Mrs. Gerlach's Classroom

Room 16 News ~ 4th Grade~ Prairie Mountain

Final Post-Peek at the Week

Dear Families,

Book reports and Dioramas are in full swing.  We hope to share our dioramas with the school on Wednesday.  If you’d like to come in and see these, write me an email and we’ll find a time for you to join one of the class groups for a presentation.

Many events are happening this week including the PTO BBQ Fundraiser and Scholastic Books Buy-One-Get-One Free sale in the elementary library.  The book fair will continue through Friday after school.  Be sure to stop by.

Friday I will be having my final “G-store”  and will be sending home all kinds of things from student desks.

Next Tuesday, June 20, we will have our annual school in the morning.  The 4th grade classes are having a Water-based party in the afternoon.  It’s possible your child will be a little wet when they come home Tuesday, or if you’d prefer, send an extra set of clothes just in case!

Smokey for the summer: if you would like to host our classroom pet hamster for the summer, students simply need to write me a paragraph telling me why they are the best candidate.  I will select from the best essay.  I will send home a bag of bedding and food.  Families will be responsible to change cage weekly throughout the summer and maintain food supply.  Smokey can be returned either at the teacher Meet and Greet just before school starts or on the first day of school.  Families took home my first hamster each of the past two summers and had wonderful experiences.  I hope to let a family enjoy Smokey for the summer 2017.

Its’ been a wonderful year.  I’ve absolutely loved being your child’s 4th grade teacher.  I hope the life lessons and skills they learned will be a foundation for years to come.


Jenifer Gerlach

Peek at the Week – June 5-9

Dear families,

I can’t believe we are at only 2+ weeks left that I have your students.  As I moved the calendar piece to get ready for Monday, I began to see what little time left I have with your children.  It really has been a wonderful year.  We’ve seen so many great gains academically.  I’ve loved being a part of their academic progress.  Teachers always wish they could have done more.  I admit I feel the same.  Sigh.  I will always feel like I wish I’d done more.

On a more positive note, this week we complete our written book reports and begin our dioramas.  It is going to be so much fun.  Please ask your child if he or she has what she needs to bring “their book to life.”  For example, if the story includes a dog as a main character(ie; Winn Dixie), can you build one out of Legos or clay or find a small one at the store?  Does it include another defining feature that you might want to include?  I will supply construction paper, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, cotton balls, buttons, etc.  Please discuss options you can use to create and feel free to bring these.  Please let me know if what you bring can be shared or is just for your child.  Be sure to bring a SHOEBOX.  Extras are welcome to give to those who can’t round one up.

I will let you know when our dioramas are complete so you can come in and take a peak.


Jenifer Gerlach

Peek at the Week-May 29-June 2

Second Steps Lessons 3 &4 

Families,  I sent home Family Letters about Lessons 3 and 4 of Second Steps.  I am planning to teach the lessons next week. These lessons will cover: unsafe and unwanted touches and the private body parts rule. To read more about these lesson please follow this link:

Family activation code: CPU4 FAMI LYG4

There is an option to opt out of the Second Steps lessons. If you choose to have your child opted out of these lessons, please let me know by Tuesday morning.

Peek at the Week May 22-26

Hi Families,

We are approaching the end of the year which means we finally get to begin our Book Report Projects!  I’m so excited.  All students had to finalize their book decisions by Friday.  Would you ask your child what they are reading and encourage them to read their book as quickly as possible?  When the book report packets are complete, we will begin our shoebox dioramas (approximately 2 weeks).

Please begin your hunt for ONE large shoe box to build a diorama in.  Wait to send this to school until I send out an email.  We will bring our books to life with these Shoebox Dioramas.  If you’ve never seen one, check out Pinterest or Google Images.  There are incredible ideas out there.  I’ll give more details as we get closer.

Our field trip to Mt. Pisgah is this Friday.  Weather looks to be good.  Please make sure your child has a good breakfast and is wearing comfortable shoes.  No sandals allowed for this field trip.  Tennis shoes are preferred.


Peek at the Week May 15-19

Hi Families,

Most of the SBAC testing is done.  We finished a little ahead of schedule which is wonderful news.  We will have our EasyCBM testing in a few weeks.  I’ll keep you posted on this.

Students need to be finalizing which 100+ page chapter book they would like to use for their year-end book report.  Each student will also need one large shoe box to bring their book to life, after the writing portion is complete.  We will start collecting shoeboxes in June.  It would be wonderful if you could help ask your child which book he/she is choosing.  Students need to have the books completed before writing their report (it would surprise you how many times I’ve had students trying to write a book report from a book not yet finished).

Multi-cultural Fair is this Friday night at Prairie Mountain from 6-8pm.  We hope you can make it.

Peek at the Week-May 8-12

Dear Families,

It is testing time again.  Please make sure your child gets his or her rest and eats a good breakfast each morning.  Encourage your child to relax and do their best.  Speaking positive words and sharing your belief can go a long way in keeping motivation high as we move into testing.

We will be continuing Second Steps this week.  Ask your child about the fun and motivating song video that comes with the curriculum.   You can learn about this unit here:  Family activation code: CPU4 FAMI LYG4

Thanks everyone.  I hope you have a wonderful week.

Peek at the Week May 1-5

Dear Families,

We have an exciting week which includes our field trip to the Aurora Colony Museum and a special reward day Friday for a nearly full marble jar (as I write).

Please make note of the early arrival time needed for your child to be at school Thursday.  Students must arrive by 6:45 a.m., our bus leaves at 7:00a.m.  We will return around 3:00.  Please make sure you have a plan for picking up your child or giving permission to walk home.  Electronics will be allowed on this field trip but ONLY with a signed permission slip.  Watch for this to be sent home Monday.

We have one more week before we begin SBAC testing  it would be great if your child can spend some time on the district-approved site called Prodigy.  Your student has access to their username and password and can practice math skills on this game-based site.  Any extra review you can provide will be helpful.

READ-A-THON papers were sent home this week.  We hope every child can participate, whether or not donations and funds are collected.  All money will help the elementary library buy needed new books.  Reading 20-30 minutes per night should be a regular habit, but this week it comes with a purpose.  I would love to have every student meet this minimum reading goal.

Thanks families.





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