September 13, 2019

Gracias!

Many thanks to those who attended last night’s Meet the Teacher Night. It was so nice to meet you. I hope you were not overwhelmed with all of the information provided. If you do have a question that was not answered last night, please feel free to email me. I will be happy to answer or clarify anything. I look forward to working with you to help your child flourish in third grade and prepare them for the years to come.

If you were unable to attend last nigh, your information packet should be making its way home today. Below you will also find my slideshow presentation from the evening.


Science

This week in science we started our unit on forces, called “Invisible Forces.” Your child learned how almost any action one can imagine consists of a push or a pull, or as scientists call them: a force.

In class your child was presented with a list of action verbs like “drag,” “lift,” “press,” and asked to decide whether they were pushes or pulls. You can help support your child’s learning by continuing this at home. Try applying it to actions that might be of personal interest, like the actions involved in a favorite sport (a throw, a hit, a slam dunk, a tackle, etc.).


River Raisin Battlefield National Park

The third grade classes will be going to River Raisin National Battlefield Park in Monroe to learn about Native American history. This field trip will take place on Wednesday, October 9th. We will leave Arno at 8:40am and return by 2pm. Every student will need to bring a disposable lunch. We will not be eating lunch at school. Permission slips are due by Friday, September 27th.

The field trip doesn’t cost any money due to a grant offered by River Raisin National Battlefield Park. 

All chaperones will need to meet us at River Raisin National Battlefield Park. Unfortunately, we will not have room on the bus for any chaperones. If you would like to chaperone, please return the bottom portion of the information note attached below.

River Raisin Information Letter and Permission Slip

Also, the third graders will be having the Metroparks visit Arno. Presenters will cover topics, such as Michigan’s first people, the lumber industry, and the fur trade. We are requesting that each child bring in $6. to cover the cost.

 


Weekly Reading

Every Friday, your child should bring home their gold/yellow reading book (Catch A Sunflake) and a paper with ten questions. Your child will need to read the assigned story and answer the questions. This assignment is due back by Thursday the following week. Not only does this task encourage your child to read outside of the regular school day, but it also helps build fluency, increase vocabulary, and  enforce the use of comprehension strategies modeled in class.

Lon Po Po due Sept. 19th

 

 

 

 

 


English Language Arts

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. Assigned spelling words will be assessed on Fridays.

 

 


PTA Information

Membership

YEEEEE-HAWWW! It’s our Annual Membership Drive!
This year’s theme is “Western Roundup”! Each classroom will have Wanted Posters on display on the Big Bulletin Board in the Main Hallway. At the end of each week from now until the end of October we will add one Western Stamp for each PTA member that joins per classroom! There is also the option to donate extra money to the PTA to purchase an extra Western Stamp for your class “Wanted Poster”! As an additional incentive the PTA is offering the top three competing classes a prize!
The classes with the most Western Stamps (highest percentage of Western Stamps according to how many students are on class roster) at the end of October will receive a prize!
The PTA knows it takes a village and we need more involved parents! You don’t have to be a parent of a student to be a member (grandparents, aunts, uncles etc) are also eligible to become PTA Members too!

Register today at: http://arnopta.memberhub.store

1st Place- $100 in book fair dollars to shop with at the November Book Fair for the Teacher and “Wagon Wheel Party”!

2nd place – $50 in book fair dollars to shop with at the November book fair for the teacher and “Gold Nugget Party”!

3rd place – $25 in book fair dollars to shop with at the November book fair for the teacher and “Hay Bale Party”!

Fun Run 

It’s that time of year when the PTA holds its major fundraiser…the Arno Fun Run! Don’t forget to register online for this great event.

We now accept credit card payments online in addition to cash and checks sent in to the school.

Register  for our Fun Run. Click here to register!!!

 

 

 

September 6, 2019

Well, with our first week under our belts, we are ready to put into practice everything we’ve learned about our daily routine. Please be patient with your child this week as they experience third grade responsibilities and expectations in full swing. I will discuss many of these responsibilities and expectations at Arno’s Meet the Teacher Night on Thursday, September 12th. I look forward to seeing all of you there.

Also, if you haven’t already, please sign up for Remind. This is a messaging system that enables me to send class reminders, have private chats, and answer any questions you may have throughout the year. To connect to Remind, simply click here.


