Fabulous in Fourth!

Mrs. Christopher December, 2014

Welcome December!

The month has arrived faster than I ever thought! And to think we only have less than three weeks until winter break! November was an amazing month, and each day, I was thankful more and more for each one of my students. I am so lucky to watch them grow into young middle schoolers, and I enjoy every day we are together. Our class created the #GowerDecemberChallenge and will be posting three things we are thankful for or that make us feel lucky or appreciative during this month of holiday cheer on our blogs. I encourage you to check every few days. Just reading their first posts made me smile many times. :)

Gower Science Fair/STEM Night

Perk of a 4th grader: Invitation to participate in this awesome event! It will be held on February 12, 2015 at Gower Middle School. Students have a few options:

1. Participation in the Science Fair Portion

2. Participation in the STEM Night Challenge

3. Participation in both!!

The Science Fair proposals are due to school by December 19. Guidelines are being sent home and they are also on the Virtual Backpack. Students can work individually or in groups of two or three. I would love to see my students display their talents at this event!

There will be more information coming home later about the STEM Challenge, which will also be a great opportunity.

PTO Coupon Books

Thank you for helping our wonderful PTO with this fundraiser. The payments (and orders) are due December 12 if you choose to keep your book, and if not, please send the book back to school so we can pass them on. Thanks again!

Field Trip to Naper Settlement Outdoor History Museum

Wednesday, Dec. 17th, 9:15am

523 S Webster St

Naperville, IL

Can't wait for this fabulous trip! We will be learning how the pioneers lived in these cold winters. Dress warm! This trip will be outdoors for much of the time. Permission forms will be coming home soon. Check out the site for more information: http://www.napersettlement.org/

Six Flags Reading Challenge

The forms for this reading challenge were sent home last week. In our class, students are expected to be reading 30 minutes each night, so reaching 360 minutes should take less than two weeks! Just for turning in that form, your child will receive one free ticket to Six Flags for the 2015 season. It's a pretty sweet deal considering the cost of that ticket. I encourage every child to complete the form even if you are unsure you will use it. Always better to have the option rather than not at all. :) Forms are due by February 20. Thank you!!


Bluestem Books

What another great challenge! This form (blue) was also sent home last week. Every time your child reads a book, he/she can rate it and you can initial. If they read 4 books, they will have the opportunity to vote for the Bluestem winner. If they read them all, they will be invited to a special party in the LRC with lunch and treats! It's really a fun time, and the best reward is all that amazing reading! Win! Win!


Our first Mystery Skype was a big success! Check out some photos from our experience! The class we were talking with was a group of fourth graders in Virginia. I am trying to schedule some more opportunities. I love watching the students learn about the geography of the United States while having a great time!

Pancake Breakfast with Santa and Holiday Bazaar

Saturday, Dec. 6th, 8am-12pm

Gower West Elementary School, Willowbrook, IL, United States

Come celebrate the holidays at Gower West this Saturday. It's going to be a great time!