4th Grade Field Trips

Dear Families,

We will be going on two field trips the week we return from vacation.  On Thursday, May 2, we will be visiting the State House and Historical Society in Montpelier.  On Friday, May 3, we will be visiting the Rock of Ages Quarry in Barre and Ben & Jerry’s in Waterbury.  Both of these field trips tie in nicely to our studies about Vermont history and economy.  A permission slip went home on Wednesday for these trips and I’d like to have them back by next Thursday if possible.   If you need a new permission slip, please email me and I’ll send one out on Monday.

Behavior

We’ve had an uptick in misbehavior this week.  Many students are entering the classroom in the morning unregulated.  Anything you can do to help them be ready to learn in the morning would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thank you,

Mr. Cheney

Staples

Dear Families,

We had an issue with students eating staples, or at least putting them in their mouths today.  I think some students are thinking it looks like a piercing if they put it in their mouth, but I don’t understand the behavior.  I made it very clear that we don’t put staples in our mouths, but at the end of the day I found single staples and groups of 3 or 4 staples on a few different desks.  Please discuss this with your child and let them know it’s a safety concern.

Thanks,
Mr. Cheney

Research Projects

Dear Families,

Students will be working on research reports and projects for the next month.  Please look in your child’s backpack today for a yellow slip outlining the assignment.  Students need to have a topic for the assignment by Friday.  Easier and recommended topics are ones on animals and places.  Harder topics might include events in history.

Thanks,
Mr. Cheney

Report Cards

Dear Families,

Report cards went home today.  You will notice there are not grades for unit 5 math and the informative writing assessment.  We will get to those after the break.  Additionally, some supplies we ordered for science were on back order and didn’t arrive in time for us to use during the 2nd trimester.  As a result, we finished up all of our social studies for the year.

Enjoy your break,

Mr. Cheney

Concert Tonight

Dear Families,

The recorder concert is tonight at 7:00.  Please arrive no earlier than 6:45.  When you arrive you may drop your child off at the classroom with their recorder.  I will walk students down to the gym at 7:00 for the start of the concert.  After the concert students will not be allowed back to the classroom, so please keep their hats, coats, and gloves at your seats.

 

Thanks,
Mr. Cheney

Compliments

Dear Families,

Students have been given the option of typing up their compliments for Valentine’s Day.  Many students started typing up their compliments in their school Google accounts.  If your child is typing out their compliments, please help them finish them by Monday morning.  We will then take some time to print them, cut them out, and glue them to school made cards.  If your child wants to write their compliments by hand, please use the packet in your child’s Friday Folder to complete and return compliments by Monday morning.

We could also use a volunteer to send in some drinks for our compliment party on Thursday.  If you’re willing to be that person, please comment on this post.  The compliment exchange is always a lot fun to hear.  If you’d like to come in and listen to the compliment exchange, join us on Thursday, from 2:00-2:50.

Thanks,
Mr. Cheney

 

 

Valentine’s Day Party

Dear Families,

We will be having a small Valentine’s Day party on Thursday, February 14, from 2:00-3:00 pm.  Students will be exchanging compliments with each other and eating some snacks.  If you are willing to send in some healthy snacks – grapes, veggies and dip, or cheese and crackers – please comment on this post.  Directions on compliment writing are in the previous post.  I’d love for all compliments to follow the form I’ve outlined, but at the end of the day just writing something nice about each classmate is fine.

Thanks,
Mr. Cheney