Updates

Dear Families,

There will be a substitute the next two days.  Students have been prepped to be on their best behavior and told what they will be doing in class the next two days.  Reminders from home to be on their best behavior would be great.

Please Google, “Bill Nye Water Cycle” tonight or this weekend and watch the 30 minute video with your child.

If you haven’t returned your child’s permission slip for Mt. Philo, please send it in tomorrow.

Homework will start next week.  It will consist of reading and math on a daily basis, with occasional additional assignments.

 

Thanks,

Mr. Cheney

Room 151 News

Dear Families,

We are really starting to get into the flow academically.  Students are doing a great job of staying on task as we learn different things.  Today we took a math test and the scores ranged from 94 – 100.  I was really impressed.

Reading:

We are working on identifying literary elements in reading.  Students are working on identifying; plot, setting, characters, theme, and conflict.

Math:

Students have been working on place value, addition, and subtraction.  Next week we’ll shift our focus to multiplication, perimeter, area, and converting between minutes and seconds.

Writing:

Students are working on writing realistic fiction.

Science:

We are working on erosion and will be making stream tables next week.

Thanks,
Mr. Cheney

Mt. Philo

Dear Families,

You will see a permission slip in your child’s Friday Folder for a field trip to Mt. Philo.  We will be going to Mt. Philo on Tuesday, October 15, from 9 to 2pm.  There is a volunteer registration form on the back of the permission slip for those of you that haven’t filled one out yet, but would like to join us.

 

Thanks,
Mr. Cheney

Tech Day

Dear Families,

Students have earned a tech day tomorrow for the positive behavior they’ve exhibited the last few weeks.  Students may bring in electronics that are quiet/have headphones, or are rated “E” for everyone.  Students are responsible for their own items.

Thank you,

Mr. Cheney

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