Leaps and Bounds
Issue 150 October 8, 2004
72 Deerfield Avenue
Westwood, Massachusetts 02090
781-326-7500 x-1504 (Fax: 781-320-0189)
Monday, October 11th Columbus Day celebrated, No School
Thursday, October 14th School Committee, WHS Music Room, 7:30PM
Friday, October 15th 9:30 Library Volunteer Open House
Friday, October 15th First day of Ramadan
Saturday, October 16th Westwood Young Women’ Club Crafts show
Wednesday, October 20th Early Release Day K-5, 12:35 dismissal
Mon-Wed, November 8th-10th PTO Sponsored Book Fair, watch for hours
From the Art Department:
A few years ago I helped to rewrite the curriculum for the art department. The opening statement of the art curriculum, I believe describes what I try to do throughout the year.
-A quality art program promotes understanding of the unique role and capacity of visual language to communicate feelings and ideas. The art curriculum is designed to nurture and sustain the process of visual communication through experiences that encourage self-expression.
-Original and authentic expression is achieved through activities that develop and sustain a child’s natural curiosity, encourage the acquisition and use of visual language and tools, and foster an experimental and self-reflective attitude.
-Experimentation with a wide variety of artistic materials and techniques, exploration of various modes of expression from observation to abstraction, exposure to the artistic heritage of different world cultures, and cultivation of imagination and reflective thinking are all essential components of our program.
-The art curriculum is designed as a sequential and spiraling program where essential elements and principles are covered in each grade, with progressive intensification and complexity added in successive years.
So Far this year we have been working on a variety of projects. The fifth graders started with three-dimensional personality self portraits based on the work of Frank Stella. We are starting a Matisse paper cut lesson. Grade four started out the year making beautiful line designs, we then organized the art history books we made at the end of last year, and we are now working on color mixing with watercolors. The third graders started the year making Olympic figures in motion. They made them out of model magic, painted them with watercolors and mounted them onto backgrounds. They are now working on landscapes. We talked about Joan Miŕo and one of his landscapes, and are experimenting with a new technique using black paper, glue and chalk. Second graders started the year doing a painting. We then started working on sun sculptures we are making out of paper mache and eventually painting with warm colors. Grade one started the year with a painting too, and then did a primary color design. The last lesson was on overlapping shape, and this week we are painting ships for Columbus Day that my Great Grandmother actually carved. The Kindergarten classes are doing lessons based on the elements of design. So far they have done a lesson based on line, shape and color and this week they are drawing a picture of a Columbus ship.
We have been very busy doing all different types of things. I tell the children to remember that none of us are always happy with everything we do. They just need to keep in mind that next week we will be using some completely different type of material that they may like better! So relax, and do you best. Thanks for reminding them.
Westwood Public Schools
Performing Arts Department
The performing arts program strives to develop the potential of all students to understand and respond to music, movement and drama. It encourages student participation in a broad spectrum of experiences that are participatory, challenging and rewarding. It motivates students to achieve at their highest potential. It provides a foundation for students to understand, discuss, think and write about performing arts. It provides opportunities for students to create and perform. It teaches the role of the performing arts in today’s society and the relationship of the arts with our personal, social, cultural, civic and intellectual lives. Lastly, the performing arts program supports and reinforce the recommendations of the Massachusetts Performing Arts Curriculum Frameworks.
In Kindergarten music, we are learning how to sing alone and with others and learning the difference between our singing and speaking voices. In 1st grade music, we are learning new songs and dances concentrating on steady beat. Ask about our “Grizzly Bear” song. It’s one of our favorites! Second graders have been learning songs and music games from Africa. We are also learning how to distinguish the difference between low, medium and high pitches on the staff. Third graders are learning how to read rhythms in preparation for the recorder. Watch for information on recorders, which will be starting in January. The 4th grade meets twice a week. Once for General Music with Mrs. Goldman, and once for Instrumental Music with Mrs. Goldman, Mrs. Cote and Mrs. Wooten. In both classes, we are learning the function and sounds of the band and orchestra instruments. We are looking forward to our Field Trip to Symphony Hall in Boston to hear the Boston Symphony Orchestra on November 16th!
The 5th grade meets twice a week with Mrs. Goldman for General Music and Chorus. In music, we are refining our rhythm reading skills by playing and composing on the tubano drums and other percussion instruments. Our 5th Grade Chorus has been learning to sing in 2-part harmony as we begin to learn our December concert songs. Look for upcoming information on the December 14th concert.
~Mrs. Goldman and Ms. Slesinger
The front driveway will be open for drop-off and pick-up only during arrival and dismissal times. Cars may not park in the driveway from 8:00-8:45am and 2:30-3:30pm. Do not leave your car in the front driveway to enter the school, park in the spaces on the side of the building.
STUDENTS BEING PICKED UP AT THE END OF THE DAY WILL EXIT OUT OF THE FRONT DOORS AND USE THE SIDEWALK TO GET TO THE CAR. CARS SHOULD LINE UP ON THE SIDEWALK SIDE OF THE DRIVEWAY AND REMAIN STOPPED UNTIL CHILDREN ARE SECURE. CARS MAY THEN EXIT THE DRIVEWAY USING THE TRAVEL LANE.
Thank you for your cooperation
Notes from the Health Room:
There have already been a few cases of strep reported at Deerfield this year. If your child complains of a sore throat, headache, stomachache or develops a fever, please have them evaluated by a doctor. Strep is highly contagious, so a child must have been treated with antibiotics for 24 hours AND feel well enough to return to school. If they had a fever, they must be fever free without the use of medication (i.e.
Tylenol or Motrin). Feel free to call 781-326-7500 ext 1504 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com anytime.
Tricia DeAngelis RN
News from the Westwood Youth and Family Services
The Westwood Youth and Family Services is pleased to offer, for the tenth year, THE FRIENDS NETWORK PROGRAM for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade boys and girls of Westwood. The Friends Network program is a BigBrother/BisSister type program that matches high school volunteers with elementary school children to form a special one-on-one friendship. Children play games and do arts and
crafts with their big friends as well as talk about things that are important to them. The program is facilitated by Lisa Rose, LICSW and Valeria Barrett, MA. The high school mentors are given training to prepare them in their role as a Big Friend. The program meets every Wednesday 6:30-7:30pm November-April at the Senior Center. For more information, please call MaryAnne Carty at 781-320-1006. Space is very limited
Bus Evacuation Drills:
On Tuesday, K-5 students received bus evacuation training from Officer Brad Pindel, our new School Safety Officer. Students practiced bending their knees, putting their arms forward, and hopping off of the back of the bus. Students also listened carefully to information regarding bus and bus stop safety. Thank you Officer Pindel for helping us to keep safe!