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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Reminders for Monday

There will not be a newsletter sent out this week. 

The end of the year is nearing, here are three things you need to remember for Monday.  
  1. Game Day
  2. Pancake Breakfast / Talent Show
  3. Bring a bag (or two)
Game Day
The students have earned a game day due to the number of compliments we have received this term.  All students are encouraged to bring a (non-electronic) game. Please help them limit the number of items they bring, because they will be bringing a lot home...see point #3. 

Pancake Breakfast / Talent Show
Starting around 8:30 on Monday morning, the students will have a time of fellowship and eat pancakes together. I encourage any parents that are around to sit and eat with us too, it's a fun way to end the year. After eating, we will sign yearbooks, then several students will showcase a talent. This is a very low-key event, so some silliness may ensue. :)

Bring a bag
The students will be taking home all of their items from the classroom on Monday. To bring all of it home, they should bring a reusable grocery bag, or two paper bags.  Please remember they will be bringing home this bag (or two), their backpack, and their game for Game Day. So, think about this situation when deciding which game to bring to school. 

Blessings,

~Kevin

Monday, June 5, 2017

Week 35 Newsletter - Last one!

I am very excited to see all of the student’s state floats tomorrow.  These students never cease to impress me with their creativity.  Everyone is invited to our parade on Thursday at 2:20. If you want to join us, please park on in any open spot in the parking lot or on the north side of the track.  The gates will open around 2:00 on that day.  Please plan on taking the floats home on that day.  The parade should be over by 2:45.

On Monday, June 12, the 7th annual Killian Pancake Breakfast will be served.  Please contact the room moms if you have any questions.  Additionally, there will be a talent show at the end of the breakfast.  Students will be bringing home a permission slip today.  If they are performing, I would like a parent signature so you know that they are performing.  Additionally, all students should bring a sturdy bag to bring all of their items home on Monday.  A reusable grocery bag typically works quite well.

This is the last busy week as we come to the end of teaching units and the end of the school year. Please continue to keep a structured homework/study time, and be sure your fourth grader is getting plenty of sleep each night. Students are nearing the finish line for fourth grade, but they are not quite there. As they see the finish line approaching, please help them to run the last full week of school with endurance and dedication.

As the year draws to a close, please note that all late or absent work needs to be turned in no later than this Friday. If there are extenuating circumstances, please let me know as soon as possible so we can work out an alternate solution.

Do you want to simplify purchasing school supplies for next year? Grade specific school supply kits are available for ordering now through mid-June, 2016. To order a kit for your child, please visit www.shopttkits.com and use account login 91621. Please note: Because there are a few items needed that are not available in the kits, be sure to check the class supply lists on the school website for additional items such as: P.E. clothes, Bibles, and student choice of class organizational method. Here is a link to the W.H.C.S. supply list web page.

The annual book swap continues through Friday of this week.  So bring in those books you are finished with and swap them out for another good book to read.  It is a great way to get ready for summer reading!

PTF Open House! Please join us on Tuesday, June 6th, at 1 pm in the auditorium. No commitment necessary, just come hear about the many opportunities there are to serve WHCS in the coming school year. Questions? Email whcsptf@whcs.org. Hope you can join us!
Current Bible verse:   No more verse tests; only lessons

What we are studying this week:
Bible: Salvation in Christ Alone
Grammar:  Pronouns unit Test on Monday, June 12
Math: Ch.10 - Geometry Test on Friday, June 9
Reading: Novel groups; Test on Thursday, June 8
Science:  Kingdoms of living organisms
Social Studies:  Oregon’s government and geography
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Word Choice

What's coming up:
June 6 - State Floats due
June 8 - State Float Parade (2:20ish)
June 9 - End-of-year Auction
June 12 - Pancake breakfast & talent show (8:15am-10:00)
June 13 – Last Day of School (11:30 Dismissal)
June 13 – Family Picnic at WHCS (11:45-3:00)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Week 34 Newsletter

Important State Float info...
  • State floats are due June 6  (Info sheet here, if needed)
    • The students are in the process of completing their maps and flags in class and they should be used on the float somewhere.
    • Float parade is on June 8th at 2:20 on the track, parents and visitors are invited!   It should be all done by 2:45.
    • We will have special music from the WHCS band to keep the march going.
    • All floats need to go home on June 8th due to the amount of classroom space they occupy. Please e-mail me if that won’t be possible.

On Monday, June 12, the 8th annual Killian Pancake Breakfast will be served.  Please contact the room moms if you have any questions.  Additionally, there will be a talent show at the end of the breakfast.  Students will be bringing home a permission slip on later this week.  If they are performing, I would like a parent signature so you know that they are performing.

Don’t forget to keep studying the states and capitals because the final test over all of the states and capitals is on June 2nd.

