Dear parents and students, this will be the last post of the year- it has been a wonderful year; the students have grown so much academically. I feel very privileged to have been entrusted with your children.
The last science lab visit gave the students an opportunity to meet Einstein the Python- what an exciting day it was!
One last thing I meant to mention: Coach Golden asked us to post this link; to sign up as a volunteer for field day. The students always love it and have great fun, and your help would be very much appreciated.
I hope all of you are enjoying this cooler weather as much as I am, it feels like spring! In keeping with this, I tidied up our class garden this weekend, so that students can plant some flowers. We had some baby cardinals born in a nest in our rosebush, so we had to wait until they had flown the coop! They left early last week.
As you know, we had our visit to the Fire Safety Village last week. It is very worthwhile, as it gives students a very real sense of how to avoid accidents, and what could happen through carelessness and ignorance. I think they all came away from the visit much wiser!
Even though we are nearly at year's end, it is important for students to stay focused; I am still teaching and giving assignments which will count for grades.
Here are some pictures from our day at the village. Hope you all have a good week.
I hope you're all enjoying Spring Break so far. I have just returned from Tallahassee where my son had his senior recital for trumpet. It was a very special and enjoyable weekend, and he gave a wonderful performance.
The Georgia Milestones will begin on April 19, and administration has asked us to post the schedule. While I do encourage students to do their very best, I don't want them to feel stressed or overwhelmed by the testing. They have worked hard this year, and this is an opportunity for them to show what they have learned.
I hope students will come back feeling rested and ready to take on the last few weeks of fourth grade!
Milestone Testing for Grades 3, 4 and 5
Milestone Testing will take place from April 19th- 27th.
April 19th Grades 3-5 ELA
April 20th Grades 3-5 ELA
April 21st Grades 3-5 ELA
April 24th Grades 3-5 Math
April 25th Grades 3-5 Math
April 26th 5th Grade Science
April 27th 5th Grade Social Studies
In addition to ensuring daily attendance, you can also have your student practice with the Georgia online testing platform. The site is http://www.gaexperienceonline.com. This site will allow your student to manipulate the online testing tools and become familiar with the features he or she will encounter during testing.
During the assessment period, please make sure your child gets plenty of rest, has a good breakfast, and is at school on time.
We had a very enjoyable morning at the Cobb Youth Museum, with all students given a chance to participate in the skits. It provided excellent review of the American Revolution and hopefully gave students a deeper understanding of the significance of the war, and its outcome.
Just a few reminders:
The Gator Gallup is on March 25, please consider coming along with the family. Also, the Foundation is looking for new board members for next year, so if you would like to get involved and help the foundation grow, please consider this.
Good day parents and students- just wanted to remind you of our field trip to the Cobb Youth Museum, which will take place on Friday March 10. As we will be going off school property, I must have the permission slip signed, or your student cannot go. Please try to get that back to me as soon as possible.
Also, during the February break, we will have another reading challenge. As the Milestones are fast approaching, it is a good idea to encourage students to read often and for longer periods, so that they can build the reading stamina they need to be successful in the Milestones.
We will begin learning about the American Revolution in social studies this week, which I think students will find very interesting. In math, we continue with fractions. This week we will begin improper fractions, and mixed numbers. If students need to look at these concepts again, Khan academy offers video clips which explain concepts very clearly. (https://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/fraction-arithmetic/arith-review-mixed-number/v/changing-an-improper-fraction-to-a-mixed-number)
We will be working on reading skills; identifying main idea and summarizing. We also read our Social Studies Weekly articles; students have made wonderful progress with these and most are managing to do consistently well with the reading and questions.
Wishing you all a good week. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions or concerns you may have.