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School One News
Special Olympic Torch Run
On Friday, June 12, the NJ Special Olympic Torch Run passed by School 1 with a cheering crowd of students and staff.  A donation of over $300 was collected from School 1 in their effort to support the Special Olympics.  Thank you to all that donated.
1st Annual School One Color Crazy Fun Run
On Sunday, May 31, 2015, Mr. Tavoularis and our PTA put together an exciting, fun-filled color crazy run for our school. Students, teachers, and parents ran twice around Abbott Boulevard while getting color thrown at them from volunteers at different stations. Students then met back at School One to celebrate the end of the race with fruit and snacks while dancing to a DJ and throwing more color! On Instagram, please look up our hashtag (#colorcrazyfunrun) to see all of the great photos from this day. We had such a great time and cannot wait until next year's run!
Circle the Arts 2015
On Friday, May 29th, 2015 School One proudly took part in Circle the Arts at Fort Lee High School. Ms. Suh displayed artwork in the gymnasium and Ms. Hernandez led our students in the all-city chorus. Additionally, Mr. Gioia conducted the all-city band and Mr. Rutkovsky led the strings chorus in this outstanding concert. Congratulations to all of our students for participating in this exciting event!
Field Day 2015
On Friday, May 29th, School One celebrated our annual Field Day. We had a beautiful day filled with games such as: three-legged race, egg and spoon race, toxic waste challenge, soccer ball kick, hula hoop race, sponge relay, basketball/beanbag toss, and Frisbee toss. Our sixth graders came in first place after working hard as a team in all events. Congratulations to all students for their great teamwork and having fun all day long! A big thank you goes to Mr. Tavoularis and our PTA for putting together a great day!
Fort Lee School One Chorus Students Featured in Bergen Record
Please click the link to view the local story about School One's Select Chorus that will appear in the American Young Voices concert at the Prudential Center on Thursday, June 4th.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/notable-feat-for-north-jersey-kids-1.1346159
May Grade Level Updates

Kindergarten

Kindergarteners are so excited that May is finally here! In Guided Reading, students are working hard in their small reading groups focusing on skills such as fluency and comprehension.  During Shared Reading, our students continue to explore both nonfiction and fictional stories. In Phonics, kindergartners are enjoying learning how to sound out and read CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words and word families. In Writer’s Workshop, our authors and illustrators continue working in their journals creating personal and fictional stories. In Math, our mathematicians learned about the different ways things can be measured. We have just begun Topic 13, where they are enjoying sorting, classifying, counting, and categorizing data. In Science, our scientists have learned about how plants and flowers grow and are currently learning about different kinds of animals and their habitats. In a few weeks, our students will begin learning about Memorial Day in Social Studies.  

 

First

First graders are so happy that spring weather has finally arrived giving warmth to the numerous spring projects that have been created for classroom and hallway displays. Students have been busy as bees learning as much as they can before entering second grade. During the month of April, students learned about and recognized Earth Day. They know they can help the Earth by reducing, recycling, and reusing things. Students learned strategies in Shared Reading to keep track of and remember information from a story. Students used various methods such as post-it notes, bookmarks, and graphic organizers. They retold stories orally and wrote summaries. They also continued to review and use strategies for self-monitoring and self-correcting. They used visualization techniques as well. Students learned to examine and evaluate the characters in a story. They also evaluated nonfiction. These skills and strategies will enable them to have more meaningful reading experiences. During Writing, students wrote nonfiction biographies about various men and women who have made positive contributions to society. They learned and practiced using dialogue correctly through fun and creative projects. They wrote nonfiction book reports after reading and highlighting important facts in a nonfiction book. Students continue to work hard to master reading and spelling words with short and long vowels. First graders learned to tell time to the hour and half hour, and how to use data from graphs and charts during their Math lessons. During Science, first graders completed their insect module. They observed the life cycle of the darkling beetle, butterfly, and milkweed bug. Several classes made insect projects, such as egg carton insects. During Social Studies, students learned about different views including bird’s eye, view from above, eye-level, and map view. They also learned their World Address that included the planet Earth down to their specific home addresses. First graders honored their mothers by making special Mother’s Day projects or buying plants for them.  Students are looking forward to School One’s Field Day, Memorial Day activities, and School One’s Color Crazy Run/Walk. First graders and first grade staff wishes all School One’s families a safe and restful summer!

 

Second
Our second graders are anxiously awaiting summertime fun. Reading continues to be our daily focus and our students have built up their stamina, so they are reading for longer periods of time. Not to mention the progress they made with their comprehension skills! Look out parents, your children are getting quite adept at persuasive writing, so expect some good debates! We will be completing math topics on money, measurement, and time. Students will use a variety of hands-on tools to gain practical, real-world experiences throughout these units. In our current science unit about air and weather, we have learned about temperature, climates, and clouds. We will be creating projects based on these themes. The students are also taking on the role of meteorologists by recording the daily weather and temperature conditions. In order to avoid the summer slide, make sure your children continue to read! School is hard work and some relaxation is needed to stimulate their brains. We are very proud of the accomplishments of our second graders, and know they will continue to make us proud next year in third grade!
 

