Monday, April 23, 2018

Week 29 Newsletter

As we continue to study the states and capitals, we move on to the central states this week. Our next quiz over these states will be on April 27. Do not forget to help them keep the previous states in mind, because we will have a test over all 50 states and capitals in June.

For our next book report, we will be doing a Newbery Award or Honor book report. Students will need to read one of these books by April 30. The students will need to have the book in class until May 11, so plan ahead if it needs to be renewed from a library. We will be writing a formal book report entirely in class, so no at home work is needed with this one except for reading it by April 30.

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.

From Mrs. Porter - In grammar we have begun a new unit on adverbs. The students will learn that adverbs tell how, when, where and to what extent in regards to the verb that it modifies.

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:  Begin adverbs unit
Math:  Begin Ch. 10 - Two-Dimensional Figures
Reading: Novel groups continue
Science:  Weather Unit - What is air pressure?
Social Studies:  Oregon Trail Unit - What did they see?  Journal entries continue
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Sentence Fluency

What's coming up:

  • Apr. 27 - Seussical Performance (7pm in auditorium)
  • 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

Monday, April 16, 2018

Week 28 Newsletter



As we continue to study the states and capitals, we move on to the central states this week. Our next quiz over these states will be on April 27. Do not forget to help them keep the previous states in mind, because we will have a test over all 50 states and capitals in June.

Math has been going very well in my eyes so far this year. I want to encourage the students to do more difficult questions, so I am allowing each student to earn an individual award (one penny), if they complete an extra part of practice from the lesson. Each lesson has a “Math on the Spot” video and a more complex problem. I believe more than half of the class will be able to solve the problem without much assistance, but watching the lesson’s video will help them solve it completely even if they are struggling. To watch the video point any camera app on a mobile device at the QR code on the page. This will bring up a website where anyone can watch the video (no logins needed).

For our next book report, we will be doing a Newbery Award or Honor book report. Students will need to read one of these books by April 30. The students will need to have the book in class until May 11, so plan ahead if it needs to be renewed from a library. We will be writing a formal book report entirely in class, so no at home work is needed with this one except for reading it by April 30.

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.

This week’s Bible verse: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1,14 (Verse Test on 4/20)

What we are studying this week:
Bible: God Incarnate (verse test on 04/11)
Grammar:  Adjectives unit, unit test later this week.
Math:  Begin Ch. 9 - decimals
Reading: Novel groups continue
Science:  Weather Unit - atmosphere & greenhouse effect
Social Studies:  Oregon Trail Unit - What did they see?  Journal entries continue
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Sentence Fluency

What's coming up:

Apr. 27 - Seussical Performance (7pm in auditorium)
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

Monday, April 9, 2018

Week 27 Newsletter

For our next book report, we will be doing a Newbery Award or Honor book report. Students will need to read one of these books by April 30. The students will need to have the book in class until May 11, so plan ahead if it needs to be renewed from a library. We will be writing a formal book report entirely in class, so no at home work is needed with this one except for reading it by April 30.

Please continue studying the Western states and capitals. Our quiz on them will be this Friday. We will study a new section every two weeks, culminating with a final test in June over all 50, so don’t stop reviewing the past states and capitals.

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.

This week’s Bible verse: Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin. Psalm 32:5
Next Bible verse: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1,14 (Verse Test on 4/20)
What we are studying this week:
Bible: Sin’s Consequences (verse test on 04/11)
Grammar:  Adjectives unit
Math:  Begin Ch. 9 - decimals
Reading: Begin novel groups
Science:  Weather Unit - Air, nitrogen cycle, atmosphere
Social Studies:  Oregon Trail Unit - What did they see?  Journal entries continue
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Sentence Fluency

What's coming up:

Apr. 13 - Western State and Capitals Quiz
Apr. 27 - Lion King Performance (7pm in auditorium)
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

Monday, April 2, 2018

Week 26 Newsletter


I hope everyone had an enjoyable Spring Break. My family and I spent some time relaxing at home and visiting the Coast. We got to spend time with family, and we went whale watching. I love marine mammals, so I had a great time watching the grey whales migrate. It was a great time of family bonding for us, and I hope it was for your family as well.

