Congratulations to our 100% Homework Club!
Here is a look at what's happening in room 22:
It's hard to believe that we are now into our last marking period of the school year We celebrated our 100% Homework Club last week. Now that it is our last marking period I do not require a teacher or parent signatures in the agendas. The goal is to create independence with copying down homework assignments as we prepare for 5th grade. I still encourage parents to check agendas for important information. It is your choice whether to sign it or not.
Report cards were sent home on Wednesday. If you have any questions or concerns about your child's progress, please don't hesitate to reach out. Please remember to periodically check PowerSchool for your child's test scores and attendance.
The class is really enjoying our study of the American Revolution. This is a project based unit where we are studying the "Domino effect" of the events leading to the war. We completed a fun activity on unfair taxes with Smarties. Students were asked to pay their tax (one Smartie) for a variety of reasons. The helped the students to better understand how the colonists felt when they were unfairly taxed by King George.
In math we are taking a break from fractions and moving on to Topic 11: Line Plots. This is a very short topic of only 4 lessons. We will be taking a short quiz early next week. After April vacation we will begin our review in preparation for the NYS Math test which will be given over two days on May 1st and 2nd. If you have any concerns or questions about NYS testing, please let me know.
We really enjoyed our trip to the NYS Capitol, museum, and of course McDonald's last Friday. We started in the museum with talking about early hunter and gatherers and how they arrived during the Ice Age. We then explored all of the wonderful Native American exhibits at the museum. We learned more about their farming, housing, and way of life. We also had a chance to learn about how people immigrated through Ellis Island from other countries. There is so much to see, I only wish we had more time. It was then time for a quick lunch break at McDonald's and then we were off to the Capitol. The students enjoyed seeing the senate chamber, assembly chamber, million dollar staircase, carvings, and more. It was a quiet day at the Capitol because they were not in session but one of the lawyers who works there stopped to tell us a ghost story about a man named Sam. Sam was the night watchman who died in the fire in 1911. They say he haunts the Capitol building to this day and many claimed to have seen him. They offer a haunting tour in October for anyone interested in hearing more about these sightings. Overall the kids loved the field trip even with all of the walking we had to do!
Upcoming Important Dates:
3/16: Movie Night at Genet 6:30
3/23: 1/2 Day of School - Staff Development
3/30 - 4/6: Spring Recess
4/11-4/12: ELA State Assessment
4/19: Science Fair
Have a wonderful weekend. Stay warm. Spring will be here soon!
- Mrs. Kusche