Pages

Monday, January 30, 2017

Week 18 Newsletter

In science, we have started a new unit on magnetism and electricity.  In one of the science labs soon, they will need to use 2 D-size batteries for tomorrow’s lab.  Please send them to school tomorrow with your student in a labeled bag and they will return in about a month.

I forgot to remind the students today as they left, but don’t forget that tomorrow, Tuesday, is recorder day, if you student is playing with Mrs. Brumley.


This week, we will begin working on your student’s Wax Museum character.  As I have said before, nearly all work for the 4th grade Wax Museum is done entirely in class.  But, there is one small part that will help them to get fully ready.  Tonight and tomorrow night, each student should spend their 30 minutes of reading each day, reading through their information.  Now that they know why their person was important to the west, they should start to find out more information about their life.  The idea behind this is that the students will be pretty familiar with their character before they begin taking notes on Wednesday. All information needs to be brought into class on Wednesday otherwise your child won’t have anything to work on while the rest of the students are taking notes.  All resources will need to stay at school until the note taking session is completed (in about 3 weeks).

On Feb.17, we are going to Fort Clatsop in Astoria to learn more about the Lewis and Clark Expedition on an experiential field trip.  Due to the distance of this field trip, the students will need to arrive early to school this day.  If you have a carpool group, please plan accordingly.  We will start to load the bus at 7:45 and depart shortly after.  We should arrive back to school in time for carpool.  If you want to chaperone the field trip, contact the Room Moms.  We will be going regardless of weather, so please have your student dress accordingly.  Please note: they will need a lunch from home this day.  If you regularly order hot lunches, they will still need to bring one from home this day.

No Bible verse this week due to work on chapel.

What we are studying this week:
Bible: Work on chapel
Grammar:  Verbs
Math: Ch. 4 - Division
Reading: Novel studies groups continue.
Science:  Magnet and Electricity Unit - static and current electricity
Social Studies:  Lewis and Clark Unit - Who were they?
Writing:  New unit:  6+1 writing traits: Voice

What's coming up:
Feb. 7 - Oregon Symphony field trip (10:15-12:15)
Feb. 8 - Our Chapel Presentation (9:00-9:25)
Feb. 17 - Fort Clatsop field trip (7:45-3:00)
Feb. 20 - No School - Presidents Day
Feb. 21 - No School - Teacher Development Day

Monday, January 23, 2017

Week 17 Newsletter

This week, your student will turn-in the latest book report assignment.  For this project, they will have three parts that are due on Wednesday, January 25th.  First, they will present any project they created, from the signed proposal.  Second, they will turn in a 8 to 12 sentence summary of their book.  Lastly, they will turn in a 4-6 sentence recommendation which will be displayed in the classroom for others to see about their book.  The information sheet is attached here.  Each student will present their project.  It should be around two to four minutes in length.  Please encourage them to practice what they will say for the time.  If they are done talking about their project and still have time remaining, they should tell something about the book (give a summary, tell their favorite part, describe a character, etc.)

This week your child will need to go to the library and/or check online for resources for their wax museum speech . Wikipedia is not an acceptable resource because it’s not always reliable information. I will also be giving each child a resource to use and it’s possible that it could be identical to one of the resources they found on their own. All resources need to be in class by this Thursday. Next Monday and Tuesday, for homework the students will read over their information, and you as a parent will be asked to help them identify what contribution their character made to the West. This will be the main emphasis of the speeches. Some children have difficulty pulling out this information so I’m asking you as parents to help your child with that part of the project.  If your child wants to begin reading over their information this week I would highly encourage that. The more familiar they are with their character the easier the note-taking will be for them.  The note-taking and rough draft writing will all take place in class.

On Feb.17, we are going to Fort Clatsop in Astoria to learn more about the Lewis and Clark Expedition on an experiential field trip.  Due to the distance of this field trip, the students will need to arrive early to school this day.  So, if you have a carpool group, please plan to notify them as soon as possible.  We will start to load the bus at 7:45 and depart shortly after.  We should arrive back to school in time for carpool.  If you want to chaperone the field trip, the Room Moms will email details soon.

In science, we have started a new unit on magnetism and electricity.  In one of the science labs soon, they will need to use 2 D-size batteries.  Please send them to school with your student in a labeled bag and they will return in about a month.

Hopefully you got my note last week that our Chapel has been postponed until Feb. 8.  Please plan to join us that day, if you can.







Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.  Deuteronomy 31:6 (Quiz on 01/24)




What we are studying this week:
Bible: God is Omniscient
Grammar:  Verbs
Math: Begin Ch. 4 - Division
Reading: Novel studies groups continue.
Science:  Magnet and Electricity Unit
Social Studies:  Lewis and Clark Unit - Who were they?
Writing:  New unit:  6+1 writing traits: Voice

What's coming up:
Jan. 25 - Fantasy Book Report due
Feb. 7 - Oregon Symphony field trip (10:00-12:30)
Feb. 8 - Our Chapel Presentation (9:00-9:25)
Feb. 17 - Fort Clatsop field trip (7:45-3:00)
Feb. 20 - No School - Presidents Day
Feb. 21 - No School - Teacher Development Day

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Week 16 Newsletter

Well, last week was a bust!  We will try to get into the swing of things again after our second Winter Break. 😃

Last week, your student will receive the latest book report assignment.  For this project, they will have three parts that are due on January 25th.  First, they will be allowed to present any project they wish to create.  Second, they will create a 8 to 12 summary of their book.  Lastly, they will create a 4-6 sentence recommendation which will be displayed in the classroom for others to see about their book.  An information sheet will be coming home this week and should answer all questions.

