Friday, May 3, 2019

5/3/2019 Parent Newsletter

Dear Parents,                                                                                          May 3, 2019

Just a few things this week.  Happy May!  As of today, we have 6 weeks left of school!  It is so hard to believe how fast this year has gone by.  The last few weeks are going to be busy and fun!  Please look at all the dates below to make sure you are aware of everything that is happening.  As always, if you have questions don't hesitate to ask!!

SBAC's begin next week.  Sometimes students get worried or anxious about these types of tests.  Please reassure your child that this is one way we see how our school is doing.  They should try their best, but to not worry if they don't know an answer.  Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep and send in some extra brain food for snack. Again, we do allow mints or hard candies.  Tics Tacs are always good!  Please review the dates below for exact dates.  Each testing window will be from 9-11 am. Students will have plenty of time for snack and we will make sure we take them outside for some movement.  There will be no homework during these two weeks.  Students can and should practice their play parts (slowing down and speaking loudly and clearly!) as well as working on their biographies.  We will let you know about homework after the SBAC's are done. This is a busy time of year for families as well as 4th graders so we may just focus on play parts and the biographies.  Thank you for all your support of these things!

Biographies are trickling home for our final book project, the wax museum.  Mr. Baron had to request a number of biographies from other schools. Hopefully they will be here early next week.  If you have any questions, just let us know.

We are sending home a release form from Exemplars. They will be filming me and the class doing some inquiry science activities.  There will be two days of filming the 3rd week of May. We are still coordinating days and times.  The filming will be mostly focused on the teacher, but students will be filmed as they conduct the investigations and during our discussion. The film (a shorter edited version) will be used to introduce teachers to what inquiry science looks like.  It will be located on Exemplars website for teachers and administers across the country to access.  Please sign and return as soon as possible.  If you have any questions at all please let me know.  This is for educational purposes only and I have worked as a consultant for Exemplars for over 20 years. 

I have archived the Donorschoose link.  It would take too long to get the funding for our school gift through that venue.  The PTO has generously offered to buy the canvas bags.  Bill and Mary Fulton donated the chick purchase money and this will help buy the markers and stencils.  This will definitely keep us busy for those last two or three weeks of school!

Next week we will be sending home a request for costumes and props. Our play does not need anything too unique fortunately!  But there are some things that we don't have.  Thank you in advance for your support of this. The kids are sounding better and better each time we go through it! 

Sylvia finished up her solo time today.  It has been an amazing experience for her as well as the students.  I will be back full time in the classroom on Monday as she begins to phase herself out.  We are going to miss her when she's done, but since she lives and works locally, she plans on being here and helping with the play and 4th grade field trip! 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and for better weather!

Tracy and Sylvia

Here are the links for our end of 4th grade trip.  The paper copies went home this week.  If you need another copy you can print from here, or email us for another one.   We will keep the link up in case copies get lost!!

Volunteer sign up for 4th grade end of year tript

4th grade trip permission slip

Upcoming Events

May 3:  BRMS students along with Mr. Martin and Mr. Hamilton will be here to present and answer questions about 5th grade with our students.  My child as a learner form was mailed out to all 4th grade parents yesterday. It is due back to BRMS April 29th. You may send it back to us and we will make sure it gets there!

May 6:  The last book project, biographies, will come home.  The Wax Museum is scheduled for June 6th in the afternoon.  It will begin at 1:00 and continue til the end of the day. Students here in grades K-3 will cycle through as well as any parents who are able to attend.

May 7-May 16:  SBAC's.  The exact dates are May 7 and 9.  Then May 14 and 15.  Make up days are May 10 and 16.  There are many sections to the tests and spreading it out makes the  most sense for young students and their ability to focus.  We will allow mints and other hard candies for during the testing.

May 22:   Art Show and Concert  UID K-4
May 30:   4th Grade Track Meet at MMU
June 3:  Move Up Day 4th graders spend all day in 5th grade at BRMS
June 6:  Wax Museum
June 7:  Mills Riverside Park  Day
June 10:  4th Grade Play (2 shows.  1st 8:00-8:40 am and 2nd 1:30-2:10 pm)  This is also the rain date for the Mills Riverside event.  In the event of rain we will reschedule for June 11th.
June 13:  4th Grade Trip  8:00-6:30 pm  (Details to come)
June 14:  UID All School Celebration
June 17: Last day of school.  4th Grade Graduation 1:00 pm.  (this time may change)

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