Concert Tonight / Valentine’s Day Tomorrow

Dear Families,

The recorder concert is tonight from 7:00-7:30.  Please arrive no earlier than 6:45.  When you arrive you may send your child to the classroom and head to the gym.  There is another concert prior to ours from 6:00-6:30, so if you arrive too early parking may be an issue.

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow.  We are having a very low key celebration at the end of the day.  Students will share a compliment with two other students (chosen randomly) from the class and exchange valentines if they brought them.  If students bring in valentines or a treat to share they must bring one for everyone.

Thank you,

Mr. Cheney

Greek Myth Props

Dear Families,

As we are planning for our Greek Plays on Friday we’ve discovered we could use a few props.  If you have any of the following props and are willing to loan them to us, please send them in tomorrow or Thursday.

Props:

Cane

Beard

Crown (Burger King Crown would be great)

Dark colored bathrobes

Yellow caution tape (10 feet or so)

Thanks for any help you can provide,

Mr. Cheney

Greek Plays

Dear Families,

The 4th grade classes at MBS will be performing Greek plays on Friday, January 12.  Our tentative time slot is from 1:20 – 3:00.  Family members are welcome to attend.  There is a small chance there will be a time change.  If there is a time change I will post the new time by this Friday.

Hope to see you next Friday,

Mr. Cheney

Friday, December 22

Dear Families,

The students have earned the reward of a movie in class on Friday. My two options right now are The Grinch Who Stole Christmas or Kung Fu Panda.  If you have an issue with your child seeing either of those movies, please let me know in the next 48 hours.  My plan is to let the students eat popcorn and potentially have a cup of hot chocolate, if I can borrow the hot chocolate maker from the cafeteria.

If anyone wants to join us for the movie or bring in snacks (preferably a healthy snack), feel free to join us from 11:30 – 12:20 or 1:15 – 2:00.

Thanks,
Mr. Cheney

Dads with Drills

Dear Families,

Calling all dads, granddads, uncles, aunts, grandmas, or moms that would like to help us with craft projects on Friday, December 15, from 11:00 – 12:25 and/or 1:15 – 2:00.  Volunteers will need a cordless drill, small drill bits, 12 foot extension cord (longer is fine), tin snips, a piece of scrap wood (a 2X4 a foot long or so), and patience, plenty of patience.  Students will be making decorative sleds out of popsicle sticks and will learn how to use drill, tin snips, rulers, and hot glue guns.

If you’d like to volunteer please email me or leave a comment attached to this post.

Thanks,

Mr. Cheney

 

Odds and Ends

Dear Families,

Students have been terrific this week.  Everyone was on task over 80% of the time, which is an extremely high success rate for 9 and 10 year olds.  I would be beyond impressed if we can keep this up through our winter break, especially with all of the upcoming holiday excitement.

Holidays

We will have a few different school wide celebrations December 20 & 21.  There will be a puppet show on December 20 and a movie at the high school on December 21 (I’m not sure of which movie).  On Friday afternoon, December 22, we will watch a movie in the classroom, if the class has earned it (they will) and some popcorn.

I understand many students have the desire to bring me a Christmas gift.  Although I think it’s important for students to learn to give, instead of bringing me a gift, make a donation to the PTO or some other charitable organization.  I do however really like getting cards, especially the ones with family pictures on them.

Save the Date

On Friday, January 12, the Lighthouse will be presenting Greek plays to other 4th grade classes and parents.  The presentation is scheduled for 1:15, please join us if you can.

Thanks,
Mr. Cheney

Sugary Snacks

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Dear Families,

I’ve noticed some students are coming to school with sugary snacks.  One student today had a snack that consisted of chocolate milk, Oreos, frosted animal crackers, and sugar wafer cookies.  The total sugar intake on that snack would have been 215 grams.  The American Heart Association recommends less than 25 grams of sugar/day for children up to 18 years of age.

To learn more about sugar intake for your child click here.

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Thank you,

Mr. Cheney

Conferences

Dear Families,

Conference sign ups end today at 4:00.  If you haven’t already done so, please schedule a conference on the MBS website.

If you have specific questions or concerns you’d like to discuss at your conference, please email me at: joseph.cheney@colchestersd.org

Thanks

Mr. Cheney

Room 151 News

Dear Families,

Today we spent our morning at the Flynn watching a show about the Abenaki.  It was an interesting show, but a little too long for the average 9 year old.  Shows at the Flynn typically last an hour, this show lasted two hours.  Despite the extended stay at the Flynn, student behavior was exceptional.  In fact since last Wednesday, students have really turned it around and behavior has been great.

Math

We just starting working on fractions.  We will be learning to identify fractions, compare fractions, order them, and find fractions of wholes.  For example 3/5 of 60 =36

Writing

Students have been working on writing short stories.  They did a great job of being creative, but need to work on the conventions of writing (proper capitalization, usage, punctuation, and spelling).

Reading

The beginning of the year until New Year’s break is on literary elements; plot, setting, character, conflict, and theme.  After Thanksgiving we will be reading some Greek Myths.

Science

We just started using Hot Wheels to learn about energy, force and motion.  We’ve talked a little bit about friction.  Potential energy and kinetic energy are next on the list.

Twitter

I’ve tried to put pictures of students on my twitter account.  I’m not sure if my blog emails you when I update my twitter account, but if you haven’t done so in awhile, look at the pictures on my twitter account: JosephCheney151

Parent Conferences

If you haven’t already done so, please go to the MBS website and sign up for a conference time.  Additionally, if you have any questions/issues you want to discuss please send me an email and I’ll have a response ready for you at your conference.

Thank you,

Mr. Cheney

You can email me any time at: joseph.cheney@colchestersd.org