Mrs. Eske's Team: Building Leaders

4th Grade Newsletter // April 3-7

From the Desk of Mrs. Eske:

Happy Monday!! I hope that everyone enjoyed their weekend! We are off to a fantastic start to fourth quarter!! So far, we have earned 3 "4's" in a row for specials and have had multiple "3's" in specials, and in the lunchroom as well! Book clubs and small guided reading groups are also off to an incredibly impressive start. We will still continue to work on specific skill practice concepts, based on student iReady results, and continue to practice fluency and expression with Reader's Theater. But, I have loved being able to get back to meeting with students in our brand new guided reading groups!! We have been spending quite a lot of time digging deeper into our chapter books and applying those skills that we worked so hard on during third quarter.

I also appreciate all of the signed grade card envelopes that I have received back so far!!! If students have not returned their signed grade card envelope, please have them do so as soon as possible. Thank you!

We have many fun opportunities for field trips and fun during 4th Quarter, and I am extremely excited for this time of the year! I have encouraged students to be on their best behavior and make sure that they are doing their best on their school work and getting assignments finished. Then we can all enjoy these wonderful events together.

We do have a Leadership Assembly on Friday and I can't wait to recognize our new Leaders of the Month for March! If your child has not been a Leader of the Month, I would love for them to be recognized for the month of April!! I know this is going to be our best quarter ever and I appreciate all you do! In addition to the fun events, we also have some important testing dates coming up. We will be taking the MAP (Missouri Assessment Test) during the week of April 24th-28th. Please try to schedule appointments outside of this testing window if possible. We will be doing end of the year iREADY testing too, following our MAP Testing window.

Again, here is a schedule for upcoming field trips.

Field Trip Fun (TIMES 3) YAY!!

Monday, May 1st-Disrict Field Trip to a Springfield Cardinals Game!

Tuesday, May 2nd-Springfield Little Theater Play!

Tuesday, May 9th- Frontier Theatre

I know that the newsletter this week is a little (a lot) lengthy, so I apologize... our calendar is completely full during the next couple of months, and I am trying my very best to not leave out anything. :)


Students that have not yet returned their EXPLORE (summer school) forms, need to fill out the form and return it to me as soon as possible. Even if your child has decided not to attend, turning in the form indicating they will not be attending, will allow our summer school liasons an opportunity to prepare for enrollment numbers and sessions. Thank you to those students who have already turned in their forms!!!

I think that is it!! Whew!!! Thanks for reading, or just even skimming through too. Hee hee!

Have a super terrific week!!!

Mrs. Eske


Reading: This week I will continue meeting with our new Book Clubs!! We will continue reading from our chapter books and complete various comprehension and vocabulary activities!

Math: This week we will continue geometry. (specifically focusing on reviewing, measuring, and drawing angles)

Writing: We are finishing up our greeting card project and will be doing opinion writing too!

Content: We will finish up our unit on the American Revolution by using the planning pages that we completed to do our final project. We will be making American Revolution baggy books to showcase what we have learned. We spent quite a lot of time researching American Revoltion links, watching online videos, exploring causes and effects, important people, documents, battles, and numerous other discussion topics. So I can't wait to see how our baggy books turn out!!! We will also be starting a new unit in science on rocks and minerals!!!

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Important Dates for April and May

Sat., April 1- April Fools Day! Yearbook orders due- order online here!

Sun., April 2- Happy Birthday, Kathy Agee

April 3-May 18: District Assessment Window:

Kindergarten (Writing Prompt, iReady Reading & Math, DRA2, Letter ID/CAP);

1st & 2nd: DRA2, Writing Prompt, iReady Reading and Math)

Mon., April 3- Jeffries STEAM Night (Math/Science)- 4:30-6PM

Tues., April 4- Jaguar Junction; Student Council Mtg. 7:45AM;

Go Vote! SPS Bond- click here to see how Jeffries would benefit.

