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

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

October 10, 2018

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

The Mustang Stampede and Round-up is almost here!  This fun PTA-sponsored event is happening this Sunday, October 14th from 12-3pm on the Edna blacktop.  Enjoy a barbecue lunch, play games, bid at the silent auction to help raise money for our school, participate in the Hale Bale Lap-a-Thon, and rock out to boot stompin’ music!  You won’t want to miss it!  

Thank you to all the families who donated to the 4thgrade’s “Family Game Night” barrel to be auctioned off to the highest bidder at the Mustang Stampede!   Some of the items in the barrel include the games of Farkle, Star Wars Monopoly, Scrabble and HedBanz, as well as a popcorn maker, popcorn and gourmet chocolate!  

We have Room Parents!  Thank you so much to Shannon Gillmore and Sam Fazio for stepping up to the plate!  You will all be hearing from them very soon! 

The Walk Through California presentation is happening next Thursday, October 18th from 9:00 to 11:30am in the Multi-purpose Room.  The fourth graders should be working on memorizing the definition of their word and answer to their question on the Expert Word Cards they were given a couple of weeks ago, as they will be expected to present them the day of the event.  They should also wear a costume, representing California history, geography, culture, or their own Expert Word Card.  For costume ideas, please visit the California Weekly Explorer website at the following link:


Our school will be having a Halloween parade at 8:50am on Wednesday, October 31st.  All families are invited!  Following the parade we will have a small party in our classroom.  Please look for an email with more details from our Room Moms. 

Parent-teacher conferences are happening during the weeks of November 5thand 12th.  If you have not yet scheduled a conference, please contact me right away.  During the two conference weeks, students will be dismissed early every day at 1:55pm.   

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

Warm regards,


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

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

September 26, 2018

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

Save the date!  The Mustang Stampede and Round-up is fast approaching! This fun, PTA-sponsored event is happening Sunday, October 14 from 12-3pm on the Edna blacktop.  Stay tuned for more details!  

Thanks to Kiddo!, the fourth graders will be participating in California Weekly Explorers’ Walkthrough California program on Thursday, October 18, from 9:00 until 11:30am, in the MPR here at Edna.  This presentation is designed to allow fourth grade students to actively participate in a lively retelling of California’s rich history.  Through the use of games, music, and storytelling, history comes alive for them!  You are welcome to join us!  Due to the length of the presentation, I do suggest finding alternate childcare for small children.  This is an interactive history lesson and not a school play, so younger audience members may become a distraction to the participants and presenter. For more information on this special program, you can visit California Weekly Explorers’ website at: http://californiaweekly.com. Look for your official invitation to the Walkthrough California program in your child’s Wednesday Folder next week. 
If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for the text messaging system called Remind.  This system will allow me to text you with important reminders.  If you have a smartphone, you can receive push notifications.  To sign up, open your web browser and go to the following link: rmd.at/h7fb3a. Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind.  You’ll be prompted to download the mobile app.  If you do not have a smartphone, get text notifications.  Text this message @h7fb3a to the number 81010.  If you have any trouble with 81010, try texting @h7fb3a to (415) 659-9324.  If you do not have a mobile phone, go to rmd.at/h7fb3a on a desktop computer to sign up for email notifications.

We are still looking for Room Parents to assist the class with special events like California Cookies and the end-of-the-school year party.  Thank you so much for considering taking on this role!

In the fall of 5th grade your child will be participating in the outdoor education program at Walker Creek.  In a couple of weeks, on October 17, from 11:15am to 12:15pm, Walker Creek Ranch is holding its annual open house and tour for parents.  If you are interested in hearing more about this program and touring the facility, this would be a wonderful event to attend.  Here is a link to the Walker Creek website if you have any questions about the October 17th event or about this 5th grade program:  http://www.walkercreekranch.org.

The fourth graders took their first weekly math assessment last Friday.  They received their scored tests back on Monday and we reviewed any problems they had trouble with in class.  Then your children took it home to redo any problems they missed on a separate piece of lined paper, to review it with you and then to have you sign it. Your child will benefit greatly from correcting his or her mistakes and reviewing the math concepts one more time. Thanks so much for your cooperation!

