Read Across America week is March 2nd through the 6th. There will be dress up days and we will have volunteers read to students on March 6th. There is a list of the dress up days at the bottom of this newsletter. Our reading challenge between grade levels is still going strong! Remember to read those books/chapters.


Optional Spring Picture Day will be held on the half day of school, Friday, March 6th in the Gardner Elementary library from 11:30-2:00 pm. Students will need to be accompanied by an adult and money paid will be handed directly to the photographer that day. Picture order forms will not be collected at Gardner. Students will receive the order form in advance and parents can either pay online or pay the day of pictures. You do not need to schedule an appointment.


The 3rd quarter behavior reward is a trip to the MOVIES! On Friday, March 13th, students who have not “struck out” will be able to attend the quarterly reward movie at RMC theater in Waterloo. We are going to see ONWARD! Students will receive a small drink and popcorn.


Mr. Hogan kicked off our annual Kids Heart Challenge event by distributing collection envelopes and informational flyers. Our goal is to promote Heart Health awareness by jumping rope during PE classes, and to raise donations for the American Heart Association. Our jump week will be March 23rd-27th. We look forward to celebrating our events success once again with a Rogers/Gardner assembly on Friday, April 3rd. This year's theme is... the OLYMPICS! Please consider donating toward this great cause!


Busy evenings, too many places to be at one time, no time for a home cooked meal? Then take the night off from cooking and have a PIZZA NIGHT! Our next Papa John's Night is Wednesday, March 11th. Papa John's has given us a challenge for the month of March! If our sales total more than $798.00 for that night, all staff and STUDENTS will receive a coupon for a FREE medium 1 topping pizza! When you place your order make sure to let them know it is to support Gardner Elementary or order online and use code SSG001! Sales earn Gardner free pizza parties! The last free party was used for our Sock it to Cancer classroom winner party!


Civil War Play Parts

On Thursday, May 14, the fourth grade will once again perform our Civil War themed play, “The Blue and the Gray”. Although every student takes part in the play, there are different levels of participation. Here are the parts:

  • Large Parts: Abraham Lincoln and Southern Woman- Each will be required to memorize several lines. Homeroom teachers will have copies of the script for interested students who want to practice before tryouts on March 5.

  • Medium Parts: Narrators- Each will be required to memorize 1-2 sentences. Homeroom teachers will assign parts to interested students.

  • Small Parts: Non-Speaking Roles- We will also need several actors, including soldiers, waltzers, square dancers, ralliers, etc. Actors will practice their parts at school.

  • Chorus: All students (including those with speaking or acting parts) will participate in the chorus. Songs will be learned at school and a copy of the lyrics will be sent home. Parents are encouraged to help their child learn the songs.

Medium and small parts will be assigned in class to interested students. Depending on the number of volunteers, some parts are assigned by a random drawing. Please discuss these options with your child and encourage their participation. Thank you!


Math- Students are learning about fractions and decimals.

Social Studies-Classes are finishing up our 13 Colonies unit after learning about each of the three regions: The New England Colonies, The Mid-Atlantic Colonies, and The Southern Colonies. Soon, students will begin the study of government.

ELA-Students continue to review different parts of speech such as adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions. Students will begin the Informative Writing Unit to learn to write facts about a given topic.

Reading-Learners are finishing up the Creating Images Unit and will begin reading the novel Maniac Magee, focusing on figurative language.

Science-Scientists continue to investigate Earth’s Place in the Universe by studying Earth’s daily patterns of shadows and day/night patterns. The unit will finish up with discovering why the moon changes throughout the month.

Students are looking forward to Read Across America Week and D.A.R.E. starting back up!


The Chorus Comedy Show is Thursday, March 5th at 7:00 p.m. We will have dancing pizza delivery men, clowns, and a lot more. Concert dress is a solid color shirt and long pants. We will perform during the day for school at 1:50 p.m.

Save the Dates for Music

  • Monday, March 30th: Night to Shine Recital for band and chorus
  • Thursday, April 30th: Band and Chorus Spring Concert
  • Monday, June 1st: Chorus sings at the Cardinal Game
  • July 13th -16th and July 20th-23rd: Band camp for beginning band students that will be in the 5th grade in 2020-2021 and continuing 6th grade band members.

A 4th grade Beginning Band Meeting will be determined at a later date


During the month of March, we are going to have a "Tip Your Hat" For Elsa day. We will have a day to bring $1 to wear a hat. All donations will be given to Elsa and her family!! Day still to be determined.


March winds and April showers, bring May flowers. The March winds are making themselves known. Hopefully that means Spring is coming in like a lion and will move out like a lamb!!!! The weather sure feels like it. We are starting the month with Read Across America. This is such an amazing way to promote reading with your child.

To promote reading, students should read interesting and non-troublesome material when reading for fun. Some ways to promote this is to:

  • Allow them to select anything that interests them, within reason. There are several good magazines that are of interest to children: Highlights, Ranger Rick, Zoo Books, Sports Illustrated for Kids, National Geographic Kids

  • It is also important that the material selected is at their reading ability level so that they can succeed in comprehending what they are reading and enjoy the experience of reading.

  • Fifteen to twenty minutes of leisure reading per evening is suggested. This can be done as part of the homework regimen or as a reward before bedtime. It isn’t necessary for your child to always read aloud to you. If you let them read silently, you might ask them to retell what they have read in their own words to check for understanding. Many parents avoid reading aloud to their own children; however, children of all ages enjoy being read to. When reading to your child, keep in mind that everybody makes mistakes. Involve your child in the story, try changing your voice to show the character’s feelings, and above all, enjoy the time you’re spending with your child.


  • March 2nd - 6th - Read Across America
  • March 5th - Chorus concert - 1:50 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • March 6th - Half day of school. Town dismissed at 11:10, bus at 11:25
  • March 6th - Optional Spring Picture Day. 11:30 to 2:00 in the Gardner Library
  • March 6th - End of 3rd Quarter
  • March 11th - Papa John's Night
  • March 13th - 3rd quarter reward, field trip to the movie!
  • March 13th - Report cards
  • March 23rd - 27th - Jumping Rope in P.E.
  • March 30th - Night to Shine Recital for band and chorus - 7:00 p.m.


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