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Meet Our Teachers

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  Carol Chen

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  Wendie
Orrison

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  Karina Hung

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  Pat Savage

 

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Year of the Monkey!

Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey, began February 8. We enjoyed many activities during the Chinese New Year Celebration culminating in the Chinese New Year Festival on Feb. 20 on the Broadway campus. It was a wonderful 2 weeks of activities. This is certainly a highlight of the Mandarin Immersion Program school year and so much fun for all our students and families!

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Favorite Book Character Day

On Oct. 30 our classes had an opportunity to come dressed as their favorite book character. Each student was able to present to the class why they liked the book and their favorite character in that book. We had Angelina Ballerina, Cinderella, Cat in the Hat and many other childhood favorites!

Mid Autumn Festival Sept. 25
Mid Autumn Festival Sept. 27

In Sept. our students learned about Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival in both their English and Chinese classes. They tasted Moon Cakes on Friday, September 25, in their Chinese classrooms. This Chinese festival celebrates with customs and traditions by sharing special foods and spending time with families.

We would like to share a link for the youtube video our students will see in English class this week,”The Legend of the Mooncake Festival: The Story of Chang-E”. We also have wonderful books in English and Chinese to share with the students. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXczHYZcRvo

M.I. KINDER CORNER

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Curricular Topics This Week

Here are the curricular topics for this week: we will continue the Language Arts Unit “Plants.” We will be talking about the life cycle of plants and about taking care of nature. This week we will focus on seeds and the plant life cycle. We will review the sound of short /u/ and write words with the short /u/ sound. Our high frequency poem word is “”little.” We will continue Topic 11, Two Dimensional Shapes. We will learn that two objects can be described, classified and analyzed by their attributes. The Mandarin teachers have 4 Chinese characters to practice: (see), (play), (want), (is) (Review).

Optional Reading suggestions by author Mo Willems

 

Books by Author of the Month Mo Willems:  Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (2003) — Caldecott Honor 2004, The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! (2004), The Pigeon Loves Things That Go! (2005), The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too! (2005), Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! (2006), The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! (I Really Do!) (2008), The Duckling Gets a Cookie? (2012), Don't Let the Pigeon Finish this Activity Book! (2012), The Pigeon Needs a Bath! (I Do Not!) (2014), Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale Caldecott Honor , Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity — Caldecott Honor , Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion, Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct, Leonardo, the Terrible Monster, Time to Say "Please"!, My Friend is Sad, There is Bird on Your Head!  Geisel Medal,  I Will Surprise my Friend!, I Love My New Toy!, Are You Ready to Play Outside? Geisel Medal , Watch Me Throw the Ball!, A Big Guy Took My Ball!— Geisel Honor 2014, My New Friend Is So Fun!, Waiting Is Not Easy!, That is NOT a Good Idea!

Kinder Calendar Rooms 35/44 and 41/42

Upcoming Events:

4/13    MI Kinder Field Trip to the La Brea Tar Pits (all school day)

5/30    Memorial Day, No School

6/3      Kinder Sports Day (9:00 am – 11:00am)

6/9      Minimum Day, 12:45 dismissal

6/10    Last day of school, Minimum Day, 12:45pm dismissal

Author of the Month - Mo Willems

Mo Willems works in children’s books, animation, television, theater, and bubble gum card painting have garnered him 3 Caldecott Honors, 2 Geisel Medals, 6 Emmy Awards, 4 Geisel Honors, a Helen Hayes nomination, and multiple bubble gum cards. 

 

He is best know for his characters Knuffle Bunny, The Pigeon, and Elephant and Piggie. He is worst known for his characters in Sheep in the Big City and The Off-Beats.  More information about Mo’s past, present, and future can be gleaned at www.mowillems.com


#1 New York Times Bestseller Mo Willems began his career as a writer and animator for PBSSesame Street, where he garnered 6 Emmy Awards for his writing. During his nine seasons at Sesame Street, Mo also served as a weekly commentator for BBC Radio and created two animated series, Nickelodeon’s The Off-Beats and Cartoon Network’s Sheep in the Big City.

While serving as head writer for Cartoon Network’s #1 rated show, Codename: Kids Next Door, Mo began writing and drawing books for children. His debut effort, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! became a New York Times Bestseller and was awarded a Caldecott Honor in 2004. The following year Knuffle Bunny: a Cautionary Tale was awarded a Caldecott Honor. The sequel, Knuffle Bunny Too: a Case of Mistaken Identity garnered Mo his third Caldecott Honor in 2008.

