Ms. Perrigo's Classroom

  

Dear Parents and Families,

I write this last newsletter of the year feeling excited and a little sad.  The students have grown, shared, and learned so much this year. I am excited for them to start their next chapter, 5th grade, but also sad to let them go. We have had a fantastic year together. I want to thank all parents/guardians for your support of our classroom family and your child.  We have had a remarkable year! I wish the students the best in 5th grade and I hope they come back and visit me in the years to come! I would love to hear all about their accomplishments!

On Friday, June 16th, we will be tidying up the room. I am asking that each student bring in a 1-2 reusable bags (with their name on it) by Friday, June 16th, to school. This bag will be used to carry all their packets and left-over school supplies. We will be cleaning out our desks and cubbies too.

Mrs. Ferguson will have her Awesome Prize Box available this week to all those students who have returned all their library books, and, or paid their fines. And remember, your fines will follow you into middle school, so you may as well pay them now!

Tuesday June 20th is our last day of school (Full-Day). On Tuesday, we will have a school-wide “Field Day” where students will participate in activities around the school. We will spend the morning filling out autograph books, watching the 5th graders launch their rockets, and giving out student awards.

We will be taking our last field trip to AMAZON and will be having an end of the year lunch on Monday June 19th. Please send in your child’s $2.00 if they have not done so yet, and don’t forget a towel or swimsuit!

Mark your calendars:

Monday June 19th: Amazon Pool Day & End of the Year 4th grade picnic

Tuesday June 20th: Last Day of School/Field Trip (Whole Day) & Report Cards will be mailed home at the end of the week.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at school. Have a wonderful safe relaxing summer!

Warmly,

Ms. Perrigo

 

Dear Parents and Families,

Our fourth grade year has been full of fun memories! We can’t believe we only have 3 more weeks of school!

This week was our last week of State Testing. The students completed their Math Performance Task Tuesday & Wednesday. The students have worked very hard as we wrap up end of the year assessments. The students have grown so much! We are so proud of them.

Students recently chose a science experiment to complete at home and present to the class next week. A letter was sent home as well. Students should also fill out the Scientific Method planning sheet and practice their experiment at least once. To clarify, these need to be ready by Monday, June 5th. Presentations will occur throughout the week. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you need help gathering materials.

Our last week of library check-out is this week, and all books are due. Mrs. Ferguson will have her Awesome Prize Box available June 9th to all those students who have returned all their library books, and, or paid their fines.

All Jog A Thon pledge envelopes are due by Friday June 9th. Thanks so much for all the envelopes already turned in.

Room 12 is quickly running out of snack. Thank s to all the families who brought in snack throughout the school year! Our class really appreciated it! However, we are almost out. Healthy snacks like crackers, pretzels, fruit snacks, etc would be much appreciated.

Mark your calendars:

Monday June 19th: Amazon Pool Day & End of the Year 4th grade BBQ (More details to come)

Tuesday June 20th: Last Day of School/Field Trip (Whole Day)

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at school.

Warmly,

Ms. Perrigo

Dear Parents and Families,

Our fourth grade year has been full of fun memories! I can’t believe we only have 6 more weeks of school! I have had so many of your families for multiple years, teaching some or all of your children. It is hard to see the school year winding down. I will miss your children immensely. I am sad to think our last day of school is coming so soon! Yet, we are busy and still finishing the year out strong!

Tomorrow we are having a PJ, popcorn, electronics party that the students have been working on earning. It’s kind of nice to end the week with a little fun after working on two big tests this week!

Math state testing is continuing throughout May. Please make sure your child comes to school well-rested and with a full tummy. The cafeteria opens at 8:00am for free breakfast for all students.

In writing this month we will be focusing on improving our craft by working on elaboration, sentence variety, and improving our revising and editing skills. We will be writing some review narrative, expository and persuasive pieces. Student will also be given some choices as to what their favorite type of writing topic is and work through the above skills on their chosen writing topic.

A letter and home link activity that go along with our Child Protection lessons were sent home in Friday folders. Please read the letter and complete the home link activity with your child, and return the bottom portion of the home link to school.

“Parent input” forms went home last week in Friday folders. We will be making the 5th grade class lists soon, so please get those forms turned in quickly if you wanted to have any “Parent input”. 🙂

Mark your calendars:

Tuesday May 16th: Arts Attack

Wednesday May 17th: Popcorn Day & PTO Mtg at 6:30

Friday May 26h: Irving Jog-A-Thon 4th Grade Time: 10:30-11:30

Monday May 29th: No School: Memorial Day

Warmly,

Ms. Perrigo

 

Dear Parents and Families,

Tomorrow, April 19th is our Field Trip to Aurora-This is an all-day field trip too. Students will be “Pioneers” for the day on an old Oregon Trail homestead. The field trip is $7. Please have your field trip money in ASAP. Students need to bring a sack lunch as well wear closed-toed shoes and a jacket. We will go rain or shine. All activities are indoors, but we will have to transition from activity to activity which means walking through an outdoor field. We are asking students to be at school at 7am. The bus will leave promptly at 7:15am. Thanks!