Third
It's hard to believe the end of the year is fast approaching us as we begin to wrap up our work in the third grade. We have finished with all our PARCC testing and are enjoying the great spring weather (finally). In reading, we are continuing to prepare for fourth grade by comparing and contrasting themes, books in a series, and characters. Our nonfiction skills have been challenged with in-depth readings of biographies and research assignments on a variety of topics including ecosystems. We continue to explore the author's purpose and critical thinking skills. In language arts, we are building on our writing skills by exploring grammar and writing extended sentences and paragraphs that "paint a picture" or include specific details and facts to support topic ideas. It seems we may complete our entire math series as we investigate further into area, time, capacity, and data. In social studies the students are encouraged to explore important people and places of the world and specifically New Jersey, while in science we continue to act as geologists exploring the planet around us.

 

Fourth

Science is a big topic for fourth graders this month as they prepare to take the Science NJ ASK on Wednesday, May 27th. Students are diving deep into topics covering Earth Science, Physical Science, The Human Body, and Life Science. We are also striving to gain a deeper understanding of our ecosystem by engaging in analytical conversations and research on how to preserve our only home: Earth. In celebration of Earth Day last month, we promised to engage in proactive behaviors such as “Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling” daily. Additionally, fourth graders are continuing to read and write diligently using all the strategies learned throughout the year. Parents, be very proud of your child when you catch them reading, writing, and being creative independently at home utilizing all the skills they acquired this year. We sure are impressed!

 

Fifth
We are in full throttle into spring and nearing the end of the school year! In 5BA, the class is finishing Danny the Champion of the World and then moving on to The Diary of Anne Frank. In 5CS, the class is reading Devil’s Arithmetic.  In 5K, the class is reading Freak the Mighty.  The classes are continuing to work on basic story elements, vocabulary, and also higher-level thinking for these books. In science the fifth grade is studying the six biomes of the world: desert, arctic tundra, rainforest, deciduous forest, savannah, and temperate grasslands.  The students also just finished experimenting with terrariums using the FOSS kit.  The fifth grade social studies classes are moving along within the 1900s finishing up learning about WWI, the Roaring 20s, the Great Depression, and WWII.  The class will be moving into learning about the Cold War in the near future.  And finally, in math the students are all done preparing for the PARCC test and now we can focus on some fun topics such as geometry, coordinate planes, and then we will finish up the year with the STEP UP to sixth grade section of the book. What a great year it has been! We will top the year off with a trip to the Bronx Zoo and then Field Day where hopefully the fifth grade can take home first place!!!!

 

Sixth

Yes! We can sense seventh grade is right around the corner!  Joy and anticipation combine! In the interim, we have been studying The Lightning Thief, a fantastic book connecting us to our Greek mythology project in Social Studies. Of course, PARCC preparation has been a predominant theme for the past few months.  Now that we have concluded PARCC testing, we are looking forward to our June barbecue and the always excellent Spirit Cruise with our peers and teachers, enjoying a day of boating on the Hudson River.  Of course, there is more learning and studying yet to come before graduation, but we anticipate an excellent conclusion to our years spent here at School One.  

 

Specials

In physical education, we have a lot of exciting dates coming up! On May 27th, we are having a BOKS breakfast where someone from Whole Foods will show our BOKS kids how to make healthy smoothies! Our Field Day festivities will take place on May 29th; the students got to choose our t-shirt logo this year, so they are very excited! May 31st is our First Annual Color Crazy Run- you can still sign up online or on Sunday morning when you register. We also have a few upcoming field trips: our DARE trip will be to Dave and Busters on June 12th, our BOKS Jr. trip to Historical Park will take place on June 17th, and our BOKS Sr. trip to Bear Mountain will take place on June 19th.

In library, kindergarten through second grade students have been enjoying read-alouds from different authors each week. They are enjoying learning about different writing styles and characters. Third and fourth grade students continue to enjoy their read-alouds. Third graders are laughing while reading Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo and fourth graders are having a great time discussing Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Fifth and sixth grade students participated in the School One Library Book Bracket- a spinoff of March Madness. Students voted on Google Forms each week to eliminate books in a four-week tournament. I am pleased to announce that our students voted on Percy Jackson and the Olympian series as our 2015 School One Library Book Bracket Champion! Thanks for making my first year so much fun at School One! Have a great summer!

In art, the students have been busy finishing up projects that will be displayed in the Circle the Arts, which is on May 29th at the FLHS. Circle the Arts festival will exhibit the best works of talented students from each grade. I am very excited to showcase the projects the students have been working on throughout the school year!

In music, we are coming to the end of the year, where we review our skills from the past months and celebrate how far we've come and how much we have progressed. Some groups are preparing for upcoming Spring performances. The Recorder Ensemble has been having weekly rehearsals in preparation for our Spring Concert on June 3rd. Also part of the concert will be our Select Chorus. Their pieces will be sung at Circle the Arts, School One's Concert, and our exciting performance at the Prudential Center as part of American Young Voices. As the year approaches its end, our Sixth Graders are getting ready for their final performance and ceremony at School One: Moving Up. Thank you all for your hard work and positive energy this year!

