Final Week Activities
The final week of school is here! I wanted to fill you in on some of the activities that will be going on.
Monday - 5th Grade Graduation
Tuesday - last music class (students will need their instruments)
Wednesday AM - closing assembly with the school
Wednesday PM - final class party & student awards/memory books
Thursday LAST DAY - Early Release at 12:30!!!
The students will have one piece of homework this week! They have been writing letters to themselves that I will send to them in a year! They need to bring in a stamped envelope with their name and address on it!
No Vocabulary Test on Friday, May 25th
Thursday, May 24th
I'm giving that students more time to work on their vocabulary words! We will NOT have a vocabulary test tomorrow, it is changed to next Wednesday, May 30th!
Only 3 More Weeks of School!
Monday, May 21st
We had a very fun time on the field trip! Thank you so much to the wonderful parents that came and suffered through the cold and rain! I was speaking with the students at the end and they really enjoyed the day and the different activities we were able to do!
For homework tonight, students will be picking a research topic. The students will need to research and write a 3 paragraph paper about their chosen topic. This will be worked on through out the week and the final draft with be completed next week!
Students are also able to dress-up as a pioneer to give their wagon train more points to move along the trail!
We will have a vocabulary test on Friday of our Pioneer Vocabulary!
Arts Festival Dance
We have now learned the entire dance, students are placed, and we are working on perfecting the moves! We would like students to start bringing in their accessories ( cowboy hat, bandana, sunglasses) so we can practice with the costume change.
Final Reading Letter
Don't forget that the student's final reading letter and your letter to them is due tomorrow!
Final Class Party
I'm beginning to plan and think about the final class party. If you are planning a family vacation during the final week(s) of school and/or know that your student will be absent, please let me know when they will be !
I just wanted to say a big "Thank You" to all you parents and the students for a great teacher appreciation week last week! I received a wonderful gift from the students! It is a smaller version of the art project done for the Arts Festival with the student signatures on the back! I have it up in the classroom and can't wait to take it home and put it up!
Students have started with their Pioneer Simulation! We are all split up into Wagon Trains working together to go West! The students are really enjoying the start of this simulation and are excited to start moving along the trail! Today the students on each wagon train decided who they wanted as their Wagon Master, who is in charge of score keeping and being a representative for the wagon train. Our Wagon Masters (and their back-ups) are:
Wagon Train 1 - Darian (Oliver)
Wagon Train 2 - JW (Riland)
Wagon Train 3 - Bella (Kyle)
Wagon Train 4 - Carver (Sam)
We will be working our some vocabulary words related to our Pioneer Unit and test on them before Memorial Day!
As the weather is getting warmer and the school year is ending, we need to remember to stick to the dress code. Students should be wearing a solid color collared top and a solid color bottom!
On Friday we will be attending our final field trip of the year to This is The Place Heritage Park. Students will be doing different activities relating to the pioneers. Parents will be driving and some parents will be chaperoning. I need to know all the parents that are wanting to come by tomorrow morning!
Arts Festival Dance
We are continuing on with our dance practices! The dance looks pretty good so far! The students seem to be enjoying the dance and picking up the steps pretty well!
For the costumes, students are to come prepared in the following attire for Friday, June 1st!
Accessories - cowboy hat &/or a bandana, sunglasses
Top - red or black solid color shirt
Bottom - Blue jeans (either shorts or pants)
Final Reading Letter
The students will be coming home with their reading letter notebook tonight. Each student will write me one final reading letter, answer the questions I have asked them in my last letter. I want them to thoughtfully answer each of these questions. Once they have written their final letter to me, I want you (parents) to write a letter to your student. Please look through the reading letters we've had together and share your thoughts on them as a reader, you as a reader, or anything about reading in general.
Both their letter and your letter to them need to be returned to me by Tuesday, May 22nd!
May is here!
On Wednesday we will finish our Orphan Train Unit and start our Pioneer Simulation. Students will be put into Wagon Trains and have to work together to make it West. Each day something will happen to them. This is such a fun simulation and the students really learn what it was like to be a Pioneer.
Our final class field trip is Friday, May 18th. We will be going to This is the Place Heritage Park and learning more about the Pioneers! It is a very hand-ons, interactive field trip! It is one of my favorites!
Students will be bringing home a book talk form. Each students needs to present a book talk about a book they've read on their own this year. Along with presenting the information about their book students will need to make some sort of display. The Book Talk Form is due on Friday and students will start to sign-up for when they want to present to the class (the display will be due the day of their presentation).
