7 Habits “Come to Life” with Etiquette Practice

We’re incorporating etiquette classes into our fifth graders’ day!

Lunch Director Mrs. Stacey Love visits the fifth grade classrooms once a week to teach engaging etiquette classes. The kids enjoy the class – it’s meant to reiterate the value of manners which support the Leader in Me 7 Habits!

Mrs. Maddock writes, “They are having a great time!! Plus, we challenge them to utilize these manners all of the time! Holding doors for others, sitting up in our seats, appropriate conversations during lunch, as well as voice levels, showing off we are ladies and gentlemen. This is all aligned with Mr. Cooper’s vision, as well as 7 Habits…Thanks, [Ms. Stacey] for going the extra mile to work with our 5th graders!”

These ladies and gentleman were such fun! Watch out families… your student will be “setting” your table and making you cut your McDonald’s french fries using the Continental method!” says Ms. Stacey.

Another Amazing Winter Concert with 4th-8th Grade Students

The 4th through 8th grade Winter Concert was amazing!

First to sing was the after-school choir group the “Singers” – students in 4th and 5th grade. They sang “The Shepherds Saw a Star” and “The Spirit of the Season”. Music teacher Mrs. Bell and middle school teacher Mrs. Barney are the “Singers” directors.

The fourth grade classes took to the stage next to sing “Twas in the Moon of Wintertime”, “Jammin’ Bells” and “Silent Night” with a solo performed by Gabriel Heller. 

Fifth grade students had a great time singing “Hanukkah, O Hanukkah”, “Rockin’ Robin” and “Last Christmas”. 

Next to perform was the middle school choir. They performed “Nutcracker Jingles”, “White Christmas” accompanied by Donovin O. and “Patapan Fantasia”. Donovin O. rounded out the middle school choir performance with a piano solo of “Carol of the Bells”. 

Some teachers had a fun – and comedic – staff performance next.

The middle school orchestra proudly came on stage afterward. The orchestra performed “Two by Two”, “Silent Night”, “Jupiter”, “Chimes” and Selections from “Apollo Suite”.

Ending the musical evening was the middle school band. The band performed “La Bamba”, “Macarena”, “Jingle Bells on the Housetop” and “Ancient Echoes”.

Music teacher Mrs. Bell teaches fourth grade music (as well as kindergarten through third grade), and she also directs the middle school choir and after-school choir “Singers” along with Mrs. Barney.

Music teacher Mr. Rice teachers fifth grade music, and he also directs the middle school orchestra and band.

Congratulations to all of our students for their wonderful performances!



Creative Fun with Oil Pastels

Preschool and prekindergarten students are learning about oil pastels in Art!
Ms. S, preschool and prekindergarten art teacher, worked with the young students on blending colors, smudging or erasing and etching techniques. Ms. S says the kids even helped save trees by reusing a paper that they painted on with water colors from last week.
To conclude, the kids shared about the stories that their new pictures showed. 
“Great work on using your imaginations to create your stories this week!” says Ms. S.
The pictures below are from Ms. Gloria’s prekindergarten class. 

It’s a Winter Wonderland of Songs for K-3 Concert

Kindergarten through third grade students put on an amazing and festive Winter Concert this week!

Music teacher Mrs. Bell taught a variety of holiday songs to the young students, complete with movements to help tell the stories of the songs. Many students played instruments as well, and a small handful of kids helped direct their classmates in the song movements.

Up first – the kindergarten to third grade after-school choir, directed by Mrs. Bell and middle school teacher Mrs. Barney.

Next came the kindergarten students with fun songs, including Five Little Snowman which featured students as snowing melting!

First grade’s performance…

Second grade’s performance featured several students playing instruments.

The third grade performance featured many students playing recorders.

Following the students’ performances, some staff members surprised the kids and audience with an a Capella Christmas song.



15th Century Explorers Take the Stage in Fifth Grade

Students traveled back in time with an amazing Wax Museum – that came to life – in Mrs. Maddock’s fifth grade classroom!

The students researched 15th Century explorers and shared their “personal journals at sea” to relay facts that they learned. The kids in costume brought the explorers to life during a “come-to-life Wax Museum”, allowing others to get a glimpse into the life of an explorer at sea.