# McDaniel Memo

## Pencil Sharpener

This class has gone through 3 electric pencil sharpeners this year. It is rumored to be erasers getting sharpened, but I don't have a suspect or any witnesses. The last one I purchase was a week and a half and it is already broken. I will not be purchasing another one this year. Students are welcome to bring in small hand held sharpeners (as long as they have a container to catch the shavings). Thank you

## GYM

Please note that due to the school play being held in the café during our gym time, we will attempt to go outside (weather permitting). Please have your child dress in layers on Wednesday morning.

## Spring Fever

Please remind your children about the importance of staying focused and remembering homework. We are starting to see the effects of the nicer weather with the increase of late work. Checking planners and having a conversation with your child is the best way to stay on top of things.

Also, please make sure to look in your child's Friday mail for their weekly behavior/work habits report. If you are not seeing them please ask your child for them. As a reminder, these need to be returned on Mondays with a parent's signature.

## Literacy

This week we spent time reading and understanding myths. The class loved this genre of stories. We will continue working on myths next week too.

Writing-

Students selected two animals and a conflict at random out of a bag. They then worked on coming up with a fable based around these three things. These are so great and they will be hanging outside of our room after they are illustrated.

Grammar-

We are writing friendly letters. Students are practicing setting up letters correctly by using the parts of a friendly letter.

Spelling-

NO words for next week due to Spring Break.

## Math

Chapter 9 is all about multiplying in different ways. Students have learned partial products. This is a great way to see the value of each number as they multiply.

For example:

325 x 4=

4 x 300 = 1,200

4 x 20 = 80

4 x 5 = + 20

1,3 0 0

Next week we are going to learn lattice multiplication. Please see the picture below, taken from this chapter's family letter to help walk you through the steps.

## Science

We will be moving on to rocks and minerals next week. If your child has a rock collection they are encouraged to bring them in to share with the class.

## Dates to Remember

March

Tuesday the 24th- Visit 4th grade Wax Museum

Wednesday the 25th- Drama Club play

Thursday the 26th- Home Writing Journals due

Thursday the 26th- Book orders due

Friday the 27th- No school

April

Thursday the 9th- Zionsville History

Thursday the 9th- DQ- Dine for SGE dollars

Week of the 13th- Book Fair

Tuesday the 14th- Dad's Donuts before school

Wednesday the 15th- Mrs. McDaniel will be out at last report card meeting for the year

Monday the 20th- Rocks and Minerals "field trip" in Mr. LaPlante's room with speaker

Thursday the 23rd- Kindergarten Round-up

Friday the 24th- Twin Day

Friday the 24th- Father/Daughter dance

## Wish List

Please continue to send in items for our classroom auction that will be held the last week of school. Students will spend their McDaniel Dollars to purchase fun items that are donated. Items from the Dollar Store or Target's "One Spot" are perfect. Thank you to several items that have already been donated.