We've started to practice our dance for the Arts Festival on June 1st. We are dancing to "Everybody Dance Now" with some country line dance at the beginning to "Boot Scoot and Boogie". We are using the Just Dance 3 to choreograph our dance. Students are able to practice at home on the Wii or from the Youtube Video. A link to the video is below:
We've finished our class art project! We'd like to thank Amy Lewis and Gincy Plummer for all their help with the beautiful project!
All class projects will be up for auction a week before the Arts Festival and the day of the actual Arts Festival!
CRT Testing - this week!
We have CRT testing beginning today! The students have 3 areas they will be tested in : Math, Language Arts, and Science. Each area has 2 tests. We will be taking two tests each day on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday!
Please make sure your students are well rested, eat a nice breakfast, and have a good lunch! It is important that students are well rested and well feed so that they are able to really focus on the tests themselves! No homework will be given due to the testing!
We are continuing to read Orphan Train Rider. The students are enjoy learning about the life of an orphan back in the olden days! Their journal entries are very interesting! I love reading how they picture their life to be!
We have finished up our class art project for the Arts Festival! Thank you so much to Amy Lewis and Gincy Plummer for taking this project on! It is going to be wonderful, we can't wait to see the final product!
It is so nice and warm out, let's hope it stays this nice for our field trip on Thursday. We will be going to the Water Festival put on by Recycle Utah at St. Mary's Church. If the weather stays nice we will be eating lunch a Willow Park before the Water Festival. I have 5 parent drivers signed-up:
We are continuing on with our Orphan Train Rider Unit this week. I've really enjoyed reading all the journal entries the students wrote last week. It is great to have them see the world through the eyes of orphan children in the 1850s.
CRT testing begins in ONE WEEK! We have test on Monday - Wednesday in both the morning and afternoon! Please make sure the students get plenty of rest this week and a nice good breakfast and lunch each day of testing! We have been reviewing for these tests, both online and in class.
New Novel Unit
Today we started a new novel of study! The book is Orphan Train Rider : One Boy's True Story by Andrea Warren. It is about a boy named Lee Nailing who was one of the orphans that was sent West to find a new family! The students all got a new orphan name, these names were taken off a list of orphans involved in the orphan trains.
We are not only learning about his story with the orphan trains but the history during that time period. Students will be writing in a journal creating their own orphan identity. The students all seemed very excited about it today!
I hope you had a nice relaxing Spring Break, just as I did! I wanted to remind you of a couple of things as we head back to school on Monday.
** This week our class is in charge of volunteering in the lunch room each day from 11:00-12:30. A sign-up has already been created online and gone out to you. If you have some spare time this week during the time slot please come in and help out! Here is the link to sign-up below:
** It is National Poetry Month and to celebrate Mr. Lee form the Summit County Library is putting on a Poetry Recitation Contest with the different schools that have the Bookmobile visit their school. I have told the students about this but I wanted to send out a reminder to you. Each school will hold a contest, ours will be on April 24th, then the winners from each school will compete against the winners from the other schools on May 1st at the Summit County Library. Ms. Torzillo is going to head this up at our school. Please talk with your students about this (I will remind them on Monday) and for all students/parents who are interested there will be a meeting in Ms. Torzillo's class at 3:25pm on Tuesday April 17th.
** Due to the craziness of our last day of school before Spring Break we will be having our Spelling Test on "plurals of words that end in y" on Wednesday April 18th.
April Showers are here!
We've got a busy week leading up to Spring Break! Don't forget that Spring Break is April 9th-13th. We return to school on the 16th!
This week we will be finishing up our Poetry Unit using Love That Dog by Sharon Creech. The students seem to really enjoy the book and the different poetry activities we've been doing. Next time you're at the school make sure to stop by and read some of the poems that students have come up with!
Friday is Spirit Day, students are allowed to wear the school colors and their Weilenmann Wear. We will also be having our spelling test on the pluralized words that end with y!
Amy Lewis, our room rep., has been organizing our class art project for the Art Festival June 1st. We are going to start working on that this week. In order to do our art project we need newspaper! Please have your child bring in whatever newspaper you have lying around the house! We will be collecting newspaper up through Friday!
Our CRT Tests have been scheduled! They will take place on April 31st and May 1st and 2nd. Please make sure that your students are in attendance those day, as well as all school days leading up to tests. It is very important that students are in school as we review/get ready for our CRT Testing! If your students needs to miss school because of an emergency then make sure that they make-up the school work they've missed!