PBIS Expectations

Within the whirlwind of the first week of school, we discussed and practiced our PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) expectations for the office, classroom, hallway, bathrooms, playground, and cafeteria. The students came up with many examples, as well as non-examples, of expected behavior at all of these locations. I am confident that students in Room 121 will continue to be respectful, responsible, and safe throughout the coming months. Students who continue with great behavior throughout the year will be rewarded weekly and monthly.


Math in Focus Chapter 1: Numbers to 10,000

Students have learned how to count, read, and write numbers up to 1,000 in Grade 2. In this chapter, students will learn how to count, read, and write numbers up to 10,000. Base-ten blocks are used to develop the association the physical representation of the number, the number symbol, and the number word. Base-ten blocks also support students in counting by ones, ten, hundreds, and thousands.

Students are shown concrete representations with place-value charts and strips showing thousands, hundreds, tens, and ones for numbers to 10,000. Given any 4-digit number, students will identify the place value of each digit in the number, and express the number in standard, word, and expanded forms. Students are encouraged to compare and verbally describe sets of numbers using the terms least and greatest. Using these skills, they will write numbers in increasing or decreasing order. Finally, students will apply the number and place-value concepts to identify and complete number patterns and find missing numbers on a number line.

 


Weekly Reading

Every Friday, your child should bring home their gold/yellow reading book (Catch A Sunflake) and a paper with ten questions. Your child will need to read the assigned story and answer the questions. This assignment is due back by Thursday the following week. Not only does this task encourage your child to read outside of the regular school day, but it also helps build fluency, decipher vocabulary, and  enforce the use of comprehension strategies modeled in class.

Dr. DeSoto due Sept. 12th

 

 

 

 

 


English Language Arts

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. Assigned spelling words will also be assessed on Fridays.

 


PTA Information

Membership

YEEEEE-HAWWW! It’s our Annual Membership Drive!
This year’s theme is “Western Roundup”! Each classroom will have Wanted Posters on display on the Big Bulletin Board in the Main Hallway. At the end of each week from now until the end of October we will add one Western Stamp for each PTA member that joins per classroom! There is also the option to donate extra money to the PTA to purchase an extra Western Stamp for your class “Wanted Poster”! As an additional incentive the PTA is offering the top three competing classes a prize!
The classes with the most Western Stamps (highest percentage of Western Stamps according to how many students are on class roster) at the end of October will receive a prize!
The PTA knows it takes a village and we need more involved parents! You don’t have to be a parent of a student to be a member (grandparents, aunts, uncles etc) are also eligible to become PTA Members too!

Register today at: http://arnopta.memberhub.store

1st Place- $100 in book fair dollars to shop with at the November Book Fair for the Teacher and “Wagon Wheel Party”!

2nd place – $50 in book fair dollars to shop with at the November book fair for the teacher and “Gold Nugget Party”!

3rd place – $25 in book fair dollars to shop with at the November book fair for the teacher and “Hay Bale Party”!

Fun Run 

It’s that time of year when the PTA holds its major fundraiser…the Arno Fun Run! Don’t forget to register online for this great event.

We now accept credit card payments online in addition to cash and checks sent in to the school.

Register as a parent for our Fun Run. Click here to register!!!

Hard copies of the flyer will come home Monday.

We now accept credit card payments online in addition to cash and checks sent in to the school.

Register as a parent for our Fun Run. Click here to register!!!

(Hard copies of the flyer will come home Monday.)

 

September 1, 2019

Welcome to Third Grade!

Hello and welcome to third grade! My name is Sarah Kalis, and I am absolutely thrilled to be your child’s teacher! Your child’s education is a partnership between home and school, and I look forward to working with you. If you ever have a question or a comment for me, please send me an email or text (via Remind), write me a note, talk with me at dismissal, or call the school. The best way to get ahold of me is by email. My email address is kalis@appublicschools.com and the school’s phone number is 313-827 -1050.

Be sure to also check out my weekly blog so that you can stay apprised of the happenings in our third grade classroom. My goal is to update on a weekly basis posting on Fridays or Mondays. I will send out an email with the link to the updated blog so you are reminded and can easily take a look. This blog also allows me to post helpful links, videos, and pictures.

I look forward to meeting each parent and getting to know every child! We are going to have a wonderful year together!


