Last Newsletter of the Year

Hello 4B Families,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Can you believe it is the last week of school?! I am sad as I write this knowing that this is the last newsletter of the year and my last week with your fourth graders. I am so proud of the students and all of the gains they’ve made. I’m also extremely grateful to all of the parents for all of the hard work and dedication you’ve put into this unprecedented school year. I’m so grateful to be a part of this wonderful HRS family.

This Week at School: This week, we will wrap up all of the academic subjects and also participate in some fun end of the year activities. Thursday, June 10th is free dress- jeans, casual dress for cleaning and packing up, and there is also noon dismissal from school.  Friday, June 11th is asynchronous, so there will be no in person attendance at school. There will be a whole school Mass live streamed at 8:45 am on June 11th, and we ask all families to watch this important celebration from home. 

iPads: On Wednesday, June 9th, we will be collecting all iPads. Please make sure your child comes to school with her/his cleaned and wiped-down iPad and charger. 

Report cards will be sent to you by mail next week. Along with the report card you will also be receiving information about math placement for 5th grade and information on the Holy Rosary Summer reading and math programs. 

Summer packets: If you have requested paper copies of the summer math and reading packets they will be placed inside your child’s portfolio. Last chance to request paper copies of the 4th grade work packets! Be sure to take out the packets and put them in a safe place.  

If you have opted not to receive paper packets you will be able to access the math and reading packets in PDF form both on Google Classroom and on the 4B Webpage.  

  • I want to take this moment to reinforce the importance of regular reading and math review over the summer.  Research is clear that students lose a significant amount of growth during the summer months if they do not include regular reading and math into their summer plans. As mentioned, it is more about quality and quantity—short but highly focused reviews a few times a week make a real difference and reduce the “summer slide.”

I will update the top tabs of the 4B webpage this week where you will find newly added “Summer Math”, “Summer Reading” and “Summer Writing” tabs. In each section you will find links to great websites, resources and ideas to help with summer review. The links on the right side of the webpage that the students have used all year will remain as well. If you are looking for some fun summer work ideas, be sure to check out these tabs.

Those students that can bring in evidence of their summer work in math (worksheets, website online program results, or completed workbooks) should bring them in to me the first week of school for some fun little prizes/goodies to reward a job well done.  Added bonus for me–I get to see my old students!

I also encourage students to continue practicing math and reading via the various programs that they’ve created logins for: Epic, Happy Numbers, Xtra Math, etc.

Summer Reading Challenge: Here is our challenge to each student, parent, teacher, and staff member at Holy Rosary School: make reading a part of your daily schedule this summer by reading for at least 20 minutes each day of summer vacation! Use this calendar to keep track of your reading time by coloring in each day you read. You may have up to 10 free (blank) reading days.  Return the completed calendar by Friday, September 3rd and you will receive your surprise reward. Challenge calendars will be sent home in students’ report card envelopes. 

** IMPORTANT NOTE: Students may have 10 free days for the summer reading challenge. Meaning they can have up to, but no more than 10 dates not colored on their sheet and still will be able to complete the Summer Reading Challenge. **

Portfolios: Next week, one of the items your student will bring home is her/his 4th grade portfolio. In the portfolios you will find many of the bigger/special projects of the year. This is a nice compilation of fourth grade work neatly stored.

 

This has been such a crazy, but wonderful year. It has been an honor to be your child’s fourth grade teacher! Thank you all for your support! Have a wonderful summer!

Ms. Benson

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