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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

April 18, 2012

April 18, 2012

Dear Parents,
         Newsletters for the remainder of the year will probably just be sent home when I need to update you on something.  However, our days will still be full of hard work and focus, so keep up the great work at home!!!
I’m excited about our field trip coming up on the 23rd.  We’re planning to have some great science review activities as each of the 4th grade teachers take a section of the science curriculum to review.  Please make sure your student brings plenty of water, wears sturdy hiking shoes, and dresses appropriately for the weather—including sunblock.
We will not need parent helpers on Monday since we’ll be gone.  Those that are scheduled to come on Mondays are welcome to come Tuesday instead if you’d like. Tuesday, April 24th will be the last day we’ll be able to have parent helpers this year.  THANK YOU so much for your hard work and dedication this year.  The students enjoy seeing their own parent, and the rest of the class benefits with the extra one-on-one time you provide each week.

Curriculum

Reading: Reading:  Your student has probably already informed you that they are earning the opportunity to join in the school-wide reading celebration that will take place on May 4th.  If your student reads and returns his/her reading log regularly, there’s really not much that will change.  In my class students are required to read a minimum of 100 minutes per week and consistently/daily turn in their reading log.  I am keeping a record of those students who are completing the requirements.  This activity was set up to encourage/motivate our students to continue reading for the remainder of the school year, so in order to attend, each student will be held accountable for his/her own reading time. Your student has probably already informed you that they are earning the opportunity to join in the school-wide reading celebration that will take place on May 4th.  If your student reads and returns his/her reading log regularly, there’s really not much that will change.  In my class students are required to read a minimum of 100 minutes per week and consistently/daily turn in their reading log.  I am keeping a record of those students who are completing the requirements.  This activity was set up to encourage/motivate our students to continue reading for the remainder of the school year, so in order to attend, each student will be held accountable for his/her own reading time.

Science:  We will continue to talk about rocks and minerals for a few days then move on to our soil unit.

Spelling: We will just have regular spelling lists for the remainder of the year with no bonus words.

Math: We talked about geometric solids today and will quickly move on to Topic 19 (skipping 16-18 for now). While studying Topic 19, the students will be reviewing basic geometric terms and concepts…
Translations
Reflections
Rotations
Congruent Figures
Line Symmetry
Rotational Symmetry

Book Report: The final book report will be based on one of the Battle books.  Your student can choose from any book on his or her assigned list, and will then create a report of the book on a cereal box.  Book reports are due on or before May 2nd.


Upcoming Events

April 23rd   Zion Fieldtrip
April 28th Kite Flight—use your reading minutes to earn a kite (see     details on        school blog and hand out)
April 30th   End of year testing begins
April 30th Language Arts Assessment
April 30th   S.U.U. Natural Museum & Battle of the Books
May 1st         Language Arts Assessment
May 2nd         Book Report Due
May 4th           Frontier Homestead State Park
May 9th         Math Assessment
May 10th Science Assessment
May 11th Math Assessment
May 11th Ice cream Sundae Party
May 14th         Reading Celebration



Mrs. Sherratt

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

April 10, 2012

April 10, 2012

Dear Parents,
         Can you believe we only have 7 more weeks of school??? It seems like we were just meeting for Back-to-School-Night.  The last several weeks will be filled with lots of learning and activities—we’ll keep working and learning up to the very end!!!
You should receive a lavender colored permission slip that has information about the next 4 fieldtrips we will take.  Please initial in the appropriate box after each field trip description and then sign and date the bottom line, and of course, return it to school.
The students have started working toward earning the sundae party celebration I mentioned in the last newsletter.  Each student has been given his or her own packet to record and track progress on and will receive a portion of the sundae party for each review completed.  This review will be of many math and language arts concepts.  We’re aiming to have our party around May 11th, so if there are any parents that would be able to help, just let me know.
Thank you all for sending in the felt.  We’ve been having a great time creating Possibles Bags. We are continuing to work on them, but should be finished soon.
                     

Curriculum

Science:  We started learning about rocks today.  We have talked about the three main categories of rocks and will begin discussing the characteristics of various rocks found in Utah.

Spelling: List #25 Bonus words: vertices & igneous

Math: We talked about geometric solids today and will quickly move on to Topic 19 (skipping 16-18 for now). While studying Topic 19, the students will be reviewing basic geometric terms and concepts…
Translations
Reflections
Rotations
Congruent Figures
Line Symmetry
Rotational Symmetry

Book Report: The final book report will be based on one of the Battle books.  Your student can choose from any book on his or her assigned list, and will then create a report of the book on a cereal box.  Yesterday you should have received the information and rubric for the final book report.


Upcoming Events

April 12th Polyphonic Male Vocal Group Performance
April 23rd Zion Fieldtrip
April 30th End of year testing begins
April 30th S.U.U. Natural Museum & Battle of the Books
May 4th Frontier Homestead State Park


Mrs. Sherratt