4th Grade – Rhodes

October Newsletter

Happy October! We cannot believe the first month of school is already over! We had a great first month! Everyone is getting into the routine and adjusting to fourth grade well! NWEA testing has begun so make sure you are getting plenty of sleep at night and arriving to school on time.
Rhodes & Ms. Morse
School Phone Number: (269) 488-2315
Room #: 1

Scholastic Book Orders:
This month, Scholastic Book Orders and Pizza Hut Book It will be coming home.  Scholastic Book orders need to be submitted online by the due date or send in the order form with cash by the due date. This month, book orders are due by Friday, October 27th.  The parent code for scholastic.com is MVYV7.

Expectations for Fourth Graders:

  • Arrive at school on time ready to learn
  • Listen and follow the rules of the classroom
  • Actively participate
  • Have a good attitude
  • Bring to school all needed materials

Breakfast & Lunch:
Please try and send in healthy snacks.  Good examples of a healthy snack include; fruit/vegetables, applesauce, fruit cups, yogurt, dried fruits, granola bars, cereals, etc. We will get 15-20 minutes for breakfast and a half hour for lunch each day.  It is important that they know this time is for eating and not just socializing.

Gym Shoes:
Each child needs to bring a pair of gym shoes that will stay in their locker throughout the entire year. These shoes are to only be worn when we use the gym. It would be helpful to get the shoes here as soon as possible. In case it rains, snows or is just too cold to go outside the gym will be used for indoor recess.

As the weather gets cooler, please make sure to send the appropriate clothing for your child. Fall is a great time for the weather to go from 80 degrees one day to 65 the next. Perfect examples for recess would be a light sweater or jacket. Please put your child’s name in the jacket or sweater so if it gets left on the playground we can return it easily.

Blue Folders & Planners:
Our blue folders & planners need to be returned to school every day. This is how we can both communicate with each other. Remember the folder & planner art not the responsibility of the parent/guardian but the student. Also, planners must be signed by a parent/guardian every day.

Box Tops for Education:
Forest Academy collects Box Tops and Soup Labels. Please send any that you may have at home to school with your child. This is an easy way to raise money for our school. Thank you for your help.

Paint Shirts:
There will be many times that we may do Art projects that have the potential to be messy.  Please send in an old shirt either button up or t-shirt that can be used for painting or messy projects.  We will keep these at school so please make sure your child’s name is on the shirt.

Fall Party:
We will be having our class Fall Party in the afternoon on Friday, October 27th. Students may bring costumes to change into after recess/lunch. We will be sending home information for donations and classroom volunteers so be checking the blue folder for information.

Forest Carnival:
We are excited to be having our annual Carnival this year! It will be held on October 27th from 4:00 – 7:00. There will be lots of games and activities for you and your family to participate in. More details will come home soon!

Fall Activities to do with your Child:

  • Visit an apple orchard than when you get home, write in a journal about your experience
  • Collect fall leaves and make a collage art project
  • Go to a pumpkin patch and see who can find the biggest pumpkin and the smallest pumpkin
  • Go on a scavenger hunt.Make a list of fall items: an acorn, a pinecone, leaves of different colors (green, brown, orange), a scarecrow, etc. Print it out or keep it open on a phone and take the kids on a walk around the neighborhood. See who can spot the items and check them off the list first
  • Visit the Kalamazoo Nature Center when the leaves start changing. Make a poem about fall!