Ms. Kilar's Class News

Friday, January 8, 2016

Camp Wolverine

I'm so excited to be able to take your child to Wolverine Camps next week! This is such a wonderful and fun experience and the students are looking forward to it. I've put just a few reminders below. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me before we go.

We will be leaving promptly at 7:30am on Thursday, Jan. 14. Students should be at school around 7:20 to get on the bus. The bus will be parked in front of Shay. 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 child being cold.

  • No extra food or drinks in the dorm room. There will be plenty of food and snacks in the mess hall.
  • The camp usually opens the trading post for kids to buy trinkets if they want. Last year's price list is enclosed in the Friday folder.
  • If you child takes any medication, please give it to me in a ziplock bag before we leave on Thursday with directions for administering the meds.
  • We will be returning to Shay at about 4pm on Friday, Jan. 15. Be ready for a tired camper!

Language Arts

  • Reading: This week our focus was on text features in nonfiction texts and how it adds to our comprehension of the text.
  • Writing: We wrapped up our explanatory essays by working on revising, editing and final drafts.
  • Grammar: We review easily confused words and how to use the appropriately in writing.
  • Spelling: We worked on compound words this week.


This week we solved division problems with remainders. We learned how to use multiples to estimate quotients; we drew pictures to help us visualize the problem; and we learned how to interpret remainders in word problems.

Science and Social Studies

  • Science: This week in science we started a new unit on energy. We started by learning what energy is, how energy transfers from on object to another and how weight and speed increase energy. We did a few experiments to investigate what we learned.
  • Social Studies: In social studies we've been working on public policy. Students learned that they can have a voice in their government and we related to this by talking about the Harbor Springs Deer Park. Students then wrote a public policy essay about whether or not people should be required to recycle.


Ok...this is a little confusing because of camp!! I'll help your child remember at school.

  • The homework in today's folder is due Monday, Jan. 18
  • The spelling test will be on Monday, Jan. 18
  • Next week's Friday folder and the newsletter will come home on Monday, Jan. 18 and be due on Thursday, Jan. 21.
  • All the usual suspects are in the Homework folder this week: spelling, grammar, spelling list and math.
  • The January reading calendar is in there too, the minutes are reduced a bit since it's coming home late.

Specials Schedule

  • Monday - Gym
  • Tuesday - Music
  • Wednesday - Library
  • Thursday - Camp Wolverine
  • Friday - Camp Wolverine

Upcoming Dates

  • Jan. 14 and 15 - Camp Wolverine
  • Jan. 18 - Homework Due
  • Jan. 18 - Spelling Test
  • Feb. 11 - Valentine Sledding at Kiwanis
  • Feb. 12 - No School
  • Feb. 15 - No School

Ms. Kilar

Phew! That was quite the newsletter! Please call if I've succeeded in confusing the heck out of you, and you have questions! :) Here's hoping for great weather and a wonderful trip to camp!