 
School One 2014-2015 Educational Services Professional of the Year
My name is Michelle Baker and as the 2014-2015 Educational Services Professional of the year I am ecstatic to share my role in the school setting, and gratitude for this recognition.  I am a pediatric occupational therapist and have worked in the Fort Lee school district since January of 2009.  I received my undergraduate degree from the University of New York at Buffalo and my Masters in Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.  I have been practicing as a pediatric occupational therapist in both school-based and early intervention for 14 years. One of my most influential professional experiences was the two years I spent in Dublin, Ireland working at St. Joseph's School for the Visually Impaired.  This school is the only school in Ireland for blind and visually-impaired children and provides services from infancy up to 20 years of age.  It was an amazing experience professionally, culturally, and personally.  One of my favorite aspects of school-based therapy is the collaboration with teachers and administration. Occupational therapy services can be supportive to children of all ages and abilities and many tenets of OT practice can be integrated into the classroom.  The teachers of Fort Lee have welcomed these suggestions and have made occupational therapy part and parcel of their classroom programs.  Thank you School 1 staff for the recognition and support!
School One 2014-2015 Governor's Teacher of the Year
We are proud to announce that Ms. Lisandra Hernandez is this year's Teacher of the Year for School #1.  As a Music teacher, Ms. Hernandez continually challenges her students and herself by selecting musical pieces that are engaging, entertaining, and also stretches the musical abilities of her students. Her use of technology in her classes through the SmartBoard, interactive websites, and games enhance the learning activities.
Club Ed. After-School Program
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After School Club Survey
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School One's SADD Gives Back to Fort Lee
Serin Koh, School One's SADD president presents Jillian Raimondo, Director of FL Human Resources Department with a check in the amount of $500.  Students from School One donated monies along with holiday greetings and mini holiday Christmas tress to the needy of Fort Lee.
Easter Egg Hunt
Sixth grade students enjoyed helping their Kindergarten buddies hunt for Easter Eggs.  They celebrated the beautiful spring weather and enjoyed each other's company as they searched for brightly colored eggs on the Kindergarten playground.  What a nice way to begin the Spring break!
School One Color Crazy 2 Mile Run/Walk
School One BOKS and PTA are hosting a Color Crazy 2 Mile Run/Walk fundraiser. All proceeds will be going to School One's PTA, School One BOKS program, and Autism Speaks. The first 100 School One students to register will receive a free BOKS t-shirt! After the fundraiser, we will also be raffling off prizes to participants! Click here to register!

Date: Sunday, May 31, 2015
Check-In: 8:30AM -9:15AM
Times: 9:30AM (Run)
           9:45AM (Walk)
           11:00AM (Award Ceremonies)
Location: School One Playground & Abbott Boulevard
Registration Fee: $15
March Grade Level Updates

Kindergarten
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! In Kindergarten we have been reading many stories from Dr. Seuss in honor of Read Across America during the month of March.  In addition, students are continuing to read in their instructional reading groups.  In shared reading, they are looking at features in nonfiction stories.  In Writer’s Workshop, students are enjoying being authors and illustrators to their own story pieces.  They are also working very hard in their sight word notebooks which are sent home every Monday with new words to practice. In Social Studies, students are currently learning about famous women throughout history.  In Science, we are excited for Spring to arrive and to learn more about the season.

 

First

In spite of the stormy weather, first graders have plowed through February and March curriculum and holidays. During Shared Reading and Writing, first graders have been exploring nonfiction. They learned strategies to facilitate their understanding of nonfiction texts and the features of nonfiction such as contents, glossary, and captions. They also wrote “How to…” pieces and are currently working on writing an “All About…” book. During Math, first graders have been developing their understanding of tens and ones, expanded form, making and breaking tens, using a hundred chart to add and subtract, ordering numbers, and regrouping. Students are learning to read and spell long vowels in Phonics. First graders learned and completed projects about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Many classes celebrated the 100th Day of School with related literature, poems, and projects. They learned about ways to take care of their teeth for Dental Health Month. The students worked on various map skills in Social Studies. They learned that February is Black History Month, as well as some of the wonderful contributions a number of African Americans have made throughout history. Classes piloting a new program also compared schools from long ago to schools today. They even made their own personal time capsules. Students are currently studying changes that occur in families. The children have also been observing numerous insects. They will see the changes from egg to larva or nymph to pupa to adult. They have been taking notes and labeling diagrams like real scientists! Shamrocks and leprechauns have replaced hearts in classrooms and hallways. The children were very excited when the Cat in the Hat came to visit grades K and 1 for Read Across America Day in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. They wore hats and bowties to show their Dr. Seuss spirit. They have become aware that March is Women’s History Month. First grade happily awaits the official start of spring, and wishes all the School One families a wonderful spring, joyous spring holiday celebrations, and an enjoyable spring break!

