Shelburne Farm Pictures

Dear Families,

We had a great day at Shelburne Farms.  I tried to take pictures of every child that’s allowed to have pictures taken of them.  I’ve posted the pictures to my twitter feed, which you can access by clicking the link in the left hand column of this blog.  Students had the opportunity to hold a chicken (if they could catch it first), watch cheese being made, milk a cow and groom a donkey.  This will be great background knowledge for our future discussions about Vermont and the different products that are made here.

Thanks,

Mr. Cheney

Field Trip on Thursday

Dear Families,

Our field trip is all set up for Thursday.  I sent separate emails to parents that I haven’t received a permission slip from yet.  You can either return a signed permission slip, or reply to my email granting permission.

The weather prediction for Thursday does not look good, so please dress in layers, bring a raincoat, and maybe even an umbrella.  We will also be eating lunch at the farm, so pack yourself a snack and lunch as well.

Thank you,

Mr. Cheney

Homework

Dear Cheney’s Cool Kids & Families,

I wanted to take a moment and share some information about homework in our class. This year, I will not be assigning “traditional” homework. Based on current research and my firm belief that students have worked hard the entire time they are in class, they should be able to enjoy their evenings with family time, extracurricular activities and an opportunity to relax and be ready for the next day of learning. If a student is off task and does not complete an assignment in school, I will send the assignment home to be completed.

“Homework” this year will consist of two parts. First is reading. We are working to build a community of voracious readers. Students should be reading at least 30 minutes per night.  Reading can be read to self, listening to reading, reading with a friend, parent, or to a sibling.

The second part with be  math practice. Students may choose Prodigy,  Dreambox or another online math to complete 40 minutes per week.  In addition they may work on any practice with math facts, such as flashcards or math games. They can choose to do this all in one night or spread out over four nights.

All of this work will be on your honor, we are working to build integrity in our class. As opposed to a weekly or monthly homework log,  as we get closer to report cards, I will send home a self reflection sheet so students can grade themselves on how well they met these homework expectations.

In addition, there will be projects we do throughout the year that may require some work at home, I will always send home directions and information leading up to this work.

Thank you so much for your support in your child’s learning at school and at home. Please contact me at joseph.cheney@colchestersd.org with any questions or concerns.

Your teacher,

Mr. Cheney

 

Open House and Field Trip

Dear Families,

Our Open House is tomorrow night, Thursday, September 20.  I look forward to seeing all of you there.

Field Trip

Unfortunately, Mt. Philo was double-booked for Thursday, October 4, and we have been asked to reschedule.  We were however able to schedule a field trip to Shelburne Farms for October 4.  An updated permission slip will be going out this week.

Thank you,

Mr. Cheney

1st Day of 4th Grade

Dear Families,

For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Mr. Cheney.  I will be your child’s 4th grade teacher this year. This will be my 20th year at Malletts Bay School.  I look forward working with you and your family this year.

It was nice to get to know your children a little bit today.  Students were very well-behaved.  They were a little chatty at times, but quieted down immediately when I needed their full attention.  Today we worked on getting to know each other and the adults we’ll be working with throughout the year.   At the end of the day we played Rock, Paper, Scissors with all 4th grades in the Lighthouse (approximately 100 kids).  It was a lot of fun and no one got hurt, so I call that a win-win.  Take a moment tonight to ask your child about it and how the rest of their day went as well.

Your child was sent home with an orange folder today with all sorts of 1st day announcements from the school.  Please take out the papers that are in there and send back the folder tomorrow.  That folder will be returned to you on Fridays with stuff from the school or on a day when I’m told to “send this home to parents today”.

I hope every student came home happy today.  If not please let me know right away what I can do to make sure they go home happy tomorrow.

Lastly, if you know a parent that didn’t get an email to this blog, please have them email me at joseph.cheney@colchestersd.org.  Additionally, if you want me to add a spouses email or grandparents’ email, just send me the email address and they can get updates as well.

Thanks,
Mr. Cheney

 

Bayside Day Tomorrow

Dear Families,

Tomorrow we will have our Bayside Day.  We will leave the school at approximately 10:15 and return around 2:15.  We will start our activities on the softball fields behind the basketball court.  We will run some relays, have a super soaker/water bottle fight, and a balloon toss.  Then we will break for lunch and some free play near the pavilion.   Finally, we will head to the beach for some swimming before returning to school.

Family members are welcome to stop by at any time and join us for some fun activities.  Students should bring: lunch, sunblock, swimsuit, towel, and super soaker/water bottle.  If there are any parents willing to meet us at the park with a cooler or bucket full of water it would be a big help.  I’d also love to have someone fill up some water balloons.  If you’re willing to help you can email me, meet us by the back fields at 10:30, or if you just have a cooler of water we can use bring it to school between 8 – 8:30.

Thanks,

Mr. Cheney

Field Trips

Dear Families,

We have two field trips this week on Wednesday and Thursday.

On Wednesday, June 6th, we will be visiting the State House and Historical Museum in Montpelier (8:35-2:00).  If there is time on the way home, we may stop at the Whale’s Tails and take a few pictures.  There is limited seating on the bus, so parents may be asked to carpool.

On Thursday, June 7th, we will be visiting two Vermont businesses; Rock of Ages and Ben & Jerry’s (8:35-2:00).  There is limited seating on the bus, so parents may be asked to carpool.

Please bring a lunch (if you have signed up for a school lunch), sunblock, water, and dress in layers in case it gets really cold or really hot.  Students should also bring something to occupy them on the bus.  Electronics and iPods are okay as long as the games/music being played is rated “e” for everyone.  You are responsible for the well-being of your own electronics.

We will be leaving before morning announcements, so please arrive no later than 8:30.

Thank you,

Mr. Cheney