Week of May 16-20

Dear 4A Families,

We got off to an excellent start with the Oral Biographies presented by Ila, Andrea, Lee and Reed last week!  We have a big week of bios ahead, which will be great fun. I am so proud of all the hard work the students have put into this big project!  I will be taking my two personal days this Thursday and Friday to attend the wedding of a very special family member in Kansas. The students will be in the capable hands of Ms. Tyler. I will be sorry to miss the talent show!

Band Recruitment Concert:

On Monday this week the 4th grade students will enjoy a special band recruitment concert from the Holy Rosary Band and Francis McCamey the band director.  The students will learn about the instruments and their options for band next year. No decisions about band need to be made until next fall, when they will have another chance to learn about and sign up for the band program.

Talent Show Spirit Day

We are excited for the talent show this Friday, May 20th!

Every year, the leadership elective chooses a free dress theme day for the talent show.  This year our theme is “Welcome to the Jungle!”  Students will be able to come to school on Friday, May 20th, decked out in any jungle gear.  This could include animal prints, safari type outfit (khaki clothes, hat, boots, and binoculars), tropical shirts, jungle animal ears, etc.). Get creative or keep it simple!  We just want to see your spirit!

Field Trips!

Last week a green permission slip went out for Field Day on May 27th. I misread an email regarding the status of the form I sent out last week–thinking they said there was an error.  A few students threw theirs away (sorry)!  I have passed out new forms to fill out.  Please sign and return these forms by the end of the week.  

The students will also have a second permission(blue paper) for an end of the year celebration/field trip to Alki Beach on June 8th (where the Denny Party landed!)  Please consider volunteering to be a driver/chaperone for this event.  We will leave school about 10:30 and be back at school no later than 1:45.  The students will eat lunch and play at the beach to celebrate a wonderful 4th grade year.

Flat Stanley:  The students have been working hard to finish up their final entries.  The books will be bound together and then the students will put on the final touches by adding their pictures. If you have any pictures that you have not printed out/sent in please do so this week.

Reading: Students finish chapter 9 and begin our last chapter (Ch. 10) in The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. We use targeted discussion questions to allow for opportunities for the children to reflect on story elements, make inferences and develop critical thinking as they consider the opinions and ideas of others.

Math: This week we continue to learn about decimals and fractions.  We will be using place value to add models to add fractions, compare and order decimals and work on a problem solving investigation determining if there is extra or missing information.  We will continue to complete the math homework in class this week.

Spelling: We will not have a spelling test this week.  The next spelling test will be Thursday, May 26th.  The word list will come home on Monday however, if students would like to start reviewing. 

Religion: The students will continue to work on their Beatitude booklets this week.  We have been learning about ways we can “LIVE” the Beatitudes in our daily lives through our actions and interactions with classmates, family and friends. The students will also be writing letters to the 8th graders in their Faith Families to congratulate them on their upcoming graduations and share an inspirational quote from the saint they did their report on earlier this year. 

Hard to believe we are in the last four weeks of the school year!  Thank you for continuing to help keep your children attentive and focused as we still have so much important learning ahead!  Have a wonderful week everyone.