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Monday, February 27, 2017

Week 22 Newsletter

This week the students will edit, revise, and turn in their Wax Museum rough drafts.  On Friday, March 3, the corrected rough drafts will be sent home to be typed into a Final Draft.  They will start this process at school, but it will need to finished at home via their Google Accounts.  All students will know how to login, but time will need to be given next weekend or on Monday 3/6 to finish typing at home.  If this is not possible, please let me know and I will make other arrangements for your student.  The rough drafts are due (electronic copy only from their Google Account) on Tuesday, March 7 or before.  

Our next field trip will be on Thursday, March 23rd. 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.

Hoop-a-thon pledge information was sent home last week. Hopefully students have already started getting pledges.  Remember that the pledges can be “turned in” online this year.  Click here to find out more!





This week's bible verse:   Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.  Jeremiah 32:17 (Verse Test on 3/1)





What we are studying this week:
Bible: God is omnipotent (Verse Test on Wednesday)
Grammar:  Verbs
Math: Begin Ch. 5 - Factors, Multiples, and Patterns
Science:  Properties of Matter - physical/chemical properties and the metric system
Social Studies:  Lewis and Clark Unit - Review / Unit Test on Friday
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Voice

What's coming up:
Feb. 27 to Mar. 3 - Spirit Week
  • Monday - Pajama Day
  • Tuesday - Sports Day
  • Wednesday - Lumberjack Day
  • Thursday - Disney Day
  • Friday - cRaZy DaY (class choice)
Mar. 3 – Hoop-a-thon (Fourth Grade shoots from 9:30-10:15)
Mar. 17 - Patriotic Performance and Wax Museum (7:00-8:30pm)
Mar. 23 - Aurora Colony field trip (9:15-2:00)
Mar. 24 - No School - Grading Day (End of 2nd Term)
Mar. 27-31 - No School - Spring Break

Monday, February 20, 2017

Week 21 Newsletter

What a great trip to Fort Clatsop we had on Friday!  It was great to see where and how the Lewis and Clark Expedition lived during the winter of 1805/1806.  I hope this will remain as a highlight of their year in 4th grade.  Our next field trip will be to the Aurora Colony on Thursday, March 23 (the day before Spring Break).  This will be another way the students can experience authentic history right in front of them.  

Just to keep you in the loop, we are a little behind in writing our Wax Museum speeches.  Don’t worry, they will finish in plenty of time.  We are beginning to write our rough drafts this week and they will turn it into me for a grade next week.  This part of the project is done entirely at school.  You can support them at home by asking how it is going and what they accomplished each day.  I take them through a slow and purposeful process to learn how to take proper notes, create a rough draft, edit it, and create a final draft.  On Friday, March 3, the corrected rough drafts will be sent home to be typed into a Final Draft.  They will start this process at school, but it will need to finished at home.  The rough drafts are due (electronic copy only) on Tuesday, March 7.  

Hoop-a-thon pledge information was sent home last week. Hopefully students have already started getting pledges.  Remember that the pledges can be “turned in” online this year.  Click here to find out more!

Capture the memories of the school year by ordering your West Hills Christian School Yearbook today! Yearbooks are $20, and for only $5 more, you have the opportunity to customize them. Click HERE to jump to Jostens website to order! Deadline for ordering (customized or not) is this Friday, Feb. 24.





This week's bible verse:   Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.  Jeremiah 32:17





What we are studying this week:
Bible: God is omnipotent
Grammar:  Verbs
Math: Ch. 4 - Division, test on Friday
Science:  Magnet and Electricity Unit - batteries, Unit Test on Tuesday
Social Studies:  Lewis and Clark Unit - What did they eat? / Review
Writing:  New unit:  6+1 writing traits: Voice

What's coming up:
Feb. 20 - No School - Presidents Day
Feb. 21 - SCHOOL DAY - Teacher Development Day (Due to snow day)
Feb. 24 - School Spirit Day - wear RED and BLACK! (Rescheduled from snow day)
Feb. 27 to Mar. 3 - Spirit Week
  • Monday - Pajama Day
  • Tuesday - Sports Day
  • Wednesday - Lumberjack Day
  • Thursday - Disney Day
  • Friday - TBA
Mar. 3 – Hoop-a-thon (Fourth Grade shoots from 9:30-10:15)
Mar. 17 - Patriotic Performance and Wax Museum (7:00-8:30pm)
Mar. 23 - Aurora Colony field trip (9:15-12:30)
Mar. 24 - No School - Grading Day
Mar. 27-31 - No School - Spring Break

Monday, February 13, 2017

Week 20 Newsletter

Wednesday (Feb. 15), during morning recess students can look look through commonly used parts of clothing for your child’s Wax Museum character.  We don’t have any full sets of clothing, but we have many parts that will work with many different characters.  Please let your student know what types of items to look for, but Mrs. Porter and I can make some suggestions if requested.  I expect all students will return the items shortly after the performance on March 17.