Please remember to review your children’s work in their Wednesday Folder each week.  The left pocket contains work that needs to be reviewed, signed and returned to the classroom while the right pocket contains work that should be reviewed and kept at home. 

Thanks to Kiddo!, the fourth graders’ orchestra program is set to begin tomorrow.  If you missed the informational meetings about this program and you are interested in learning more about it, please contact the program’s director, Phoebe Dong, at pdong@mvschools.org.  

There is no school on Monday, October 8 due to a Staff Development Day.  

Warm regards,


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

Monday, September 17, 2018

September 17, 2018

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

Thanks so much to all the parents who were able to take time out of their busy schedules to attend Back-to-School Night last week. I enjoyed having the opportunity to meet each and every one of you!  Since we only had forty-five minutes together, it was impossible for me to cover every program and curricular event special to our class and the 4th grade.  For that reason, I will be posting to our classroom blog periodically with information on current classroom and school-wide activities, projects and events.  Our blog can be accessed through the Teacher Sites page on the Edna Maguire website (ednamaguire.org) or directly at http://ednaeshoff.blogspot.com.  

Thank you also to the many parents who volunteered to help out in the classroom!  If you haven’t heard from me already, you will soon.  

A special thank you to Alison Vinoly (Diego’s mom) for her willingness to be our class’s Room Parent!  You should be hearing from her very soon.  

I have signed up for a text messaging system called Remind. This system will allow me to text you with important reminders.  If you have a smartphone, you can receive push notifications.  To sign up, open your web browser and go to the following link: rmd.at/h7fb3a.  Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind.  You’ll be prompted to download the mobile app.  If you do not have a smartphone, get text notifications.  Text this message @h7fb3a to the number 81010.  If you have any trouble with 81010, try texting @h7fb3a to (415) 659-9324.  If you do not have a mobile phone, go to rmd.at/h7fb3a on a desktop computer to sign up for email notifications.  Please be sure that you sign up for the service, so that you do not miss out on any important messages.  Thanks so much!    

Scholastic Book Clubs is a wonderful way to get your child excited about reading.  It’s also a great way to expose your child to different genres. Our first book orders will be coming home in your child’s Wednesday Folder this week and are due by next Thursday, September 27.  You may either send in the order forms with a check made out to Scholastic Book Clubs or you may order online, using the provided classroom code (LLKWZ).  No cash please.  

Every week, students will be bringing home a “Weekly Update” in their Wednesday Folder.  This form gives students the opportunity to explain what is going on in different areas of the curriculum, how they are doing in school, assignments they are missing, and goals they have made for themselves. Please review it with your child, sign it, make any comments, and return it, along with the Wednesday Folder, to school with your child by Friday of the same week.

This week, I will begin administering timed multiplication tests.  These tests will be given once a week.  Students will have one minute to complete 50 problems.  It is possible to receive a perfect score on this test.  A few students last year were able to complete all 50 problems in one minute or less.  Please encourage your child to review their multiplication facts through 9 on a regular basis.  A lot of practice will be needed before the facts can be memorized and mastered.  For that reason, I am encouraging all families to sign up for a web-based program called XtraMath.  This program that we are also using in the classroom helps students increase speed and accuracy in arithmetic.  In this week’s Wednesday Folder, I am sending home information on how to sign up for this program and how to link your account to our account in the classroom. If you do not have the Internet at home, I can suggest alternative activities your child can pursue to help with the mastery of math facts.  

Every Tuesday and Thursday during Lunch Recess, I hold Study Hall for students who have missing homework assignments, who need extra help with their schoolwork, or who just want to do some quiet work or reading.  If you feel your child would benefit from attending Study Hall, please encourage him or her to attend.

The Kiddo!-sponsored orchestra program is set to begin soon.  This is an optional program and students participating will leave the classroom for half an hour every Thursday afternoon to meet with Ms. Dong.  If for some reason you missed the flyer and email explaining this program and you would like your child to participate, please contact the director of the program, Phoebe Dong, at pdong@mvschools.orgASAP.  

Warm regards,


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