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.
4.1.2018 I am hoping your child showed you their Math review sheet last week and did a little studying as well. I have decided to have them take the test on Wednesday (which means if they have not started to study they will have Monday and Tuesday to study). Please let them know that this is their opportunity to show me what they have learned over the past month or so and that it is very important to ask me questions if there are still things that they don’t understand.
We have our community meeting scheduled for Thursday morning at 8:30. Our fourth grade students will be playing a few songs on their recorders for this meeting! Feel free to come and listen if you are able.
I also think Thursday will be “Red Sox Thursday”, where students are encouraged to wear clothes that represent their favorite sports team. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page and newsletters.
3.25.2018 We are finishing up our unit on division and measuring angles in math this week. Your child should be bringing home a review sheet on Wednesday, and the test will probably be next Tuesday (4/3) or Wednesday (4/4). Please go over it with your child and encourage him/her to ask me questions about it during the week.
Please be sure to have your child show you his/her assignment book each night and have your child initial each assignment as it is finished. There have been students who have been very good at remembering to do this, but a few students who seem to take the time to write their assignments at school and then never look at their assignment book again until the next day. I would love to have all my students build the habit of looking at and initialing their assignment books each day by the end of the year. This is one of the best ways of helping students feel more successful in school.
3.18.2018 Thank you all who came to our Open House and Recorder Concert. It really warmed my heart to see them so proud and happy to show you their work and their classroom!
Tuesday we have the New Hampshire Historical Society coming to introduce students to the New Hampshire Mills. Please be sure to ask them about what they learned as well as things they are wondering about the mills. We will be doing some more research in May, including a field trip to the Millyard Museum (more information to come).
Wednesday, March 21st is "World Down Sydrome Day". The day signifies 3 copies of the 21st chromosome. One of the trademarks of the day is that they ask people to wear funky socks to raise awareness. https://worlddownsyndromeday.org/lots-of-socks. We are encouraging students to wear their funky socks on Wednesday. I will be showing a short video on Tuesday. This video gives them a general idea of what Down’s Syndrome is. Below is a link if you want to preview it, but please do not share it with your child until after Tuesday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK3_Bqoeks4
3.14.18 COUPLE OF IMPORTANT THINGS
First there is NO dress rehearsal tomorrow. With all the snow days we are not ready to perform in front of an audience yet. We will still have our Open House and Concert tomorrow evening as scheduled.
Second, I forgot to ask the students to write a 3 or 4 sentence reflection about their experience with Mark Ragonese last week. If at all possible, please have your child to write this reflection tonight and bring it in tomorrow. I will be asking for 2 students to volunteer to share their reflections at the performance. Thanks for your help.
3.10.2018 Hope your child told you how wonderful our Artist in Residence was. You will be able to see what we made and hear a little bit more about it at our Recorder Concert and Open House this coming Thursday. The Open House will start at 6 pm. During this time your child will be able to show you around the classroom and tell you about what he/she does during the day. After a tour of the classroom, you will be invited to the gym to see, not only the walls to our wish house, but the animal sculptures your child made in art class as well. Our recorder concert will start at 6:30 and will last about a half hour. Hope you will be able to make it. If evening is hard for you, we will be having a dress rehearsal at 8:30 am.
Don’t forget, it Town Elections on Tuesday. We, teachers, will be in professional development workshops and meetings that day. Students have the day off.
3.2.2018 LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS COMING MONDAY! We will be building our Wish House with our artist in residence Mark Ragonese. If you can come at 10:30 for about an hour to help out please sign up at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080A45ADA62BA1FC1-4thgrade
Or you can email Mr. Saunders at email@example.com. We are looking for 3 people to help. We will be working with saplings and tools, so our students and volunteers should be wearing appropriate clothing for being outside, close toed shoes and if possible work gloves (avoiding those splinters!)
Don’t forget, this coming Thursday we will be inviting students to wear pajamas for our read-a-thon! We will be reading from 10:45 – 11:15 am!
