Sunday, May 19, 2019

May 19, 2019

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

We finished state testing last week!  Thanks so much for sending your children to school well fed and rested!  Thank you to the Gillmore, Renga, Bringard, Fazio, and Lewis families for the healthy snacks!  

The California Wax Museum is fast approaching!  This year, this special 4th grade event will take place on Wednesday, May 29th, from 5:30 until 6:30pm. Please mark your calendars!  Your children have been hard at work on this project!  All monologues have been written, turned in, and reviewed.  Following is a list of important upcoming due dates for this project.  

Tuesday, May 21st:               Poster DUE
   
Friday, May 24th:                  Costume Picture DUE (by email, text or in person)
                                             Memorized Monologue DUE
                                             Locations Assigned

Wednesday, May 29th:         Rehearsal (during school)

Wednesday, May 29th:         5:30-6:30pm WAX MUSEUM 
                                             (Students should arrive at Edna by 5:15pm)

Please remember there will be no school next Monday, May 27th due to Memorial Day.  

It is early dismissal for students on Wednesday, May 29th.  All students will be dismissed at 12:30pm for a special district-wide luncheon honoring long-time staff members. 

Edna’s Open House is coming up soon!  It will take place on Thursday, June 6th, from 6-7pm.  We are anxious to celebrate all of the students’ hard work and dedication.  Hope you can make it!  

Thanks to Kiddo! our fourth graders have been learning poetry from Ms. Prartho Sereno for the past month.  Student poems will be on display at our Open House.  

All library books are due by June 3rd!  Please be sure that your child returns all books to the library ASAP.  Thanks so much for your help!  


Don’t get stuck in a crazy Back-to-School shopping rush right before school!  Order your school supplies for next year online at 1stDay School Supplies and you are just a few clicks away from getting everything you need for next year!  It’s super easy... Click, pay, done!  Your child’s kit ships right to Edna and is filled with the high quality, name brand products you trust and that your child’s teachers have requested.  Plus, prices are comparable to big box stores and 10% goes back to the PTA to fund school programs and supplies!  Last day to order is June 30th! Any questions, contact Zoe Pinksa at zpinksa@yahoo.com.  

Edna is switching communication platforms.  We are moving our Edna communications to a new platform: ParentSquare.  Have you registered for ParentSquare yet?  Register and select how you want to receive your Edna emails: by email or text, instantly or in a daily digest - or through the ParentSquare app?  You choose!  Click here to learn more.

Our last day of school is Thursday, June 13th.  Students will be dismissed at 12:45pm on that day.

Warm regards,


Mrs. Eshoff
(415) 389-7733, X2636


Monday, March 18, 2019

March 18, 2019

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

The fourth graders participated in the disability awareness program called A Touch of Understanding today.  This program aims to build sensitivity towards people with disabilities and to promote a culture of acceptance and understanding.  The fourth graders spent 90 minutes moving through stations where they learned about tools people with disabilities use, including a wheelchair and prosthetics station.  Then they spent another 90 minutes, hearing the stories of different disabled people.  Ask your children about their participation in this program!  You will be amazed by what they learned and the impact the program made on your children.  Thank you, PTA, for bringing this incredible event to our school!  

Thank you again to the many families for the yummy lunches, lattes, flowers, gifts and notes last week!  What a treat!  You are all so thoughtful and kind!  I feel hugely appreciated! 

Thank you for turning in your child’s permission slip and payment for our trip to the Gold Country!  All necessary paperwork has been received.  

Thank you to all the families who donated materials or volunteered their time for the California Cookies project this past Thursday.  It was great fun making the cookies!  Hopefully they arrived home in one piece!  J

This upcoming Monday, March 25th, our class is going on a field trip to the Marin Symphony!  All 4th graders in Marin County have been invited to this concert where they will enjoy the following pieces: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Flute Concerto, 1st MovementGiacomo Rossini’sOverture to William Tell;and Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.  This day will be very exciting for us all!  

