Monday, June 5, 2017

4th Grade Photos and Reminders

Hi 4th Grade Parents,

Tuesday is a our field trip to Lotus Lake. We will be leaving promptly at 7:45am and returning at 3pm. It is important your child dresses appropriately for the weather. (It is supposed to be cool with a chance of rain.)  We have suggested bringing a raincoat and boots, as we will be near water and it may be muddy. They will also need a bagged lunch that day. Please send in your child's permission slip if you haven't already done so. 

Wednesday, June 14th is the last day of school. It will be a half day and your child will spend the morning with their new 5th grade teachers. 

We have finally finished testing! Be sure to congratulate your student on their hard work! Between NECAP, SBAC, Fountas and Pinnell Reading Tests and normal end of the year assessments these 4th graders have been busy! We were incredibly impressed with the progress the class has made over the course of the year. We are encouraging students to read over the summer to ensure they don't slide back in their reading. We don't want them to loose all that hard work they have done this year. Mrs. Giller will be assigning some reading as well. The library offers a great summer reading program that is a wonderful resource. We hope your child will participate!

Enjoy some pictures from the last few weeks!

May Day Celebrations

 Girls on the Run 5k in Brattleboro 

 3rd and 4th Grade Baseball Game

Sheep and Wool Program at Billings Farm

 History Fair

 Irie Reading the Gettysburg Address
 Edwin Enjoying Some Nonfiction Reading

Monday, May 15, 2017

May 14- May 25

May 14, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

We are still reeling from our presentations at the History Fair!  It was amazing to see how students rose to the occasion and were able to demonstrate their knowledge through their unique performances/demonstrations.  No one will look at Woodstock the same after all they learned!
One student said, "I couldn't believe studying history could be so much fun!"  Thanks to all of the mentors for their hard work!

There are many changes in scheduling during the next two weeks.  We had the SBAC literacy tests already but starting on Monday, we will be doing the Math test.  It will continue through Wednesday.
On Friday we will be doing the NECAP Science test, which will go into next week ending on Thursday,.( Only fourth graders in our district take this test!)

On Thursday, May 18th we will be going to the Sheep and Wool program at Billings' Farm.  We will leave at 11:15 and return by the end of the day.  Students will need to bring a bag lunch.

We hope to see all of you at the May Day Celebration on May 24th.  Fourth graders will be doing the maypole dance as WES' traditional rite of passage.

Cindy & Kelley

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


Student Celebrations and the Class Concert

Angel helped organize a morning meeting to make sandwiches for the blood drive. 

GOTR showing their star power!
Good Afternoon 4th Grade Parents,

We were excited to hear that so many of you seemed to have such lovely breaks. Whether is was getting away to warmer weather and salt air or hanging around to enjoy the outdoors in our own special corner of the world, hopefully you are feeling refreshed!

We have been busy since our return from break. Our new multiplication and division unit has really challenged kids, but we are so excited to see them utilizing new strategies and working so hard. We have been working on solving and estimating for 2-digit multiplication problems and are moving on to 4-digit by 1 digit multiplication and division in the coming weeks. We sent a hard copy of the family letter home. Hopefully this is helpful to understand some of the strategies we are practicing at school so you can help at home, if need be.

We have enjoyed integrating reading, writing and social studies to allow complete emergence into Vermont history! Students are not only working on a topic for History Fair but they are also researching a separate Vermont history topic for writing and reading that they will begin their rough draft on later this week. Another part of our thematic learning is students are reading Farmer Boy, a Laura Ingalls classic about Almanzo Wilder, a young boy living on a big farm in New York. Students are working hard to complete a chapter a day and assignments involving comparing and contrasting the lifestyle from the 1800's to the present. Because of our focus on Vermont's history, students seem to really be enjoying and understanding the topic.

By now you should have received your child's report card. We have encouraged them to sit down and look over the report card with you as this is a great opportunity to have a conversation about strengths and areas of growth as well as making some personal goals for this last quarter.

We are looking forward to the last quarter with the 4th graders and feel very proud of all of the growth they have made this year.

History Fair is Thursday, May 11th from 6-7:30pm. It is expected that students arrive at 5:45pm with a water bottle. Parents and guests will be asked to wait outside until 6pm, unless it is raining. They should be fed dinner prior to arriving. Students should know what dress is appropriate for their presentation. This could be a costume or neat attire. We are counting on everyone being in attendance, since they have been preparing for this performance for 6 weeks. Your child is presenting 3 times that night and there will be a schedule at the door. In-between their performances they are expected to quietly watch another performance. Adult supervision is appreciated. They are excited to share what they have learned in the last 6 weeks.

We are looking for a chaperone for May 18th from 11:30-2:10 for a trip to Billings Farm. We are also looking for a chaperone from May 26th 10:15-12:30pm. Please contact us if you are interested.

We are thankful for Paul Kowalski and Sammie LaBombard who came in yesterday to help out with students, while we enjoyed a delicious luncheon. Thank you to anyone else who has helped to coordinate a wonderful teacher appreciation week. We are feeling very appreciated!

Upcoming Events:

  • History Fair Dress Rehearsal-Thursday, May 11th @1:30pm
  • 4th Grade History Fair at the Woodstock Historical Center- Thursday, May 11th @6-7:30pm
  • SBAC Math Testing- May 15th-17th
  • Billings Farm Field Trip (Sheep & Wool Program)- May 18th, @11:30-2:10 *Bag lunch needed
  • NECAP Science Testing- May 19th, 22nd & 24th
  • May Day Celebration-Wednesday, May 24th @10am
  • May Day (Rain Date)-Thursday, May 25th @10am
  • Billings Farm Field Trip (Farm Life Exhibits)- May 26th, @10:15-12:30pm
  • 4th Grade Field Trip to Lotus Lake-Tuesday, June 6 @7:45am-3pm
  • Last Day of School-Wednesday, June 14th
Happy Spring!

Kelley & Cindy