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What's Happening the Week of 3/16

WOW!! What beautiful weather! I know I am desperately trying to find ways for us to be learning outside!! Soo tired of the cold days!

I can't believe next week is Spring Break! Where has the school year gone? The kiddos need a much deserved break (so do I:) ).

Although we are excited about the upcoming break, there are still events and learning activities happening at school. Here is a rundown of what to expect for this next week and the beginning of the week we return to school.

This week we are celebrating Literacy Week. We will have guest readers throughout the week and participate in some online read alouds with students in different parts of the country and world. We will also be dressing up to show our love of reading. Tuesday we are wearing hats, Wednesday workout clothes, Thursday a favorite sports shirt (team) and Friday sunglasses. If you would like to be a guest reader in our class, we would love to have you! Just contact me so we can set up a time:)

This Friday will be our 4th grade AR party. I have to be honest, the students are NOT reading at home. This is a REQUIRED part of their homework, every day. Even on weekends. I have shared the graphic of how important 20 minutes of reading is nightly to the development of your child's learning and growth of understanding in all topic areas. This quarter I have had half of the class NOT meet their reading goals. Yes, we do read every day at school, but continued reading at home is important. I don't care what they read, as long as they are reading. I will attach the graphic again in case you missed it the first time.

We will have a field trip to William Woods University on Wednesday, April 1st. The education major students will host a Math Fair to help the students continue to develop math skills and get them excited about upcoming end of year testing. The bus will leave promptly at 8:30 am. If your child is tardy to school on this day, they will stay at school and work on assignments until we return. More information will go home when we return from Spring Break.

The 3rd quarter ended last Wednesday, March 15th. Report cards will go home on Friday. Although we met for midterm conferences, if you have a question or concern regarding your child's report card, please feel free to contact me via email.

What We Are Learning

Reading: Beginning our unit on myths. I am very excited about this unit because this is something that is new to 4th grade curriculum. Hopefully we can make this exciting for the kiddos, too.

Writing: Beginning our descriptive writing unit. Anytime you are at home and can ask the students to describe what they see, their feelings, what they hear outside, will help them with this writing unit. This is one of my favorite writing units!! The students seem to like it, too.

Math: We will continue with our unit on fractions. The students are doing a really good job so far. Anytime you can have them help with cooking and measuring, that would be great!!

Science: Continuing our growth as geologists during our Rocks & Minerals unit. Every student is excited to share their special rocks they have at home. I ask that you keep them at home. I will have a day where everyone can bring in their own rocks.