Braddock Drive Gifted Magnet

Miss Hart - Room 11 - GRADE 3



Braddock Drive Elementary School Gifted Magnet is located at

4711 Inglewood Blvd. in Culver City, CA 90230. Braddock Drive Gifted Magnet includes grades 2 - 5.


              AWARDS 2015

We won two “Video in the Classroom Awards” in May. The 2013/2014 class  won an award for their video called “Day and Night” in the category of Best Technical Arts - Elementary, and the class of 2014/2015 won an award for their video called “Timing” in the category of Best Public Service Announcement -  Elementary. The broadcast of our videos and the awards and acceptance speeches will take place in August and September on the KLCS channel.

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All of the Stars

The Reasons for the Seasons

The Phases of the Moon

Solar System Song

June 1, 2015

Dear Parents,

It’s hard to believe our school year is almost over. I have enjoyed my third grade students this year more than I can possibly express. They have been enthusiastic and clever, and have always been up for all challenges I have put before them. Thank you for your support this year. We couldn’t have accomplished all of it without you.

It will be important for our students to keep up their skills this summer. Reading every day is key and knowing the multiplication facts to twelve continues to be very important. Continuing to quiz your child on the multiplication facts and practicing math as it comes up in life this summer would help tremendously for next year. They know how to edit video now. Maybe they can put some projects together for you.

I hope you all have a wonderful summer. Thank you again for giving me such a wonderful year with your children.

Carol Hart


May 1 - Finished DVDs of our music video, “The Black Hole Song,” went home this week. That was the demonstration edit but students will be working on their own edits using the same video and audio files. They should be bringing home a DVD with their own editing for “The Black Hole Song” in the next two or three weeks.

The Magnet Music Recital is this week, on May 8 at 12:30. As a class, we will be performing

“The Black Hole Song” for the recital.


April 27 - Common Core Assessment Tests for Grade 3 this week... Monday - Thursday. -----------------------------------------------------------

April 20 - We will be shooting green screen video for our music video, called “The Black Hole Song,” on Tuesday, April 21, and will need all students to be careful about what they wear to school that day.

Students need to wear clothing that will work well in front of a green screen. Please make sure they do NOT wear:  green, blue-green, brownish green, shirts with logos or anything shiny or sparkly. Safe colors tend to be solid colors like black, red, yellow, white or orange. We recorded the audio for this video last Friday. Thank you for all your help.


April 13 - We’re learning our new solar system

song today, called “The Black Hole Song.”

We will use the song to shoot our music video on Friday, April 17 and will be using a green screen so students need to be careful not to wear green that day. If you scroll down this homepage you will see

the audio file of “The Black Hole Song” along with

the previous five solar system songs written for the students of Room 11 by Sean Hart.


March 2 - Two DVDs went home today with each student, one with the video from our musical and the other with 399 photos from the musical. The

link to the video online is at the “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” link above.


February 17 - Opening performance today.  We

will be running the musical February 17 - 25 at 10:15.  The photos of the show can be seen by

clicking on the “2014/15 Albums” link above.


January 22 - We will be performing “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” February 17 - 25 at

10:15 a.m. The last performance is set aside for parents and family. The first six performances will be for classes at Braddock Elementary and Braddock Gifted Magnet. If parents can’t attend the February 25 performance, there may be seats left over on the other performance dates. Let me know if you need to attend an earlier date. I sent home an information letter and a sign-up if you want to help before, during or after the performances. We still have to get the set together, costumes have to be sent to school and we still need 4 baseball mitts, so we really need your help in the next few weeks. Thank you so much, everyone, for your continuing support. -  Ms. Hart


November 7

We have posted our first video in the

“14/15 Timing” link above. Students are still working on their own edits in FinalCut Pro. They will burn a DVD of their own edits when they are finished. Timing is a comedy skill we are working on this year for our musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

Also, new photos are posted in the “2014/2015 Albums” link above.


October 13, 2014


September 12, 2014

Dear Parents,

Every year we try to give students an opportunity to see the musical they are going to perform. We got really lucky once again.

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” is being performed at the Chromolume Theatre at 5429 W. Washington Blvd. The show is opening very soon. It is only a 50 seat theatre so they are reserving the whole theatre on October 19 just for us. It is a Sunday performance, beginning at 2:00 p.m. The actors and producers will be talking to us after the show.

What I need now is an idea of whether you and your child can attend the performance on October 19 and how many tickets you will need. We need a commitment as soon as possible so that we can reserve the seats. Tickets for both children and adults are $15 each. If you want to take your child to the show but can’t go on October 19, the show is running on many other days and you can make any arrangements that are convenient for you. I’m hoping everyone in my class will get to see this production while we have the opportunity.

Thanks, everybody. Please fill in the bottom of this letter, cut it off and send it back to school. I need to call the producer/director on Monday and give him an idea of whether we will fill the theatre on October 19.

Ms. Hart




______ Yes, we can attend “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” on Oct. 19

______ No, we can not attend on October 19

Number of tickets needed for our family for the October 19 show



September 6, 2014

Dear Parents,

At Back-to-School Night parents seemed to want me to send you a sign-up sheet to volunteer to help with this year’s musical rather than have a meeting. “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” can be a very simple set and have, mostly, costumes from your children’s closets.

