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Monday, March 20, 2017

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 Terhaar, Wong, Hampton, and Cartmill 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!

Current 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: The Sin’s Consequences (Verse Test on 3/22)
Grammar:  Nouns unit
Math: Begin Ch. 6 - Fraction equivalencies and comparisons
Reading: Me and Uncle Romie - Character study
Science:  Properties of Matter Unit test on Monday
Social Studies:  Oregon Trail - Westward Expansion, begin journal project
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Word Choice

What's coming up:
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

Apr. 7 - Report cards emailed home

Monday, March 13, 2017

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 17th.  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.  On Friday night, there will be a display of their art starting at 5:30 in the gym.  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.  This should happen before they come to my 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 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.

Current 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 (Verse Test on 3/22)

What we are studying this week:
Bible: The Sin’s Consequences (Verse Test on 3/22)
Grammar:  Begin Nouns unit
Math: Ch. 5 Test on Wednesday
Reading: The Raft - Character study
Science:  Properties of Matter - states of matter
Social Studies:  Oregon Trail - Westward Expansion, begin journal project
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Word Choice

What's coming up:
Mar. 17 - Patriotic Class Party (2-3pm)
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

Friday, March 10, 2017

Thank you!

I want to take just a moment to thank you all for the generous birthday celebration and gifts.  I am sure that yesterday your students told you about the exciting end of our day, but if they didn't, this is what happened...

All of the sudden, I was teaching all about elements and compounds, AND I started to smell something that piqued my interest.  So, I investigated to find a couple parents had bought A LOT of Red Robin french fries and they were standing outside my room.  I quickly invited them in, since I have a little bit of a problem with Red Robin french fries.  The students quickly put away their science books and enjoyed the fries with me.  But, then, things became exponentially better...they brought Campfire Sauce!  If you have not had a chance to try out that sauce, you should.

Thank you to the Mauria Cartmill, Shannon McGuire, and Val Clarke for making the magic happen in my classroom yesterday.  And, thank you to all the parents who blessed me with the wonderful gift cards for my birthday.  I feel very honored that you allow me to teach your children.

Thank you all!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Read-In...success!

We all had a great day of being more relaxed than normal and enjoying a book or two (or seven!)  But, as I promised, we had a couple times today, where the students were focused and reading silently.  This is the only day of the year that they can count reading minutes from the classroom on their reading log, if you agree to it.

Today in class we read 42 minutes.  That number can be recorded for today, if you wish.

Blessings!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Week 23 Newsletter

Your student’s Wax Museum speech is due (via Google Classroom) 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. The sheet I sent home last week 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, and there will be a display of their art starting at 5:30 in the gym.

If your child is playing their recorder in the program they need to bring it to school this Tuesday, 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.

This just in...literally.  As a class, we have earned enough compliments to earn a Read-In!  They have chosen to have the Read-In on Wednesday 3/8.  They can come to school in relaxing clothes (modest PJ’s, robes, slippers in the classroom are fine), bring two items (pillow, blanket, stuffed animal), and bring a book to share.  We will have limited lessons this day and read more than normal.  For this day only, I will record reading minutes they can use on their reading log.  I will send you an email on Wednesday to let you know how many minutes they read that can be recorded.

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.





Current 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: The Sin Nature (Verse Test on Friday)
Grammar:  Begin Nouns unit
Math: Begin Ch. 5 - Factors, Multiples, and Patterns
Reading: The Raft - Character study
Science:  Properties of Matter - states of matter
Social Studies:  Oregon Trail - Westward Expansion
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Word Choice

What's coming up:
Mar. 8 - Read-In!
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

Friday, March 3, 2017

Wax Museum final draft info

Good evening,

Sorry for the late email, but I wanted to let you all know what I told the students today in class.   First of all, they should share a one page info sheet with you.  (If they didn't, I attached it here.)  Please read it over.  I know it is long, but I wrote it to help with the final draft writing process.

Please feel free to help them adjust any part of their speech to make it sound better.  We have gone through the entire writing process, from research, note taking, organization, rough draft writing, and editing and revision.  At this point, I want their speeches to sound polished and show each students unique writing voice.  So, it is ok if you to assist them with editing and revising their final drafts.

Their final speech should be between one and a half minutes and two minutes in length.  Please feel free to assist them in adding or taking out parts of their speech to make it fit near those guidelines.

If you have any questions at all, please email me (don't reply to this email...it goes to a Blogger black hole).