Ms. Kilar's Class

Friday, January 16, 2015

Camp Wolverine

Our original note said we would be returning at 3. We have had a small change in schedule and we will be returning at 4:30 on Friday, Jan. 23. Please plan to have someone at Shay at 4:30 to pick up your child.

We will be leaving promptly at 7:30am on Thursday, Jan. 22. Students should be at school around 7:20 to get on the bus. Students will need a sack lunch and a drink on Thursday. It's also a good idea to pack a water bottle. The kids get thirsty from all the activities.

Please look for a for a note to come home on Tuesday with reminders for our overnight.

I'm sending an extra packing list home in the Friday folder for those of you that like to get ready for the week over the weekend. Please, keep in mind that this is winter camp and the kids are outside a ton. Plan to pack warm boots, gloves, and hat. Extra socks and mittens are always nice to have. Also, slippers or tennis shoes are a must for inside the cabin.

Also, kids do need a bottom sheet for the bunk bends. If you don't have a twin fitted sheet and sheet for a larger bed is fine and there will be plenty of adults there to help make the beds. If you don't have a sleeping bag blankets are fine too. Students will need a pillow. The bunk rooms are pretty comfortable at night so don't worry about your kiddo being cold.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Reminder our parent teacher conferences are Jan. 28 and 29. Please use the link below to sign up for a conference or call Mrs. Zoerner in the office at 526-4500. If the times available are not conviniet please contact me to work out a different time.

I would like it if you child could attend this conference with you. If that's not possible because of work schedules or after school programs or sports that's fine, don't change schedules for the conferences. Or if you would rather you child not attend I understand.


This week in writing students worked on the body paragraphs for their persuasive essays. We focused on writing topic sentences and providing support using details and examples.

We also worked on comparative and superlative adverbs. We review run-on and fragment sentences.


We continued working on our unit about non-fiction. We focused on determining the main idea and the supporting details of sub-sections in their non-fiction books.


This week we spent time reviewing more of those tricky word problems in preparation for our chapter test. The kids enjoyed a partner game using a die and a calculator to practice 2-digit multiplication. We finished off the week with the test. You can view your child’s test score on Think Central. The paper copy of the test will come home after students have had a chance to go back and look over any errors. Next week we will dive into division!

Homework: Practice Math Facts


This week we spent time reviewing all of the big ideas and concepts for our "Plant and Animal Structure" assessment. Students made a study guide for the assessment Monday and played a review game on Tuesday. We completed the assessment on Thursday. Next week we will be moving on to our new unit "Energy".

Social Studies

This week in social studies we learned about supply and demand. We talked about taking this information into consideration when deciding how much of their product to make and how to price their products. Students also worked on posters for the mini-society business.

Playground Survey

Shay students have created a parent survey to gather thoughts and ideas for our new Shayground. If you haven't already done so, please take a minute to complete their survey. Feel free to copy the link and pass it along to other Shay/Harbor parents not in our class.

Learn to ski program with community schools

From Community schools:

We are once again teaming up with the Boyne Snow Sports Academy to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to learn to ski; a sport that can be enjoyed for a lifetime! This program is geared towards students who are at a beginner through intermediate level, and is currently just for skiing (does not include snowboarding).

This program starts January 21 (session 1 is Jan. 21 through Feb. 11, session 2 is Feb. 18 through March 4) Students will meet at the Boyne Highlands rental area at 4:15pm, to get equipment and lift tickets. Students will then have an hour long lesson from 5-6:00pm.

For more information and to register, go to


These kiddos are lucking homework again next week. Due to our field trip to Camp Wolverine there will be no homework!!!


Specials' Schedule

  • Monday - Library
  • Tuesday - Music
  • Wednesday - Art and Gym

Upcoming Events

  • Jan. 22-23 - Camp Wolverine
  • Jan. 28-29 - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Feb. 17-26 - Swimming Lessons
  • Feb. 27 - 4th grade Mini-Society