Happy summer! Bon été!

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Resources for summer enrichment

Thank you, parents, for your support this year. Your children made awesome academic gains, and they were an enjoyable class to get to know.

We wholeheartedly encourage you enjoy the outdoors and special times with your families. Since studies show that students may lose between 1-2 months of learning progress over summer, we also encourage students to spend time reading, using French, and doing math each week, as well. French and math are two areas that might be a bit challenging to fit into a fun summer schedule. It doesn’t have to be boring, though.  So, we’ve put together some fun links for your children to try.

Please check out Les ressources de Mme Jana and Mme Shelli’s Math links links in the tabs above to find resources for your child to keep up with math & French over the summer.

Additionally, (from Mme Jana) as the TAG coordinator, I have a lot of resources and fun websites that are good for all those interested in learning. The description of the link is below the link, so here you go:

https://www.internet4classrooms.com/grade_level_help.htm

This site has interactive websites grouped by grade level (K-8) and content area.

http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/

This is my favorite site. It provides information on the special needs of gifted youth, special programs available, and other topics in gifted education. Children will find contests, reading lists, and entertaining activities. This site has something for everyone.

http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/unwrapping_the_gifted/

Articles about gifted education. It is mainly leaning toward teachers, but there are lots of parent resources available on this site also.

Science:

https://education.jlab.org/vocabhangman/

Science content vocabulary hangman

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

National Geographic online

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/highlights/sections/primary

Interactive science activities

http://classroom.jc-schools.net/sci-units/plants-animals.htm#Interactive

Offers a variety of science resources and games

Reading:

http://www.rhteacherslibrarians.com/books/

Literacy instruction resources that go along with popular children’s books

http://www.storylineonline.net/

Various books read by celebrities

Last week of school

Dismissal is at 11:oo am on Friday!

A few reminders:

1. Please get all Charlemagne library books returned this week!

2. Pick up any medication left in the office by Thursday, or it will be thrown away.

3. Here’s a link to photos of our Salem Trip here

Important Dates:

Wednesday, June 13   Yearbooks go home

Thursday, June 14      Meet next year’s teachers

Friday, June 15          Field Day – Last day of school for students! Dismissal at 11:00!

Mme Jana’s News This week, 

It’s already the last week of school! Thanks for sharing your children with us this year. It’s been quite a year. On Thursday, all student materials from my classroom will come home. So, they’ll just need a water bottle, if anything, for Field Day on Friday.

FLA (French Language Arts):  Your child’s personal statistics will be reported to you on his/her report card. Students completed a survey of which “J’observe…” writing assignments were finished. That paper will come home, also in the report card, and it will indicate which of the 21 in-journal writing exercises your child completed.

Les sciences humaines:  Many students have now completed their francophone country dodecahedron and have given their report. Hopefully, all students will complete their work by Thursday. For students who do not complete their projects (and we’ve been able to see there will be a few, despite all our attempts to move them along), I will send home materials so it can be completed at home. If it’s not completed by Thursday, it will not be completed at school.


Mme Shelli’s News

Language Arts & Health : As part of our human body study, we have had an ER doctor, psychologist, and brain scientist share about their work. Thank you parents for supporting us in this way!  To finish our human body unit, students will make review games to play with their classmates later in the week. They will bring these home Thursday for you to play.  

Math: In Math, we are making graphs based on surveys the kids designed as part of our data & graphing requirements for fourth grade.  Later in the week, we’ll do some fun coordinate plane graphing.

Keep up the great work over summer

Over the summer, we encourage students to spend a little time on math, reading and French. There are many ways to practice and extend math & reading at home. One interesting and FREE summer program is called Summer Math Challenge which sends you 6 weeks of math challenges for your child for via email. Another FREE practice option is to have your child play math games on DreamBox or SumDog (see math link above) – I will leave your child’s profile active over the summer.

Message from school nurse

***NO MEDICATIONS LEFT BEHIND***

ALL STUDENT ORAL MEDICATIONS WILL BE DISCARDED ON JUNE 18th

NO EXCEPTIONS – SORRY.