What we already have: (Set goes up in early November)

  - 3 large wooden black boxes (moveable set pieces) 

  - PVC pipe and black cloth to cover (constructed to form stage left and right wings)

  -Wooden folding wall to cover computer, music and lights controls (to be covered with

             black  sheets)

  -Charlie Brown’s iconic t-shirt

  -2 Beethoven sweatshirts

What we need: 

Set: 1 - Approx. 9 Kingsize flat, opaque black sheets (114” each) or 11 Queensize

  (Maybe we can pitch in money and buy all from same vendor)

2 - Ribbons of velcro attached to the windows and walls

3 - Corresponding velcro ribbon attached to the width of all the sheets

(or any other ingenious idea you can come up with to hang the sheets...

I have used black gaffers tape over the years but it takes a long time to

hang and needs to be maintained every day for tape that doesn’t hold.)

4 - Dog house for Snoopy to lie on, painted black like the black boxes or

painted like a dog house

Other:  5 - Kazoobie Kazoos (9)

6 - Kazoo clip (1) Kazoobie Universal Kazoo clip (same store as above)

7 - Baseball caps (red) Don’t know how many yet    

Props list will come later - Baseball mitts, jump rope, etc.                             

Parent Volunteers:

1- Parent to oversee looking for a school or community theatre production of

       “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” that we can see as a class. (The Stella  

       Adler Theatre is doing the musical but they have been sold out for awhile.)

2- Parent to oversee the set, including construction of PVC pipe (& cloth) stage  


3- Parent to oversee costumes

4- Parent to oversee make-up and getting ready on performance days (not a lot of 

        make-up in this musical)

5- Parent to oversee parent sign-up for 2 or 3 backstage parents for each dress

         rehearsal and all performance days

Please let me know what you can help us with.

Thank you, everyone!

Ms. H


August 12, 2014

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This letter contains information regarding important aspects of our classroom and program. I will send this letter home with your child on the first day of school and ask that you sign and return the slip at the end of the letter.

My name is Carol Hart and it is my pleasure to welcome your children into my 3rd grade classroom! I have been very excited to meet the students and begin a year full of enriched learning. The month of August will consist of activities that will enable the students to get to know each other and to get to understand  more about how our class will operate. Our language arts program will begin with The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. We will be assessing and reviewing math concepts and, in science, we will start with animal adaptations.

The First Week of School

I will be spending the first few days of school helping students get to know one another and become comfortable with various classroom routines. One of my goals is to help students become cooperative learners, so students are getting used to completing work as a team and helping team members learn. Students also need to be independent workers, though, so students are currently learning how to organize work in their subject portfolios, file papers, and organize their desks. They will spend some time each day at various learning stations, working independently or in small groups. During this time the emphasis will be on completing skills work independently, and putting materials away. As students learn to work on their own, it will increase my ability to meet with small groups of students, and to help students progress at their own pace.


Beginning today, all students will bring home a blue home and school (homework) folder. Please check it daily. I will ask students to put parent notices from school into this folder for you to read. Also students will have homework placed in this folder. Please make sure your child completes his/her homework, and please also put your initials on the Homework Planner and on the homework each day so I know you have seen and checked it. Please correct your child’s homework with him/her. Parent involvement is crucial. The more involved you are in your child's learning, the greater success he or she will have in school.  On Monday and Tuesday your child will bring home a spelling and/or vocabulary word assignment. The homework will be a daily activity using students' spelling and vocabulary lists. Watch for these spelling lists to come home each Monday. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday there will also be some math homework. Students who fully complete and turn in daily homework will not have homework on Fridays. I want to be sure there is clear and frequent communication between home and school. To that end, please check in your child's home-school folder every day for notes from me or from the school.  Homework may change from time to time.... I will try to keep you informed.

I will keep announcements and homework listed here on the class website, as much as possible. It is helpful if you have internet connection at home. We may sometimes have online homework in the new “enVision Math” program.  Our website can be found at .  My contact information is on the website. Please feel free to email me or leave me a message at school.


When your child is not at school, work will be collected in a large envelope and sent home when he/she returns. Your child will have a day to make up work for every day that he/she was absent. (example: 2 days absent = 2 days to complete and return missed work.)  Please make sure that your child is at school on time. Tardy students miss crucial morning directions and disrupt the class.


Some families want to send cookies or cupcakes but it is not necessary. We will still acknowledge each child’s birthday in class. You may still choose to send (store bought) treats for all 24 students, of course. We can pass these treats out during lunchtime or recess.

Expectations for Behavior in the Classroom

We will constantly emphasize three expectations in our classroom: be responsible, be respectful, and be attentive. In addition to these expectations, we will work on students learning to become increasingly independent as the year progresses and to find areas of study that they are passionately interested in. My goal is for ALL students to become independent and cooperative learners. If a student has difficulty with behavior, I will ask him/her to fill out a problem-solving form to come up with a solution to the problem. Chronic problems, or severe misbehavior will need to be handled with more specific consequences. I will let parents know immediately if a student is having severe problems with behavior at school.

Home Transportation:

If your child will be going home in a different way than normal, you must send a note specifying the change of plans. In order to keep your child safe, I need your permission before I can allow someone else to pick up your child. Also, if you will be picking your child up early and know about it in advance, please write me a note as well so I can help to prepare your child for an early departure. Thank you for your cooperation with these important issues.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns, please call or email me and I would be happy to schedule a time to meet with you. My email is and the Braddock Drive Gifted Magnet phone number is

(310) 915-5977.


Carol Hart

The songs below were written by Sean Hart for the students of Room 11. They have been used for the last six years as the basis for our spring solar system video. The videos with students singing the songs can be found in the links at the top of this page.

Day and Night

The Black Hole Song