Thanks for your support!
We've reached the end of March
We are on our second week of our poetry unit, the students are enjoying Love That Dog and the different activities we've done with poetry.
Our fraction unit is moving along. Depending on how this week goes we might test at the end of the week or we might forgo testing in order to move onto our next unit! I will let you know as soon as I know!
We have our Weilenmann Wow Assembly/Reading Initiative Assembly on Wednesday!
We have 6 students who have earned a Weilenmann WOW:
- Kyle Smith - from Mrs. B
- Nik Kizerian - from P.E.
- Carson Farnsworth - from P.E.
- Lizzie Winstead - from Recess Monitor
- Audrey McDonald - from Recess Monitor
- Jordan Ayers - from Recess Monitor
We have some students who have earned the TREKKER Award:
- Caroline Powell
- Rebecca Schmae
- Jordan Ayers
- Bajian Fernald
We have one student who has earned the EXPLORER Award:
- Bajian Fernald
On Friday we will have a class store, as long as the class continues to behave well! This class store the students will be able to bring in their own items from home, similar to a garage sale, to sell to other students. The student will decide how much they want to charge for the item(s) they bring in and will get to keep the class money they make.
I have noticed that there has been an increasing amount of distractions to our learning. The students all seem to be great friends outside of the classroom, which is wonderful, but the amount they talk about who texted who and who "likes" who in class is affecting our learning. I have told the students that this should no longer be talked about in our classroom, during out learning time. This can be discussed at lunch and recess, but not during our learning time. Thank you for your support on this!
A New Week!
It was so wonderful to meet with you all for parent teacher conferences! Please make sure to speak with your student about the goals I have set up for them!
The NWEA Test from last week was postponed due to our early release. We will have our last NWEA Test on Thursday from 11:00am-12:00pm. Please make sure your student gets a good night's rest and a nice big breakfast!
Today we are starting our Fraction Unit in math, we are doing flex grouping for this chapter. Remember with flex grouping, each class is going over the same material we are just going at a different pace.
We finished The Well-Wishers Unit last week and the students made some wonderful fortune tellers as a final project! They are really cute and I was happy to see the different things the students learned from the novel.
Poetry is the next unit we will start! It will be based upon the novel, Love That Dog by Sharon Creech. This will be a 3 week unit and will end at the start of Spring Break!
Cell Phone Policy Reminder!! Students are to have their cell phones turned off and in their backpacks while at school! If a cell phone is seen it will be taken to the office for parents to pick up! Please help your student follow the policy and don't try to contact them on their cell phone during the school day!
Our class has finished reading The Well-Wishers by Edward Eager. The students really enjoyed this book and were able to write a letter to the author this last week about their thoughts on the book. I really enjoyed reading these letters and hearing their opinions on the book and what they could change or not. This week we will be doing a culminating activity on the novel. The students will be making a fortune teller sharing different characters, good turns, and lessons they learned from the book. It should be a fun way to end this unit!
We will be testing on our measurement unit this week. We have a review for homework on Tuesday night and the test will be on Wednesday afternoon once we've gone over the homework in the morning. We will be starting our fraction unit next week!
Don't forget about parent teacher conferences this Thursday and Friday. School will be dismissed at 12:30pm and conferences will be starting at 1:30pm.
Our last NWEA testing on Language Usage will be Thursday morning.
We have NWEA Testing on Thursday morning.
Thursday we also have a vocabulary test!
There is no school on Friday, it is teacher work day!
Please make sure that you sign up for parent teacher conferences next week on March 15 & 16! If you are unable to attend please let me know!
February is almost over!
We have a busy week ahead of us, there are lots of different events going on this week.
Monday - A presentation for the 4th grade on Dental Health Awareness
Wednesday - The Living Planet Aquarium is coming to present with to the different 4th grade classes, they will be bringing in lots of live animals!
We also have the 3rd grade Famous Persons Exhibit.
Thursday - NWEA Testing in the morning!
Friday - It is Spirit Day - students don't have wear dress code, as long as they are in the school colors (blue, green, or white). It is also Read Across America Day, we will be having another teacher come in and read their favorite book to the class.
I hope you had a great break!
We are almost finished reading our class novel, The Well-Wishers! Today, Thursday, we started reading chapter 7, it is a very funny chapter. The students were laughing a lot as we read it, you might want to ask what is happening! :)
We are also starting our measurement unit! We will be working on measurement for about week or so! Students will learn about converting customary units of length, perimeter, area, and temperature. Some of this is a review of things they've working on in 3rd grade so we will see how well they remember and that will determine how long we work on the unit!
