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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.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Week 30 Newsletter

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 suggest each of them study about 5 minutes a day to help with this group.  Our next quiz over these states will be on May 12.  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.

Mrs. DeBra has asked me to remind you that there will be a book fair in the school library during the week of May 8th. Our class can bring money on Tuesday, the 9th, to purchase books during our library time. Your student brought home some information today, ask them for it.  Check on the school website for additional information.

We have started our last book report.  It will be done entirely in class.  The students will need to have the book in class until May 12, so plan ahead if it needs to be renewed from a library.  

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:   God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (Verse Test on 5/5)

What we are studying this week:
Bible: Jesus Christ the Substitute
Grammar:  Adverbs unit
Math: Ch. 7 - Adding and subtracting fractions (Test this Friday)
Reading: Novel groups
Science:  Weather Unit Test on Monday (today) / Begin Animals Unit on Thursday
Social Studies:  Oregon Trail - journal project - Ending the trip
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Word Choice


What's coming up:
May 1 - Finish reading Newbery book - bring book to class.
May 5 - Math Ch. 7 Test
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

Monday, April 24, 2017

Week 29 Newsletter

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.

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 28.  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.

Last week, we begin chapter 7 in math.  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.  To watch the video there are two options: 1. They can login to their math account (www-k6.thinkcentral.com) 2. They can use any phone or tablet with a camera and a QR Code Reader to scan and to watch the video (no logins needed).

Mrs. DeBra has asked me to remind you that there will be a book fair in the school library during the week of May 8th. Our class can bring money on Tuesday, the 9th, to purchase books during our library time. Check on the school website for more information.

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 on May 1.  The students will need to have the book in class until May 12, 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 May 1.

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:   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 4/25)

Next Bible verse:  God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (Verse Test on 5/5)


What we are studying this week:
Bible: God Incarnate / Jesus Christ the Substitute
Grammar:  Begin adverbs unit
Math: Ch. 7 - Adding and subtracting fractions
Reading: Novel groups
Science:  Weather Unit
Social Studies:  Oregon Trail - journal project -daily happenings / crossing the Rockies
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Word Choice


What's coming up:
Apr. 28 - Central State and Capitals Quiz
Apr. 28 - Lion King Performance (7pm in auditorium)
May 1 - Finish reading Newbery book - bring book to class.
May 8-12 - Book Fair Week
May 25 - State Capitol Field Trip (9:15-2:00)
May 26 - No School - Teacher Work Day
May 29 - No School - Memorial Day

Monday, April 17, 2017

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 28.  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.

Today, we begin chapter 7 in math.  Please read the information sheet your child brings home.  Additionally, 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 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.  To watch the video there are two options: 1. They can login to their math account (www-k6.thinkcentral.com) 2. They can use any phone or tablet with a camera and a QR Code Reader to scan and to watch the video (no logins needed).

Mrs. DeBra has asked me to remind you that there will be a book fair in the school library during the week of May 8th. Our class can bring money on Tuesday, the 9th, to purchase books during our library time. Check on the school website for more information.

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 May 1.  The students will need to have the book in class until May 12, 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 May 1.

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.

Current 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 4/25)

What we are studying this week:
Bible: God Incarnate
Grammar:  Adjectives unit - Test this week
Math: Ch. 7 - Adding and subtracting fractions
Reading: Novel groups
Science:  Weather Unit
Social Studies:  Oregon Trail - journal project - landmarks and river crossings
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Word Choice

What's coming up:
Apr. 13 - Math Ch. 6 test
Apr. 14 - Western State and Capitals Quiz
Apr. 28 - Lion King Performance (7pm in auditorium)

May 1 - Finish reading Newbery book - bring book to class.