Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Week 21 Newsletter

UPDATE: Wednesday 02/21/17 - Snow Day edition!  I hope you have enjoyed the white stuff at your house.  I pray that your family says safe and warm.  Once school resumes, some of the classes may change to keep us on pace.

What a great trip to Fort Clatsop we had on Friday!  It was great to see where and how the Lewis and Clark Expedition lived during the winter of 1805/1806.  I hope this will remain as a highlight of their year in 4th grade.  Our next field trip will be to the Aurora Colony on Thursday, March 22 (the day before Spring Break).  This will be another way the students can experience authentic history right in front of them.  

Just to keep you in the loop, we are a little behind in writing our Wax Museum speeches.  Don’t worry, they will finish in plenty of time.  We are beginning to write our rough drafts this week and they will turn it into me for a grade next week.  This part of the project is done entirely at school.  You can support them at home by asking how it is going and what they accomplished each day.  I take them through a slow and purposeful process to learn how to take proper notes, create a rough draft, edit it, and create a final draft.  On Friday, March 3, the corrected rough drafts will be sent home to be typed into a Final Draft.  They will start this process at school, but it will need to finished at home.  The rough drafts are due (electronic copy only) on Tuesday, March 7.  

Hoop-A-Thon is here! Please visit WHCSHOOP.com to set up your student's pledge site. One pledge, each student receives a participation prize. 125.00 in pledges, student receives a Hoop shirt. Every $50, student's name is put in a drawing for special prizes. Our goal is $60,000! Let's do this...One Team, One Heart on March 2nd, Hoop Day!  

Capture the memories of the school year by ordering your West Hills Christian School Yearbook today! Yearbooks are $20, and for as little as $5 more, you have the opportunity to customize them. Click HERE to jump to Josten's website to order! Deadline for ordering (customized or not) is this Friday, Feb. 23.

Please note: I did not hand out reading logs last week (for a second week) and due to the shortened week and snow day(s), there won't be a reading log this week (third week).

What we are studying this week:
Bible: Paused due to snow day(s) until next week
Grammar:  Verb test on Thursday
Math:  Begin Ch. 7 - Adding and subtracting fractions
Reading: Author’s Purpose by reading Mighty Jackie
Science:  Magnetism and electricity unit test
Social Studies:  Lewis and Clark Unit - What was at the end?
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Voice

What's coming up:

  • Feb. 26 to Mar. 2 - Spirit Week
    • Monday - Comfy/Pajama Day
    • Tuesday - Tourist Day
    • Wednesday - Disney Day
    • Thursday - Sports Jersey Day
    • Friday - TBA
  • Mar. 2 - Hoop-a-thon (Fourth Grade shoots from 9:30-10:15)
  • Mar. 16 - Patriotic Performance and Wax Museum (7:00-8:30pm)
  • Mar. 22 - Aurora Colony field trip (9:00am-2:00pm)
  • Mar. 23 - No School - Grading Day
  • Mar. 26-30 - No School - Spring Break

Monday, February 12, 2018

Week 20 Newsletter


A week from Wednesday (Feb. 21), during morning recess, students can look look through commonly used parts of clothing for your child’s Wax Museum character.  We don’t have any full sets of clothing, but we have many parts that will work with many different characters.  Please let your student know what types of items to look for, but Mrs. Porter and I can make some suggestions if requested.  I expect all students will return any items they borrowed shortly after the performance on March 16.

On Valentine’s Day, we will be having a very small in-class celebration in the morning.   We will be creating envelopes in class (no boxes please).  Please remember, exchanging Valentines is an optional event and if your student chooses to participate, they must include a Valentine for each student (class list found here).   Your student may include a piece/package of candy with the Valentines, if you want.   To assure that your students do not eat too much candy, please discuss if they may eat one piece at lunch, otherwise it will all be sent home with your student at the end of the day.

On Feb.16, we are going to Fort Clatsop in Astoria to learn more about the Lewis and Clark Expedition on an experiential field trip.  Due to the distance of this field trip, the students will need to arrive early to school this day.  If you have a carpool group, please plan accordingly.  Please plan to have your student arrive at WHCS around 7:30, and we will start to load the bus at 7:45 and depart shortly after.  We should arrive back to school in time for carpool.  If you want to chaperone the field trip, contact the Room Moms.  We will be going regardless of weather, so please have your student dress accordingly.  Electronic devices are not permitted on this trip, so plan accordingly.  They may bring a book to read or similar item.  Please note: they will need a lunch from home this day.  If you regularly order hot lunches, they will still need to bring one from home this day.

From Mrs. Porter:  On Thursday there will be a verb test.  The test will cover action verbs and helping verbs.  The students will also be tested on verb tenses, subject-verb agreement, finding the direct object, irregular verbs, and verb phrases.  We will review in class on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Recorder practice continues with Mrs. Fausto this Tuesday. Please remind your child every Tuesday morning, or Monday night, to bring their recorders to school for the lunchtime practice.

