Students Enjoy Cinco de Mayo Activities Led by Our Spanish Teachers


Senora McDonald and Senora Elsa organized a wonderful Mexican celebration to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

Middle school students helped with the activities while prekindergarten through fifth grade students participated in them.

Our Spanish teachers talked about the Cinco de Mayo battle and why and how the day is celebrated around the world. The students played traditional Mexican games like “Loteria” and “Cola al Burro”, and they also got creative by making mustaches and paper flowers, took funny pictures and danced “la Macarena”.

Senora Elsa says, “It was really fun!” 

By the looks of these pictures, we definitely agree!

Kindergarten Kids Keeping Up With Current News


Ms. Sarah’s kindergarten students changed up their recent Science lesson to learn about volcanoes after hearing the current news about the volcanoes in Hawaii.

The Jungle Cats did several mini-lessons throughout the day including learning what a volcano is and researching the biggest volcano known to man (which is another interesting fact as it’s on Mars!). The students also learned how islands are formed by underwater volcanoes.

The kids ended their day with a hands-on project as they made models of volcanoes with clay and used red construction paper to show flows and eruptions of lava.

Ms. Sarah says, “It was a great day filled with learning and excitement.”

PS & PK: Sharing Our Artwork!


It’s time to share our artwork with our friends!

All of our preschool and prekindergarten students are working on a project that focuses on drawing a character with a setting or background. The young students used crayon and water colors to make a water color resist.  

Preschool and prekindergarten Art teacher Ms. S says the kids will continue studying backgrounds and setting which will help them learn how to design their own background for their end-of-the-year performance.

Below are pictures of Ms. Moriah’s prekindergarten Tiger class and Ms. Martha’s prekindergarten Eagle class, both sharing their artwork with friends.

Stay tuned to discover what our preschool and prekindergarten performance background will be!

                                             

   

   

   

                                     

 

Former TCDS Student to Hold Special Dress Down Day Friday for “Kena’s Kits”


This Friday, May 4, we will have a special Dress Down Day!

Liam Johnson, a TCDS alumni, is currently a freshman at Sahuaro High School. His brother Aiden is in eighth grade at TCDS, and his mother Mrs. Johnson is a guest teacher at our school.

As an Eagle Scout, Liam came up with a wonderful project for children who have cancer and are in the hospital – and he approached TCDS administration to see if our school could help with funding this project.

Liam writes…

“My name is Liam Johnson, and I am working on my Eagle Scout Project.   I am making comfort kits for children who are in the hospital fighting cancer. I decided on the name Kena’s Kits, because I followed a little girl’s journey from the day she was diagnosed to the day she passed away.  I have gotten permission from Kena’s family to use her name and images for my project.  My cousin was also diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on the same day as Kena and is currently in remission. 

While following Kena’s and my cousin’s story, I learned a lot about what families go through, and I wanted to do something that makes their life a little easier or their stay feel more like home.

The bags are from ThirtyOne and are extremely durable.  With the funds raised from the Dress Down Day, I will be filling the bags with age appropriate items such as:

Chap stick      Stuff Animals      Lipstick Gum        Window Clings      Soft blankets String to make bracelets       Cozy Socks     Soaps               Hard Candies        Journals         Nail polish       Any age appropriate toys/items –baby to 16 Coloring books          Crossword puzzles       Games – that can be played from bed             Comics          Action figures           Rubik’s cubes           Stress balls                   Model magic            Joke books/Mad Libs             Silly Putty

I have contacted Diamond Children’s Hospital here in Tucson, Arizona, where the bags will be donated.  They are so excited for this project and are looking forward to see how many Kits I can assemble. If you are wanting to help sponsor a bag or fillers, you can make an additional donation at paypal.me/kenaskits or feel free to share with family and friends.”

Below, from left to right, (top) 1) Liam holds a Kena’s Kits bag, 2) The Kena’s Kits were named after Kena.                                                                                                    (middle) 3) Some of the items which will go into a Kena’s Kits bag, 4) Kena’s Kits bag,                                                                                                                                        (bottom)5) Liam has already been able to purchase several items to put in some Kena’s Kits bags.

                                                                                          

                                                               

                                                                                             

Pioneer Dress-Up Day and Westward Expansion Museum Concludes Second Grade “West” Unit


It’s Pioneer Day for second grade students!

All of our second grade kids completed their Westward Expansion unit with a “Pioneer Dress-Up Day” followed by a daytime and evening museum in each of their classrooms for other classes (during the school day) and later, for parents and families, to see and learn about all the amazing projects the students worked on during this unit.

Here are some pictures of the kids with their “families” while heading West.

We asked some of the students – using the names they used in their “Western families – to tell us their favorite parts and what they learned about the Westward Expansion unit. 

“My favorite part was [making] the soap.”  ~ Samuel

“My favorite part was making the covered wagon.”  ~ Charles

“My favorite part was making the temporary shelters.”  ~ Emma

“My favorite part is making the butter.”  ~ Robert

“I can’t have a favorite part. I love everything!”  ~ Delphine

“We learned about three different boats – a keel boat, a flat boat, a steam boat…We learned about three different types of clouds.”  ~ Nellie

“My favorite part was making the rafts.”  ~ Mr. Gus 

 

Students brought their families in to check out what they learned.

Congratulations to every second grade student, their teachers and families for working so hard and learning so much from “heading West”!