Archives for September 2015

Spanish Specialist

In K-2 Spanish we’ve been working on greetings, the date as well as our colors.  We designed these fun little hand puppets to help us practice “hola y adios.”  The students have a lot of fun practicing their new Spanish language with their puppet friend ” la Mano.”  

Session 1 Electives 15/16

This year in our First Hour of Electives we have Exploring Yoga with CJ.  The students who’ve signed up for this class are excited to learn about and explore Yoga.


In our other First Hour Elective we have Tae Kwon Do with Elizabeth Goyer of Sun Soo Tae Kwon Do of Asheville.  She and Master Tony Morris will be leading this active martial arts class which also helps students develop strong minds and bodies.


Our last First Hour class is Greenworks Environmental 101 with Christine of Asheville Greenworks.  She is teaching students about our environment and doing experiments that highlight some of the simple things we can do to help us keep our environment healthy and strong.


In Second Hour Electives we have STEAM with Ashley.  STEAM stands for  Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.  They will be learning about electricity and circuitry to design something cool.

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We also have Composition Art with Jennie Wing. She is teaching a mixed media design class where students learn about strong composition and design using found and recycled materials.


In Aca-Awesome with Sean our Music Teacher students are learning the basics of a capella singing as well as all forms of Music made with our voices.


In our 2 Hour Electives we have Iron Girls. Some of our 7th and 8th grade girls are taking Iron Girls with Asheville Crossfit.  They are learning some great lessons about discipline and a healthy body.

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In our final 2 Hour Elective we have Basketball with Coach Craig.  His students are learning the fundamentals of basketball.  They get to have a full basketball clinic experience from warm-ups and drills to full on scrimmaging.

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Thanks to all our Electives teachers for sharing their passions. We are a very appreciative school too our strong and positive community.

Specialists: Art, Spanish, Movement and Music

This past week (Aug. 24-27) at Francine Delany the Specialist began. On Monday we had Art with Mr. Chris. We set up our expectations and began with a simple and fun project. The students designed leaves for our Art tree. We took coffee filters wrote our names in the center with a sharpie and then colored them with water based markers. We then used small plastic cups to set them on top of gently forming them to take the shape of the cup. Finally we used a nicely scented spray starch to spray them down with a nice even coating all around. This causes the marker colors to run Beautifully.

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Then on Tuesday we will be having Movement with Susan and Giles Collard of Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater.  They will be here the week of Labor Day to begin their Movement class that teaches students about Expression through movement as well as offering a bit of needed physical activity through a curriculum of Dance and Theater combined.

On Wednesdays K-5 will have Spanish with Mr. Chris.  “We’ve had a couple great classes. We started out with some great songs about greetings like the”Buenos Dias” song as well as “Cabeza, Hombros, Piernas, Pies” (heads,shoulders, Knees and toes).  The students have had a lot of fun with our mix of Movement, Music, Story and Art Activities approach to learning Spanish.

Then on Thursdays we have Music with Mr. Sean.  The students have been learning fun new songs as well as singing ones they already know.  Sean also teaches them rhythm and tempo using our Awesome Sounding Boom Sticks as well as our “Bucket” drums.  They also get to help him create beats through technology and his digital beat lab.  Finally they are playing songs on our set of Orff instruments; glockenspiels and xylophones and Sean has generously been sharing his keyboards.  Thanks Sean!