Monday, June 4, 2018

Week 35 Newsletter

This will be my last newsletter.  I want to thank you all for trusting me to teach your child this year.  I feel honored!  I have enjoyed creating new friendships with you and your students this year.  I look forward to seeing many of you in my new role as a sub next year.

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 11, 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 that 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.


This week’s 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
What we are studying this week:
Bible: Salvation in Christ Alone - Test on Friday
Grammar:  Pronouns unit
Math:  Ch. 13 - Test on Wednesday
Reading: Novel groups finish on Wednesday
Science:  Animal Unit - Unit test on Thursday
Social Studies:  Oregon Studies - Unit Test on Monday, June 11
Writing:  no additional lessons

What's coming up:June 5 - State Floats Due
June 7 - State Float Parade at 2:20ish on the track
June 8 - End of year auction
June 11 - Annual Killian Breakfast / Talent Show (8:30-10:00am)
June 12 – Last Day of School (11:30 Dismissal)
June 12 – Family Picnic at WHCS (11:30-2:30)

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Week 34 Newsletter

Here is some important State Float information for you...
  • State floats are due June 5. (Info sheet here, if needed)
  • The students will finish making their maps and flags this week in class and they should be used on the float somewhere.
  • Float parade is on June 7th at 2:20ish on the track, parents and visitors are invited! 
  • All floats need to go home on June 7th due to the amount of classroom space they occupy. Please e-mail me if that won’t be possible.
This week, the students will be finishing their semi-annual MAP tests. Our tests will occur on May 31 at 2-3pm and May 29 and June 1 at 8:30-9:30am. Please try to avoid any absences during this hour on each day.

This week’s 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

What we are studying this week:
Bible: Salvation in Christ Alone
Grammar:  Pronouns unit
Math:  Ch. 13 - Perimeter and area
Reading: Novel groups continue
Science:  Animal Unit - Classification of animals
Social Studies:  Oregon Studies - Oregon’s statehood
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Sentence Fluency

What's coming up:
  • June 1 - 50 States / Capitals Test
  • June 5 - State Floats Due
  • June 7 - State Float Parade at 2:20 on the track
  • June 11 - Annual Killian Breakfast / Talent Show (8:30-10:10am)
  • June 12 – Last Day of School (11:30 Dismissal) 
  • June 12 – Family Picnic at WHCS (11:45-3:00)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Week 33 Newsletter

I'm very sorry this didn't come out yesterday...I forgot to hit the PUBLISH button!

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.

We are continuing the start study of the Southeast states this week. The quiz on will be on Thursday, May 24. 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 1.

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 5. (Info sheet here, if needed)
  • The students will start making their maps and flags this week in class and they should be used on the float somewhere.
  • Float parade is on June 7th at 2:20ish on the track, parents and visitors are invited! 
  • All floats need to go home on June 7th due to the amount of classroom space they occupy. Please e-mail me if that won’t be possible.
This week and next week, the students will be taking the semi-annual MAP tests. Our tests will occur on May 21, 24, 31 at 2-3pm and May 29 and June 1 at 8:30-9:30am. Please try to avoid any absences during this hour on each day.


This week’s Bible verse: No verse this week, due to MAP Testing



What we are studying this week:
Bible: week off
Grammar:  Adverbs unit
Math:  Ch. 13 - Perimeter and area
Reading: Novel groups continue
Science:  Animal Unit - Adaptations of animals
Social Studies:  Oregon Studies - regions of Oregon
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Sentence Fluency


What's coming up:
  • May 25 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Workday
  • May 28 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
  • June 1 - 50 States / Capitals Test
  • June 5 - State Floats Due
  • June 7 - State Float Parade at 2:20 on the track
  • June 11 - Annual Killian Breakfast / Talent Show (8:30-10:10am)

Monday, May 14, 2018

Week 32 Newsletter

We will start studying the Southeast states this week. The quiz on will be on Thursday, May 24. 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 1.
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 7 at 2:20 on the track. Everyone is invited to come and watch the parade. Plan to take the floats home on June 7 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 22. 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.

Next week, the students will be taking the semi-annual MAP tests. Our tests will occur on May 21, 24, 31 at 2-3pm and May 29 and June 1 at 8:30-9:30am. Please try to avoid any absences during this hour on each day.

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.


