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)

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