Newsletter May 22

Dear 4B Families,

The bake sale was a great success and great fun! Thank you all for your support—the delicious baked goods—and help before, during and after the sale. We are really on the home stretch now. Hard to imagine that we only have three weeks of school left!

In hard copy form in your child’s filer, you will find my “Summer Speech” about the importance of summer practice and review. Thank you for taking time to read this letter.

ZZ5118A314Field day at Hiawatha is this Friday. Students should dress for a day of activity and wear appropriate athletic shoes. Students should also bring water bottles. We will pray for sun! Remember, this is also a half-day. 4B is wearing blue and black as their main colors for the day.

If you have not turned in your permission slips for field day (green) please do so by Tuesday. Thank you.



The buy one, get one free Book Fair begins this Friday after Field Day. The book fair is a great time to pick out some good books for summer reading. Research shows that students who read regularly during the summer have better retention of skills and are less likely to have that “summer loss”. I’d like to see all 4B students read no less than five “just right” books this summer-more would even be better. I can’t stress enough the importance of regular reading during the summer!! Hopefully, all 4B students will take part in Mrs. Harris’ Summer Reading Challenge as well. The students will also have a presentation from the Seattle Public Library this week to talk about their summer reading program. The librarian that comes to speak to the students always shares lots of great book ideas.

ZZ0B651878On Monday, the 22nd, the 4th grade students will be given a private band recruitment concert by the Holy Rosary Band students and Francis McKamey. Francis will give the students a preview of the types of instruments that are available to the students so they can start thinking about band for 5th grade.

Reading/L.A.: There is a spelling test this week for Lesson 20. Lists were sent home last Friday. Our whole class novel study of The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is getting very interesting and nearing the end. We are enjoying this fun mystery/adventure as well as building our reading and vocabulary skills.

Mystery Books: The students should be done, or nearly done reading their mystery books at this point. They will be sharing their books in class next Thursday and Friday (June 1st and 2nd) I will be giving them directions for their sharing. Those that chose to do extra credit work will share that as well.

Social Studies: The Washington City Map test takes place tomorrow (Tuesday). The students will be learning about the early history of Seattle, and the arrival of the Denny Party at Alki Point. We will also learn about the days of downtown Seattle—which will lead us to the reason we have an underground tour! The Great Seattle Fire and the Klondike Gold Rush will be included in this early history our city. Seattle has a very interesting early history that is always a crowd pleaser!

Science: We are finishing up our unit on the Earth this week. Our discussion will be on erosion and weathering. We will be ending the year with labs involving glaciers and how they affect the earth (glacial erosion) and ocean currents.

This Thursday we will get to visit the 6th Grade Wax Museum, which is always a fun and educational event. The students will also be sharing their Flat Stanley Journals with the students of 1B.

zz5c2a9a21Have a great week everyone!  I encourage students to bring in water bottles on these warm days.  Thank you!

Enjoy the Memorial Day Holiday!


  • Washington City Test on Tuesday
  • Spelling lesson 20—The test is on Thursday this week!
  • Math homework MondayTuesdayWednesday.
  • Mystery book (finish all reading this week)

Important Dates:

Buy One, Get One Free Book Fair begins this Friday and ends next Friday June 2nd. Look for hours of operation in the eFC this Thursday.

ZZ4B238AEEMay 22nd: Band recruitment concert for 4th graders 10:45-11:15.

May 23rd : Washington City Test

May 25th: 6th Grade Wax Museum and Flat Stanley sharing.

May 26th: Field Day and noon dismissal. Wear blue and black!

May 29th: Memorial Day—no school

June 1st: Happy Graduation to the 8th Grade Students!

June 1st and 2nd: Mystery Book Presentations

June 7th: Underground Tour and picnic at Alki Beach: free dress

June 6th and 8th: Cleaning days. Bring in rags and bags!

June 8th: Half day. Finish cleaning, final lessons. Free dress

June 9th: Final Day! Mass and dismissal. Dress nicely.

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