And the winners are...Aubrey S. and Skyler M. Congratulations to you both!!!
I would like to take a moment to congratulate ALL of our student council candidates. The students who elected to run, put a lot of time and effort into some wonderful speeches. It takes a great deal of courage to stand in front of your classmates, explain why you feel you are a good candidate, and ask them to vote for you. Everyone did an amazing job! I was very proud of both the candidates and the other students as they sat and respectfully listened to the delivery of the speeches and encouraged and supported their classmates.
And the winners are...Aubrey S. and Skyler M. Congratulations to you both!!!
Just a reminder that this year's open house is Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 6-7pm. I look forward to getting a chance to say hello to all of the parents. Your children will have a couple of beginning of the year projects to show you as well. See you Wednesday!
It is hard to believe the first week is already over. It has been a busy week and I am certain the students are as tired as I am. :)
We spent a lot of time this week talking about classroom expectations and routines. We also spent time getting to know each other through morning meeting, interviews, writing introductory speeches about each other, and creating name poems.
The first homework packet went home in boomerang folders today. Ask your child to explain how it works. You can also always check homework assignments on the homework tab above.
The first book order forms of the year also went home today. Book orders are a great way to get some engaging books at your child's reading level for a reasonable price. All purchases go towards bonus points that I can then use to continue to build our classroom library. This month's book order is due on September 9th.
It has been a great start to what I am sure is going to be an exciting year! Here are some pictures of our first partner activity...interviewing each other for introductory speeches.
Dear Families and Students,
I hope you have all had a wonderful summer. While I have greatly enjoyed my summer, I am eager to begin another exciting year. I have been very busy working on getting our classroom ready for the new school year. Mrs. Maguire-Jones and I have been thinking a lot about the things we will be learning this year and the fun learning projects we will be completing as we learn these things.
A couple of important reminders:
1. Don't forget to complete your reading and math challenges to be eligible for our fall parties. Several students have already posted on the reading blog. I have enjoyed reading these post. It has also been wonderful to see that students are reading each other's posts and commenting on those. If you would like to make a blog post and have forgotten the log-in information, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will get the information you need to you. Just a reminder - if you are unable to write about your reading on the blog, you can simply write a summary of a book you read on paper and bring it in at the beginning of the year.
2. Mrs. Maguire Jones and I would also like to remind you that all 4th grade students and their families are invited to a meet and greet potluck picnic on Monday, August 22 from 5:30-7:00. We will be gathering on the playground by the pavilion. Please bring your favorite side dish or dessert to share. We will be providing a meat platter and rolls for sandwiches. We will also provide water. We look forward to having the opportunity to meet both students and families in this informal setting.
We are looking forward to a wonderful year! Enjoy the rest of the summer. We will see you soon.
We had a wonderful time on our field trip to Billings Farm and Vermont Institute of Natural Science.
At Billings we were able to learn about sheep with Annie the sheep, learn about tools used on Vermont farms many years ago, churn (and taste) butter, card wool, and visit with the cows while learning about dairy farming.
At VINS we were able to see the live Raptor Show and learn about how some of the birds at VINS came to be in captivity, see the raptors being fed, explore an exhibit on the evolution of birds, take a hike on the nature trails, and even play in the "nature's playground" area before getting back on the bus.
The students were very well behaved. I was very proud of them.
Thank you to all of the parent volunteers! I hope you enjoyed the trip as much as we did!
Check out more pictures on our Photo Gallery page
The week before vacation we were extremely lucky to have had Traci Molloy, a past SES student now living and working in the NYC area, come and share her wonderful art expertise with us. Traci worked with the students to help them create sculptures representing the Greek gods and goddesses and the vocabulary associated with those figures that is still an important part of our language today.
Traci began with a presentation about famous artwork incorporating the them of Greek mythology and then broadened it into the experience the students have had with Greek mythology through our work in the classroom. The students then sketched their own interpretations of the mythology and our language.
The second day of our work with Traci the students created their sculptures using a medium called sculpy. Some students created plates while others created an actual head of the god/goddess of his/her choosing.
On the final day the students painted their creations. Traci talked with them about the importance of color and symbolism throughout the project.
This was an amazing project. I was so impressed with the students' artwork and the effort they put into making the sculptures. The interpretations of the mythological vocabulary through this artwork was wonderful.
I would like to thank Traci for her time and amazing ability to not only share her knowledge but to truly connect with the students. Her energy was contagious! I would also like to thank Mr. Johnson for bringing this wonderful program to the students at SES. His appreciation for the importance of these types of projects in making learning meaningful to students and his commitment to making the programs possible is most definitely appreciated.
**Be sure to check out pictures of individual work on the photo gallery page.
Vermont Museum Night…
First and foremost, Mrs. Maguire Jones and I would like to thank everyone who was able to come and help make this evening such a huge success! The children worked really hard over the last couple of months to put this project together and they were very proud to present it to you all last night.