Now it is time to buckle down since the third term has began, and it is time to get even more ready for 5th grade. In the next few weeks, we will begin studying three new units. In science we will begin a weather unit next week, so we will have a test on the Matter unit on Wednesday. We will begin reading a new novel (in commingled 4th grade groups) in a couple weeks. Lastly, in social studies (history) we will begin studying the Western states and capitals. We will study a new section or the US every two weeks with a culminating quiz at the end of the two weeks. After eight weeks, we will have a final test over ALL of the states and capitals!

Our last book report of the year will be a written book report on a Newbery Award or Newbery Honor book. The students should pick out their book this week. The book needs to be at least 125 pages and needs to be read by April 30. This report will be done in class entirely. The only work they need to accomplish at home is reading the book by April 30.

This week’s Bible verse:
Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin. Psalm 32:5

What we are studying this week:

Bible: Sin’s Consequences (verse test on 04/11)

Grammar: Adjectives unit

Math: Ch. 8 - multiplication of fractions

Reading: Cause / Effect by reading How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning

Science: Matter Unit Test on Wednesday

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

Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Sentence Fluency

What's coming up:
  • Apr. 6 - Spirit Wear Day - Wear WHCS shirts!!
  • Apr. 6 - Report cards emailed home
  • Apr. 13 - Western State and Capitals Quiz
  • Apr. 27 - Lion King Performance (7pm in auditorium)
  • Apr. 30 - Finish reading Newbery book - bring book to class.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Week 25 Newsletter

Thank you all for a very successful night last week. I am very proud of how well all of the students did! Thank you for all of your work at home with memorizing and outfitting them. This is always a highlight of 4th grade, and I know they will remember this for many years to come. Also, if you have any feedback, please email me to let me know.

Round up those recorders (and bags) for Mrs. Brumley, also any clothing you borrowed for your character. Please return them by Wednesday.

On Thursday, we are going to the Aurora Colony (an Oregon Trail era communal farm). They reenact the pioneers way of life, and the students love the immersive way to learn, so I am sure you will hear many stories on Thursday night. To get there in time, we need all students to arrive in the classroom at 9:05am. This is the normal time they come in from carpool, so please drop them off by that time. We will depart the classroom by 9:15 in cars. Thank you to the Stan, Kievt, McReynolds, and Shepard families for driving. We will return to WHCS around 2:00, so they will need to bring a sack lunch and will need to bring the trash home. Lastly, we will be outside and in unheated buildings from 9:45 - 1:30, so they will need to dress for the weather, and from experience, they should dress warmly!

We will not have spelling words nor reading logs until we return from Spring Break. Enjoy!

This week’s Bible verse: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:23-24

What we are studying this week:

Bible: Sin Nature (verse test on 3/21)

Grammar: Nouns unit

Math: Ch. 8 - multiplication of fractions

Reading: Problem / Solution by reading Case of the Missing Lunch (week 2)

Science: Matter - Elements and compounds

Social Studies: Oregon Trail Unit - Why did they go? Journals introduced

Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Sentence Fluency

What's coming up:
  • Mar. 20 - Sharing Day in Music (low key talent show)
  • Mar. 22 - Aurora Colony field trip (9:00am-2:00pm)
  • Mar. 23 - No School - Grading Day
  • Mar. 26-30 - No School - Spring Break

Monday, March 12, 2018

Week 24 Newsletter

All students will be performing their speeches multiple times this week and should already be memorized. In 4th grade we do not post the speech by their station, so memorization is key. Thank you for working with your student to be successful with this project. Please take time this week to finalize how your student will be dressed for the presentation on the night of March 16th. Students do not need their clothing before that evening. I still have a few pieces of clothing to borrow, if needed.

