There are several important dates to keep in mind in the upcoming weeks so please read carefully.
Math: We are taking the end of the year assessment in math which is a cumulative assessment of the skills that students have learned all year. Looking at this assessment will help with determining final grades. We will continue to work on lessons in Unit 8(our final unit) next week to finish that off. All skills being assessed have been covered already.
Writing: We are completing our Immigration unit and our Immigration Journals. These have addressed Leaving Home, Coming Over(on a boat), Arriving at Ellis Island and Life in a New Home. The students have worked hard to create a timeline of their experiences and they enjoyed the simulation of Ellis Island very much. I hope you had the opportunity to watch this--either in person, or through the video link I sent a week ago. We will try to finish up a final literary essay. We will also write a letter to our 5th grade teacher.
Reading: We just finished reading Orphan of Ellis Island as a whole class. Then students formed book clubs for discussions on perspectives and themes. We will be doing a culminating activity tomorrow where they will choose their favorite character to write about, any changes they may have gone through and predict what they might do in different situations. I am currently testing students for reading to see what progress they have made throughout the year. Most have made great gains. Students still continue to read their good fit books and I hope that you will encourage them to read throughout this summer so they will maintain their stamina and skills that they have developed this year. Please let me know if you are in need of book suggestions for the summer!
FYI-Don't forget the Scholastic Book Fair will be next week from 6/11-6/15 in the Jane A. Stephenson Library so why not stop by to stock up for summer--it's Buy One, Get One!
Mon. 6/4-York High School Jazz Band performs at CRES to introduce 4th graders to different musical instruments
Tues. 6/5-YMS Principal, Barbara Mailing and School Counselor, Wendy Gilday came and spoke with fourth graders and answered questions.
Mon. 6/11-Ms. Switzer's Red Cross Blood Drive-Please sign up to donate!
Thurs. 6/14-YMS tour for fourth graders and chorus concert. During the day we will be taking the fourth graders to the middle school to do a tour and to hear a chorus concert.
Thurs. 6/14(evening) 6-8 pm-YMS Parent Night, Musical Instrument petting zoo. Parents you will hear Principal Barbara Mailing speak and answer questions about what to expect in middle school while your student will try out various musical instruments if they are interested in joining band in the fall.
Thurs. 6/21 Olympic Day(4th Grade field day) at the YHS track. Mr. Johnston will be looking for parent volunteers.
Tues. 6/25-STEP UP DAY-Students will travel by bus to the middle school to meet their 5th grade teacher(s).
Wed. 6/26-LAST DAY OF SCHOOL- Dismissal at 12 noon.
As always please don't hesitate contacting me if you have any questions or concerns. It has been an honor being part of your child's life and your lives for this year. Thanks for all your support.