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.
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