 

Second
Second graders are soaring into spring as we continue to learn and grow during our second half of the year.  Students have just completed their nonfiction unit in reading and writing and were exposed to many different nonfiction features that help enhance reading.  Students had a blast creating individual “All About” Books on an animal of their choice.  They conducted research, compiled their facts, and produced outstanding pieces of work complete with interesting facts and illustrations.  We are very proud of all of their hard work!  In math, students are working on mastering the addition and subtraction of three-digit numbers.  In science second graders have begun our new unit on exploring the properties of air and weather.  The students are excited about the many hands-on learning activities they will participate in including building parachutes and balloon rockets.  Moving forward, second graders will continue to work on building their literacy skills through descriptive, explanatory writing pieces and monitoring and organizing their ideas while reading. The children are enjoying the warmer weather with outdoor recess.  Their continued focus and learning will help better prepare them as they get closer and closer to third grade.   

 

Third
The 3rd grade is marching into spring with new experiences and challenging adventures. This month we were the first grade in School 1 to participate in the PARCC exam. We had three days of ELA (English-Language Arts) testing and two days of mathematics testing. It was a hard challenge, but we met it with confidence and tried our best. We really worked hard! As for our regular learning, we’ve continued in math to explore fractions, polygons, and the area of objects. Moving forward, we will develop skills in telling time, using schedules, and calculating perimeter. We continue to develop our reading comprehension skills by identifying author’s purpose, the importance of nonfiction features and structures, character development, and comparing and contrasting texts that are rich and complex. In writing, we are expanding our nonfiction writing skills and techniques as well as continuing to respond to prompts about texts. In addition, we are excited to begin a new unit in science on rocks and minerals. Our young geologists will investigate mock rocks to find “minerals” as well as experiment with real materials used by geologists in the field. It should be a fun experience for us all!

 

Fourth

Fourth grade is well on their way to new and exciting adventures.  Please come along with us as we start diving into learning new concepts in Science.  We will be focusing on life cycles, the water cycle, and motion and force. In math, we are going to continue working on building our knowledge of fractions and transferring that knowledge to decimals. Reading is so much fun in fourth grade.  We are learning different strategies to apply to our own independent books. Writing is fun as we dive into comparing and contrasting different genres.

 

Fifth
After a long, cold, and snowy winter, SPRING is in the air!! And the 5th graders are looking forward to it.  The fifth grade is currently reading three books in their respective reading groups.  They consist of Danny the Champion of the World, Devil’s Arithmetic, and The Giver.  The classes are working on character analysis, author point of view, and making inferences while reading.  In Math, the 5th grade students have been immersed in fractions: from adding/subtracting fractions and mixed numbers to multiplying/dividing fractions and mixed numbers, the students have been working hard to understand these concepts and apply them to word problems of all sorts.  We will soon be finishing fractions and moving on to a topic that mostly all students enjoy: GEOMETRY! While continuing with the study of our ecosystem, Science has been fun the past couple of months as the students have learned about our Earth’s natural resources and how air, water, and land is protected in our environment.  Animal adaptations to these natural resources have been integrated into our studies.  Once PARCC testing is over the students will get into “hands-on experiments” that will include topics in life science, earth science, physical science, and the human body, all of which should take us through the spring!  In social studies the 5th grade just completed a unit on Industrialization and the modern United States.  Our tech-savvy students have learned that the internet was a major force in the 90s! (Feels like a long time ago to them!!)  Once PARCC testing is over, we will begin a unit in which many parents and grandparents may have personal experience: World War II and The Cold War.  Using these topics will give the students a chance to connect to their relatives and understand what they went through and how it relates to them today.

 

Sixth

Our sixth grade brains are filled to overflowing with preparations for PARCC!  This week and next we'll be taking the tests, and will be happy to have completed the required testing.  But, being sixth graders, we're also having fun at School One.  For instance, our DARE basketball team is practicing regularly, and our cheerleaders devote themselves to creative chants to motivate the DARE team to WIN!  Another area of enjoyment is collecting baby pictures for the yearbook.  Wow! Mitosis has done its job! Parents, you would be pleased to see how gentle your children are with the kindergartners, as they participate in Easter egg hunts, pumpkin painting, making greeting cards, and other communal activities. The sixth graders have designed a poetry/kite flying bulletin board, and extended their science lesson by making three dimensional  pyramids depicting energy pyramids. Seventh grade beckons!

 

Specials

In physical education, the BOKS program has teamed up with the PTA to host a FUNdraiser to raise money for the PTA, the BOKS program, and for Autism Speaks. The event is called "School No. 1 Color Crazy 2 Mile Run/Walk” and it will be held here in Fort Lee. This event will be happening on Sunday, May 31, 2015. We feel that this will really bring our school community together as well as raise money for a great cause. The cost is only $15 per person and the first 100 students will receive a FREE BOKS t-shirt. You can register here: https://www.familyid.com/programs/school-no-1-color-crazy-2-mile-run-walk .
In library, kindergarten through second grade students are enjoying author studies. Kindergarten students are listening to books by Lois Ehlert. First grade students are reading books by Kevin Henkes. Second grade students are enjoying William Steig books. Third grade students are enjoying Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo as a read-aloud. Fourth graders are reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Both of these titles were donated to our library by School One’s PTA! Fifth and sixth graders are learning how to gather information on topics that they are learning about in their social studies classes. Fifth graders are exploring Industrialization in the United States while sixth graders are exploring books and websites about Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome.

