I hope everyone has had a great vacation! It feels like a long summer! I am ready and eager to be back with my "school family." This year promises to be an exciting year for the students as they will be studying the world, and the life cycles of animals. I have yet to meet a child who didn't have an interest in animals! This is just a brief post, as I plan to send a more complete Welcome in the mail. For now I would like to extend the invitation for parents and students to feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions. Have a great two weeks until school!
This has been such a great year! Your children are truly remarkable! I feel they have learned so much and I hope that they all have a safe and healthy summer.
It is so hard to believe that we are almost finished with this school year! We have learned so much. As I look back to the fall of the year I am remembering my fourth graders as they came in: eager to be back in school, relaxed in the way of knowing what to expect, and so helpful to the third graders. They have stepped up and shown me that they are truly ready to move on. I will miss them greatly! The third graders who walked into the room in August are not the third graders who will walk out in June! These children have grown, both physically and emotionally. They are ready for fourth grade, and I am excited for them to be the examples in the classroom for the new third graders! It is amazing how much they have learned.
Please check out our Imovies. They were so fun for the students to create.
Our last day of school this year is June 9, 2016. We will dismiss at 12:50.
We had such a great time! What a way to study Industry in Vermont! We are anxious to visit Cabot Creamery this Friday, April 8th. If you haven't sent in your permission slip, please do so asap! Also- if you haven't sent in your Read-a-thon pledge money, we are still collecting! We have ECO this Thursday, April 7th. Please have your child dress accordingly.
Scott's Third and Fourth Grades
March 20, 2016
It is so hard to believe that spring is already here! This year has flown by. With spring in the air, we are preparing for the SBAC Assessments that all students in grades 3-8 will be taking. We have taken practice tests and incorporate a lot of the SBAC expectations into our daily learning. I am confident that we will do fine! I am trying to alleviate any stress that comes with test taking by letting the students know that they can only do their best and that any test is not a true assessment of what they know.
On Friday, March 25th, all third and fourth graders will be participating in a Readathon. I have sent home the information, but in case it didn't make it, here it is again! We will be reading almost all day on Friday to raise money for our end of the year field trips. Students collect pledges for how many pages they read, or one flat amount for the day. It is really a fun day for the students and helps make field trips possible. If you didn't receive the information and pledge sheet, please let me know and I can resend it. Our plans for field trips are: Ben & Jerry's, Cabot Creamery, Spruce Mountain, Lake Groton, and a cruise aboard The Spirit of Ethan Allen on Lake Champlain. The cruise is a guided tour of many important places on the lake, shipwrecks, and historical sites. It will be a culminating activity of our study of Vermont.
Please come prepared for ECO on Thursday. It has been a while since our last outside ECO so please be sure you are dressed for it. As you know, we go out no matter the weather. See you soon!
I am hoping that everyone received their invitation to our Vermont night on Wednesday the 17th!
We will be showing what we have learned about our great state of Vermont that night. We will also be serving two great Vermont products, Cabot Cheddar and Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream!
Our students have worked hard, but we still have a long way to go! So far we have studied our history from the Abenaki times to the end of the Revolutionary War. Please come and check out our beautiful poetry and hear your child retell a Native American Folktale through Voice Thread, a pretty complex technology tool for a child! In saying that, hats off to the third graders, who are keeping up with a fourth grade study! Ask your child: Who is Samuel deChamplain? Who is Ethan Allen? Why are they important? Why was the war fought? What was Wampum used for? You will be impressed with all that they know!
See you Wednesday!
Banana- Grams will not be held this Wednesday in preparation for Family iNight.
I am hoping this writing finds everyone happy and healthy. The second quarter officially closes on Friday, January 22nd. All of our assessments are finished and I am happy to report that ALL students have progressed in reading! I know that they have bee working hard. We are in the midst of our Vermont Unit and the students have learned a lot so far. Stay tuned for more information coming soon on what we are learning.
Please encourage your child to read at home. Also, I am noticing a decline in returned spelling contract work and writing journals. I know this is the mid-year slump time, but we really need to stay focused! The SBAC and NECAPS (for fourth grade) will be here before we know it!
Speaking of fourth grade: there is a Banana-gram Spelling club that meets on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:00. This is a fun opportunity for kids who want to play the game and ultimately compete with students from all over New England. For more information please contact me.