This week’s Bible verse:
Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.  Jeremiah 32:17

What we are studying this week:
Bible: God is Omnipotent (Verse quiz on Tuesday 02/13)
Grammar:  Verb test on Thursday
Math:  Ch. 6 - Test on Thursday
Reading: Author’s Purpose by reading Mighty Jackie
Science:  Magnetism and electricity unit - Generators and Review for unit test
Social Studies:  Lewis and Clark Unit - What was there?
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Voice


What's coming up:

  • Feb. 14 - Progress reports emailed home
  • Feb. 16 - Fort Clatsop Field Trip from 7:45am-3:00pm
  • Feb. 19 - No School - Presidents Day
  • Feb. 20 - No School - Professional Development for teachers
  • Mar. 2 - Hoop-a-thon
  • Mar. 16 - Patriotic Performance and Wax Museum at 7:00pm

Friday, February 9, 2018

No Reading Logs this week

Just a short message...

Due to an unforeseen error, there will not be any reading logs due on Monday.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Week 19 Newsletter

We will finish our novel studies this week, and we will begin to show two of the three movies as a wrap up: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Because of Winn-Dixie. Since they are both rated PG, it is common practice for me to inform the parents. Please read this sheet for more info! Students that read the book will watch the same movie. If you have any specific questions about the movies, I can answer them, since I have seen both movies several times.

On Valentine’s Day, we will be having a very small in-class celebration in the morning. We will be creating envelopes in class (no boxes please). Please remember, exchanging Valentines is an optional event and if your student chooses to participate, they must include a Valentine for each student (class list found here). Your student may include a piece/package of candy with the Valentines, if you want. To assure that your students do not eat too much candy, please discuss if they may eat a piece at lunch, otherwise it will all be sent home with your student at the end of the day.

On Feb.16, we are going to Fort Clatsop in Astoria to learn more about the Lewis and Clark Expedition on an experiential field trip. Please let me know if your student will be absent this day, so we plan accordingly. Due to the distance of this field trip, the students will need to arrive early to school this day. If you have a carpool group, please plan accordingly. We will start to load the bus at 7:45 and depart shortly after. We should arrive back to school in time for carpool. If you want to chaperone the field trip, contact the Room Moms. We will be going regardless of weather, so please have your student dress accordingly. Please note: they will need a lunch from home this day. If you regularly order hot lunches, they will still need to bring one from home this day.

Recorder practice continues with Mrs. Fausto this Tuesday. Please remind your child every Tuesday morning, or Monday night, to bring their recorders to school for the lunchtime practice.

What we are studying this week:
Bible: God is Omnipotent
Grammar:  Verbs
Math:  Ch. 6 - Fraction equivalence and comparison
Reading: Novel studies groups continue.
Science:  Magnetism and electricity unit - Types of circuits
Social Studies:  Lewis and Clark Unit - What was there?
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Voice


What's coming up:

  • Feb. 14 - Progress reports emailed home
  • Feb. 16 - Fort Clatsop Field Trip from 7:45am-3:00pm
  • Feb. 19 - No School - Presidents Day
  • Feb. 20 - No School - Professional Development for teachers
  • Mar. 2 - Hoop-a-thon
  • Mar. 16 - Patriotic Performance and Wax Museum at 7:00pm

Monday, January 29, 2018

Week 18 Newsletter

Now that your student knows why their person was important to the west, we will begin the process of note taking so they can start to find out more information about the person’s life. The idea behind reading at home was so the students will be pretty familiar with their character before they begin taking notes on Tuesday. All information needs to be brought into class on Tuesday otherwise your child won’t have anything to work on while the rest of the students are taking notes. All resources will need to stay at school until the note taking session is completed (in about 3 weeks). As a reminder, all note taking and rough draft writing will all take place in class .

On Feb.16, we are going to Fort Clatsop in Astoria to learn more about the Lewis and Clark Expedition on an experiential field trip. Due to the distance of this field trip, the students will need to arrive early to school this day. So, if you have a carpool group, please plan to notify them as soon as possible. We will start to load the bus at 7:45 and depart shortly after. We should arrive back to school in time for carpool. If you want to chaperone the field trip, contact the Room Moms. We will be going regardless of weather, so please have your student dress accordingly. Please note: they will need a lunch from home this day. If you regularly order hot lunches, they will still need to bring one from home this day.

Recorder practice continues with Mrs. Fausto this Tuesday. Please remind your child every Tuesday morning, or Monday night, to bring their recorders to school for the lunchtime practice.

