Week of May 14

Hello,

We have made it to the last full week of the school year and it is a busy one. On Monday we will be going over to KIS to check out the students new school for next year. On Tuesday students have their government test in social studies.  On Thursday students will be going on a field trip in the morning to the Bissell house. All week long students will be introduced to math skills that they will be learning in fourth grade. In ELA we will continue with studying figurative language and students will be giving their biography presentations. In social studies we will end the year by learning about economics and in science we will be learning about rocks and minerals.  For the field day we are collecting can goods to donate to those in need. This week we will be voting on our field day color which will be next Wednesday. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of May 7

Hello,

I hope everyone enjoyed the lovely weather we had this weekend. Next week on Thursday we are going to the Bissell House. If you have not already done so please have your child bring in their signed permission slip for the field trip by this Friday. Also due this week are students bottle puppets for their biography projects. Make sure they are brought in by Wednesday because we will be starting presentations on Monday of next week. In math this week students will have their perimeter test on Friday. Study guides for it went home last Friday. On Tuesday students will have their matter test in science. Make sure to have used the study guide that went home last week to help prepare for it. Next week on Tuesday students will have a government test in social studies. A study guide will go home for it this week. Students will be have spelling words and reading logs this week so please make sure they are reading and practicing their spelling words at home. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of April 30

Hello,

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. This week is our math AIR test on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Please make sure students get a good nights sleep and a healthy breakfast for it. There will be no math homework on those nights because of it. This past week I have been working with students to find their end of the year reading level. I am so proud of all the improvement every student has made this year in their reading. To go along with reading please make sure your child has finished their biography book so that they can begin working on their water bottle puppet and book web. The book web is due this Friday and the puppet is do next week on Wednesday. We will be completing the power points for their projects in class. On May 14 students will begin to present their biography reports. Next week on Tuesday students will be taking a matter test. A study guide will go home for it this week. Our next unit in science will be on rocks and minerals. In social studies we will be finishing up our unit on government. We will end the year with economics. Students do have spelling words this week so make sure to be practicing their words each night. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to let me know.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of April 23

Hello,

I hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather we have been having. Until our weather becomes a more consistent please send your child with a coat for recess. On Monday of this week we will be taking the second part of the ELA AIR test. Next week on Tuesday and Wednesday we will be taking the math AIR test. Please make sure your child gets a good night of sleep the night and also a nice breakfast in the morning. We will be reviewing all the different topics we have learned this year in math this week to help prepare for it. During our regular math lessons students will continue to be learning about the different types of measurement. In ELA students have been put into new reading groups. Also in ELA we will be focusing on figurative language during class. I would like to remind families to make sure your child is practicing their spelling words and filling out their reading logs each night. In social studies we are continuing to learn about our government and in science we continue with our unit on matter. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of April 9

Hello,

It is eat the rainbow week during lunch. Students should pack lunches and wear clothes that go along with the days color. Monday is red, Tuesday orange, Wednesday yellow, Thursday green and Friday blue/purple. Next week will be our AIR test in ELA on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Make sure your child gets a good nights sleep and arrives to school on time for it. We will be practicing the different skills we have learned this school year to help prepare for it.  This is the last week of the Lake County Captain’s reading logs. Make sure to have your child’s reading logs turned in and signed this Friday. This week in class we will finish our unit on geometry and begin another unit on perimeter. Students will have a test on geometry next week on Wednesday. See study guide to help prepare for it. We will continue our units on government in social studies and matter in science. In ELA students will be assigned to create a biography book presentation. Information on this presentation will be going home Monday the ninth. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of April 2

Hello,

I hope everyone had a nice Spring Break. I would like to remind students to continue filling out their Captain’s reading logs to win a free ticket to a Lake County Captain’s baseball game. Reading logs are due on Fridays. This week in math we will be finishing up our unit on graphing. The test on it will be this Friday. Study guides went home before break. In ELA students will continue to be studying biographies. We will be finishing the biography we have been reading in class on Ben Franklin. In writing students will be writing opinion passages. There will be no spelling list this week because of the shortened week. In social studies students have been learning about our government. Students will continue to learn about local, state and national government. Lastly in science students will be learning about matter. We will be doing several in class experiments to learn about different properties of matter. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of March 19

Hello,

This week is right for read week. Students will be participating in different reading activities throughout the week to celebrate it.  On Monday the school is having an assembly to help kick off the week for it. Remember to make sure your child is filling out there reading logs each week to receive a free ticket to a Lake County Captains baseball game. During ELA students have been and will continue to write different opinion passages. Students have begun learning figurative language and we have been reviewing how to compare and contrast two different texts. In math we began our graphing unit and we will continue to work on it all this week. In Social Studies we have begun our unit on government. Lastly in science we will be wrapping up our unit on matter. If your child has not already done so please have them return to school their signed report card envelope. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of March 12

Hello,

Welcome to the fourth and final quarter of the school year! As the weather warms up please remind students to continue to bring jackets and wear long pants until we start reaching temperatures over 60 degrees. I was very proud of everyone for their hard work that was put in for the international festival. Students did a great job preparing for it and learning about different countries. Our next unit in social studies will focus on government. In science we will continue learning about matter. Students will be participating in an experiment this week. We will be creating a chemical change. In math we have our fractions test this Wednesday. Remember to have your child review the study guide and practice what we have been going over in class. In ELA we will be beginning several new topics. Our writing genre for this quarter will be on opinion essays. Students will be learning about figurative language in reading. They will also learn how to compare and contrast different texts. As a friendly reminder report cards will be coming home in Friday folders this week. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of March 5

Hello,

This is international festival week! Our class will be celebrating the festival Thursday afternoon. Students can begin beginning in their items that will go on their table starting Wednesday. Any food items can be brought in on Thursday. I hope that everyone can make it to see all the hard work that students did on it. For math students will be having a fractions test next week on Wednesday the 14th. A study guide will be going home for students to use to help prepare for it. We will be reviewing all week for it. In science we will continue our unit on matter and we’ll be doing several science experiments to help better understand phase change. In ELA students will be writing an informative essay on penguins. We will be also wrapping up our units on context clues and main ideas. Friday is the end of the third grading period. Students will have no school Monday the 12th. Report cards will be going home on Friday the 16th. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of February 26

Hello,

This is Jump Rope for Heart week. Students are learning all about the program and on Friday are encouraged to wear athletic clothes to celebrate it. Thank you to everyone who has made contributions so far. Last week our class finished up our roles of living things unit by typing animal reports on three different animals. This week we begin our new unit on matter. On Thursday March 8 in the afternoon will be our international festival. Students have been working hard in class for the festival. If your child has not already, please have them bring in a poster board this week so that they can put together their poster for the festival. In math students have been learning about equivalent fractions and we will continue our unit on fractions through next week. This will be our last week for the mystery genre unit. We will be reading different Sherlock Holmes stories in class all week long. Students wrote informational passages about snowflakes and this week in class students will be typing up their passages. I would like to remind families to make sure that your child is completing their reading log each night. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to let me know.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand