4th Grade News

Mrs. Crain's Homeroom

End of School-Year Celebration!!!

We are changing the date of our celebration to June 9th in the afternoon. Several scholars have mentioned to us that they want to attend their siblings' awards ceremonies. By changing the date of our party, this will allow students to attend other awards ceremonies (with a parent) and not miss out on our celebrations!

Upcoming Dates

  • June 2, 3, 5: Science EOG (5th grade)
  • June 4: Read to Achieve retest (3rd grade)
  • June 8: Paw Celebration (Toy Story 3)
  • June 9: Class Celebration (afternoon)
  • June 10: BOGO Book Fair, Awards
  • June 11: Field Day (rain date June 12)
  • June 15 & 16: Early Release
  • June 16: Report Cards go home

Alamance v. Pleasant Garden!!!

Tuesday, June 9th: Alamance VS Pleasant Garden Staff

Sport: Basketball

Location: Southeast High School Gym

Time: 6:30 pm

Ending Time: 8:00 pm

  • Alamance Jazzy Jumpers and Steppers Performing at Halftime
  • Pleasant Garden Chorus Singing National Anthem

Celebration of Excellence

Alamance Gymnasium

  • 8:00 am – Kindergarten
  • 8:50 am – Second Grade
  • 9:45 am – First Grade
  • 11:00 am – Fourth Grade
  • 1:15 am – Third Grade

**Fifth grade promotion will be held at 8:00 am on Tuesday, June 9th. This is a ticketed event (not open to everyone) due to fire code regulations.

Field Day

We are looking forward to field day! It is our last fun event of the school year, and a great privilege for our students. We will be paired with Mrs. Mayer's class (our book buddies). Students who do not make wise choices will not be allowed to participate as fully as those who do! Each student was given eight letters (FIELD DAY) on Friday, May 29. Letters are taken away for not being the best: excessive talking and horseplay are the two most common violations! When a student is out of letters, he or she has lost an event.

Next Week

Although EOGs are over, we are still learning! In ELA and math, students are creating review board games that we can play when they are completed. We will also read The Sword in the Stone (play) in our StoryWorks and learn about medieval times. In science, we are creating a nutrition mini-poster. In social studies, we are studying NC lighthouses, culminating in a project where students will get to build their own lighthouse!

Secret phrase is back! "Hurray, the EOGs are over!"

Click on the title to see camps available in Greensboro! Program areas include arts, sports, academics, and overnight.

F. A. Q. for Parents


How can parents save money when enrolling their child in a summer camp?

  • #1 Register early to take full advantage of all early-bird discounts!
  • #2 ASK if they have scholarships, financial aid or a sliding scale.
  • #3 Offer to volunteer or work at camp for a reduced or free camper registration..
  • #4 Ask friends of your child(ren) to register together for a group discount.

How can parents prepare their children for attending their first summer camp?

1) Day camps are more fun when children know at least one other camper who will be attending. Don't assume that they will be in the same group, let the camp director know your preferences when you initially register your child.
2) If a camp facility is open when you register for camp, take a tour. If not, take a virtual tour of the facility through looking on their website. The more familiar your child is with the environment, the less overwhelming he/she will feel.
3) Watch videos and look at photos of other campers having fun at camp. Look on the camp website and Google the camp name for additional postings.
4) Print out the camp schedule for your child to read about a typical day at camp---from the meals, free time, activities, to the bedtime routines.
5) For residential camps, make sure that this isn’t the first time your child will be sleeping away from home. Let them practice overcoming their separation anxiety with a couple of sleep-overs with friends or family before going to a residential camp. Write a letter (or email) to the camp director with any questions.

How do parents find if a summer camp has had any complaints filed against them?

  • Look up the camp on the Better Business Bureau for any grievances. (BBB.org)
  • Ask your friends through social media (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc.) if they have had any positive or negative experiences with the camp. Your friends will tell you!

When should teens start sending in their resumes to camp directors for summer jobs?

  • NOW. Don't wait. With the high levels of unemployment, there will be a tremendous competition for jobs. Send follow-up emails and make phone calls to show your interest. Camp Directors want fun camp counselors who campers will enjoy being around, while also respecting and obeying them. The more experience you have working with kids, the better. Volunteer with your local schools, YMCA, churches, scouts, and other civic organizations to build your experience levels.

What qualities should parents look for in a great summer camp?

  • A high percentage of returning campers shows that the campers had fun last year.
  • A low camper-to-counselor ratio. 10:1 is good. 5:1 is great!
  • Staff trained in CPR, first aid skills, and conflict resolution techniques.
  • Low staff-turnover shows good experience.

What different types of summer camps are there?

  • Arts Camps
  • Sports Camps
  • Academic Camps
  • Residential Camps
  • Specialty Camps

What special tips are advised for sleep-away camps?

  • Kids love receiving notes, money and care packages--even if they don't tell you.
  • Having a friend who is going along can make the camp experience more fun.
  • Share any concerns you have with the Camp Director, but let them deal with any discipline problems. Don't be a "helicopter parent" who flies in to resolve problems and hovers to micromanage the details.

If my child takes medication during the school year, should my child take it for summer camp?

  • First, consult with your child's pediatrician before ever deciding to stop treating your child with any medication.
  • Most children with allergy, asthma, diabetes, attention and impulsivity conditions are not "healed" during the summer months. Many times it can be worse with the heat, additional exercise, and being outside. Children with medical issues usually need special treatment to help them enjoy their summer camp experience the most.
  • For children who take medication for their attention or impulsivity, it can be especially hard for them to listen to instructions, get along with peers, and control their impulses when they are not on medication.