Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Looking Ahead to May

May is just around the corner.  We have several field trips coming up.
  • May 1 we are rescheduled to visit the wetlands.  Your child will need  a change of clothes and their rubber boots.
  • May 18 all 4th graders will take a field trip to Old Threshers in Mt. Pleasant.  We leave here around 8:45 and return around 2:00.  Your child will need a sack lunch that day.
  • May 23 - 24 the whole school will go on a trip to Van Buren County.  Our class goes on the 23rd.  Your child will need a cold lunch that day.
  • Our wetland wrap up is May 24.  We go to Jefferson County Park, so no boots are necessary.
  • May 30 both 4th graders will walk to OB Nelson for our Assignment Journal reward.  Your child should be bring home the Assignment Journal each night to be signed by you.  
May 31st is our final day of school.  We are dismissed early that day.  Buses will leave around 2:20, the walkers/car riders will be dismissed by 2:25 or so.

It's been a great year.  Thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement from home.  I've enjoyed each and every child this year.  You all have a great bunch of kids.  They are ready for 5th grade!

Planting Trees!

   Aliant Energy and Trees Forever teamed together to sponsor a tree planting for Wsshington School.  Last week 4th graders help plant 6 trees, 3 honey locust trees and 3 lindin trees.  They are located at the south end of the building by the back parking lot.  4th graders helped dig, plant, and mulch the trees.  Avi Pogel was here to give directions on how to successfully plant the trees.

As part of the Dig In, Fairfield kick-off event for Fairfield's Hometown Rewards Program grant partnership with Alliant Energy, the City applied for another grant program that Alliant Energy runs with Trees Forever, called Branching Out. . The funding for our trees came from Alliant Energy with site planning and organizational support from Trees Forever.  

Here's more about the Hometown Rewards Program - www.fairfieldgogreen.com
More about Trees Forever - www.treesforever.org




Congratualtions, Alex!

Alex Hetland was chosen as our student of the month.  This past month we celebrated Habit 6, "Together is better."   The following information was written on the back of Alex's certificate: 

Alex  receives the award for Habit 6 “Together is Better.”  Alex always cares about others and works hard in group situations.  He knows how to work well in a group and encourages each member.  Alex enjoys each task he is given and consistently does his best.  His smile and wonderful attitude contribute positively to every group project.  4H is a better place since Alex Hetland is in our class.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Looking Ahead to April

The 3rd quarter is nearly over.  That is so hard to believe.  Where did the time go?
I'll be sending home report cards Friday, March 23.  Friday is a regular school day.  We do not get out early for spring break.  Next week we have no school.  Classes resume Monday April 2, 2012.  I hope you all have a restful and safe break.

As a way to have a positive transition to 5th grade at the middle school, all 4th graders will be touring FMS is April.  4H goes on Tuesday, April 3 at 8:45.  The students get a tour of the building, meet the principal, and learn how to use the lockers.  The Guidance Counselors will be conducting the tours and will answer any questions the children may have.

4th graders in our district all get the chance to go to the swimming pool for P.E. in April.  This is a wonderful opportunity for our kids to be exposed to water safety and the indoor pool.  Christy Leazer conducts the classes with the help of Mr. Dunlap, our P.E. teacher.  Your child will need his/her suit beginning the first week after break.  Towels are provided.

Our next trip to the wetlands is Monday afternoon, April 16.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

4H Visits the Wetlands!

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Congratulations, Maya!

     Maya Gottshall was chosen as the student leader of the month for our 7 Habits program.  We had an assembly where one student from each grade was recognized.

     Maya Gottshall is a very kind and caring person.  She is sensitive to those around her and wants to help if someone is hurt or sad.  If a friend gets hurt at recess or in P.E. she will offer to get an ice pack and stay with that person until everything is OK.  Maya has a positive attitude toward her classmates and always tries to get along with others.  When working in group situations, she will listen to ideas first before adding her own suggestions.  Maya is a great example of someone who "seeks first to understand, then to be understood."  

     Maya also won the VFW contest "I Love America"  for 4th graders.  She read her essay at the VFW Mar. 12, 2012 along with the other winners.  It was clear Maya loves her country and is thankful to be living in the USA.  Congratulations, Maya!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Count Down to the Wetlands

     Our wetland trip is scheduled for March 13, 2012.  Therese came to our class and taught us how to use binoculars.  We learned how to focus them and care for them.  We are hoping to see plenty of wildlife when we visit.  As a reminder, your child will need rubber boots for this trip.  Also, we are going in the morning, so they also should bring a complete change of clothes, including undergarments.  In the past, I've had students accidentally fall in the water (it's not deep) and get completely soaked.  I would hate for your child to have to sit the rest of the day in wet clothes.  We look forward to this trip and are anxious to see interesting animals and plants in the wetlands.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Parent Teacher Conferences

     Last week we had student-led Parent/Teacher Conferences.  4th graders were able to share with families all we've been doing in our class.  They explained assignments, posters, and various other projects we've worked on this year.  Students actively shared with parents all about their learning and all that takes place in our classroom.  This was a very positive experience for everybody.  I particularly enjoyed visiting with my students and families together.  All my 4th graders were very proud of what has been accomplished and they enjoyed sharing these successes with their parents.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Safety Patrol Party

