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4th Grade Teamletter



Dear Families,


We are very busy these days!  In math we are starting our decimal unit. In social studies, we are learning about states in the Northeast region and doing projects. We will focus on these states through next week. We will also be doing various activities about chickens and embryology for science since our eggs arrived on Tuesday! They are scheduled to hatch in about 3 weeks. Be sure to ask your child about the progress of the chick development inside the eggs.  This is a unit we all really enjoy!


Next week is PARCC testing on Wednesday and Thursday. Please be on time to school and you can bring healthy snacks.


Many students are in need of replenishing their school supplies.  Pencils and erasers are ALWAYS in short supply it seems.  In addition to those, students also need colored pencils for social studies map work.  In addition, student behavior this time of year can be a problem with the nice weather.  The students can forget that we still have quite a few days of school remaining.  This means that school rules still apply and there is still much work to be done.  A reminder from you would go a long way to encouraging them to still work hard and put forth their best effort.  Also, it’s important to keep in mind the school dress code as the weather continues to get warmer! With warmer weather hygiene is important.


For 4th Quarter ARP prizes, students will be earning tickets for our end of the year carnival. The more ARP points your child gets, the more tickets he or she will earn for games! Additionally, students can receive up to 3 throws to dunk Mr. Kesler depending on the ARP point total for the year.


For fun on Fridays in May we are having dress up days. They are as follows: May 1st Hawaiian Day, May 8th Wacky Hair Day, May 15th Mismatch Day, May 22nd Hat Day, and May 29th Sports Day.


Technology:  This week students practiced keyboarding using Typing Master, took a mid-quarter timing and started creating a timeline of events that happened on the same day as their birthday. Here is my website where students can go to practice keyboarding at home or access a variety of other web links that we use during school - http://protopage.com/portatech#Untitled/4th_grade.  Next week they will continue keyboarding practice and finish the timeline activity.


>>Dates to remember:   April 24 – Progress Reports

April 28 – States and Capital quiz for all


Mrs. Conklin, Mrs. Howard, Miss Reed, & Mrs. Rudd

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