Again, we would like to thank Mrs. Daly, Mrs. Umphlett, Mr. Roaf, Mrs. Bisaccio, and Mr. Johnson for their support with this project.
If you did not get a chance to come, or you would like a chance to look at them again, you can check them out here on the Digital Projects page.
And the results are in…
GRAND TOTAL FOR DOLLARS RAISED: $629
GRAND TOTAL FOR MINUTES READ: 17,532
Alauralyn was the top reader with 1,875 minutes and Miranda was the top raiser with $200.
Walking Field Trip…
During our computer block we have been working with area and perimeter, as well as creating a floor plan and recreating the floor plan in Minecraft. This project will be on display during the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math night here at later this month (I believe it is March 30).
The students have created a city with some “generic” buildings: a hospital, police station, etc. They have also created homes of their own design. Our next step is to measure the outside perimeters of some important places in Shaftsbury. We will go to the Post Office, the school, the fire house, the town office, and the “country store” next Thursday afternoon (date subject to change based on the weather) we will be walking, in small groups, to measure these buildings. We will then add those building to our city.
To The Shaftsbury Elementary School Fourth Grade Vermont Museum Night
Please join us on Wednesday, March 2 from 6-7 pm when the Shaftsbury Elementary School Fourth Grade Classes present our Vermont Museum Night.
Our Vermont Museum will be set up in the Fourth Grade Wing of SES. There you will find original student artwork depicting a variety of topics important to Vermont’s history and economy. Each exhibit will also feature a multimedia presentation* created by the students in order to share what they have learned about their topic.
When you arrive for the evening presentation, we will gather in a central location (to be announced) where the students will join us and recite some poetry selections. These poems will be made up of selections written by Robert Frost, as well as, original student works. Then each family will be taken on a tour through our museum by your own personal SES Museum docent.
We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday evening and sharing with you all of the works the students have prepared. They have worked very hard on each item in the exhibits and are very proud to share their learning with you on this special evening.
* In order to view the multimedia presentation, please bring along a personal device such as a Smartphone, tablet, or an iPad. You will also need a QR Reader APP. There are free QR readers available for both Android and Apple devices.
(We will have some extra devices available for those who may need them)
**Mrs. Maguire-Jones and Mrs. Klein would like to give a special THANK YOU to Mrs. Daly, Mrs. Umphlett, Mrs. Bisaccio, Mr. Roaf, and Mr. Johnson for their support with this project.
We have scheduled our spring field trip, pending central office approval, for Friday, May 6th. We will be going to Billings Farm in the morning and VINS after lunch. We will be leaving PROMPTLY AT 7:30 am and returning sometime early evening. (We will finalize this as we get closer to the date.) Students will need a bag lunch.
Before we can get approval from central office we need to have a list of chaperones. If you’d like to be a chaperone, and have previously completed the district background check, please let me know by Monday, February 22 (the Monday we return from vacation.).
Please note - VINS charges $11.50 per adult chaperone. Our hope is that we will have enough funds from our fundraising efforts and class allotted PTG money to offset at least part of the cost of the chaperone tickets. Unfortunately, we will have to ask chaperones to pay any portion of the ticket that we are unable to cover.
Thank you in advance for your support!
1 WEEK LEFT!! Let’s make that final push to try and bring in as many funds as we can for our Spring Fieldtrip! Mrs. Maguire-Jones has begun working on the plans for our spring trip. We are hoping to go to Billings Farm in Woodstock, Vermont (and possibly VINS as well while we are in the area) on May 13th. The more funds we are able to raise now the better! So far the students have read a total of 8, 547 minutes and 6 students have raised a total of $340 in our Reading Raiser. If each of the remaining 29 4th graders raise just $10 in the next week we can almost double our funds. Let’s make a big push to raise that thermometer!!
What we are doing...
We are finished with our unit on multi-digit multiplication although many of the students still need to continue practicing this skill. There are many steps and it is easy to make careless mistakes or skip a part of the process. We will continue to practice this skill as we work to mastery. This week we are beginning division. We will be practicing several division strategies, including long division of 4 digit numbers divided by 1 digit numbers.
We are finishing up our Vermont research projects and are looking at March 2nd as a tentative date for our parent night. We are very excited to share our work!
It has been a pretty mild week, but we are looking at colder weather coming back into the forecast next week. Please be sure your child has a coat EVERYDAY (gloves, hats, etc would be great as well - but at least a coat!!)! They are outside for 30 minutes EVERY DAY possible. Students will not be allowed outside with just a sweatshirt for outerwear.
Mrs. Klein's Fourth Grade
Our class would like to share the interesting things we are learning each day. We will share them here, so be sure to visit often! Please feel free to comment on our class blog!!
Monday: Computer and PE (sneakers please)