5th GRADE Sarah Perkins
History - 5th Grade is busy learning about the causes of the American Revolution. We took a field trip to Riley's Farm and learned about life in the colonies. In class, we have taken on roles in a colonial town and are acting out scenes from that time period. Students are also writing letters/ diary entries to showcase their thinking throughout this unit.
In Science, students are learning about mixtures and solutions. In this investigation, we are learning about physical and chemical changes to the properties of matter. Students have conducted several experiments to observe these changes.
MUSIC Dave duMonde
The PPL of Band Land (Rhythm Section) and Confuzzled (Horns & Strings) really do rock. It's remarkable to see the growth of our students in their musical journeys--they've come a long way! We've got the classics comin' up in our final performance of the year at Yearbook Live. Buckle up--you're about to hear some wailing guitar solos, fun cartoon themes and lead vocals from some of our musicians. Don't miss YBL!
The V-dub Crew (Vocal Workshop) recently completed their worldwide tour (to the other Larchmont campuses) and are workin' it in rehearsals to get ready for their performance at Yearbook Live. Our music teams are passionate and stoked for their end-of-year performances!
In Music Class, students are getting close to the final week of work on their songwriting projects. "Change Begins With Me" is the overall theme, in which students have chosen topics ranging from homelessness and pollution to spreadin' the love. We have some young, brilliant minds! The final playlist will be published with songs by those students who wish to be included. Stay tuned!
ESY (Edible School Yard) Mimi Bonetti & Nickey Bennett-Reed
Spring is a great time in ESY. We’ve been celebrating with recipes including some of spring’s stars, asparagus and peas. Ask your kids to make you Crostini with Pea Pesto or Roasted Asparagus with Lemony Breadcrumbs, we think you will all love it! Expect more celebrating on Sunday as kids bring mom Lemon Verbena tea that we planted, harvested, dried and made into pretty Mother’s Day tea bags. Hoping they serve you moms up with some Tea Sandwiches made with Nasturtium Butter like we did in class (all recipes are on the ESY Google Classroom). Bon Appetit!
What’s Growin On:
For the last part of April, 5th grade made open and closed terrariums as we discussed different needs for different plants and reviewed eco-system and the water cycle.
6th grade completed the checklist to become a Certified Natural Wildlife Habitat while observing the bees, ladybugs, various species of birds and butterflies!
For the month of May ESY has focused on mother’s. Garden class has tied together our review of the 5 R’s (refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, restore!) as we spent more time with our decomposing worms from our Worm Shack and made Worm Tea to honor Mother Nature, and feed our plants.
THEATER ARTS Will Todisco
For the past couple of months in theater arts class students have been learning the art of the monologue both through writing and performance. Several students independently chose to go further and wrote additional original material on their own time. During the month of April our students were invited and encouraged to submit an original monologue through the theater curriculum provider dramanotebook.com.
This provider offers a student monologue contest for educators that sign up for a paid subscription, in which students can submit a monologue that fits their guidelines. About a dozen of our fifth and sixth graders submitted at the prospect of receiving a modest cash prize and the opportunity to be published on dramanotebook.com where educators and students can read, study and perform student-published work.
I am overjoyed to announce one of our creative 5th-graders that submitted has been awarded FIRST PLACE!
Wolfram "Wolfie" Bikel from Ian's class won the first place prize of a $50 Amazon gift card and what's more is that the school also receives a year's subscription to dramanotebook.com thereby keeping the monthly contest open to all LCS students for the coming school year. CONGRATULATIONS WOLFIE! Thanks to your monologue LCS can offer this opportunity to even more students!
6th GRADE SCIENCE Jill Stefani
Investigating: How do we detect magnetic fields?
ESY (Edible School Yard) Nickey Bennett-Reed & Mimi Bonetti
CONGRATULATIONS to our ESY team and their hard work!
National Wildlife Federation Certifies New Schoolyard Habitat in Hollywood, CA.
Local schools making a difference to protect wildlife
Los Angeles, California– May 2, 2018 – National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, is pleased to recognize that Larchmont Charter School at Selma in Los Angeles has successfully created a Certified Schoolyard Habitat® through its Garden for Wildlife program. Larchmont Charter at Selma has joined with over 5,000 schools nationwide that have transformed their schoolyards into thriving wildlife habitats that provides essential elements needed by all wildlife – natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise young. The habitat also serves as an outdoor education site where students can engage in cross-curricular learning in a hands-on way.
Certification also makes your Certified Wildlife Habitat® part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a national effort to restore critical habitat for pollinators.
“We are excited to have another school join our growing list of more than 5,000 certified Schoolyard Habitats. Kids can now personally experience nature through hands-on learning in an outdoor environment,” said Liz Soper, Director of K-12 Programs for National Wildlife Federation.
NWF’s Garden for Wildlife program encourages responsible gardening that helps pollinators and other wildlife thrive. It encourages planting with native species like milkweed and discouraging chemical pesticide use. With nearly 200,000 locations and growing, NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitats and Community Wildlife Habitats recognize individuals, schools, groups and whole communities committed to providing habitat for wildlife, including pollinators. Each of the nearly 200,000 certified locations provides food, water, cover and places to raise young. This makes yards, schools, businesses, places of worship, campuses, parks, farms and other community-based landscapes into wildlife sanctuaries. For more information on gardening for wildlife and details on how an entire community can become certified, visit www.nwf.org/habitat or call 1-800-822-9919.
National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization, inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future.
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.