- About CSCA
- Curriculum & Schedule
I imagine your kids are sleeping well this week after two engaging, blissful days back to school. It is our hope that they love it and know they are loved. Below are some bits of information about our week and what is coming up.
During the first 2 days of school, the students were introduced or reacquainted with Spirit Time. A jar with water and glitter was used to demonstrate how our minds our busy and when we become still we can become clear (taken from a picture book called Peaceful Piggy Meditation). The first 5 minutes of Spirit Time is for quiet stillness, or meditation, then the students are invited to do something else quiet and to themselves. We ask, “What does your spirit need?” Students usually use this time for drawing, coloring, writing, resting, reading, or to continue meditation. After about 10 minutes, the students are invited to continue what they are doing or participate in an optional lesson. This usually involves reading a book and/or having a discussion or experience around a theme.
Next week we will be reading books on kindness and introducing the kindness wreath. The kindness wreath is a way for the students to recognize kindness in themselves and each other. The students can earn kindness ribbons when a teacher or another student notices them doing an an act of kindness for another classmate. The students can earn and collect kindness ribbons to be tied on to the class kindness wreath, which becomes a colorful, beautiful reminder of all of the positive acts of kindness. We also teach the students that not all acts of kindness will be noticed, and that doing something from your heart is the most important part of being kind, not being recognized.
Next week we will introduce simple machines through a problem solving activity that will require teamwork and creativity. On Thursday, Explora is coming to CSCA for hands-on simple machine activities!
On Thursday at Paradise Hills Park, we observed an incident that I would like to share with you, as my own daughter’s account of the incident to my husband was quite different than what transpired, oh my. For about 20 minutes, we observed the fire department and police arrive to a scene on the nearby road where a mother had accidentally locked her keys in her car with her toddler in it. Students watched, waited and hoped for the best, from a distance down the grassy hill. A tarp was draped over the vehicle to offer shade, as the windows were all up. Ultimately, the emergency team got in through the driver’s window and took the toddler and mother into the fire truck to cool down. No ambulance was called, and the mom drove away with her child moments later.
…Back in the classroom
This week we will be focusing on literature genres so that we can become expert Librarians and be resources for other students in our classroom library. In addition, students will also be asked to find a biography/autobiography of a President or other important American for an upcoming book project.
Coming This Week
-Science with simple machines begins
-(Everyday) Please bring backpack, snack, lunch, water bottle with name. Put sunscreen on your child for the park, or you can send it to school labeled with your child’s name to be applied before recess.
Art and music instruction begin!
Bring booster, swimsuit, towel, flip-flops, and anything you child needs for swimming (goggles optional, floaties not needed). We will leave the school around 1:15 pm, and we will return by 3:45. Please let me know if you would rather pick your child up from UNM, and one of us will stay with that group of students for pick-up. FIELD TRIP PERMISSION SLIPS MUST BE RETURNED FOR YOUR CHILD TO PARTICIPATE PLEASE. (Attached)
-Bring show and tell
-Explora is coming to us!
-Bring booster in case we can go to the Taylor Ranch Library. PLEASE SEND YOUR CHILD’S ABQ LIBRARY CARD WITH PIN, if you haven’t already.
Here are a few upcoming announcements and reminders for your convenience:
Field Trips at a Glance–
PE Wed Swimming at UNM Therapy Pool on Wednesdays: Aug 17, 24, 31, and Sept 7
PE Wed Little Gym PE dates TBA
Aug 11 No field trip, REGULAR CLASS DAY
Aug 18 Service Project Introduction; Problem Solving with Explora coming to us
(their simple machines kit); library
Aug 25 Tinkertown in the Sandia Mountains, students bring quarters for
Sept 1 Service Project and Problem Solving at school: Parks/Rec Walk This Way safety presentation, followed by bike safety with 3rd+ and stranger danger role playing with all students; library tentative
Sept 8 NM School of Music; library
Sept 15 State Fair (We decided chaperones will not be taking kids on rides, as there are so
many other things we plan to do at the fair, but parents may take their own children on rides.)
Sept 22 Explora
Sept 29 Santa Fe Children’s Museum for engineering
Oct 6-13 No field trips due to Fall Break
Oct 20 Service Project/Problem Solving, library
Oct 27 Pumpkin Patch
Nov 3 National Museum of Nuclear Science and History
Nov 10 We are visiting a farm! Library
Nov 17 Problem Solving/service project, library
Nov 24 Thanksgiving break
Dec 1 Fall Out or Kid’s Gym (class will vote), library
Dec 8 Popejoy or Problem Solving, library
Dec 15 Problem solving/Service Project w/(Cuidando Los Ninos wrapping), library, Winter
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