In art, the kindergarten students are using mixed mediums to create artworks inspired by artists like Klee, Matisse, and Monet. The first and third grade students are getting ready for spring and have been working on flower projects inspired by Van Gogh and Picasso. The second graders have been learning about still life and all about Paul Cezanne. The fourth graders are getting a little messy and creating sculptures with fun poses. The fifth grade students are creating their own unique characters, which will be featured in their comic strip. And the 6th grade students are designing playbill covers after learning about musicals and operas in music class.
In music, kindergarten has been doing a lot of dancing and moving with partners and musical cues. In addition, they've also been introduced to the major scale and the xylophone. First grade has been working with multicultural music by singing songs and performing dances from Africa, Hungary, Turkey, and South America. Second grade has moved on to sight-singing notes on the staff and playing instrumental parts using the notes on the staff. We've also learned about Time Signatures in written music. Third grade is finishing up their first duets or recorder. Next, we will introduce xylophones and percussion instruments into our melodies. Fourth grade has been working or form in music using movement, SmartBoard activities and instruments. Fifth grade has been focusing on tonality: major, minor and pentatonic. Sixth grade is exploring musicals and working on a collaborative art project as well.

County Executive Visits School One
County Executive Jim Tedesco visited School One's 3ML class to talk about Bergen County with students. The students were prepared for his visit by learning all about his job and responsibilities. While here, Mr. Tedesco taught the children about the role of politicians in local government.
The Cat in the Hat Visits School One!
On Tuesday, March 3rd at 10am, the Cat in the Hat will be visiting School One to meet our kindergarten and first grade students. This is an exciting opportunity for students to meet a world-famous book character by Dr. Seuss. In addition to the Cat, we will be hosting a special guest reader during this assembly!
Important Test Dates
PARCC Test Dates
Grade 3 PARCC PBA Assessment March 2-5
Grade 4 PARCC PBA Assessment March 6-11
Grade 5 PARCC PBA Assessment March 12-17
Grade 6 PARCC PBA Assessment March 18-23
 
Future Test Dates
Grade 2 CTB IN VIEW April 15-17
Grades 3-6 PARCC EOY Assessment (specific grade dates TBA) April 27-May 22
Grade 4 NJASK Science May 27


 
January Grade Level Updates

 

Kindergarten

Happy New Year! We are so excited about all the new things we are going to be learning this half of the school year.  In Phonics, we are reviewing the sounds of the alphabet along with the letter formation for each letter.  Students are also applying these sounds in their reading and writing.  In Reading, students are identifying the main character in stories and learning about where the story takes place.  In addition, each student has received their sight word notebook for them to practice writing and reading each word.  In Math, students have been practicing counting and writing numbers 1-100.  They have been working with patterns counting by 1s, 2s, and 10s.  In Social Studies, our classes have been learning about Eskimos.  We have also begun talking about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his contributions to our society. In Science the students explored the Solar System, learning about the 8 planets, the stars and more specifically the sun.    

 

First

First graders spent time in December learning about and preparing for several winter holidays. Projects included Santas, elves, menorahs, and kinaras. Students learned about why various holidays are celebrated as well as some traditions that many families include while celebrating them. Families demonstrated different aspects of various holidays by creating projects such as models, dioramas, and posters. These projects were presented to their peers. Students in each class decorated a tree with special notes that were then given to needy families with a gift card. It was an opportunity for all to exhibit their holiday spirit and generosity. Students have continued to recognize the sounds of the short vowels a, i, u, and o, and have been working hard to master words for their Spelling tests. Many classes have continued to meet their class goals for the monthly reading logs, and reading levels have improved as a result. During Shared Reading, students continue to learn strategies such as using picture clues, context clues, and their own experiences to understand unfamiliar words or confusing parts of a story. Students have published personal narratives, and have begun a new unit in Writing that includes pattern books. In Math, students have practiced making a ten on a ten frame, used related facts to add and subtract, added three addends together, and created fact families. In Social Studies, first graders are learning about different types and parts of a map including the map key and compass rose. In Science, students continued to investigate motion by creating spinning tops, using zoomers, and seeing how air resistance affects twirly birds and wings. They will begin rolling investigations that will include wheels, ramps, and marbles. It has been a fun hands on learning experience for all. Snowflakes, snowmen, sleds, and mittens, have replaced holiday decorations in classrooms and hallways. January is an opportunity for a new start and new goals for all. Many students have made personal resolutions to kick off the new year. The first grade staff wishes all the School One families a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2015!

 

Second

Second graders are currently working on…

 

listening--- to one another brainstorm ideas for our creative writing pieces which we are now composing.

 

loving--- the time we practice on the new chromebooks and learn our lessons with our new smart TV and projectors.

