6.17.2018 Last week of school and I do have a plan. Please remind your children that although we are in this last week, I still have things to teach them!
Tomorrow is predicted to be quite hot and humid so please be sure to send your child with extra water. We will be working to make a “chain reaction machine” after we finish our reading workshop…please be sure to ask them about it when they get home, especially about what they did when the machine didn’t work the way wanted.
We have our Awards assembly on Tuesday and then we have some curriculum to finish up. Wednesday will be a day of reflection and cleaning up. Thursday is our last day; don’t forget we will be dismissing your children at noon.
Last but not least, I have asked your children to do one last “At Home Journal” entry. I asked them to write about what they thought about 4th grade. Please remind your child to write this entry and bring in his/her at home journal tomorrow or Tuesday. We have finished our “Reading Log” journals, so if your child still has it please remind him/her to bring it in tomorrow.
6.10.2018 We have quite a busy week this week. Please read carefully so your child is prepared!
Monday is our Reading Challenge Celebration in the afternoon. We will be headed to the field behind the white buildings to spend 30 – 45 minutes reading as a community. (Mrs. Howe has even invited some of our police officers and fire fighters to join us!) Please remember to send them with a towel/blanket, sunscreen, water and a good book!
Tuesday is our trip to the Flume. Looks like it will be a great day for it! Please be sure to look in your child’s folder tomorrow for details. Ms. Jen has written an “extra notice” about the importance of being prepared when we hike. Please be sure to read both notices carefully and plan to pick your child up at the school at 4:30 on Tuesday.
Wednesday will be a “very regular day” including our regular reading and math workshops!
Thursday is our field day. We will be having field day activities in the morning, enjoying a barbecue for lunch and then spending the afternoon finishing our NH Tourism brochures.
Friday will be another “very regular day”.
I am trying to keep our days as “regular” as possible. There are still things I want to teach your child. Please continue to remind them that school is not over until next Thursday and that it is important that they stay as focused as possible until then.
6.3.2018 I’m looking forward to seeing your child’s Tourism Projects tomorrow. If he/she is not able to get it to me tomorrow, he/she will not be able to get full credit, however I do expect the project to come in as soon as possible.
Our reading challenge celebration that was scheduled for tomorrow afternoon has been postponed until next Monday (June 11) due to the predicted rain. Please send blankets/towels, sunscreen, hats, etc. next Monday.
I could really use your help keeping your child focused on school for a little bit longer. I have planned this to be a very “regular” week this week, including “At Home” and “Reading Log” journals, math conversations and Thursday Folder to be done at home.
5.29.2018 As you may have noticed, your child did not have his/her Thursday folder this week. The Thursday Folder will for sure be coming home this week. It will be quite full. Please plan to take extra some time this coming weekend to carefully review it with your child and have them complete or fix any work that has a note on it. (No need to correct if there is no note, but feel free to discuss what the correct answers are).
Please also note there I am not assigning spelling words OR Reading Log journal this week, giving your child some extra time to work on his/her project. New spelling words will come home this Friday and we will be tested on them next Thursday (June 7). Reading Log journals will come home on Monday (June 4) and be due Friday (June 8)
Don’t forget, project directions and rubric are on the homework page of our website. http://christinestearns.weebly.com/ Both parts (the At Home part and the At School part) will be scored as one project using that rubric.
5.28.2018 One more week until the “Tourism Projects” are due! Please encourage your children to come to see me if they have any questions (then email me with them ;)). I am hoping your child has found 3 interesting places in New Hampshire to visit, 2 New Hampshire restaurants and 1 place to stay overnight. If he/she has not found those places yet, please help them to do some research at home. We will be having limited time this week to actually research because we will be working on our brochures.
Please also be sure to sign your child’s Flume Permission if you have not done so already. This trip is free for students. If you have been fingerprinted, are approved by the SAU as a designated volunteer AND would like to chaperone, please be sure to send in the money as soon as you can.
5.20.2018 What a great trip we had on Friday! I hope your child told you all about it!
We have a couple of things going this week.
First and foremost, we are will be working on our “Tourism Projects”, getting ready to put our brochures together next week. Our students decided to finish the “At Home” part of their projects (commercial or itinerary) by Monday, June 4th. Please help your child budget his/her time so that the project will be completed by the due date (see the homework page for more detail). We will be presenting our commercials and itineraries later that week. I am also hoping to have the “At School” part of their projects (brochures) done by then as well.
We will be doing our AimsWeb Assessment on Tuesday and Thursday this week. We did this in the fall and in the winter already. It is a quick “snapshot” of how your child is progressing in math and reading. I don’t find students get too uptight about this one because it takes less than 30 minutes.