Meet the Teacher

As mentioned above, my name is Sarah Kalis. This will be my 10th year teaching in Allen Park. In recent years, I have been a fourth grade teacher at Arno, but I am excited to return this year teaching third grade where I initially began my teaching career. This summer I spent time traveling with friends and family exploring our wonderful state of Michigan. I even tried something new…camping in a tent, and I survived!  During the school year, I enjoy spending time reading or having fun with my family: my husband, two daughters, and our golden retriever.


First Day of School

School starts on Tuesday, September 3rd, at 8:30am. On the first day of school, our class will line up, outside, by Door Number 7 on Markese Street. Please drop your child off at door number 7 between 8:20 and 8:30am. Please do not drop your child off unattended before this time for safety reasons. The first day of school is a half day and dismissal is at 11:30am. Students will exit the same door, door number 7, at 11:30am. Please email me how (car, bus, walk) and who will be picking up your child on the first day of school.

In third grade, many parents stay outside and give their goodbye hugs and kisses before their child enters the school. If you do choose to walk with your child into the school, please allow your child to walk into the classroom independently. When your child walks into the room, they will be instructed to put their backpack on their assigned desk and sit at the carpet. We will go through our backpacks and learn our cubby numbers, but not right away. Please feel free to share this information with your child.

 


Suggested School Supplies for Mrs. Kalis’ Classroom

It is not mandatory to bring in school supplies, however, many families enjoy participating in this annual ritual.

Student Supplies (please label with child’s name):

  • Backpack (No wheels, we do not have enough space in our cubbies.)
  • Eraser
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Small Pencil Case
  • Spiral Notebook
  • Colored Pencils
  • Black Sharpie
  • Headphones/Earbuds
  • Glue Stick
  • Red Pens
  • Dry Erase Markers

Classroom Supplies (no need to label):

  • Disinfecting Wipes (Clorox, Lysol, etc)
  • Kleenex
  • Pencils
  • Girls-1 Box of Ziploc Sandwich Bags
  • Boys-1 Box of Ziploc Gallon Bags

Due to limited space in the classroom, please do not have your child bring in “knick-knacks” or unnecessary items to school. Your help with this is greatly appreciated!

 


Special Classes

Special Class Time-11:20am to 12:10pm

  • Monday- Media Literature (in the library)
  • Tuesday- Music
  • Wednesday- Gym, Students need to wear tennis shoes on Wednesdays.
  • Thursday- Media Technology (in the computer lab)
  • Friday- Art

Lunch- 12:30pm to 1:10pm

June 13, 2019

Our Fourth Grade Journey

I would like to extend my gratitude for sharing your child with me this school year. We have all grown together. It has been my pleasure to guide your child to become more independent and thoughtful individuals that will contribute to society in a positive way. The students have learned so much this school year. Now the ball is in your court. Please continue to foster these skills throughout the summer using the resources mentioned below. Thank you, thank you, thank you once again for your continued support throughout the school year and all of the little gifts along the way. Don’t forget to also make some great memories this summer!

Wishing you all the best,

Mrs. Kalis

*Below is a video glimpse into our fourth grade school year and some additional photos that did not make their way into the video due to production timing.

 


Class Lists   

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It is very important that you have login info and updated contact/emergency information in Parent Connection. Class teacher assignments will be updated via MiStar Parent Connection by August 30th.

 


School Supply Lists

Suggested school supply lists will be available by the end of June on our district web page (Arno page).  You can also search for Arno Elementary using the following link: https://www.teacherlists.com/

 


Summer Slide Prevention Resources

Please take advantage of the following literacy opportunities available to Arno students:
Arno Summer Book Swap
On Monday, students received a backpack, reading log, and three grade level books to read this summer. Reading and recording their minutes will earn them multiple prizes! Every other week, Arno students are invited to come to the front entrance of the school to find something different to read AND enjoy a popsicle with an Arno teacher! Please join us at 12:00p.m.-1:00p.m. on the following dates listed below:
June 24
July 8, 22
August 5, 19
Reading books and logs are to be returned to school by Friday, September 13, 2019 to be awarded prizes.
Allen Park Public Library Summer Reading Program
 
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program

This program is here to help you on your way, encouraging you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:

1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal. Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between August 1st and August 31stFind a Store
3. Choose your FREE booke from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

Summer Math Review
Students in Mrs. Kalis class are receiving a hard copy of the math review packet. This packet is full of activities that correlate to fourth grade Common Core standards. Please use this as a tool throughout the summer to keep up your child’s math skills so that they are more successful in fifth grade. I remember waking up in the summer, and my mom would have a math workbook open and the pages were labeled with the day’s date. I had to complete the necessary pages before beginning other fun activities. One summer, my mom did this and I was able to earn tickets that I could redeem for increments of time to watch tv. These are just a couple ideas. The possibilities are endless!