Current Bible verse:   No more verse tests; only lessons

What we are studying this week:
Bible: Salvation in Christ Alone
Grammar:  Pronouns unit
Math: Begin Ch.10 - Geometry
Reading: Novel groups
Science:  Kingdoms of living organisms
Social Studies:  Oregon’s government and geography
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Word Choice

What's coming up:
June 2 - States and Capitals final test over all 50 states and capitals.
June 6 - State Floats due
June 8 - State Float Parade (2:20ish)
June 9 - End-of-year Auction
June 12 - Pancake breakfast & talent show (8:15am-10:00)
June 12 - Math Ch 10 Test
June 13 – Last Day of School (11:30 Dismissal)
June 13 – Family Picnic at WHCS (11:45-3:00)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Week 33 Newsletter

TOMORROW, your students need to bring in recyclables and fun things to make an imaginary animal in their science lab.  Your student has a partner and together they are responsible for making the animal completely out of all the items that they bring to school.  Additionally, they may bring a small glue gun from home if they would like, but you must click on this link to allow them to use it.

This Thursday, we will be going to the State Capitol.  We will leave at 9:15 (please be on-time to school) and return around 1:45 (see below for the schedule).  While in Salem, we will tour the Capitol Building, explore the grounds, and eat a sack lunch.  It is an amazing trip, with so much history and art combined, the students sometimes forget they are actually learning! :)

We are continuing the start study of the Southeast states this week.  The quiz on will be on Thursday, May 25.  This will be the last group of states.  Do not forget to help them keep the previous states in their minds, because we will have a test over all 50 states and capitals on June 2.

Hopefully by now, you and your student have been working on the item that will push or pull the State Float.  If you wish to assist your student and make something at home with them, that is completely acceptable.  Here is some additional State Float info for you peruse...
  • State floats are due June 6.  (Info sheet here, if needed)
    • The students will be making their maps and flags this week in class and they should be used on the float somewhere.
    • Float parade is on June 8th at 2:20ish on the track, parents and visitors are invited!
    • All floats need to go home on June 8th due to the amount of classroom space they occupy. Please e-mail me if that won’t be possible.

A few parents have already stepped forward with some wonderful donations, but as a reminder; I like to have a fun auction for the students to spend their pennies earned throughout the year.  If you have any items you can donate to the End of Year Auction, from now until the end of the May, I would appreciate it.  Any inexpensive toys or crafts and fun items for the kids to do during summertime is what I am looking for.  Items from the past have been: ice cream cone coupons, rubber balls, squirt guns, activity books.  I accept gently used items too, if you want to get rid of something others would enjoy.

Current Bible verse:   Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.  Acts 4:12 (Verse Test May 25 )
What we are studying this week:
Bible: Salvation in Christ Alone
Grammar:  Pronouns unit
Math: Ch. 9/10 - Decimals/Geometry
Reading: Novel groups
Science:  Kingdoms of living organisms
Social Studies:  Early Oregon government
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Word Choice

What's coming up:
May 25 - Southeast States and Capitals quiz
May 25 - State Capitol Field Trip (9:15-2:00)
  • 9:15 - Load and depart in cars
  • 10:15 - Arrive at the State Capitol
  • 10:30 - Tour begins
  • 12:00 - Break for lunch
  • 12:30 - Scavenger hunt
  • 12:50 - Load cars to leave
  • 1:45 - Arrive at WHCS
May 26 - No School - Teacher Work Day
May 29 - No School - Memorial Day
June 2 - States and Capitals final test over all 50
June 8 - State Float Parade (2:30)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Week 32 Newsletter

We will start studying the Southeast states this week.  The quiz on will be on Thursday, May 25.  This will be the last group of states.  Do not forget to help them keep the previous states in their minds, because we will have a test over all 50 states and capitals on June 2.

Last week, your student chose their state for the State Float project.  Soon, your student should begin working on what they will use for the base of the float.  It must be something that your student can push or pull.   Your student was given a list last week, but here is a list of the requirements for the project.  They will conduct research on computers at school this week and next week.  By the end of next week, they will bring home a hand-drawn map and flag that they must use on their float.  There is a parade of all state floats on June 8 at 2:30 on the track.  Everyone is invited to come and watch the parade.  Plan to take the floats home on June 8 at the end of the day.  If you have a carpool, please make arrangements.

Next week, your students will need to bring in recyclables and fun things to make an imaginary animal in science lab for May 23.  Your student has a partner and together they are responsible for making the animal completely out of all the items that they bring to school.  Additionally, they may bring a small glue gun from home if they would like, but to use it Mrs. Swain requires authorization from you since there is the possibility of an injury if used improperly.  If your student doesn't bring a glue gun, you may still want to allow them to use one since there will be one extra students can use.  Look for an email later this week for the authorization.