5.12.2018 Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms and grandmoms, I hope you are doing good things for you this weekend.
We have been researching places to go in New Hampshire and will be continuing to research this week and next before we start our brochures. I am encouraging your child to discuss places with you and perhaps do some research on their own time so that they may have plenty of places from which to choose for both parts of their projects. Be sure to take a look at the homework page for details. I will be introducing the requirements with your children in class on Tuesday, but feel free to go over it with them earlier. Here are a couple of websites we have been using:
Just an FYI our Unit 7 Math test will be on Tuesday. I hope your child showed you their review sheets and have spent some time reviewing it.
Don’t forget that Friday is our field trip to the Currier and Millyard museums! We are requesting that students dress “business casual”, which includes clothes such as slacks (or their VERY best jeans if need be), a collared shirt, a skirt/dress, and shoes (or the very nicest sneakers they have). Ties/suits are not too much if students have them and want to wear them. No need to buy anything special, but we do like our students dress nicely for this trip. We are representing New Boston. My bottom line when students ask questions about what to wear is that you, as their parents, will help them decide what would be best to wear. (This is the same dress code as when we went to the State House.)
5.7.2018 Last day of SAS testing today! Your children have been taking it quite seriously and I think that the test will show a good picture of what your child knows in reading, math and creative writing.
We have a relatively quiet week this week. Be sure to ask your child about their Zimmertwins video they are finishing today, about some of the places in New Hampshire they are researching, and what they are learning about New Hampshire Mills.
Speaking of mills, if you have not done so already please sign the permission (and send in the money) for our Millyard/Currier field trip by Friday. This is a great trip and I wouldn’t want your child to miss out.
4.30.2018 We are heading into the home stretch. These last couple of months are just as important as all the others during this school year. Please remind your child that the year is not over and to continue to put in his/her best effort so that he/she may get the most out of his/her 4th grade year.
Don’t forget we start our SAS testing this week. (see last week’s post for the schedule) Please be sure your child gets some good time to play outside, gets a good night sleep and a good breakfast each day this week. This is the best way for your child to be able to do his/her best.
Last but not least, one of our student’s moms offered to visit us with Zoe her therapy dog. (See picture below). Karen will be coming on Friday after our SAS session and talking about what therapy dogs do and how they help people. Please email me to let me know if you are OK with your child participating in this presentation or if there is anything we can do to make you or child more comfortable with this visit.
4.15.2018 There are a few things to let you know this week, so please read carefully.
First on Tuesday, New Hampshire Historical Society is coming for their last presentation. We will be learning about going to school in colonial times. Monday, we will take a look at the New Boston Historical Society web page and learn about schools in New Boston.
Friday is Crazy Day! Students are encouraged to wear clothes backward, mismatched socks, and/or put their hair in a crazy style.
On the Tuesday we get back from vacation we will be starting our SAS testing. The schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, May 1st 8: 15 – 9:30
Wednesday, May 2nd: 8:15 – 9:30
Thursday, May 3rd: 8:15 – 9:30
Friday, May 4th: 8:15 – 9:30
Monday, May 7th: 8:15 – 10:15
Please do everything in your power to have your children present for those times. (Of course, if your child is sick, he/she can make up the session when he/she feels better.)
I had found a version of this letter last year and would like to share it with your children:
My Dearest Students,
Soon we will be taking our SAS Assessments and we will focus on math and language arts. I know how hard you will work, but there is something very important that you must know:
The SAS does not assess all of what makes each of you special and unique. The people who create these tests do not now each of you the way I do, and certainly not the way your families do.
They do not know that some of you are excellent skiers, or that you love to sing or paint. They have not seen your natural and beautiful talent for gymnastics. They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them, that your laughter can brighten the dreariest day, or that your face turns red when you feel shy. They have not heard you explain the entire plot of Drama. They do not know that you participate in sports, wonder about the future, or that sometimes you take care of your little brother or sister after school. They do not know that despite dealing with bad circumstances, you still come to school with a smile. They do not know that you can tell a great story or that you really love spending time (baking, hunting, Karate, fishing, shopping…) with special family members and friends. They do not know that you can be trustworthy, kind and thoughtful, and that you try every day to be your very best.
The scores you will get from this assessment will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything. There are many ways of being smart. You are smart! You are enough! You are the light that brightens my day! So while you are anticipating this test and while you are in the midst of it all, remember there is no way to “test” all of the amazing and awesome things that make you, YOU!
Our Flume trip is officially scheduled for Tuesday, June 12. We will be sending permissions at the end of May.