News from Mrs. Drudy 04/11/2016

"We exist so children can excel."

What We're Learning in Challenge

3rd & 4th Grade

This Week's Share Topic: Poetry!!!!

April is National Poetry Month. You may write your own poem or read or memorize one that is your favorite to share with the class. Think about some visual aids or props that would make your poem “come alive.” While not required, Google Slides documents or PowerPoint presentations always make the share topics more interesting.

Next Week's Share Topic: Earth Day

Earth Day is on Friday of this week. Share at least one thing that you and your family are doing, or could start doing, to help save the earth.

As we explore poetry, we will be addressing the following Indiana Academic Standard:

"Explain major differences between poems, plays, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems and drama."

The third and fourth graders have chosen a book to read and conduct an in-depth study with his or her classmates. Students will be learning the procedures for literature circles and will work collaboratively to engage in higher level thinking and vocabulary skills. Be sure to ask your child which book (s)he selected.

Both Classes: Service Learning Project

Our fall service learning project has come to fruition! You see, we've received yet another round of letters from deployed military members that received our letters back in the fall. Words cannot describe the pride and elation of the students as they shared their individualized letter from their honorary serviceman or servicewoman. In some cases, the students were mailed esteemed military patches. We'd like to extend our sincerest thanks to Mrs. Middendorf for passing along the address of our military liason (a.k.a. "Uncle Doug)!

6th Grade Only: Bowling Incentive Trip

Students will be going to Harrison Bowling Lanes on Friday, April 15, 2016. While there is no cost for the bowling, students will need money for lunch. We will stopping at McDonald's and Taco Bell. Students will have the opportunity to choose which restaurant they'd like to visit. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to visit a candy shop. Permission slips were sent home with students on Thursday and must be returned by Wednesday, April 13th to Mrs. Lake.

Library News

Mrs. Frondorf has passed along several dates of interest.

April 15th: Vote for favorite Young Hoosier Book

April 18th-22nd: BOGO Scholastic Book Fair

April 29th: Last day to take A.R. quizzes to qualify for party

May 4th: Accelerated Reader party

May 6th: Last Day to check out library books

May 13th: All books due to library

United Way Student Drive Days

It’s that time of year again. Time to give back to the community by supporting the Mt. Carmel United Way Student Drive. Special theme days will be April 11-15. Each theme day costs $1 to participate. All money collected will be donated to the Franklin County United Way. All students are welcome to participate in any or all of our activities. We thank you in advance!

Tuesday, April 12- PJ Day

Comfort all day in your favorite Pajamas!

Wednesday, April 13- Be a Hero in Our Community

Students are welcome to dress like their hero. This can include super heroes, military, police officers, firefighters, nurses, or family members. Help support United Way by remembering our everyday heroes.

Thursday, April 14- Crazy Hair Day

Yep, let’s get crazy for United Way!

Friday, April 15- Beach Day

It’s getting close to summer so why not start early? Wear your favorite beachy attire…. sunglasses, hats, beach towels, Hawaiian shirts, sun dresses, beach wear (must be school appropriate). Please remember to provide appropriate shoes for recess, gym, and Fitness Friday!

** Hallway Bucket Races***

Which hallway can fill their bucket or buckets with money? The hallway that fills their bucket with the most money will get a chance to have extra recess and popsicles! Hallway buckets will be placed in each hallway. Watch your bucket fill up as we make donations to United Way. Coins or bills can be placed in each bucket. Buckets will be collected Friday morning at 8:30.

To the Beach!

We are still in need of your help as we get ready for our Carnival on Friday, April 29th. I inadvertently listed that date as a Saturday in last week's newsletter. If you are willing to help, please send an item that goes along with our sixth grade basket theme: To the Beach!. Check out the list below to help you with ideas of things we could use in our basket! If you would rather donate money for us to purchase items to fill the basket, you may do that, too. We would like to have all donation items by April 25th, so we have time to put everything together for the Carnival. Thank you so much for being the amazingly supportive parents/guardians that you are!

Basket ideas:

  • Beach towels
  • Water toys
  • Picnic supplies
  • Outdoor games
  • Bubbles
  • Water bottles
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray

These are only ideas, so take these suggestions and run with it. We sincerely appreciate all your help!

Notes from the Teacher

Coming Up:

United Way Student Drive Days April 11-15

Bowling Permission Slips Due April 13th

Field Trip to Harrison Bowling Lanes April 15th

MCS Drama Club Production Into the Woods Junior April 21st & 22nd @ 6:30

Carnival Friday, April 29th 5:30 p.m.