Then NEXT Thursday 3/15 will be our Recorder Concert and Open House when we will reveal our Wish House! That will start at 6 pm.
2.18.2018 Finally got a few pictures of our State House Field Trip up! Speaking of field trips it looks like our Flume Field trip will be on Tuesday, June 12. If you would like to chaperone, please be sure to get fingerprinted (if you haven’t done so already).
From the Bobcat News about finger printing:
If you are interested in accompanying your child on a class field trip, you are considered a designated volunteer. All designated volunteers need to be fingerprinted as well as watch the Bullying Video on the SAU #19 website under Special Projects / Anti-Bullying Project. In addition you will need to sign the Verification of Bullying Training Form also found on the website. SAU 19 will host fingerprinting opportunities for Designated Volunteers this month on Wednesday, February 21st at Mountain View Middle School from 5:30-7:30 pm. This date could be very busy due to an upcoming field trip for MVMS. Next month they will host one on Wednesday, March 21st from 5:30-7:00 pm at NBCS in Mrs. Flanagan’s classroom (prior to the PTA Meeting). The SAU is also open on the first Wednesday of each month from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. For more information please visit the school website.
Student Council set this coming Friday (2/23) as a date for a Spirit Day. The plan was to have a character day fact/fiction to combine some of the related ideas classes gave the student council so we could include as many of the ideas as possible. However, on the day of the PTA Read-a-Thon students are being invited to wear either PJs or dress as their favorite book character. In order to avoid duplication, we dropped the fictional part of character day and focus on factual characters. The revised Spirit Day will be Famous Person Day. Students are invited to dress up as a famous person (either from history or present day).
Last but not least, don’t forget that will be having our Math Test on Friday this week. Your child should be bringing home a review sheet tomorrow. Please let me know if you know that your child will not be in on Friday, so that we can make other arrangements. Thanks.
2.11.2018 Not a lot to report this week.
Thank you to Marissa and Dotti for volunteering to send in cookies and juice for our Valentine treat. We will be passing out Valentines on Wednesday right after lunch for about a half hour.
It looks like we will be able to finish Unit 5 in math early next week, which means review sheets will be coming home on Monday February 19. I think I will give the assessment next Thursday or Friday. If you are planning to leave early for February vacation, please let me know so that I can find another time for your child to take the assessment (preferably before break, so they don’t have to worry about it over vacation).
Thank you to those parents and students have finished/fixed the noted work in Thursday folders. Please look carefully at the papers and fix/finish only the ones that have notes to do so. Parents if you help your child, would you please make a note as to how much help you gave? I encourage you to help if you can, however I need to know what help you give so that I can continue to help your child until he/she understands the content. Please review and talk to your child about other work, but there is no need for him/her to fix and send back all of the work in the Thursday folder.
2.4.2018 Thank you to all the parents who have signed up/come in for our parent/student/teacher conferences. I think they are going very well.
Students have already started talking about Valentine’s Day. In fourth grade, we take a very low key approach. If your child would like to bring in Valentines next Wednesday, I will give them time right after lunch to pass them out. If anyone would like to volunteer to bring in enough cookies or juice boxes for each student to have one, we can also have a little treat while we read the Valentines. I ask that if your child wants to bring in Valentines, he/she brings enough for all 22 students in our class. I also do not send home a list because I would like your child can take the responsibility of getting the names of his/her classmates.
I noticed that no one ordered books last month from Scholastic (which is really fine with me). If you would like to order some books for your child to read over vacation, please do it by Friday, so they can get here in time for our vacation. You simply need to go to http://clubs.scholastic.com Click on “Parents “Get Started”, then enter this 5-digit class code: FBLZ8. You can skip the “create an account” if you would like, and then you can “shop by grade” or simply search books your child would like to get. Please email me if you place an order…it will help me to remember to submit the order.
I am hoping to post some pictures from our State House field trip next week.
Last but not least, please be sure you review report cards with your child and then sign the envelopes and send them back as soon as possible. It is really helps me out a lot.