On Friday of Read Across America Week (aka "Pajama Day" of Dr. Seuss Week), first graders performed "Why Do Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears" for their fellow classmates.
Donning their handmade masks, students recited their lines to a rapt audience.
An educator's take on Reader's Theater:
Many popular fictional stories are put into script form. Reader's Theater is a reading strategy for newly fluent decoders and fluent readers. It is an opportunity to apply reading skills in a purposeful way. Reader's Theater helps to improve reading fluency (prosody and intonation) and reading comprehension (making meaning) through multiple readings.
The teacher selects a script and introduces it to a small group of students. The teacher allows students to browse the script and select a character. As the small group reads and rereads the script, students may select a different character. After a week or so, students may decide to perform the script for an audience (the whole class). If students choose to perform the play, they have the option to improvise, memorize the lines, and make simple props or costumes.
In addition to improving reading skills, Reader's Theater helps students gain confidence and build cooperative learning skills.
Coffee with the Principal
Monday, Dec. 9, 2019
At today's Coffee with the Principal, Mr. Salva shared information on the new student-created tile work that will be installed in the school's breezeway soon.
Join Mr. Salva for his monthly round-up of school happenings. This is also a great opportunity to ask any questions that you have. Meetings take place at 8:00 a.m. in the Parent Center (Room 3).
Long summer days are filled with fun and pilgrimages to the playground, but there is one “summer slide” we want our kids to avoid: statistics show that each summer students lose some of the academic ground they covered during the school year. One of the best ways to counteract this so-called “summer slide” is reading.
Here, you will find Cheremoya’s suggested summer reading with 28 book suggestions for students of all ages. Whether your child is reading alone, you read to them, or both, reading should be part of every student’s summer fun.
This past school year, all students participated in an author visit event supported by the Cheremoya Foundation’s Advanced Literacy Program. The kinder through second graders got to meet author Mac Barnett and illustrator Jon Klassen in March and received a signed copy of their book Circle. The third through sixth graders met Pseudonymous Bosch, author of The Unbelievable Oliver and the Four Jokers and received a signed copy of it.
Every Cheremoya student received a copy of the book Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly, thanks to the Hollywood Unified Neighborhood Council and our book fairy godmothers, the Punk Rock Marthas. So, your child should already have two books from our reading list.
Additionally, each Cheremoya student received a library card from the Los Angeles Public Library (a “student success card”) at the end of the school year.
In March, author Mac Barnett and illustrator Jon Klassen visited with K-2 students. Each student took home a signed copy of a book, including the multi-award winning Circle.
In May, our third through sixth graders had an interactive assembly with New York Times bestselling author Psuedonymous Bosch. Each student was given a signed copy of his newest book, The Unbelievable Oliver and the Four Jokers, for their home libraries. Special thanks to HUNC for purchasing the books.
Author visits and signed books are partially funded by the CF advanced literacy program.
After School Coding
March – May 2019
An after school coding class led by a 9 Dots Get Coding teacher began for all interested 5th graders. This project-based class is supported by CF.
A California Distinguished School
Friday, Dec. 20, 2019
California has recognized Cheremoya Avenue Elementary as a school with an outstanding education program and exemplary elementary school practices in 2020.
Whether it's back to school or your child's first year at Cheremoya, come and meet new friends and catch up with old friends at Cheremoya Avenue Elementary's welcome picnic for new and returning families. The picnic will be held in Bronson Park at the top of Canyon Drive. Hope to see you there!
Music to My Ears
Students in grades 3-6 are currently receiving weekly music classes on Wednesdays as part of the Creative Art Network program. Students take part in recorder, percussion, and signing lessons during these sessions. Other units include dance, visual arts, and theater.