What we are studying this week:
Bible: God is Omniscient
Grammar:  Verbs
Math:  Ch. 6 - Fraction equivalence and comparison
Reading: Novel studies groups continue.
Science:  Magnetism and electricity unit - Current electricity
Social Studies:  Lewis and Clark Unit - How did they get there?
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Voice

What's coming up:

  • Feb. 1 - Oregon Symphony Field Trip from 10:15am-12:15pm
  • Feb. 14 - Progress reports emailed home
  • Feb. 16 - Fort Clatsop Field Trip from 7:45am-3:00pm
  • Feb. 19 - No School - Presidents Day
  • Feb. 20 - No School - Professional Development for teachers
  • Mar. 2 - Hoop-a-thon
  • Mar. 16 - Patriotic Performance and Wax Museum at 7:00pm

Monday, January 22, 2018

Week 17 Newsletter

This week, your student will turn-in the latest book report assignment. For this project, they will have three parts that are due on Tuesday, January 23th. First, they will present any project they created, from the signed proposal. Second, they will turn in a 8 to 12 sentence summary of their book. Lastly, they will turn in a 4-6 sentence recommendation which will be displayed in the classroom for others to see about their book. The information sheet is attached here. Each student will present their project. It should be around two to four minutes in length. Please encourage them to practice what they will say for the time. If they are done talking about their project and still have time remaining, they should tell something about the book (give a summary, tell their favorite part, describe a character, etc.)

This week your child will need to go to the library and/or check online for resources for their wax museum speech . Wikipedia is not an acceptable resource because it’s not always reliable information. I will also be giving each child a resource to use and it’s possible that it could be identical to one of the resources they found on their own. All resources need to be in class by this Thursday. Starting that Thursday and before the following Tuesday, for homework your student will read over their information they acquired, and as a parent I ask that you help them identify what contribution their character made to the West. This will be the main emphasis of the speeches. Some children have difficulty pulling out this information so I’m asking you as parents to help your child with that part of the project. They will be able to earn reading log minutes starting on Thursday, and the more familiar they are with their character the easier the note-taking will be for them. The note-taking and rough draft writing will all take place in class.

On Feb.16, we are going to Fort Clatsop in Astoria to learn more about the Lewis and Clark Expedition on an experiential field trip. Due to the distance of this field trip, the students will need to arrive early to school this day. So, if you have a carpool group, please plan to notify them as soon as possible. We will start to load the bus at 7:45 and depart shortly after. We should arrive back to school in time for carpool. If you want to chaperone the field trip, the Room Moms will email details soon.

In science, we have started a new unit on magnetism and electricity. In this week’s science labs, they will need to use 2 D-size batteries. Please send them to school with your student by Tuesday morning in a labeled bag and they will return in about a month.

Recorder practice with Mrs. Fausto will begin this Tuesday. Please remind your child every Tuesday morning, or Monday night, to bring their recorders to school for the lunchtime practice.

What we are studying this week:
Bible: Work on our chapel / God is Omnipotent
Grammar:  Verbs
Math:  Ch. 5 - Factors, Multiples, and Patterns
Reading: Novel studies groups continue.
Science:  Magnetism and electricity unit - Static and current electricity
Social Studies:  Lewis and Clark Unit - How did they get there?
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Voice


What's coming up:

  • Jan. 22 - All-School Parent Meeting 7:00-8:00pm (FREE PIZZA...click here)
  • Jan. 24 - We lead Chapel from 9:00-9:25am (Plan to join us!)
  • Feb. 1 - Oregon Symphony Field Trip from 10:15am-12:15pm
  • Feb. 14 - Progress reports emailed home
  • Feb. 16 - Fort Clatsop Field Trip from 7:45am-3:00pm
  • Feb. 19 - No School - Presidents Day
  • Feb. 20 - No School - Professional Development for teachers
  • Mar. 2 - Hoop-a-thon
  • Mar. 16 - Patriotic Performance and Wax Museum at 7:00pm

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Week 16 Newsletter

On Friday of this week, your student will choose their Wax Museum character. They were given the list today, and should share it with you. Please help them decide on a priority list (1-10) of the character they wish to select. There will be a random drawing on Friday for them to select their character, and more information will come home on that day.

Last week, your student received the latest book report assignment. For this project, they will have three parts that are due no later than January 23rd. First, they will be allowed to present any project they wish to create. Second, they will create a 8 to 12 sentence summary of their book. Lastly, they will create a 4-6 sentence recommendation which will be displayed in the classroom for others to see about their book. Here is a copy of the information sheet which your student brought home and should answer all questions.

In science, we have started a new unit on magnetism and electricity. In the science lab next week, they will need to use 2 D-size batteries. Please send them to school with your student this week in a labeled bag and they will return in about a month.

Recorder practice with Mrs. Fausto will begin next Tuesday. Please remind your child every Tuesday morning, or Monday night, to bring their recorders to school for the lunchtime practice.


No verse this week, due to working on our chapel.
No spelling words this week, due to the shortened week.


What we are studying this week:
Bible: Work on our chapel
Grammar:  Verbs
Math:  Begin Ch. 5 - Factors, Multiples, and Patterns
Reading: Novel studies groups continue.
Science:  Begin magnetism and electricity unit
Social Studies:  Begin Lewis and Clark Unit - Who were they?
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Voice


What's coming up:

  • Jan. 22 - All-School Parent Meeting 7:00-8:00pm
  • Jan. 24 - We lead Chapel from 9:00-9:25am (Plan to join us!)
  • Feb. 1 - Oregon Symphony Field Trip from 10:15am-12:15pm
  • Feb. 16 - Fort Clatsop Field Trip from 7:45am-3:00pm