Friday, December 2, 2011

Newsletter December 2nd, 2011

MathWe finished unit 4 and this so far the most laborious test with plenty of opportunities for the students to have silly mistakes.  We were thrilled to see how many kids felt more secure in division and know that we will continue to keep an eye on all the skills.  So far the test will be December 21st.   Since the trimester ended, all students have to test out of fact tests again.  We started these today.
Science We continue working with mixtures and solution and today discussed saturated solutions.  Do you know how many grams of salt it will take to saturate 50 ml of water?  Your child does!
Social Studies – We finished chapter 3 “The Explorers” today and start new groups on Monday.  The next chapter moves into the British explorers and will take us through break.  In my room we did an hour of wonder yesterday, which was like a mini innovation day.  
Reading We are focusing on discussing grades this week as well as working on the Yahara Writers Contest.  Students have had little time to read in school outside of the read-aloud where Harry just got sorted by the sorting hat.
Writing I wrote more about the Yahara River Writers Contest on our website, the first draft of the short story is due on Wednesday the 7th and the final draft is December 16th.  The other three categories will be discussed the week of the 12th with that week as work time.
Special Notes
*  I will be in San Francisco next weekend to visit relatives.  Mrs. Johnston will be our sub.
*  Thank you so much for box tops, while I think Mrs. Hannam’s class did beat us we ended up with 1,001 boxtops for the school which is wonderful news for the new swing sets!
*  Snow gear is a necessity at this time of the year.  Please help your child bring in everything they need to stay warm.  If students need help acquiring gear please let mw know or contact Miss Rose.
*  Our winter break celebration is scheduled for the 21st of December so far.  We are hoping to have pizza lunch and then go sledding after recess.  It will, of course, be snow-dependent.  Mrs. Sabol will be contacting those who signed up to volunteer/donate food.
*  Winter tea is this Wednesday, do join us if you can!
*  We said goodbye to Matthew who is on to new adventures in Illinois.  He will be missed.
*  Spelling bee is next Friday.  Kyra, Sophia Ba, Sophia Bo, and Priyanka will be representing our class at 8:40 AM in the multipurpose room. 
*The pie in the face assembly is next Friday which I am sad to miss.  If I do end up needing to take a pie in the face, it will be at another time. 
*  Report cards go home this Thursday, I have already met with all students to discuss their grades.  They have to decide them first and then we discuss them and make adjustments.  Please sign the envelope and send it back to me ASAP.
*  A two-page article about the Global Read Aloud was published in “Learning & Leading” which is the official magazine for technology in education.  This discusses the first year and even has artwork from some of the kids from last years 4/5 class.  If you would like to read it, let me know.
* I have some dates for you to put on your calendars: Report cards Thursday, December 8th Human Growth and Development is, Dec. 7th and December 14th, the Winter Tea is Wednesday, December 7th 10:35-11:00, Sub  (Mrs. Johnston) for Mrs. Ripp December 9th and 12th, Winter Party is December 21st at 1 PM (we are hoping it will be a sledding party) and winter break is from December 22nd through January 2nd.


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