Richmond World Language Newsletter

December, 2019


Dear parents and guardians,


Kindergarten students are working on greeting each other at different times of the day; Buenos días - good morning, Buenas tardes - good afternoon and Buenas noches - Good evening or good night.  We continue to work on our polite words Gracias - thank you, De nada - you’re welcome. We have added more colors (blanco - white, negro - black and rosado - pink). We have also been reading The Gingerbread Man (La Galleta) in Spanish and students will bring home a book to read to you after our winter break. 


In First grade, students are working in pairs with the basic shapes, telling each other to draw a big circle or a small rectangle. We have begun to sing Cascabel, a familiar tune (Jingle Bells) with different lyrics! We will be playing a game to search for Santa’s hat next week. ¿Quién tiene el Gorro de Papá Noel? Who has Santa’s Hat?


In Second grade, students are learning how to say the clothing that they wear in each season.   Llevo botas en el invierno. (I wear boots in the winter.) ¿Qué hora es? We will look at some different ways that children celebrate the holidays in Spain and compare to our celebrations. Did you know that Santa and/or the Three Kings bring gifts on a camel instead of a reindeer? The week before our winter break, grade 2 students will be visiting classrooms around the school to sing some carols in Spanish. On the day that your child is singing, they may choose to wear attire to celebrate the holidays; 2L Monday, December 16, 2H, Tuesday, December 17, 2R, Thursday December 19, and 2W Friday, December 20. 


Grade 3 students continue to read informational text about animals. We have been playing 20 questions using descriptive vocabulary to guess the animal and practicing on a website all the new words. We will look at some interesting customs in Spain at the end of the year: El Día de los Inocentes - like April Fools Day in December, La Gorda - the biggest Lottery of the year, and Noche Vieja - New Year’s Eve eating 12 grapes as the clock strikes 12! 


Grade 4 students continue to read and role play our novel Capibara con Botas. They have read 3 chapters, written a summary and made a prediction about the end of the story. 


Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any concerns and we love it when you share how your children are using their language outside of the classroom. You may click on our name below to send us an email. Our World Language website also has resources that you may want to access. There are videos of some of the songs we sing in class posted on the new website.


Hasta luego,

Señora Gendreau   Señora Carpenter Señora Guiliano

November, 2019

Dear parents and guardians,

Kindergarten students are working on greeting each other by asking the question ¿Cómo estás? - How are you feeling? Our answers are Bien - fine, Mal - not feeling well, Más o menos - so, so.  We continue to learn colors including azul - blue and morado - purple, which are colors on the rugs in our classrooms. Our new phrases as we work on the colors are: Dame rojo por favor. - Give me red please.  Gracias - thank you, De nada - you’re welcome. Students are learning to listen and follow directions. Levántense - stand up, siéntense - sit down, den una vuelta - turn around, manos arriba - hands up, manos abajo - hands down, manos al centro - hands in the middle, manos adelante - hands in front, manos atrás - hands behind. 


In First grade, students are learning the basic shapes and saying how many sides they have: (círculo - circle, rectángulo, - rectangle, óvalo - oval, triángulo - triangle, rombo - rhombus, cuadrado - square). As you can see, many look and sound like the word in English. We call these words cognates. Students are getting very good at listening for cognates as we read stories. Most students can count to 15, many to 20 or higher. They are practicing their addition and subtraction facts to 10 in Spanish (más - plus and menos - minus).  In morning meeting, we now use a variety of expressions to tell how we are feeling including enfermo - sick, emocionado - excited, cansado - tired and angry - enojado. 


Second grade students are working on their math facts within 20. Next we will begin to learn about the clothing that we wear in each season. We are practicing skip counting by two and learned odd numbers (impar) and even numbers (par). They have finished their book of the seasons and most can read them on their own! Weather expressions are: Hace sol - it’s sunny, hace calor - it’s hot, hace frío, - it’s cold, hace fresco, - it’s cool, hace viento - it’s windy, está nublado - it’s cloudy, nieva - it’s snowing, - llueve - it’s raining.


