Archives for January 2015

Dance Elective

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Our student led Dance Elective is very energetic and passionate about dance. They have choreographed a fun piece. They are very synchronized in their movements and have a lot of very nice lines. We are very excited to see the finished piece at our Electives Fair. Nice movin friends.

Poetry Elective

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What a great Elective our student led poetry class is. All students have crafted very visually and intellectually powerful poetry. The school is in for a super treat when they here Poetry Electives poems. Great job friends.

Greenworks Environmental 101

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In Greenworks Environmental 101 with Ms. Brown the students created an acronym of Greenworks to present for our Electives Fair. They learned about concepts like soil, energy, conservation, and responsibility to our environment. Thanks Greenworks and Ms. Brown.

Movement with Giles and Susan of Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater

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The students warm up with fun and elegant movements led by Giles. They have been working on partner Dances in preparation for our Spring performance. The students enjoy the opportunity to learn dance and dance concepts like mirroring, echo, high, medium, and low levels and foremost creativity. K-5th graders are very engaged anytime Giles and Susan are around. Thanks for teaching Giles and Susan.

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Spanish Specialist with Emma of Lango

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The 5th grade has a great time with Emma of LangoAsheville. She keeps the class MOVING and fun. It is nonstop activities. The students enjoy playing a game called Tinga where an item is passed around while one student sings “Tinga, Tinga, Tinga, Tonga” stopping on tonga. Then the student left holding the item has to tell us what it is in Spanish. They also read a story in Spanish from the Lango book “Aventuras en Bicicleta” (Bicycle Adventures). Then finishing up with Bingo. 3-5th grades are always in for a treat with Ms. Emma and LangoAsheville’s Spanish Curriculum.

Art Specialists

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This week our 3-5th grades created collages using a print technique called a transfer. They each did an image transfer of MLK using a sheet of paper covered with crayon. Then they colored, cut out and glued to a new sheet, using collage techniques thinking of the positive spirit of MLK and the Civil Rights Movement.

No Name Calling Week Celebration

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Our students and teachers are so insightful. They learned about and taught each other about so many great anti-bullying techniques, advocacy, kindness, labels, generosity as well as what may cause a person to be a bully. We also learned about the SAFE strategy, Say what you feel, Ask for help, Find a friend, and Exit the area.

No-Name Calling Week Kick off

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Our No Name Calling Week Celebration was very informative. We learned about the causes of bullying as well as some very disturbing statistics about why people are bullied. We also heard from a student that was a victim of bullying. Above all we learned about advocacy and being an advocate from a former FD student who has done some great advocacy work at her own school.

Art Specialist k-2

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In K-2 Art we’ve been discussing Chinese New Year. We learned about the Dragon Dance, and how it is used to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year and to ward off negative energies and spirits. We made these dragons out of construction and tissue paper, and used markers to design their faces.

Art Specialist with 3-5th

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This week we studied Wassily Kandinsky. We discussed who he was and where he came from. Then we looked at some of his Art and talked about how he tried to turn sound into a visual painting using shapes and colors. Since we have been working on our Elements of Art we have been discussing the elements of form, shape, texture and color. These pieces highlight the elements of form and texture.