We received approximately 50 trout eggs on March 7th and, last week, they hatched!  For about a month, we will watch them grow into adolescent trout.  Last week, we discussed our class aquarium and how it simulates nature. Watching the trout change and grow is a wonderful learning experience for the fourth graders.  Please ask them to share what they are learning with you and feel free to stop by anytime to check them out.

Since January, the fourth graders have been enjoying dance with Alan Scofield from Young Imaginations. On Friday, April 5th, the fourth graders will be performing for family and friends some of the dances they have been learning.  Please join us on that day from 2:10 to 3:00pm in the Multi-purpose Room for this special performance.  

Start planning now! There is no school from Monday, April 8th through Friday, April 12th due to Spring Break.   

Warm regards,
Mrs. Eshoff

          

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

February 13, 2019

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

I hope you are all dry and safe in this latest winter storm!  

Thank you to the many parents who attended the Interactive Art Show this past Friday!  It was fun watching you interact with your children and create beautiful works of art featuring the loveable pig.  Thanks to Kiddo!, programs like this one enrich our children’s education and lives.  

Today a packet of information about our Gold Country trip in April went home in your child’s Wednesday Folder.  This material includes a program description, permission slip and payment form.  Please be sure to review this important information at your earliest convenience.  The permission slip and payment are due back to me by Friday, March 15th. Thanks so much!

This week Edna’s Student Council is putting on a kindness challenge in observance of National Random Acts of Kindness Day (February 17th) and National Kindness Week (February 18th- February 22nd).  Some of the festivities include writing kind and encouraging messages on the blacktop, making cards for the adults at our school, and sharing acts of kindness on construction paper leaves to be assembled into a Kindness Tree.  This Friday, students are encouraged to celebrate the magic of kindness by dressing up for Magic Day.  They can be witches, wizards, fairytale or fantasy book characters, unicorns, magicians or make up their own!  Anything magical goes!  

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and we will enjoy the holiday by decorating a receptacle to collect Valentine cards, passing out cards, watching Charlie Brown’s Valentine and eating popcorn.  If you have a box or bag at home that could work well for collecting cards, please send it in with your child tomorrow. Bringing in Valentine’s Day cards is optional.  If your child does, however, he or she needs to have one for each student in the class. There is a total of twenty-two students. 

Thanks to Ms. Monge, our librarian extraordinaire, the Young Authors’ Fair is returning to Edna again this school year.  A couple of weeks ago, Ms. Monge reviewed this program with our students and then sent home an invitation and entry slip in your children’s Wednesday Folder.  Participation in the Fair is optional and contingent upon the submission of a student-created story. All stories are due to Ms. Monge by Wednesday, March 13th.  Those students who submit a story by then will be eligible to participate in the Young Authors’ Fair.  The Young Authors' Fair will be held during school hours.  Children will visit the MPR by grade level.  They will be able to choose from the following activities: stamping leather notebooks, making origami bookmarks, building structures, creating stop animation videos, and reading each other’s stories. Also, author Mac Barnett will join all our young writers for a special presentation at the end of the day.  Please go to the library page on Edna Maguire’s website for additional information. 

On Monday, March 25, the fourth grade classes will be going to the Marin Symphony for a field trip.  Check your calendars for availability!  We will need several drivers and chaperones.  A permission slip will be going home the week we return from our break. 

Please remember that school will be closed Monday, February 18th through Friday, February 22nd for President’s Day and our mid-winter recess.

Also, be sure to mark your calendar for the next day off. There will be no school on Friday, March 8th due to a Staff Development Day.  

Warm regards,


Mrs. Eshoff
(415) 389-7733, X2636

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

January 9, 2019

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

Welcome back and Happy New Year!  I hope you enjoyed a fun and relaxing holiday season and break!

