4th Grade – Rhodes

May/June Newsletter

Spring NWEA & M-STEP Testing:
The school year is moving right along. Our Spring NWEA testing is done! However, we have not yet started M-STEP. We test on May 15th for math and May 17th for ELA. With any test your child takes, it is really important that they feel ready for it. Please make sure your child is in school every day and on time. A good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast are a great jumpstart to anyone’s morning. Please encourage your child to do their best. Thank you for your help with making this a successful school year for your child.

Box Top/Soup Labels:
We are still collecting box top and soup labels. Please send them in. Do not throw away money; bring those labels in to support your school!

Activities to Do At Home:

  • Tell family tales:  Children love to hear stories about their family.  Talk about a funny thing that happened when you were young.
  • One more time with feeling:  When you child has sounded out an unfamiliar word, have him or her re-read that sentence.  Often kids are so busy figuring out a word they lose the meaning of what they’ve just read.
  • Do storytelling on the go:  Take turns adding to a story the two of you make up while riding in a car or bus.  Try making the story funny or spooky

Education Day at the Growlers:
We will be going to watch the Kalamazoo Growlers play baseball on Wednesday, May 30th. We will be leaving at 9:30 am to be able to see some of the booths and activities that are being set up by local businesses. The game starts at 11:05 am and we will be returning immediately following the game which will be around the end of the day.

Field Day:
On Thursday, June 14th, Forest Academy will be having a field day! This is an outdoor event that will take place all afternoon. Students are encouraged to wear their Forest Academy t-shirts as there will be a few water activities. We will send notices home if we need parent volunteers.

Summer Enrichment Packets:
Hard to believe but summer is approaching fast. Students will be receiving summer enrichment packets that they can use over the break. These packets are designed to keep students from experiencing “summer loss”. There will be a checkpoint during the summer where students will be able to come into school and earn prizes for their accomplishments. In the fall, students can submit their completed packets for a chance to win a prize! Keep your eyes peeled for more information as it will be coming soon.

Craft & Vendor Show:
Forest Academy will be throwing their first ever Craft & Vendor Show on June 2nd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.! Come out and shop our unique local crafters and vendors! This event is a fundraiser for our school so please spread the word!

Last Day of School:
The last day of school is on Thursday, June 14th.  Hard to believe it is right around the corner already – seems like the year just started – and I am already starting to miss these wonderful children. Report cards and summer enrichment activity packets will be in your child’s folder – see above for more information on the summer enrichment packets.