     Friday, Feb. 17 we had a 4th grade Safety Patrol party!  We have 30 kids volunteering their time everyday to help our Washington students cross the streets safely.  Rain, snow, sleet, or shine, 4th graders are on the corners after school ensuring safe crossings.  (Mary Ellis also helps on the corner of "D" and Madison.)  The students wear special vests and hold up a small stop sign to signal motorists to wait for crossing children.  Being on our safety patrol team is a tremendous responsibility for our 4th graders.  They take this job seriously and do it daily without complaining.  Thanks to our 4th grade safety patrol team!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Valentine's Day

     We will celebrate Valentine's Day February 14 around 2:45.  I sent home a class list with your child.  Your child is not required to bring in Valentines, but if he/she chooses to participate, please make sure everyone in the class is included.   If you would like to send treats, that is fine as well.  We have 24 students in our class.
      Only about ten families have signed up for Parent/Teacher Conferences.  You can sign up online, or call the school (472 - 2110) to schedule an appointment.  The dates are Feb. 21 and 23 with no school on Friday,  Feb. 24.  I will be facilitating student led conferences.  Your child needs to attend with you.  I would also ask other school age children wait in the hall.  I look forward to meeting with each of you with your child.
     Another reminder :  Your child will need some kind of rubber boots for our trip to the wetlands in March.  I'll be sending home another letter explaining the program.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Congratulations, Mira!

    Recently our school had our 7 Habits Assembly for December/January.  We've been focusing on a different habit each month.  We have an assembly and honor a student from each class who demonstrates one of the 7 Habits.  This month we worked on "Think win, win," otherwise known as the golden rule.  Mira Pappin was the winner from 4H.  Each student was given a certificate.   Great job, Mira!
     Mira Pappin is a fine role model for the “win - win” habit.  She comes to class with a smile and an excellent, positive attitude.  She consistently tries to help her classmates and encourages others to do their best.  She shows respect to all those around her.  Mira loves school and loves to learn.  She is a joy to have in class.  


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Looking Ahead

     January is flying by.  I can't believe the school year is half over and we are now into the 2nd semester.  We've had a wonderful year so far, and I know we will continue to grow and learn in each area.  Report cards came home last week.  Let me know if your child did not receive one. 
     In Social Studies we are just finishing up the Southeast Region of the United States.  I have sent home several maps for your child to practice the states and capitals of this region.  We have a test over the SE Wednesday, January 25.
     Basic Skills are just around the corner.  We will be taking them the week of February 6 - 10.  The best way for your child to prepare for them is to get a good night's sleep and to eat a healthy nutritious breakfast.  I'm also asking for parents to please send snacks to share with the class.  Let me know if you can provide snacks for Basic Skills week.  Pretzels, crackers, or trail mix are just a few suggestions.
      Parent Teacher Conferences are also coming up. (Feb. 21 and 23)  This time around, I would like the conferences to be student- led.   I would like your child to accompany you to the conference and tell how he/she is doing in class.  I'll be sending home more information closer to conferences.  We will not have school Feb. 24.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Dr. Woody Visits 4H!

     We have been studying the human body in science.  We’ve learned some fascinating facts about several body systems, including the skeletal, muscular, circulatory, and respiratory systems. 
     Recently, Dr. Ray Woody, retired veterinarian, visited our class and spoke to us about the cardiovascular system.  He brought along a deer heart and dissected it to show each of the 4 chambers of the heart.  Our students learned about the left and right ventricles, the left and right atrium, the aorta, and how the blood needs to go to the lungs from the heart to get oxygen. He even drew a picture of the heart on the board and explained about the valves of the heart. Fourth graders were able to see first hand the thickness of the left ventricle, how the aorta takes the blood to the rest of the body, and how amazing and important the heart is in our bodies.  We thank Dr. Woody for coming in to our class and teaching us all about the heart.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Fmaily Fun Night

Out Washington Parent is sponsoring a family night Jan. 17.  I will send home more details as I receive them.  I received the following forward from the parent group:

Dear Teachers,

On Tuesday, January 17th we are having our first Family Fun Night.  As part of this event we are having a silent auction.  We have sent letters home with students seeking silent auction donations and the Parent Teacher Group has been soliciting donations from local businesses as well.  In planning this event we sought advice from Pence Pals members as they have a successful event like this each year.  One suggestion they gave us was to have each class come up with a basket for the silent auction.  They indicated these were big hits and did well at the auction.  So we are asking you to brainstorm with your students and come up with a theme for a classroom silent auction basket and then seek donations from parents for the items.  Some ideas are:  movie basket, pet basket, and nail care/pampering basket.

The Parent Teacher Group will award the classroom with the best idea for the silent auction basket.  So have fun with this and please encourage your students and their families to attend this event.


Amy Miller

I'm wondering if any of you would like to help head up this project?  I would need a letter to go home with ideas for the basket.  We can make copies of the letter for the class.  Any volunteers?

Thanks so much for all you do for your child.  It makes a huge impact in the classroom.