 

thinking---about completing our class work and school work each day in the new year as we get closer to becoming third graders.

 

wanting--- to play outside and hope spring comes early.

 

needing--- to read and write and practice math everyday to exercise our brains

 

questioning---to help us understand  what we are learning and what we already know.

 

Third

Welcome back and Happy New Year. Third grade has begun 2015 with enthusiasm and loads of energy! In literacy, our students have been exploring nonfiction and practicing the skills needed to understand these complex texts.  We have been comparing and contrasting the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.(RI.3.9)  In Math, we have wrapped up our topics on multiplication, and our mathematicians are excited to learn about division over the next few weeks. Working on the Chrome Books has been so much fun!  We will continue to explore educational websites that support the skills we are learning and respond to our classmates on our Google Classroom pages.  

Fourth

It may be cold outside, but the 4th graders are warming up to several new areas of focus this winter.  In math, we are honing our two-digit multiplication skills and diving into one and two digit division as well as fractions.  In our writing units we continue to work on narrative writing elements including using figurative language, sophisticated dialogue, idioms, similes, and metaphors.  We are also working on analyzing different forms of literature and writing essays discussing theme, genre, mood, plot, character analysis, and point of view, all while utilizing more advanced vocabulary. In future weeks we will be writing persuasive & argumentative essays utilizing non-fiction text and different forms of media.  In social studies we are delving into how colonial regions differ in their geography, economy and government.  

 

Fifth

In our reading classes the three books that are being read are Trumpet of the Swans, Tuck Everlasting, and Devil’s Arithmetic.  With these books we are implementing many reading strategies that include character analysis, words in context, inferencing, and predicting.  We continue to include story elements that are essential to basic understanding of novels such as setting, characters, plot, and theme.  A major teaching tool that we have had the class do is turn and talk with each other to discuss different points of view as well as the author’s point of view.  
Lately, in our math classes we have been working on multiplying and dividing with decimals.  This will lead us into the next three chapters that have to do with all fractional concepts, decimals, and percents. With all of these topics the students continue to work with multiple step word problems that require next level thinking.  We have also begun to implement PARCC type questions with our topic tests that require students to have multiple solutions to one problem.  Many of the problems that the students are working on require them to explain in their own words how they reached their solution.  Many of these math skills integrate with the studies they are doing in science and social studies.
In science students are continuing to work collaboratively with each other using the FOSS kit and they are enjoying it while learning some new ideas.  Currently we are working on the concept of variables and how they change the outcome of experiments.  We have worked with pendulums, boats, and now planes.  We make sure to have students use research as a major component of science and also writing explanations to research type questions.  In social studies we have been working in the new books that we continue to pilot.  The students just got finished learning what started the Civil War and now we are learning about the “ins and outs” of the Civil War.  What was life like for these people during that time?  This is the big question that we have our students think about.  We want them to understand the hardships that our past faced so we can have the life we have now.
​As we move forward we will be implementing PARCC practice in our class, focusing on reading and math.  This state test will be in a couple of months so be prepared to see assignments coming home for practice in these areas.  Anyway, that’s enough for now, hope all is well with you and we are looking forward to continuing this excellent year!!

 

Sixth

Our School One sixth graders have had a very busy few months.  They've celebrated the holidays with an International luncheon , as well as shared a special movie  with their Kindergarten buddies  .Since they've returned from the winter break, there is great emphasis on practicing for the PARCC exams, along with building DNA projects for Science.  There will be a Social Studies Greek mythology project coming soon!

 

Guidance

    This month we will be running our Social Skills Groups.

 

We will be offering social skills groups for these students, held in the guidance office. Groups are time limited and are 4 sessions in length. Children are placed with peers who are of a similar age and developmental level. Social skills groups are beneficial for children who have:

  • Anxiety/Depression

  • ADHD

  • Oppositional behaviors

  • Asperger’s Disorder

  • Poor communication skills

  • Difficulty making friends

  • Troubles with teasing

  • Debilitating shyness

  • Difficulty asserting themselves with peers

 

Skills that are focused upon are targeted to aid specific needs in the children who attend, as well as general skills to enhance interpersonal relationships including:

  • Active Listening

  • Conversation Skills

  • Emotional Recognition and Expression Skills

  • Empathy building

  • Problem Solving

  • Anger Management

  • Relaxation Skills

  • Dealing with Teasing/Bullying

  • Being a Good Sport

 

Specials

In physical education, students are learning about shooting a basketball. They are focusing on the acronym B.E.E.F. This helpful strategy stands for “Balance,” “Bend Elbow (in toward body), “Eyes” (on rim), and “Follow through.” These help to focus on the important cues of taking a shot.

In library, kindergarten and first grade students read stories about Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas before break. Recently, they have read stories about winter and Martin Luther King, Jr. Second and third grade students have been practicing logging on to the computers and practicing their typing skills. Fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students recently started their first research projects on Martin Luther King, Jr. Fourth and fifth grade are making different mini books, and sixth graders are making Google Slides presentations with partners.

