Classroom Updates

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M-Step Testing: We will begin M-Step testing the week of May 6. If you are interested in providing a snack, please email me at tkortman@saugatuckps.com. I am hoping to find a few volunteers to provide the following items: 20 muffins (May 7), 20 bananas (May 7), 20 granola bars (May 14), 20 clementines (May 14).

Field Trip: We are taking a field trip to Historic Charlton Park in Hastings on Wednesday, May 15. A letter describing the details of the trip can be found in your child’s backpack today. Please return the bottom portion of the letter if you’d like to be considered for a chaperone position.

Half Day: Previously this Friday was scheduled as a teacher inservice, and students had the day off. Since the state has not forgiven an excess of 9 snow days at this point, students will attend school this Friday for half a day. The school day ends at 11:30 a.m., when teachers will begin inservice training.

Homework: Some students need to review their homework packet from last week and make changes. Students are expected to do their best work on each homework packet.

Additionally, a new homework packet is coming home today, which is due next Monday, April 29. I had a conversation with students today explaining that they can easily complete the packet if they work for 15-20 minutes every night, Monday through Friday. This means no homework on the weekends! Breaking the homework packet into manageable chunks creates a routine and allows students to do their best work every day.

Press to Test: Please have your child check a smoke alarm in your home by Thursday!

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Classroom Updates

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Homework: A new homework packet came home with your child on Monday. It should be completed and returned on Monday, April 22. Please encourage your child to do his or her absolute best. Neat handwriting, complete sentences, and work shown on the page are all expected. Thank you!

School Store: We are hosting the school store this Friday! Your child is welcome to bring spending money.

M-Step: The M-Step testing window for 4th graders will open soon. Students will take the English Language Arts and Mathematics M-Step Test this year. The English Language Arts M-Step Test will take place during the week of May 6, and the Mathematics M-Step Test will take place during the week of May 13. I will share more information regarding the test as we approach these dates.

SPS Press to Test: The Saugatuck Fire Department would like to host an ice-cream social for all of the students who completed the #SPSPresstoTest Challenge. So far, only 4 students in our class have completed the challenge. If your child would still like to complete the challenge, please take a video of him or her testing a smoke alarm in your home. Then, send the video to tkortman@saugatuckps.com. This video will not be used on social media. I will only use it as proof that your child has completed the challenge. Thank you!

No Homework Packet This Week

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Just a reminder that there is NO SCHOOL on Friday due to Spring Break! Because of the shortened week, students will not have a homework packet to complete. As usual, however, students should continue to read a just-right book every night. Students can also complete Xtra Math and brush up on previously-learned math skills on IXL.

Science Study Guide

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We are taking a science test on Wednesday, March 27. In order to prepare, your child filled out a study guide at school today. This can be found in your child’s take home folder tonight. Please review the ‘I Can Statements’ to determine areas where your child needs the most review.

Celebrate Reading Week

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Our class will celebrate Reading Month next week (March 25 – March 28). We hope to have a great week celebrating reading!

Monday: “Read a Shirt Day” Students wear shirts that have words on them (school appropriate).

Tuesday: “Reading Knocks Your Socks Off” Students may wear their craziest, coolest, or mismatched socks to school (Please make sure they have shoes, too!).

Wednesday: “Catch the Reading Wave” Students may bring a beach towel to school. During independent reading, students will read on their beach towels.

Thursday: “Hats Off to Reading” Students may wear a hat in the classroom during independent reading.

4th graders will also enjoy a pajama day on Thursday!