Noddin Elementary students receive art instruction and participate in hands-on art projects several times per year in the classroom with Art Vistas. All supplies for the projects are provided by Noddin's Home and School Club.
Art Vistas Unlimited is a non-profit organization formed in 1984 to provide instruction and enrichment in art history, art appreciation, and art techniques for all children in the Union School District. The organization is served district-wide by an elected executive board, a head docent from each participating school and classroom docents at each school. All members of Art Vistas are parent volunteers.
The Noddin Home & School Club sponsors student assemblies throughout the school year. Assemblies are a great way to allow students to learn in an environment outside of the classroom. The assemblies cover such areas as music and movement, social and emotional development, and multicultural theater and literary arts.
Noddin's favorite assemblies include:
- The Incredible Magic Hat Show - Rhythm, Harmony & Improvisation
Be a Buddy
Noddin's Be-a-Buddy program consists of upper-grade students reading and/or completing activities or projects with younger children. Older students are paired with younger children from their buddy class. The experience provides children with stimulating opportunities for learning and skill development. Younger children especially enjoy the one-to-one attention they receive from their older buddy.
Activities that buddies do together vary widely and are only limited by the imagination of the teachers, the age of the students, and the boundaries provided by the administration.
Noddin Home & School Club is a proud sponsor of the Be-a-Buddy program.
The Clay Program at Noddin Elementary School allows students an avenue for creativity using clay as a medium. The students are taught everything from basic ceramic skills to forming and glazing the clay. Clay forming has been proven to help improve students' hand-eye coordination.
This is a parent volunteer run program and the Noddin Home & School Club provides basic training and all supplies.
All grade-levels participate in field trips throughout the year. The cost of our field trips are covered by the Home & School Club and the generous donations of our wonderful Noddin families.
This year's field trips include:
- Levi Stadium - Children's Discovery Museum - Hidden Villa Farms - DeAnza Planetarium - San Jose Museum of Art - Mission San Juan Bautista
The Garden Club started in the spring of 2010 and has grown tremendously in a short period of time. We now donate fresh vegetables and fruit to Second Harvest and the students know that the community service of this club is helping local families. Students meet during lunchtime on designated days to prepare the soil, plant and harvest the food.
This parent-run club is turning our limited soil areas into viable working planting space. Students enjoy watching the plants grow and learn so much in this process. This program also runs during the summer months and is spear-headed by the passion of parent and student volunteerism. All gardening supplies are generously provided by the Noddin Home & School Club.
A 30 minute class held once a week with Mr. Hess, our school music teacher. Music is provided for grades K-5, and children are exposed to a variety of genres of music, famous composers, and musical instruments.
Running Club is a fun and exciting way to motivate the students in grades 1-5 to come out and exercise during their lunch break.
We offer incentives and provide them with a weekly status report of how many miles they have completed.
Recess is an opportunity for students not only to participate in physical activity but also learn about and build their character, develop cooperation skills, and practice their social interaction skills. Therefore, recess is an equally important part of the instructional day. With over 15 years experience in youth development, education, and physical health, Recess 101 creates a welcoming, supportive, healthy and enriching school environment that inspires change not only on the recess yard but also inside the classrooms.