A Few More Reminders Before the Break
** Tomorrow we are having the Grammy Nominated Violinist, Jenny Oaks Baker come to our school! We are so lucky to have her come and work with the 4th graders and perform for the school. All fourth graders will be attending a master class and work with a professional musician. Parents are welcome to attend and sit in. It will be tomorrow from 11:00am-11:30am!
To show our appreciation we are asking everyone to come in their best concert attire! Skirts & dresses for the girls, and shirts & ties for the boys!!
** Book orders are due on Friday! If you are doing them online please have it submitted by Friday evening. If you are turning in the order form with your payment please have your student bring it to school either tomorrow or Friday.
** Mid-Winter Break starts on Friday with a half day and then we don't have school the following Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday! We return back to school on Thursday, Feb. 23rd. If you know your student will be gone over Thursday and Friday of next week please let me know so I can send home the work they will be missing.
Thanks for all your support! Enjoy the break!!
Don't forget that we have outdoor on Monday 2/13! Please make sure your students bring their snow clothes and snow boots and are ready to go outside!
Valentine's Day is on Tuesday, we will be passing out Valentines at the end of the day. Students are able to make boxes to collect their Valentines in at home, otherwise I will have envelopes for them to use. If students are bringing Valentines they need to bring one for each student in the class, we don't want any feelings to get hurt!
On Thursday we have Grammy nominated violinist, Jenny Oaks Baker and her 5 piece orchestra performing at our school! We are so lucky, she isn't performing at any other school in Utah! All students are to wear formal concert attire.
Don't forget that Friday is early release, school will be dismissed at 12:30pm for our Mid-Winter Recess. We don't return to school until Thursday February 23rd!
February is here! I can't believe how quickly the year is going by! Below are some items we discussed in our class meeting:
1) The "That Table" won for table points from last week, the winners include Kasey, Carver, Mikayla, Brock, and Bajian. We have decided on famous African Americans for your table names this week. Our names are: Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, Martin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama, and Michelle Obama.
2) Mrs. Kimball will be starting to make weekly announcements over the P.A. system to keep the students (and teachers) on the same page with what is going on at the school!!
3) Valentine's Day is next Tuesday! We will not be have a class party, but we will be passing out Valentines and do a small craft during music rotations. There is a note coming home today to explain more about what will happen on Valentine's Day!
4) Vocabulary Test is this Wednesday on our The Well-Wishers chapters 1 - 4.
5) We have two assemblies this week. One Wednesday we have our Music Appreciation Assembly and on Friday we have the 5th Grade McPolin Circus coming.
6) If you know that your student will be gone for more than a day of school it is important to let me know with advance notice so I can gather the work they will miss while they are gone!
Our Exhibition is Tomorrow!!
Tomorrow we have our "All About Utah" Exhibition from 2:00-3:00pm! The students are all really excited to give their presentations!
Students are allowed to dress up as something that is a part of their county, or something you can do in their county, or as a professional looking travel agent! They can bring their clothes to change into and we will give them time to change!
Setting up starts at 1:15pm and we will start breaking down at 2:55pm. If you're able to help please come! If you can't help just come and see your student's presentation!!
The Exhibition Week is here!
We have finally made it our "All About Utah" Exhibition, it will be held this Wednesday Feb. 1st from 2:00-3:00pm.
We will be starting to set-up in the cafeteria at 1:15pm, if you able to come and help that would be appreciated. Students will be arranged by teacher, so all our class will be in the same area.
Beginning at 2:00 students and parents are welcome to walk around and view the presentations students have prepared. In the past, it can get a bit chaotic and presenting students often feel like other students aren't really listening or they only want the food/candy item being given away (this is why we said no food, candy or drink items).
We decided to do something a little different for our exhibition. In an effort to encourage active listening by the students attending, we're going to hand out "worksheets" ahead of time. Each student will be asked to visit 3 specific counties, listen to the presentation, and write the answers to the questions on their sheet. There will be about 3 questions per county. After they visit their designated counties, students are welcome to wander around and visit other counties.
With these worksheets going around we are wanting to provide pencils at each display for students to use if they forget their pencil. I would like to ask for a donation of about 30-40 SHARPENED pencils to have at each display. Please let me know if you would be willing to provide these SHARPENED pencils.
The Exhibition will be ending at about 3:00. We will ask parents that are still there around 2:50-2:55 to help break down each display so that all students are ready to leave at 3:05pm.
