We had our April Book Club on Tuesday. In addition to using questions for a discussion of the book, The Mysterious Benedict Society, Olivia and Mason made a Kahoot! game about the book. They did a great job!

Our May book club will be on the 14th. Ryleigh and Greta have chosen The Oodlethunks, Oona Finds an Egg by Adele Griffin. It looks like it will be a quick read, so hopefully we’ll have time to share library copies.

Hooray! All science fair boards are complete, and students have done a great job. They will be judged next week by Middle School/High School students and on display for Grandparents Day (May 7) and our 3rd Trimester Parent Celebration (date tba).

Students have been busy formatting their science fair information into a google doc. It would be a HUGE help if you could assist your student in editing their work. In order to complete the boards at school, all information needs to be completed, edited, and ready to print by Friday, April 12. The information should include a title, problem (question), hypothesis, materials, procedures, data, variables (independent, dependent, controlled), and conclusion. Photographs are appropriate as long as they don’t identify the scientist.
Book club is next Tuesday!  Students should be reading nightly (20-30 minutes) and the book club selection is a great way to accomplish this. Here’s an article, The magic of 15 minutes: Reading practice and reading growth that cites research showing 15 minutes of reading is the “magic number” at which students start showing positive gains in reading achievement.
Because of this week’s ERB testing, students do not have a list of vocabulary/spelling words. In order to make the testing as stress free as possible, we will have extended recess time and extra snacks.

This amazing group of fourth and fifth graders will travel to SBU tomorrow to compete in the MCTM math contest. They have all participated in local level contests and are qualifiers for the regional level. This is the largest group of qualifiers The Summit has ever had! In addition to spending Saturdays participating in math contests, these athletes arrive at school early on Thursday morning to practice math!

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It has been an amazing weekend. On Saturday, our Molly won first place at the George Washington Carver National Monument Essay contest. While none of our fourth grade art entries placed, it was still incredible to see their projects on display at a national park. At Saturday’s award ceremony, invited students were joined by Missouri Governor Mike Parsons, U. S. Senator Roy Blunt, Mike Kehoe the Attorney General of Missouri, Missouri Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr, and the Missouri District 160 Representative Ben Baker as well as a few Secret Service agents! Congratulations to Molly for her FIRST place essay entry! She stood out among the six contestants that read aloud their essays with her  poise in front of an audience. Presentation skills that have been practiced at The Summit since she was a preschooler were evident!

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On Sunday, sixteen students were selected from 130 poster entries to attend a recognition ceremony of the Springfield Bar’s 2019 Law Day Poster Contest. Out of the sixteen recognized, the Summit had five fifth graders and one fourth grader invited. Congratulations to our fourth grade student, Andres, for his poster that demonstrated this year’s theme, “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society”. I would strongly urge you to visit the Library Center concourse during the month of April to see the display of student work. It is expected that 20,000 people will view the display during April.

SPO Service Drive: Wish I May – Friday is Last Day for Collections

Tomorrow, Friday 3/29, is the last day of the SPO Service Drive, benefiting Wish I May. The class that collects the most items (based on a point system as described in this handout) will win SPO’s Traveling Service Trophy. The trophy currently resides in the Beginners classroom with Mrs. Kimmons.  Which class will be the winner this year?

There are donation boxes in The Summit lobby, labeled with each class. Thank you to everyone who has contributed thus far! We can tell there are going to be many happy children in the Ozarks with all of the gift items that have been donated!

We are in need of:

  • Packages of birthday themed plates

  • Packages of birthday themed napkins

  • Chocolate cake mixes

  • Cans of frosting

  • Packages of tissue paper

Wish I May is an organization that works with 30 different local charities to determine children with upcoming birthdays, whose parents cannot afford to provide them with presents or celebrations on their special day.  Wish I May gives the parent(s) a birthday bag for the child, complete with cake mix, frosting, candles, party supplies, and an age appropriate present.

Point Values for Donation Items:

  • 1 point: package of birthday themed plates, package of birthday themed napkins, chocolate cake mix, can of frosting, package of tissue paper

  • 2 points: coloring books, package of crayons, new or gently used books

  • 7 points: all toys

  • Cost valued points: 1 point per dollar value of gift cards

This week we are working with words that have -flect and -flex roots. Some of our words are flexor, reflective, deflect, inflection, flexible, inflexible, and circumflex. In addition to spelling these words, we learn the meanings. The website www.spellingcity has dozens of activities for students to use to in learning their weekly words.


In our ecology study, we are exploring habitats of the United States. Today we began learning about the Great Basin Desert in the West Region. This desert, covering most of Nevada and parts of Utah, Wyoming, California, Oregon, and Idaho is the largest (200,000 square miles) desert in the United States. Students are identifying plants and animals from this region and will use this information to construct a food web.

 

Our fifth stop in the West Region was a visit to the Montana Dinosaur Trail which connects 15 dinosaur museums across that state. We learned that Montana is the source of some of the most important dinosaur finds including North America’s first identified dinosaur remains in 1854. The largest Tyrannosaurus Rex skull was found in Montana as well as a complete Triceratops skeleton and the first dinosaur eggs in North America at what became known as Egg Mountain. If dinosaurs aren’t enough to make you add Montana to your vacation list, consider that the Great Basin Desert boasts some of the darkest night skies in the United States. On a clear night, you can see FIVE planets and thousands of stars with the naked eye.

