Every Tuesday and Thursday Class V13 does our Handwriting Without Tears Program with our Occupational Therapist, Ms. Val. First we watch a video that models our lesson. Then we practice on our writing sheet, and then we manipulate wooden sticks to make letters. This hands on activity is a fantastic way to motivate our students!
In Mr. John’s class, we are learning about the special environment that is the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil. We are learning about the animals and plants that make up the forest. It is so exciting to see how all the living things create a delicate balance of life! From the huge jungle cats to the small frogs, the forest is alive with fascinating things!
For this unit, we are looking at photographs of the animals in their natural habitats. The students are creating watercolors on large, 20×28 sheets of paper. First they sketched their compositions in pencil, which allows for mistakes and erasures. Then they went over the lines in permanent Sharpie markers. Then they added layers of watercolor washes over a period of many days to build up to the intense colors of the rainforest!
Below are some of the students working on their projects.
We had a visit from the DeSantis Foundation which provided us with an opportunity to thank them for their gift of iPad minis for our program. At the end of 2014, they generously gave us 6 iPad minis. When they were here for their visit, they gave us 6 more iPad minis for a total of 12. No one has to wait their turn!
Thanks to Lucille Chazanoff at the DeSantis Foundation, and Ms. Julia Luppino (PS 373R PTA president) and Ms. Jessica Pizzuto (PS373R PTA member). Thank you Ms. Lauren Cunningham for arranging the visit and making the iMovie to show our guests.
Link to SILIVE.com: http://photos.silive.com/advance/2015/03/inside_out_photos_on_your_mark_3.html
We studied photographs of Antarctic Landscapes and copied them showing Background, Middleground & Foreground. We talked about what things look like far away and up close. We also talked about what limited colors we saw in the Antarctic photos. Then we used the Antarctic sketches to produce a painting with mountains, glaciers, and ice floes.
We would like to thank the DeSantis Foundation for a grant that provided us with six iPad Minis for our Technology teacher. All our children will benefit from this amazing contribution to our site!
Ms. Laura Cunningham and Ms. Kirsten Rorke are going to be helping the middle school students make an iMovie thank you for the foundation. They will be using the iPads to record the movie. We are very excited for this opportunity!
We have been studying about the beauty and wonder of Antarctica. We have looked at the landscape, the habitat, and we have learned about the animals that live there. We read: “The Emperor’s Egg” by Martin Jenkins. We also saw “March of the Penguins” which is a documentary about Emperor Penguins in Antarctica.
We started by making penguin eggshells out of papier-mâché. Then we mixed flour, cornstarch, water and oil, to make clay. With this we made baby emperor penguins and painted them. We plan on making a diorama, and a mural about the Antarctic!
After reading the AMAZING book “The Keeping Quilt” by Patricia Polacco, we decided to draw designs and write about our OWN quilts. We wanted to tell about things that are important to us. Things that we would pass down through generation after generation. These were our results.
Every week we participate in the EASE program with Ms. Kirsten and Ms. Starr. We integrate movement, creativity, exploration of space & our surroundings to produce quantifiable results with the students. The students learn through imagination, socialization, and play to work on their IEP goals. They have made improvements with their focus, gross and fine motor skills, and their communication skills. We are so lucky to have this program in our school!
December 2, 2014
Attention: Parents/ Guardians
P.S.373 @48 would like to be a part of a Community wide campaign for Pietro Joseph Scarso, a little boy who has been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. (DMD). During this campaign, we are asking to please make a donation in whatever amount you find appropriate directly to Pietrosfight.org. If you would prefer to send cash instead you can do so in a sealed envelope directly to our committee.
On December 18th , we will all be dressing in our Pajamas, for PJ, so please send your child in dressed in PJs. We really feel that it’s important to teach your child about the spirit of giving to those in need. In celebration of the upcoming holidays we will also be featuring the movie “Polar Express” and having some snacks to go along with this PJ theme.
Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Thank you so much,
(Kids In Need Committee @ P.S. 373@48)
Ms. Lauren Cunningham
Ms. Kirsten Rorke
Please link to the new blog that our Speech Department has created for us at PS 373 @ PS 48!! It will have updates on what they are doing with our students, with photos and details! You may leave a comment and check in to see what fun things are going on!
LINK HERE: http://adventuresinspeech.wordpress.com/
This October 2014, the students in class V14 in the PS 373R @ PS 48 section of the school, collaborated with Ms. A. to produce some beautiful masks. This happened in Ms. Hernandez’ classroom as part of Ms. Rorke’s art class.
As a part of this two-day workshop, they designed individual pieces of art that reflected their personalities. They used paint, glitter, feathers, jewelry, sequins, buttons and other art materials to create colorful works of art!
Thank you Ms. A., Principal Mammolito and Assistant Principal Nuzzella for making this collaboration work for our students!
Each week, the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in Mrs. Hernandez’s and Ms. Pluchino’s classes participate in a dance party organized by their speech teachers, Ms. Emily and Ms. Kat. The students take turns role playing as a DJ, checking names and birthdays at the door, and handing out party favors. We listen to fun music, and practice our language and social skills. It’s fun and functional!