If your child is interested in playing the recorder for the Patriotic Program they need to get their recorder slip in ASAP - Wednesday!

In science, we have started a new unit on magnetism and electricity.  In one of the science labs soon, they will need to use 2 D-size batteries.  Please send them to school with your student in a labeled bag and they will return in about a month.

Hopefully you got my note last week that our Chapel has been postponed until Feb. 8.  Please plan to join us that day, if you can.


No spelling words this week due to shortened week.


Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.  Deuteronomy 31:6



What we are studying this week:
Bible: Bible Study Tools
Grammar:  Verbs
Math: Begin Ch. 4 - Division
Reading: Novel studies groups continue.
Science:  Begin Magnet and Electricity Unit
Social Studies:  Lewis and Clark Unit - Who were they?
Writing:  New unit:  6+1 writing traits: Voice

What's coming up:
Jan. 20 - National Geographic Geography Bee competition at 2:15pm. “Good Luck, Nick!”
Feb. 7 - Oregon Symphony field trip (10:00-12:30)
Feb. 15 - No School - Presidents Day

Feb. 16 - No School - Teacher Development Day

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Changes due to Snow Days

Happy Snowy Thursday!

I wanted to a heads-up on some changes due to these snow days.

First, due to the time it takes to prepare for leading Chapel, we will not be ready on January 18.  The new date that we will lead Chapel will be on Feb. 8 from 9:00-9:25.  This will be a K-5 chapel, if you have students in other grades, they will be there as well.  Please plan to join us if you are able.

Second, I am cancelling our Bible verse test over Isaiah 40:8.  Once we return to class, I will collect the homework from the current chapter, but then begin a new chapter.

Lastly, our current book report is still due on January 25.  I handed out the information on Tuesday, but if your student didn't bring it home, or they were absent, you can find it here (note: it's two pages).  Please read the info sheet carefully, since there are three distinct parts to this book report.  The proposals (the second sheet) are due once we return to school.

Until I see you all again, stay safe and warm...and HAVE FUN!

~Mr. K

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Week 15 Newsletter

I am excited to be back in the States after my extended family vacation to Australia, New Zealand, and the Cook Islands.  We created many family memories and enjoyed many amazing sights and experiences.

This week, your student will receive the latest book report assignment.  For this project, they will have three parts that are due on January 25th.  First, they will be allowed to present any project they wish to create.  Second, they will create a 8 to 12 summary of their book.  Lastly, they will create a 4-6 sentence recommendation which will be displayed in the classroom for others to see about their book.  An information sheet will be coming home this week and should answer all questions.

If your child is interested in playing the recorder for the patriotic program they need to get their recorder slip in by this Wednesday.


No Bible verse or spelling words this week due to Chapel preparations.


What we are studying this week:
Bible: Chapel preparation
Grammar:  Verbs
Math: Begin Ch. 4 - Division
Reading: Novel studies groups continue.
Science:  The Body Unit Test; Begin Magnet and Electricity Unit
Social Studies:  Lewis and Clark Unit - Who were they?
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Organization

What's coming up:
Jan. 13 - National Geographic Geography Bee competition at 2:15pm. “Good Luck, Nick!”
Jan. 13 - “Be the Match” Drive.  A cheek swab for ages 18-44 from 3-5pm in the Science Lab
Jan. 16 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan. 18 - We lead Chapel from 9:00-9:25am (plan to join us!)
Feb. 7 - Oregon Symphony field trip (10:00-12:30)
Feb. 15 - No School - Presidents Day

Feb. 16 - No School - Teacher Development Day

Monday, January 2, 2017

Week 14 Newsletter

Welcome 2017!

**This was written before Christmas Break due to my family vacation.  Please excuse any unforeseen changes.**

I hope each one of you had an enjoyable break filled with family, friends, and fellowship. I will return to the classroom on Monday, January 9. I will respond to all correspondances at that point in time.

As we begin a new trimester, there are two notable changes.  First, late assignments will be awarded with –20% if they are not turned in the morning (or other designated time) they are due.  Second, if a student has three or more late assignments in one week (M-F) they will assigned lunch detention of the following Monday (or first day of the week).  These penalties will continue throughout the rest of the year and will the same in 5th grade.

Our newest book report is going to be based on a fantasy book. The students will have a chance to do nearly any report they would like. Look for more information to come home on Jan. 9. They should be done reading the book by Jan 16 to properly prepare for the presentation.

Finally, some assignments will become a little longer and more thought provoking, although most nights of homework should not exceed 20 minutes (excluding reading).  If your student is spending more than 20 minutes regularly, please let me know.



This week's bible verse:  The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever. Isaiah 40:8

What we are studying this week:
Bible: The Bible Endures, Isaiah 40:8 Test on Tues. 1/12
Grammar:  Verbs
Math:  Ch. 3 Test on Jan. 5.  Begin Ch. 4
Reading: Novel studies groups continue.
Science:  The Body Unit - Excretory system, review for Test.
Social Studies:  Begin Lewis and Clark Unit - Who were they?
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Organization

What's coming up:
Jan. 3 - School resumes - Start of 2nd Trimester
Jan. 6 - Report Cards for 1st Trimester emailed home
Jan. 13 - National Geographic Geography Bee competition at 2:15pm. “Good Luck, Nick!”
Jan. 16 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan. 18 - We lead Chapel from 9:00-9:25am (plan to join us!)
Feb. 15 - No School - Presidents Day

Feb. 16 - No School - Teacher Development Day