On Valentine’s Day, we will be having a very small in-class celebration in the morning.   We will be creating envelopes in class (no boxes please).  Please remember, exchanging Valentines is an optional event and if your student chooses to participate, they must include a Valentine for each student (class list found here).   Your student may include a piece/package of candy with the Valentines, if you want.   To assure that your students do not eat too much candy, please discuss if they may eat one piece at lunch, otherwise it will all be sent home with your student at the end of the day.

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.  Please plan to have your student arrive at WHCS around 7:30, and 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.

What we are studying this week:
Bible: God is omniscient
Grammar:  Verbs
Math: Ch. 4 - Division, test next week
Reading: Novel studies movie this week.
Science:  Magnet and Electricity Unit - batteries, Unit Test next week.
Social Studies:  Lewis and Clark Unit - What did they do?
Writing:  New unit:  6+1 writing traits: Voice

What's coming up:
Feb. 15 - Progress Reports emailed home
Feb. 17 - Fort Clatsop field trip (7:45-3:00)
Feb. 20 - No School - Presidents Day
Feb. 21 - SCHOOL DAY - Teacher Development Day (Due to snow day)
Feb. 24 - School Spirit Day - wear RED and BLACK! (Rescheduled from snow day)
Feb. 27 to Mar. 3 - Spirit Week
  • Monday - Pajama Day
  • Tuesday - Sports Day
  • Wednesday - Lumberjack Day
  • Thursday - Disney Day
  • Friday - TBA
Mar. 3 – Hoop-a-thon (Fourth Grade shoots from 9:30-10:15)
Mar. 17 - Patriotic Performance and Wax Museum (7:00-8:30pm)

Monday, February 6, 2017

Week 19 Newsletter

We will finish our novel studies this week, and we will begin to show two of the three movies as a wrap up: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Because of Winn-Dixie.  Since they are both rated PG, it is common practice for me to inform the parents.  Students that read the book will watch the same movie.  If you have any specific questions about the movies, I can answer them, since I have seen both movies several times.

Next week on Wednesday (Feb. 15) during morning recess students can look look through commonly used parts of clothing for your child’s Wax Museum character.  We don’t have any full sets of clothing, but we have many parts that will work with many different characters.  Please let your student know what types of items to look for, but Mrs. Porter and I can make some suggestions if requested.  I expect all students will return the items shortly after the performance on March 17.

On Valentine’s Day, we will be having a very small in-class celebration in the morning.   We will be creating envelopes in class (no boxes please).  Please remember, exchanging Valentines is an optional event and if your student chooses to participate, they must include a Valentine for each student (class list found here).   Your student may include a piece/package of candy with the Valentines, if you want.   To assure that your students do not eat too much candy, please discuss if they may eat a piece at lunch, otherwise it will all be sent home with your student at the end of the day.

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.

Your child’s Bible verse this week is their Proverbs verse, and the verse test will be on Wednesday.

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 - circuits and batteries
Social Studies:  Lewis and Clark Unit - Where did they go?
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. 15 - Progress Reports emailed home
Feb. 17 - Fort Clatsop field trip (7:45-3:00)
Feb. 20 - No School - Presidents Day
Feb. 21 - SCHOOL DAY - Teacher Development Day (Due to snow day)

Friday, February 3, 2017

Chapel presentations due to school closure

Parents,

Since there is no school today, can I ask you to help your child with the following to help prepare them for our chapel presentation on Wednesday?  It can be done ANY time before Monday, but if it is done by Monday, we can spend our time ironing out any other wrinkles in our presentation.

Each child has been working on a Google Slide for their Proverb.  What I need each student to do is to find one to three appropriate clipart pictures to add to their Slide.  Here is a small list of what I find appropriate:
  • It helps with the understanding of the Proverb
  • It doesn't move (no .gif)
  • No words are included
    • The audience will read those words and miss the meaning
  • It is not mean
  • It is doesn't have death or blood

Here is a step by step tutorial for them to follow:
  1. Open the presentation
  2. Go to their individual slide
  3. In a seperate tab Google Search (it is easiest with Google) the image you want. 
  4. Find the appropriate image, and right click to "copy image"
  5. Go back to the presentation slide
  6. Right click "paste" in the box that says "Click to add text"
    1. Don't worry, "Click to add text" goes away when it is presented.
  7. Resize and position as you wish
  8. Repeat to up to three images.
    1. One or two images are best!

Thank you for your help with this!

~Kevin Killian