Thurs., April 6- Jeffries Skating Party (Skateland on S. Campbell) and PTA Exec. Mtg. (at Skateland) 6:30PM

Fri., April 7- Leadership Assembly 9:30-10:30AM (March & 3rd Quarter awards)

April 10-14- National Children's Book Week (activities by Mrs. Beersman)

Mon., April 10: Happy birthday, Dr. Cooper (Principal)!; Librarian from the Black Lagoon! (Dress like a Librarian Day)

Tues., April 11: Have you READ anything good lately? (wear red); 2PM- K Dress Rehearsal for school (gym); PTA Mtg. w/ Kindergarten Performance 7PM (gym)

Wed., April 12: Cuddle up and READ (wear PJs)

Thurs. April 13: A Bad Case of Stripes Day: Wear Stripes;

Kindergarten Field Trip to Dickerson Park Zoo

Fri., April 14: Professional Learning Day (No School for Students)

Mon., April 17- EXPLORE Forms due

Tues., April 18- District 5th Grade Field Trip to the Cardinals (Mendenhall's class attends)

Wed., April 19- Mid 4th Quarter; 2nd Grade Field Trip to Fantastic Caverns

Sat., April 22- Earth Day

Tues., April 25- Last day for Library check-out (except for chromebooks)

Wed., April 26- Happy birthday, Michael Dake (Assistant to the Principal);

1st Grade Field Trip (9AM-12PM) to Rutledge Wilson Farm

Thurs., April 27- Jeffries Fine Arts Night 5PM

April 27-May 4- BOGO (Buy One, Get One) Book Fair at Jeffries daily from 8:30-4PM


May 1-5- Teacher Appreciation Week

Mon., May 1- District 4th Grade Field Trip to the Cardinals;

Happy birthday, Karen Harvey! (Music Teacher);

5th Grade- Science MAP test (10AM-11:30AM)

Tues., May 2- 5th Grade MAP test (10AM-11:30AM);

4th Grade Field Trip (May 2 or 3rd (TBD)

Wed., May 3- SPS Kindergarten Round-Up at Jeffries from 6-8PM (gym)

Thurs., May 4- MSU In School House Players Assembly 1:10PM-2:00PM- K-5 Assembly in the Gym; PTA Exec. Mtg. 6:30PM (Conference Room)

Fri., May 5- Jeffries PTA Spring Fling 6:30PM;

Leadership Assembly with Real Encounter 9:30AM

Sat., May 6- FREE Family Fun Day (Ridgecrest sponsored) at Jeffries with special guests: Real Encounter

Mon., May 8- 5th Grade Field Trip to Wilson's Creek 9-2PM

Tues., May 9- 4th Grade Field Trip- Frontier Theatre

Wed., May 10- Library 3D Luncheon and auction 12:00-1:30PM (teachers will get a list of participating students)

Thurs., May 11- Free Boy Scout Event- at Chesterfield Park (everyone invited) 4-6PM

Fri., May 12- Jeffries Field Day

Sun., May 14- Happy birthday, Rachelle Certain (Kindergarten Teacher)!

Mon., May 15- Last Leadership/Celebration Assembly 9:30AM; 100% Attendance Limo/Lunch for qualifying students

Tues., May 16- Jeffries Talent Show 9:30AM (gym)- all school (updated date)

Wed., May 17- 3rd Grade Field Trip to the Cardinals

Thurs., May 18- 4th Grade Field Trip to Carver Middle School (Civil War);

Kindergarten Graduation 1-1:30PM (gym)- K parents/families only

Fri., May 19- - May be last day of school w/5th Grade Graduation (pending snow days)- Board to decide in mid April.

Mon., May 22 (or as late as May 26- TBD)- Possibly a school day or possibly just a work day for staff (make up snow day)

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Wed., May 27- Happy birthday, Alyx Dull (Speech Teacher)!

May 31- Happy birthday, Lucie Rogers (Morning Secretary)!

Thank you, Jaguars! More to come...

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