There will be a daytime performance on Friday and family is welcome to join us if you wish. The morning performance (for the school students and staff) will begin at 8:30am. Please remind your child dress in red, white, and/or blue on Friday. Students will need to arrive in my classroom between 6:30 and 6:45 dressed in their costume. They should put any props for their speeches at their spot before coming to the room. Having a water bottle near their spot is a great idea, too. The Patriotic Performance begins at 7:00pm and will be done around 7:45. The Wax Museum will begin immediately after the performance and will conclude at 8:15. I know this makes for a long night, but the memories will last forever.

If your child is playing their recorder in the program they need to bring it to school this week, labeled with their name. They’ll be used them during the dress rehearsals this week.

Our next field trip will be on Thursday, March 22rd. We’ll be going to the Will-Stauffer farm which is a historic farm connected with Aurora Colony, in Aurora. The students from past years have LOVED this field trip. They do jobs around the historic farm that children would have done back in the mid to late 1800’s.

This week’s Bible verse: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:23-24

What we are studying this week:
Bible: Sin Nature (verse test on 3/21)
Grammar:  Nouns unit
Math:  Ch. 7 - review/Test on Wednesday
Reading: Problem / Solution by reading Case of the Missing Lunch (week 2)
Science:  Matter - States of Matter
Social Studies:  Oregon Trail Unit - Why did they go? Pioneer families introduced
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Sentence Fluency

What's coming up:

  • Mar. 16 - Patriotic Performance and Wax Museum (7:00-8:15pm)
  • Mar. 20 - Sharing Day in Music (low key talent show)
  • Mar. 22 - Aurora Colony field trip (9:00am-2:00pm)
  • Mar. 23 - No School - Grading Day
  • Mar. 26-30 - No School - Spring Break

Monday, March 5, 2018

Week 23 Newsletter

What a fun Spirit Week we had last week. The students are so creative and expressive at this age. Each day, they dressed up and brought so much enthusiasm to the classroom. You could feel the energy this last week! As of Sunday night, the school made our goal. Thank you to each each student who encouraged donations!

Your student’s Wax Museum speech is due (via Google Drive) anytime on Tuesday. I may make minor edits to clean it up one last time, but they should start to memorize it ASAP. They will begin reciting their speeches next Monday, though some students may not be chosen until Tuesday or Wednesday. This is the sheet I sent home last week which lists what the speech will be graded on when it is presented in front of the class. This week and next, your child will also need to plan their costume. Please look around your house for things that can be used or check out Goodwill for great costume pieces, if needed. On the night of the program, students will need to arrive in my classroom at 6:30.

If your child is playing their recorder in the program they need to bring it to school this Tuesday (for the last lunch rehearsal), labeled with masking tape and their name. Next week they’ll be used them during rehearsals so they’ll need to bring the recorders back to school on Monday for those.

Our next field trip will be on Thursday, March 22rd. We’ll be going to the Will-Stauffer farm which is a historic farm connected with Aurora Colony, in Aurora. The students from past years have LOVED this field trip. They do jobs around the historic farm that children would have done back in the mid to late 1800’s.

This week’s Bible verse: As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17

What we are studying this week:

Bible: The Trinity (verse test on 3/6)

Grammar: Nouns unit

Math: Ch. 7 - Adding and subtracting fractions

Reading: Problem / Solution by reading Case of the Missing Lunch

Science: Matter - States of Matter

Social Studies: Begin Oregon Trail Unit

Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Voice


What's coming up:
  • Mar. 8 - Music lyric quiz
  • Mar. 16 - Patriotic Performance and Wax Museum (7:00-8:30pm)
  • Mar. 20 - Sharing Day in Music (low key talent show)
  • Mar. 22 - Aurora Colony field trip (9:00am-2:00pm)
  • Mar. 23 - No School - Grading Day
  • Mar. 26-30 - No School - Spring Break