January 19, 2018

Week of January 14th

We have enjoyed a wonderful week of school. We have begun our study of the Revolutionary War, are in the midst of a great historical fiction story of that time period, continue with our research of biomes, are learning to play floor hockey, and most students are caught up on math assignments! What could be finer?

Fourth grade parents received a letter notifying them that their child would be part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test next month. These tests have been around for more than forty years, and assess reading and math skills. Results and trends are reported to the nation, but not individual scores. You can sample questions at http://nationsreportcard.gov/students.asp. Students are randomly selected to participate in either the reading or the math assessment and will spend about ninety minutes of class time on Wednesday, February 13th, taking the assessment. Meanwhile, our third and fifth graders will move to another room and continue with our regular school day.

Our poetry anthology was sent home on Monday. I certainly hope that you have seen it. If not, please have your child dig it out of the backpack or other hiding place and show it off. Students did a remarkable job on both poems and illustrations!

You should also have seen the colony project rubric that was handed out on Monday, showing the scores your child earned on each assignment in our colony unit. Those who retook the colony map quiz also got their results this week. If your child has not been forthcoming with scores and test results, please investigate. Please remember that a math test should come home each week and spelling tests are sent home every Wednesday. There should be no surprises on the progress report in March.

Thank you for your patience, support, and encouragement (of your children and me). A super-duper thank you to our dedicated classroom volunteers, who manage to spend some time each week reading with students, guiding math groups, preparing materials, and running off copies. You make our days run much more efficiently!

PS-Please send a quick reply to this message. I am conducting a survey to see how many of you actually read this post. I’d hate to be talking to myself!


  • Monday, January 21st – MLK Jr. Holiday
  • Friday, January 25th – Friday School
  • Wednesday, February 13th – NAEP test for fourth graders
  • Monday, February 18th – Presidents’ Day Holiday
  • Friday, February 22nd – Friday School
  • Thursday, February 28th – End of Trimester Celebration
  • Friday, March 15th – Fifth Grade Math is Cool Competition
  • March 22nd – March 31st – Spring Break!!!!
  • Tuesday, April 9th-Funky Monkey program 6:30 p.m. GS Gym
  • Friday, April 19th- Fourth Grade Math is Cool Competition
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