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Week of December 15th Newsletter

December 15, 2014

Parents,

We have already made it to the half-way point of the school year.  Our holiday break begins Monday and your child is two very short quarters from no longer being an elementary student.  If you think the first half of the year went by quickly, wait and see how fast the second half of the year zips by.

Math

In math this week the students will continue to work on methods to solve larger equations using multiplication.  If your child is still struggling with their basic multiplication facts, they will continue to struggle with other math concepts as they year goes on until they have a firm grasp on their basic facts.  Please take time at home to help them practice their multiplication facts.

Reading and Social Studies

Over the past few weeks the students have been studying Native Americans.  We have studied the various tribes that were native to Missouri, their ways of life, and their treatment as the United States began to grow.  We are finishing up a chapter book this week titled The Sign of the Beaver.  The students have enjoyed the book as we have reviewed multiple reading skills and strategies ranging from decoding words, comparing and contrasting, understanding characters and how they change, and making inferences.

AR

This is the last week for AR as our quarter ends this Friday.  If your child has not met their AR goal, they only have four short days to meet it.  Please help encourage them to continue to read over our holiday break.  The Newton County Library is a great place to help them find books they enjoy while we are out of school.

Holiday Party

This Wednesday we will have our 4th grade holiday party.  The students can wear pajamas or Christmas colored or themed clothes if they would like.  We will have hot cocoa and watch a movie in our rooms on Wednesday morning.

Upcoming Events

December 16th Character Assembly 2:15-2:50                                January 6th Students return to school

December 17th  4th Grade Holiday Party 9:00-9:30                          January 9th 2nd qtr grade cards go home

December 18th 4th Grade to Senior Center 12:00-12:30                  January 12th PTO Meeting @4:00

December 19th  ½ day and last day of school til Jan 6th                   January 19th No school. MLK birthday.

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