In art, the students have been busy creating amazing projects. From winter themed art (K-3rd grade) to monochromatic landscape paintings (4th grade) to one-point perspective drawings (6th grade), the students have been enhancing their knowledge and technique with each project. The students continue to learn about famous artists, such as Gustav Klimt and Henri Matisse.

In music, kindergarten is learning how to play instruments independently and read music rhythms. First grade is working on composing using literacy skills as learning new solfege and rhythms. Second grades are learning to read melodic notation on the staff in preparation for recorder next year. Third graders are beginning to play recorder duets and are advancing quickly. Fourth fifth and sixth graders are using movement, instruments and technology to compose new music and analyze compositions during class.

In Spanish,  3rd grade students are learning about fruits in Spanish. One of their favorite activities is sharing with their classmates what fruits they want to eat. One of their favorite words from this lesson is la manzana. 4th grade students are learning about places in Spanish. This month, the students are sharing the names of places they want to go to in Spanish. One of their favorite places is la biblioteca.

 
PARCC Letter to Parents



Dear Parent/Guardian:
 

In the spring of 2015, the New Jersey Department of Education will begin to administer the PARCC assessment to students in grades three through eleven.  The PARCC assessment is an electronic assessment designed to measure student proficiency in Language Arts and Mathematics, as defined by the Common Core Standards.  This two-part computer assessment will replace the NJASK Mathematics and the NJASK Language Arts in grades three through eight. It will also replace the HPSA Mathematics and HSPA Language Arts in grade eleven.  The NJASK Science in grades four and eight, as well as the NJ Biology Competency test at the high school level, will continue throughout the 2014-2015 school year.  

 

The first part of the computer based assessment, the Performance Based portion, will be administered to Fort Lee students between March 2nd & March 27th.  The second part of the assessment, the End of Year portion, will be administered between April 27th & May 22nd for students in grade three through eight, and between April 20th & May 15th for students in grade nine through eleven.  In both the Performance Based and End of Year PARCC assessment, the Language Arts section consists of three assessments, and the Mathematics portion consists of two assessments.  Specific dates and times for each grade level within these date ranges will be provided once each school finalizes their schedule.  Our Administrative Team will also be hosting PARCC Parent Nights in the end of January.  Please check our website for updated information.

 

To learn more about the PARCC Assessment please visit:

 

http://www.parcconline.org/for-parents (PARCC information for parents)

http://www.parcconline.org (Sign up for online newsletter)

http://practice.parcc.testnav.com (Practice tests)

http://www.corestandards.org/ (Common Core Standards website)

 

        Sincerely,    

        Lauren Carrubba

        Director of School Counseling Services

 
SADD Officers Encourage School One Students to Donate
This month, our SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Officers bought Christmas trees for every classroom in School One. Students from each class proceeded to decorate the trees with hand written letters to the needy in our Fort Lee community.  Many students donated one dollar each to help purchase gift cards to local supermarkets for the needy in our area.  Additionally, students have also collected hats, scarves and mittens to be donated as well.  Our School One student body truly participated in the spirit of giving to those less fortunate during this holiday season.
November Grade Level Updates

Kindergarten

We are so excited about all the the fun things that we have been doing in Kindergarten! In Phonics, students have begun identifying sounds and learning letter formation for numerous letters in the alphabet.  In Reading, students have learned about how to care for books, identify titles, authors, and illustrators.  They have also learned how to make predictions through titles and covers.  In Writing, they have begun writing in their journals about things they like which has been very exciting as they have become their own authors and illustrators!  In Math, we have been working with reading, writing, and counting numbers 0-10.  In Science, we had fun learning about apples, pumpkins, and the Fall.  In Social Studies, we are learning about Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. Lastly, students will be making hats to bring with them to our annual Thanksgiving Feast which will be here in a few weeks!

 

First

First graders have been working hard to improve their skills. They have reviewed the consonant sounds and will begin an in-depth study of short vowels. Most classes have started a monthly themed reading log with class goals to encourage independent reading and improve reading skills. Students have been working on addition and subtraction strategies, and problem solving in Math. They have taken on the role of authors and illustrators by using the writing process to write personal narratives and several short books. During Science, students have learned about balance by using counterweights to keep objects such as a crayfish stable. They have also made their own mobiles. They have learned about respecting themselves and others, and have even cooperatively created posters with Anti-Bullying messages. Classes have learned about Veterans Day through activities such as literature, songs, poems, and soldier projects. We also honored our veterans with a “Wall of Heroes” display. Thanksgiving projects such as books about the first Thanksgiving and turkeys are already hanging as a reminder of the upcoming holiday and all that the students have to be grateful for in their lives!

 

Second

The second-graders are completing unit 2 in reading and writing. The children are well entrenched in the classroom routines. With new technology in our classes, our students are learning in new and fascinating ways. As the first marking period is ending soon, it is our hope that  our students in second grade continue to grow and learn.

