Frights and delights abound on the Chandler campus during the annual costume parade.
Kindergarten students in Mrs. Pappas' class brave the "gross" process of cleaning out pumpkins before settling on a design for them to become Jack-o-lanterns.
|Dia De Los Muertos Masks|
In a slightly unusual-looking activity, eighth-graders make masks for Dia de los Muertos in Sra. Vasquez's class. Students will decorate the masks once they have dried.
Second-graders, with help from James Rojas of Place It, design buildings and cities while taking into consideration spatial organization and urban space.
|sBOOKy Book Fair|
The annual Fall Book Fair kicks off at Vroman's Bookstore in sBOOKy fashion.
The Chandler community celebrates the breadth of nationalities and heritages within the student body through a week of activities culminating in the annual Heritage Picnic and a visit from Creative Athletics.
|A team effort|
Kindergarten students in Mrs. Gancedo's class enjoy the full court press of teachers and lessons. Students work with Mrs. Gancedo on counting, teaching assistant Mrs. Barbato on spelling, Spanish teacher Mrs. Villanueva in the garden, Math Specialist Mrs. Opel on measuring and counting and Technology Integration Specialist Ms. Marlow on iPads and the Osmo—a new add-on that promotes critical thinking.
Visiting artist Ismael de Anda III works with third-graders on drawing monsters collaboratively. Students draw one third of the monster, then pass off their paper to another student who continues the drawing without looking at the previous work. "The weirder, the better!" de Anda enthused.
|Head of School's Message: Oct. 27|
Reading and the performing arts are focal points for our community at this time of year. The Book Fair at Vromans and the sixth grade mini-musical are taking place this week, followed by the seventh and eighth grade performance of "The Pirates of Penzance" at the end of next week. Chandler students today are the adult readers and theater audiences of the future. These events help instill good habits at an early age.
A Wall Street Journal article by Jeanne Whalen forwarded to me last month described the slow reading movement. Slow reading advocates seek a return to the focused reading habits of years gone by before Google, smartphones and social media started fracturing our time and attention spans.
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