May 19, 2017


Hello 4th Grade Families,

With next week being our last full week together, we have a bunch of fun activities planned!  This bulletin is packed with announcements and event details.  Please be sure to ask if you have any questions.


Bye for Now,

Mrs. Kalal


B-118 Bulletin

Math:  We are nearly through Chapter 12, Customary Measurement.  I am planning a short quiz for next week.  Watch your child’s planner for the exact date.  I am planning to send home the review on Tuesday.


Science: We will finish out the year with an Engineering Unit.  Students will learn about careers engineers have, skills engineers use, and the process inventors and engineers often use to create and modify products.  On Monday, May 22, the fourth graders will be participating in “Social Studies & Science Discovery Day.”  For the social studies portion of the day, students will work with a partner to research a US state and create an informational poster about the state that will be displayed in the 4th grade hallway.  For the science portion of the day, students will be working on an assortment of different engineering challenges.


*Field Trip Notes: Please review the tick info sheet (link is up on the right hand side of this page!).  It is important for kids to check their bodies and hair for ticks once they arrive home from the field trip next Thursday.  Also, I sent you an email earlier this week with more info on how to mount your child’s new bluebird house.  Please take a look, and good luck attracting bluebirds! Parents may find it helpful to note that Bluebirds prefer to make their homes around open, flat, grassy areas or open fields.  This might help you decide where to mount the house your child brings home tonight!  Also note that Bluebirds may nest up to three times a season, so it's not too late to attract birds to a new house.


Social Studies with Mrs. Endres:  We have only 3 Social Studies classes left this year! We will be finishing the West people and taking a 50 State/Capital quiz just to see how many the kids remembered! That quiz will be on Wed., May 31st.


Reading:  Classes took the third aReading test, which is a 3-times-per-year check in on reading skills and comprehension.  We have also been doing fluency checks this past week.  Data on your child’s scores will be sent home the last week of school.  




Summer Math: I like to put together a packet of summer math activities to help keep skills sharp.  If you think having a packet to work on here and there throughout the summer would be something you’d like your child to have, please write me a note or send me a quick email.  It would be a collection of basic math worksheets, math game directions, and some helpful websites to practice skills.  No pressure, just let me know.


Library + Summer Reading:  We had an awesome presentation from the public library today.  She talked to the kids about many fun activities at the library throughout the summer.  Please take a minute to see what’s happening at the library--most events are completely free!!  Here’s the direct link to the summer programming!


40 Book Challenge: We have a little less than two weeks for the 40 Book Challenge!  I can’t WAIT to see how many students are able to complete this challenge by the end of the school year!


Career Day:  We are finalizing our plans for Career Day. THANK YOU to our 20+ parents who have volunteered to come!  Details will be sent home soon!


Ney Nature Center Field Trip:

Next Thursday Reminders:

Wear pants, socks and tennis shoes - hats and sunglasses are optional

Bring sunscreen and bug spray

Pack a cold lunch & beverage *Please limit garbage by using reusable containers if possible


If you volunteered to chaperone the field trip, watch for an email with the specifics later today or Monday!  ALL volunteers are able to come along.  We will need lots of help to get all those bluebird houses built!


PTO Ice Cream Social: TONIGHT: 6-8 PM at Chatfield on the playground side!

There will be bubbles and face painting as well as kickball.  All are welcome!


Track and Field Day: Look for a note regarding Track and Field Day in your child’s Friday folder.  If you have questions, let me know.  Hopefully it warms up a bit before then!!



Monday, May 22: Day 2--Music, PE, Spanish *States and Engineering Day*

Tuesday, May 23: Day 3--Art & BOOST

Wednesday, May 24: Track and Field Day/Talent Show Dress Rehearsal Performance

Thursday, May 25:  Day 4, STEM 2, Coding 2 *Field Trip!!*

Friday, May 26: Day 5, STEM 1, BOOST

Mark Your Calendars:

May 22nd – 4th Grade States & Engineering Day

May 24th – Track & Field Day (10:15-12:00) / 5th & 6th Grade Talent Show (PM)

          *Parents are welcome to join us for Track and Field Day!

May 25th – 4th Grade Field Trip to the Ney Nature Center (All Day)

          *Rain date = May 31st

          *ALL Parents welcome to join us!

May 26th – All iPads due back at school

          *Cases and stands are due back on this date

    *Students will keep their bricks and cords

          *Students will not take iPads home after this date until next school year

May 29th – No School (Memorial Day)

May 30 & June 1 -- 4th Grade Career Day

June 2 -- Last day of 4th Grade!!  Walk to DQ and 4th grade picnic

 Links from the Newsletter

Ney Center Tick Prevention