May 22, 2016 Update

Dear Parents,

The end of the year is all too soon upon us!  We are looking forward to a beautiful week!  It looks like we may have some thunderstorms, but let’s hope that we don’t have a wash-out!

Volunteer opportunities:

May 27:  I need one parent to run a “team building” station during our Camp In.  Time required will be from 8:45 – 12:00.  We will have four teams cycle through the station.

May 31:  I need three parents to assist with broom making.  We will utilize the broom corn that was harvested last fall.  Time will be in the afternoon, but the exact schedule is not set yet.


Academics this week:

ELA:  In Readers’ Workshop we will continue to wrap up loose ends:  Fountas and Pinnell testing, guided reading, any poetry or story writing.  This is our last week of official spelling!  Please check your child’s assignment notebook for the Core and Content words for this week.  Spelling test will be on Friday.  In the fall we will administer a new placement test, so keep spelling over the summer!  Writers’ Workshop:  We will spend this week working on End of the Year (EOY) writing assessments.  This week we will complete the Narrative and the Informational writing pieces.  Students will not be typing these, so their handwriting (either print or cursive, their choice), must be legible.  There will be no more official grammar instruction, but noticed that students needed more practice with pronouns in general, and more specifically subject pronouns (he, she, I) and object pronouns (him, her, me).  

Math:  There are no more math/LA review packets this school year.  We are going to use this week to finish our mini unit on using four operations to solve perimeter problems and unknown measurements.  It is a MUST that all students keep up their multiplication and division practice this summer.  We will not return to multiplication facts in the fall, we must begin mastering  division facts and equivalent fractions.  

SS:  Congratulations to the corps who made it to Fort Clatsop on Friday!  We will continue this unit by making trade items to use on Lewis and Clark Day, Complete the Fort Clatsop Quiz Game, and enjoy a Lewis and Clark movie.  On Tuesday, the 24th, students will complete a US state test.  Students took home a study guide and were told (wrote it in their assignment notebooks on Thursday) about this test and encouraged to study in small bits each day.  They will label a map using the state abbreviations and I will provide them a guide for these.

Camp In Day:  Camp In Day is on Friday (provided the weather is good…)  We will set up four stations:  Cooking, Nature, Team Building, and Paracord Crafts.  Students will rotate through the stations and wrap up with lunch at the fire pit.  Students will make their own foil packet meals and enjoy a cobbler cooked in the fire pit.  There will be a vegetarian option for the foil meal.  If your child doesn’t want the meal, please send a lunch.  All students need to bring a snack.  We will still have the spelling test on Friday.

Field Day:  Our Field Day is on Wednesday, May 25, from 1:00 – 3:00.  Please watch the weather to dress your child appropriately.  Volunteer sign up should be with Mr. Corra’s Sign Up Genius.  I will send that link to your email again.

Dates to Remember:

5/30 No School for Memorial Day
5/31  Lewis and Clark Immersion Day.  I need Volunteers in the afternoon to make brooms.
6/1   Farm to Table Lunch.  We are providing the lettuce!  Second harvest for our grade band this year!
6/2  Third and Fourth Grade Class Picnic.  See flyer  in last Friday folder.
6/3  PBIS Celebration (10:45 – 12:30) and last day of school.

ALSO:  I will be sending out a summer get together schedule.  I would like to meet up for a movie (The BFG), Illinois Beach Clean-Up Day, and a few dog walks.  Keep your eye out for this important schedule!