University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Environmental Interpretive Center Young Naturalist’s Summer Program

In this popular program, children explore nature with their peers over 4 consecutive days. The beautiful UM-Dearborn campus Environmental Study Area will be theirs to explore through hands-on learning. Each session will have a different theme, such as pond exploration, insects and spiders, creatures of the soil, and reptiles and amphibians. We’ll also investigate the fascinating plant life of the area including wildflowers and trees

Each of the following age groups will have its own series of four, daily programs and meet from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

  • 7-9 year olds; July 8, 9, 10 & 11
  • 10-11 year olds; July 15, 16, 17 & 18

There is a $30 fee for this program. Register for the summer program.

June 7, 2019

 This Upcoming Week…

Monday, 6/10: Students may bring in yearbooks for their friends to sign. We will also have our last PBIS reward (extra recess).

Tuesday, 6/11: Boccabella Park field trip…Wear sunscreen. 11:30 dismissal

Wednesday: Students may bring in board games to share. 11:30 dismissal

Thursday: Movie & popcorn-Students will enjoy a movie with juice and popcorn refreshments. 11:30 dismissal

 


Movie & Popcorn

On Thursday, June 13th, our class will be enjoying a movie. I felt that popcorn and juice pouches would be a special treat as well. If you are able to provide any of the requested items, please sign up below. I am requesting that donated items be sent to school no later than Wednesday, June 12th. If you are unable to click on a particular item, the item may no longer be needed. Thanks so much!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-movie1

 

 


May Super Cougar

Congratulations to Olivia for being our classroom Super Cougar for May. Olivia is Responsible, Respectful, and Safe. She goes above and beyond our PBIS expectations. Way to go, Olivia! Olivia participated in a pizza lunch with Mr. Zielinski and the other May Super Cougars.

 


        Class Lists   

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It is very important that you are sure your email address is updated in our system as class lists will be updated via MiStar Parent Connect by August 30th.  

 

 


School Supply Lists

Suggested school supply lists will be available by the end of June on our district web page (Arno page).  You can also search for Arno Elementary using your zip code at https://www.teacherlists.com/

 


Summer Slide Prevention Resources

Please take advantage of the following literacy opportunities available to Arno students:
Arno Summer Book Swap
On Monday, students received a backpack, reading log, and three grade level books to read this summer. Reading and recording their minutes will earn them multiple prizes! Every other week, Arno students are invited to come to the front entrance of the school to find something different to read AND enjoy a popsicle with an Arno teacher! Please join us at 12:00p.m.-1:00p.m. on the following dates listed below:
June 24
July 8, 22
August 5, 19
Reading books and logs are to be returned to school by Friday, September 13, 2019 to be awarded prizes.
Allen Park Public Library Summer Reading Program
 
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program

This program is here to help you on your way, encouraging you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:

1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal. Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between August 1st and August 31stFind a Store
3. Choose your FREE booke from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

Summer Math Review
Students in Mrs. Kalis class are receiving a hard copy of the math review packet. This packet is full of activities that correlate to fourth grade Common Core standards. Please use this as a tool throughout the summer to keep up your child’s math skills so that they are more successful in fifth grade. I remember waking up in the summer, and my mom would have a math workbook open and the pages were labeled with the day’s date. I had to complete the necessary pages before beginning other fun activities. One summer, my mom did this and I was able to earn tickets that I could redeem for increments of time to watch tv. These are just a couple ideas. The possibilities are endless!

 

May 31, 2019

Last day for planners is Friday, June 7th.

Last day for backpacks is Monday, June 10th.


MSU Sea Grant Field Trip 2019         Image result for glep boat

Our boat trip is right around the corner on Monday, June rdh. Please remember that all students need to be at school by 7:45 am. All students must pack a disposable lunch and wear rubber-soled shoes or boots. Students must dress for the weather. Please keep in mind that because we will be out on the boat, temperatures may be 10-15 degrees colder than the forecasted temperatures.

If your child is not attending this trip, please let me know if he/she will be present at school that day so I can make arrangements.

