produced by students. The songwriting topic? "Change Starts With Me." Students are asking the question, "What am I concerned, frustrated or mad about that's happening in our world, and how can I bring change?"
Each week students are learning tools which will equip them in their approach to songwriting. They'll be able to connect their song to their signature project if they so choose, or they may write about something entirely different that stirs their passion. Due at the end of May, students may submit their songs to be included in an online playlist that can be heard by anyone. Excited to see & hear students in their creative modes this trimester!
The Songwriting Project is posted on Music Google Classroom.
5th Grade Sarah Perkins
In reading, students have begun book clubs! Students will work in small groups to read and answer questions. Students will also meet with teachers to discuss. The books students are reading are: A Long Walk to Water, The Breadwinner, Flush, and City of Ember. All of the books center around an activist theme, which will carry over into our Signature Project for Trimester 3. For T3, our Signature Project will ask students to partner with an organization or to design their own solution to a human rights issue that they care about. Students will work individually, or in a small group, to complete this project.
PARENT RESOURCES: Family services, workshops and assistance
Please click on our FamilySource Program brochure explaining what services are offered to our community members. LAUSD will not turn away parents of students attending non-LAUSD schools, and neither will any of the FamilySurce Center (FSC). Our FSC is located at the Youth Policy Institute (see address below). We look forward to partnering with Larchmont Charter School. Please contact us if you would like to come and take a tour.
Luisa Bottari, MA, LEP
Pupil Services and Attendance Counselor
Student Health and Human Services
Los Angeles Unified School District
FamilySource Partnership Program
Youth Policy Institute
1075 N. Western Ave. Suite 110
Hollywood, Ca. 90029
STUDENT SUPPORT TEAM
Hello LCS Community!
After last week's events and conversations, I would like to extend the resource below to you about talking to your student about violence and school safety! --Val Annicchiarico, School Psychologist
The student support staff continues to provide accommodations and modifications to ensure all students have access to the curriculum. In 5th grade ELA, we have finished the novel “Blood on the River” and students will be reading "Almost Home" by Joan Bauer over Spring Break . In 5th grade Math, we have started to teach the concept of multiplying and dividing fractions and used a recipe project to demonstrate real life application of the skills. Lastly, in 5th grade Science, students have really enjoyed working on their space colony project. --Dallas Washburn
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM Danielle Lovell-Walsh, Daniela Rosales & Yovy Daniels
This week in ASP we won’t say goodbye-but see ya soon-to our good friend Daniela. She is moving onto new adventures and we wish her the best! We thank her for everything she has done! We are currently interviewing for the position.
Next week for conferences: ASP will operate from school dismissal until 6pm daily. Remember, if your student is picked up after 6pm you will be charged $1 per minute past 6pm, no exceptions.
We have really been working on the new ASP schedule to make it fun as well as functional. The new Spring After School Class list will be coming out soon. What classes would you like to see?!
Art projects: Vision Boards-creating a board describing us and our hopes and dreams, cardboard arcade-we still need boxes, rubber bands, tape, glue ect for these, Layers of Your Heart-exploring gratefulness and gratitude-please bring pictures for this and many more projects to come. We also could use donations of paint brushes and old aprons for art aprons. Questions or Concerns, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MUSIC Dave duMonde
We've been testing on ukulele in each of our Music classes all this week. As a teacher, it's so rewarding to see how far they've come in learning a musical instrument! While some students catch on quickly playing chords and songs in no time, others take a little time just to remember how to hold the uke correctly; they forget that their thumb always needs to be pressed on the back of the ukulele neck; they have a tough time learning where to place their fingers for the chords. Many struggled through the test material with mistakes, but nonetheless, they made it! It's a learning process, and this week has been remarkable--despite the anxiety of the "big" test, it's so cool to see students breathe a sigh of relief and light up with a sense of accomplishment when they finish playing the last note of their aural assessment.
Many new purchases later, we've got a little uke culture happening at Selma. Every recess has seen several students hanging out with their brand new ukuleles playing newly learned songs, showing each other tricks and practicing together. We even have several songwriters in our midst (psst--our Songwriting unit is coming up soon!) and we've recorded a few songs in the "studio" (my office). As we move past learning the basics about melody & rhythm, we'll begin to see students stretch out into their creative space, writing songs, learning cover tunes and adding music to their projects in other classes. What a thrill to have a creative culture at our school!