Monarch butterflies have started arriving in Michoacán, México and we are anxious to see if we will receive news from other schools who are following the butterfly migration. 


In grades 3 students are reading short informational paragraphs about animals, where they live and what body parts they have: patas - paws, cola - tail, alas - wings, aletas - fins and garras - claws, as well as others that we are reviewing from previous years.  This month they are sharing what they are thankful for (Doy gracias por __________). 


Grade 4 students have begun to read our novel about a capybara. They have been introduced to the main character Carlos and learned that he lives in the rainforest of Ecuador. He is not a normal capybara though. Ask your fourth grader what makes him different. We also know a little about his parents. We have made our first videos introducing ourselves to our friends in another school in the Chariho district.  We can’t wait to hear from our new friends in that school.


Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any concerns by clicking on our names below to send an email. We have begun to update our new website. You can see some of the songs that we sing in class.  


Hasta luego,

Señora Gendreau   Señora Carpenter Señora Guiliano

October, 2019


Dear parents and guardians,


In Kindergarten class this month, students are counting up to 10. They will be learning the colors of leaves (roja - red, amarilla - yellow, café - brown, anaranjada - orange, verde - green) and a poem about trees and leaves.

Soy un árbol. I am a tree.

Tengo una hoja. I have a leaf.

La hoja se cae. The leaf falls.

No tengo hojas. I have no leaves.


In First grade, students are making books about the days of the week (lunes - Monday, martes - Tuesday, miércoles - Wednesday, jueves - Thursday, viernes - Friday, sábado - Saturday, domingo - Sunday). They are also learning more ways to express how they are feeling (feliz - happy, triste - sad, tengo hambre - I’m hungry, tengo sed - I’m thirsty, enojado - angry, enfermo - sick, aburrido - bored, cansado - tired, emocionado - excited, nervioso - nervous). 


Second grade students are making books about the 4 seasons and the weather associated with each. Students are reading the morning message in Spanish and telling how the weather is. They are reviewing their numbers, up to 39 (some know to 69) and deciding if a number is odd (impar) or even (par). They are also reviewing how they are feeling using many expressions. We have observed butterflies in our classrooms and outside on the playground. We are learning about the stages of the monarch butterflies and we made our own paper butterflies to send to students in another part of the country. We hope to receive butterflies from a school. We are going to follow the butterflies as they travel to Michoacan, México. Ask your student how many kilometers it is from RI to México. 


In grade three students are reviewing the weather in  RI while comparing to the weather in the 21 Spanish speaking countries. They are learning the continents where these countries are located. Did you know there is a Spanish speaking country in Africa? Students are also reviewing their numbers to 69. Some are now counting up to 100. They are learning about animals and their habitats (la granja - farm, el océano - the ocean, la selva - the forest, las montañas - mountains.  We have observed butterflies outside on the playground and at our homes. We are learning about the stages of the monarch butterflies and we made our own paper butterflies to send to students in another part of the country. We hope to receive butterflies from a school. We are going to follow the butterflies as they travel to Michoacan, México. Ask your student how many kilometers it is from RI to México. 


Grade 4 students have written about themselves including their age, who’s in their families and what their favorite color and foods are. We ask and answer questions about the special person each week.  They also wrote a short paragraph about what they did over the summer vacation. They are preparing to make a video introducing themselves to their friends at another school. We will shortly be receiving videos back from our new friends and we’ll compare our schedules with them. Grade 4 students also read the morning announcements to the whole school in Spanish once a week!


Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any concerns and we love it when you share how your children are using their language outside of the classroom. We have heard many great stories. You may click on my name below to send me an email. Our World Language website also has resources that you may want to access. 

Hasta pronto,

Señora Gendreau 

Señora Carpenter

Señora Guiliano