Many thanks to the parents that expressed interest in chaperoning our MSU Sea Grant Boat Trip at Lake Erie Metropark. Unfortunately, limited chaperones are able to attend due to boat capacity. The following chaperones will be joining us on June 3rd:

Mrs. Ferguson
Mrs. Martinez
Mr. Marks
Chaperones- On the day of the trip, you may wish to bring a backpack to carry your lunch or other personal belongings. Also, please notify me whether you will be riding the bus or meeting us there. Please keep in mind that all students must ride the bus.
 If you have any questions regarding this trip, please don’t hesitate to text or email prior to Monday’s departure.

Field Day

Field Day is a great opportunity for students to have fun with classmates and build teamwork through camaraderie. Participation in Field Day is also an opportunity open to responsible, respectful, and safe individuals. Students that continue to not have their work done in class will not be able to participate in Field Day.
Our Field Day is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4th, 1:15-3:00. Students MUST wear tennis shoes in order to participate safely in the planned events. Also, please be mindful that students should wear darker clothes that are unable to see through if they get wet.

 


Boccabella Park Field Trip

The fourth graders in Mrs. Kalis’s class and third graders in Mrs. Warneck’s class will be walking to Boccabella Park for a fun end of the year field trip. We will be going to the park on Tuesday, June 11th. We will leave Arno about 8:40am and return to Arno about 11:20am. Super Cougars participating in the ice cream reward will walk over with Mrs. Kalis after their treat.

Boccabella Park Permission Slip 2019

Parents are welcome to join us at the park. Students and parents are also invited to bring snacks, water, and juice boxes.While we are at the park, students can play at the park, use the equipment, and even enjoy some games of kickball. Parents and students are also allowed to bring up other outside equipment.
time for kickballhttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-boccabella

 

 

 

 

 


Summer Slide Prevention Resources

Please take advantage of the following literacy opportunities available to Arno students:
Allen Park Public Library Summer Reading Program
 
Arno Summer Book Swap
Info coming soon…
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program

This program is here to help you on your way, encouraging you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:

1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal. Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between August 1st and August 31stFind a Store
3. Choose your FREE booke from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

Summer Math Review
Students in Mrs. Kalis class are receiving a hard copy of the math review packet. This packet is full of activities that correlate to fourth grade Common Core standards. Please use this as a tool throughout the summer to keep up your child’s math skills so that they are more successful in fifth grade. I remember waking up in the summer, and my mom would have a math workbook open and the pages were labeled with the day’s date. I had to complete the necessary pages before beginning other fun activities. One summer, my mom did this and I was able to earn tickets that I could redeem for increments of time to watch tv. These are just a couple ideas. The possibilities are endless!

May 24, 2019

Last day for planners is Friday, June 7th.

Last day for backpacks is Monday, June 10th.


MSU Sea Grant Field Trip 2018         Image result for glep boat

Our boat trip is right around the corner on Monday, June rdh. Please remember that all students need to be at school by 7:45 am. All students must pack a disposable lunch and wear rubber-soled shoes or boots. Students must dress for the weather. Please keep in mind that because we will be out on the boat, temperatures may be 5-10 degrees colder than the forecasted temperatures.

If your child is not attending this trip, please let me know if he/she will be present at school that day so I can make arrangements.

Many thanks to the parents that expressed interest in chaperoning our MSU Sea Grant Boat Trip at Lake Erie Metropark. Unfortunately, limited chaperones are able to attend due to boat capacity. The following chaperones will be joining us on June 3rd:

Mrs. Ferguson
Mrs. Martinez
Mr. Marks
On the day of the trip, you may wish to bring a backpack to carry your lunch or other personal belongings. Also, please notify me whether you will be riding the bus or meeting us there. Please keep in mind that all students must ride the bus.
All permission slips and money were due May 24th.

GLEP Boat Field Trip 2019 Permission Slip


Field Day

Field Day is a great opportunity for students to have fun with classmates and build teamwork through camaraderie. Participation in Field Day is also an opportunity open to responsible, respectful, and safe individuals. Students that continue to not have their work done in class will not be able to participate in Field Day.
Our Field Day is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4th, 1:15-3:00. Students MUST wear tennis shoes in order to participate safely in the planned events. Also, please be mindful that students should wear darker clothes that are unable to see through if they get wet.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with field day activities, please see the link below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4fa8ad2ea1f58-arno4

 


Boccabella Park Field Trip

The fourth graders in Mrs. Kalis’s class and third graders in Mrs. Warneck’s class will be walking to Boccabella Park for a fun end of the year field trip. We will be going to the park on Tuesday, June 11th. We will leave Arno about 8:40am and return to Arno about 11:20am. Super Cougars participating in the ice cream reward will walk over with Mrs. Kalis after their treat.

