Update April 9, 2017

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

Good news!  The kittens have been placed.  We still need a home for Mama Cat.  Remember that she will be spayed at no cost.  Talk to your extended family members, neighbors, and facebook friends.  Thanks.

Academics this week:

Last week was another busy week.  We finished reading Little House on the Prairie and students began their book review in Google slides.  We well then begin reading Hate That Cat and reviewing poetic devises and poetry forms.  The deadline for completion is Tuesday.  Spelling core and content words are:  various, race, bit, result, brother, addition, doesn’t, dead, weight, thin.  Content:  alliteration, onomatopoeia, simile, metaphor, poetry.  In Writers’ Workshop, students will have their last day to complete their book on Monday.  If they need more time, students will work on that during our Service Learning Project committee work.  All students have had ample time and most are nearly done.

Math:  We are moving forward with comparing decimals and understanding the relationship between fractions and decimals.  We will compare and order mixed numbers in various forms, apply understanding of fraction equivalence to add tenths and hundredths, and add decimal numbers by converting to fraction form.  Rocket Math has not gone away, so please check in with your child to support him or her with completing division fact fluency.

SS:  Our pioneers are facing the blasting heat of the Hades Desert.  Many wagons have lost livestock and the pioneers are weary.  Soon they will face snow-covered mountain peaks.  On the other side of the mountains is Hacker’s Valley! Once the first wagon arrives, the simulation will be over.

Service Learning Project:  Our Bee Friendly project is really creating a buzz with us!  I ordered cocoons since some suppliers are running out.  If you look out your windows, you will notice the blooms beginning.  The bees hatch once the temperature is consistently above 50 degrees.  Our time is running short.  Brady sent letters to three bee house suppliers and we hope to hear from them early in the week.  If we don’t,  I will order one anyway and then we can seek donations.  The flower group will be writing letters early this week and coordinating with Mrs. Barnett and thier garden project.  The two education groups (students and parents) are working to pull together presentations.  We will present at the Green Assembly in May to the students and we need to reserve space for the parent night in late May.

PARCC testing:  We have Math PARCC on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Noche de Poemes:  Be advised that the festivities begin at 6:00, Wednesday the 12th  in the gym.

Family Math Night for third and fourth grade is planned for Wednesday, May 26th from 6-7 pm.  We will send an RSVP this week.

Green Team Compost Class:  There is a compost class for families sponsored by the Green Team on Thursday, April 13th beginning at 5:30.  Please contact Ms. Naomi if you are interested in attending.

Electronics Recycling:  Drop off old electronics during morning and afternoon carpool beginning Monday, April 10. This will run for two weeks.  Look for us outside near the Kennicott Building.

Specials:  Please check the special teachers’ webpages for their curriculum updates for this week.

Dates to Remember:

4/11:  Green Challenge Assembly, 8:15 am

4/12:  Farm to Table

4/12:  Noche de Poemes, 6:00 in the gym

4/13: Composting Class, 5:30

4/14:  Field trip permission forms due for Moraine Hills and OWW.

4/14:  Taste of the World, 1:00

4/17- 4/21:  Earth Week

4/21:  Field trip to Moraine Hills

Please check your email for a book order form for Suzanne Slade’s book on Anna B. Comstock.  Suzanne is going to join us for an Author Visit on 4/26.

Please contact me if  you have questions on anything at all!

Cynthia