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

Long Trail Walk / Marathon

Dear Families,

Students have been participating in the Long Trail Walk / Marathon challenge and will continue to do so for 2 weeks.  Any student that is able to walk a marathon (26.2 miles) in the two weeks will get a reward of a candy bar of their choice (please don’t tell my wife, she’s a dental hygienist).  Most kids have walked 5 miles in the two days we’ve had school this week.  In order to give everyone the opportunity to complete the challenge and get the reward, parents may walk the trail after school with their children and email me the number of laps they complete, or walk around your neighborhood with your children and email me the distance you walked.  Additionally, next week, any time a parent comes in to visit we will stop what we’re doing and walk with that parent for 10 minutes.  Parents are welcome to come in any time from 9:40 – 12:10, and again from 1:10 – 2:40.

Thanks,
Mr. Cheney

Phenomenal Week!

Dear Families,

Your children were outstanding this week.  I was a little worried with field trips on back to back days, but this class was amazing.  They were actually the best behaved class I’ve ever taken on these two field trips.  They were polite, cleaned up after themselves, focused on the tour guides, and answered all of the tour guides questions with 90% accuracy.  They were great representatives for Colchester!

Please enjoy the pictures posted on Twitter by clicking on the link to the left.  Once there, click on latest, and you should see pictures from yesterday and today.

Thanks,
Mr. Cheney

 

Upcoming Field Trips

Dear Families,

Students should wear their Lighthouse shirts on our field trips Thursday and Friday.  Usually, I’d ask that students wear their Lighthouse shirts to school during our all school meeting on Wednesday, but I’d prefer to save them for our field trips.  The weather on Thursday and Friday looks iffy at best, so please send students in with a raincoat or umbrella.  Students should bring a cold lunch, snacks, and a drink in an unbreakable container.  Students may also bring activities for the bus including electronics as long as the songs and games are rated “E” for everyone.   We will not be going to any gift shops, so please don’t send your child with money.  If you are a chaperone and wish to buy something, please keep your purchase as quiet as possible.

Thank you,

Mr. Cheney

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