Friday, January 4, 2019

1/4/19 Parent Newsletter

Dear Parents,                                                                      January 4, 2019

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a joyous and peaceful holiday/winter break.   It is hard to believe the new year is here already!  But it is, and we are already off and running.  Over the years, I have found that January is one of the best months for learning in 4th grade. Students are more calm and focused...until of course the first taste of spring!  So we are going to dig in and enjoy!

Some important notes and events:

Our Artist in Residence program began today. We are working with Mia Groff from Vermont Youth Dancers.  The Artist in Residence performance will take place at BRMS on Thursday, January 10th at 6:30 with a potluck dinner for staff and the community before the performance at 5:30-6:15. The link for signing up for the potluck dinner is in this weeks Grapevine.  Our class color is red.  We encourage all our 4th graders to wear red shirts that evening. We are so excited to share all that we learned from Mia! 

On Tuesday, January 8th, our class will be leading All School Meeting.  We will be teaching the rest of the school how to recycle during lunch as well as composting.  These are integral parts of our snack and lunch program and as 4th graders we are able to lead and teach others how and why these are so important. We will also share a couple of songs with everyone.  If you can join us that day, we begin at 8:00 am.

Homework will once again go home on Monday. You will notice that there is a Home Energy Survey included.  Please help your child to answer the questions and to discuss ways your family might be able to conserve energy.  We will then put some of these into action and reread our electric meters later this month to see if it really makes a difference!  Again we will also be sharing ideas for conserving energy with other classes, so that we can make a difference in our school, community and our world. 4th grade is the perfect time to begin to have some of these conversations as they start to see how everything is connected. 

A new book project will also go home next week.  On Tuesday during library, we will pick out just right books from the fantasy fiction genre.  Students will read their book and then create a game to represent aspect of their story.  All the directions and planning sheet will come home on Wednesday.  The project is due at the end of the month on January 31st.   Thank you for your help with this!

Finally, it is official that Sylvia Esmay, a senior from Johnson State College, will be joining us on January 15th to begin her student teaching in 4th grade.  We really are fortunate that so many education students want to come to our little school to student teach!  The students are already familiar with Sylvia as she did her practicum work in 2nd grade and special education during the fall semester.   We also have plans to be penpals with Miss Carolyn's 2nd grade class and then will be planning a get together with them in May to meet each other!!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!


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