This week’s Bible verse:
No verse this week, due to Oregon Trail projects

What we are studying this week:
Bible: week off
Grammar:  Adverbs unit
Math:  Ch. 11 - Angles and fractions
Reading: Novel groups continue
Science:  Animal Unit - Adaptations of animals
Social Studies:  Oregon Trail Unit - Finish Unit & begin Oregon Studies
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Sentence Fluency

What's coming up:

  • May 14 - Parent Meeting (7:00pm in Auditorium)
  • May 14th-18th - Student Council Shoe Drive for Northwest Children's Outreach (NCO) collecting new and gently used shoes
  • May 17 - State Capitol field trip (9:15-2:00)
  • May 25 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Workday
  • May 28 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
  • June 1 - 50 States / Capitals Test
  • June 5 - State Floats Due
  • June 7 - State Float Parade at 2:20 on the track
  • June 11 - Annual Killian Breakfast / Talent Show (8:30-10:10am)

Monday, May 7, 2018

Week 31 Newsletter

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.

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 7 at 2:20 on the track. Everyone is invited to come and watch the parade. Plan to take the floats home on June 7 at the end of the day. If you have a carpool, please make arrangements.

To finish making our Oregon Trail Journal, each student will need to bring a brown paper grocery bag to school this week. We will use the brown paper found on the inside, but the less advertising on the outside, the better. If your family has an extra one, students can bring two (one to share).

In two weeks, your students will need to bring in recyclables and fun things to make an imaginary animal in science lab for May 22. 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.

In a couple weeks, the Book Fair will be here! During Library class students can make a wish list to bring home. Parents are welcome to check out what your child listed online, come in with your child, or send a check or cash at a later time. If you send a check it should be for the exact amount of the items you desire to purchase. Checks should be made payable to West Hills Christian School. Your child can shop the Book Fair during their Library class time (on Wednesday 05/09) and during recesses on Monday, May 7th and Friday, May 11th. The Book Fair Website is: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/westhillschrschool

FYI...Our school’s first electronic WHCS Board of Director election is coming up May 14-21. It is essential that each parent/guardian’s contact information (a unique email and mobile number per person) is updated in RenWeb by May 7, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. PT in order for each member to receive a ballot. Specific questions should be directed to Melissa Balsiger at melissa.balsiger@whcs.org

This week’s Bible verse: No verse this week, due to Book Report and Oregon Trail projects

What we are studying this week:
Bible: week off
Grammar:  Adverbs unit
Math:  Ch. 10 - Chapter test on Wednesday
Reading: Novel groups continue & Newbery book report (in class)
Science:  Animal Unit - Basic needs and adaptations
Social Studies:  Oregon Trail Unit - What did they see?  Journal entries continue
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Sentence Fluency

What's coming up:

  • May 14 - Parent Meeting (7:00pm in Auditorium)
  • May 14th-18th - Student Council Shoe Drive for Northwest Children's Outreach (NCO) collecting new and gently used shoes
  • May 17 - State Capitol field trip (9:15-2:00)
  • May 25 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Workday
  • May 28 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Spirit Wear tomorrow!

I’m sorry, but it completely slipped my mind today. Tomorrow, Friday, is the last Spirit Wear day. I would love to see as many students wearing a WHCS shirt as possible. 

Shake out those wrinkled shirts, and let’s go out with a bang!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Week 30

As we continue to study the states and capitals, we move on to the northeast this week. This is typically the most difficult group of states for fourth graders. Even if your student has not studied at home up to now, I strongly suggest every student studies about 5 minutes a day to help with this group. Our next quiz over these states will be on May 11. 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 1.

We have started our last book report today. It will be done entirely in class. The students will need to have the book in class until May 11, so plan ahead if it needs to be renewed from a county library system.

In a couple weeks, the Book Fair will be here! During Library class students can make a wish list to bring home. Parents are welcome to check out what your child listed online, come in with your child, or send a check or cash at a later time. If you send a check it should be for the exact amount of the items you desire to purchase. Checks should be made payable to West Hills Christian School. Your child can shop the Book Fair during their Library class time (on Wednesday 05/09) and during recesses on Monday, May 7th and Friday, May 11th. The Book Fair Website is: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/westhillschrschool

As I begin to think about the end of the year, I like would like a little help from a few parents. 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 purchase and 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.

FYI...Our school’s first electronic WHCS Board of Director election is coming up May 14-21. It is essential that each parent/guardian’s contact information (a unique email and mobile number per person) is updated in RenWeb by May 7, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. PT in order for each member to receive a ballot. Specific questions should be directed to Melissa Balsiger at melissa.balsiger@whcs.org


This week’s 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

What we are studying this week:

Bible: Salvation by Grace (verse test on 05/02)

Grammar: Adverbs unit

Math: Ch. 10 - Two-Dimensional Figures

Reading: Novel groups continue & Newbery book report (in class)

Science: Weather Unit - Review and Unit Test on Thursday

Social Studies: Oregon Trail Unit - What did they see? Journal entries continue

Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Sentence Fluency

What's coming up:
  • Apr. 30 - Finish reading Newbery book - bring book to class.
  • May 17 - State Capitol field trip (9:15-2:00)
  • May 25 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Workday
  • May 28 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day