Ms. Rooney's News

week of May 26, 2015

Final News and Reminders....

Well, here it is. The last official installment of your fourth grade weekly news.

It's been a true privilege to work with your child this year and watch them grow. Thank you for sharing them with me and helping them on their journey this year. I wish you all a healthy, safe, and relaxing summer!

Lasting impressions...

We have talked a lot this year about key character traits that make outstanding students, as well as outstanding citizens in our community. Although we have only one week left, they are very excited about summer. So, they have been challenged to show their strongest, positive traits this last week of school. I'm looking forward to exemplary self-control, integrity, respect, responsibility, and safety. These make them all super heroes in their own way.

Themes for next week:

Monday -- students are encouraged to put on their Super Hero gear.

Tuesday -- wear your favorite sportswear

Wednesday -- deck out in your favorite color(s)

Thursday -- heading to the park so dress for the weather, with comfy walking shoes

Friday -- Pewaukee Pirate Spirit Day!

Read Like a Pirate

Check out this summer reading resource --

We have worked so hard this year on all fronts. In order to keep your child going strong this summer, we have created a resource called Read Like a Pirate: Summer 2015. It is a website that has reading incentives (“Treasures”), book recommendations (“Matey Shout Outs” and “Hooked on Books”), games (“Walk the Plank”), apps, and activities for writers. We strongly encourage all readers to dig into this treasure trove and read like a pirate!

Hope to see you all Saturday morning!

Mark your calendars fortomorrow! Sixth graders have got something awesome planned.

Dear Pewaukee friends,

ALS is a disease that attacks the muscles. Today, 30,000 people are diagnosed with ALS. Trickett Wendler, a mom of three students in the district, recently passed away from this disease. If you would like to see her story, it can be found on YouTube at "ALS 2014 Trickett's Story."

Students at Horizon are holding a fundraiser for ALS on Saturday, May 30th from 9:30 until 2:00pm. There will be arts & crafts, games, raffle items, henna art, basketball contest, baked goods/pizza and the big event -- A SCAVENGER HUNT through the Village of Pewaukee (to search for clues about ALS).

If you have any questions you can contact Mrs. Farrow or Ms. Rooney.

Leaving early? Won't be at school? Please let me know.

As we approach the final stretch of the year, there are many schedule changes that will be happening each day with different events and activities. Please be sure to let me or the office know if your child is going to be leaving for an appointment, leaving early, or taking a different route home. Thank you.

Also, the last day, Friday, June 5th, students will be signing each other's yearbooks. If your child is not going to be here on Friday, please let me know asap so we can make some kind of arrangement to have friends sign yearbooks earlier. Thanks.

Food Service Reminder

As we come to the end of another school year, please be sure to keep an eye on your child's lunch account balance so it does not fall into the negative. As of Tuesday, May 26th, no purchases of any kind will be allowed if that brings your account into the negative.

Please calculate how much money your child will need in his/her account to last until Thursday, June 4th. Any money remaining in your account will carry over to next school year. Checks can be made out to Pewaukee Schools Food Service. Remember, you can check your lunch account at any time through Family Access.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Pewaukee Schools Food Service

What's Coming Up?

MONDAY, June 1st

12:00 noon is the walking trip to Pewaukee Public Library (weather permitting). No need for cold lunch today; we leave after our lunch hour.

Our time has been extended to 1:15. Students are allowed to bring their Pewaukee Public Library library card with them on Monday. We may not have time to check out books, but if time allows, they can check out 1 or 2 books (no magazines, DVDs, etc).

Caine's Arcade --6th graders have created a fun experience for Horizon students. Students play free or can bring 50 cents per game for a chance at a prize. Money raised will go to the Pewaukee Water Council.


A new challenge for us -- Mystery Skype with "mystery school teachers/staff" (not students) to assist a fellow skype teacher with a staff development session. We'll be helping out Tues and Wed with this.


Final Spelling test!

Students should bring a large paper bag or grocery bag to bring home some supplies and materials.

Final day of hot lunch for students in 4th grade.


End-of-the-year fourth grade picnic at Village Park---June 4, 11:10-3:00 (weather permitting)

Please come and join us if you can. Even if you pop in for a bit, the students love a visit.

Students need a cold lunch and beverage. Backpacks are easiest way to transport items to the park, and any last minute items that need to come home at the end of the day.

Students should dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes (we walk down & back from the park)

Students are allowed to bring soccer balls, basketball balls, tennis rackets and balls, frisbees. We ask they do not bring electronics, scooters, rollerblades, bats, hardballs and the like.

Please let me know if you plan on taking your child home after the park. Because we end at 3:00pm, it may be easier for some rather than coming back to school.

FRIDAY, June 5

Last day of school -- 1/2 day, dismissal at 11:35 am.

No lunch service today.

Students do not need backpack today, unless they want it to carry home final items and yearbooks.

Please be sure to let me know if your child is going home a different way today. Thanks!