Please let me know if you are willing to come and help set up/break down the exhibition. I encourage all parents to come and see the hard work that these students have put into their county project!! It is going to be a very exciting afternoon, I hope to see all of you there!
Monday Announcements - Literacy Week!!
I hope you all had a great weekend! The students had a great time celebrating the P.J. Day and ice cream during lunch on Friday. Thank you to those parents who helped with that at the last minute! I really appreciate it!
During our class meeting today we discussed the following items:
1) The Las Vegas table won for the second week in a row! Congratulations to Audrey, Gavin, Kayla, Brock, and Caroline! We will be basing our table names off of two-digit numbers this week.
2) We have combined our ch. 6 & 7 math and have given the students a little longer to master the skills. We will be reviewing in class on Monday and Tuesday, the test will be on Wednesday!
3) This is the last week to sell the Travel Clean Car Wash cards. We are trying to have each student sell 2 cards, this will help the school to raise the money we need!
4) Literacy Week is here! Please help your students to read each night to reach the goal they have set for themselves. The schedule for Literacy Week was sent home in Weilenmann Weekly Folders on Friday.
- Monday is Weilenmann Wear Day!
- Tuesday we have an assembly with the author Matt Kirby.
- Friday is Favorite Character Day & marble log sheets are due. We also have a closing assembly.
5) We are moving along on our Utah County projects for our "All About Utah" Exhibition next Wednesday. Please look at the page with more information on the project, it is under the 'more' link at the top of the website. This week we are working on our displays and our persuasive points.
Our class filled up the classroom marble jar for their good behavior!! We took a classroom vote and decided for our reward we are going to have a P.J. Day, as well as lunch in the classroom with ice cream tomorrow, Jan. 20th!
No Math Test on Friday!
We will not be having our ch. 6 & 7 math test on Friday. We are going to give the students more time to review the material and practice their multiplication skills.
Students are continuing to work on their Utah County project for our "All About Utah" Exhibition on Feb. 1st. Students are organizing their information and finding additional research about specific things in their county. We will continue to find information this week. Next week we will be working on our displays during school. The materials for displays need to come from home. Later on this week students will finalize what they want to do for a display and figure out who will provide what, this will be going home for parents to get this weekend.
We will have our ch. 6 & 7 math test on Friday, a review will be coming home for homework on Thursday. We will be going over the review Friday morning and then taking the test Friday afternoon.
This week we will be finalizing our "Wish Story". The student wrote down a wish and then we switched wishes and had to write a story based on another persons wish. The students had to come up with 3 characters and then a beginning, middle, and an end to the story. This week we are going to be adding some exciting and descriptive vocabulary and then do our final drafts.
Don't forget to turn in your bright orange Pre-Registration Form for 2012-2013.
Snow finally came!!
We are into our second week of January and the snow finally came!! It is about time! The students were able to go outside for outdoor today. Please make sure that every other Monday students bring the appropriate clothing for outdoor. We had lots of kids in tennis shoes with no winter jacket or gloves!!
In our class meeting we discussed a few different things:
1) The Goat's table won! Congratulations to Kyle, Bajian, Carver, Rebecca, and Jordan - they have decided to lunch in the classroom with a treat as their reward.
2) Our table names this week are based on names of different cities. We have New York City, Las Vegas, Park City, Beverly Hills, and Salt Lake City.
3) The Travel Clean Car Wash is still going on. If every students sells two cards then the school will be able to collect $20,000!! The folders are not due until January 27th, there is still plenty of time to get out and sell the car wash cards!
4) This week we will be having a vocabulary test on our "pre-" words on Wednesday and then a spelling test on all the words on Friday.
5) We have our second week of Get Out & Play on Thursday.
6) There have been a few complaints of some students calling other students names, we talked about how this is disrespectful to their classmates. I asked the class to make sure to use kind words and names to those in class and if they have called someone a name to stop and apologize!
7) Don't forget to turn in your bright orange Pre-Registration Form for 2012-2013.
Weilenmann Weekly Folder
Make sure to look through your student's Weilenmann Weekly Folder today! We have a LOT going home!
1) Student's work from the week
2) Outdoor reminder for Monday
3) Bricks 4 Kidz information
4) 2012-2013 Pre-Registration Form
5) Literacy Week author visit book order form
6) Up With Kids! Musical Theatre Academy information
7) 4th Grade "All About Utah" Exhibition assignment and information
Have a great weekend!! :)
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