Wednesday, June 7, 2017

4B PE Last lesson!

Head into the summer with a few useful tips:

1). Stay active! Get outside and move!

2). Rest and relax!

3). Have fun!!

Have a great summer everyone and great job this year!


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Seisen Students Share Their Talents With Trust Garden Resident

On May 19th, Seisen's Gr. 3 and Gr. 4 students held a special performance for the residents of Trust Garden to celebrate St. Raphaela Day.  In the spirit of St. Raphaela, we are encouraged to reach out and help others with our gifts and talents.

Students prepared a varied program of music and dance. The First Communion students danced reverently in their white dresses, while the schola sang along.  The Gr. 3-4 choir shared songs from around the globe.  The Gr. 4 students performed on their recorders.  The SASA Monday dancers performed "Singing In The Rain."  The residents joined in for the popular song "Do Re Mi."  Finally, all the students performed their flash mob mash-up while many of the Trust Garden staff danced along.

We are grateful to all who helped us with chaperoning on that day, especially parents who took time out of your schedules to come to school.

The Gr. 3-4 choir sings "Music Alone Shall Live."

The First Communion group shares the song "Table of Plenty."

The Gr. 4 students performed on their recorders.

Residents enjoyed the magical sounds of the SASA girls performing "Singing In the Rain."
The students ended with their flash mob mash-up, Advice to Seisen Seniors.  Even some of the staff members and residents joined us by clapping their hands and dancing.

Seisen International School Grades 3 and 4 presentFlower - Free images on Pixabay
 “Springtime Joy”
St. Raphaela Day of Service concert event
Trust Gardens May 19, 2017  

Jubilate Deo           Michael Praetorious
Grade 3 and 4 choir
Table of Plenty        Dan Schutte  
First Communion dancers
Si Cantemo             Italian folk song
Grade 3 and 4 choir
Ode to Joy              Ludwig van Beethoven  
Recorder:  4A  class
Amazing Grace       Traditional American hymn  
Recorder:   4B  class
Lead Me, Lord          John D. Becker
First Communion dancers
  Music Alone shall live        German folk song
Grade 3 and 4 choir   
Artsa Alinu       Hebrew folk song from Israel
Grade 3 and 4 choir
Music is Fun      David R. Asplund
Grade 3 and 4 choir
Singing In The Rain  Music by Nacio Herb Brown, Words by Arthur Freed
tap dance by SASA Dancers
Sing Along:  Do-Re-Mi   Music by Rogers, Words by Hammerstein
Seisen Elementary Dance Flash Mob Mash-up  “Advice To Our Seisen Seniors”
“Rockabye” ft (Clean Bandit SHAKED remix Sean Paul and Anne-Marie;
“Better When I’m Dancing” Meghan Trainor
“Say Hey (I Love You)” Michael Franti (Kidz Bop version)
“Try Everything” Shakira
“We Are Beautiful” One Billion Rising  Lisa & Marleen

“Can’t Stop The Feeling” Justin Timberlake

Grade 3/4 Writing Celebration

The school year is coming to a close. Fourth graders worked hard this year adjusting to new expectations for writing, and today they shared some of the products of that hard work during a Writing Celebration at the end of the day.

We hope you were able to attend!

After an introduction during which a few students from each class shared work with the whole group, fourth graders and third graders went to stations where they met parents and other students and shared their work.

Be sure to check out your daughter's writing when she brings home her portfolio. The attached rubrics include descriptors that your daughter can explain. Ask her about her writing goals for next year!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

St. Raphaela Day

Seisen celebrated St. Raphaela Day today by devoting their time to service. Many grade levels volunteered in various places around Yoga. In honor of St. Raphaela, fourth graders danced and sang for an excited audience at Trust Garden. 

Afterwards, high schoolers shared their experiences on service trips to schools Vietnam and East Timor.  They taught fourth graders how to make friendship bracelets, which they will send to students in East Timor. 


The final part of the day involved sweat and dirt. Fourth graders used what they learned from the plant unit last year to dig up weeds on the playground. Once the weeds were dug up they planted some beautiful herbs that will be used by the school. 




Thursday, April 27, 2017

4B Introduced to Badminton in PE!

Central idea: Learning the fundamental skills and techniques of badminton such as movement, striking the shuttle/birdie, game sense and strategies. 

The 4B class has spent the last few weeks learning the basic skills to badminton and introduced to the game! The first skill they learned was how to properly serve. 

Success criteria to serve a shuttle/birdie:
1). Opposite leg slight ahead of the other
2). Hold the birdie at my waist 
3). Hold the racquet like a handshake hold and swing it back
4). Step with opposite foot while bringing racquet forward
5). Don't throw the birdie and make contact with the racquet! 

They have also been introduced to the different types of strokes: forehand, backhand, overhead clear and smash. The girls have enjoyed the round robin single tournament and playing against their classmates. 

Field Trip to Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul

Over the next few days, the fourth graders will finish the summative task for the How We Express Ourselves unit, which is called Expression through the Arts. They will use their knowledge of the elements of art (line, shape, color, space, value, form, texture) and the principles of design (balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, rhythm and unity) to create artwork that reflects a social issue.

Today, the students used this knowledge to interpret artwork by Yayoi Kusama. Your daughter should be able to share some of her observations with you using specific vocabulary, such as geometric shapes/form and organic shapes/form, actual texture and implied texture, positive space and negative space, and tint/shades/shading (value).


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Celebrating Poetry Month

Celebrating Poetry Month April 2017

Currently, the fourth graders have been busy inquiring into different types of poems.  In their most recent library lesson, they looked for poems that have touched their hearts, made them giggle or even gave them a scare, to share with each other.  Some girls decided to add their creative flare when they shared.

"I didn't know they wrote poems about potatoes!  What else is there?"

"I found a poem about my birthday month!"

             Searching for the most interesting poem to share.


Demonstrating creativity when presenting their poems.



Thursday, April 20, 2017

How We Express Ourselves: Expression Through the Arts

Fourth graders have been creating their own artwork keeping the elements of art and principles of design in mind. They focused on using different elements of art to enhance the mood and message of their artwork. 

After looking at the artwork of world famous Japanese Artist, Yayoi Kusama, the fourth graders were inspired to create their own Yayoi Kusama pieces using oil pastels.  They focused on the elements of color and shape, and the principles of pattern and balance.  

Fourth graders also studied works of art from famous impressionists like Van Gogh and Monet. They learned that often times impressionist paintings have exaggerated colors and obvious brushstrokes. Landscape paintings were also very common during the impressionist movement.  Inspired by the sakura outside, they painted a landscape of Mt. Fuji with a sakura in the foreground. They focused on the elements of texture, color, and space.