Sunday, September 16, 2018

Monday News

Dear Families,

This week, your child will bring home a reading log. This log will go from home to school and will be used to help your child set goals for reading. Please encourage your child to record what he or she has read each night. The homework recommendation in third and fourth grade is to read for at least 20 minutes each night.

We started our cursive lessons last week. Some students are so excited that they asked for cursive practice to be homework. I haven't decided if we will begin sending home cursive for homework though.

We are starting our read aloud book called The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes. There is a great lesson in the book. We will practice deep thinking skills during read aloud so your child can practice during reading workshop with his or her independent reading book.

Your child will be bringing home a Highlights Magazine order form. Our classroom will get free supplies if I return the forms. Even if you check "no" and sign the form, it still counts as a response towards the free supplies. Please help our classroom by filling out the yellow form with a "yes" OR "no". Thanks.

Enjoy your week,

Mrs. Carter

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Monday News

Dear Families,

Our class is leading all school morning meeting on Friday from 7:40-8:00 am. If you are available, please come join us!


We will have Kinderbuddies this Monday. Third and fourth graders will be paired with a kindergartener for the year and we will do an activity together each month. This month we will spend the time getting to know each other. We will be paired up with Mrs. Driver's kindergarten class.



In reading workshop, we will start the year looking at characters in stories and how characters develop throughout a story. Students will place their understanding of character development on a progression. The first stage is a retell. If your child tells you everything that happened to the character in the story, then their understanding of that character is in the first stages of understanding that character. The second stage is to notice character feelings. For example, your child may say, “The character felt lonely, even though she had a dog”. The third stage is to notice character traits. An example would be that the character was sneaky and untrustworthy. The last stage is to notice the lesson or the theme. For example, your child may notice that the character realized that, “You should appreciate the friends you have”.  Reading comprehension strategies are developed on a continuum or progression. The students learn to place their comprehension strategies on these progressions, so they can set goals and monitor their understanding.

During outdoor learning on Thursday, students focused on observing with their senses. We made goldenrod tea. Goldenrod can help with allergic symptoms caused by ragweed. Please remember to send your child with clothes to be outside on Thursdays. An extra set of clothes in their backpack might come in handy. 


Enjoy your week,

Mrs. Carter









Monday, September 3, 2018

Monday News

Dear Families,

We had a very successful first week of school! We are definitely feeling the benefits of a comfortable air-conditioned classroom, thanks to the geothermal cooling and heating system. We spent the week establishing expectations and building our classroom community.

This first newsletter will be an introduction to our outdoor classroom on Thursdays.

Thursday Outdoor Schedule:
7:40-8:00
Tea Ritual
8:00-8:40
Project time
8:45-9:30
Physical Education
9:30-9:45
snack
9:45-11:00
Focused
Lesson
11:00-11:25
lunch 11-11:25
11:25-11:55
Free Explore  11:25-11:55
12:00-12:45
Shinrin Yoku
12:45-1:45
Focused Explore/
Sitspots
1:45 - 2:00
Tea Ritual
2:00 - 2:10
Inside for dismissal

Parts of the Day:
Tea Ritual - The students start the day and end the day together with a mindfulness activity. We will be planting a tea garden and tasting different teas every Thursday. The students will have a tea recipe book with a list of ingredients to take home at the end of the school year.
Project Time - Student-centered research topics that change each trimester.
Lesson- Activities that are connected to the curriculum. Last week we created clans for groups of students. Ask your child about their clan animal.
Free Explore- This is during recess, but students can play in the outdoor classroom. There is a mud kitchen and a moving parts playground.
Shinrin Yoku- This is the active movement part of our day. Students will go on a hike every Thursday.   Click here to watch a short video on Shinrin Yoku
Focused Explore - This is connected to the lesson in the morning and the students must respond to the focused explore in their sit spots.
Sit Spots  - Silent reflection time in their science notebooks, followed by a discussion.
Tea Ritual - A wonderful, calming end to our day!

Odds and Ends:

  • Cross-Country Skiing will be in January and February on Thursdays. Students will be provided equipment and group lessons.
  • Please contact me if you'd like to volunteer!

Enjoy your week,

Mrs. Carter

Monday, June 18, 2018

Last Post of the '17-'18 School Year!

Dear Families,

As we say goodbye to the '17-'18 school year, I want to thank you for all you do to support your child in their school experience. It's always amazing for me to see the change in each child in just one school year. 

On Monday, we will have Kinderbuddies, Sandy's BBQ, play Minute-to-Win-It and test ourselves in a game of classmate trivia.

On Tuesday, we will have Move-Up Day at 8 am, followed by games at the rec field and boat races with our new class for the Boat Regatta. The incoming 5th graders will make a team with Ms. Keir. Tuesday afternoon we will clean, sort and pack things up to go home. 

Wednesday is Wicked Fun Day from 12-2. 

Fourth Grade Recognition is Tuesday at 6:00 pm.

It's going to be a fun week! Please remember to send your child with sunscreen on Wednesday.

Have a great summer!

Mrs. Carter  



Sunday, June 10, 2018

Monday News

Dear Families,

The June Book Project is to bring in a food that is related to a book your child read at home. Your child may bring the food anyday that works best for you.

The students will have their final science assessment for our Structure and Function unit. Students will conduct an experiment using different "bird beaks" to pick up different kinds of "food".

In writing, students are working on "showing, not telling" their true story. The stories will be made into books this week.

I will be out on Wednesday and Braedy Stone will be the guest teacher.

Sandy's BBQ is on Monday and 4th grade recognition is Tuesday at 6pm.

Please click here to watch a short video of Circus Smirkus at BPMS!

Enjoy your week,

Mrs. Carter

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Monday News

Dear Families,

Please click here to watch a video from the 4th grade track meet.

While the 4th graders were at the track meet, the third graders spent the morning with Mark LaBarr, an ornithologist from the Audubon, catching birds in mist nets and banding them. Ask your child about this great experience!

Big picture

Important Dates
Monday, June 4th-Friday, June 8th, Circus Smirkus, Artist in Residence
Friday, June 15th, Class Placement letters mailed home
Monday, June 18th, Sandy's BBQ at lunchtime!
Tuesday, June 19th, Move Up Day, 8:00-8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, June 19th, Fourth Grade Recognition, 6:00 pm
Wednesday, June 20th, Wicked Fun Day 12:00-2:00 pm, Last Day of School