May 3, 2015 Update

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

Another prom under our belts at our house.  The kids were so polished, so primped, and so excited.  For our daughter it was the “cruise on Lake Michigan” year.  We are so proud of her and her accomplishments:  all A’s, NHS, and she works 30+ hours a week.  Hard work and practice does pay off.

Last week we wrapped up many mini units:  metric conversions, metric multi-step word problems, informational text reading on weather, the Illinois Biography project, subject and object pronouns, and SS Chapter 7:  A Changing Illinois.  We are in a good place for our Native American immersion week and the upcoming End of Year assessments for PARCC and MAP.

We also had a visit form Ms. Meyer and Mr. Smith on the use of appropriate language and how to evaluate the situation that you are in and make the BEST decision.  Here are the guidelines:

1.  Stop and think (before YOU say something that YOU will regret later).

2.  Think about your audience (who YOU are and who you are WITH).

3.  Think about the consequences/reactions, direct and indirect (YOU and OTHERS).

4.  THEN decide on the appropriate language and words to use.  REMEMBER that tone and body language counts.

This week…


Math:  We will have math each day except Tuesday.  We are working on lines and angles (identifying, drawing, and measuring).  It would be very helpful if each student could bring in a CIRCULAR protractor to use later in the week. I am trying to buy a class set, but have not been able to find them locally.  We will make due with the arc type if necessary.  There will be homework on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

ELA:  This week we will have regular Readers’ Workshop on Wednesday only.  We will continue to work with weather-related informational texts, this week reading about Drones and Hurricanes.  Spelling will continue all week.  Here are the challenge words:   Core:   month, clothes, doctor, indeed, dance, church, original, enjoy, string, sister.  Content:  internal, phase, framework, hydrant, radiant.  The content words are random words this week. There will be a spelling test on Friday as usual!

We will attempt to get to all specials that occur after 2:30 each day.  Otherwise we will miss them.

Native American Week Schedule (M, T, Th, F)

On Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday we begin at 9:15 and end at 2:30.  On Friday we end at 2:00.

We are using a rotating “station” approach, so students will be inside, at the tipi, at the farm, and hiking almost each day.  They need to be ready for anything, especially bad weather.  We will be inside in the event of thunderstorms, but outside as scheduled in showers.  Follow tick prevention procedures too.  We have one in our Tick Graveyard already.

Lunch and recess is normal all week.  Band students will have access to lessons on Tuesday.  Resource teachers are working with us to meet with their students.

On Friday you are invited to join us for the Pow Wow.  We begin at 12:30 and finish at 2:00.  We will be inside if the weather is poor.  The drum is sacred and can not get wet.

I know that our students will show respect and manners to our visitors.  Please reinforce the need for respect during the entire week.  If a student shows disrespect, he or she will be asked to leave the activity.

If you are signed up to help, please sign in at the office and come over to find us.  Students will walk to the farm to cut willow and all cooking is at the fire ring outside the 7th/8th grade rooms.

Thank you for helping make this wonderful opportunity possible for your children!

Dates to Remember:

5/4- 5/8          Native American Week

5/5                   Green Challenge Assembly, 8:15 AM

5/6                   Early Release

5/13                 Old World Wisconsin Field Trip

6/1                   Earthkeeper S Key due

End of Year Tests:

PARCC:  5/11 and 5/14 Math;   5/12 ELA

NWEA MAP test:  5/19  Reading;  5/22  Math

This is a busy time of year.  Help your child keep track of deadlines and schedules.

Enjoy the warmer weather,

Cynthia McGovern