In addition to picture books, Mo created the Elephant and Piggie books, a series of “Easy Readers”, which were awarded the Theodor Suess Geisel Medal in 2008 and 2009 and  Geisel Honors in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. For older audiences he has published an illustrated memoir of his year-long trip around the world in 1990-91 entitled You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When it Monsoons and Don't Pigeonhole Me!, a collection of 20 years of his annual sketchbooks. His books have been translated into 19 languages.

Mo’s drawings, wire sculptures, and sculpture have exhibited in numerous galleries and museums across the nation, including major retrospectives at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA and the Seongnam Arts Center in Seoul, South Korea.  His graphic story about his family experiences during 9-11 for DC comics resides in the Library of Congress’ permanent collection.

Mo has been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered, where he briefly served as the broadcast’s ‘Radio Cartoonist’. Mo voices and produces animated cartoons based on his books with Weston Woods studios. The animated Knuffle Bunny was awarded Best Film during the New York International Children’s Film Festival in 2008 and received the Andrew Carnegie Medal in 2007. The animated Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! garnered Mo his second Carnegie Medal in 2010
 

Mo wrote the script and lyrics for Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical and Elephant and Piggie's WE ARE IN A PLAY! Both plays commissioned by and debuted at  the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. His monumental sculpture, The Red Elephant, can be viewed in the courtyard of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.  Mo lives in Massachusetts with his family. From:   www.mowillems.com

This Week's Homework

High Frequency words:   I, can, see, we, the, am, like, a, to, on, go, it, and, is, have, in, as, are, play, not, for,                              

MONDAY-2:44 Dismissal

1.  Mandarin Language Character Practice:  (is)

2.  Language Arts activity:  High Frequency Word Search

3.  Math pages: Chap. Mapping Fun

4.  Read a book with your child for 10 min.and record on the Home Reading Log.

TUESDAY 1:40 Early Dismissal

1.  Mandarin Language Character Practice:(want)

2.  Language Arts activity: High Frequency Word “here” Please read the poem aloud with your child.

2.  Math pages: Chapter 9.1 Alike and Different

4.  Read a book with your child for 10 min. and record on the Home Reading Log.

WEDNESDAY 2:44 Dismissal

1.  Mandarin Language Character Practice:(have)

2.  Language Arts activity: What Would You Like to Be?

3. Math pages: Chap. 9.1 Sort by Size

4.  Read a book with your child for 10 min. and record on the Home Reading Log.

THURSDAY 2:44 Dismissal

 1.  Mandarin Language Character Practice:(go)

2.  Language Arts activity: I Can Spell Short /i/ Words

2.  Math pages: Chapter 9.2 Sort by Shape

4.  Read a book with your child for 10 min. and record on the Home Reading Log.

 

FRIDAY – 2:44 Dismissal

-Homework Due

 

Los Angeles Public Library News

Remember you need to have a valid Los Angeles Public Library Card first!

Start with your local Public Library page: http://www.lapl.org/branches/

Click on Kids Path.  http://www.lapl.org/kidspath/

If you have your LAPL card you can enjoy Book Flix where you can read, watch, and listen to books and book videos for grades pre-K-3. There is Live Homework Help and TumbleBook Library, a collection of animated, talking picture books.

Kids Corner - Activities Around L.A. for families

Workshops for Kids every Saturday at Lowe's and Home Depot stores From project basics to giving your child the opportunity to say, "I built it!", our Build and Grow kid's clinics are a great way to help build confidence! Bring the kids into any Lowe's or Home Depot store and build a FREE wooden project. Each participant also receives a free apron, goggles, a project themed patch, and a certification of merit upon completion of their project. Call your local store for times and dates.

See a Museum at Exposition Park !

www.nhm.org - Natural History Museum
www.lacoliseum.com - LA Coliseum
www.casciencectr.org - California Science Center includes a large IMAX theatre
www.caamuseum.org - California African-American Museum

Other Museums in Los Angeles 

camla.org - the Chinese American Museum near Olvera Street, downtown LA

www.petersen.org - the Peterson Automotive Museum 

www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org   Visit the Cabrillo Marine Museum, San Pedro

Box Tops for Education

Broadway is collecting the pink labels Box Tops for Education from many products you already buy. Just cut out and send in to class. There is a collection can in each classroom at Broadway. For more information on products:

http://www.boxtops4education.com/