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

Field Trip Dates

Dear Families,

We have 4 great opportunities to explore different parts of Vermont during the last two months of school.  Please save the dates if you’d like to join us for any of the upcoming field trips.  A permission slip for the May 11th field trip was sent home today.  A single permission slip for the following 3 trips will be sent home on Friday, May 4.

  • On Friday, May 11th we sill be visiting the Ethan Allen Homestead (8:45 – 2:00).
  • On Wednesday, June 6th  we will be visiting the State House and Historical Museum in Montpelier (8:45 – 2:00).
  • On Thursday, June 7th we will be visiting the Rock of Ages Quarry in Barre and Ben & Jerry’s in Waterbury (8:45 – 2:00).
  • On Tuesday, June 12th  all MBS 4th graders will be visiting the Shelburne Museum (8:45 – 2:00).

Enjoy the week with your children,

Mr. Cheney

SBAC Testing

Hello Families,

The entire Lighthouse wing will be taking SBAC tests the next two weeks.  Our testing days will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays with make-up days on Fridays.  Students will be allowed to chew gum or eat mints while they are working on their tests.  In an effort to make sure students are well rested for their tests there will be no homework the next two weeks.

Thank you,

Mr. Cheney

Passion Project Fair

Dear Families,

We will be having our Passion Project Fair this Friday from 9:00 – 10:00 am.  The four Lighthouse 4th grades will be dispersed among all four Lighthouse classrooms.  That means you will have to search all four classrooms to find your child.  The kids have been working really hard on their reports and projects.  It should be a lot of fun.  Thanks in advance for taking time out of your day to attend.

Thanks,

Mr. Cheney

Report Cards

Dear Families,

Students will be bringing home their report cards today.  Please send back report card envelopes when we return from February break.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to complete all of our scheduled assessments this trimester, so you will notice there is no grade for the informative writing assessment or the unit 5 math test.  The writing assessment and unit 5 math test will be given when we return from break.

Enjoy the week with your children,

Mr. Cheney