This week students are finish their Insect Reports. Students have been typing their papers on iPads. Next week students will practice their speaking skills and present their fun & interesting information to our classroom. They’ve worked really hard on their papers & products.

Today was our last visit from Sustainable Schools. They have been sharing great information about recycling and conservation with us! Today they were accompanied by the folks from Next Step Recycling. The students had a great time learning about why it is important to recycle electronics. Then the kids participated in an activity where each pair of students received an old computer hard drive, tools, gloves, and safety googles. The kids had the experience of taking the hard drive apart down to it’s basic components and dividing the parts up into the various recycle bins. They had a blast!! If families would like to do this again sometime, you can volunteer at Next Step Recycling on Saturdays at 10:30 am. They will let you come in and take apart electronics. I highly recommend the activity. It’s free, you’re helping your community, your kids are entertained for hours! 🙂

Room 12 is quickly running out of snack. Thanks to all the families who brought in snack throughout the school year! Our class has really appreciated it! Healthy snacks like crackers, pretzels, fruit snacks, etc would be much appreciated.

Mark your calendars:

Wednesday April 19th: Aurora Field Trip

April 19th: Popcorn Day

April 20th: Irving Family Literacy Night 5pm-7pm

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at school.

Warmly,

Ms. Perrigo

Dear Parents and Families,

We are excited to be back at school! Hope everyone had a fun and relaxing Spring Break.

This week students have been hard at work on their insect report/presentations. Their T-notes were due yesterday and we started working on our rough drafts yesterday as well. I have not given the students a due date because of state testing. Next week we will be taking a break from our insect essays in order to take the first of our state tests. Monday we will start with the first of the 2 English language arts tests. We will take it Monday through Wednesday. Please make every effort to have your child here well rested with a good breakfast in his or her tummy. State testing will be happening off and on next wee through the first week of June. Thursday we will pick up our essays and start working again. It’s unfortunate that our writing time is fragmented, but it’s the only time Mr. Bridgens could schedule us in the computer lab.

On Wednesday April 19th-Field Trip to Aurora-This is an all-day field trip too. Students will be “Pioneers” for the day on an old Oregon Trail homestead. We are ONLY ALLOWED 5 chaperones on this trip. That is firm, no exceptions. This is not from me, but from the people at the Aurora Village. We have to follow their guidelines or we won’t be asked back. The first 5 parents to let me know they can come will be the chaperones. More details to come.  We currently have four parents volunteer signed up, (Karen, Julie, Nathan and Michelle.) we do have room for one more chaperone.

Room 12 is quickly running out of snack. Thank s to all the families who brought in snack throughout the school year! Our class really appreciated it!

Mark your calendars:

April 19th: Aurora Field Trip

April 20th: Irving Family Literacy Night 5pm-7pm

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at school.

Warmly,

Ms. Perrigo

Good Morning,

Just a quick note this morning!

There is no school tomorrow in order for teacher to complete report cards.

On of Wednesday of next week March 22nd, from 8:45-11:50, our class will go on a field trip to BRING Recycling, Glenwood Transfer Station (“the dump”/recycling center), and Short Mountain Landfill.

Miniatures for our Oregon trail unit are due on Monday.

We are looking for homes for 8 of our baby chicks please let me know if you are interested.

Thanks,

Ms. Perrigo

Dear Parents and Families,

Spring break will begin on Saturday March 25th and we will return to school on Monday April 2nd.  We will have a few busy fun filled week before our much deserved break!

There are a few upcoming field trips in March & April Here is some basic information. We will be sending out more detailed letters shortly. A letter for the field trip on March 16th was sent home in Friday folders.

  • On Thursday, March 22nd, from 8:45-11:50, our class will go on a field trip to BRING Recycling, Glenwood Transfer Station (“the dump”/recycling center), and Short Mountain Landfill. If you would like to join us as a chaperone please let me know. We are allowed a maximum of seven additional people, so if you really want to go please let us know as soon as possible. 🙂
  • On Wednesday April 19th-Field Trip to Aurora-This is an all-day field trip too. Students will be “Pioneers” for the day on an old Oregon Trail homestead. We are ONLY ALLOWED 5 chaperones on this trip. That is firm, no exceptions. This is not from me, but from the people at the Aurora Village. We have to follow their guidelines or we won’t be asked back. I have had 3 parents to let me know they can chaperones (Karen, Julie, and Michelle), but we still have 2 spots available. It will be first come first serve. More details to come.

Please have your child bring in a shoe box for his or her covered wagon. If you have an extra for someone that doesn’t have one that would be great too!

In other exciting news, we had 14 out 18 the chicken eggs hatch over the weekend that we have been incubating the last 21 days! We will brood the baby chicks until spring break and then they will go to their forever homes. Also in case you hadn’t heard we currently have 3 baby guinea pigs that will be 2 weeks old on Thursday. Reeses became a mother February 23rd to 2 males and 1 female. The 2 males will be leaving at spring break also. 🙂

As part of their Language Arts curriculum each student is being assigned a research project on an insect of their choice. The unit includes note taking pages where students need to record their research information. It also includes ideas of resources for finding information. We would like students to work on the diagrams/illustrations. These pages are the “Brainstorming”, “Illustrating your insect”, “My Insect and its Habitat”, “Insect Life Cycle”, and “Insect Food Chain/web”. Students will be given in-class time to write their rough & final draft reports. If they do not complete them after the given class time, pieces of the report may become homework.  We will be doing some research here at school, but we are very limited on time. We would like the students to complete the majority of their research at home. Students will also be expected to type these expository essays. Students have their own “Bethel Docs” accounts through our Bethel network which most parents signed them up for at registration. The great thing about these accounts is that students can access them from any computer where they can get online, so he/she can continue to type or work on their essay from school or home as long as he/she has their user name and password. If you did not fill out a permission slip to allow your child to have a “Bethel Docs” account I will be sending another copy home so you can fill one out. I really appreciate your help and support with this project. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. We will be beginning researching in class the week of March 13-17th.

Mark your calendars:

March 8th: Popcorn Day

March 10th: Spring Picture Day

March 15th: PTO meeting in the Library at 6:30

March 17th: No school: Grading Day

March 20th: Miniatures due for covered wagons

March 22nd: Field Trip to BRING, Glenwood Transfer Station, and Landfill 8:45-11:50

March 25-April 2nd: Spring Break!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at school.

Warmly,

Ms. Perrigo

Dear Parents,

Here is another one of those emails that is going to be filled with information and important dates! First, we are starting our “Moving West” unit which involves the kids learning about the Oregon trail. The first big activity is making a covered wagon. Please have your child bring in a shoe box for his or her wagon. If you have an extra for someone that doesn’t have one that would be great too! It saves me from getting in trouble for dumpster diving behind the shoe stores! Try explaining that to a shoe store manager!! 🙂

Next, as you hopefully saw in the letter that went home last Friday, students will be making miniatures to fill their covered wagons. Please remember to let me know what your child wants to make. I try to coordinate it so that we don’t have 10 students making hatchets 🙂 The miniatures are due Monday March 20th. I apologize for the typos in the letter. I do try hard not to let that happen. Students are supposed to make a total of 29 miniatures. One for themselves and the rest to give away to their classmates in “trade” for other miniatures. Students will also be participating in a “wagon train simulation”. Hopefully they will learn a lot and have some fun too!

We have 2 more field trips coming up. The first one is on Wednesday, March 22nd to BRING, Short Mountain Landfill, and the Glenwood Transfer Center. We will leave at 8:45am and return at 11:50am just in time for lunch. For this field trip there is no cost because of a grant. We can also bring as many chaperones as we like.

The second field trip is an all day event to the Aurora Colony on Wednesday, April 19th in Aurora, Oregon. We will leave the school at 7:00am and return around 4:00pm. At the Aurora Colony the students will get to be “pioneers for a day”. We are EXTREMELY LIMITED on the number of chaperones we are allowed to bring. They do not allow any more than 5 chaperones per class. We had a year where a parent decided to show up and meet us there on their own. We were almost “uninvited” from coming back. I know it might seem silly or extreme, but they strictly enforce their rules. It will be on a “first come- first serve basis”. The first five parents to respond will be our chaperones. There will be more information coming. The cost for this field trip will be $5.00-$7.00. I just wanted to give as much lead time as I could for parent work schedules.

I know that I also owe a few families a refund from the OMSI field trip because of the huge mess with canceling and rescheduling. I’m sorry I haven’t gotten to it yet! I will get on it. 🙂

Warmly,

Ms. Perrigo

Dear Parents and Families,

I hope you are having a wonderful week so far! I wanted to remind you that our 4th grade music performance is tomorrow at 7:00pm. Please have your child here at the classroom by 6:45pm. Some of the students are under the mistaken impression that their families are not allowed to come to the program. I’m not sure how this “rumor” got started, but that is false. As with any other Irving music performance, families are encouraged to come. 🙂

Thursday is our rescheduled field trip to OMSI. Please have our student meet me at the flagpole in front of the school 6:45am. Students need a sack lunch and a snack. We will return to Irving as close to 4:30 as possible. If you have any questions please let me know.

Warmly,

Ms. Perrigo

Good morning Families,

Unfortunately due to icy streets and lots of accidents in Portland, First Student has canceled our field trip to OMSI today. We will be going on Thursday of next week instead.

Thanks for your understanding,

Ms. Perrigo