Monday, April 11, 2016

April News

April 11, 2016

The children returned from Spring Break full of energy and enthusiasm.  We have a lot of material to cover before the end of the school year. Experience tells me that the next few weeks will fly by as we cover important and interesting topics in every subject area.

This week we are taking the ERB tests. Due to the amount of class time designated for the tests, you may notice a smaller than usual amount of homework. Independent reading and IXL math practice are still expected this week, however.

Starting on April 18, most of our language arts and social studies time for the next five weeks will be spent working on state projects, which will be due on May 20. I will send home a copy of the state project assignment list for your reference; however, I intend that the students will do almost all of their project work during class time. I’ll update you periodically on your child’s progress, and let you know on Fridays if make-up work will be required over a weekend.

The entire fourth grade will display the students’ state projects during our “State Fair,” on Wednesday, May 25, from 2:30-4:45. The fourth graders will be very proud of their projects, and we invite you to come and appreciate their efforts. We expect the children to remain with their projects until the State Fair ends at 4:45, so they can relate their considerable knowledge to all of you.
We will be working on units relating to geometry and a division in mathematics during the next few weeks. You may have heard your children refer to “Mystery Class,” an integrated study during which we are attempting to discover the locations of ten sites around the world using sunrise/sunset data and latitude and longitude clues. 

We have four field trips scheduled before the end of the school year! We will visit the Science Museum on Wednesday, April 20. Mrs. Corrigan has scheduled our Walker Art Center field trip for Wednesday morning, April 27. Then, on the morning of Monday, May 2 we will take a boat trip on the Mississippi River from Harriet Island to Fort Snelling. During the “Big River Journey” the students will participate in activities organized by the Science Museum and the National Park Service. On the morning of Friday, May 27 we will go to Feed My Starving Children as a fourth grade service project.

The Grade 4 Parent Meeting is scheduled for 6:30 on Thursday evening, May 12. The Grade Four Dinner and Celebration is scheduled for Thursday evening, June 2, at 6:00.

Recently I’ve received several voice mail/email messages regarding changes in transportation plans. Please remember to call the office with those changes, as I can’t guarantee that I will always check my messages before the end of the school day. Also, thanks for remembering to send transportation notes with the children.  They are very responsible about giving them to me when they arrive each morning.

Chaplain Zosel has requested that I include this message as part of my blog post:

Birthday Wishes! April 14 - May 2
Families who use our local food shelf often are unable
to buy extra items that make a birthday special, like

Cake Mix & Frosting, Candles, Paper Plates & Cups.
 We have learned that people from cultures around the world celebrate in
other ways so we are also collecting

Rice, Noodles, Cookie mix, Pizza crust mix
 If you would like to donate, please bring items to school

April 14-May 2

Thank you for your GENEROSITY!