Thank you to all the families who provided a food dish for our Traditions Feast.  Everything was so delicious!  It was great fun to share these special dishes and traditions with each other!  Thank you also to all the parents who provided supplies for the feast.  A special thanks to Sam Fazio and Shannon Gillmore for coordinating parent volunteers!  I appreciate all your help very much! 

The California Road Trip Journal was due the Friday before our holiday break, and tomorrow and Friday the fourth graders will be sharing their reports with the class.  If your child has not yet turned in his/her final project, he/she needs to do so right away.  Please check your child’s Weekly Update that was sent home this afternoon for any missing parts of the project.  

Thanks to Kiddo!, the fourth graders will be participating in the Young Imaginations’ dance program starting this Friday.  The fourth graders’ dance teacher, Alan Scofield, has been associated with this high-quality program for a number of years.  Dance will run from January through the beginning of April, at which time students will put on a special performance for families.  

This is another reminder to mark your calendars for the mandatory parent meeting about our overnight trip to Gold Country, which will be held in the Library on Thursday, January 17th at 5:30pm.  At least one parent from each family should attend this meeting.  A representative from the Sierra Outdoor School will be there to share lots of important information about this program! 

We will be going to the de Young Museum on Tuesday, January 15th to participate in their Get Smart with Art program.  At the museum, students will view several art pieces that will help them explore and better understand the multiple layers of cultural heritage that comprise the story of California. The pieces shown will be from the mid–to–late nineteenth century and will address the growth of Euro–American settlements in the California region, technological advancements such as the Transcontinental Railroad, and the great wealth produced by western mining operations. The diverse Native American cultures of California and how these cultures survived and adapted to the rapid environmental and cultural changes resulting from European expansion will also be addressed in the artwork.  In the art studio at the museum, students will participate in an art activity that allows them to explore key artistic concepts through a range of materials that connect to the artwork they will have seen in the galleries.  

Today I sent home two Scholastic book orders.  If you are interested in ordering books for your child, you can go online using our classroom code or you can send in your order with a check made out to Scholastic Book Clubs.  Please submit your orders by next Thursday, January 17th.  

The Interactive Art Show is happening the week of February 4th.  On Friday, February 8th, during our regularly scheduled Kiddo! art time at 10:15am, our class will be participating in a special art class in the MPR.  This class is open to family members, so plan to join your junior Picasso or Rodin for what's sure to be a fun and exciting art project! 

In Library students read about the regions of California.  While reading, they found key words and phrases that described each region.  They then used these words to write haiku about each region and selected one of their haiku to share using Book Creator with you.  The following link is a video of their project.  Enjoy!


Please remember that there will be no school on Monday the 21st  for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.  

Warm regards,


Mrs. Eshoff
aeshoff@mvschools.org
(415) 389-7733, X2636

Friday, December 14, 2018

December 14, 2018

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

This is a reminder that our class's Traditions Feast will take place on Thursday, December 20th from 11:15am until approximately 12:15pm.  On the 20th, all fourth graders will be bringing in a traditional dish to share with the class.  This dish should be something that your family enjoys for a holiday, on special occasions, or on a regular basis. Last week students were responsible for choosing a dish and writing about it, including its main ingredients, who usually makes the dish, and from where the dish comes.  Please check with your child about this work and if he or she hasn't yet turned it in, please have him or her do so right away.  This week we will work on a slide or Pic Collage about the dish to share with the class and families on the 20th and last week's Traditions Feast assignment needs to be done in order for your child to complete this new assignment.  Thanks so much for helping your child prepare for the Traditions Feast!  We hope to see you there!

Warm regards,
Mrs. Eshoff

Friday, November 16, 2018

November 16, 2018

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

Over the past couple of weeks, I have enjoyed meeting with everyone during parent-teacher conferences to discuss the fourth graders’ progress in learning!

Thank you to the many families who donated supplies and volunteered for the Halloween party!  It was a fun day with the class party, costume parade, Halloween math centers and the Punkin Chunkin activity where students made catapults for chucking candy pumpkins across the room.  Good times! 