 

Third

There are BIG happenings in third grade! We have started multiplication (Topic 4) in Math, and that is BIG! Please review the facts each night because that is the only way to memorize them.We are reading about the first Thanksgiving, and will be doing a story map and writing about the Pilgrims journey and how the Native Americans helped them survive. Our stories will be hanging in the hallway on our bulletin board. Down come the Halloween ghosts and up go the turkeys!

 

Fourth

Good Vibrations are happening throughout the 4th grade.  We studied and analyzed the importance and impact of Sound throughout our lives.  In Social Studies, we are stepping back in time to study the Colonial Life of boys and girls.  In our small group reading centers we are focusing on integral higher-level reading skills such as main idea and supporting details, and predicting, as well as continually refining our grammar and spelling skills.  Halloween was a blast and the students are looking forward to our upcoming Thanksgiving projects and activities!       

 

Fifth

Math is off to a great start!  We have reviewed many older topics during the month of September to refresh their skills, for example rounding and estimating whole numbers and decimals.  We are continuing with multiplication, division, and incorporating open-ended questions as well.  The students are also practicing PARCC like questions to prepare for the new state test this year.  Our goal is to have students become proficient in explaining exactly how to solve problems.  The class is on their way to becoming excellent math students.

           In science the students are studying about classification of animals including vertebrates and invertebrates.  The students are researching on the laptops daily unusual animals such as sponges, hydras, arthropods, starfish, worms, sharks, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and many fascinating vertebrates and invertebrates.  The students are also continuing to present amazing weekly presentations on various different and exciting topics, including experiments to make learning in science fun!

           In social studies we began the year discussing pathfinders and pioneers such as Daniel Boone, Meriwether Lewis, and William Clark.  This led us into learning about the settles in the Northwest Territory and eventually the War of 1812.  Students were then extremely excited to read about the Industrial Revolution and how this time led to many great inventions, many we still use today!  Furthermore, our 5th grade students are lucky enough to be able to help pilot the new social studies program which includes brand new textbooks and an online component to help with instruction.  So far so good with the new program and here are few quotes from students so far!!!: “I really like the text book because it is well organized”. “I like the way the subtitles tell us exactly what each section is about”. We look forward to exploring this new text, while connecting both reading and writing to meet the Common Core Content Standards.

           In reading the entire 5th grade is working on skills such as character analysis, making inferences, making connections, and making predictions.  The grade is split into reading groups and some of the novels that are being read are: The Devil’s Arithmetic, The Summer of the Swans, and James and the Giant Peach.  The 5th grade also embodies the Good Habits, Great Readers program and the skills taught through this program into the novels that we read.  Language arts has involved Wordly Wise practice to help build vocabulary and spelling, as well as learning about nouns and verbs in sentences.

           The 5th grade is a great group of children with lots of enthusiasm and even more potential.  We are off to a great start!!

 

Sixth

The sixth graders are definitely enjoying being the "Seniors" at School One.  Many new children have entered our class from other schools.  We are busy learning new Math, English, Science, Social Studies, and Reading. Our Chromebooks allow us to stretch into new arenas. In addition, we are participating in the Kindergarten Buddies program, and recently helped the little people decorate pumpkins for Halloween. We're looking forward to the upcoming holiday season!

 

Specials

In physical education, students are learning about great exercises and healthy habits while having fun before school begins in our BOKS program. Over 100 students have been participating! We have two groups: BOKS (grades 2-6) and a BOKS Jr. (grades K-1).

In library, students have read books about going back to school, Halloween, and autumn. Soon we will be reading Thanksgiving and holiday books! Also, students are learning how to log onto computers and access TypingWeb. Students in grades 5 and 6 have been writing blog posts about different topics. Students in grades 4 through 6 just learned about Google Classrooms and have been working on assignments while in the library.

In art, the students in all grade levels have been learning about the elements of art such as colors, lines, and shapes and have been creating amazing projects! The kindergarten students explored using paint and mixing colors for the first time. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders have been studying about famous artist's like Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Vincent van Gogh. The 5th graders just finished up a contour line project and will be studying about George Seurat and Pointillism. The 6th graders have been working hard designing and painting unique color wheels.

In music, classes are busy composing, reading notation and playing music together. Our chorus is busy rehearsing for the Holiday concert on December 12 at FLHS and our Recorder Karate Program is in full swing. In addition, classes began preparing for our annual Holiday Assembly!
  In Spanish, 3rd grade students are learning about rooms of the house. One of their favorite activities is when they are shown an object and the students have to tell which room it belongs in. In 4th grade, the students are learning about action verbs. This monrth, the students will demonstrate the action verb and their classmates will identify the action in Spanish. For our Thanksgiving activity, the students will be coloring a turkey in Spanish.
Feliz Día De Acción De Gracias!
 

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TypingWeb

Students in grades 3-6 have been practicing their typing skills by utilizing the website typingweb.com. Students are able to complete practice courses and typing tests to develop their skills in preparation for the upcoming PARCC test. In order to enhance their typing skills, we are asking that students also practice at home or at the local library. All students need to log in using their student ID as both username and password in order for teachers to track their progress and assess their growth throughout the year. A notice will be coming home with students to help them log in at home.

 
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