Boccabella Park Permission Slip 2019

Parents are welcome to join us at the park. Students and parents are also invited to bring snacks, water, and juice boxes.While we are at the park, students can play at the park, use the equipment, and even enjoy some games of kickball. Parents and students are also allowed to bring up other outside equipment.
time for kickballhttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-boccabella

 

 

 

 

 


Summer Slide Prevention Resources

Please take advantage of the following literacy opportunities available to Arno students:
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program

This program is here to help you on your way, encouraging you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:

1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal. Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between August 1st and August 31stFind a Store
3. Choose your FREE booke from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

Summer Math Review
Students in Mrs. Kalis class are receiving a hard copy of the math review packet. This packet is full of activities that correlate to fourth grade Common Core standards. Please use this as a tool throughout the summer to keep up your child’s math skills so that they are more successful in fifth grade. I remember waking up in the summer, and my mom would have a math workbook open and the pages were labeled with the day’s date. I had to complete the necessary pages before beginning other fun activities. One summer, my mom did this and I was able to earn tickets that I could redeem for increments of time to watch tv. These are just a couple ideas. The possibilities are endless!

May 17, 2019

MSU Sea Grant Field Trip 2018         Image result for glep boat

Our boat trip is right around the corner on Monday, June rdh. Please remember that all students need to be at school by 7:45 am. All students must pack a disposable lunch and wear rubber-soled shoes or boots. Students must dress for the weather. Please keep in mind that because we will be out on the boat, temperatures may be 5-10 degrees colder than the forecasted temperatures.

If your child is not attending this trip, please let me know if he/she will be present at school that day so I can make arrangements.

Many thanks to the parents that expressed interest in chaperoning our MSU Sea Grant Boat Trip at Lake Erie Metropark. Unfortunately, limited chaperones are able to attend due to boat capacity. The following chaperones will be joining us on June 3rd:

Mrs. Ferguson
Mrs. Martinez
Mr. Marks
Chaperones, please send in your $15 as soon as possible. On the day of the trip, you may wish to bring a backpack to carry your lunch or other personal belongings. Also, please notify me whether you will be riding the bus or meeting us there. Please keep in mind that all students must ride the bus.
All permission slips and money are due May 24th.

GLEP Boat Field Trip 2019 Permission Slip


Field Day

Field Day is a great opportunity for students to have fun with classmates and build teamwork through camaraderie. Participation in Field Day is also an opportunity open to responsible, respectful, and safe individuals. Students that continue to not have their work done in class will not be able to participate in Field Day.
Our Field Day is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4th, 1:15-3:00. Students MUST wear tennis shoes in order to participate safely in the planned events. Also, please be mindful that students should wear darker clothes that are unable to see through if they get wet.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with field day activities, please see the link below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4fa8ad2ea1f58-arno4

 


Weekly Reading             

Each week, your child is assigned reading material for the week. This assignment will be in the form of an electronic article using ReadWorks (login info is in your child’s planner) or an issue of Scholastic News. Your child is required to read and answer questions that are Common Core based. Similar questions will appear on the NWEA test. The electronic submission or separate questions worksheet is due by the following Thursday. All short answer questions MUST be answered in complete sentences and contain proper punctuation in order to earn credit. It is required that students mark text evidence for their answers in the issue of Scholastic News. This is a great comprehension strategy to verify accurate answers. If your child doesn’t submit or return the reading homework by Thursday, he/she will stay in from Friday Rewards to complete the assignment.

SN:The Perfect Pet? Quiz Whiz W.S.

If your child would like to read this articles in an interactive format, please feel free to access the Scholastic News website by clicking on the link below. The classroom password is: Kalis4

Scholastic News Website

 

 


May 10, 2019 – Happy Mother’s Day

Dress Code & Personal Hygiene

As the weather is now starting to warm up, please refer to dress code as far as appropriate shorts/shorts length at school.  If there is questionable attire on a student, they will be asked to call home for a change of clothes.  Thank you for your assistance in this.

