Hola! Soy la Sra. Tamara, your child’s Spanish teacher for grades 3, 4 and 5. This blog is to share about your child’s activities In Spanish classes. One of my goals is to integrate technology into the classroom while practicing our listening, writing, reading and speaking skills in Spanish. What better way for you to see how we use technology than to share what we are doing via ‘technology’! This is an opportunity for all of us to see first hand the creativity, culture and wide variety of communication that goes into learning a language. We hope to receive loads of comments and feedback! Beinvenidos



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Student Led Conferences – SLC – April 1 and 2

Parents come for student led conferences, SLC. It is a time for your child to share all of their hard work with you. They have created a portfolio to share and in Grade 5, they have A LOT to talk about and show you in Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, Word Study and all the specials such as Art, Music, PE and World Language.

You can sign up here:
– You simply look for your child’s homeroom teacher, select a time and type in your child’s name or your name – either works.

See you on Weds and Thurs, April 1 and 2.

Mrs. McGuinness and Ms. Tamara

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Friday, February 13 no school GOOGLE SUMMIT

On Friday, February 13 students will not have classes because we are happy to announce that ACST is hosting its first GOOGLE SUMMIT. You may ask: What is a Google Summit? Well, it is a professional development opportunity for teachers and staff to learn new technology skills. We will have presenters here from 5+ different countries and different international schools. Some of the workshops/presentations offered will be: Building a Professional Learning Network with Google Plus, Using YouTube effectively in the Classroom, Using Google Docs, Google Calendar, & Google Earth, … to name just a few.

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PTO Discussion about new REPORT CARD format

When:  Thursday, January 23, 2014

Where:  in the school cafeteria

What:  Please come and listen to our elementary principal, Lesley Tait, explain the new format and expectations on the report card.  Report cards will be going home on January 31, 2014. 

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el 9 de MAYO hasta el 13 de MAYO
Idioms/Slogans/Tongue Twisters~Expresiones idiomaticas/Dichos/Trabalenguas

Our theme during this week is how language can be used to entertain and share messages that have multiple meanings. We request classroom teachers to invite parents to come into classrooms throughout the week to share stories or examples of how language is used to share messages that have multiple meanings or significances.

el Horario/Schedule/Calendario/Calendar:

lunes/Mon. (May 9) – badges w/ native language greeting – sharing idioms/slogans/tongue twisters in classes for posting on boards around school.
martes/Tues. (May 10) – Kiswahili Day featuring Ngoma Dancers
miercoles/Wed. (May 11) – Spanish Day featuring salsa/guacamole sales &
guest presentation in Spanish room
jueves/Thurs. (May 12) – French Day featuring bake sale
viernes/Fri. (May 13) – Assembly

We invite parents to connect with classroom teachers for any presentations they would like to do during this week in their home languages! las Fotos van a estar pronto!!


Sra. Tamara

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Dialogos de Marioneta ~ Puppet Dialogues GRADO 4

These past few weeks in Grado 4 we integrated our language skills with our artistic talent. We made very creative Marionet Puppets in Art class and decided to bring these wonderful Marionetas to life by writing dialogues and recorded them in Spanish, in Spanish class. Many of the personal interview questions that we’ve learned earlier we integrated into the dialogues along with describing their personalities and physical characteristics/parts of the body, special abilities and/or special powers. Many of the Marionetas were based on the Greek Mythological unit that we studied in our Unit of Inquiry. We hope you enjoy viewing them and por favor, feel free to leave unos comentarios!

el Dialogo de Alice y Nuzhhat:

el Dialogo de Nazri, Tahiya y Sahar:

el Dialogo de Kahdija y Sean:

el Dialogo de Tamara-Jo y Kanengo:

el Dialogo de Sonia y Nishant:

el Dialogo de Xandra y Katy:

el Dialogo de Shemei y Cate:


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In Grado 4 we have been practicing asking and answering basic questions (some examples of these questions have previously been posted on the blog) in Spanish. What better way to practice our new skills than to actually communicate with other Spanish students around the world! Fortunately, Señora Tamara has a collegial friend in Colorado – Señorita Davison – who also teaches Spanish to Kinder through Grado 5 students at Dillon Valley Elementary. A picture of some of our high-school amigos is here. They are a dual language school and so we expect that their Spanish is going to be FABULOSO! We are excited to announce that they have just received our first ‘Cartas de Amigo de Pluma’ (Pen Pal Letters) and have eagerly read them and are preparing their responses – they even made a post about receiving them on their blog. We anxiously await for ‘el Correo’ to deliver their ‘cartas’. The pictures below are of us with our ‘marionetas’ so our amigos/amigas know who we are. (We created these puppets in Art class and have written ‘dialogos’ and recorded videos in Spanish class.)


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During the past couple of weeks, el Grado 3 has been practicing and using family vocabulary and descriptions. They created an ALBUM de FAMILIA that included a personal description of themselves and three descriptions of three different family members.
They were very creative and clever in their introductions of their family members.
Some of the ‘frases’ and their meanings were:

Se llama _________ = He/she calls him/herself ___________

Tiene ___ años = He/she is ___ years old (has ___ years)

Tiene ojos _____ (color) = He/she has (color) eyes.

Tiene pelo _____ (color, length, type) = He/she has (type) of hair.

Es ________ y ________ . (descriptions) = He/she is _______ and _______ (descriptions)

Le gusta _________ = He/she likes to _________

and many favorite things such as:

libro favorito = favorite book
película favorita = favorite movie
videojuego favorito = favorite video game
color favorito = favorite color
animal favorito = favorite animal

Look forward to seeing their albums come home soon! For more practice on ‘la familia’ and ‘descripciones’ you can select some of the activities on the resources page under Spanish, or go to Sra. Tamara’s Blog de español.

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