Classroom Pictures

Dear Families,

Students have been incredibly well-behaved this week.  We spent our time this week working on adding and subtracting 3 digit numbers, guessing why certain land features look the way they do, reading quietly and discussing what we’ve read.

 

I try to post pictures a few times a month on my Twitter page.  You can get to the pictures by clicking on the @josephcheney151 link in the left margin of this page.  Once you click the link and it goes to Twitter, click on “latest” at the top of the page to see the most recent pictures (otherwise you’ll probably see lots of pictures from previous years).

 

Thanks,
Mr. Cheney

Fabulous First Week!

Dear Families,

We had a fabulous first week of 4th grade.  Students did a great job of listening and following directions.  I was really impressed by how well they got along, not only in the classroom, but also on the playground.  This week we mostly focused on getting to know our peers and learning the school rules.  Next week we’ll add in a few assessments to see where kids are academically.

 

Parents, you actually have some homework this weekend.  Every student wrote in their Communication Log about the first week of school.  The Communication Log should be in their Friday Folder ready for a parent to read it and respond to it.  Please take a minute to write a short note back to your child below their letter to you, or on the next page.  I’ll make sure they read it at the beginning of next week.  We will try to write in our Communication Logs every Friday.

 

Thanks for sending in such well-behaved and happy kids this week!

Mr. Cheney

Welcome to 4th Grade!

Dear Families,

I’m very excited to start the school year with you tomorrow and hope that you are excited as well.  Sometimes our excitement can be tempered by the anxiety we feel about starting something new.  I want everyone to know that we will be having a very relaxed day tomorrow, so please don’t worry.  When students enter the building they will come right to the classroom, room 151 in the Lighthouse.  Once they’ve arrived, students will get to pick their seat and start on a word search that includes every students’ name.  Throughout the course of the day, we will participate in P. E., attend a 4th grade assembly and play some games to help us get to know our classmates.

 

Our Unified Arts schedule this year is as follows:

Monday: Library or Guidance (2nd and 4th quarters)

Tuesday: Music or Art (2nd and 4th quarters)

Wednesday: P.E.

Thursday: Music or Art (2nd and 4th quarters)

Friday: P.E.

Lunch daily: 12:55

 

You’ll notice that our lunch time is pretty late in the day.  As a result, we will be playing around with our snack time to see what works best for students.  The first day of school is pizza day if your child would like hot lunch.

 

See you tomorrow,

Mr. Cheney

Joseph.Cheney@colchestersd.org 

Bayside Day this Thursday

Dear Families,

On Thursday, we will be walking to Bayside Park around 11:00 (give or take 30min) to play games and eat lunch.  Although there will not be any swimming, students should still bring a change of clothes, sunblock, snacks, a cold lunch, and activities to play while at the park.  We will play a game of super soaker, so please bring them if you have them.  Students may only get people wet that choose to play in the game.  Anyone that uses a super soaker outside of the rules I outline will have their soaker taken away (I will have some soakers available for kids that don’t have one).

We’d love to have parents join us if they’re free.  We usually start the festivities on the baseball fields behind the basketball court and work our way toward the pavilion.  If there is anyone that can volunteer to meet us at the parking lot adjacent to the baseball fields with a few coolers of water, that would be greatly appreciated (if this is something you can do, please email me).

Lastly, if the weather is bad or students have finished their work, we may watch some Roald Dahl movies to complement the reading we’ve done of Roald Dahl’s books.

Thank you,

Mr. Cheney

Field Trip – Chaperones Needed

Dear Families,

We are in danger of cancelling our field trip to Shelburne Museum.  At this point we only have 2 chaperones.  We need at least 3 more.  If we don’t get 3 more chaperones by tomorrow, I’ll write another post letting you know of our decision to cancel the Shelburne Museum trip.

Thanks,
Mr. Cheney

Behavior and Field Trip Information

Dear Families,

We struggled with our behavior today.  It’s that point in the year where kids start to look out the window and yearn to get onto the sunny playground.  I try to oblige that desire once or twice a day and give kids some extra time to run around outside.  In order to get that time on the playground, I do require kids to at least attempt some of the work put in front of them.  Today, we had a couple students jump up on the counter and hang their feet out the window, because they hadn’t done their work and were going to have to stay inside until they got it started.  If you could take a minute tonight to express your feelings about that behavior with your child it would be appreciated.

 

We have a field trip to the Shelburne Museum scheduled for Monday, June 3.  In order to make this a reality, we need 7-8 chaperones.  Please fill out your child’s permission slip and consider volunteering to chaperone.  Parents or grandparents that complete a background check are welcome to attend.

 

Thank you,

Mr. Cheney