Enjoy this lil' ditty by Ada, Mae & Ella...
Spanish Miguel Alvarez
Student Support Team Dallas Washburn
The student support staff continues to provide accommodations and modifications to ensure all students have access to the curriculum. In 5th grade ELA, we are continuing to read the novel “Blood on the River” and students are starting to conduct research on a Human Rights Figure for our informational writing unit . In 5th grade Math, we have started to teach the concept of multiplying decimals, including estimation, to ensure answers are reasonable.
MUSIC Dave duMonde
It's amazing to see a kid pick up a musical instrument for the first time and light up when they play their first song. This has been happening in 5th & 6th grade this month on ukuleles! We've learned so much together--tuning our ukes, playing notes, chords and the pentatonic scale, and we're working on "La Bamba." Several of you have already succumbed to your kid's request to buy their own ukulele. Well, you've made a great investment!
The ukulele test is at the end of this month: February 26 - March 2. All students will demonstrate their knowledge of the material we've been covering in class on an individual playing assessment. They know their only opportunity to learn and practice ukulele is in music class . . . and I'm there to help. All the material students need to know is posted on the Music Google Classroom. As long as students use their time wisely during class, they'll do well on the test. It's exciting to see students develop a love for music on ukulele!
5TH GRADE HISTORY Ian Jewitt
In 5th grade history we have been studying early explorers. After researching information about different explorers, students created captains’ logs from the point of view of the explorers. Students wrote about the explorers’ experience during the exploration, as well as their interaction with Native Americans. Students created journals and dyed the pages and burnt them to give a sense of authenticity.
Edible Schoolyard (ESY) Mimi Bonetti & Nickey Bennett-Reed
Highlights from ESY this past month have included weighing our waste on campus, identifying ways in which we can be better Climate Champions, assessing family activities (they were spying on you!) and students began implementing some of their ideas on campus. We will continue exploring Climate Change and little ways we can make a big difference here on campus as well as at home and beyond.
Meanwhile in Kitchen we re-imagined scraps, wilts and weeds as we used food that might otherwise have gone to waste in delicious recipes for banana bread, croutons/ bread crumbs, carrot top pesto and even carrot ‘raisins’. Look for the recipes on the ESY Google Classroom site (5th grade code: 4v07wuq, 6th grade code: xxd7v0- join the fun!) and continue to challenge students to rethink food waste at home.
RESOURCE SPECIALIST Dallas Washburn
The student support staff continues to provide accommodations and modifications to ensure all students have access to the curriculum. In 5th grade ELA, we are reading the novel “Blood on the River” and students are working on creative projects to increase their awareness and understanding of the colonization that happened in Jamestown, VA. In 5th grade Math, we have started to teach the concept of integers and students are making number line banners to increase their understanding of positive and negative numbers.
SPANISH Miguel Alvarez
MUSIC Dave duMonde
Music has been quite an adventure during first trimester. We've been learning all about rhythms . . . feelin' the music, hearing the music, and reading the music. Music is defined as organized sound; Rhythm is the foundation that organizes those sounds into musical patterns.
This week, we've begun diving into melody and harmony by way of learning ukulele. Fun! After exploring the origin of the uke (It comes from Portugal--ask your student about the meaning of its name in English), we learned how to hold the instrument and strum it correctly. We even learned how to play a few notes and chords on the first day. By the end of our two-month unit, your student will be a real musician, able to play some songs and will know notes, chords and scales!
The ukulele is a perfect instrument for any young person to start learning the art of being a musician. As our students have discovered, a ukulele is NOT a mini guitar, just like a violin is not a guitar. It's a whole different (little) beast. Ukes have only four strings which are uniquely tuned, and we traditionally don't use a pick to play it.
Don't be surprised if your student asks you about getting their own ukulele. And it might be a great idea--a good uke costs around $55.00 at the music store or on Amazon. But regardless, we have ukes that students get to use while they're here at school.
Congratulations on having a real live musician now living in your home! Be sure to get their autograph.
5th GRADE SCIENCE Michael Weng
In science, students traced their shadows when we came back from break. This led to conversations and our unit of study on Earth and Sun. We have learned about how the earth rotates around the sun and what causes day and night. The 5th grade team is looking forward to applying our scientific knowledge into our Colonization Project this trimester.