In addition, please remember that personal hygiene plays a critical role in promoting a positive self-image. All of our students benefit tremendously from good hygiene as it raises their confidence and makes them feel good about themselves. When our students feel good about themselves, it makes it easier for them to overcome the challenges that they encounter both in and outside of school.

 


Weekly Reading             

Each week, your child is assigned reading material for the week. This assignment will be in the form of an electronic article using ReadWorks (login info is in your child’s planner) or an issue of Scholastic News. Your child is required to read and answer questions that are Common Core based. Similar questions will appear on the NWEA test. The electronic submission or separate questions worksheet is due by the following Thursday. All short answer questions MUST be answered in complete sentences and contain proper punctuation in order to earn credit. It is required that students mark text evidence for their answers in the issue of Scholastic News. This is a great comprehension strategy to verify accurate answers. If your child doesn’t submit or return the reading homework by Thursday, he/she will stay in from Friday Rewards to complete the assignment.

SN: How Much Plastic Did You Toss Today? Quiz Whiz WS

If your child would like to read this articles in an interactive format, please feel free to access the Scholastic News website by clicking on the link below. The classroom password is: Kalis4

Scholastic News Website

 


Math in Focus Chapter 13: Area and Perimeter

 


Summer Tutoring

As we start making summer vacation plans, please also think about making a plan for your child to retain all of their knowledge from this school year. I am attaching a tutor list put out by Allen Park Public Schools. You may choose to contact one of the individuals listed; however, payment will have to be determined by your tutor of choice. More summer work resources to come as we near the end of the year.

SUMMER TUTOR LIST 2019

 

 


Kudos!!!!!

Congratulations to our fourth graders for ROCKING the MSTEP this year. Our additional preparation efforts were intense, but seemed to pay off in the end! Woohoo!

Many thanks to the parents that supported student efforts at home with studying MSTEP vocabulary and completing weekly MSTEP homework packets.

While some may disagree with standardized testing, it is our reality until something changes. Our student effort and scores on these tests are what families moving into the area are looking for…a place where their child can receive the best education possible. Thanks again for helping with our school-wide efforts.

 


MSU Sea Grant Field Trip 2018         Image result for glep boat

In June, our fourth grade class will be participating in the Great Lakes Education Program through Michigan State University and its Sea Grant Program.  Below is some information about the program.

  • The Great Lakes Education Program (GLEP) introduces fourth-grade students to the unique features of the Great Lakes through a combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience. The program is designed to stimulate interest in the Great Lakes and help students understand their role in protecting these vital freshwater resources.
  • More than 40,000 students, teachers, adult chaperones and volunteers in southeast Michigan have participated in the Great Lakes Education Program since it began in 1991.
  • Educational Relevance
    The Great Lakes Education Program is part of an approved science curriculum for fourth-grade students and addresses an important need. Studies have shown that fourth grade students in Michigan generally have little understanding of the Great Lakes and local water resources. GLEP helps bridge this gap and prepare students for their roles as future decision-makers responsible for the state’s natural resources.

For more information, go to www.glep.us.

The field trip permission slip and money are due Friday, May 24th. The cost of the trip is $15.  This is an amazing educational opportunity for our students and has proven to be a favorite field trip for 4th grade students, teachers, and parents each year.  Our class field trip will take place on Monday, June 3rd..

Many thanks to the individuals who expressed interest in chaperoning this trip. Due to boat regulations, only a few chaperones will be able to accompany us. I will pull chaperone names on Friday, May 17th. So far, the following names have been submitted for the raffle:

Armbruster

Ferguson

Kitchen

Lardie

Leavitt

Martinez

Mihalik

Zakhar

If you would like to be added to our list of possible chaperones, please contact me via email or Remind text. The cost for parent volunteers is  $15.00. Please turn this in by Friday, May 24th. If you have already paid and are not chosen, your $15 will be returned to you. Thank you!

GLEP Boat Field Trip 2019 Permission Slip

 


Wanted: Arno T-Shirt Design Ideas

The Arno PTA is in need of creative t-shirt ideas, themes, or designs for the 2019-2020 spiritwear. If you have any creative ideas, please send them to arnopta@gmail.com.

May 3, 2019

English Language Arts

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text also reinforces vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar throughout the week. Weekly spelling words will no longer be assessed in order to allow time for MSTEP & NWEA review.

