MAP testing is on it’s way!
We’re in full swing of preparing our minds and mindsets for MAP testing! Students have been working hard all year to grow in their reading, writing and math thinking skills and strategies. I’m so proud of where we’ve traveled in our learning as fourth graders and I’m so excited to see what they’ve remembered on the state test.
As with everything that I’ve taught the students this year, we can’t always choose what’s put in front of us but we can choose our attitude and effort! There are a couple of traditions that I have to help students with that mindset. Please read on to know how YOU can support YOUR student!!
Testing dates for 4th Grade are scheduled for April 19, 21, 25, 26.
Letters of Encouragement
Paper and envelopes will be coming home for you to write a letter, card, or note of encouragement to your child that I will pass along to them on the first morning of testing. Sometimes all they need before settling into their seat to get started is one little reminder of the people that care most for them. I will also be writing a note to each student!
If you would like to send a card, note, or letter to your child for that day, please send it to me in a sealed envelope. You may either send it with your child to return to me or you may mail it to me at school (Miss Kayla Bobeen, 518 E Kime St, Willard, MO 65781). Please have it back to me no later than April 18th for organizational purposes.
Students should have come home with 2 pieces of Candyland style paper and 2 envelopes to pass onto you the parents. The goal of sending 2 is that every parent or other family member would have a chance to send a letter!
“What Motivates You?” Poster
Today we discussed what or who motivates us to do our best. Before testing occurs in our classroom, we’ll be hanging posters around the room that students can create to remind them of something or someone who motivates them! The goal is that when students are testing, they will have a little piece of their heart around the room to look up at when they’re needing encouragement to keep going!
This is where you come in! I’ll send home a paper for your student to create a collage or paste a picture (or 2!) of the things that motivate them! The only guiding points (THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN THE LETTER I SENT TODAY) they need is that it must fit on the construction paper and it must any words they include cannot be academic related. Other than that, the poster may be as detailed or as simple as your student desires in order to feel motivated! Please have these returned to school no later than April 18th (sooner is better!) If a student does not have one sent back by then, I’ll have them draw/create a poster at school (after learning time). As these start coming back, they’ll be displayed around the room!
Last week we set goals for academic standards, question strategies, or time management! Ask your student about their goal! I’m so proud of how reflective they were in identifying the best place for them to grow. Multiplication facts are a BIG DEAL in supporting what they know in 4th grade Math!! The best way you can support their reading is by having them read for 20 minutes or more at home and asking them deep thinking questions as often as you can. Ask them to look back when they’re answering. Read with your student!!
Habits for the week of testing:
Please let me know if you have any questions!
Wednesday, May 17th, our Fourth Grade team will be traveling to Jefferson City, Missouri for our field trip!! The day will be filled with the following activities:
We are SO excited about this educational field trip!! We will be renting two coach buses and leaving Willard East promptly at 7:30 am and returning to school approximately at 8 pm. Please be here a few minutes early as it’s difficult to give an exact time of return.
The cost of the trip is $10 per student to cover the cost of their seat on the bus. Lunch needs to be sent from home (or bought from the school cafeteria). On the way home we will be stopping at McDonald’s in Lebanon for dinner. Students will need to send in $5-10 for their dinner.
Each class will have 7 seats available for parents at $10 each. These will be reserved on a first come-first serve basis. If you are a parent who would rather drive yourself, carpool, or the seats fill up before you are able to commit, you are more than welcome to follow the buses yourself!
Students are able to bring books, snacks, and/or electronics (no more than 3) for entertainment on the bus ride. The school is not liable for their devices. Additionally, students will be expected to leave their devices on the bus during the day of the field trip. To take pictures, they may bring a digital or disposable camera--no phones or tablets will be able to come into the capitol building with us.
Please complete and return the permission slip to your student’s teacher before Friday, May 5th. If you are paying with a check, please make it payable to Willard East (dinner money will need to be sent in cash). Please keep in mind that this is a fast paced trip and there is a huge amount of walking!
Just a reminder to follow this link to the Google Folder that has our pictures from the year!
Miss Kayla Bobeen
I love learning and am always looking for a new adventure! My favorite adventures are in great books and with family and friends.