Update January 8, 2017

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

Welcome to 2017!  We welcome a new student, Brady Davenport, to our PCCS family.  Please reach out to him and his family to help with a smooth transition!

Last week students studied the inherited trait of camouflage and survival using a lesson on hares and rabbits.  As a fun concluding activity students created camouflaged rabbits and “hid” them in the classroom.  Then we challenged Mrs. Krissek to find them all.  Can you find them?

thumbnail_img_2354 thumbnail_img_2352 thumbnail_img_2351The kids did a great job!

Housekeeping:  Please remember that when the temperature is below 0 degrees with the windchill, your student still needs to bring snowpants to school.  Carpool can be bitterly cold and protection from the elements is extremely important. Double check that your child has warm mittens or gloves.  Many stores have winter sales and it is a good time to replenish your winter gear supply while the prices are lower.

Academics this week:

ELA:  In Readers’ Workshop, students are still working in guided reading groups.  By the end of the week, all groups will be done with their historical fiction selections and we will move on to informational text.  Students will have a vocabulary packet this week that will be due on Wednesday.  I re-assessed all students on spelling and groups will be reconfigured.  Some students will need to repeat some spelling patterns, while others were able to skip ahead. Extra spelling words are:  CORE:  happy, bright, sent, present, plan, rather, length , speed, machine, information. CONTENT:  pourquois, ambitious, portage, rival, voyageur.  Grammar study will continue with nouns.  Writers’ Workshop:  Students will continue to work on their opinion essay:  collecting and revising their “boxes and bullets” organizer.

Math:  We will continue fractions this week and move from making equivalent fractions to comparing fractions with like and unlike denominators.  We used an on-line resource called “Visual Fractions”, which is free to use and doesn’t require registration. Your child is welcome to practice fractions using this website from home.  Keep practicing facts, we have students working on division, fractions, and decimals!  They are working so hard…

Science/SS:  We have two final lessons on inherited traits this week and then we will return to Illinois history.  We are planning to cover legends (pourquois) of Illinois native Americans and then learn about the French voyageurs and their influence in our state’s history.

Environmental Ed:  Last week we were stuck inside due to the frigid temperatures; however, this week we may be outside on Thursday afternoon.  Please send your child ready to venture forth!

Specials:  Please see individual teacher webpages for updates on their activities.

Green Challenge:  This month’s challenge is to save energy.

January’s Green Challenge is to Save Energy.  We will kick off the challenge on Tuesday the 10th with our monthly assembly.  Throughout the rest of the month, students will be thinking about ways to save energy at school and at home.  Here are some ideas that we hope you will try at home:

  • dry some or all of your clothing on a clothesline or drying rack instead of using the dryer, and use cold water in your washing machine.
  • use the stove and oven efficiently — don’t leave water boiling for extra time, cover pots with lids, don’t leave the oven on when not in use, use the toaster oven when your items fit in there…
  • when it gets warm, turn your air conditioning a few degrees warmer… you’ll save a lot of money that way!  (Same goes for keeping the house a few degrees cooler in the winter!)  We turn ours down at night and snuggle with a pet!

Spelling Bee Update:  We will have our in-class bee on Wednesday, January 18.  We will select a winner and a runner-up and both students will participate in the all-school bee on Monday, January 23.  Take advantage of the Scrips Spelling Bee website and the list that was home to help your child prepare. Let me know if  you have more questions.

Dates to Remember:

1/10:     Green Challenge Assembly, 8:15 in the gym

1/17:     MLK Day, no school.  Check out the “Ice Castles” at the Dells.

1/18:    Farm to Table featuring our Butternut Squash!

1/23:    All-school Spelling Bee

1/24:    School Board Meeting, 7:00 pm

1/25:    Early Release, 1:00 pm

Lottery Open House


Enjoy your week!

Cynthia McGovern