 

 


Weekly Reading 

Every Friday, your child is assigned reading material for the week. This assignment will be in the form of an electronic article using ReadWorks (login info is in your child’s planner) or an issue of Scholastic News. Your child is required to read and answer questions that are Common Core based. Similar questions will appear on the M-STEP. The electronic submission or separate questions worksheet is due by the following Thursday. All short answer questions MUST be answered in complete sentences and contain proper punctuation in order to earn full credit. If your child doesn’t submit or return the reading homework by Thursday, he/she will stay in from Friday Rewards to complete the assignment.

ReadWorks Article: News Debate: Cashing In due 5/9

 


4th Grade Choir Concert

Our spring vocal concert is a month away so we sent out the letter and permission slips this week. The concert is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019- 6:30pm @ Allen Park Center for the Arts. Students must arrive by 6:00p.m.
For the day of the concert (5/14), we will be taking the bus over to the Center for the Arts  from 9:00-10:30am to practice. Please see the permission slip below. I am still awaiting 3 permission slips to be returned. All permission slips were due by Thursday, May 2nd.
Both Mr. Hoffman and Mr. Skebo are looking forward to another successful and fun performance with the kids.

Math Extra Credit

At the beginning of Chapter 12, students were given a Chapter 12 Reteach Packet. This is an extra credit opportunity that I encouraged them strongly to complete. Extra credit can only help, not harm a student’s grade. I am including a copy below in case it mysteriously disappears. To earn the extra credit, this packet must be completed and returned no later than Friday, May 10th.

Chapter 12 Reteach (Extra Credit)

 


MSTEP & NWEA/MAP Testing Dates

Monday, 5/6  MSTEP Math (Part I)

Tuesday, 5/7  MSTEP Math (Part II)

Wednesday, 5/15  ELA or Math NWEA/MAP

Wednesday, 5/22 ELA or Math NWEA/MAP

It is strongly recommended that you and your child explore the sample M STEP test questions together. These questions will help both parent and child get a glimpse of what M STEP questions are like. We will also be viewing these sample questions at school but it never hurts to have extra practice!

Please click on the link below to access practice test questions.

https://wbte.drcedirect.com/MI/portals/mi/

With M-STEP and NWEA/MAP assessments quickly approaching, I am asking that students practice basic skills, such as memorizing math facts, multiplying and dividing multi-digit numbers, finding equivalent fractions, performing operations with fractions, and calculating area and perimeter of shapes. By reviewing these tasks at home, students will have less anxiety and build confidence. If you would like additional resources, please review the sample test using the link above or go to Think Central online and complete the Cumulative Reviews in the workbook. Thanks again for your continued support in your child’s education.


MSU Sea Grant Field Trip 2019         Image result for glep boat

In June, our fourth grade class will be participating in the Great Lakes Education Program through Michigan State University and its Sea Grant Program.  Below is some information about the program.

  • The Great Lakes Education Program (GLEP) introduces fourth-grade students to the unique features of the Great Lakes through a combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience. The program is designed to stimulate interest in the Great Lakes and help students understand their role in protecting these vital freshwater resources.
  • More than 40,000 students, teachers, adult chaperones and volunteers in southeast Michigan have participated in the Great Lakes Education Program since it began in 1991.
  • Educational Relevance
    The Great Lakes Education Program is part of an approved science curriculum for fourth-grade students and addresses an important need. Studies have shown that fourth grade students in Michigan generally have little understanding of the Great Lakes and local water resources. GLEP helps bridge this gap and prepare students for their roles as future decision-makers responsible for the state’s natural resources.

For more information, go to www.glep.us.

The field trip permission slip and money are due Friday, May 24th. The cost of the trip is $15.  This is an amazing educational opportunity for our students and has proven to be a favorite field trip for 4th grade students, teachers, and parents each year.  Our class field trip is on Friday, June 3rd.

Due to boat regulations, only 4 adults will be able to accompany us. Please make sure I now you are interested in chaperoning this trip by May 17th. I will have a raffle and chaperones will be determined. Once confirmed, chaperone money will be due along with student $ on May 24th.

I will keep the names of others interested in case there is a cancellation. The cost for parent volunteers is  $15.00. Please turn this in by Friday, May 24th. If you have already paid and were not chosen, your $15 will be returned to you. Thank you!

GLEP Boat Field Trip 2019 Permission Slip