A few parents have already stepped forward with some wonderful donations, but as a reminder; I like to have a fun auction for the students to spend their pennies earned throughout the year.  If you have any items you can donate to the End of Year Auction, from now until the end of the May, I would appreciate it.  Any inexpensive toys or crafts and fun items for the kids to do during summertime is what I am looking for.  Items from the past have been: ice cream cone coupons, rubber balls, squirt guns, activity books.  I accept gently used items too, if you want to get rid of something others would enjoy.

Current Bible verse:   He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.  2 Timothy 1:9
(Verse Test on 5/17)

Next Bible verse:  Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.  Acts 4:12 (Verse Test May 25 )
What we are studying this week:
Bible: Salvation by Grace, Salvation in Christ Alone
Grammar:  Adverbs unit
Math: Ch. 8 - Multiplying fractions (Test this Friday)
Reading: Novel groups
Science:  Begin Animals Unit adaptations and kingdoms
Social Studies:  Oregon Trail - Turn in journal project / Early Oregon government
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Word Choice


What's coming up:
May 19 - Ch. 8 Math Test
May 25 - Southeast States and Capitals quiz
May 25 - State Capitol Field Trip (9:15-2:00)
May 26 - No School - Teacher Work Day
May 29 - No School - Memorial Day
June 2 - States and Capitals final test over all 50
June 8 - State Float Parade (2:30)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Week 31 Newsletter

Sorry this is a day late...I forgot to hit send yesterday. :(

This Friday the students will be tested on the NE states and capitals. This is a difficult set so it is expected that students would study for 5-10 minutes each night in preparation for Friday’s quiz.  Do not forget to help them keep the previous states in their minds, because we will have a test over all 50 states and capitals on June 2.

I have noticed that when the students take their Bible verse quizzes on Tues-
days and Fridays that many students are not prepared to write the verse. We practice in class but that’s generally not enough practice for that verse to become firm in the student’s head. I’ve also observed that many students aren’t prepared for the Friday spelling tests. All students should be studying their Bible verse and spelling words Monday through Thursday nights for 5-10 minutes each.

This Thursday the students will be choosing their states for our upcoming state float project. Each child should come to school on Thursday with a list of their top ten states. More information will come home with the students on Thursday after the states are chosen.  Soon, your student should begin working on what they will use for the base of the float.  It must be something that your student can push or pull.   Your student will be given a list on Thursday, but here are the requirements for the project.  They will conduct research on computers at school next week.  By the end of the following week, they will bring home a hand-drawn map and flag that they must use on their float.  There is a parade of all state floats on June 8 at 2:30 on the track.  Everyone is invited to come and watch the parade.  Plan to take the floats home on June 8 at the end of the day.  If you have a carpool, please make arrangements.

In two weeks, your students will need to bring in recyclables and fun things to make an imaginary animal in science lab for May 23.  Your student has a partner and together they are responsible for making the animal completely out of all the items that they bring to school.  Additionally, they may bring a small glue gun from home if they would like, but to use it Mrs. Swain requires authorization from you since there is the possibility of an injury if used improperly.  If your student doesn't bring a glue gun, you may still want to allow them to use one since there will be one extra students can use.  Look for an email later this week for the authorization.

A few parents have already stepped forward with some wonderful donations, but as a reminder; I like to have a fun auction for the students to spend their pennies earned throughout the year.  If you have any items you can donate to the End of Year Auction, from now until the end of the May, I would appreciate it.  Any inexpensive toys or crafts and fun items for the kids to do during summertime is what I am looking for.  Items from the past have been: ice cream cone coupons, rubber balls, squirt guns, activity books.  I accept gently used items too, if you want to get rid of something others would enjoy.

Current Bible verse:   He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.  2 Timothy 1:9
(Verse Test on 5/17)

What we are studying this week:
Bible: Salvation by Grace
Grammar:  Adverbs unit
Math: Ch. 8 - Multiplying fractions (Test this Friday)
Reading: Novel groups
Science:  Begin Animals Unit adaptations and kingdoms
Social Studies:  Oregon Trail - journal project - Ending the trip
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Word Choice


What's coming up:
May 8-12 - Book Fair Week
May 12 - Northeast States and Capitals quiz
May 25 - State Capitol Field Trip (9:15-2:00)
May 26 - No School - Teacher Work Day
May 29 - No School - Memorial Day
June 2 - States and Capitals final test over all 50
June 8 - State Float Parade (2:30)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Two quick notes for this weekend...

Sorry to interrupt your evening, but I told the students that I would email all of you to let you know that there are NO reading logs this week.  I goofed and never handed them out.  I was even reminded on Wednesday morning by two students (no names...☺), but I still forgot by the afternoon.  Since this is my fault, I am allowing a one week "vacation" from them.  Don't worry...I won't forget on Monday.

Additionally, the only homework your student has this weekend is to bring a brown paper grocery bag  to school on Monday.  They are going to use this to create a cover for their Oregon Trail Journal, so the less printing on it, the better.  Thank you in advance for assisting them with this.