 SET YOURSELF A REMINDER TO PICK THEM UP IN THE OFFICE NO LATER THAN JUNE 15th, THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL. WE CANNOT KEEP MEDICATIONS OVER THE SUMMER AND WE CANNOT CHECK THEM OUT TO YOUR CHILD

EPI PENS & INHALERS WILL BE SENT HOME WITH YOUR CHILD ONLY WITH WRITTEN PERMISSION! CALL 541-790-7080 TO ARRANGE THIS

THANKS FOR YOUR COOPERATION 

Lourie Morgan RN, BSN

Class News June 4-7

Please turn in Jog-a-thon donations in the plastic bin in the glass case outside Mme Bernadette’s office.

A few random reminders:

1. Please get all Charlemagne library books returned this week!

2. Here’s a link to photos of our Salem Trip here

3. Homework: No homework for the rest of the year.

Important Dates:

Friday, Jun 8             NO SCHOOL – Grading Day

Friday, June 15          Field Day – Last day of school for students! See you in the Fall!

Mme Jana’s News This week, 

In a separate email, once I finish it!, I’ll be sending lots of links to academic activities to explore over the summer. I strongly encourage your child to keep up his French over the summer. Look above in the Mme Jana “ressources” to find a large number of free French websites to explore.

FLA (French Language Arts):  This past week, most students completed all three French language assessments: reading fluency, a writing assessment with no reference materials, and a comprehension assessment. Everyone is reading, writing and speaking significantly better than at the beginning of the year. In fact, statistically, fall reading fluency was, on average, 59 cwpm (correct words per minute), and this spring, your children’s reading fluency shot up to 143 cwpm. That is a 142% improvement! Also, on average, students moved up 1.6 writing categories from the fall to the spring. Your child’s personal statistics will be reported to you on the report card. Please take the time to look through the significant amount of writing your child did in his French journal when it comes home at the end of the year. Students completed a survey of which “J’observe…” writing assignments were finished. That paper will come home, possibly in the report card, and it will indicate which of the 21 in-journal writing exercises your child completed.

Les sciences humaines:  Five students (both classes included) have completed their francophone country dodecahedron, and one has actually already given his report. (These students will be working on a geometry art project.) Most students will finish their projects and present their countries this week. If your child hasn’t completed his research and begun his dodecahedron by this point, it is likely that he will not complete it, but I will send home materials so it can be completed at home.


Mme Shelli’s News

Language Arts & Health : As part of our human body study, we have a few medical professionals coming to share about their work.  Students will be learning about various body systems & how to keep themselves healthy during reading & writing time over the next few weeks.  Students will learn a little about their respiratory, circulatory, digestive, nervous, and skeletal systems. The reproductive system will not be covered in 4th grade- just wait until next year!  The unit includes some reading & research as well as some brief scientific inquiry.  It is a fun way to end the year. 

Math: In Math, we will take a test on multiplying fractions by whole numbers.   Learn more about this unit at this link.Look for tests to come home by the end of the week.  After this, we’ll be doing a graphing and data unit which should be a fun way to end the year. 

Summer Math

Over the summer, I encourage students to spend a little time on  math practice.  There are many ways to practice and extend math & reading at home.  One interesting and FREE summer program is called Summer Math Challenge which sends you 6 weeks of math challenges for your child for via email.  Another FREE practice option is to have your child do play math games on DreamBox or SumDog (see math link above) – I will leave your child’s profile active over the summer.

Other news:

Yearbook Ordering Time!

Students from the Yearbook Club are proud to present the 2017-2018 Yearbook. We are selling it for $13.00 or $6.50 for families on the Free and Reduced lunch plan. Please fill out a separate sheet for each child that you would like purchase a yearbook for so that we can deliver the yearbook to your child’s classroom on Yearbook Delivery Day. Also, please consider donating the cost of a yearbook to a child who cannot afford one. Look for the order form coming home this week. Please turn in orders to the Fox Box located outside of Mme Bernadette’s office.