Thank you to the PTA for its continued support of classroom and school programs!  At the last PTA Meeting on November 7th, the spending of additional funds that will go towards the fourth grade’s trip to Gold Country was approved. Thank you for showing your support of your child’s education through your contributions to our PTA!  

Kiddo! has kicked off its 2018-2019 annual campaign!  There are 179 Edna families left to give.  Your contributions to Kiddo! bring so many important programs to our school.  Because of your donations, our students are given regular instruction in art, music, dance, drama, poetry, and P.E.  This year, my students and I are receiving help from Kiddo!-funded classroom aides, library aides, and our district-wide technology coach. Please know that your voluntary donations to Kiddo! every year in any amount help keep great programs and people in place at our school. Thanks in advance for helping Kiddo! help our schools. Please visit http://www.kiddo.org to learn more.  Kids need Kiddo! and Kiddo! needs you!  Thank you for your support!

Thursday, December 6 is Kiddo! Participation Day!   Have your child wear Kiddo! colors, red, yellow and black, that day to celebrate Kiddo! and all that it does for our school!  

Edna Maguire’s annual Book Fair is coming up soon!  Please visit the Book Fair anytime from Monday, December 3through Thursday, December 6.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to update your book collections and to buy holiday gifts!  The Fourth Grade hosts its annual fundraiser on the final night from 5-8pm, a pop-up restaurant where your family can get a delicious dinner or dessert, and support our class’s field trips.  Come check out the raffle, enjoy fun giveaways for the kids, and take a night off cooking.  Children are invited to attend dressed as a favorite book character or historical figure. If you can volunteer, we would love your help (sign up genius)!  Hope to see you there! 

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, many of us have taken stock of the multitude of blessings that have been bestowed upon us. The devastating fires in Butte County and Southern California have made us especially thankful for what we have. I wanted to take this moment to thank you for your support of classroom and school programs.  Edna Maguire School is a special place thanks to a strong parent community that prioritizes its children’s education and well-being.  

I hope you enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!  

Warm regards,


Mrs. Eshoff
(415) 389-7733, X2636

Sunday, October 28, 2018

October 28, 2018

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

Congratulations to Sullivan and Lindsay for being selected as our Class Representatives for Student Council!  These two hard working and responsible students will make fine officers!

The fourth graders met their second grade Buddies from Mrs. Ingle’s class for the first time this month.  To get to know each other, they conducted interviews. Edna’s Classroom Buddies program is a great way to promote school community and to teach leadership skills. From now on, we will be meeting with our Buddies approximately once a month.  

This upcoming Wednesday, October 31st is our Halloween parade and party.  The Halloween parade will take place at 8:50am on the blacktop and around the turf.  The fourth graders can wear their costumes to school and change after the parade.  Please remember to keep the school costumes on the friendlier side and that accessories like toy weapons are not allowed at school.  The party will take place in the classroom following the parade from approximately 9:15 until 10:00.  Thank you to our Room Parents, Shannon Gillmore and Sam Fazio, for setting up a Sign-up Genius for the party and thank you to all the parents who contributed something to the party!

Parent-Teacher Conferences have been scheduled, and by now you should have received an email with the date and time of yours.  If you are unable to make it at your scheduled time, please let me know right away.  During the two weeks of conferences, November 5th through November 16thstudents will be released at 1:55pm.   

This year, I will be giving the fourth graders the opportunity to practice their keyboarding skills through the use of the web-based program called Keyboarding Without Tears.  If students have access to a computer and the Internet at home, they can access their keyboarding accounts from there.  Last weekend, I emailed you a link to the Keyboarding Without Tears site. If you didn’t receive it, please let me know.  

There is no school on Monday, November 12th in observance of Veterans’ Day.

Warm regards,         


Mrs. Eshoff
(415) 389-7733, X2636
aeshoff@mvschools.org