In math we are working with ratios to describe relationships between quantities. Part of our math time each day is spent reviewing previously learned concepts. This week we have review 3-digit by 3-digit multiplication, 2-digit divisors, making mixed numbers from improper fractions, and adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators.

 

 

 

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Did you have a child complaining of sore muscles on Saturday? I watched in amazement as fourth graders used rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, and even pickaxes (did you know the proper name is mattock?) at our all school service day. Students created a walkway by digging trenches along each side, filling it with rock, and then wheelbarrowing loads of mulch to put between the rock. I was amazed at the hard, physical labor being done and how much the children enjoyed it. The weather cooperated and it was a gorgeous afternoon. If you haven’t visited the Watershed Center I would encourage to go with your child so they can show you the fruits of their hard work.

Our return from Spring Break has been busy! Students met on Tuesday for book club. Journey and Andres did an excellent job of leading the discussion of Dear Napoleon, I Know You’re Dead, But… 

Olivia and Mason have chosen next month’s book selection. We’ll meet on April 16 to discuss The Mysterious Benedict Society. There are several books in this series. Make sure you get the first one (yellow cover).

Gavin’s mother, Kristin, was a Mystery Reader the week before Spring Break. She read The Greatest Fig by Chris Van Allsburg (one of my favorite authors!). Fourth graders love Mystery Readers! If you haven’t been a reader yet, please consider a visit to our classroom. You can send me an email with a couple of times and dates that work for you. Usually, our MR comes at 3:05, but we can be flexible.

This week in math, we have continued exploring different ways to record data such as  line, bar, and circle graphs, line plots, frequency charts, and stem-and leaf-plots.

This week, our stop in the West region was a visit to Hoover Dam. Completed in 1936, the dam created many jobs during the Depression. The dam, on the Colorado River near the border of Arizona and Nevada, created Lake Mead. It reduced the risk of flooding and provided hydroelectricity to the area.

Each student has selected a Dear America book to read. This series of historical fiction books are written in a diary format. Some of the topics chosen are Trail of Tears (1838), Revolutionary War Patriot (1774), Chinese Miner ((1852), Oregon Trail (1848), Slave Girl (1859), World War II Soldier (1944), Vietnam Soldier (1968), Coal Miner’s Bride (1896), Witness to the Salem Witch Trials (1691), and the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804). Each student will do a book report and also a project to share the historical event with their classmates.

Make sure your scientists is following the dates to complete their Science Fair experiment. All experiments should be concluded with results recorded by March 29. All dates are listed under the Science Fair tab on this page.

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Who:  All girls in grades JrK-6th 

What:  To learn volleyball skills, play a scrimmage, have devotions with the Varsity Volleyball Players, play games, and have tons of fun!! 

When:  Saturday, March 30th  

Time:  9am-11am JrK-1st Grade  

11am-1pm 2nd-4th Grades 

1-3pm 5th-6th Grades Where:  NCA Gym! 

Why:  Coach Letsinger will be working with the students to strengthen their volleyball skills and help build a stronger foundation for the NCA volleyball program.  This is a great opportunity for younger children to enhance their coordination skills and learn to participate in a team atmosphere.  Again, the participating students will not only learn more about volleyball and enhance their skills but will also be an integral part in building the NCA volleyball program for the future.  These students are the future of NCA and we hope that they will use this opportunity to better themselves and their athletic future at NCA. Plus volleyball is awesome!! 

How Much:  $20 (includes a snack) 

· If you have multiple children signing up, all children after the first will be $15. 

 

**Please submit forms and payment by Friday, March 29th!  Forms may be turned into the office. NON-NCA students are welcome!!! 

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Today students read about the products and natural resources of the West region. Our first stop in this region was Yellowstone. Mason had researched this park so he shared information for our scrapbooks.

Each student is working on an article for our classroom newspaper. This will be a class LAD Fair submission.

Students were invited to a viewing of Billy y Las Botas today in the Spanish classroom in honor of the Bufanda y Gorro themed spirit day.

As part of the fourth grade classroom economy, each student has a job. Students receive credits for their jobs, and the credits are turned in for Anderson Bucks to spend at the Anderson Mall. The pay varies for each job because the jobs vary in difficulty. One job is operating our daily snack shop. The worker gives up part of his/her lunch time to set up and run the snack shop. Profits from the snack shop are donated. Students research nonprofits and nominate a charity to receive funds. The class then votes where to make a donation. In February, a student told our class about a request on the DonorChoose site. The request was by a teacher at Springfield’s Reed Academy. The teacher was asking for funding for a snowball microphone, microphone stand, batteries for audio recorders, headphones, and mini usb cables to create a podcast. My students learned that almost 80% of the students at Reed Academy come from impoverished homes. According to the requesting teacher, Mr. Campbell, many of the students act as second parents in their family structures by helping make sure their younger siblings are fed dinner, get ready for school, and complete their homework. Mr. Campbell’s initial goal was to raise $457. When Summit fourth graders learned of the request, it was $212 from being funded. These generous fourth graders voted to complete the funding. Within twenty-four hours of processing our donation, we learned all the items had been purchased and shipped to Mr. Campbell’s class. By empowering students to make decisions, they do amazing things!