 

Class News May 28-June 1

Please get all Charlemagne library books returned this week!

Parent Health Professional Volunteer Opportunity

We would love to have 3-4 parents who are in a health profession visit our classes over the next few weeks.  As part of our health study of body systems, it is wonderful to hear about different kinds of work that people do to keep our bodies healthy.  In the past, we’ve had nurses, doctors, EMTs, chiropractors, dentists, and orthodonists.  Are you interested & available 20-25 minutes during a school day?  Email Shelli for more information.

Link to photos of our Salem Trip here

Homework:

Mme Shelli’s Class:  No homework in English or Math for the rest of the year. 

Mme Jana’s Class:  There is no French vocabulary homework for the rest of the year either!

Important Dates:

Monday, May 28        NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

Friday, June 1           La Tour du Monde (Jog-a-thon) 4th grade runs from 10:15-11:15.  Join us, if you’d like to jog or walk for an hour.

Friday, Jun 8             NO SCHOOL – Grading Day

Friday, June 15          Last day of school for students! See you in the Fall!

Mme Jana’s News This week, 

Thank you so much for all the nifty gifts, cards, chocolates and flowers over Teacher Appreciation week. It’s nice to be appreciated!

In a separate email, I’ll be sending lots of links to academic activities to explore over the summer. I strongly encourage your child to keep up his French over the summer. Look above in the Mme Jana “ressources” to find a large number of free French websites to explore.

FLA (French Language Arts):  This week, students will perform some repeat (3x/yr) French language assessments: reading fluency, a writing assessment with no reference materials, and a comprehension assessment. Everyone is reading, writing and speaking significantly better than at the beginning of the year; I’m looking forward to seeing how much they have improved in their scores, which will be reported to you on the report card. Please take the time to look through the significant amount of writing your child did in his French journal when it comes home at the end of the year.

Les sciences humaines:  This is our major project to finish. Every day, the students have been working on their francophone country projects. Some students have begun to make some of the sides of their dodecahedron. I expect all students to have finished their research over the long weekend, if they hadn’t yet, and to begin making their dodecahedron (le dodécaèdre) this week.


Mme Shelli’s News

OAKS testing – Most students finished both state & district testing last week.  A few students may need additional time this week to finish.  Overall, I noticed the kids confidently completing testing and taking the assessments seriously.  Results for district CBM testing will be in students’ report cards.  State testing results come out later in the summer or fall.

Language Arts & Health :  Students will be learning about various body systems & how to keep themselves healthy during reading & writing time over the next few weeks.  Students will learn a little about their respiratory, circulatory, digestive, nervous, and skeletal systems. The reproductive system will not be covered in 4th grade- just wait until next year!  The unit includes some reading & research as well as some small scientific inquiry.  It is a fun way to end the year. 

Math: In Math, we finish a unit on multiplying fractions by whole numbers.   Learn more about this unit at this link.

We will also do some culminating problem solving that involves a variety of mathematical operations over the next few weeks to review major concepts we’ve studied this year.

Summer Math

Over the summer, I encourage students to spend a little time on  math practice.  There are many ways to practice and extend math & reading at home.  One interesting and FREE summer program is called Summer Math Challenge which sends you 6 weeks of math challenges for your child for via email.  Another FREE practice option is to have your child do play math games on DreamBox or SumDog (see math link above) – I will leave your child’s profile active over the summer.

Other news:

Yearbook Ordering Time!

Students from the Yearbook Club are proud to present the 2017-2018 Yearbook. We are selling it for $13.00 or $6.50 for families on the Free and Reduced lunch plan. Please fill out a separate sheet for each child that you would like purchase a yearbook for so that we can deliver the yearbook to your child’s classroom on Yearbook Delivery Day. Also, please consider donating the cost of a yearbook to a child who cannot afford one. Look for the order form coming home this week. Please turn in orders to the Fox Box located outside of Mme Bernadette’s office.