4th Grade – Rhodes

December Newsletter

Happy December! I cannot believe 2018 is right around corner!  Thank you to everyone who came to conferences last month. I was very happy to talk with you about your child(ren).

Since it is a short month, Scholastic book orders are due sooner. Make sure to work on those Book It calendars!

Mrs. Rhodes :smile:
School Phone Number:  (269) 488-2315
Room #: 109

December Activities to do with your Student:

  • There’s nothing better than gliding through the cool air on a sled. Find a good hill and grab your tube, toboggan, or saucer for hours of entertainment. Sledding is fun for all ages! Bundle in layers to stay warm!
  • Fluffy snow? Check. Snow suit? Check. That’s all the gear kids of any age need to lie down and create a snow angel just like they would do a jumping jack. Make this simple activity extra fun by using materials to decorate your angel, such as food coloring to draw on a face, and old clothes and accessories to dress it up. Why should snowmen have all the fun?
  • Stuck inside? Create sculptures with simple materials like pipe cleaners, buttons, beads, and feathers.

Cold Weather Gear:
We will be having more days where it is chilly at recess.  Please make sure to send the appropriate clothing for your child.  This will help prevent us from getting sick.  Please put the name of your child in the jacket so if it gets left on the playground we can return it easily.  Also, please send in a pair of or change of boots or shoes for outside play to be used at recess time.  If you would like to leave a pair at school they can keep them in their locker.  This will prevent our classroom from becoming muddy.

Scholastic Book Orders:
Our class online activation code:  MVYV7
Book Orders are due December 15th.

Winter Break:
December 21st is our last day of school before the break. School will resume on January 8th. There are many fun things to do over the break from visiting the museum to making cookies and crafts as a family. I hope you all enjoy this time together.

Find ways to practice math concepts:

  • Practice counting down from any double-digit number. For example, use a calendar to count down the number of days to an upcoming event.
  • Have your student read an analog clock to you.  Ask students what the time will be in five minutes, fifteen minutes, thirty minutes, and forty-five minutes.
  • Try a variation on the card game “War.” When the higher card takes the lower card, subtract the lower number from the higher number, and the player who won that play wins those points.
  • Give your child the change in your pocket and ask how many different ways he or she can make multiple money amounts.

Snow Days:
In the event of a snow day you can find the school closings on Channel 3 and 8 and their websites. Televised and online school closings are normally posted by 6:30 a.m. Please do not call the school regarding school closings.