Heath Extended Day 5-7 Newsletter
What has been happening in 5-7?
During the month of January, the 5-7 students finished up the their last two weeks of Claytopia and Breakfast club. New Monday clubs began the last week of January and will continue through the end of February. Monday clubs now being offered are Cartooning Club and Board Game Club. In Cartooning Club, students will learn the art of cartoons and comics and create comic books and graphic novels. In Board Game Club, students will learn and play new board games, and challenge themselves in games they may have already played. The group will play a different game each week facilitated by a 5-7 teacher. During the first week of Game Board Club, students learned how to play the classic game of Scattergories. They worked in teams, brainstormed answers, and creatively used “outside of the box” thinking.
On Tuesdays, the students have been baking! Tuesday Baking was added to the curriculum to help students achieve their goals of learning how to make different kinds of cake. Four students this year had this for a goal. On the last two Tuesdays of January, students made ice cream cake and homemade vanilla cupcakes with homemade chocolate frosting (both a big hit!). In February, the group plans to make pineapple upside cake and homemade cake pops!
During January’s Iron Chef competition, students made pasta with the option to use a variety of ingredients. Ingredients provided for each group included, ziti, chicken, broccoli, carrots, cheddar cheese, Velveeta cheese, sauce, chicken broth, milk, parmesan cheese, and a variety of seasonings. The groups worked independently from each other and worked with very little help from teachers. Students had to work together and were challenged by having to cook the pasta (with no stove). Each group successfully overcame this challenge as they used the skillets provided to do just that. One group created a macaroni and cheese dish while the other group make a cheese chicken and broccoli type dish. Students were able and encourage to use the internet to gather information on the types of recipes that can be made using these types of ingredients. Although groups got ideas online, they put their own spin on their creations!
Family Dinner occurred on January 28th! Students made cheese and pepperoni pizza, pasta salad, lemonade, and s’mores!
During the Month of January we began celebrating Wish Days, and will continue celebrating these days through the month of March. Students have always enjoyed wish days and it has been a highly requested part of the curriculum. Each student has the opportunity to make a “wish” for a special activity of their choice. The students’ wish day will be scheduled for a day that they attend HEDP and the day will be dedicated to that particular activity. In January, we had wish days that included computer lab day, and a day of making crepes. We look forward to more wish days in February including, ice cream party, group tournaments and games, baking, pajama day, and movie day!
Art and Music
The students in 5-7 enjoy a “one hit wonder” art session on Thursdays at 5:00 and a music session on Fridays at 5:00. Art and Music sessions are taught by HEDP teacher, Zoe. Students have learned how to make origami cranes, crafty picture frames and hidden message art. Additionally, they have participated in an artsy spelling bee, musical art, songwriting, and a musical share game. Art and music sessions will take place on Thursdays and Fridays for the school year!
Iron Chef will be held on Friday, February, 26th
Family Dinner will be held on Thursday, February 11th
Monday, February 15th- Friday, February 19th- February Vacation Week