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JOHNSON’S JOURNAL
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Dear Parents and Guardians,
Mathematics
We’ve started unit 6: Fractions. Students will learn how
All fourth grade classes will participate in Nature Week
to add & subtract fractions with like denominators,
at Chippewa Nature Center next week. Information
add & subtract mixed numbers with like
can be found on our website and was attached to
denominators, and multiply fractions by whole
today's email.
numbers.
On Wednesday, March 29, all fourth grade
The 100-problem multiplication tests continue. We’re
classes will visit the Delta College
currently working to complete them in 4 minutes. Our
Planetarium. I am looking for two chaperones to
final goal will be 100 problems in 3.5 minutes.
ride the bus and help guide us through the trip. If
you’d like to chaperone, please email me by this Friday.
The fees for the students, the two chaperones, and the Math Lab
bus have been generously paid for by the PTO. Thank We’ve been covering a lot of vocabulary in geometry.
you, PTO! As a review, it may be a good idea to ask your child to
explain the following: polygons, quadrilaterals (rhombuses,
Our recent field trip to Lansing was a great learning rectangles, squares, trapezoids, parallelograms), points, lines, line
experience for the students. A highlight of the trip was segments, rays, angles (right, obtuse, acute), parallel and
meeting Senator Stamas. (A special thank you to Mr. perpendicular lines, triangles (equilateral, isosceles, scalene, and
Whittington for setting that up for us!) Thank you to right) and symmetry.
all of our wonderful chaperones. Your help was greatly
appreciated. Check out these photos of our trip.
Science
The students are enjoying the space and technology
Reading unit. You may wish to ask your child to explain what
The children have been learning about the following causes shadows, day/night, and a year. Lots of photos
informational text structures: descriptive, chronological/ of our science learning can be found on our website.
sequence, comparison, cause/effect, and problem/solution.
Recognizing the types helps our brain to organize and
process the information as it’s read. Social Studies
We’re coming to the end of our government unit by
studying the judicial system.
Writing
The students are continuing to access Google Docs
through the Chromebooks in order to write their Spelling
second literary essay. Everyone is writing a five- We took the test over list #44 on Monday. Due to the
paragraph essay that states a theme and supports that upcoming CNC Nature Week, the test over list #45
theme with multiple pieces of evidence from the text. will be on Thursday, March 30.
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Recess Policy
Our school’s recess policy is that the children will go outside
for recess daily unless it’s raining, the temperature is under
15 degrees, or the wind chill is below zero. Please contact our
school’s counselor, Mr. Long, or me if you need assistance
providing outdoor clothing.

Lunch & Recess Schedule
Lunch 12:10 - 12:35 Recess 12:35 - 1:04

Important Dates
March 17
PTO Popcorn Day
Spirit Stick Sale ($1.00 each)
Report Cards Will Go Home

March 20 - 24
4th Grade CNC Week
Our Classroom Family
2016 - 2017
March 29
Planetarium Field Trip (9:30 AM - 12:00 PM)

March 31 - April 7
Spring Break (School will resume on Monday, April 10.)

April 14
No School (Good Friday)

April 18
CNC Field Trip (More information coming soon.)

April 21
“Me & My Favorite Fella” Dance from 6:00—8:30 PM

A good laugh is sunshine in the house.
~William Makepeace Thackeray